7 Animated cartoons based on real stories!

How would you react if your favorite childhood stories are based on bloody and gory tales?

Everyone knows that fairy tales are not all a product of the imagination of Mr. Walt Disney or other companies, but they are inspired by famous fairy tales such as those of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, James Barrie, and many other authors.

Here is a list of 7 animated film original stories.

#1 Hotel Transylvania

Did you think that Transylvania is a real place stated in Romania? The main character Dracula was a real person, known also as the Cont Vlad III was. Vlad III of Wallachia owes his nickname Țepeș, the emperor, to the preferred method of condemning opponents and prisoners to death. 

Born in 1431 in Transylvania, his title was that of Voivida (Voivode (/ˈvɔɪˌvoʊd/, also spelled Voievod, Voivoda, Vojvoda or Wojewoda, is a title denoting a "military-leader" or "warlord" in Central, Southern and Eastern Europe since the Early Middle Ages), but he is also often referred to as a count. 

His life was characterized by constant clashes with the Ottomans, who had taken him, prisoner, as a child. His extremely bloodthirsty character and tendency to impale enemies made him famous throughout Europe when still alive, but the legend of this character continued even after his death on the battlefield. 

It is easy to see how this one-of-a-kind figure combined with the breathtaking landscapes of Transylvania can be so inspiring for movies and fairytales.

#2 Red Riding Hood

The Little Red Riding Hood is an ancient story, older than we can imagine. The first to write it down was Charles Perrault who in 1697 included it in his collection of folk tales. The story that Perrault knew originated in the Northern Alps, had been handed down in oral form for centuries and was radically different from the one we know today. First of all, when the wolf meets the girl in the woods, he asks her which path she prefers to follow, between that of the pins and that of the needles.

 The names are not random. In many French villages located right in the area where the story is believed to be originated, at the age of 7, the girls began their work as apprentices employed by a seamstress. The apprenticeship period ended with the completion of the 15th year of age when the girl officially became an adult. During the years of apprenticeship, each girl accumulated and kept a few pins for herself. The wolf, who rushes to the girl's grandmother's house, kills the old woman, devours a part of it, cleans up the remains, pours the blood into a bottle, and neatly places the meat in the pantry.

 The wolf, all wrapped up in bed, invites Little Red Riding Hood to prepare dinner and enjoy a delicious meal by the fire. At the first bite he whispers: "You're eating your grandmother's meat!", a version from the French town of Tours even adds that the girl eats the old lady's breasts. But it doesn't stop there. Before inviting her to get under the covers with him, the wolf orders her to get naked. The story inevitably ends with the wolf devouring Little Red Riding Hood. And no, there is no heroic hunter!

#3 Pocahontas

Matoaka (Pocahontas) never managed to set foot in her homeland after going to England. 

She became seriously ill when she was aboard the ship, whether of smallpox, pneumonia, or tuberculosis, if not from being poisoned (as Native Americans claim).

 Her short journey ended in Gravesend, Kent, where she died on March 21, 1617, at the age of about 21. Yeah, she didn’t live happily ever after…….

#4 Hercules

In reality, Hercules was the son of Zeus but not of Hera, Zeus Wife ... At a certain point in the cartoon arrive Alcmena and Amphitryon ... she is the real mother of Hercules. Since Zeus was not a very faithful man (unlike Zeus in the cartoon) he fell in love with a mortal ... she became pregnant, Amphitryon still accepted the child given to them by the Gods.

Hera was always angry with Hercules ... because he is the proof of the infidelity of Zeus.

Hercules to return to god does the famous "twelve labors", but fails and becomes mad, as a punishment, he kills his children and dies wearing a poisoned cloak. Megara ends up alone. 

Sad story!

#5 The Lion King

Are you among those (like me, I admit!) Who has never thought that this cartoon is nothing more than a very free adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet?

The jealous brother kills the king then the king's son discovers him and seeks revenge. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - I meant Timon and Pumba - distract him from his purpose.

 But in the end, the boy manages to kill the bad uncle. Difference? In Shakespeare's tragedy everyone dies, not just the evil one.

The beauty of the happy endings of Disney's movies.

#6 Shrek

Based on William Steig's 1990s tale of the same name, Shrek's character appears to be inspired by Maurice Tillet, a wrestler who lived in the early 1900s and suffered from acromegaly, a chronic syndrome. 

Tillet develops this disease in his youth which leads to out-of-scale tissue growth due to an excess of growth hormone. At the age of 17, the problems began for him. Not only the giant nose, head, and hands, but also pains such as migraines, arthritis, and diabetes.

 Despite everything, however, Tillet enlisted in the French navy when discovers his passion for wrestling. A big-hearted man, who loved animals and had even a donkey, nicknamed 'French Angel'. 

We can say at least this was not a creepy story.

#7 The sleeping beauty

Many years ago, in a distant land, lived a king and his beautiful queen… ”: thus begins Sleeping Beauty, a fantastic and romantic fairy tale that has accompanied us since our childhood, right? Wrong!

Forget everything you think you know about Aurora's beautiful story: the true fairy tale has nothing to do with the real story or should we say the worst horror story.

The  Sun, Moon, and Talia version of Giambattista Basile's Pentamerone (1634), the first that can be defined as a fairy tale in the strict sense, contains direct references to defloration, rape, marital fidelity, and other themes suitable for the public of adult aristocrats to which the Giuglianese writer addressed.

In the real version of the story the cursed princes get raped, the prince is married, and his beloved wife kills Aurora. 

Creepy Huh?

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