More than just Hidden Mickey’s (well, there’s actually one in this post), but Chacha.com gathered some of the most odd facts about our beloved Disney movies. Enjoy!
The Shining Toy Story?
Now there is one heck of a movie mashup! In ‘Toy Story,’ the carpeting in Sid’s hallway is the same design as the carpeting in ‘The Shining.’ Creepy!
Song of the South
‘Song of the South’ is a 1946 Disney film which has never been released on video in the United States. It is possibly because it portrays slavery as being pleasant. James Baskett, the African American star of the movie, couldn’t attend the premier in Atlanta because no hotel would give him a room.
Mouse Ears – Cinderella
In the animated movie ‘Cinderella,’ the famous mouse ears appear as the bubbles float by, while Cinderella is singing “Sing Sweet Nightingale.” Disney is known for hiding its famous mouse ears in movies and its theme parks.
Carl and Ellie’s house from the movie ‘Up’ is now an actual home ready to be moved into. The house was built by Bangerter Homes in the city of Herriman, Utah. The cost of the home is $390,000. Throughout the home you will find that it is true to the movie; it even has the same mailbox. The basement does feature a home theater and two bedrooms. The basement bedrooms are decorated in Disney Princess and ‘Toy Story’ motifs.
Belle, from Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ can be seen strolling through the street in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ And, as always, Belle is reading her book while she walks.
Over the years, Disney has been accused by many to be racist in the portrayal of their characters and even the lyrics of their songs. For instance, in ‘Aladdin,’ the opening song “Arabian Nights” had to be changed when Arab-Americans complained it was racist. The original lyrics were “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face. It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” This line was changed to “Where it’s flat and immense, and the heat is intense. It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” Bad Disney!
Mrs. Potts and Chip’s Cameo
In the movie ‘Tarzan,’ you can see a tea set in the “trash the camp” scene sitting on a tea cart. Look closely, it’s Mrs. Potts and Chip from ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ They are faceless, but the shape and color are exact right down to Chip’s chip.
In the nature documentary, ‘White Wlderness,’ the photographers induced lemmings into jumping off a cliff. They wanted to show that lemmings often committed suicide on their own. It is not known if Walt Disney knew about this at the time of filming.
The Story of Menstruation
‘The Story of Menstruation’ is an animated film produced by Disney in 1946. It was used in health classes across America to teach young women about menstruation, babies and motherhood. This wonderful film even received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval! Wonder if the Disney Princesses had to watch this.
Beast in Aladdin
Yes, another cameo appearance by a Disney character. The Beast can be seen in ‘Aladdin,’ in the tower of animals. The sultan was playing with them and stacking them in the movie.
Aladdin’s Hammer Pants
The animators of ‘Aladdin’ based Aladdin’s movements in his baggy pants after MC Hammer’s smooth moves in his “Hammer Pants.”
First Disney Fart
The moment Pumbaa lets one rip in ‘The Lion King’ was the first time a Disney character had ever farted on-screen. It was a bold step in the direction of bathroom humor for a brand adamant about maintaining a perfectly wholesome image.
Spiritual Snow White
The moment in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ when Snow White kneels by her bed and says, “Bless the seven little men who have been so kind to me. And, and may my dreams come true. Amen. Oh yes, and please make Grumpy like me” is the only time a Disney Princess has ever prayed on-screen.
When Dory suffered a nosebleed in ‘Finding Nemo,’ it was the first time blood was ever depicted on-screen in a Pixar film.
The animators of ‘Tarzan’ used legendary skater Tony Hawk as inspiration for making Tarzan’s movements accurate when he slides down logs.