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Alternate Stories and Endings for Popular Disney Movies

Updated on July 26, 2012

Who isn't familiar with Disney movies? If you aren't, then this article may contain some spoilers. If you are and are like me, then you probably know most of the classic Disney animated movies front and back. But what you have to consider is that these timeless movies went through many revisions and changes before making it to the big screen. Some alterations are minor; a character's name being changed or perhaps a deleted scene to save time. Other revisions can change the entire mood and message of the story. These are some of the most interesting and shocking original Disney story ideas that I have come across.

1. Beauty and the Beast

Walt Disney originally wanted to make 'Beauty and the Beast' back in the 1930s, but did not have the funds to do so. It wasn't until the success of 'The Little Mermaid' that the movie was able to be made. As fun and enchanting as the movie is, it also has quite a dark side. If not for some revisions, the movie would have been even darker. One scene included Gaston visiting the actual Asylum instead of talking to the owner in a private room.Another had the Beast dragging a dead animal he had hunted down. However, the most shocking original concept was Gaston's intended demise. Instead of accidentally falling from the tower, it was originally intended for Gaston to commit suicide. Driven mad by not being able to have Belle, Gaston was supposed to stab the Beast and then throw himself from the tower, laughing as he fell.Obviously, this would have made the already dramatic scene more disturbing, especially for a younger audience, so it was changed to an accidental death.

Other deleted and altered scenes included additional characters who resided in the library given to Belle and the famed 'Be Our Guest' song being performed to Belle's father Maurice instead of Belle.These additional characters were removed to focus more on the main enchanted characters and the creators felt 'Be Our Guest' fit the mood better with Belle.


2. Lilo and Stitch

Released in 2002, some major revisions had to be made to the movie following the 9/11 attack. During the big chase to rescue Lilo towards the end of the movie, instead of using Jumba and Pleakley's spaceship, a plane is stolen and an action-packed chase scene ensues throughout the city, buildings being demolished by the plane in the process. Most of the scene already completed before 9/11, the scene had to be redone before the release in 2002. The airplane was converted into a space ship and the city was replaced with mountains.

Also, an alternate scene had to be removed from the movie as others felt it was too much for younger audiences. It was originally intended for Pudge the fish to die after being attacked by a flock of seagulls. While Lilo fights to save him, Stitch merely sits back and watches in amusement. After losing Pudge, Lilo yells at Stitch for letting Pudge die and leaves. Stitch find her in a cemetery burying Pudge by her parents. As flowers from a near-by tree, Lilo says it was from her mother as decorations for Pudge's grave, but Stitch has already left the cemetery, crying outside the gate, now understanding the consequences of his actions.

3. Aladdin

When the script was first made, Aladdin had many more characters and songs. Some songs were cut for time and others were cut along with their characters such as 'Omar, Babkak, Aladdin, Kassim' (a song for Aladdin and his original friends) and 'Proud of Your Boy' (a song Aladdin sings to his disappointed mother as she sleeps). Jafar also had his own villain's song entitled 'Humiliate the Boy' but it was perceived as being too ridiculous for the sinister character.

4. The Lion King

There were quite a few changes made to Scar's character throughout the production and design of the movie. In one of the earlier story ideas, the movie was suppose to be about conflict between lions and baboon, Scar being the baboon leader (while Rafiki, the only baboon in the movie, was going to be a cheetah). When that idea was scrapped and Scar became a lion himself, it was not intended for him to be related to Mufasa, hence why the two characters look so drastically different. Feeling that it would be more interesting to the story, the two were made into brothers. Another interesting sub-plot that was ultimately removed was Scar's desire to make Nala his queen. When Nala refuses his advances, she is banished which is the original cause for her eventually running into Simba. However, Scar's treatment of Nala was considered to be "sexual harassment" and was thus inappropriate for a children's movie.

5. The Little Mermaid

'The Little Mermaid' was originally set to be a musical short in the 1930s, but the idea was dropped for another Hans Christian Anderson classic, 'The Ugly Duckling'. Again, the movie was set to be made in the 1940s, this time following the much darker and original version of Anderson's story, but an animation strike delayed production along with wartime propaganda becoming the main focus.

Many of the songs in the movie went through multiple revisions, most being cut-back or removed all together to save time or to better fit the storyline. In an extended version of 'Fathoms Below' it is revealed that Ursula is actually Triton's sister.


[Sailors]

I'll tell you a tale of the bottomless blue
And it's hey to the starboard, heave-ho
Look out lad, a mermaid be waiting for you
In mysterious fathoms below

Eric: Ah, isn't this great? The salty sea air, the wind blowing in your face... Ah, perfect day to be at sea!

Grimsby: Oh yes, delightful...

Sailor #1: A fine strong wind and a following sea, King Triton must be in a friendly type mood.

Eric: King Triton?

Sailor #1: Why, ruler of the merpeople lad. Thought every good sailor knew all about him!

[Sailors]

I'll sing you a song of the king of the sea
And it's hey to the starboard, heave-ho
The ruler of all of the oceans is he
In mysterious fathoms below

Grimsby: Hmph, merpeople! Eric, pay no attention to this nautical nonsense.

Sailor #1: But it ain't nonsense, it's the truth. There's a whole world of merpeople under the sea.

Sailor #2: King Triton's the ruler...

Sailor #3: He's got seven fair daughters...

Sailor #4: And a witch of a sister named Ursula.

Eric: Ursula?

Sailor #4: Evil and ugly, and hungry for power. King Triton need banished her off into exile. And there she lives now, just biddin' her time.

[Sailor #4]

Fathoms below in the ocean
Lives Ursula witch of the sea
She plots and she schemes and she wickedly dreams
Of the day when she'll return once more
Return to rule the ocean floor

[Sailors]

She wants to be queen of the bottomless blue
And it's hey to the starboard, heave-ho
So Triton beware there's a big 'un' a-brewin'
In mysterious fathoms below

In a alternate deleted ending to the movie, it is implied that Ariel doesn't get her voice back until after the fight with Ursula. After struggling to get the trident away from Ursula, Ariel is knocked unconscious and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Eric precedes to fight Ursula on a small, rocky island. Grabbing Eric with her tentacles, Ursula holds him under the water in an attempt to drown him. Unbeknownst to Ursula, Sebastian and Flounder bring Eric the trident and he stabs Ursula with it, defeating her. The trident and Ursula's shell necklace fall into the water. The trident lands by Triton, turning him back to normal. He swims over to the still unconscious Ariel. He looks on in sadness when Ursula's necklace lands by her, releasing Ariel's voice and reviving Ariel. Triton then allows Ariel to return to Eric, where she sings a short reprise of 'Part of Your World' to him, confirming that she was, in fact, the one to rescue him in the beginning,

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Wow. So many revisions and so many alternate stories, characters. The gestation of many movies have such fascinating side stories. thanks for compiling those from the Disney classics... as a film buff and lover of stories and trivia, this is a treasure trove of such info.

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      Bryony Harrison 5 years ago from UK

      Love your hub; I knew about a few of these changes, but many are new to me. I am particularly fascinated about the idea of Scar as a baboon.

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