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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 [[OlderThanTheyThink 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 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.



[[folder: Disney]]
* If you take ''Disney/TheLionKing'' as a version of Hamlet, then it Disneyfies it in spades! Everyone has different names, and are portrayed as animals who can talk and sing. Additionally, none of the main characters die except for the protagonist's father and uncle. When the protagonist sees his father's ghost imploring him to avenge him, the movie makes it clear that the ghost really did appear to him, as opposed to acknowledging the possibility that the protagonist only hallucinated the spirit. The movie also ends with the protagonist and his love interest becoming king and queen and having a daughter, since the script doesn't kill them off.
** The DirectToVideo [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride sequel]] is, similarly, a Disneyfied ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Among other changes, the main couple directly help their feuding families make peace instead of killing themselves.
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. The original script was actually closer to the original fairy tale than the final film, but due to pacing, money issues, and worries over OffModel animation, a lot of scenes had to be cut, including the two other times the Queen tries to kill Snow White (by giving her a poisoned comb and suffocating her by pulling her corset strings too tight).
** An interesting case is with the witch's death. In the original story, the queen is exposed for her crimes at Snow White's wedding to the prince, and is burned to death. In the Disney film, she is chased to the top of a cliff by the dwarves; as she tries to send a boulder down to crush them, the cliff is struck by lightning, [[DisneyVillainDeath she and the boulder fall off]], and she is presumably crushed and eaten by vultures. While the latter is seemingly darker than the former, keep in mind, this way it is nature getting revenge on the witch, not any of the heroes. (The Witch does survive in the comics, though her later activities are less malicious.)
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. You wouldn't think Creator/VictorHugo's [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame original novel]] would be suitable fare for a children's movie. Despite being one of Disney's darkest movies, they still made it much nicer than the book -- Esmeralda was nicer, Phoebus was nicer, Quasimodo was nicer, there was a clearer line between good and evil, and the good guys didn't all die or kill themselves at the end.
** Strangely, the film owes a fair bit more to the 1939 movie based on the novel. And speaking of the clearer line between good and evil, Frollo alone makes the movie ''incredibly'' dark for a Disney flick by being the most twisted villain they ever came up with. And strangely, unlike the other examples, ''he was nicer in the book''.
** Even more strangely, the Disney movie is actually ''darker'' than the novel in a few respects; gypsy genocide isn't on the agenda at all in the book, nor is Paris burned. Also, Disney changed Quasimodo's public humiliation from simple corporal punishment to the whim of a sadistic crowd.
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' not only has a HijackedByJesus style, but also implies that the Greek gods had wholesome family values, when in the original mythologies, having extramarital relations, whether with mortals or other gods, was a boredom-relieving exercise.
** The [[EverybodyHatesHades Disneyfication of Hades]] from DarkIsNotEvil to BigBad is pretty amazing. They took the Greek concept of the Underworld and Hades (which was more or less a neutral judging point) and spun it to better resemble Hell and the Devil. Complete with imp minions. Luckily, [[ChewingTheScenery James Woods]] is a great actor. They also made him quite [[DeadpanSnarker cynical]] (and possibly the OnlySaneMan), which only helped.
** In the original myth, not only was Heracles the product of an extramarital affair (with a mortal woman, Alcmene), but Hera loathed him and tried multiple times to torture and kill him. At one stage, she inflicted a madness on him that drove him to murder his children and his first wife, Megara - and it was Heracles who had to carry out penance for this in the form of the Twelve Labours. That's right, not only were the Gods petty and promiscuous; since they couldn't hurt their fellow Gods, they would attack the mortals who worshipped and championed them instead.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LittleMermaid2.jpg Disney's]] ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' gets a happy ending, unlike the mermaid in [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid the original tale]] by Creator/HansChristianAndersen. You really don't get much more bittersweet than:
-->''Once more she looked at the prince, with her eyes already dimmed by death, then dashed overboard and fell, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LittleMermaid.jpg her body dissolving into foam]].''
** Also, in the original story, the sea witch was a TrueNeutral character. In the movie, the BigBad Ursula is the source of many a 90's kids [[NightmareFuel/{{Disney}} nightmares]].
* Another Creator/HansChristianAndersen story, "Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier", was given a happy ending by Disney in ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'', partly from the SoundtrackDissonance that would occur if they did keep the original ending. The animators had storyboarded the sequence ending with the tin soldier and the ballerina melting into a heart-shape. (Yes, Andersen [[CreatorBreakdown had issues]].)
* Amazingly enough, the Disney short film adaptation of ''{{Literature/The Little Match Girl}}'', another [[SarcasmMode cheery]] Hans Christian Andersen tale, averts this almost completely. The little girl is still a poor beggar, and she still freezes to death in an alley, like she did in the story. The only changes that were made were made for time or aesthetic: The abusive parents angle was absent, and the story was set in Russia instead of Denmark to avoid {{Soundtrack Dissonance}}.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' already underwent this process when it was a book: There, Pinocchio is killed (still a puppet) by hanging, which author Carlo Collodi had planned to be the ending of the book. But on the publisher's demand Collodi added extra chapters in which Pinocchio not only is restored to life, but also becomes a real boy ([[EarnYourHappyEnding after a lot of hard and cruel life lessons, that is]]). When Disney made their ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' movie, they in turn cut out the hanging completely, as well as other dark elements like Pinocchio [[spoiler:killing the cricket]]. The original also had Pinocchio, after he had been turned into a donkey, [[spoiler:being tossed into the sea to drown by his owner, and surviving only because his wooden body was lighter than water.]] Of course, much like ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'', the film is still noted for being much grimmer than the average Disney affair, most notably retaining the villain's {{Karma Houdini}}s (and even adding another in the case of Foulfellow). There are few LighterAndSofter adaptations that depict hundreds of children being captured, transformed, and [[TheBadGuyWins successfully]] sent to a FateWorseThanDeath.
* ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', Disney's so-called adaptation of Mary Norton's ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick'', dropped the original book's ''entire plot'', and instead created a new one from whole cloth involving Eglantine Price's attempt to learn magic solely in order to help the British effort in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. Along the way, a medieval sorcerer became a modern con-man, an island of {{Talking Animal}}s was added apparently just to give Disney's animation division something to do that year, and a climactic battle scene of magically powered suits of plate armor versus a Nazi invasion force replaced the book's much more low-key conclusion. Oh, and they made it a musical. A major plot element complete with its own musical number, critical to the climax of the film, was conjured up out of a random two-word phrase ("substitutiary locomotion") that appears only once in a minor conversation on which the children eavesdrop in the book. And on top of all that, they pluralized both nouns in the title, as a nod to when Norton published the second part of the book as ''Bonfires and Broomsticks''.
* ''Literature/MaryPoppins'' began as a series of seven books about a quite snarky and unpleasant magical nanny. Particularly towards the final books, the series become increasingly bizarre and increasingly interested in mythology, mysticism, and herbalism (as was [[AuthorAppeal its author, P. L. Travers]], a devotee of Theosophy). It's all a far cry from the [[Film/MaryPoppins Disney film version]], which Travers loathed.
--> Inside the packed twelve-hundred-seat theatre, the members of the audience responded to the movie with enthusiasm: they gave it a five-minute standing ovation. In the midst of the celebrating crowd, it would have been easy to overlook [[http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/12/19/051219fa_fact1?currentPage=all the sixty-five-year-old woman sitting there, weeping.]] The film ''Film/SavingMrBanks'' tells the story of Travers' doomed attempts to make the production of the film stick to her conception of the characters. Ironically, this film Disneyfies the true story.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' shredded everything we know about the historical woman. For one thing, she was between 10 and 12 years old when she first met John Smith, making a romantic relationship unlikely at best. Her father had fifty wives and many children. She was taken to Jamestown as a hostage and married before her trip to London, and no Armada was threatening to annihilate her people. John Smith was not a Prince Charming type, but in fact an unattractive, short man with a giant woolly beard. The only bit they got right was her saving Smith from execution, and even that is considered by some historians to be the enactment of a ritual (and thus Smith wasn't in any real danger). [[UnreliableNarrator Still other historians suspect Smith of making up the entire story, since it doesn't appear until he wrote his memoirs, four years after her ''death'']]. And she didn't actually marry John Smith. She married John ''Rolfe''. The sequel addresses this, albeit in an inaccurate way, playing with drama between the two Johns. Still, in real life John Smith wasn't even competition: he was more of a father-type figure to her than a love interest.
* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' mishmashed plot elements from the first two books of Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' (''The Book of Three'' and ''The Black Cauldron''), gave the amalgamated villain an annoying sidekick, turned the truculent dwarves into cute little pixies, and made beast-man Gurgi the very definition of TastesLikeDiabetes. No songs, though, and about 15 minutes of the film were removed for concerns about being too "dark" (said scenes were presumably more true to the book). Disney itself acknowledges the failure of this movie nowadays, and wishes they could give their fans a more book-accurate version. Why they don't, given that they still own the adaptation rights to the series, is anyone's guess.
* In T. H. White's ''Literature/TheSwordInTheStone'', young Wart's education by the wizard Merlin contains powerful moral lessons that will help the young man face his future role as [[spoiler:Myth/KingArthur]]. [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone The Disney version]] throws away all of the moral messages and replaces them with (admittedly sometimes very good) visual gags.
* Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/JungleBooks'' (yes, two of them) depict the orphaned Mowgli growing into a strong and intelligent young man whose jungle upbringing will make him something of a NobleSavage. Baloo was a sleepy [[GrumpyBear grump]] with a HiddenHeartOfGold, rather than a kindly GentleGiant. Kaa the python, while large, intimidating, and alien, is one of Mowgli's ''allies'', not enemies. Hathi the elephant is wise and powerful and when he tells Shere Khan to clear off ("How Fear Came"), the tiger does so -- he is not a pompous ass who fancies himself a Victoria Cross-winning British Army colonel. There is quite a lot of violence, too. At one point Kaa hypnotizes a troupe of monkeys into becoming his helpless (ahem) dinner guests; later on Mowgli and the wolves kill Shere Khan by a stampede of water-buffalo over him. (In the Disney version he doesn't even die!) The story "Red Dog" has Mowgli cause the marauding dogs of the title to be attacked by millions of angry bees; those who jump in the river to survive are attacked by Mowgli with a knife; and those left then face Mowgli ''and'' his enraged wolf pack. And incidentally, Mowgli does most of this while he's naked. It should come as no surprise that none of the violence or nudity makes it into the Disney version, but Disney not only censors the story but effectively throws out every last original plot thread. A documentary on the DVD explains how Disney's writers "improved" on the original, but in fact it becomes clear that what they really did was to whittle away at the original storyline until there was almost nothing left except for a few almost coincidental similarities. They can't even pronounce Mowgli's name right. ("''Mow'' rhymes with ''cow''", says Kipling.) All this can be easily explained by the fact that Walt Disney specifically told the production crew ''not'' to read the book. He gave an outline on the characters and plot ideas he wanted and didn't want the book itself to be used as a reference - specially as the original script and songs, inspired by the book, had a bit more darkness than is usual in a Disney film (to the point that the writer was ditched despite a long story with Disney, and the only song kept before changing composers was a cheery tune that became the SignatureSong of the film, "The Bear Necessities").
* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}.'' ([[AdaptationDisplacement Yes, it was based on a novel]]). True, Bambi's mother dies in the film, but its tone still is significantly lighter than the novel's, which was much darker and more brutal, including graphic death scenes. They also never included Bambi's cousin Gobo's death. [[KissingCousins And they failed to mention Faline was his cousin!]]
* The story of the ''Literature/ThreeLittlePigs'' originally had the first two pigs eaten by the wolf after their houses were blown down. The [[Disney/ThreeLittlePigs Disney cartoon]] of the story allowed them to run to the next house before the wolf could get his meal. The original has the big bad wolf being boiled alive after he attempts to gain access to the brick house via the chimney, whereas the Disney version simply has the wolf burning his hand and running away scared. Some other sanitized versions will have the wolf pass out from the exhaustion of trying to blow the third house down.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', as well done as it is, is drastically different from the original. In the story as presented in the ''Literature/ArabianNights'', Aladdin had ''two'' genies - a weaker one in a ring, and the stronger one in the lamp - and had ''no limit'' on the number of tasks he could set them to. Yes, he won the hand of a princess, but that was barely the midpoint of the story; the evil wizard who had first used Aladdin to try to retrieve the lamp (and who had no connection to the princess in any way) was not quickly disposed of but instead discovered Aladdin's success, and successfully stole the lamp (and the princess, and Aladdin's palace, and almost everything else) with the clever ruse of "New lamps for old!" Aladdin had to win everything back from the wizard using his wits and the lesser genie he still had in his ring. There weren't any cute animal companions, magic carpets hadn't been thought up when the story was written, and the princess didn't have much of a part - she ranged from ruining everything by giving away the lamp, all the way down to being eye candy only present for Aladdin to marry.
* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. Besides the minor HijackedByJesus elements, we also have the fact that the only precaution to protect the princess in the original was the outlawing of spinning wheels; the princess slept for one hundred years, as opposed to just until PrinceCharming returned home; speaking of the Prince, he wasn't introduced until ''after'' those one hundred years had passed.
* Oddly enough, ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' is not a particularly {{egregious}} example of Disneyfication. It's safe to say that the New York newsboys of 1899 didn't burst into spontaneous well-choreographed musical numbers as they walked the streets, and the violence occurring as a result of the strike is a bit sanitized (no blood); but we do see newsboys sleeping on the streets, smoking cigars, betting on races, beating up strikebreakers, et cetera. Of course, one must point out that the newspapers ''never actually lowered their prices'' in the end; they came to an agreement with the newsies where they agreed to buy back their unsold papers. While this agreement was pretty mutually beneficial, clearly the idea of the rag-tag kids' union getting everything they wanted in the end was too good for Disney to pass up.
* ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''. In the [[Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound original book]], [[spoiler: Tod and Copper were never friends to begin with, Tod loses his first mate to a trap and his second to the hunter, Chief doesn't survive his encounter with that train, and at the end Tod dies of exhaustion while being relentlessly chased by Copper and his master. And then Copper is [[ShootTheDog literally shot in the head]] by his owner to avoid having to abandon him.]]
* Disney's dulling-down of subject matter actually extends into the physical world -- real estate, in particular. The differences between New York City's Times Square before Disney took over most of 42nd Street and Times Square afterward are profound and at times somewhat depressing. Yes, it's cleaner and more family-friendly and a fair bit safer to walk around after dark, but sometimes it seems about as real as Main Street USA.
* The story of RobinHood had been thoroughly bowdlerised before Walt Disney was born, and [[Disney/RobinHood their take on it]] is actually far from the worst abuse of the mythos. To be fair, the narrator outright admits that everybody has their own version of the story (true enough) and that this was just the version that the animals tell.
* Notably subverted with ''[[Film/AChristmasCarol2009 Disney's A Christmas Carol]]''. In spite of [[NeverTrustATrailer the marketing making it look like a lighthearted comedy]], it is in reality one of the most accurate (not to mention darkest and scariest) adaptations of the novel out there.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' skips the TeenPregnancy and [[spoiler: has Flynn get a [[BloodlessCarnage rather clean]] stab wound at the end, instead of having his eyes gouged out. Although one could argue that the two balanced out, since Flynn actually ''dies'', only to be brought back.]] The film was originally much darker until directors changed partway, though it still lacked either of those aspects.
* Disney actually went back and did this to an attraction in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Tokyo Disney Sea]]. The Literature/SinbadTheSailor attraction went from a telling of all of Sinbad's daring adventures and the dangers he faced along the way though in a rather stylized Mary Blair fashion to a sanitized TastesLikeDiabetes version with a happy Alan Menken song, Sinbad given a clean shave and a tiger cub sidekick, and all the monsters becoming Sinbad's friends or helping him along the way that brings to mind "it's a small world".
** Another Disney example is Walt Disney World's ''The [=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter'' becoming ''Stitch's Great Escape!'' The original attraction, the theme parks' darkest, had the trapped audience menaced in the dark by a deadly Xenomorph-like alien. Because it fell firmly into WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids territory, it was revamped into a prequel to ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' in which the audience need not fear for its life and the worst thing Stitch does is belch in one's face. Since it didn't completely mitigate the frightening conceit of being trapped in the dark, however, the attraction not only alienated (so to speak) the original's fanbase but let down families hoping for harmless fun.
** The three versions of Epcot's Journey into Imagination ride depict a process of de-Disneyfying a concept and then Disneyfying the result! Originally the musical salute to imagination was drenched in colorful whimsy -- ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld, a purple dragon named Figment, etc. In 1999, it was completely overhauled into a mundane-by-comparison non-musical tour through the "Imagination Institute" built primarily around optical illusions; EccentricMentor Dreamfinder was completely excised and Figment got only a cameo or two. This version went over so poorly that designers were assigned to take it and put some of the whimsy back in. In the third version, the tour is ''supposed'' to be ordered and mundane, but Figment playfully disrupts it again and again to prove that imagination needs room to run wild. And there's ''a lot'' of singing. While it will never replace the original in the hearts of Disney park die-hards, general consensus is that the third version's significantly better than the second.
* In a non-movie related example, Disney managed to do this to ''themselves'' by censoring some things in ''KingdomHearts II'''s [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Port Royal]] level. Such as removing the part where Will aims a gun at his own head, giving the Rifle wielding [[GhostPirate Undead]] {{Pirate}}s Crossbows instead, and toning down the special effects on Undead Pirates hit with magic spells. All of this was done in order to keep the game at a E10+ rating. An attempt which ultimately failed, because they left the scene where Undead!Barbossa drinks a bottle of wine to scare Elizabeth in the game.
* ''{{Disney/Tarzan}}'' is a case where Disneyfication ''improved'' the original work. For instance, Burrough's virulent racist and xenophobic material was removed and a century's worth of scientific research about the true peaceful nature of gorillas was incorporated into the story.
* Once again, largely averted in ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', at least in the [[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow the "Ichabod"]] segment). Disney added a catchy musical number and some cartoon slapstick, and perhaps made Brom Bones a little meaner, but the GreyAndGrayMorality of the original story is largely preserved, and the end is still left ambiguous for the viewer to decide whether Ichabod really left town or was spirited away by the Headless Horseman.
* ''Film/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars'' gives [[Literature/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars the original story]] a happier, and much more chaotic, ending. Rather than just having to settle for making a dent in TheMafia, these Irregulars take down the entire local operation in an impromptu demolition derby.
* ''Film/LemonadeMouth'' offers a modern example - Charlie's [[AngstySurvivingTwin stillborn twin brother]] is replaced with an older brother who's away at college.
* Present-day original Creator/DisneyChannel shows aren't exempt either - the third season of ''KickinIt'' had the 15/16yo main characters throw a huge Halloween bash at a place they were house-sitting while the B-plot involved people being chased by scary rednecks. Alcohol and guns, respectively, were glaringly absent.
* ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' is a mixed bag. It's less risque than the [[Theatre/IntoTheWoods original production]], but nonetheless contains many dark themes and plays around with them. For instance, [[spoiler:the affair with the Prince and the Baker's Wife]] is kept intact, albeit with ambiguity of how far it went. In addition, the sexual subtext between The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood are kept in and made creepier with the fact that an actual little girl played her, rather than an adult in a costume. However, [[spoiler:Jack's mother's death]] is not as grisly as the original production, and [[spoiler:Rapunzel does not die]] in this version.
* {{Disney/Frozen}} actually ''[[InvertedTrope inverts]]'' this trope, oddly enough. It does take a great deal of creative liberties with [[Literature/TheSnowQueen the source material]], to the point that the story is barely recognizable. However, the result is actually in many respects quite a bit darker than the original.

Other studios now or once owned by Disney have adopted the practice as well:
* The anti-religious theme of Miramax Films' 2000 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film of the book]] ''{{Film/Chocolat}}'' was softened by replacing the bitter churchman of the book with a town representative. Also, the town itself was made to look drab and ugly in the opening acts, when the very first scene in the book describes the heroine and her daughter watching a bright parade through the streets of the same town. The most {{egregious}} change is the ending -- the novel contained a brief, drunken hookup between the heroine and a male supporting character, leaving her pregnant as she left the village to continue drifting. In the movie, the relationship between her and the man is developed into a full romantic subplot, he returns at the end, and the heroine decides she doesn't need to leave the village, breaking the cycle.
* The 1995 Hollywood Pictures film version of ''Film/TheScarletLetter'' starring Creator/DemiMoore not only has [[spoiler: Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl riding off into the sunset, but also Dimmesdale is saved from hanging by a convenient tribe of Native Americans]]. Though to be entirely fair, director Roland Joffe explicitly stated that the film was only very "loosely" based on the book.
* Disney's old TheSwampFox series softened a few things too. The blacks, like Marion's servant Oscar and the maid Dehlia, are just called 'servants' or for the men 'boys', they're never indicated to be slaves. And of course, there's no mention of how Marion, like many slave owners,sometimes raped female slaves. The Tories are made more out and out bad guys, when things were a lot more complex during the real American Revolution. Canada, the birthplace of series lead Leslie Nielsen, actually banned the series because of that part. And Marion's wife, Mary Videaux, was also his cousin, and that got cut.
* Fairies in general. Case in point: Tinker Bell (who [[KilledOffForReal dies for real]] in the original novel). Though you do see some of it peeking through in the first ''Disney/PeterPan'' movie, all traces of traditional Fair Folk sociopathy are gone in later appearances. By ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' it is completely gone and Tinkerbell is a more mellow PluckyGirl.

!!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 and removing all the fanservice...You got 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''.

[[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.

* 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.''

[[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 ''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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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 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 ''[[HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass]]'' 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.
** The film also toned down a lot of the original anti-Christian themes, to try to stave off complaints from religious viewers. It didn't work.
*** This was, apparently, much to get Nicole Kidman to take the job and play Mrs. Coulter as she's so perfect in the role. Besides, [[AuthorTract the anti-Catholic themes]] and [[ArtisticLicenseReligion bossy lecturing]] really aren't that prevalent in ''The Golden Compass''; they become more prevalent as the series goes on.
* 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.

* 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.

[[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.

* 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.

* ''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.

* 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.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''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!

* It's quite common to parody 4Kids censorship practices by making "If 4Kids got X" videos, with the dialog badly dubbed over, anything non-American or not "kid-friendly" 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".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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.