We all have a favorite Disney character, especially when it comes to the marvelous Disney princesses. But did you know that some of these fairy tale characters were based on real people and other stories? And the colorful princesses in our beloved Disney cartoons were quite different from their famous originals. You might’ve heard of the real Pocahontas, but what about the true Little Mermaid?
Sleeping Beauty 3:35
Snow White 4:43
The Little Mermaid 5:30
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Po-ca-hon-tas Physical description: 1 print. Notes: Associated name on shelflist card: McKenney & Hall.; This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card: By Popular Graphic Arts – Library of CongressCatalog: download: url: , Public Domain ,
Pocahontas (1995 film): By Walt Disney Studios,
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– Some sources are convinced that Cinderella was inspired by Rhodopis, a Greek hetaera. (That’s sort of like a slave/mistress in Ancient Greece.) She never married a king, though, but she was definitely an exceptional beauty that could charm anyone.
– Pocahontas’ life story surely shows that she was everything but faint-hearted. During the First Anglo-Powhatan War, Pocahontas was captured by the English. There, she learned the language and took the new name Rebecca. She later married colonizer John Rolfe and gave birth to their son Tom.
– There’s one more version of the Sleeping Beauty story by Italian writer Giambattista Basile that was written way before Charles Perrault’s tale. It tells the story of Princess Talia, who fell into a deep slumber after a splinter of flax pierced her under the fingernail.
– According to the Brothers Grimm tale that was published back in the 19th century, a poisonous apple was Snow White’s stepmother’s fourth attempt to harm the princess!
– Hans Christian Andersen’s story is way more tragic. The legs that the Little Mermaid got in exchange for her beautiful voice caused her a lot of pain. And at the end of the tale, the Prince ends up marrying another girl, and the Little Mermaid dies, turning into sea foam.
– The story of a beauty being captured by a beast is popular in the folklore of most European countries. However, the origins of this plot are believed to be found in Ancient Greek mythology in the story of Psyche and Cupid. This tale was originally part of Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis’ 2nd-century book called Metamorphoses.
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