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5 Classic Fairytales Disney Should Adapt

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Dec 03, 2013 | 8:00am EST

If there is one thing to be learned while growing up, it’s that you’re never too old for Disney movies. Sure, it might be a bit awkward being the only person in the theater without a child, but it’s worth it. This year’s Disney release, Frozen, is an adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” one of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous short stories. After Frozen, we’d like to see Disney adapt some more classic fairytales.

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“The Wild Swans”

One of the lesser known stories by Andersen, “The Wild Swans” tells of a princess who rescues her eleven brothers from a spell cast by an evil queen. C’mon, that premise has Disney written all over it.

“Pied Piper”

“The Pied Piper of Hamelin” is one of the oldest legends that has been passed down for centuries. The story talks of a piper leading many children away from their homes (presumably to their deaths). It’s a bit morbid for Disney, but, to be fair, originally “The Little Mermaid” wasn’t exactly a happy story either.

“Rumplestiltskin”

Once Upon A Time has adapted the story of Rumplestiltskin, but they didn’t stay true to the tale. We’d like to see a Disney version, though perhaps without the whole baby-stealing bit.

“The Princess and the Pea”

Maybe “The Princess and the Pea” is a bit of a snooze-fest (literally), but add a snarky animal companion and a dashing love interest, and it’s the perfect Disney movie. 

“The 12 Dancing Princesses”

It’s surprising that Disney hasn’t adapted this particular story yet since there are not one, not two, but twelve princesses. Think of the merchandising! Plus, it’s a fantastic tale that has rarely been adapted.

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