In fact, they are "Unfairy Tales" — a new animated series created by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), meant to highlight the plight of the Syrian refugee crisis' youngest victims.
The first story, "Malak and the Boat: A Journey from Syria," follows 7-year-old Malak as she narrates her way through the choppy Mediterranean after fleeing from war-torn Syria to Europe in search of a better life.
"It felt like me and my mother might drown. That the boat might go down," she says as violent waves and the tentacles of an octopus swirl around her crowded vessel.
As the sea calms, we see Malak contemplating what she left behind. "I had a lot of friends. Now there is no one left," she says.
UNICEF says it will release a second film, "Ivine and Pillow," in March. The "Unfairy Tales" series is part of the humanitarian group's #NoLostGeneration campaign to mark the 5-year anniversary of Syria's civil war.
More than 14 million children across Syria and Iraq have been affected by the deadly conflict that has cost the lives of over 250,000 people, according to UNICEF.