‘Into The Woods': Disney’s Shocking Kid-Friendly Changes To Classic

Thu, June 19, 2014 4:40pm EST by 2 Comments
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The movie version of ‘Into the Woods’ seemed like a dream come true for fans of the popular musical. However, the producer of the original stage version, Stephen Sondheim, just revealed that Disney’s movie adaption will be very different.

Stephen Sondheim produced the stage version of Into the Woods and now he is working on the Disney adaptation for the big screen. Into the Woods has always been popular for the darker and more disturbing portrayal of famous childhood stories. However, Steven just revealed that the new movie will be replotted and made more kid friendly!

‘Into the Woods': Disney Version Makes Major Changes

At first, the Into the Woods movie sounded amazing with Anna Kendrick playing Cinderella, Johnny Depp playing the wolf, and Meryl Streep playing the witch — what more could someone ask for?!

However, we were sad to find out that Stephen revealed the plot for the Disney movie adaptation will be changed, and in some pretty key ways.


“You will find in the movie that Rapunzel does not get killed, and the prince does not sleep with the baker’s wife,” Stephen told a group of high school theater advisors.

He added that because the baker’s wife remains faithful, the popular song “Any Moment” has been replaced with another song they have written.

Stephen said another key change is happening Disney had some “objections” with the sexual connection between Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, so that will be replotted, according to The Washington Post.

We totally get Disney wants to make Into the Woods more kid-friendly for the silver screen, but the non-traditional perspective of the fairy tale is why fans adore it!

Big Named Actors Star In ‘Into the Woods’

The amount of talent in this movie is off the charts. We have Anna, Johnny, and Meryl, and so many more big named actors that have signed on.

Emily Blunt, for instance, will play the baker’s wife, while Chris Pine will play Cinderella’s prince — seriously how good looking of a couple will Chris and Anna be?

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is this the right decision for the movie adaptation of Into the Woods? The movie will hit theaters Christmas Day. Will you see it? Let us know your thoughts below!

– Noelle Trainor

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Posted at 6:04 PM on December 23, 2014  

I like “Into the Woods” and think it’s one of Sonheim’s best.
I also have a ten year old daughter who LOVES musical theatre so I am not opposed to the changes in the movie version for family-friendliness’s sake. We’ll see the full, unedited stage version when she is older and can understand the Wolf’s lust and lasciviousness.
Bring on the movie!

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Anne Stepien

Posted at 7:33 PM on June 19, 2014  

Intern, you act like change is a bad thing. Into the woods was the 2nd worst thing (behind Pacific Overtures) that Sondheim ever wrote. Change has to help it.

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