16 Facts About Disney Movies That Prove We Know Nothing

Diply 13 Apr 2018

When it comes to subtle details in movies, Disney takes the crown.

The animation company is always hiding Easter eggs in the corners of their films, and most of these sneaky secrets are practically impossible to spot the first time around.

Luckily, we have the internet to help us out in that department.

1. Ariel's dress is actually a combination of gowns worn by Disney royalty before her.

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The color comes from Cinderella's mother's dress (ripped apart by the evil stepsisters), the puffy sleeves with diamond embroidery come from Snow White's dress, and the scoop neck was inspired by Aurora's gown.

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2. Aladdin tosses an apple to Jasmine several times throughout the movie, but not for nothing.


In one scene, Aladdin throws her an apple as the two fly over Greece.In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a woman was the same as proposing to her.

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3. Most of the action in Cinderella takes place within approximately 24 hours.

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Excluding the set-up and finale scenes (like Cinderella's wedding), the primary story happens in just over a day.

The day begins with Cinderella doing chores, the ball takes place that evening, and she tries on the glass slipper the next morning.

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4. There was a storyboarded scene in Beauty and the Beast that never got animated because it was too gruesome.

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In the scene, Gaston visited the Beast, who is seen dragging the body of an animal he's just killed.

Instead, the animators included skeleton remains in the West Wing during one shot.

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5. The Chinese writing on the shrine of Mulan's father represent the names of real people.

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Those people are the film's animators.

Mulan gazes into the shrine while singing the movie's famed song, "Reflection."

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6. The castle sculptures in Beauty and the Beast have significance.

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They're actually images of the Beast at various phases of his transformation.

Take a closer look the next time you watch the film!

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7. Cinderella loses her shoe not once, not twice, but three times.

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First, she loses it while delivering breakfast to her stepsister. Second, she loses it at the ball. Finally, Cinderella loses her shoe once more at her wedding.

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8. The street merchant scene in Aladdin was totally unscripted.

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This was, once again, the genius work of Robin Williams. He also voiced the merchant.

Of course, much of the ad-libbed material wasn't appropriate for a children's film.

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9. The animation style for The Princess and the Frog was inspired by Lady and the Tramp and Bambi.

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According to the director, those films were "the peak of animation in the classic Disney animation style."

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10. Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled make a cameo at the beginning of Frozen.

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They can be spotted in the crowd when the gates open during the musical number "For The First Time in Forever."

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11. Goofy, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck make their own appearance in The Little Mermaid.

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The classic Disney trio can be spotted amongst the civilians at the opening scene with King Triton.

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12. The name of the band in The Princess and the Frog was inspired by a real band consisting of Disney animators.

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The cartoon band is called Firefly Five Plus Lou, while the real band is named Firehouse Five Plus Two.

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13. One pair of ancestors in Mulan appear to have been based on a famous Modernist painting.

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The duo resembles the farmer couple in Grant Wood's American Gothic.

In the movie, they expresse concern that Mulan's quest will cause the loss of her family farm.

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14. Elsa's castle in Frozen changes colors based on her emotion.

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When Elsa is happy, the castle colors are blue. When she is fearful, the hues change to red. And when she is angry, the colors are yellow.

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15. Robin Williams ad-libbed so many lines for Genie in Aladdin that the screenplay was refused an Academy Award nom.

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The script was submitted for Best Adapted Screenplay but was rejected because of the changes.

In fact, the scene where Genie transforms into Pinocchio was entirely Robin's idea!

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16. And finally, Belle's dress in Beauty and the Beast was inspired by another female movie icon.

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Her dress was designed after Dorothy's in The Wizard of Oz.

We totally didn't notice the similarity until now!

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