Snow White: Disney Vs. The Brothers Grimm

Snow White: Disney Vs. The Brothers Grimm

The Disney version stuck to the fairy tale pretty closely, but the differences are hilarious.
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As part of an assignment for a screenwriting class I went through the Grimm fairy tale “Little Snow White," line by line to translate it into a screenplay. Let’s just say I know Snow White really well now. As I went through I was actually surprised by how closely the 1937 classic Disney film followed the fairy tale. I know comparatively there were a lot of changes with “The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and other fairy-tale-based princess films. The two Snow Whites do have notable differences, of course.

The Disney version missed out on a lovely introduction of Snow White’s mother sewing at a window of black ebony as it snowed. She pricks her finger and thinks three droplets of blood look pretty against the white snow. She wishes she had a child, “as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the window frame.” As in inevitable she dies in childbirth, and both stories begin with an evil stepmother as the new queen.

Oh by the way, the Grimm Fairy Tale version? Snow White is seven. It doesn’t change the plot really except it’s kind of odd that she gets married. But it doesn’t specify the Prince’s age, so I just headcanon him as another 7year-old.

The Queen hiring a hunter to kill Snow White? Totally happened, except in the Grimm tale it was Snow White’s idea to go into the forest instead of the hunter’s. Also in the fairy tale the Queen eats the pig’s heart, thinking it’s Snow White’s.

Dramatic much?

Snow White didn’t clean with animals and sing when she found the dwarves cottage; she ate their food, a little from each of seven plates, and then clocked out.

In the Grimm tale the Dwarves had the decency to let her sleep through the night though.

She only took up one bed and so “the seventh dwarf slept with his companions, one hour with each, and so got through the night,” which is really cute, if you ask me.

Oh, but the whole “you can stay here if you cook and clean” deal was the dwarves’ idea, not Snow White’s.

In the Grimm tale the stepmother comes to the cottage to kill Snow White three separate times…. And Snow White keeps falling for it! She had three different disguises, two of them being old ladies just by painting her face and changing her clothes rather than through magic. I guess Snow White being seven instead of fourteen made it easier for her to be tricked.

The first time, Snow White buys a lace, and the evil queen temporarily kills her by lacing her bodice super tight. The cure was just for the dwarves to cut the lace and Snow White can breathe again, good as new.

The second time we do have witchcraft. The Queen crafts a poisonous comb, and Snow White, completely forgetting her traumatic bodice experience and the dwarves' warning and buys the comb. She lets the “old peddler” place the comb in her hair. Then of course it’s as easy as taking the comb out for the dwarves to then save her.

The third and most famous murder attempt was the poison apple. The Queen is even more clever this time by making a half-white half-red apple, and eats the white-unpoisoned half to trick Snow White into thinking it’s safe. Spoiler alert: it isn’t.

Then things get a little weird. When a prince comes to see Snow White in her glass coffin, he hasn’t met her before and hasn’t sung her a beautiful love song by a wishing well. Apparently he liked this dead girl so much he just had to have the coffin. He tells the dwarves he’ll give them whatever they want for it. Then the dwarves say “we won’t part with it for all the gold in the world.” Wow, so how will the prince get his hands on this coffin? He then asks the dwarves to just give it to him because he will honor and prize a dead girl in a coffin as his “dearest possession.” Then the dwarves just let him have it.

I would have taken some gold, though.

At least in the Grimm version the prince doesn’t kiss a corpse. When his servants start to carry Snow White’s coffin they trip, and the piece of apple comes out of her throat. Then just like the laces and comb, simply removing the murder weapon brings Snow White back to life.

The prince then, not being clingy or forward at all says tells Snow White he loves her “more than everything in the world” and asks for her hand in marriage.

Snow White, of course, does marry him. She’s seven, so again I’m just going to head cannon the prince as being close to her age. Back in 1812 fairy tales were meant for children, so maybe the children back then were delighted to hear of a fellow seven-year-old girl finding a marrying a prince. Girls still do that right? I wouldn’t know, I was never one to dream of handsome princes as a seven-year-old.

Then the stepmother is invited to the wedding feast and of course, she only attends after agonizing about in front of her magic mirror.

“But what happens to her if the dwarves didn’t chase off the side of a cliff like in the Disney version?” you ask.

At the wedding she’s given iron slippers that were put on a fire. She’s forced to wear them “and dance until she dropped down dead,” because that was a thing in the fairy tale universe.

Also, who makes these decisions? It’s written to seem agentless, but who knows about the Queen’s crimes other than the dwarves and Snow White? Are our “innocent” protagonists telling the servants to do these things? We may never know.

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It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

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Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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