Because the animators spend an inordinate amount of time on each frame of each Disney film, they’re inevitably going to get bored. One way they alleviate this feeling of boredom is to insert little jokes and references into other Disney movies. That way, they’re both enhancing the experience and making the movie more fun for themselves.
Here are some little known Disney secrets to watch out for when you’re watching Frozen for the 68th time with your kids.
In “Brave” the witch who turns Merida’s mother into a bear has carved Sully from “Monsters Inc” into a log.
Dug from “Up” makes a shadowy appearance in “Ratatouille”.
The woman who voiced Malefecent in Sleeping Beauty…
Also voiced the Stepmother in “Cinderella”. They also kind of look the same, don’t they?
This specific frame in “Frozen” took 5 days to make. The mountains look good I guess?
Almost every Pixar movie mentions Apple because the company was partially founded by Steve Jobs.
The peddler at the beginning of “Aladdin” was supposed to be revealed as the genie. That’s why Robin Williams does the voice of both.
The muses of “Hercules” sing while appearing as marble busts during the song “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” positioned in the same way as the singing heads from the “Haunted Mansion” ride.
Mary Gibbs, the voice of ‘Boo’ in “Monsters Inc.” was a toddler during the making of the film. It was hard to get her to sit still in the studio so the producers recorded her playing and pieced together Boo’s lines using things she would say.
Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” is based of Alyssa Milano.
And Aladdin is based off of Tom Cruise.
In “The Lion King” tiger roars were used because lion roars are actually a little too quiet.
To save money, sometimes Disney had to recycle animations in different films.
The disguised Jafar from “Aladdin” actually makes an appearance in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”…
…as the escaped criminal who keeps getting caught.
The voices of Mickey and Minnie were actually a married couple, Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor. According to Disney, Mickey and Minnie are just dating.
The reason many of the early Disney classics featured characters with mothers who passed may have been due to the guilt Disney felt about losing his mother. He bought his parents a home and a faulty radiator led to the death of Flora Disney.
Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid” is base off a popular 70’s drag singer named ‘Divine’.
Andy from “Toy Story” has a postcard on his bulletin board from Carl and Ellie from “Up”.
The vultures in “The Jungle Book” are based on The Beatles. They were supposed to be voiced by them too, but scheduling conflicts arose. (Why wouldn’t they be beetles instead of vultures though?)
Scar from “The Lion King” is worn by Hercules in a scene where he is heroically being painted on a vase.
The evil, toy torturing ‘Sid’ from the first “Toy Story” is seen as the garbage man in “Toy Story 3”.
Disney comments on Kristoff’s assertion that all men eat their own boogers at the end of the credits of “Frozen”.
The sorcerer from Fantasia’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is named Yen Sid, which is ‘Disney’ spelled backwards.
I’ve watched almost every Disney movie multiple times, but I never caught any of this stuff. Disney…way to go!
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Over the years, you’ve probably realized that movie studios like Disney and Pixar will put some hidden secrets in their movies. (In fact, we have even discovered some before.) However, Disney just keeps hiding awesome secrets in their movies. They won’t stop the awesomeness.
These brand-new hidden “Easter eggs” were found in some Disney movies (along with a few classic surprises). They’re easy to miss, so don’t be surprised that you won’t recognize ANY of these. Disney may be tricky, but now you know their secrets. And they are awesome.
1.) Sleepy Beauty’s spinning wheel can be found in Rapunzel’s tower in Tangled.
2.) Flynn Rider and Rapunzel make an appearance at Elsa’s coronation in Frozen.
3.) And it seems Tiana and Naveen were in attendance as well.
4.) Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. appears as a small figure in Frozen.
5.) Two Tangled characters (Maximus and Vladimir) show up in Wreck-It-Ralph.
6.) Hans from Frozen shows up in a wanted poster during Big Hero 6 (an upcoming movie).
7.) A little Mickey Mouse doll also appears in Frozen.
8.) A copy of the book Rapunzel is in Charlotte’s room in The Princess and the Frog.
9.) A shadow in The Princess And The Frog looks a lot like Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas…
10.) Tick-Tock, the crocodile from Peter Pan, is backstage during The Goofy Movie concert.
11.) Mickey Mouse can be found in a crowd during A Goofy Movie.
12.) Dumbo shows up as a bubble toy in The Great Mouse Detective.
13.) Jock, from Lady and the Tramp, helps the pups during 101 Dalmatians.
14.) Pongo shows up during a song in Oliver & Company.
15.) Don Knotts’ Henry Limpet fish character (from The Incredible Mr. Limpet) shows up during The Little Mermaid.
16.) Kermit the Frog makes an appearance during The Little Mermaid.
17.) There’s a Mulan restaurant in Lilo & Stitch.
18.) Scat Cat from The Aristocats also shows up in the animated Robin Hood.
19.) In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pumbaa makes an appearance as a gargoyle.
20.) Is that Bambi’s mom… or Shere Kahn’s prey in the Jungle Book?
21.) Wreck-It Ralph references The Paperman, an award-winning animated short, during a villain group scene.
22.) Posters for The Jungle Book and Toy Story 2 show up in the background of Meet The Robinsons.
(H/T BuzzFeed & Finding Mickey)
It’ll be hard to look at these awesome Disney films the same way again. The next time you watch a Disney or Pixar movie, keep your eyes peeled. There’s probably a few hidden treasures in it that you’ll want to look out for!
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No matter how old you are, Disney has probably been a staple of your life at some point. Maybe you first felt the spark of romance while watching Sleeping Beauty, or you just couldn’t quite tear your kids (or yourself) away from a Lion King VHS tape… either way, Disney has the world hooked. (No wonder they make about $40 billion a year.)
Did you know that some of the most iconic and beloved Disney cartoons were based on real things? Characters, castles and stories all have real-life inspirations that you probably weren’t aware of. Buckle in, your nostalgic memories are about to be turned upside down.
1.) The Evil Queen from Snow White was based on Joan Crawford.
2.) Snow White was based on Marge Champion, a star from the 30s and 40s.
3.) The Queen’s castle in Snow White was inspired by Segovia Castle.
4.) Elsa’s palace in Frozen was based on the Hotel de Glace in Cananda.
5.) Pocahontas was based on Irene Bedard (who was also her voice in the film).
6.) Ursula from The Little Mermaid was based on Divine, an iconic drag queen.
7.) Eric’s castle in The Little Mermaid was based on Mont Saint-Michel.
8.) Ariel from The Little Mermaid was based on Alyssa Milano.
9.) The castle in Sleeping Beauty was based on Neuschwanstein Castle.
10.) Belle from Beauty and the Beast was based on Sherri Stoner, a Disney writer.
11.) Maleficent was based on Eleanor Audley.
12.) The vultures in The Jungle Book were based on The Beatles.
13.) Peter Pan was based on Bobby Driscoll (he also provided a voice for Peter).
14.) Chernabog from Fantasia was based on Bela Lugosi.
15.) Aladdin was based on Tom Cruise.
16.) The Sultan’s palace from Aladdin was based on the Taj Mahal.
17.) Jafar from Aladdin was based on Conrad Veidt.
18.) Genie from Aladdin was based on Robin Williams (who also provided the voice for Genie).
19.) The city and castle in Tangled was also based on Mont Saint-Michel.
20.) Hook was based on Hans Conried, in both look and voice.
21.) The castle in Atlantis was based on Angkor Wat.
22.) The village in The Emperor’s New Groove was based on Machu Piccu.
23.) DunBroch Castle in Brave was based on Dunnottar Castle.
24.) Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians was based on Tallulah Bankhead.
25.) Professor Ratigan was based on Professor James Moriarty (from Sherlock Holmes).
26.) The Big Bad Wolf in The Three Little Pigs was based on Jed Harris.
27.) Scar from The Lion King was based on Jeremy Irons.
(via: Flavorwire / Mashable / Hollyscoop)
Maybe these real inspirations are why we can connect to Disney movies so well. Even though we know the cartoons are just fantasy, there’s just a hint of reality that gives us hope. You may know that magical genies don’t really exist… but seeing Aladdin run around something that looks like the Taj Mahal? It’s easy to hope it’s more than just a story.
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