Here Are Some Brutally Honest Pictures Of Disney Characters To Remind You That The World Sucks

Disney Ariel Little Mermaid Unhappily Ever After

If you thought the Internet had created every funny, weird, random, emotional or downright depressing reimagining of Disney characters possible, think again. Reddit user GrumpyPunkCat has created a series of image edits called “Unhappily Ever After.” The gallery of pictures shows various Disney characters placed in brutally honest modern-day (or close to modern-day) situations designed to thoroughly depress you and make you question your entire childhood. If you haven’t had your daily reminder that the world sucks, here it is for you in vibrant technicolor.

Take, for instance, the image above, in which Ariel is caught in an oil spill. Or the one below, in which Dumbo is the victim of animal abuse in the circus:

Disney Dumbo Unhappily Ever After

Or this one, which features Pocahontas and her fellow Native Americans in a casino:

Disney Pocahontas Unhappily Ever After

Or this one, with Tiana in the segregated South:

Disney Tiana Princess and the Frog Unhappily Ever After

If that’s not sufficiently depressing, check out the rest of the gallery, featuring Alice as a drug addict, Esmerelda as a homeless woman, Cinderella possibly the victim of assault, and Mulan with her face covered by a surgical mask. They appear to be specifically designed to reach into your chest, grab hold of whatever semblance of innocence is left in you, rip it out and stomp on it. I know there are problems with Disney movies, both in their unrealistic and generic depictions of happily ever afters and in their approach to gender and race and other social issues.

But sometimes I just want to watch a fluffy, cheerful Disney movie I liked as a kid and pretend that things really do work out like fairy tales. Is that so much to ask, Internet? As impressively put together and affecting as these images are, do we really have to turn everything idealistic and optimistic and happy into such a downer these days? Yes, we do? Well okay then.

(Images: Imgur)

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    • Olivia Wilson

      My heart hurts.

    • whiteroses

      I’ll be honest- this series didn’t really affect me all that much. It just seems like the unhappy ending Disney thing has been done…and done…and done again. It’s hard to get worked up over this stuff.

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