And they lived Happily Ever After

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Almost everyone at some point in his or her childhood has heard at least one or more fairytale. The most beloved and recognizable tales are those made by Disney. Disney derived a large portion of the famous Disney fairytales from the world renowned writers Brothers Grimm. Disney transformed the stories into fantasy-like animation. A true original Grimm's tale is graphic and gory, for the most part. For example, in "Little Red Riding Hood", actually called "Little Red-Cap", the Wolf was shot right in front of the little girl. The Wolf in "Little Red-Cap" had a similar approach to entice his victim as did the Witch in "Hansel and Grethel" (another famous Grimm's tale and originally spelled).

The Wolf saw an opportunity to trick Little Red by being friendly and buttering her up. The Wolf fooled Little Red into picking flowers for her sick grandma, while he raced to the grandmother's cottage in order to eat grandma and Little Red for dinner.

Similarly in "Hansel and Grethel", the Witch made her house out of gingerbread to fool Hansel and Grethel into coming in her house. Little Red was almost eaten and on the other hand Hansel was being fattened up to be eaten. In both stories the characters had devoted and caring families, although Hansel and Grethel's father was poor. Like every fairytale ever made the villain in "Little Red-Cap" and "Hansel and Grethel" got what they deserved by being killed or altered at the tale's end. They should have realized children are smarter than they look. "Hansel and Grethel" and "Little Red-Cap" by comparison, receive the predictable fate of living Happily Ever After. Although both Grimm's tales have similarities, they also have differences.

Little Red was an innocent child (from what...