Villains Ain’t So Bad
Maleficent released last weekend in the U.S. Basically, the premise is a re-telling of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, but with the villain as the protagonist. Check it out if you haven’t seen it already!
That got us thinking – what might some of the other Disney movies look like if the bad guys were really the good guys? Here are our takes on a few tales.
Alice in Wonderland (The Queen of Hearts)
Let’s get real here: The Queen might get a little hasty every now and then with the whole wanton decapitation thing, but she’s really just trying to uphold order in her kingdom. Just look at all the stuff Alice did during her stay in Wonderland. Between Unbirthday-related public disturbances, contempt of court, and – most prominently – substance abuse, you’d probably want her out of there, too.
The Little Mermaid (Ursula)
Ursula tried to stop Prince Eric from falling in love with Ariel, but is that really such a bad thing? After all, if you think about it, the message of The Little Mermaid is pretty much, “If you want your crush to like you back, just literally change your entire way of living and leave your entire family behind.” Perhaps Ursula just wanted to teach young Ariel a little lesson about life and keep her off of the fairytale edition of 16 and Pregnant.
Beauty and the Beast (Gaston)
A bunch of talking household items and great big furry monster? The whole thing does sound pretty crazy. Maybe Belle hit her head or something when she went looking for her father in the woods, and is hallucinating the whole thing. We know she loves reading and has a great imagination, so it’s plausible enough. Gaston was just concerned for her well-being the whole time. What a swell guy!
The Lion King (Scar)
Have you seen the kid that was in line for the throne? He’s told not to explore the wastelands, and immediately gets lost in and almost killed in the wastelands. Grade-A king material right there. Scar’s not just gonna let that screw-up be in charge of an entire people species. Sure, the Hyena regime didn’t turn out so great, but his heart was (probably?) in the right place.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (the Evil Queen)
Originally named Queen Grimhilde (there’s one for the pub quiz), the Evil Queen is probably the most iconic Disney villain ever, so you might think this would be a tough one to flip around. But, it’s been done. In Neil Gaiman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples” the Queen is a tragic hero, ultimately meeting a torturous death at the hands of her vain and maniacal stepdaughter. Being “the fairest of them all” really went to her head.
Cinderella (Wicked Stepsisters and Stepmother)
Actually, forget it. They were just jerks.
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