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->''"It was much earlier even than that when most people forgot that the very oldest stories are, sooner or later, about blood. Later on they took the blood out to make the stories more acceptable to children, or at least to the people who had to read them to children rather than children themselves (who, on the whole, are quite keen on blood provided it's being shed by the deserving[[labelnote:*]]That is to say, those who deserve to shed blood. Or possibly not. You never quite know with some kids.[[/labelnote]]), and then wondered where the stories went."''
-->-- ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''
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A form of editing, known for often falling into AdaptationDecay, that renders a story "safe" for juvenile audiences (or the parents thereof) by removing undesirable plot elements or [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory unpleasant historical facts]], adding Broadway-style production numbers, and reworking whatever else is necessary for a LighterAndSofter HappilyEverAfter Ending. There is often a clearer line between [[BlackAndWhiteMorality good and evil]], which may cause one character to be [[AdaptationalVillainy forced into the cackling villain role]]. TalkingAnimal sidekicks tend to be tacked on somehow.

[[TropesAreTools This isn't always a bad thing, though.]] Done properly (i.e. not [[TastesLikeDiabetes too cute]] or dumbed-down), the Disneyfied property can be just as entertaining as the original or even better (for example, if you're not a fan of {{Downer Ending}}s, or if they've improved boring parts and given the characters personality, or fixed a PlotHole). The actual tales themselves are often too short to adapt properly, and the expanded versions can be hit and misses. The reworked Disney versions lead to AdaptationDisplacement and SadlyMythtaken, with most people being unaware that the original fairy tales might have even contained [[IncrediblyLamePun grimmer]] aspects. Visual representations of the fairy tales are often strongly influenced by Disney --Literature/SnowWhite is seen [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs wearing a dress with primary colors and a red bow in her hair]], Literature/TheLittleMermaid with [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid red hair, a green tail, and a purple seashell bra]], and so on.

Named for its most notorious practitioner, Disney studios, although it actually started [[OlderThanRadio before the Victorian Era]]. Ironically, the TropeMaker would be Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, who despite being the TropeNamer for {{Grimmification}}, actually were the first ones to make fairy tales more suitable for children. The violence and sex were actually toned down tremendously from the originals.

A SubTrope of {{Bowdlerise}}. Compare AbridgedForChildren, when this happens to the original work. See also SadlyMythtaken (often caused by this). Contrast {{Grimmification}}. Not to be confused with {{Disneyesque}}, which is emulating the stereotypical visual style of Disney animated movies, but not necessarily emulating the tone.

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!!Examples

Examples from works by Creator/{{Disney}} [[DisneyFication/{{Disney}} have their own page.]]

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!!Non-Disney Examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' contains numerous episodes and even entire plot arcs that are in no way present in the source material. This is largely due to the series director, Tatsuyuki Nagai, self-proclaimedly not being a fan of the dark and often tragic themes present in the original manga and its [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex main-story light novel]]. As such he had multiple non-canon and filler episodes added, with the latter half of both seasons being completely anime-original arcs, adding happy endings to the arcs that previously lacked them. This has drawn a fair amount of criticism from fans of the original source material, claiming that putting a happy ending where one originally wasn't takes away from the original story's theme of nihilistic tragedy.
** Some [[FanNickname fan nicknames]] for these non-canon events are "Failgun," "Nagaispace," and "Cloverfield" (the third one being a reference to the overarching theme of clovers Nagai added throughout the series).
* ''Manga/AsatteNoHoukou'', for instance, in the original manga Hiro is probably Karada's father. Her mother is [[IncestIsRelative Hiro's aunt]].
* Most of the dubbings of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment tend to do this, removing all the religious[=/=]pagan[=/=]demonic imagery, removing violence and firearms, removing almost all the references to death and murder, removing all the fanservice... You get the idea.
** Nelvana is guilty of this too. ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' for example was torn in half to get rid of context unsuitable for Western demographic (eg. implied incest and underage romance). This is more in terms of context rather than narrative however, given the dialogue and characterizations are actually somewhat less [[TastesLikeDiabetes cutesy and whimsical]] than the original Japanese original.
*** Also due to omitting almost all romantic elements, a large amount of the show's finale had to be edited, making it more [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] (especially since Nelvana lost the rights to dubbing the show before ''[[HappilyEverAfter The Sealed Card]]'' was released).
* ''Anime/LesMiserablesShojoCosette'' is a family friendly adaptation of ''Literature/LesMiserables'', removing almost all the violence, adult themes and angst. It still has ts dark moments, though.
* ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' averts this trope for the most part, and sometimes even inverts it (a few episodes, such as "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Iron Stove", are actually ''darker'' than their sources). A few straight examples exist in Cinderella (where the stepsisters don't cut off their feet) and Bearskin (where the two older sisters don't kill themselves).
* ''[[Anime/CuteyHoney Cutey Honey Flash]]'' changed the original story from a violent and sexy ActionGirl series into a [[ShoujoDemographic shoujo]] MagicalGirl series, quite similar to ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
** Most of Creator/GoNagai's classics were originally aimed for teens and adults. TV adaptions for kids during 1970s-1980s softened the materials significantly. A notable example is ''Manga/{{Devilman}}''. Even though the show is still a horror genre, it's nowhere as brutal as the original.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Part III: Stardust Crusader'' disneyfies horror fictions. Many of the stand users are based on the slasher films (Ebony Devil: ''Film/ChildsPlay'', Yellow Temperance: ''Film/TheBlob'', Alessi: ''Film/TheShining'', etc), which, [[{{Gorn}} while still gory]], are a lot less scary thanks to the protagonists having NervesOfSteel, the frequently emerging comical moments, and [[EvilIsHammy the villains being downright hammy]], making the show suitable as a shonen manga along the standards of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted in the Danish comic book series ''ComicBook/{{Valhalla}}''. Most of the stories from the Nordic Mythology are both severely simplified and kidified. For example, two kids, who have little to do with the original mythology, are made into protagonists for most of the earlier books. Also, in one myth Freyja sold her body to receive the Brisinga-necklace, but in the comics she just gave up a small part of her blood. On the other hand, the comic series also features [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids gore]], [[NippleAndDimed boobs]] and [[FanService full frontal nudity]]!
** The comic pays a lot of homage to the original myths even when changing them. In the case of Freyja, Odin (and the reader) are led to believe for most of the story that she did, indeed, sleep her way to getting the necklace. Odin (who, true to the myths, is often a {{Jerkass}}) gets Loki to steal it for him, intent on asking the same price for it as she originally paid if she wants it back. He wasn't expecting her to cut her finger and give him a few drops of her blood.
** The book dealing with Baldur's death takes this trope even further. Loki kills Baldur purely by accident (not on purpose, like in the original myth), and he spends much of the story trying to ''avoid'' committing the prophesized murder, thereby setting up the very circumstances that lead to it. Granted, Baldur still dies, but when he comes to Helheim (the realm of the dead), his cheerful disposition makes the goddess Hel so happy that the dark and miserable Helheim spontaneously turns into a lush, green pasture!
*** The myths are not entirely clear on Loki's involvement in the incident. Several sources blame Hod, claiming Loki's only involvement was refusing to shed the tear needed to secure his release from Helheim; only a few relatively modern sources (mainly Snorlsson's ''Prose Edda'') blame Loki.
** The final album in the series, which deals with Ragnarokk ''also'' manages to play this trope, even if it deals with the prophesied end of the world. It does so partly by playing up the oft-forgotten "rebirth" part of the myth, and partly by treating the "end of the world" as not the literal end of the human world, but a sign that the Scandinavian lands were converted to Christianity. The famous scenes of Asgard burning, Odin being swallowed by the Fenris wolf and Thor falling in battle with the Midgard serpent still happen, and are treated very dramatically, though the end of the story reveals in roundabout ways that this probably wasn't their final end and that they would go on in some form even if they were no longer worshipped as gods. The biggest {{Disneyfication}} is in Loki's fate, though: In the original myths he is killed by Heimdall, but in the comic he skips out of their fight and escapes to the untouched Midgard with Tjalve and Roskva. He gets about half a page to gloat that he's the only god left before being interrupted by a pair of Christian monks who invite him down to the newly-built church and join him in the worship of the "Almighty Lord." Loki being [[EnsembleDarkhorse a very popular character]] thanks to his JerkassWoobie characterization, no readers complained about this.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' does this for UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic and the Roman conquest of Western Europe. Plenty of PoliticallyCorrectHistory is used - for instance, the historical Gauls were big fans of human sacrifices and killed enemies often in highly disturbing ways to serve as a deterrent, but the Gauls in the comic are big-hearted, childish party animals who love a good, friendly brawl and to poke fun at authority, and NobodyCanDie is in full effect (save for a single HoistByHisOwnPetard death in a particularly dark story). Slaves in the comic are usually shown in such a way that the horror of being literally owned by another human being is [[BlackComedy nullified]]; the gladiators in one story all decide they prefer playing parlour games to fighting; the pirates, while not quite ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything, are way too incompetent to actually get any pillaging done; and the complicated politico-sexual mess between Cleopatra, Caesar and Mark Antony is completely glossed over in favour of excising Mark Antony and making Caesar and Cleopatra a happy (if prone to bickering) husband and wife, with Cleo being something of a softening influence on him. Brutus, one of Caesar's eventual murderers in RealLife, is portrayed as ObviouslyEvil and just there for DramaticIrony HorribleJudgeOfCharacter jokes.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* The ''GoneWithTheWind'' fic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/20974 GWTW: The Animated Film]] parodies this.
-> ''Meeting up with Rhett, the pair sings a duet or so before wondering what to do. Rhett is still blockade running slaves, and offers to smuggle Scarlett out along with Big Sam, so that they can both settle down in peace. Scarlett, after three animated moments of agonising soul searching, decides to refuse. Her place is with her people, she tells him. The Yankees have reached Atlanta, and though the South's defeat seems imminent, Scarlett cannot betray her side, faulty and racist though they may appear to be even after all of Disney's modifications.''
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Creator/GoldenFilms has some examples.
** ''WesernAnimation/{{Camelot}}'' removed the sexual undertones of [[Myth/KingArthur the original myths]] to make the story kid-friendly. It still shows the [[YourCheatingHeart adulterous affair]] between Guinivere and Lancelot, but anything explicit is not shown, not even a kiss.
* The Dreamworks movie ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' was relatively faithfully adapted from [[Literature/TheBible the book of Exodus.]] However, it still Disneyfied the potential drowning of Pharaoh. Kind of odd, since they included the deaths of his soldiers and two separate genocides (one by the Egyptians against the Hebrews and one by God against the Egyptians).
** Then again, what with the relationship between the Pharaoh and Moses in the movie (and the movie's efforts to humanize him), killing the Pharaoh off would have been a pretty bad dramaturgical choice. [[spoiler: (The last time we see him he's roaring Moses' name to the heavens in despair, while on the other side of the Red Sea Moses whispers "good-bye, brother.")]]
** There is also spontaneous chariot racing for whatever reason.
** The original text reveals Moses as actively deciding to kill the Egyptian taskmaster for beating a Hebrew slave. And then he (unsuccessfully) tried to cover it up to avoid blame
** Moses was [[BadassGrandpa 80 years old]] and father of two sons when he came to see the Pharaoh. He also was "[[SpeechImpediment slow of tongue]]" and so Aaron did the talking. Moses as a younger man is probably more due to the influence of ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' than this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' manages to show the Russian Revolution [[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection without mentioning Communism]]. Instead, Rasputin is plucked out his historical context for use as a pure EvilSorcerer (ignoring his ''complex'' relationship with the Romanovs), and given an annoying talking bat as a NonHumanSidekick. They didn't even mention Lenin, the Soviets and the Bolsheviks when they attacked the Czar's palace!
** Which is closer to being [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_Revolution historically correct.]] Bolsheviks were not a major power until November in 1917 (it's mostly forgotten these days that there were ''two'' Russian Revolutions in 1917, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_Revolution the first]] overthrowing the monarchy and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Revolution the second]] being the Bolshevik takeover). Well, except for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_(council) Soviets,]] given you [[AdaptationDisplacement recall what that word originally meant]].
** There was one Communism joke. One. "That's what I hate about this government: everything's in red!" They get out of the USSR about [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot as fast as the plot can carry them]], saving it from any further inconvenient relevance to the cute-little-bugs musical numbers.
* This actually happened to ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', of all characters, in TheMovie, where they ditched most of the slapstick, [[SuddenlyVoiced started to talk and sing]], became best friends, and helped a little girl reunite with her father. Needless to say it was not very will liked.
-->'''Tom:''' ''"Don't... you... believe it!"''
** Nowadays, they are back to their usual characterization, but they were also portrayed in a more pleasant light in the 1970s TV show too, thanks to MoralGuardians trying to crack down on slapstick.
* The WarnerBros animated feature ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', supposedly based on Vera Chapman's novella ''The King's Damosel'', itself a feminist retelling of the [[KingArthur Arthurian]] tale of Linette and Gareth. Similarities between the book and the film are, in total, that the lead character is an ActionGirl with a falcon, she's accompanied by a blind man, and it's set in Arthurian England. It was decided to [[AnimatedMusical add songs]] [[FollowTheLeader to compete with]] Creator/{{Disney}}, [[AdaptationNameChange change all the lead characters' names]], add ''three'' {{Non Human Sidekick}}s, [[ClicheStorm add more Disney cliches]] to make the film more of a Disney-esqe musical, and to top it all off, dump the BittersweetEnding in favour of "Kayley" living HappilyEverAfter with "Garrett" (an amalgamation of Lucius [the blind man] and Gareth).
* Titanic movies:
** ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' alters history so that (almost) everyone survives, including bad guys who would be considered an AcceptableTarget, and also shoehorns some really bad singing and dancing in. It's a ripoff of a bunch of more famous movies, such as like James Cameron's ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', with comic scenes practically lifted wholesale from Disney movies.
** It's even worse in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', released at the same time as the former in Italy, where the ship is rescued from sinking by a giant octopus [[TheAtoner atoning]] for having chucked the iceberg in the ship's way in the first place. And in this one, ''everyone survives'', even the captain and the band. The only possible saving throw is the ending, which implies that the narrator of the story, as a sailor, exaggerates and makes up stuff. This does absolutely nothing to excuse the ''sequel'', which involves mermaids, Atlantis, talking toys, and evil mice.
** Parodied in a 1998 installment of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s animated "TV Funhouse" segment, there's a RealTrailerFakeMovie for a Disney film called "Titey" in which the Titanic is a singing, dancing ship and the story mangles history in countless ways - the ship swordfights a singing, dancing iceberg voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, and then "refuses to stay sunk" by being rescued by a gang of wise-cracking whales. (The final line of the skit is "See it, or your children will ''hate'' you!") The sad thing is, this skit predated the two above films -- and if ever became a real movie, it'd probably ''still'' manage to be better than them.
* ''TheSwanPrincess'' for the most part stays true to the original ''Theatre/SwanLake'' fairy tale, but makes the classic set of changes: talking animal sidekicks, a healthy dash of women's lib, and a happy ending in which the swan and the prince marry instead of drowning themselves in the lake. They even went on to star in direct-to-video sequels and are still alive and kicking!
** Stagings of the ballet are divided on this: some have the lovers die (or parted forever as Odette is condemned to remain a swan), while others have them live happily ever after. Creator/MercedesLackey's retelling ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'' splits the difference: [[spoiler: Odette and Siegfried throw themselves in the lake but are restored to life by a turned-good Odile.]]
** Research suggests that the happy ever after one might be the originally intended ending of the ballet... which would push it in the [[{{Grimmification}} opposite trope]].
* The Rankin-Bass movie adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' makes a few questionable changes (all death is represented by the screen spinning) but is actually less destructive than you would expect. But for a sequel, Rankin-Bass got to make a mawkish version of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing''.
** However, it also manages to avert this trope at the end, [[spoiler: as not only does the mortally wounded Thorin die on screen, but a total of seven of the thirteen dwarves are killed in the Battle of Five Armies, as opposed to the three who are killed in the original book.]]
* A particularly egregious case occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI''. The king's advisor Kralahome is turned into the BigBad. Animal sidekicks are omnipresent, and they serve little actual purpose in the story. The slave girl Tuptim is given as a love interest to King Mongkut's eldest son instead of Mongkut himself to avoid the implications of a fifty-something man interested in a teenage girl. The King's multiple wives are omitted too. Comedy is put in the movie in exchange for the stuff taken out. And yet the film includes a rather stereotypical caricature in the form of the villain's sidekick. The King also lives at the end of the movie. The estate of Rogers and Hammerstein was not pleased with the film, and as a result it no longer allows animated adaptations of its musicals; this move plus the film becoming a BoxOfficeBomb crushed the career of director Richard Rich.
* ''Arthur and the Minimoys'' was an international hit and yielded two sequels, but the American release of the first film, retitled ''Film/ArthurAndTheInvisibles'', failed miserably at the box office. This might be because the American release completely removed the romantic subplot between Arthur and Selenia.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' is based on a book called ''Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH''. There were a number of small changes between the books: notably, Mrs. Frisby of the novel became Mrs. Brisby in the film (mainly to avoid trademark issues with the Wham-O! company) and a shift of focus from the rats' time at NIMH to Mrs. Brisby's looming crisis. Some of the characterizations are obviously much more whimsical and goofy than in the novel (particularly [[TheKlutz Jeremy]]). However, the biggest and most Disneyfied change is the random inclusion of magic and mysticism, which plays an important role in the movie, but was not present in the book whatsoever. Many fans prefer the movie to the books -- enough that a [[BrokenBase large schism]] is present in the ''NIMH'' fandom.
** Then there's the treatment of Jenner, which actually inverts this trope and adds more drama and darkness with making him the evil, murderous BigBad out to take control of the rats, while in the book he's never even ''seen'', just mentioned as a rat that disagreed with the way the tribe was living, and so he and some others that thought the same way packed up and left (However, it's implied that he and they are the dead rats found in an electronic store, and this sets up the last act of the book, as the rats who stayed behind must leave the farm before human authorities track them down too.)
** There's also a larger death count in the film. Oh, and Justin says "Damn" once.
** And then, in came the sequel. ''Timmy To The Rescue'', despite being an example of LighterAndSofter of the highest order, actually uses some elements from the book the novel neglected (eg. Brutus turning out to be a GentleGiant, the NIMH survivors being six rather than two). That said, these mostly do play more into softening the tone of the film, and naturally also cause some contradictions with the first film.
* It didn't hit much harder than in ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. What was intended to be Richard William's magnum opus (and a decidedly anti-Disney film) eventually became a victim of ExecutiveMeddling, and the film was edited by different studios to fit into the Nineties Disney format. The theatrical versions added musical numbers, half of which were [[AwardBaitSong very dated pop ballads]]; Yum Yum became a stock RebelliousPrincess; and the two [[TheVoiceless voiceless]] title characters were given dialogue and would simply [[LullDestruction not. Shut. UP.]] Critics even dismissed the movie as a knockoff of Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' despite the former's production beginning [[DevelopmentHell three decades earlier]].
* The animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/AnimalFarm'' is Disneyfied in a similar manner to the later live action version, although a notable difference is that while the animals in the live action adaptation express their displeasure of Napoleon's policies after a cumulation of him sending Boxer to the butcher shop and altering the entirety of the animal seven commandments, especially the seventh, by simply leaving the farm, the animals actually rebel outright against Napoleon and his pigs and successfully depose his regime. Though, given that the original novel was an allegory about Stalinism, and the animated adaptation was in large part bankrolled by the, [[ExecutiveMeddling Central Intelligence Agency, this is understandable.]] Maybe not ideal, but understandable.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1n_87vVcCo The Mighty Kong]] is a version of King Kong with musical numbers (done by The Sherman Brothers no less), a boy and his monkey, the voice of Ariel, and dancing animals. Also Kong lives at the end.
* The 2003 Spanish animation ''WesternAnimation/ElCid: La Leyenda'' tells the story of real-life national hero Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. Though it lacks elements such as magic and musical numbers, this is an historical adaptation that takes several liberties to make it lighter and softer, such as toned-down violence, the lead being less morally ambiguous and a couple of animal sidekicks, all to make it more palatable for families.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': The original L. Frank Baum books contain a surprising amount of casual and sometimes decidedly un-PC violence: in the first one alone besides the wholesale witchicide the Scarecrow twists the necks of crows sent to attack them, the Tin Woodsman chops the heads off vicious wolves, and the Cowardly Lion swats the head off a giant spider with his paw. And, of course, the Tin Woodsman became tin by gradually having all his bits cut off and replaced up to and including his head. Additionally in the book Dorothy intentionally throws the bucket of water on the Wicked Witch after she's mean to the Cowardly Lion (she doesn't know it'll make her melt of course). The film changes this to Dorothy trying to put out a fire on the Scarecrow's arms and the water accidentally splashing on the Witch.
* The happy ending of the movie version of ''TheWitches'' is pretty Disneyfied. Which is a bit odd, as the original novel doesn't have anything near a DownerEnding... it just isn't a perfect HappilyEverAfter, but much more [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] in flavor.
* In addition to changing its heroine from a quiet, thoughtful girl into Creator/ShirleyTemple's usual brassy, vivacious smart-aleck, the 1939 film of Frances Hodgson Burnett's book ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' softens the hardships Sara undergoes, changes the villain's weak and complicit sister into a heroic brother, and imposes a DisneyDeath on Sara's father, while ladling generous quantities of TastesLikeDiabetes over the entire story. There have been more faithful adaptations since, but even the 1995 Creator/AlfonsoCuaron version has her father survive.
* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'':
** The movie noticeably ends the story a bit early -- before the bit where Lord Asriel [[spoiler: murders the little boy Lyra thought she was saving in cold blood]]. It was filmed but saved as [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome an opener for the second movie]] -- needless to say, it proved to be a StillbornFranchise. It's possible to find cobbled-together versions of the chopped-off ending; it's very beautiful and heartbreaking and a shame that it looks like it will never be seen.
** In a useless effort to forestall complaints from religious viewers and to get Nicole Kidman to take the job, a lot of the original anti-Christian themes were also removed.
* In almost every film or television adaptation of ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', the N-word is taken out. In one particularly tacky example, an CBS MadeForTVMovie made Jim ''white'' and removed any mention of slavery. Also, at least one removes all trace of barefootedness for some reason.
* Although the film ''Film/EnemyMine'' and [[Literature/TheEnemyPapers the novella]] both have happy endings, the film has a very optimistic one in which Davidge saves Zammis from evil slavemasters and this leads to an implied greater understanding between humanity and the Dracs, as Davidge is added to the line of Jeriba. Meanwhile, the novella instead ends with Davidge saving Zammis from ''his own people'', who have had him imprisoned as mentally ill due to his strong identification with humans. Davidge then takes Zammis back to the planet Zammis was born on and Davidge and Jerry crashed on and founds a colony for those few humans and Dracs that are willing to look past the hostility and cultural differences between the races and work together in a spirit of cooperation, while giving up on a greater reconciliation of the two peoples in his lifetime.
* The film adaptation of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' replaces the bittersweet ending of the book with a straight-up happy ending. Rare in that author Creator/NeilGaiman actually gave his blessing to the change, saying it served the film better than the book's ending would have done.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/CharlesPerrault's "Literature/SleepingBeauty" was preceded by the 17th-century tale "Literature/SunMoonAndTalia" by Giambattista Basile, in which the princess was woken not by a kiss, but by being raped, giving birth -- both while unconscious -- and her child sucking the sleep-inducing splinter out of her finger.
** The ending of one variant of the tale is the princess being so pissed off when she realizes what's happened to her that she ''eats the babies''.
* Notably, Creator/TheBrothersGrimm made many of their fairy tales less scary than their original versions. This was partly because of complaints that their first edition was not suitable for children. They had, after all, titled it ''Household and Children's Tales''. They chiefly cut down the sex and converted evil mothers to wicked stepmothers, and some stories such as "How Some Children Played at Slaughtering" were left out entirely from later editions. Later writers toned down the violence.
** One interesting example is what they did to the story of "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}". In the most commonly encountered version, Mother Gothel learns that Rapunzel's being visited in her tower when ''Rapunzel tells her'' -- asking her, "How is it, good mother, that you are so much harder to pull up than the young Prince? He is always with me in a moment", which makes the heroine seem at best a bit on the dim side. In the original edition, Rapunzel was only naive, not stupid: she wanted to know why her dresses had grown so tight--specifically, around her stomach.
* OlderThanSteam: Folktales were being softened as far back as [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/071026.html Charles Perrault's version of the Pentameron]] in 1696.
* Literature/LittleRedRidingHood. In the earliest version, the wolf kills the grandmother, tricks the girl into eating her flesh and drinking her blood, then eats her. Perrault's version leaves out the cannibalism, but still ends with the girl's death. Only the Brothers Grimm added the huntsman.
* ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' is often a victim of this trope because it has giant Brobdingnagians and small Lilliputians which make for easy kid appeal, but the original novel is satirical and includes a scene where Gulliver upsets the Lilliputians by pissing on a fire to put it out. This scene, needless to say, is nearly always changed.
** Most modern renditions leave out ''vast'' amounts of ''Gulliver's Travels'', starting with scenes like the one in which a Brobdingnagian woman uses Gulliver as a ''dildo'', and moving on to excise the entire ''second half'' of the book with the voyages to Laputa and the land of the Houyhnhyms, which can in no way be made kid-friendly.
*** The closest interpretation was the 1996 TV movie featuring Ted Danson, and even that one told the story differently, with Gulliver being treated as a mental patient raving about his adventures, while [[{{Grimmification}} Grimmifying]] many elements of the tale and toning down the various elements involved in the story's ending, whether they contributed to its DownerEnding or not. [[spoiler: At the end, he's proved sane when his son finally manages to live-trap a Lilliputian sheep (which he'd brought back from that journey) and present it to the judge.]]
* The book ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'' discusses this, with the tales of a BluenoseBowdlerizer who'd rewritten the primal and admittedly occasionally horrific Tales to be filled with obnoxious {{Glurge}}. Dumbledore sourly comments that hearing her versions of the Tales causes children to be filled with "an intense urge to vomit". However, the book takes a sympathetic stance on her, attributing her attitude as being caused by sneaking downstairs as a child and hearing her sisters talk about what she claims was the most bloody of the Tales, but what is implied to be details of a sexual affair.
** And apparently "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" was just too gruesome for her to find a way to give it this treatment.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}''. Goodbye incestuous lovechild of Arthur and Morgan le Fay, hello adorable orphan druid boy.
** Mordred does get considerably less adorable as the series goes on. He was a CreepyChild when he was first introduced, and he just keeps getting creepier.
*** At one point he magically picks two spears and stabs one soldier with each of them. Then he smiles. All this before the watershed.
** Worth noting that the incestuous love child was in itself a RetCon. In older stories Mordred is not related to Arthur (though nor does he have magical powers), and Morgan le Fay is a good Fae (hence the title), one of the three who take Arthur to Avalon.
* ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' does this as a matter of course, being a kids' show about reading literature. For example, in the ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' episode, the Monster's request for a bride is replaced with a request to "make me a frieeeend!", the Monster is [[LostInImitation portrayed much more like the dumb brute from the movies than the highly intelligent creature from the book]], and Victor (Wishbone) doesn't die.
** And then there's ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' episode, wherein the Morlocks' only crime is being creepy, rather than [[spoiler: farming and eating the Eloi.]]
*** Does it ever make you wonder what happens if some of these kids get inspired to actually pick up one of those old books that have been "edited" by these shows?
** In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'', Injun Joe's name is changed to the more [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct]] "Crazy Joe."
** Mostly averted with {{Faust}}. They leave out Gretchen's pregnancy, but they retain how she ''' [[KilledOffForReal dies]], [[DyingAlone alone]] [[DrivenToMadness and completely insane]] because Faust (Wishbone) [[TearJerker left her when she needed him the most]]'''. You have to admit, that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar took serious balls]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it was awesome]].
* ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' Even though Dionne and Murray had sex in the movie, they do not hook-up on the TV show until the last episode of the show.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was Disneyfied rather abruptly in the fifth season. Three weeks after "Forgotten People", the plot of which dealt with a veritable Dr. Mengele working in a nursing home, there was "Brainchild", featuring an orphaned ChildProdigy, whose best friend is a talking supercomputer, and a plot more fitting of a late-60s live-action Disney flick.
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* Creator/TheBBC adaptation of ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' is pretty true to the book right up to the end, then suddenly says that Keith and Malicia got together and lived happily ever after with Maurice as their pet. The book ends with Maurice going on the lookout for [[AndTheAdventureContinues another stupid-looking kid he can work with]], and while there's ''hints'' there might one day be a Malicia/Keith relationship, that's all they are.
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* ''Stephen Foster -- The Musical'' was originally the story of Stephen Foster's life, called, appropriately, ''The Stephen Foster Story''. It was later revised to give the story a happy ending and omit references to slavery.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Can't have the heroine of a musical (at least, not a Creator/StephenSchwartz one) be a homicidal terrorist -- or [[spoiler: dying at the end]].
* ''La gazza ladra'' is based on actual history. At the last minute, Ninetta, the heroine, is saved from the scaffold, whereas the real accused wasn't so lucky.
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* In-world example: In ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'', the legacy of the dread pirate Tiny [=LaFeet=] is Disneyfied by [[ExecutiveMeddling real estate kingpin Ozzy Mandrill]] to better appeal to local tourists. According to Ozzy's marketers, the actually quite mean Tiny [=LaFeet=] "always said 'please' and 'thank you', twice!"
* Occurs in story in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', when the tale of a war hero is repackaged as a story for kids:
-->''Richard Baxton piloted his Recon Rover into a fungal vortex and held off four waves of mind worms, saving an entire colony. We immediately purchased his identity manifests and repackaged him into the Recon Rover Rick character with a multi-tiered media campaign: televids, touchbooks, holos, psi-tours, the works. People need heroes. They don't need to know how he died clawing his eyes out, screaming for mercy. The real story would just hurt sales, and dampen the spirits of our customers.''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi 2''[='s=] GT Mode's ending was disneyfied in a very odd way. In the ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' series itself, Goku had to sacrifice his time on Earth to allow Shenron to revive all those killed during the reopening of Hell and the Shadow Dragon's emergence, and apparently returns to Earth 100 years later in the final episode. In GT Mode, however, Goku (who is an adult in this instead of a kid) ends up wanting to have lunch after killing Omega Shenron, with Vegeta making a snarky comment while leaving with him as if nothing happened.
* In the arcade version of ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragon Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'', Marian is killed off by Machine Gun Willy and she stays dead in the end. In the NES version, she is still killed off as well, but the scene where she is shot to death by said villain (who is absent in this version) is never shown and she is restored to life after defeating the final boss (a new villain who was not in the arcade version).
* Activision's ''{{VideoGame/Oink}}'', a video game adaptation of the Literature/ThreeLittlePigs, avoids the FamilyUnfriendlyDeath of the pigs when the Big Bad Wolf captures them by simply having the wolf chase the pigs off the screen.
* Many {{yokai}} have dark backstories or behaviors. ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' softens most of it up to appeal to a young audience.
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* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' on possible ''MagicTheGathering: TheMovie'': "of course, [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080921 there]] ''are'' elements of game play that'll be changed onscreen to make the characters more sympathetic".
-->'''sidekick''': Look, Lars, Orcish Chiropractors!
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* It's quite common to parody the censorship practices of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment by making "If 4Kids got X" videos, with the dialog badly dubbed over, anything non-American or not "kid-friendly" being poorly censored, and the storylines [[{{Bowdlerization}} bowdlerized]] into unrecognizability. One of the better-known ones is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5UfIRmkv28 this]] GagDub of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', called "Casey and Friends".
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}'''s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRfOsl0nSnc DISNEY STAR WARS]]" video, which poked fun at the fact that Disney now has ownership of the whole ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise. The video takes nearly everything from the original trilogy and turns it into a TastesLikeDiabetes comedy. Complete with musical numbers, recasts, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Millennium Falcon being replaced by a]] ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking literal]]'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking giant falcon]].
** A bit HilariousInHindsight when you consider that ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/RogueOne'' actually inverted this trope (the latter especially).
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* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' used to do this to Bible stories, but more recently they've expanded their horizons to any story they want to use.
* ''The Adventures of WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' replaces the guns with bazookas and generally has the characters involved in decidedly not detective-related plots. Max also has a much friendlier voice and personality than he did in ''SamAndMaxHitTheRoad''. However, the humor and general atmosphere is still there, GettingCrapPastTheRadar constantly.
-->'''Max:''' I never dreamed we could have this much fun and still be suitable for young viewers!
* The PBS show ''SuperWHY'' makes adaptations of fairy tales where Disneyfication runs rampant:
** Of "Literature/HanselAndGretel": The title characters go and nibble on the witch's house. The witch comes out and yells at them for ruining their roof. After a brief break for literary education from Our Heroes, Hansel and Gretel apologize to the witch; she accepts their apology and delivers the moral, then ''gives them cookies shaped like houses''.
** Of "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses": Turns out they were sneaking out to plan a surprise party for their father, the king. What this has to do with the original tale is...um...there's twelve princesses. And there might have been some dancing.
** Of "Literature/TheLittleMermaid": The title character is afraid to play with the kids on the island because ''she has a tail''. Combine with an especially {{Anvilicious}} frame story about "being different" and it's arguably the worst of the lot.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfterFairyTalesForEveryChild Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child]]'' mellowed down most of the fairytales they adapted. For instance, their "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" adaptation is closer to the source than the Disney movie, but in the end the Mermaid marries the Prince anyway.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}'' cartoon. While originally there was a lot of moral ambiguity, with the monster hunter wanting to kill nice monsters and even the main heroine not giving a rat's ass about being queen, the cartoon had BlackAndWhiteMorality and was way less violent. For example, Demitri's teeth are just two fangs instead of a clusterfuck of sharp teeth.
* ''WesternAnimation/DinoBabies'' often adapted stories this way. For example, their adaptation of ''Literature/OliverTwist'' ended with Oliver finding his mother, while in the original story she was dead from the start.
* The first four seasons of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' have some examples of how the adaptations from the ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' become less dark and more lenient:
** In the novel "Resource and Sagacity", Oliver falls into a turntable thanks to the troublesome trucks and was given a stern talking to by The Fat Controller, Donald, and Douglas whom the latter two were angry that he had broken their turntable. In the television adaptation "Oliver Owns Up", The Fat Controller was more forgiving towards Oliver and advised him on how to handle trucks better and the other engines felt sorry for Oliver in his situation and hoped that he returns from the works to be mended.
** "Tenders For Henry" (adapted as "Tender Engines") omits almost all references of steam being abolished in other railways and the revelation of all but one of Gordon's brethren being scrapped.
** The TV adaptation of "Wrong Road" tones down a BlackComedy moment, in which Bill and Ben argue whether they should push Gordon into the sea or scrap him, in increasingly graphic detail ("Besides, he'd make a lovely splash!").
** Many episodes that ended with the starring engine suffering a HumiliationConga or left in disgrace were altered or lengthened for a more upbeat ending. "A Scarf For Percy" for example adapts "Percy and the Trousers" loyally, but adds a longer epilogue in which Percy is cleaned and makes up with Henry. "Buzz Buzz" also adds a side plot with the Reverend raising bees for honey, and James' situation inadvertently helping him, leading him to get praised at the end of the story.
** The episodes adapting ''More About Thomas The Tank Engine'' cut down Thomas and Percy's feud to just the first episode (due to not adapting the stories in order and the final story "Drip Tank" being omitted). In the original version of "Thomas, Percy and the Coal", Thomas laughed at Percy's mishap with the coal, [[HereWeGoAgain leading Percy to swear revenge.]] In the TV episode, Thomas decides to call it even and they make peace in the shed later.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicalAdventuresOfQuasimodo'' is even more LighterAndSofter than the Disney version - there are spells and magic potions, NeverSayDie is firmly in place, and Frollo has no romantic interest in Esmeralda at all. Also, Phoebus was AdaptedOut.
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' where Cody tells the Rescue Bots the story of John Henry and intentionally skips over the DownerEnding.
-->'''Cody:''' John Henry worked as hard as he could, and he beat that machine with the strength of his arms and the power of his mighty heart.
-->'''Boulder:''' So he got to keep his job?
-->'''Cody:''' [[SureLetsGoWithThat Uh, yeah, something like that.]] The end.
* In the ''HBO Storybook Musicals'' adaptation of ''Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl'' the story is set in more modern times, the girl doesn't die, and she receives a HappilyEverAfter. Oddly, their adaptation of ''The Marzipan Pig'' kept its depressing nature.
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