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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Lili is seen as a bratty little thing for not accepting Claudia's friendship at the start of the story. While it's very bratty at the beginning (throwing oil in her face for instance), don't forget that Lili saw Nannau being killed by something when she looked into Claudia's mirror. As it turns out, she had valid reasons to be suspicious of Claudia.
* AngstWhatAngst: Lilli seems a little too calm for someone who was nearly murdered and has to live out in the forest. She also seems to take [[spoiler: Peter's death]] quite easily.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments:
** Some context - when Lili first joins the miners, they mockingly call her a princess. When she leaves them to rejoin her family, one of them says "good journey, little princess."
** A FreezeFrameBonus. When Lili attempts to make amends with Claudia, she's wearing the dress that her stepmother wanted her to wear at the ball.
* IntendedAudienceReaction: It's entirely possible that we're not supposed to root for Lili at the start - and the story very much frames Claudia as the sympathetic figure. Thus it makes it all the more effective when Claudia pulls her FaceHeelTurn, and viewers are left reeling that simple brattiness is hardly reason to justify murdering your stepdaughter.
* MagnificentBastard: Claudia, as her attempts to kill Lili are effective enough to at least cause the deaths of a couple of the miners.
* NightmareFuel:
** The first two attempts to kill Lilli that Claudia tries. The poisoned apple almost seems tame in comparison.
** The sight of [[spoiler: the hand of Claudia's zombified baby reaching out from his blanket.]] That ENTIRE SCENE is frightening.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
** This DarkerAndEdgier take on fairy tales was pretty new at the time, as the Disney Renaissance was in full swing, and the child friendly versions were what audiences were most familiar with. Now with {{Grimmification}} being everywhere - ironically popularized by another Snow White film (''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'') - it can be lost on newer fans just how daring this movie was.
** Giving the evil queen a tragic backstory? Again, hugely uncommon in mainstream media in the 90s. Nowadays with the likes of ''{{Theatre/Wicked}}'', ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'', ''Series/OnceUponATime'' etc turning a WickedWitch into a TragicMonster, the trope that the villain was once a genuinely good person isn't as shocking as it was.
** Finally it's a surprise ending that Lili ends up with Will, the TroubledButCute exiled miner - instead of Peter, the PrinceCharming analogue. After hundreds of revisionist fairy tales, about the only thing not surprising here is that Peter isn't a PrinceCharmless.
* TearJerker:
** It's really hard to not feel sorry for Claudia after she loses her baby. Lili's reaction is notable too. She had been tense with Claudia, and seems to have gone to the ball deliberately to show her up, but she is horrified when she hears that Claudia won't be able to have another child. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone This prompts her to try and mend the rift between them]].
** And after Claudia loses the baby, she looks in her mirror and takes a look at her face - realising she is now much older. She tries to rub some lotion on her skin but then screams and throws it at the glass, before collapsing sobbing.
** When Lili returns to the castle, her beloved dog Odo has been corrupted by Claudia's magic and attacks them.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Naturally, being an adaptation of Snow White, many parents would assume this is alright to show to children. They ignore the R rating and the fact that it's got "A Tale of Terror" as it's subtitle.

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