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Disney is well known for their beautifully animated fairy tales and the characters from them that have captivated us, just as much as its icon mouse since 1928. Something that many people do not know about our treasured Disney Princess stories from the Walt Disney Company is that many of them were based on already existing works.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated feature film produced by Walt Disney in 1937. The film was originally based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm titled ‘Snow White’. The Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm were German academics and were responsible for many popular fairy tales that include ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘The Frog Prince’.


Cinderella was released in 1950 and produced by Walt Disney. The story of Cinderella has been recorded in many works throughout history with versions included from Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Disney’s animated film was most likened to Charles Perrault’s fairy tale. Charles Perrault was a French author and published many fairy tales and his works include ‘Puss in Boots’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty was produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters in 1959. The Disney story of Sleeping Beauty was also based on the Charles Perrault works from his fairy tale titled ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989. The Disney story of The Little Mermaid was originally based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale titled ‘The Little Mermaid’. Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet and his works consisted of many well known fairy tales that include ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Princess and the Pea’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (of which Disney based their animated feature film ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’) and many more famous stories.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast was released by Disney in 1991. The story of Beauty and the Beast was originally based on the traditional fairy tale titled ‘Beauty and the Beast’ by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and abridged and republished by French author Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

The Disney adaptations of these earlier recognized stories have enabled children to experience the stories through the latest developments and technologies of visual media. Throughout history these stories in their original written and subsequent adapted visual forms have given great enjoyment to children and adults alike.

Leanne Ronalds is the founder and owner of Characters ‘n’ Toons ( online toy store and is a leading authority on children’s character toys and entertainment. Characters ‘n’ Toons has a large selection of character toys, bedding, games, gifts, party supplies, merchandise and collectibles including Disney Princess toys and many much loved characters from children’s television series, cartoons and movies that include Barbie, Shrek, Finding Nemo, Care Bears, Disney Fairies, Bob the Builder, Batman, Dora the Explorer, Fifi and the Flowertots, Hannah Montana, Scooby Doo, Madagascar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, High School Musical, Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo, the Incredibles, Sesame Street, Disney Cars, the Simpsons, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Wiggles, Toy Story and Winnie the Pooh.

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