Complete Monster: Bluebeard from season 1's "Bluebeard" is a seemingly charming rich gentleman, but in truth is a vicious Serial Killer who keeps the corpses of his murdered wives locked in a dark room. When his previous wife discovered his dark secret, he murdered her in a blind rage. Seeking a wife who would not disappoint him, Bluebeard woos a young maiden, Josephine, and coerces her into marriage, offering her riches and all his treasures, but warns her not to enter his cellar, for fear of her discovering his dark secret. When Josephine disobeys him—he had given her the keys to all the rooms—and discovers all of his previous victims, Bluebeard flies into a rage and chases her throughout the mansion, sword in hand, intent on killing her for her disobedience. Vengeful and unforgiving, masked by a polite exterior, Bluebeard was just as vile as his literary counterpart.
There are a lot of viewers who think the stepmother from "The Six Swans" is very attractive, if only on a physical level. Given her nice figure, sharply attractive face, and flattering wardrobe, it's not hard to see why.
The witch from "The Iron Stove" that seems more a beautiful and young succubus than a classic witch.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Latin-American Spanish dub of "Snow White and Rose Red", Patricia Acevedo and Genaro Vásquez voiced Rose Red and her eventual brother-in-law the elder Prince. Flashfoward to some years later, when they're Usagi and Mamoru from Sailor Moon...
The first thing said by the Donkey in the first episode: "What's up, dog?"
The stepmother from "The Six Swans" crossed into "truly irredeemable" either when she killed her husband the king, or when she kidnapped the princess's infant son, leaving him for dead, and made it look like she ate him.
The witch in "Rapunzel" crosses it when not only she cuts Rapunzel's hair off with a knife, but beats her with her walking stick and comes dangerously close to killing her and her unborn son. And not only that, but unlike in the original where the Prince falls off the tower on his own, she pushes him off the window.
Narm: Jorinde's song in Jorinde and Joringel, big time. The lyrics use certain phrases like Flower Power which sound incredibly awkward and out of place.
I am but a little bird and you can see me fly
I'm just a little bird, my love for you can fill the sky
At the appointed hour, remember love has power
So never fear should you shed a tear
Remember the red flower
Your love's magic lies in Flower Powernote There are few variations of the song with slightly different lyrics. This is the first variation heard.
Especially in the adaption of The Worn Out Dancing Shoes when it is revealed that everything within the strange world the princesses secretly go to and dance in are actually monsters and demons in disguise.
"The Crystal Ball" start in a very horror-style with the ugly witch performing an unholy ritual where she takes a young princess trapped in her castle through the glass, bites into her neck and drains her of her lifeforce and leaves her a rotting corpse.
"Bluebeard" when Josephine discovers the corpses of Bluebeard's ex-wives and the white roses turn to red blood.
Retroactive Recognition: The Latin-American Spanish dub had several VA's that would become very famous some years later, such as: Patricia Acevedonote (Cinderella's Dove Friend, Little Red Riding Hood, Princess Helena in King Grizzle-Beard/Thursbeard, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose, Maria/Beauty from Beauty and the Beast, Rose Red from Snow White and Rose Red, Josephine from Bluebeard), Araceli de Leónnote (Rapunzel, the Witch and Rapunzel's child, plus Maria/Beauty's sister Hana and Sleeping Beauty's Good Fairy), Luis Alfonso Mendoza note (Hansel, Cinderella's Prince, the Frog Prince from The Princess and the Frog, Joringel, the Big Bad Wolf), Elsa Coviánnote (Heidi aka the girl from The Water Witch, the Princesses from The Coat of Many Colors, The Iron Stove and The Six Swans [plus one of the Swan Brothers ], Hildegard from Mother Winter, both Snow Whites, the Maid from The old woman...), Rocío Garcel note (Snow White's birth mother, Jorinde, the mother of Cinderella's Prince, the Witches from Iron Stove and Sleeping Beauty), María Fernanda Moralesnote (Cinderella's mean stepsister), Genaro Vásquez note (the Bear Prince from Snow White and Rose Red), Martín Soto note (Maria's father in Beauty and the Beast, the titular King Grizzle-Beard/Thursbeard, Rapunzel's father), Juan Alfonso Carralero note (The titular Iron Stove/the Prince, the King from The Six Swans), Belinda Martínez note (Snow White and Rose Red's mother, Sleeping Beauty's mother), Salvador Delgado note (the Bear Prince's brother, Bluebeard), Jesús Barreronote (Puss in Booots), Yamil Atalanote (Sleeping Beauty's Prince), Cristina "Cris" Camargo note (Mother Winter), Mónica Manjárreznote (Princess Lenora from Princess and the Frog), Laura Ayala note (The Witch from the Six Swans), Eduardo Tejedo note (Klaus from Snow White, the boy from "Godfather Death", one of the brothers in The Six Swans), José Luis Orozco note (The Prince from Rapunzel, Josephine's eldest brother in Bluebeard), Ricardo Mendozanote (the soldier from The Worn Out Dancing Shoes, another brother from The Six Swans, Joephine's youngest brother Friederich in Bluebeard)etc.
Some of the people from the original Japanese version were quite well-known too, including: Mitsuko Horienote (Rapunzel, Briar Rose/Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella), Ryusei Nakaonote (The Rooster in "The Musicians from Bremen", the Hedgehog from "the Hare and the Hedhehog"), Kenichi Ogatanote (The Cat from "Musicians..."), Mami Koyamanote (Hansel), Chieko Hondanote (Gretel), Hiromi Tsurunote (Jorinde), Masami Kikuchinote (Jorindel),. etc.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show is clearly aimed for kids. However, it contains many scenes of intense cruelty (such as a princess being falsely accused of killing her baby in the episode "The Six Swans", characters being beaten by abusive guardians in "Brother and Sister" and "Rapunzel", and the main character being framed by his brother's cruel trick in "The Water of Life"), as well as semi-frequent use of violence and Nightmare Fuel. One episode is based on the Grimms' story "Allerleirauh", which features a princess fleeing from her father who wants to marry her. The darkest episode was perhaps "Bluebeard", which features the title character killing his wives and nearly kills the most recent one until her brothers save her. Much of the dark imagery was toned down for the English dub, but the show was still quite dark considering its target audience. The catch? This show was aired on Nick Jr., which is known today for very sugary shows such as Dora the Explorer.
The Woobie: Princess Alea from "The Coat of Many Colors". Her insane father tried to force her to marry him, she narrowly escaped burning to death when the castle caught fire, and she ends up all alone in a foreign kingdom. It's no wonder the poor girl is traumatized.