Let's look at the "Disney" version of fairy tales and what they REALLY are!
Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves"
A 14-year-old girl named Snow White is envied by her evil step-mother Queen Grimhilde (Yes, she has a name!) for being the fairest in the land. The Queen orders a hunter to bring her back Snow's heart. The hunter can't do it and tells Snow to run away, then brings the Queen a pig's heart. Snow runs into a cottage of seven dwarves and takes care of them. The Queen realizes Snow is still alive and disguises herself as an old hag to give Snow a poisoned apple. The dwarves find Snow and chase the Queen until she causes her own accidental death by falling off a cliff. While the dwarves mourn Snow's apparent death, a prince that was introduced at the beginning comes by and wakes Snow with a kiss and they live happily ever after.
...Compared to the Grimm Brothers' "Snow White"
Starting much the same, except the hunter comes back with the lungs and liver of a pig, which the Queen then continues to cook and eat, thinking they belong to Snow. Snow still lives in a cottage with dwarves. The Queen, who learns of Snow's survival each time she consults her Mirror, attempt to murder Snow herself three times, the first two being suffocation by a lace bodice and by having her use a poisoned comb. Each time the dwarves revive her. The last is the poisoned apple, the dwarves cannot revive her and assume her dead. The Prince comes by and asks for the girl's coffin. While being carried, the apple gets dislodged from her throat, waking her up, because apparently that's how poison works. They marry at his castle, inviting the Queen. Thinking Snow is dead she agrees to go. When she arrives they force her to wear iron-hot shoes and dance until she drops dead. Also, Snow White is only seven years old.http://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/snow-white TL;DR: The Queen is a cannibal, Prince may be a pedobear, Snow defies death three times, and the Queen must dance to death.
7. Disney's "Cinderella"
Cinderella, a 19-year-old girl, lives in the same house as her wicked ugly step-sisters and step-mother Lady Tremaine. They make her do endless chores and belittle her. When there is a ball being held at the prince's castle, they her sisters tear up her dress so she can't go. A fairy godmother comes and gives her beautiful clothes to wear. She goes to the ball and the Prince falls in love with her, but she leaves in a hurry before the spell can wear off at midnight. Her glass slipper comes off in her hurry. The Prince then goes to find the girl again by fitting women with the shoe, and after her sisters fail miserably to do so, Cinderella tries on the slipper and it fits. Her and Prince Charming live happily ever after.
...Compared to the Grimm Brothers' "Cinderella"
Cinderella's mother dies when she is young, so she asks her father for a twig and places it in her mother's grave, cries on it, and it grows into a magic tree she can get 3 wishes from per day. Her wicked step sisters are actually beautiful. When there is a ball at the Prince's castle, the step mother makes Cinderella separate lentils (beans) from ashes twice before she can go. Cinderella wishes for birds to do it for her. Her mother still makes her stay. Cinderella asks for a beautiful gown. The ball lasts three days, each day Cinderella leaves before the Prince can learn who she is. On the third day, he puts tar on the ground to trap her golden slipper while she leaves. He goes to her house and the step sisters try the slippers first, but they don't fit. The stepmother orders them to cut off a toe or a piece of their heel in order to fit. The Prince sees the blood and rejects them. Cinderella is then allowed to try and it fits perfectly. During their wedding, the stepmother and sisters come, and their eyes get pecked out by pigeons so they must remain blind as punishment for their wickedness.http://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/aschenputtel TL;DR: Cinderella had a magic tree instead of a fairy godmother, her sisters self-mutilate themselves to fit the slipper, and her step-family gets their eyes pecked out by birds.
6. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
Belle is the daughter of an eccentric inventor, who gets lost in the woods and seeks shelter in a castle, only to learn it is home to enchanted furniture and a horrible Beast, who must find love before a magic flower given to him by a fairy wilts. Belle learns that Beast will imprison her father forever unless she takes his place, which she accepts. Belle and Beast slowly bond and become friends. Belle learns her father is sick from a magic mirror and convinces Beast to let her leave. The town hunk Gaston threatens to send Belle's father to an insane asylum unless she agrees to marry him. She declines, and tries to prove her father's sanity by showing the Beast through the mirror. Gaston leads a mob to the castle to defeat the Beast. Gaston and Beast fight until Beast is stabbed and Gaston falls to his death. Belle declares her love for Beast when he dies and the flower wilts, but it is enough to transform him into a human and bring him back to life and they live happily ever after.
...Compared to Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont's "Beauty and the Beast"
A merchant travelling back home is bringing gifts for his three daughters, two are spiteful and the last good-hearted and beautiful, creatively named Beauty. He seeks shelter in a castle and picks a rose from the garden for Beauty, when the Beast shows and tells him he will die for picking his roses unless he can substitute his willing daughter. Otherwise he must come back to accept his fate. The merchant accepts so that he may see his daughters before he dies, but when he returns home Beauty tells him he will take his place. Beauty fears she will be eaten, but learns she is a welcomed guest, and at every dinner, the Beast proposes to her, which she always declines since he is more a friend. She sees her family through a magic mirror and longs to see them, and tells Beast she will be back in a week. When she arrives her family is so grateful to see her that she stays a week more. When she returns to Beast she finds him almost dead from starvation and a broken heart. Beauty pleads with him to live, accepting his proposals to marry her. He transforms into a prince, fireworks and all. The fairy that put the spell on him then appears to congratulate them. Oh, also to turn Belle's sisters into statues. Everyone else lives happily ever after. http://pitt.edu/~dash/beauty.html TL;DR: Beauty friendzones Beast a lot before he almost dies. There is no character Gaston or talking furniture. She also has mean sisters that are turned into statues.
5. Disney's "Aladdin"
Aladdin is a street rat living in the fiction Arabian city of Agrabah that falls in love with Princess Jasmine. The Sultan's evil adviser Jafar learns Aladdin can be the only one to open The Cave of Wonders, holding a powerful genie. Jafar traps Aladdin there not knowing he still had the genie's lamp. The Genie, along with a magic carpet, gets him out of the cave, turns him into a Prince, and he woos Jasmine. Jafar orders his execution which Genie saves him from, but Jafar is able to steal the lamp. He wishes to be Sultan and a powerful sorceror and banishes Aladdin. Aladdin comes back with the carpet and fights Jafar, tricking him into wishing himself into a Genie where he has to be trapped in a lamp. Jasmine decides to marry Aladdin although his is not a prince and they live happily ever after.
...Compared to "The Story of 'Ala al-Din and The Magic Lamp"
This story, from the collection of folktales known as One Thousand and One Nights, is actually set in China. Ala al-Din is convinced to enter a cave by a magician who gave him a magic ring and falsely claims to be his uncle. Ala al-Din refuses to give the magician the lamp he was looking for and the magician traps him in the cave, where he finds that the magic ring can actually summon a small jinn, (or a genie, also the equivalent of Disney's flying carpet). He wishes to get out of the cave, he and his mother find a more powerful jinn from the lamp, and then he falls in love with Princess Bard al-Burdur, who is already engaged. Ala al-Din ruins their marriage by using the jinn's powers to make sure they can't *ahem*, "get it on", so they divorce. He wishes himself a wealthy prince and marries the Princess. The magician finds this out, and steals the lamp back, moving the palace and the princess away. Under the threat of execution, Ala al-Din uses the ring jinn to go to the palace,and he and the princess kill the magician by serving him poison and use the lamp jinn to bring the palace back. He later has to kill the magician's revengeful brother. The King dies and Ala al-Din inherits the throne.http://www.alladeen.com/HTML/pdf/synopsis.pdf TL;DR: The carpet is a weaker genie, Aladdin keeps Jasmine from sleeping with her first husband, and he kills Jafar with poison as well as kill Jafar's brother. Also they're all Chinese.
4. Disney's "Pocahontas"
When a Native American princess Pocahontas falls in love with a new-comer from Europe, Captain John Smith, her love complicates her relationship with her people since the Europeans want their land in search for gold. When he is about to be executed by her father, she stands between him and advocates tolerance. John Smith saves Pocahontas' father from greedy villain Governor Ratcliffe's gunshot and is wounded, so he must return to England for treatment. Pocahontas decides she must stay with her people and kisses him goodbye, then watches his ship leave while her hair blows dramatically in the wind. (Let's ignore the sequel, shall we?)
...Compared to the real life story of Pocahontas
Pocahontas was fairly young when she met John Smith, and there is little evidence that their relationship was romantic. According to John Smith, Pocahontas' act of putting her head between his and her father's club actually happened, though some scholars believe it might have just been symbolic. Pocahontas is captured by the English for a year, where she meets John Rolfe. She is baptized Christian and changes her name to Rebecca, marries Rolfe, has a child and then dies in her early twenties from England's diseases. (Yes, I know the image is from Pocahontas 2, because I'm a hypocrite that's why )http://www.biography.com/people/pocahontas-9443116?page=1 TL;DR: Learn yourself some history, punk.
3. Disney's "Mulan"
Fa Mulan learns of a draft that is calling her injured father to return to war. Mulan takes his place to fight. Along the way, she makes friends, is led by a liz...dragon, and develops romantic feeling for the leader Shang. She takes down the Hun army by triggering an avalanche, but is soon found out as a woman. She follows her army to warn them the leader of the Huns is still alive, only to have to battle him in the Palace. She defeats him and is rewarded with great honorable presents that she presents to her father. Shang comes over, much to Mulan's Grandmother's excitement.
...Compared to "The Legend of Mulan"
Mulan's father is called to war, and Mulan takes his place in the Army, like in the original, only her family was aware of her plan before she left. She serves 12 years in the army. When the emperor offers rewards for her service, Mulan declines except for a good horse. She returns home a woman again, accepting her place and where she is needed, even if that is back on the battlefield. This tale is based on the life of a real person, Hua, who lived anywhere from 386-618 AD. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/the-legend-of-mulan-61005.htmlTL:DR: Mulan is more badass than the Disney version, and she's real.
2. Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"
Tiana is a hard-working girl dreaming of opening her own restaurant. Prince Naveen of Maldovia travels to America to find a job or marry a rich woman since his parents cut him off financially. He is lured into a trap by an evil voodoo man to be turned into a frog. Naveen escapes and wanders into Tiana. He thinks she is a princess and promises if she kisses him he will reward her in riches which she could use to buy the restaurant. She agrees, but since she is not a princess, instead turns into a frog herself. They continue on to have adventures through the bayou, eventually falling in love. Naveen and Tiana decide to get married as frogs, but their wedding kiss turns them back into humans since Tiana is technically a princess, and they buy a restaurant. Everyone lives happily ever after.
...Compared to the Grimm Brother's "The Frog Prince"
To be honest, the movie is rather based on the modern book "The Frog Princess", which in turn is loosely based on this fairy tale, so the stories will be much more different. A young Princess was playing with a golden ball, until she accidentally lost it in a spring. A frog comes and tells her he will fetch her ball if she will let him eat off of her plate and sleep in her bed. The Princess agrees, thinking the frog will be unsuccessful, but he retrieves it. Overjoyed, she runs back home forgetting the frog. At supper, the frog shows up and though she refuses, her father tells her she must honor her word. She reluctantly lets the frog eat off her plate, live with her and sleep in her bed for three nights. On the third night, she awakens to see the frog a prince, who explains he had a spell put on him by a fairy that could be broken by sleeping in a Princess' bed for three days. He then marries her, even though she was totally rude to him as a frog and doesn't deserve a kind Prince, the ungrateful little brat.http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/FrogPrin.shtml TL;DR: A princess doesn't plan on keeping her word to a frog to get back a golden ball. When she is forced to, a stranger basically sleeps in her bed for three days as a frog. But hey, he's a prince.
1. Disney's "Tangled"
A princess is kidnapped by an old woman Mother Gothel for her magic hair to restore her youth. 18 years later, a way-too-handsome-for-being-animated thief Flynn Rider breaks into the tower, inadvertently trapping himself into a deal with girl Rapunzel to embark on an adventure to the kingdom. They eventually fall in love, but Gothel takes her back to the tower, lures Flynn into the tower and stabs him. He cuts Rapunzel's hair in his dying moments, and the magic no longer keeps Gothel's youth so she turns to dust. Rapunzel is able to heal him with a magic tear and live happily ever after in the kingdom.
...Compared to the Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel"
A couple in want of a certain vegetable is caught sneaking into an enchantress' garden, whose name is Dame Gothel. She agrees to let them go for exchange of their first-born child, Rapunzel. She is locked away in a tower, and a wandering Prince hears her singing from afar. He climbs up her hair to meet her, proposes to her and visits her often. Eventually Gothel finds out, banishes Rapunzel and cuts off her hair, then tricks the Prince into coming into the tower with the cut hair. He jumps off the tower in despair after learning Rapunzel is banished, and he is blinded by thorns. He wanders for years until he hears Rapunzel's singing again. She is accompanied by their twins. She cries at the sight of him and her tears restores his sight, and they live happily ever after. In some versions, Gothel dropped the hair and is trapped in the tower. http://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/rapunzel TL;DR: Rapunzel was traded for a vegetable, gets knocked up, and her lover wanders blind for a few years until she finds him and cries on him.