But of course, the parody assumes they get to live "ever after" in the real world.
Cozart's parody of the Disney princesses, posted to YouTube under the username "Paint,"
on March 12, has gone viral with over 2 million views.
The video features four all-time favorite Disney princesses in their "ever after" lives: Ariel ("The Little Mermaid"), Jasmine ("Aladdin"), Belle ("Beauty and the Beast") and Pocahontas.
The video shows Cozart spoofing the songs from the Disney films in a four-part harmony that reveals what really happened to the princesses in their real lives "ever after."
His revelations are shocking but given the reality not surprising. Ariel, for instance, isn't having a good time in her "ever after" life in the oceans, thanks to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill
in 2010. Jasmine isn't faring much better, the CIA ruins her "happy ever after" by abducting her husband on suspicion of being a Taliban terrorist. Belle ("Beauty and the Beast") finds out too late that her neighbors are conservative in their attitude to Bestiality
interviewed Cozart, a University of Texas sophomore. He told host Jacob Soboroff about how he made the video. He expresses the view that Disney is ridiculously cliched, portraying life as no one ever knows it. So It isn't surprising that when the princesses have to live their "ever afters" in a real "dark, terrible, sad world" they end up tragically.
This is not Cozart's first YouTube hit as "Paint."
A Harry Potter spoof he created last year received nearly 13 million hits; his Lord of the Rings spoof, nearly 2 million. His latest spoof was the most difficult to make so far, he says. It took him a month to record the audio.