20 Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite Disney Movies

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20 Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite Disney Movies

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20 Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite Disney Movies

Don’t worry, we aren't going to flood you with the hidden phallic symbols and sayings most lists about Disney movies do. We’re all tired of hearing that by now.

Instead, you’re about to learn some really neat facts about Disney movies you never have noticed before. Facts that will definitely come in handy next time you and your friends head to trivia night. 

Ready to find out which film was the first to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar? Or which main character never speaks throughout the whole movie? Flip through the gallery below for the deets!

20 Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite Disney Movies
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Beauty and the Beast broke the Oscar mold

Beauty and the Beast broke the Oscar mold Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The 1991 film was the first animated movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. The only other two movies to do so since have been Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010).


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Beauty and the Beast broke the Oscar mold

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The 1991 film was the first animated movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. The only other two movies to do so since have been Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010).


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Christian Bale voiced a role you never noticed

Christian Bale voiced a role you never noticed Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

That’s right, Christian was the voice of Thomas — a man in John Smith’s crew in Pocahontas.


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Christian Bale voiced a role you never noticed

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That’s right, Christian was the voice of Thomas — a man in John Smith’s crew in Pocahontas.


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Animators place a special number in Pixar films

Animators place a special number in Pixar films Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Hidden in almost every Pixar movie is the sequence “A113” which represents a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts. This location is where many Pixar animators took classes for graphic design.


Animators place a special number in Pixar films

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Hidden in almost every Pixar movie is the sequence “A113” which represents a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts. This location is where many Pixar animators took classes for graphic design.


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Tangled had the biggest budget of any animated film

Tangled had the biggest budget of any animated film Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The 2010 film had a budget of $260 million and earned just over $586 million worldwide. 

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Tangled had the biggest budget of any animated film

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The 2010 film had a budget of $260 million and earned just over $586 million worldwide. 

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Pirates of the Caribbean takes the cake for live action

Pirates of the Caribbean takes the cake for live action Credit: Buena Vista Pictures

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is the third most expensive movie ever made. Its budget was just over $300 million. 


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Pirates of the Caribbean takes the cake for live action

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is the third most expensive movie ever made. Its budget was just over $300 million. 


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Sully took a lot of time and patience

Sully took a lot of time and patience Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The friendly blue giant from Monsters, Inc. was made up of 2.3 million hairs. It took around 12 hours for the special effects team to produce a single frame of him.


Sully took a lot of time and patience

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The friendly blue giant from Monsters, Inc. was made up of 2.3 million hairs. It took around 12 hours for the special effects team to produce a single frame of him.


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The Lion King didn’t use accurate sounds

The Lion King didn’t use accurate sounds Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

This wasn’t a mistake, so don’t worry. Whenever a lion roars in the film, it’s actually the sound of a tiger, because lion roars didn’t seem loud enough to producers.


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The Lion King didn’t use accurate sounds

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This wasn’t a mistake, so don’t worry. Whenever a lion roars in the film, it’s actually the sound of a tiger, because lion roars didn’t seem loud enough to producers.


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Wall-E was named after someone kind of important

Wall-E was named after someone kind of important Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney himself! The “E” stands for his middle name, Elias.


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Wall-E was named after someone kind of important

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Walt Disney himself! The “E” stands for his middle name, Elias.


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The Lion King and Pocahontas were produced at the same time

The Lion King and Pocahontas were produced at the same time Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The Lion King was released first in 1994, and Pocahontas the year after. Executives believed Pocahontas would be the more successful film. However, TLK earned almost three times the money as Pocahontas did, and is revered as one of the best Disney movies ever made.

The Lion King and Pocahontas were produced at the same time

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The Lion King was released first in 1994, and Pocahontas the year after. Executives believed Pocahontas would be the more successful film. However, TLK earned almost three times the money as Pocahontas did, and is revered as one of the best Disney movies ever made.

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Woody has a last name too

Woody has a last name too Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Ever wonder why Buzz Lightyear was given such a cool last name and Woody’s is never mentioned? Although you never hear it in the film, it was confirmed his full name is Woody Pride.

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Woody has a last name too

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Ever wonder why Buzz Lightyear was given such a cool last name and Woody’s is never mentioned? Although you never hear it in the film, it was confirmed his full name is Woody Pride.

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The Frozen characters were aptly named

The Frozen characters were aptly named Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Prepare to have your mind blown.

Say the names Hans, Kristoff, Anna and Sven as fast as you can in a row. Sound familiar? The four main characters were named after Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote The Snow Queen, off which the movie is based.

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The Frozen characters were aptly named

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Prepare to have your mind blown.

Say the names Hans, Kristoff, Anna and Sven as fast as you can in a row. Sound familiar? The four main characters were named after Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote The Snow Queen, off which the movie is based.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs received a special Oscar(s)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs received a special Oscar(s) Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The movie was only nominated in one category — Best Original Music Score. Although it didn’t win an official Oscar, it was given a special achievement prize. Walt Disney was presented with one normal sized Oscar, and seven miniature versions.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs received a special Oscar(s)

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The movie was only nominated in one category — Best Original Music Score. Although it didn’t win an official Oscar, it was given a special achievement prize. Walt Disney was presented with one normal sized Oscar, and seven miniature versions.

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There was a major gap in princess movies

There was a major gap in princess movies Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

30 years went by between Sleeping Beauty in 1959 and The Little Mermaid in 1989. Movies that came out in between were One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book and The Rescuers, to name a few.

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There was a major gap in princess movies

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30 years went by between Sleeping Beauty in 1959 and The Little Mermaid in 1989. Movies that came out in between were One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book and The Rescuers, to name a few.

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Rapunzel had extra special characteristics

Rapunzel had extra special characteristics Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

She is the first Disney princess with special powers, followed by Elsa from Frozen.


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Rapunzel had extra special characteristics

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She is the first Disney princess with special powers, followed by Elsa from Frozen.


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Beast is a combination of many animals

Beast is a combination of many animals Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

You don’t need to wonder what he is anymore! An animator on the original Beauty and the Beast said Beast is made up of buffalo, gorilla, bear, lion, boar and wolf. 


Beast is a combination of many animals

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You don’t need to wonder what he is anymore! An animator on the original Beauty and the Beast said Beast is made up of buffalo, gorilla, bear, lion, boar and wolf. 


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Enchanted had princesses hiding in plain sight

Enchanted had princesses hiding in plain sight Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The voice actresses who voiced Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas all had cameos in the film.


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Enchanted had princesses hiding in plain sight

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The voice actresses who voiced Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas all had cameos in the film.


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Even some animated movies have cameos

Even some animated movies have cameos Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The Hunchback of Notre Dame features cameos from Belle, Pumba, and the magic carpet from Aladdin. You’ll have to look hard to find them, but they're there.

You can spot Belle in the bottom right corner of the picture above.


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Even some animated movies have cameos

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame features cameos from Belle, Pumba, and the magic carpet from Aladdin. You’ll have to look hard to find them, but they're there.

You can spot Belle in the bottom right corner of the picture above.


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Dumbo is the only main character to never speak

Dumbo is the only main character to never speak Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

There are other Disney characters who never utter a word —Dopey (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) and Cri-Kee (Mulan) — but Dumbo is the only main character not to do so.


Dumbo is the only main character to never speak

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There are other Disney characters who never utter a word —Dopey (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) and Cri-Kee (Mulan) — but Dumbo is the only main character not to do so.


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Only two princesses have siblings

Only two princesses have siblings Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Ariel and Merida are the only two with brothers or sisters.


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Only two princesses have siblings

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Ariel and Merida are the only two with brothers or sisters.


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Andy’s father (maybe) died

Andy’s father (maybe) died Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Toy Story toy consultant Mike Mozart says he got the scoop on Andy’s dad from his late friend Joe Ranft, former head writer of Pixar. 

Apparently, Andy Sr. died of post-polio syndrome just after bestowing his son with Woody, Slinky, and Mr. Potato Head — a backstory that connects a lot of dots in the movies, as you can see in this YouTube video. (For the record, Toy Story co-writer Andrew Stanton denies all of this.)


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Andy’s father (maybe) died

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Toy Story toy consultant Mike Mozart says he got the scoop on Andy’s dad from his late friend Joe Ranft, former head writer of Pixar. 

Apparently, Andy Sr. died of post-polio syndrome just after bestowing his son with Woody, Slinky, and Mr. Potato Head — a backstory that connects a lot of dots in the movies, as you can see in this YouTube video. (For the record, Toy Story co-writer Andrew Stanton denies all of this.)


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Don’t worry, we aren't going to flood you with the hidden phallic symbols and sayings most lists about Disney movies do. We’re all tired of hearing that by now.

Instead, you’re about to learn some really neat facts about Disney movies you never have noticed before. Facts that will definitely come in handy next time you and your friends head to trivia night. 

Ready to find out which film was the first to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar? Or which main character never speaks throughout the whole movie? Flip through the gallery below for the deets!