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10 Fairy Tales That Were Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid


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Pinocchio
The Disney version of 'Pinocchio' depicts a much happier puppet than the original story. Peter Bischoff/Getty Images
The Disney version of 'Pinocchio' depicts a much happier puppet than the original story. Peter Bischoff/Getty Images

When you think back to the 1940 Disney version of "Pinocchio," you probably remember the puppet's nose growing to indicate fibs, and his cute little pal Jiminy Cricket, who sings the movie's memorable song "When You Wish Upon a Star."

But as Time magazine critic Richard Corliss notes: "The movie also taught moral lessons in the most useful way, by scaring the poop out of the little ones." The script emphasizes, for example, the dangers of running away from home and falling into the clutches of an evil adult. As kidnapper Stromboli tells Pinocchio, "When you grow too old, you will make good firewood." But the film's source material, an 1883 story by Carlo Collodi, is even more disturbing. When Pinocchio is teased about his wooden head by his cricket companion, the enraged puppet throws a hammer and kills him.


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