12 Fascinating Facts About Your Favorite Disney Movies

Diply 23 Mar 2018

If there's one thing we can all agree on as a human race, it's that Disney movies raised us.

It's almost impossible to pick a favorite because growing up, we knew them all inside and out. Or so we thought.

As it turns out, there are fascinating facts about these movies that will blow your forever child-like mind, including these 12 below.

1. The Circle of Life lyrics translate to "Here comes a lion, father. Oh yes, it's a lion."

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You know that dramatic music that makes us want to hold small creatures up in the air? Not so dramatic. Translated from Zulu, the song translates to a simple conversation between a father and son.

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2. The Lion King's Scar makes an appearance in Hercules.

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We always hear about the connections between Disney movies, and I don't know how this one snuck right by me. Scar actually makes a cameo as a handsome throw rug in Hercules.

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3. Pocahontas was based on a real person.

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Amonute is her real name, and she was born around 1596. She got the nickname "Pocahontas" because of its meaning: “playful one” or “ill-behaved child.” Pocahontas was the first Disney movie based on a historical event.

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4. The voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married!

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Ultimate relationship goals! Wayne Allwine was Mickey's voice from 1977 to 2009, when he passed away. He met Russi Taylor in the hallway of the studio, who's been Minnie's voice since 1986. It was love at first sight!

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5. Animators sneak "A1-13" into many of their movies. 

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If you haven't noticed "A1-13" in any Disney Pixar movies, you will now. From the code in Wall-E to the car license plate in Toy Story and beyond.

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You can see it in The Hunger Games, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Simpsons, too!

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John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Disney Animation, revealed, "A1-13 was the animation classroom at California Institute of the Arts in the Character Animation Program."

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6. A hyena researcher sued Disney for defamation of character. 

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Apparently, hyenas have been misunderstood because of their portrayal as villains in The Lion King. They're not portrayed as the smartest species in the movie, but is that really enough reason to take legal action?!

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7. Hercules and Ariel are related.

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According to Greek mythology, Zeus (Hercules' father) is the brother of Poseidon. Poseidon's son is King Triton, who happens to be Ariel's father. This means that Hercules is the cousin of Ariel's dad. Are you following?

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8. Beyoncé wanted the role of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, but refused to audition.

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Casting director Jen Rudin revealed, "Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one." Among the contenders were Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, and Jennifer Hudson.

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All three Dreamgirls wanted the role!

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After all, Tiana is the first African-American Disney princess, so it's kind of a big deal. The most qualified for the role happened to be Jennifer Hudson and Bey's costar, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose.

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9. Snow White was the first film to ever release a soundtrack.

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Way back in 1938, Snow White released a soundtrack that happened to be the first one ever. "Someday My Prince Will Come," "Whistle While You Work" and "Heigh-Ho," were all bangers at the time.

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10. Jackie Chan plays the voice of the Beast in the Chinese version of Beauty and the Beast.

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Not only that, he even sang for the film, including the title track which he performed in Mandarin! Little known fact: Jackie Chan is actually a classically trained opera singer.

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11. Aladdin animators had to create tests of the Genie doing Robin Williams' comedy routines.

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To gain his interest, they picked lines from his stand-up shows and animated Genie to them. When they were completed, Robin came in to see for himself, and obviously had to take the role.

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"I cannot tell you what great joy it gave me to make Robin Williams laugh."

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Animation supervisor Eric Goldberg recalls, "What I did is animate the Genie growing another head to argue with himself, and Robin just laughed. He could see the potential of what the character could be."

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12. Elsa was originally supposed to be the villain in Frozen.

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In case you didn't know, Frozen is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Snow Queen. When Disney began the storyline, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna weren't even related! Screenwriter Jennifer Lee revealed, "Elsa was going to be the complete antagonist."

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When "Let it Go" was written, Lee knew she had to rewrite the character.

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While the songwriters were creating the villain's song, they began to delve into Elsa's way of thinking while she was isolated. One writer remembers, "We knew in this moment that she would go through a transformation."

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