27 Amazing Facts About Disney Movies You Didn't Know
You're a huge Disney fan and there's hardly a movie or fact you haven't heard or seen? Not quite! We have amazing facts for you:
As long as it's about the latest exciting series like "Lupin" or "Bridgerton", we're on our toes and look for every single logical mistake or interesting facts. But what about your knowledge about the beautiful Disney movies? Did you already know these amazing facts about the popular movies? If you're a real Disney fan, you should quickly share them with your friends.
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#1 Star Wars
Real Disney fans know, of course, that the last trilogy of Star Wars films was produced by Disney. But did you know that David Prowse was given a choice back then: he could have played either Chewbacca or Darth Vader in "Star Wars". Prowse chose the latter! Good choice we would say as fans...
If you didn't have to laugh heartily every few minutes during the movie "Tangled", we really don't know what's going on. For us, it was definitely one of the funniest movies. By the way, it was Disney's 50th animated feature film!
#3 Sleeping Beauty
We would all probably wish to be in Sleeping Beauty's place one day and be woken up by a noble prince. But have you ever paid attention to the fact that the blonde beauty doesn't speak at all after her century sleep when she was kissed awake?
#4 Finding Nemo
Actually, we thought things were peaceful in Disney movies, or at least there's often a happy ending, but when you consider that there are over 400 deaths in Finding Nemo (if you count the fish eggs), you're probably not quite so convinced of that anymore.
#5 Mary Poppins
The cool nanny will not be forgotten by real Disney fans and those who simply found the film beautiful. But the fact that despite the iconic Disney song "Feed the Birds", it is forbidden to feed birds at Disneyland, we just don't understand. Outrageous!
By the way, did you know that Mary Poppins doesn't air on silent holidays in Germany?
Let's move on to a fact that only very few people will know: It is the cricket that Pinocchio encounters. In the original story, Pinocchio kills the cricket with a hammer shortly after he meets it! Many would not have expected this, after all, it is still a children's movie!
Many people did not know about the tattoo from the Disney movie "Pocahontas". Or did you know that Pocahontas was the first Disney princess to have a visible tattoo?
Speaking of Pocahontas, have you ever noticed that John Smith is significantly older? Now you might think that wouldn't be so bad. But if you take a closer look at the age difference, you realize that it is a bit extreme after all: John Smith was 28 in real life when he met the 10-year-old Pocahontas.
Good news – at least for those who are interested in gender equality and women's history: "Frozen" was the first Disney movie directed by a woman! Still upsetting that it took Disney until 2013 to hire a female director for a movie.
#10 Beauty and the Beast
Hardly recognizable, but this is what "the beast" from "Beauty and the Beast" looks like before it is transformed into the real "beast" by means of 3-D computer graphics. It does look a bit silly, doesn't it? Emma Watson must have laughed a time or two when she saw her colleague in this getup.
[FactBuffet via Twitter]
Strange, but also true is the fact about aunt "May" in Spider Man. Because she has become younger with every new "Spider-Man" movie! We'd like to have a time machine like that, wouldn't we?
[FactBuffet via Twitter]
#12 Boo's Real Name
The little girl from Monster, Inc. is called Boo because she likes to scare Sully and Mike Wazowski with a cute "Boo". But what is the girl's real name? Disneymistakes has detected that in Boo's room there's a self-painted picture signed "Mary". That means the little girl's name is probably Mary!
#13 Lilo & Stitch
What do "Lilo and Stitch" and "The Ring" have in common? Is it the little black-haired girl? Almost! Because the actress from "Samara" also lends her voice to Lilo. Many would certainly not have thought of the parallel so quickly.
Did you know that in many European countries the name of the Disney movie "Moana" is "Viana"? Now you are probably wondering why the title was renamed, there is nothing wrong with that. The reason is the resemblance with the name of an actress of adult films: Moana Pozzi. Disney did not want to allude to this resemblance in any way, so the title was adapted in Europe.
#15 Lion King
Assuming Simba from "The Lion King" had reached the average lifespan of a wild lion - 15 years - he would have died in 2009, because the movie was released in 1994.
By the way, no matter how many times you've seen the classic, you've certainly missed things, right?
#16 The Rescuers
In 1999 Disney had to withdraw some VHS copies of The Rescuers. The reason for this was an exposed woman in the background in a photo. Quite scandalous!
#17 The Color Blue
Why do almost all Disney heroines wear blue dresses? This is no mere coincidence, but deliberate intention. Cinderella from "Cinderella", Elsa or Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" can be seen in blue dresses. In addition, Alladin's Jasmine and Arielle also shine in a beautiful blue dress. The head of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eisenman, explained that blue stands for reliability, constancy and loyalty, making it perfect for the virtues of our heroines. Eisenman even goes a step further and explains the connection between the stereotypical "boy color" and the qualities attributed to them. This is to symbolize that not only men can be heroes, but also the female characters.
#18 Disney Recycles Scenes
Attentive Disney viewers have already discovered it: Not only are some Disney characters incorporated into other animated films, but many scenes have been reused. For example, scenes from "The Jungle Book" can be seen in "Winnie the Pooh" and "Robin Hood".
In the YouTube video you will be able to discover the direct comparison of many scenes. This just screams for a Disney marathon to rediscover those very moments.
Oops, who do we have here? The fathers of Aurora and her prince Philip were smuggled into the "Arielle" movie. At the latest now you'll want to watch the movies again to find the hidden duplicates!
[movienightjournal via Instagram]
#20 Married Into Nobility
Just a moment ago we were looking at the blue color of Disney clothing. Now we come to the gloves. Did you notice that only the daughters who married into nobility wear opera gloves, whereas those who were already born into nobility don't?
#21 "Let it Go" is no Longer the Most Successful Disney Song
After 26 years, the song "We Don't Talk About Bruno" is the Disney song that ranks the highest on the charts. "Let it Go" from "Frozen" had made it to No. 5, "Bruno" now to No. 4. Only 3 songs from the Disney world have been more successful overall so far: "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King and "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas. The chart information refers to the Billboards charts from the USA.
But the song has another special feature, if you take a closer look at the choreography...
#22 The Special Choreography
There are numerous reasons to love the song, but if you've watched the film carefully, you'll have noticed that each character is shown off with their own choreography.
Of course, the dances don't come out of the blue, but were completely rehearsed before the animation. Disney has released for its fans the reference video for "We Don't Talk About Bruno" that was used for the choreography. Hopefully there will be a live Encanto stage show soon!
By the way, the film was choreographed by Jamal Sims, who has worked with Disney on numerous films, such as the "Aladdin" live-action movie and "Hannah Montana: The Movie."
#23 Mulan as the Great Stone Dragon
The moment Mulan decides to go to war instead of her father, the spirits of her ancestors awaken. These ancestors in turn awaken Mushu, the little red dragon who was the former guardian of the Fa family. He is urged to summon the Great Stone Dragon to help Mulan in her quest.
Mushu then strikes a small gong and shouts to awaken the spirit of the Great Stone Dragon, but after several attempts, he breaks the statue, fearing thereby to have destroyed the spirit. Many viewers thought that the scene was necessary to involve the little dragon in the first place.
But according to a fan theory, the Great Stone Dragon was not resting at all, but had already awakened because Mulan is that very Stone Dragon. In almost every scene, the dragon can be seen symbolically, which has now been fully awakened. Here, for example, he can be seen at her necklace or the handle of the sword with which she cuts off her hair.
This makes it clear that Mulan herself is the dragon that protects her family.
#24 Cinderella's Ears
In the 3D version of Cinderella, some fans, including @kaprikume, noticed something specific about the Disney princess for the first time. Before, we never really paid attention to it, but when you see it, you can't ignore it anymore. Take a look at those ears. Yes, that's right, one of the two princesses doesn't have ears at all!
#25 Arielle's Hair
The scene has a much deeper meaning than most suspect. Why do you think Arielle is so happy about her already beautiful hair? Quite simply, it's the first time she's seen her hair in its dry, voluminous state.
[LOVEoclock via Twitter]
#26 Minnie Mouse Gets a Pantsuit
For over 90 years, Minnie Mouse wore a red or a pink dress. However, the friend of the most famous mouse in the world is now making history - she is wearing a pantsuit for the first time, as Disneyland Paris announced on its official Twitter account. Designer Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney, gives Minnie a new modern look. As an emancipated and independent mouse, it really suits her! The action is in honor of Women's History Month in March. Let's see what Minnie will change in the world and what her look will look like afterwards.
#27 Turning Red
If you've already seen the movie, you were probably wondering why panda Mei repeatedly throws her paws into the air. Twitter user @thatfanged_doe explains this behavior as follows: "I was in an animation/filmmaker presentation with the creator/crew of Turning Red and my fav detail they pointed out was how they made Mei lift her paws up when frightened because that's what real red pandas do.“ This movie detail once again proves that Disney movies are for children and adults alike – we all have our ways of reacting to fear, understanding Mei's reaction to a perceived thread makes the movie even more interesting!