15 Disney Adaptations Which Actually Had Horrible Endings

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON January 11th, 2016

15 Disney Adaptations Which Actually Had Horrible Endings

Releasing dozens of memorable animated movies, one might think that The Walt Disney Company is responsible for making our childhood comfortable but as a matter of fact, Disney had us all fooled! Convincing us that every story has a happy ending, it is shocking to know how the company converted tragic stories into fairy tales. Get ready to ruin your childhood and see some of the 15 Disney adaptations which actually had horrible endings:


15. Tarzan (1999)

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Did you really think that Jane would leave her entire life behind in London to stay in a jungle with the ape-man who has fallen in love with her? Of course not! In the original book written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan and Jane never get hitched.

In fact, Jane marries Clayton the villain from the Disney animated movie but she did fell in love with Tarzan. Oddly enough, Tarzan and Clayton are biological cousins with the former being the heir to the entire family fortune. But seeing that Jane would be much happier with Clayton, Tarzan decides to leave things as they are.


14. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

The Fox and the Hound Movie

Based upon the 1967 novel by Daniel P. Mannix, the Disney adaptation of The Fox and the Hound hardly has any similarities. Believe it or not, the fox and the hound never even become friends in the novel.

Both title characters die in the novel as opposed to staying alive in the animated movie. Copper the dog died due to exhaustion after being chased too much while Tod the fox died by getting shot because he got too old.


13. Hercules (1997)

Hercules 1997 Movie

The 1997 animated musical fantasy movie was one of Disney’s finest works at the time and ended with Hercules marrying the love of his life, Megara. Disney made a smart move by ending the story right there because things actually got worse from there.

According to Greek Mythology, after marrying Megara and having children together, Hercules killed them. This was due to being infused with madness by goddess Hera wife of Zeus and mother of Hercules. According to some Greek accounts, Hercules killed Megara too.


12. Pinocchio (1940)

Pinocchio 1940 Disney Movie

The puppet was even naughtier in Italian author Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. However, the puppet eventually turned into a real boy in the original story but after a ton of difficult times.

Dying by hanging, resurrection, drowning and getting his flesh eaten by fish are few of the many things that Disney chose not to include in the animated adaptation of the fairy tale.

On a side note, Pinocchio’s lovable mentor Jimini Cricket died by the hands of none other than Pinocchio but returned as a ghost to keep on advising him.


11. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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The 2009 Disney adaptation of the fairy tale The Frog Prince takes a big twist by converting Princess Tiana into a frog as well.

Though the couple do end up back as their human forms by sharing a kiss but such a thing never occurred in the original story.

As ridiculous as it may sound, the Prince returned in his human form when the princess threw him against the wall as an act of disgust.


10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937

Disney made a pretty accurate depiction of the German fairy tale Snow White in the 1937 animated film but made a few changes at the end.

She never revives from the prince’s kiss but by the poisoned apple dislodging from her throat when her coffin tripped while being carried by the dwarves.

As a punishment for an attempted murder, the Queen is forced to wear burning shoes and dance until she drops dead.


9. Tangled (2010)

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Loosely based upon the German fairy tale Rapunzel, the musical comedy movie Tangled is nowhere near the horrific original story.

After Mother Gothel found out about Rapunzel’s affair with a prince, she cut off her hair and left her in wilderness and made the prince blind by throwing her into thorns.

The two eventually reunite, raise a family and the Prince even got his sight restored once he embraced with Rapunzel. Surprisingly, a happy ending was achieved among the two lovers but they had to go through hell in order to make their heaven.