25 things you may not know about Disney movies

DisneyAnimationBuildingIf, like us here at MCM Buzz, you’re into your Disney movies, then you may be interested to learn some of the fascinating but lesser-known facts that litter the company’s history. So, from character cameos to amusing disclaimers, here’s a list of 25 of our favourite bits and bobs of trivia:

  • During the end credits of Frozen there is a disclaimer about bogies. Referencing a line spoken by Kristoff in the movie, the disclaimer reads as follows, “The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions.”

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  • The blue-green hue of Ariel’s fin is actually a special colour created by the Disney paint lab, a colour which they named “Ariel” in honour of the character.
  • She may be etched into the minds of Disney fans thanks to her role in Frozen, but did you know that Idina Menzel originally auditioned for the part of Rapunzel in Tangled?
  •  On the shelves in Oaken’s Trading Post in Frozen there is Mickey Mouse stuffed animal.

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  • In the movie Wreck-It Ralph there are 188 unique, individual characters, which is more than in any other Disney movie. On average, Disney films have around 40-60 such characters.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, Mickey Mouse appears twice, once in Hero’s Duty and then in the SugarRush section of the movie’s world.
  • If you look carefully enough at in the Sea of Souls of the Underworld in Disney’s Hercules, you can catch a glimpse of Marilyn Monroe.

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  • In the Treasure Planet, there is a Stitch doll sitting on the shelf in Jim’s bedroom.

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  • In Toy Story,  the toolbox that appears in Sid’s bedroom features a logo for a company called “Binford”. This is also the name of the fictional tool company in Tim Allen’s Home Improvement, Allen having provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the film.
  • Jodi Benson, who played Ariel in The Little Mermaid, also voiced Barbie in Toy Story.
  • In the opening scene with King Triton in The Little Mermaid, Kermit, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck can all be seen hiding in the crowd.
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  • Eleanor Audley, who played Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, as well as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, also voiced Madame Leota in recordings for the Haunted Mansion attractions at Disneyworld and Disneyland.
  • In The Rescuers, Bambi and his mother put in an appearance during the Someone’s Waiting For You scene.
  • The model for Merlin in Disney’s The Sword In The Stone was none other than Walt Disney himself.
  • In Beauty and the Beast, the song “Human Again” was cut from the original film just before production began. It was later recorded, animated and added to the film for the 2002 re-release following its successful outing in the Broadway musical adaptation of the film.
  • The prince’s name in Beauty and the Beast is Adam, a fact that is never revealed in the movie but was confirmed in a CD-ROM tie-in game and in the Broadway musical.
  • In Beauty and the Beast, Jackie Chan performed the Mandarin (Chinese) dub for the Beast, including the singing parts. He also provided the dub for the character Shang in Mulan.
  • Cinderella, Tiana (The Princess and The Frog) and Belle (Beauty and The Beast) are the only three Disney Princesses who are not originally of royal descent.
  • Robin Williams improvised 16 hours of material in his recording sessions for the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin.
  • The song “Trust in Me” from The Jungle Book was originally due to be used in Mary Poppins under the name “Land of Sand”.
  • Joey Lawrence from Blossom and Melissa & Joey provided the voice of Oliver in Oliver and Company.
  • The Pinocchio puppet built for the movie was lost for over 50 years, during which time the only record of it was a publicity photo of Walt Disney playing with it. Eventually, it was discovered in the Disney basement where it had been stuffed in a cupboard by the phone company who had been removing a bunch of wires.
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  • It is estimated that Tangled cost more to make than James Cameron’s Avatar.
  • The name of the character WALL-E is based on Walt Disney’s full name, Walter Elias Disney.
  • Daveigh Chase, the voice actress who played Lilo in Lilo and Stitch, also played Samara in the horror movie The Ring,  Samantha Darko in Donnie Darko and Chihiro in Spirited Away.

Do you have any great Disney facts we have missed? Let us know your favourites in the comments below.

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  1. Aldawesome says:

    Disney’s Darkest Secret: In Monster’s Inc. Randall says: “Wanna know what they do when monster’s die? Use their fur as toilet covers!” Sully says: “That’s ridiculous!” Later in Toy Story, Sully’s fur is used as a toilet cover.

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