I have a love-hate relationship with Disney. Part of it is my purist tendencies toward books(and literary fairy tales, can't forget those). Another part is the incessant merchandising. But the biggest thing for me (and this relates to my first point) is that the Disney versions tend to override all other versions of the stories in the public consciousness. It's the same for almost any adaptation, but since Disney is one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, it's influence is bigger (and thus, more irritating for me).
I will admit, in some areas Disney has improved on the fairy tales they adapt. For instance, Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid is an improvement on Andersen's prince in that he genuinely loves Ariel-the prince in the original tale led the mermaid on. Also, if the Sea Witch had to be a villain, at least Ursula is an effective one.
Took me long enough to finally do this-it's July and I promised June at the latest...Anyway, today I'm going to talk a bit about Disney. I'll admit to having a love-hate relationship with the company. This relates to the simple fact that most of the stories from the Disney Animated Canon are based on older works. Also the fact that anything that's hit the movie or television screen takes over as the dominant story that people remember. I get so tired of people going "There was a book?" when told about the original source. Like I said, Disney does this a lot. Now, when it comes to fairy tales, one of the fun things about them is how different cultures play the same tales, their tropes, and their plots. The fact that the tales have been "sanitized" by Disney doesn't bother me-that's been going on for centuries. It's what I mentioned earlier about adaptation displacement. Also how loose the adaptations get-Aladdin comes to mind (and at least they admitted that Frozen was inspired by the fairy tale and not based on it).