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20 Disney Movies Facts That Were Hidden All This Time!


The Internet is full of Disney characters recreations. Our latest favorite is re-imagining them in real life, which you can take a look at here. If you want to go back to your childhood days, however, there are some interesting and little-known facts that Disney buried into their movies. It’s time to rewatch those good old classics, take some notes and see what was hidden in the movies.


1. Mufasa and Scar aren’t brothers.

Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool. In fact, that’s what Scar says. There’s a line where he bemoans that, ‘I’m from the shallow end of the gene pool,” producer Don Hahn said.


Source: The Disney Wiki | Disney

2. Yen Sid, the sorcerer in Fantasia, is “Disney” spelled backwards.

No, it’s far from a coincidence. After all, only Disney could hold so much magic!


Source: DeviantArt | Spartandragon12

3. Ariel and Hercules might be cousins.

Here are the facts: Ariel is the daughter of Triton. Triton is the son of Poseidon. Poseidon is the brother of Zeus. Zeus is the father of Hercules. So, in fact, Ariel and Hercules are cousins. Okay, now, does this explain the matching red hair?


Source: StarPulse | Disney

4. Aladdin has a tell tale sign when lying.

Whenever he tells a lie, his turban falls on his face. Jasmine totally saw through that poker face!


Source: The D Continuum | Disney

5. Ursula was modeled after a drag queen.

She was modeled after the fierce Divine, which absolutely makes sense.


Source: The Odyssey Online | Disney

6. Tarzan could be related to Anna and Elsa!

It’s speculation, but it’s very intriguing. Theorists claim that rather than dying in a shipwreck, Anna and Elsa’s mom and dad found themselves in the jungle. Later on, Tarzan was born. Crazy, right?


Source: Grant Stevens’ Mind Place | Disney

7. Elsa is the oldest princess.

She is the only princess who isn’t a teenager, but is actually 21. Snow White is on the opposite end, ringing in at the youngest, at age 14.


Source: The Disney Wiki | Disney

8. Bruce in Finding Nemo was a namesake.

Bruce, the vegetarian shark, was named after the animatronic shark in Jaws.


Source: The Disney Wiki | Disney

9. Elsa was supposed to be the villain in Frozen.

She is still somewhat villainous to a degree, but more of a heroine with a villainous side. She was originally written as a cold-hearted, ice woman.


Source: One Tiny Hand | Disney

10. Villains are associated with lime green, which is not a coincidence.

Lime green has been a synonymous symbol for villains and evil in the Disney franchises.


Source: IMDb | Disney

11. Ariel is the only princess to have a child.

Her name is Melody, and she stars alongside her mother in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Was that the only sequel to ever exceed our expectations?


Source: DeviantArt | Arielfan90

12. Aurora had only 18 minutes of screen time in Sleeping Beauty.

She also had 18 lines. Anyhow, she is still an official Disney princess like the rest.


Source: The Disney Wiki | Disney

13. Gaston was the first male villain in a princess’ movie.

It felt like this was a realistic villain that we have all seen in real life.


Source: Descendants 2 Wiki | Disney

14. The Rescuers had an unexpected adult scene.

Copies of The Rescuers had to be recalled, because the VHS tapes had one scene of a topless woman in the background of a scene.


Source: Snopes | Disney

15. Aladdin was modeled after Tom Cruise.

What? Are you for real? Our favorite identity-hiding prince was modeled after none other than Tom Cruise!


Source: IMDb | IMDb | Walt Disney Productions

16. Finding Nemo could have had quite the plot twist.

If it was scientifically accurate, after Nemo’s mother left, Marlin would have changed sexes and become Nemo’s mom.

Are you weirded out right now?


Source: The Young Folks | Disney/Pixar

17. Disney reuses animation to stick to their budget.

You’d be surprised at how common this actually is! Robin Hood borrowed a ton of animation from The Jungle Book and Snow White. Beauty and the Beast reused the same final dance scene that was originally in Sleeping Beauty. Childhood ruined!


Source: YouTube | Movie Munchies

18. Finding Nemo and 101 Dalmatians were responsible for species endangerment.

There happened to be a huge spike in sales for dalmatians and clownfish when each of these movies were released. Unfortunately, most people couldn’t keep up with the care for these creatures, and ended up giving them up. Sadly, this forced them closer to the endangered zone.


Source: Natural History

19. Princesses married into royalty wear gloves, while those who are born royal do not.

Cinderella, Belle, and Tiana married a prince, and wear gloves. Ariel, Rapunzel, and Aurora were born princesses, and have bare hands19

Source: IMDb | Disney

20. Jafar makes a secret cameo in Hunchback of Notre Dame

There is an old prisoner in Hunchback of Notre Dame that is identical to the disguise Jafar uses in Aladdin. Jafar is the prisoner!


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