By Malcolm Moore , Shanghai. The edition of the children's book which hit the shelves in China in October included a reworking of the story of Snow White in which she romps with the seven dwarves. Red-faced executives at Beijing Mediatime, the publishing house, said a mix-up had occurred when they could not find the original German version of the book to translate, and had turned to a Japanese version instead. Around copies of the book were sold in Hangzhou before complaints from customers led to the recall. Asked how the mix-up had gone unspotted, the publisher said the situation had been "complicated". Another executive from Beijing Mediatime, only named as Mr Yuan, told the Zhejiang Morning Express newspaper: "We cannot read Japanese, so we cannot make a comparison, but we trusted the translator, who is a post graduate student.
Five dark and gruesome fairytales behind classic Disney movies
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Updated August 05, While we're all familiar with the 'Disneyfied' versions of fairytales, the family-friendly movies leave out some of the darker and more gruesome details from the original novels and stories. Author Kate Forsyth, who holds a PhD in fairytale retellings , says stories like Rapunzel and Cinderella offer a sense of justice and retribution that audiences crave. Glass slippers, an endearing fairy godmother and helpful mice is what usually comes to mind at the mention of this story.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm never intended to write for children. As time passed, parents read the Grimm tales to their youngsters probably to scare them into good behavior. The brothers released updated editions that cut back on some of the gore. Their stories became even more grossly sanitized thanks to Walt Disney.