First, let’s look at the theory. Theory is that Emma Swan has the last name of Swan because of the Swan Princess or the 7 Swans a’swimming, but my goal on Tumblr is to point out the Disney influence, and Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney movie, so why hasn’t anyone thought of this comparison yet is beyond me. Both of these women have a red top, white undershirt and knee-high, brown boots, but that’s just too obvious. Elizabeth went from a simple life and almost married a commador to a life of piracy, while Emma went from a life of crime (we don’t quite know what the crime was), to dating a Sheriff in a simple town. So both women were at one point in a very short and unhappy relationship with a man of police like force, and both wanted a very different life as to what they had before, and both achieve this. Elizabeth is described as spirited, intelligent, independent-minded, a tomboy, charismatic, brave and resourceful. She is, also, said to have loyalty and compassion for her loved ones. Emma is described as strong and agressive, logical and impulsive, conflicted, and shows compassion for those around her. Different words, but I see the same person being described. Also, both had to leave the place they grew up in order to find themselves and their future. Two strong women whom, although are tough-skinned, still have a soft spot for the weak.
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There hasn’t been too much information on Maleficent, but we got a glimpse at her clothing choice, personality, and a reference to her tiff with Aurora. Look at the horns on the head, the wooden staff with a crystal on top, the long, flowing sleeves, and the love of purple. How can Disney go wrong? Well, if they could, they didn’t because the only difference between Once Upon a Time’s Maleficent and Disney’s Maleficent, is that Once Upon a Time has a better fashion sense. In Once Upon a Time, Maleficent does mention the spinning wheel on which Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger on, but in the original tale is was a drop spindle rather than a spinning wheel. Maleficent is also the name in which Disney bestowed upon the wicked fairy, since in the original fairy tale, she had no name. The dragon form of Maleficent is shown in Once Upon a Time, which brings glory to Disney’s version once again, since in the original story, once Sleeping Beauty woke up the Prince and Princess got married. No one had to fight a dragon, especially the evil fairy who started the whole thing. And to slay the dragon… what’s better than a sword.
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There isn’t much comparison in Once Upon a Time and Disney because Once Upon a Time never went too far into Cinderella’s back story like they did with other characters. You can’t compare the fairy godmothers because Rumpelstiltskin kills the one she has in Once Upon a Time, but the whimsical made up words he says to add to the effect of changing her clothes pretty much adds up to that nonsense of a song the fairy godmother sings in the Disney version. Also, you have the obvious of the color of the dress, the heart design on the glass slippers, the hair style, and the long gloves. Most of Cinderella’s story is after she already marries the prince in Once Upon a Time, so a lot of it is taken from other fairy tales, or just plain made up.
Belle’s Story in Once Upon a Time takes a lot of information from the Disney version that wasn’t in the original fairy tale. First is obviously the clothes. Secondly, is her name and the mere fact that Gaston even exsists since her name was Beauty (even though Belle is French for Beauty) in the original, nor did she have a suitor (especially one named Gaston). Here and in Disney’s version, she is an only child, where as in the original she is one of three. Also, there was a moment where she drops “the beast’s” tea cup, breaks it, and says it’s only a little “chip”, which would be the name of the little boy tea cup in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. In the original, the workers within the castle were not under the curse with the prince, only the prince himself. Everything shown about Belle after she meets and transforms the monster is all Disney’s and ABC’s interpretation as to how Belle would react to certain situations since none have been interpreted within the original story.