1. The sorcerer in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is named Yen Sid. Spell it backwards and it’s diS neY.
2. Actress and writer Sherri Stoner was the model for Belle and Ariel. Ariel biting her lower lip and Belle brushing hair from her face are both mannerisms of Stoner that the animators captured and brought into the characters.
3. Walt Disney held the patent for technicolor for two years, which meant that Disney was the only producer of color cartoons during that time.
6. The roars from lions in The Lion King aren’t actually the roars of lions. They’re from tigers. Disney thought the captured lion roars weren’t loud enough, so they used tigers instead.
7. Simba is Swahili for “Lion,” Mufasa means “King” in Manazoto.
8. The Little Mermaid had the most special effects out of any Disney movies — aside from Fantasia. Over one-million bubbles were drawn, and processes like airbrushing, computer animation, superimposition were used.
9. Mickey Mouse is the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
10. Belle, Pumbaa, and Aladdin’s carpet make cameos in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
12. In The Rescuers, there is an image of a topless woman in the background.
13. The character Powerline, from A Goofy Movie is a mix of Price and Michael Jackson.
14. Steve Martin was — at one point — considered for Goofy’s voice.
15. The 101 Dalmatians movie features “6,469,952 spots on the backs of 101 lovable Dalmatians as they appear in 113,760 frames of film.” Now that’s a lot of spots.
16. Mickey Mouse has four fingers because a mouse with five fingers looks weird — but it’s also a financial reason too. Adding a fifth digit adds more time to production, so by having four, the studio would save money.
17. The Lion King was originally titled, “The King Of The Jungle”.
18. Princess Aurora makes a cameo in Oliver And Company.
19. Donald Duck was a Nazi at one point. There is an animated short that depicts Donald in Nazi paraphernalia, and Joseph Goebbels, Benito Mussolini, and Adolf Hitler all make appearances in it.
How’s that for a Disney movie?