Disney being weird? That’s like saying Hitler led the Nazis!
Yes, this week is going to be all about the weird and wacky side of Disney. Because as much as I’d love to talk about Disney video games and Disney parks, it would be a disservice not to acknowledge the sides of Disney that are, in short, strange.
If anything, this post will help you appreciate Disney for what it is, because as with everything else in life, there’s no happy singing princesses without a few Creepypastas.
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The Twisted Princess Series
If you’re a frequent visitor to deviantart or a contributor of said site, then you might recognize this series, created by artist jeftoon1. Each picture comes with a story about what could have happened to each princess that prevented her happily ever after from coming true. For Alice in Alice in Wonderland, she was beheaded by the Queen of Hearts and brought back to life by the Cheshire Cat as a crazed killer puppet. For Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, they never had their princes wake them up from their eternal slumber, so what’s happened to cause them to move? Disturbing and grotesque, this is definitely a series worth checking out.
The Haunted Mansion
Sure, the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney Land/Disney World has spooky scary skeletons and grim grinning ghosts running amuck, but has anyone ever considered the fact that all of these ghosts were, in theory, living people once? Take the Attic Bride for example. Her model and her setup have changed over the years, but the story is essentially the same: she’s married multiple times, and every time she’s married, her new husband dies “under mysterious circumstances”, or more accurately under an ax blade. For anybody as fascinated with psychology as I am, it’s so much more interesting not just to find out how they died, but also what drove them in their lives. What were their hopes, their ambitions, and what ultimately led up to their permanent afterlife residence in the Mansion?
There’s been plenty of theories surrounding these ghosts around the internet, so definitely check them out. If anything, they’ll help enrich the experience the next time you visit the ghostly hosts.
Disney Movies’ Various Subject Matters
You don’t have to look very far for strange Disney stuff either. Consider this: Alice (Alice in Wonderland) witnesses a caterpillar smoking a hookah, eats and drinks strange things (ever heard of date rape, girl?) and a rabbit and an old man who are on a permanent caffeine high. In Aladdin, Jafar, who seems pretty old, is sexually attracted to Jasmine, who looks no older than 20 (pedophilia, anyone?). And please don’t get me started on the blatant abuse seen in Cinderella, Snow White, Tangled, The Sword in the Stone, etc.
Now does this mean that all of these movies are bad? No, in fact, I really enjoy The Sword in the Stone, and in my honest opinion, it’s not as popular as it should be. But like I said before, you can’t take the good without the bad, and as Disney is prone to do, it illustrates the bad in a way that’s meant to teach children what’s right and what’s wrong.
For those of you who don’t know what a Creepypasta is, it’s basically (from what I understand) a modern horror story that has evolved from the internet. There’s ghosts in computers, unreasonably tall men in forests who like drawing and killing people, etc. Disney has a couple of creepypastas of its own, including an abandoned section of the theme park, and a Mickey Mouse suit that might or might not like taking its head off way too seriously.
These bits and pieces of Disney weirdness are barely scratching the surface when it comes to “how weird can children’s movies get?” What’s your favorite weird Disney bit?