For many of us, Walt Disney films were a large part of our childhoods. However, no matter how much a Disney fan thinks they know about some of their favorite classic movies, there are many things they don’t. Check out these 20 interesting and surprising facts and expand your Disney knowledge. Enjoy!
1. Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck make a cameo in The Little Mermaid (1989). Did you ever notice them? Most of us were too focused on the mighty King Triton in the scene.
2. Did you ever wonder why Andy’s dad was never present or even mentioned in Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story (1995)? The reason Andy’s father was absent from the film was actually a very simple one; at the time Toy Story was being created, human characters were very expensive and difficult to animate.
3. 101 Dalmatians (1961), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Peter Pan (1953) and Mulan (1998) are among the only Disney animated films where both parents are present and do not die throughout the movie. Kind of morbid, right?
5. Aladdin’s (Aladdin, 1992) face was modeled after Tom Cruise’s, his personality was modeled after Michael J. Fox’s and his style of clothing style was modeled after M.C. Hammer’s. I can see the personality and clothing style; I’m not sure about the face though…
6. Ariel from The Little Mermaid was partially modeled after Alyssa Milano. I can see Alyssa in Ariel more than I can see Tom in Aladdin, I guess…
8. One minute of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) required an entire week of filming. Now those are patient animators if I’ve ever heard of any.
9. The people who voiced Minnie and Mickey were just as loving a couple in real life as the two animated characters were. Russi Taylor provided the voice of Minnie and her husband Wayne Allwine (1947-2009) provided the voice of Mickey.
10. The names of the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) were not actually the creators’ first choices. Some of dwarfs that didn’t make the movie were Jumpy, Deafy, Dizzy, Wheezy, Hickey, Baldy, Gabby, Nifty, Sniffy, Puffy, Stuffy, Shorty, Burpy and Shorty. Deafy? Really?
14. Contrary to popular belief, Christina Aguilera’s debut single is “Reflections” from Mulan, not “Genie in a Bottle”.
15. Okay, this one gets a bit technical so stay with me. Ariel from The Little Mermaid is the daughter of the sea god Triton, who is the son of Poseidon. Poseidon is the brother of Zeus, who is father to Hercules. This would mean that the Disney character Hercules (Hercules, 1997) and Ariel are related. Intentional? Hmm…
16. Everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo (Dumbo, 1941) is Disney’s only movie title character that never speaks in the film.
17. Walt Disney—the man who started it all—said his favorite piece of animation was Cinderella’s (Cinderella, 1950) dress transformation.
18. Mickey Mouse’s name was originally supposed to be Mortimer Mouse, but Walt Disney’s wife Lillian (1899-1997) convinced him to change it because “Mortimer” sounded too pompous. You have to admit, “Mickey” does sound much friendlier.
19. Remember Sid (the clearly emotionally disturbed boy from Toy Story)? He makes an appearance as a garbage man in Toy Story 3 (2010). Note the T-shirt.