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Sister Alionushka, Brother Ivanushka
As a witch's curse brought their father's kingdom to ruin, Princess Alionushka and Prince Ivanushka were forced to flee from the only home they had ever known.
The “little glutton” who travels through the woods in Italo Calvino’s Italian Folktales carries a special delivery for Uncle Wolf.
Aladdin Pt. 2
Fame, glory, wealth and a beautiful bride—Aladdin truly did have everything he had ever wanted.
Aladdin Pt. 1
Growing up an impoverished young ne’er-do-well, Aladdin is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb.
Cinderella: Ye Xian
Ye Xian had an ideal childhood - raised by the wife of the village chief, she wanted for nothing.
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The Ant and the Grasshopper
Some insects work tirelessly throughout the year, preparing for the cold months of winter, when crops dry up and food is scarce.
The original 1883, Italian version of Pinocchio is far darker than the version modern audiences are acquainted with.
The Blue Belt II
Mads is alone on a desert island. He was blinded, maimed, and left for dead without his magical belt to save him.
The Blue Belt
In this Norwegian Folktale, a beggar woman and her son happen upon a mysterious magical belt lying on a dirt path.
The Dog and the Sparrow
This dog has known nothing but abuse and neglect his entire life.
The Brave Little Tailor
Many of us wish we could be a dashing hero living a life of adventure.
Despised by her father after her mother died in childbirth, Eloise schemes to run away from home.
Henriette wants nothing more than to live with her love, but her evil stepmother would never allow it.
The Haunted Ship
Nassos never wanted to be a sailor, but he inherited his father's ship nonetheless.
The Gingerbread Man
Though many can repeat this famous cookie's classic rhyme, few know of his origins.
Princess Talia's parents were warned that she must never touch a spindle, or she would face certain death.
The Goose Girl
In a wicked twist on the old trading places trope, a princess's devious maid takes her clothes and poses as the princess.
The Juniper Tree
In one of the Grimm Brothers’ darkest tales, a young boy named Jakob faces off against an evil stepmother.
Snow White & Rose Red
This story follows a young Snow White and her sister as their mother forces them to spend time together.
After secretly marrying a commoner, Prince Francesco uses a magical glass tunnel to spend nights with his true love.
Little Red Riding Hood
A story that has been told for generations all over the world.
Puss in Boots
Unlike his modern Dreamworks counterpart, Puss in Boots was originally female, overshadowed by her male counterpart.
The Enchanted Quill
A crow enlists the help of a woman, instructing her to pluck a feather to make magical wishes.
The Snow Queen
Disney’s Frozen has nothing on this dark and devastating Danish fairy tale.
Br’er Rabbit represents not only enlightenment and rebellion against authority, but also deceit, greed, spite and even homicidal rage.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Do you know the dangerous outcome of weaving tall tales?
Sinbad the Sailor II
Sinbad is back on his ship and setting sail for Persia, hopefully one of his most lucrative trips yet.
Sinbad the Sailor
Will he complete his journey after being shipwrecked in Basra?
Peter Pan III
Hurt and unable to fly, it seems like Peter Pan is out of luck.
Peter Pan II
Not only does a jealous Tinkerbell attempt to murder Wendy, but we find out about a much darker side to Peter Pan.
In this version, young Peter flies to an island and introduces himself as Peter the Bird.
Once he completed the twelve labors and paid his debt to society, Hercules married Deianira.
After strangling his music teacher Linos in a fit of rage, Hercules was confronted by two beautiful women, Vice and Virtue.
The Fountain of Youth
One day, Toshiro the wood cutter wandered into a remote part of the forest to cut wood and drank from a nearby pond.
In this early version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, young Persinette is locked away in a tall tower away from men and told by her mother to never cut her beautiful golden hair.
Thumbelina is a girl no bigger than a human thumb.
The Emperor requests that his kitchen maid, Mei, bring to him the nightingale whose melody is so sweet that she can make your heart dance.
Momotaro is a brave Japanese boy adopted by a childless couple, after they find him inside of a peach.
A soldier returning from battle steals a magical Tinderbox from a witch.
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves III
After having his first revenge plot foiled, Massood, captain of the thieves, swore revenge against Ali Baba, the man who killed 37 of his men.
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves II
Massood, captain of the thieves, concocts a plan to get even with Ali Baba for stealing riches from his cave.
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
Ali Baba, a modest wood chopper, finds a stolen fortune in a magical cave, but can't keep the secret from his greedy brother.
The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
A town in Germany had a serious rat infestation, and turned to a mysterious visitor to fix their problem.
The tale of Hua Mulan seems simple: she was a devoted daughter who risked her life to become a warrior in place of her father.
The Ugly Duckling
In this classic story of metamorphosis, a young duckling struggles to fit in with everyone around him.
A key. A forbidden locked door. And bloody secrets.
Beauty and the Beast III
The Beast grants Beauty a trip home, and she gladly accepts the time with her family.
Beauty and the Beast II
Trapped within the Beast’s beautiful castle, Beauty grows anxious of her imminent death.
Beauty and the Beast
The merchant Marc lost everything — his wife, his job, his home — leaving his children unsatisfied with their new, poor lifestyle.
Birth of a Beauty
Despite different social standings, King Ernest marries a commoner, Alice.
Birth of a Beast
Lies. Lust. Tragedy. The original story of Beauty and the Beast is quite different than the story you know today.
The Frog Prince. Sleeping Beauty. Beauty and the Beast.You think you know these stories, but do you really?