New Endings

Have you ever completed a project and then wished that you could go back and change just one or two things? Sure you have! With that in mind, a Disney employee did a casual survey of her fellow castmembers in the company’s feature and feature animation departments and asked them this simple question: “If you could redo the ending of one classic Disney feature film, how would you change it?”

Interestingly, some suggestions came up over and over. In the table below, we have collected the most popular suggested new ending for a few of Disney’s features.

Film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Original ending The Prince wakes Snow White with a kiss and they live happily ever after
Suggested ending   The Prince wakes Snow White with a kiss and she lives happily ever after with Dopey

Film Pinocchio
Original ending Pinocchio’s wish is granted and he becomes a real boy
Suggested ending Geppetto dies, inspiring Pinocchio to become Bat-boy (because he was built using wood from an old baseball bat)

Film Dumbo
Original ending Dumbo and Timothy save the day and become famous
Suggested ending Dumbo and Timothy fly into the side of a building

Film Bambi
Original ending Bambi becomes the new Prince of the Forest
Suggested ending Bambi organizes the forest creatures into an army and defeats Man

Film Victory Through Air Power
Original ending America defeats Nazi Germany
Suggested ending America defeats Nazi Germany with the help of Captain America

Film Song of the South
Original ending Uncle Remus, Johnny, Ginny, and Toby skip into the distance, singing
Suggested ending Uncle Remus is quietly but thoroughly forgotten by the movie-going public

Film Cinderella
Original ending Cinderella and the Prince live happily ever after
Suggested ending Cinderella and the Prince live happily ever after, but first punish Lady Tremaine by strapping a cage filled with adorable singing mice over her face

Film Treasure Island
Original ending Jim realizes that Long John Silver was his friend all along
Suggested ending The entire movie is remade with Muppets

Film Alice in Wonderland
Original ending Alice wakes up
Suggested ending Alice wakes up surrounded by her friends and relates how she was in Wonderland, "and you, and you, and you were there, but there’s no place like home!"

Film Peter Pan
Original ending The Darling children return home safely from their adventure, but Peter and the Lost Boys return to Neverland
Suggested ending The Darling children return home safely and bring the Lost Boys home with them in hopes of using them to start a singing, dancing, union-organized, musical newspaper-distribution service

Film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Original ending The Nautilus sinks
Suggested ending The Nautilus appears to sink, but then returns as a themepark attraction

Film Lady and the Tramp
Original ending Tramp becomes respectable and moves in with Lady
Suggested ending Lady becomes a sassy street dog and moves in with Tramp

Film Old Yeller
Original ending Old Yeller dies
Suggested ending Old Yeller dies then leaps back to life again for one startling final attack, then dies again — and that’s the end (or is it???)

Film Sleeping Beauty
Original ending Aurora and Prince Phillip live happily ever after
Suggested ending Aurora and Prince Phillip live happily ever after until it is discovered that all the magic used to repeatedly change the color of her dress has rendered it radioactive, causing her to mutate (ironically) into a dragon-looking creature (but Philip loves her anyway)

Film The Shaggy Dog
Original ending Mr. Daniels is declared a hero
Suggested ending Mr. Daniels wins the Westminster Dog Show

Film Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Original ending King Brian wins the battle of wits and everyone lives happily ever after
Suggested ending King Brian wins the battle of wits then makes a fortune as a Lucky Charms spokesleprechaun

Film One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Original ending Roger, Anita, and 101 dalmatians live happily ever after
Suggested ending Stuck in a country house with 101 dogs, Roger and Anita are horrified by the smell and — in the face of a lawsuit over their making a popular song that libels a real individual — start to think that maybe Cruella wasn’t so wrong about the dogs after all

Film The Absent-Minded Professor
Original ending Professor Brainard sells Flubber to the government and he and Miss Carlisle live happily ever after
Suggested ending Professor Brainard sells Flubber to the government and it sets off an arms race that starts World War III

Film The Sword in the Stone
Original ending Arthur becomes king of England
Suggested ending Arthur realizes that politics is not for him and puts the sword back in the rock

Film Mary Poppins
Original ending With Mary Poppins’ work done, she flies off into the distance
Suggested ending With Mary Poppins’ work done, Bert seeks a speech therapist

Film The Jungle Book
Original ending Mowgli discovers girls and leaves the jungle
Suggested ending Mowgli realizes that talking animals are way cooler than some dumb girl

Film The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
Original ending The Bower Family Band helps the Dakotas achieve statehood
Suggested ending The Bower Family Band is revealed to be ancestors of the Osmonds

Film The Love Bug
Original ending Herbie takes Jim and Carole on their honeymoon
Suggested ending Herbie founds the town of Radiator Springs

Film The Aristocats
Original ending A grand opening celebration is held for the new home for stray cats
Suggested ending Thomas O’Malley has cheezburger on the internets

Film Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Original ending Miss Price defeats the Nazis and gives up witchcraft for good
Suggested ending Miss Price defeats the Nazis and decides to use her powers to solve murders in Cabot Cove, Maine

Film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Original ending Everyone cries because they know that Christopher Robin will grow up one day
Suggested ending Pooh leaves Critter Country forever and the beloved Country Bears return

Film The Rescuers
Original ending Bernard and Miss Bianca head off on another adventure
Suggested ending Bernard and Miss Bianca move to France and open a restaurant

Film The Black Hole
Original ending After envisioning Heaven and Hell, a probe emerges from a white hole
Suggested ending Something that makes sense happens

Film Condorman
Original ending Woody prepares for another assignment as Condorman
Suggested ending Woody, horribly scarred when the Condorboat is rammed, moves into the cellars beneath an opera house in Paris and becomes a patron of the arts

Film Tron
Original ending The MCP is deactivated, Dillinger is revealed as a criminal, and Flynn takes over at ENCOM
Suggested ending Pretty much the same, but with better special effects

Film The Great Mouse Detective
Original ending Basil defeats Ratigan and saves the Queen
Suggested ending Basil and Ratigan plunge over Ratenbach Falls to their (apparent) deaths

Film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Original ending Wayne uses his invention to make a giant dinner for Thanksgiving
Suggested ending Wayne uses his invention to give himself the height of an average adult male

Film The Little Mermaid
Original ending Ariel is permanently made human and she and Eric live happily ever after
Suggested ending Ariel is permanently made human, but ironically Eric had already arranged to be transformed into a merman

Film The Rocketeer
Original ending Cliff beats the Nazis and Peevy considers building a new jetpack
Suggested ending Sequels. Lots and lots of sequels.

Film Beauty and the Beast
Original ending Beast regains human form and he and Belle live happily ever after
Suggested ending Beast stays awesome looking and he and Belle live happily ever after

Film Aladdin
Original ending Genie is set free and uses his limitless power to go on an awesome vacation
Suggested ending Genie is set free and uses his limitless power for world domination

Film The Lion King
Original ending Simba and Nala’s newborn cub is presented, completing the circle of life
Suggested ending Simba gets a weird sense of deja vu after reading Hamlet

Film Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale
Original ending Squanto helps organize the first Thanksgiving
Suggested ending Squanto has his name legally changed to Murray

Film The Santa Clause
Original ending Scott’s family accepts that he really is Santa Claus
Suggested ending Scott’s family has him committed

Film Pocahontas
Original ending Pocahontas saves John Smith and lives happily ever after
Suggested ending Smallpox

Film Toy Story
Original ending Woody and Buzz are horrified to discover that Andy got a puppy for Christmas
Suggested ending Woody and Buzz are horrified to discover that Andy has a girlfriend

Film Muppet Treasure Island
Original ending Jim realizes that Long John Silver was his friend all along
Suggested ending The entire movie is remade as a science fiction story (starring Pigs in Space)

Film The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Original ending Quasimodo leaves the cathedral to live in the outside world
Suggested ending Quasimodo leaves the cathedral and moves into the opera house basement with Condorman

Film Hercules
Original ending Hercules is hailed as a hero and Zeus places a picture of him in the stars
Suggested ending Hercules is hailed as a hero and King Eurystheus presents him with a list of twelve chores he’s been neglecting

Film Mulan
Original ending After saving China, Mulan returns home to seek her own path
Suggested ending After saving China, Mulan accepts a job with the Emperor, brings in massive improvements in the cultural status of women, and, ultimately, paves the way for Communism

Film The Emperor’s New Groove
Original ending Kuzco redeems himself and builds a small summer home on a hill near Pacha’s house
Suggested ending Kuzco and Pacha are forced out of their homes when the neighborhood goes condo and have to move in together, Odd Couple-style.

Film Monsters, Inc.
Original ending It is discovered that laughter is more powerful than screams, solving Monstropolis’ power problems forever
Suggested ending It is discovered that laughter is more powerful than screams, but the discovery is suppressed by "Big Screams"

Film Lilo & Stitch
Original ending Stitch is allowed to stay on Earth with Lilo
Suggested ending Stitch stays on Earth with Lio and runs for Congress

Film Treasure Planet
Original ending Jim realizes that Long John Silver was his friend all along
Suggested ending Jim sits down to think of a fourth way that Disney could remake this story.

Film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Original ending Captain Jack takes over The Black Pearl; Will marries Elizabeth and they live happily ever after (until the next film)
Suggested ending Captain Jack takes over The Black Pearl; Will marries Elizabeth and they are never heard from again

Film Brother Bear
Original ending Kenai goes to live with the bears
Suggested ending Kenai appears in a cameo in the next Spider-Man movie (in Kraven the Hunter’s trophy room)

Film The Haunted Mansion
Original ending Jim Evers drives off across Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
Suggested ending Jim Evers drives into Lake Pontchartrain

Film Home on the Range
Original ending The animals arrive just in time to save the farm
Suggested ending The animals arrive just in time to save the farm, rise up against the humans, a form their own government in which all animals are equal (even though some of them are more equal than others)

Film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Original ending The children return from Narnia, but there are hints that they will be able to return again
Suggested ending The children return from Narnia, but there are hints that they will be able to return six more times

Film Cars
Original ending Lightning McQueen moves his headquarters to Radiator Springs
Suggested ending Lightning McQueen explains how it’s possible to build complex machinery without thumbs

Film WALL-E
Original ending WALL-E and EVE begin the work of restoring Earth
Suggested ending WALL-E and EVE begin the work of restoring Skynet

Film High School Musical
Original ending Gabriella and Troy win their respective competitions and the entire school joins together for the singingest dancingest celebration ever!
Suggested ending Everyone dies

Film Up
Original ending Carl and Russell live happily ever after
Suggested ending It’s revealed that Ellie, Carl’s wife, is actually still alive and has been secretly masterminding everything behind the scenes with the goal of getting Carl to move her house to Paradise Falls where she plans to start a uranium mine and dominate the world’s nuclear power plants, joined by her new partner The Underminer

Film Brave
Original ending Merida and Elinor have their family bond restored
Suggested ending Merida marries some guy and lives happily ever after

Film Wreck-It Ralph
Original ending The villain is defeated and everyone returns to their own (now upgraded) video games
Suggested ending Felix and Sergeant Calhoun team up, using his mechanical knowledge to create a device capable of bringing people in and out of the digital world and her military expertise to begin an assault on the human universe

Leave a Reply