1Timon and Pumbaa
The characters of Timon and Pumbaa were put in the movie The Lion King only because Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella auditioned so well together. They had originally auditioned for the voice role of hyenas but they turned out to be so funny that Timon and Pumbaa were created especially for them.
2. When Disney released the first trailer for The Lion King, they simply showed the entire "Circle of Life" opening sequence. Disney felt it was so powerful it worked as a trailer, and the movie went on to set box office records.
3. In 1943, Disney released an animated short called Education for Death, to teach American children about Nazi life.
4. Hitler was a fan of the Disney animated film ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and would routinely walk around whistling the song “Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.”
5. Most experienced Disney animators chose to work on Pocahontas instead of the Lion King because many at Disney had little faith in the project, leaving mostly first-time animators working on the Lion King.
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6Oliver & Company
Oliver & Company (1988) was the first Disney animated film to include real-world advertised products. More than 30 company logos and brand names were shown in the film.
7. Disney's "Dumbo" wasn't deformed by his large ears. He was just delivered to the wrong species' mother. The circus elephants were Asian elephants. He is an African elephant calf, which is why his ears are so large.
8. Ariel from the Little Mermaid is the only Disney princess to have had a child of her own.
9. Baloo from the Jungle Book is lazy because he's literally supposed to be a "sloth bear."
10. In the original story of Peter Pan, the Lost Boys do age, even in Neverland. The reason the group is always made up of children is because if they don't die by other means (which is common), Peter "thins them out." The author never clarifies whether this means they're executed or banished.
There is no such character as the "Mad Hatter" in Alice In Wonderland, it is only "The Hatter". He had a mad tea party and the two concepts merged.
12. Disney's movie "Mars Needs Moms", resulted in an estimated loss of $130,503,621 and is Disney's worst received movie ever.
13. Bambi and Bambi II hold the record for the longest gap in between movie sequels, the first being released in 1942, the second being released 64 years later in 2006.
14. The Lion King was originally called “King of the Jungle” until the Disney team remembered that lions don’t live in the jungle.
15. Cinderella is not the real name of the protagonist, instead, it was an insulting nickname given to her. She was forced to sleep in the ashes and because of that, she was always covered in dust and dirt.
The Mary Poppins word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious breaks down into: super- "above", cali- "beauty", fragilistic- "delicate", expiali- "to atone", and -docious "educable", with the roughly meaning, "atoning for educability through delicate beauty.
17. Disney created a short called The Sorcerer's Apprentice to boost Mickey Mouse's fading popularity. As production costs began to mount, they decided to include it as part of a feature film set to classical music. This became the classic Disney film, Fantasia.
18. Thousands of families adopted Dalmatian puppies after the release of “101 Dalmatians” in 1996. Within a year there was a 25% increase in Dalmatians at shelters and rescue organizations.
19. Disney's film "Song of the South" (based on the "Uncle Remus" books and famous for its "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" song) has never been released in its entirety on home video in the United States due to its offensive racial stereotypes and benign portrayal of ex-slaves and their former masters.
20. Disney renamed "Rapunzel" to "Tangled" and "Snow Queen" to "Frozen" because they blamed feminine titles for underperforming box offices.
Merida (Brave) is the only Disney princess to not have a love interest, sing in the movie, or come from an official Disney film.
22. Disney successfully lobbied Congress to extend the length of copyright protection in order to prevent Mickey Mouse from entering the public domain. The law was later referred to as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act
23. The Creators of Disney Pixar's "UP" had the voice actor of Russell, Jordan Nagai, do various physical exercises such as sprinting around the studio room as fast as he could and then stopping immediately in front of the mic to recite his line, producing a more genuine effect of child-like energy.
24. About 3.4 million copies of the animated Disney movie, ‘The Rescuers’, were recalled in 1999 because it contained two frames where there was a naked woman in the background.
25. Disney's Aladdin is based off the 1940's 3 times Academy Award-winning film The Thief of Bagdad.