Everything isn't well with Briar Rose. She's been having horrific dreams (not helped by her husband off fighting in a war) that she just can't seem to stop, no matter what she tries. Even returning to her old home with her "aunts" doesn't do anything. That is, until she meets an old witch, who offers to help her with all of her problems if she takes just one bite of an apple. She accepts, but proceeds to have an even worse dream, one that's shared with a queen from another world, one who seems to be having the same nightmares as her own.
Thus begins The Little Crooked Tale, leading not only Snow White and Aurora into a world of magic beyond their wildest dreams, but Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, and Ariel as well. They discover that their greatest foes are returning with the help of an evil man known as Rumpelstiltskin (or Dorian Grey), and all the powers of Hell.
The story is currently written by Sonne and illustrated/translated by Breadfly. There are two versions of the story, the first illustrated by him, and the second by her.
The Little Crooked Tale provides examples of:
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Ursula stays in her "Vanessa" disguise pretty much the whole time throughout the comic. She's only seen as her true self in a flashback. Of course, she'd probably have trouble waddling around on tentacles everywhere.
- Adult Fear: For Snow and Frederick, losing a child. For Eric, having to marry your teenage daughter off to an older man.
- Affably Evil: Carmilla.
- All Just a Dream: Aurora's nightmares, at first.
- Or Was It a Dream?: In both versions, Snow White awakens with a massive gash on her hand.
- Continuity Cavalcade: You'd be hard-pressed to find some aspect of the Disney Animated Canon that ISN'T mentioned in here.
- Darker and Edgier: Nooooo, really?
- Deconstruction: "You can't marry a man you just met!" taken to its logical conclusion. From Aurora's anxiety nightmares, to Belle ditching Adam when he refuses to stand up for her at their party, to Ariel's paranoia that her husband's cheating on her for somebody younger, only the bad guys could find a way to mess it up further.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Arthurian legend, Disney movies, and pretty much anything with a magic creature of some sort is smashed together into this.
- Fanservice: We see both Grimhilde and Berthalda topless, with Bethalda's hair barely covering her privates. There's also all the gorgeous dresses that the princesses wear, and Amira herself. Then there's Dorian, with his oh so tight pants and the fact we see him nude and surrounded by prostitutes for a single panel.
- Framing Device: Eilowny is telling the story to Taran.
- Foregone Conclusion: Aurora will make it out alive in order to sire Eilonwy's grandmother. She's gonna go through hell to get there, though.
- Grimmification: Well, half the characters are slaughtered (on-screen!) in some horrific fantastical way, incest abounds, and a pretty gruesome reference is made to the original ending of Cinderella's fable when Lady Tremaine gains Maleficent's power.
- Hotter and Sexier: There's a lot of nudity, sexual and otherwise.
- Intercontinuity Crossover
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Sure, the women get run through the ringer about a trillion times mentally, but it's the men who are brutally killed off. In fact, Lady Tremaine makes it so that all the men in Cinderella's court are eviscerated by crows, and all the women are turned into stone permanently.
- Sister-Sister Incest: The twin goddesses who created the earth were lovers, and created two girls who were also lovers. They look horrifyingly similar to Camilla and Rose Red...
- Take That!: Wendy's husband and children are dead, which was explained as the author hating the sequel film, and preferring Peter with Wendy anyways.
Ariel: Your dress is damaging to the eyes of the children!
- Many side comics mock the current looks and redesigns of the princesses. To quote one:
Aurora: At least I match, Miss "Red Hair in a Pink Dress!"
Cinderella: [seeing an official render of herself] Goodness! I'm a botox monster!
Tiana: Don't worry, Disney says you look better that way.
- The Unfair Sex: Humanity was doomed the second the male God made rapists. Though, the women ain't exactly angels, either.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Within the same story, no less! Rose Red's dark black hair becomes... rose red.
- ...And That Little Girl Was Me: Queen Grimhilde used to be Gretel before she escaped from the evil witch, but was renamed when Dorian rescues her.
- Body Horror: Let's just say Tremaine got a little overzealous with her magic.
- Easy Amnesia: Cinderella, after her fairy godmother sacrifices herself. Ariel is assumed to be this, but she's simply under Berthalda's curse.
- Exact Words: When Ariel asks to see her daughter and husband, she sees Melody, but not Eric. That's due to Berthalda's magic brainwashing Eric into hating sea creatures as much as she hates Ondine, and marrying him in this state.
- Fountain of Youth: Most of the villains get this after joining Dorian and Carmilla.
- Hypocrite: Berthalda hates everything that comes from the water, and mocks Ursula constantly for being disgusting. She ends up stealing her modus operandi by brainwashing Eric into marrying her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Cinderella's prince feeds himself to a monstrous version of Lucifier, and her fairy godmother is turned to stone and shattered in her place. Let's just say she has it pretty rough.
- Killed Off for Real: Phillip, Charming and his entire court, Fairy Godmother, Attina, a good amount of Agrabah...
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Prince Adam, good god.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Puns not withstanding, Gus and Jacques disappear despite being very much alive after Chapter 12.
- Anastasia and Drizella are seen in one of Cinderella's nightmares, but they seem to have moved away from their mother.
- Compressed Adaptation
- Dark Reprise: Aurora's nightmare has an evil clone of Phillip brutally beat her as he sings a demented version of "Once Upon A Dream"
- Harmful to Minors: Little Rose Red is taken to a funeral for her beloved aunt, and overhears she was murdered by her own husband. She quietly vows to never fall in love.
- Villainous Incest: Eric's older brother offers to marry his own niece as a bluff, which enrages Eric to the point where he clocks him across the face.