35 PIECES OF MOVIE TRIVIA: DISNEY EDITION

A better version of a list I found abandoned in my drafts 📂. It also happens to be my 50th list. 🎉
  1. Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) almost voiced two of Disney's princesses.
    She was set to voice Belle in Beauty and the Beast until the directors decided they needed a more mature-sounding voice to better match the personality of their heroine.
  2. Sleeping Beauty was such a flop in 1959 that it resulted in massive layoffs at Disney.
    Disney wouldn't produce another movie that revolved around a princess character until The Little Mermaid thirty years later.
  3. The actress who voiced Lilo in Lilo & Stitch also played Samara in The Ring.
    Her name is Daveigh Chase.
  4. The Jungle Book was the last of Disney's animated films to be personally supervised by Walt Disney.
    The final production was released ten months after his death.
  5. The Disney princess with the least amount of dialogue is Princess Aurora.
    She has a grand total of eighteen lines in the movie's entire seventy-five minute runtime.
  6. The Lion King's Mufasa and Sarabi were voiced by James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair, who also played King Jaffe and Queen Aoleon in Coming to America.
  7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first movie to have a motion picture soundtrack released for it.
  8. The Rescuers' Bernard suffers from triskaidekaphobia.
    Or as it's better known, the fear of the number thirteen.
  9. Walt Disney's favorite piece of animation was in Cinderella when Cinderella's torn dress is transformed into the white ball gown.
  10. Roger's singing voice in 101 Dalmatians was provided by Bill Lee, who would go on to provide the vocals for Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music four years later.
  11. The melody for Peter Pan's "The Second Star to the Right" was originally written for 1951's Alice in Wonderland.
    It was supposed to be for a song titled "Beyond the Laughing Sky".
  12. In an early draft of Touchstone's Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Judge Doom was supposed to be revealed as the killer of Bambi's mother.
  13. Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Paige O'Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voice of Jasmine in Aladdin and Mulan), Judy Kuhn (singing voice of Pocahontas), Susan Egan (Meg in Hercules), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), and Idina Menzel (Elsa in Frozen) have all had careers on Broadway.
    Susan Egan even originated the role of Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast in 1994.
  14. Walt Disney originally didn't want to include the "Bella Note" spaghetti-eating scene in Lady and the Tramp.
  15. Maid Marian's dance with the forest animals in Robin Hood is the same as Snow White's dance with the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    Marian and Robin's dance was also recycled from Duchess and Thomas O'Malley's dance in 1970's The Aristocats. (Thanks for reminding me, @saytrumbo.)
  16. There were tiny LED lights interwoven into the fabric of Helena Bonham Carter's fairy godmother dress in Cinderella that would light up each time she cast a spell.
  17. With 2013's Frozen, Jennifer Lee became the first woman to direct a full-length animated feature film for Disney.
    She was also the first woman to solely write an entire screenplay for a Disney animated film since Linda Woolverton did so back in 1991 for Beauty and the Beast.
  18. At $260 million to make, Tangled is the most expensive film in Disney's animated cannon.
  19. Anika Noni Rose asked that The Princess and the Frog's Tiana be left-handed because she's left-handed.
  20. The gears in The Great Mouse Detective's clock tower scene are the first major use of computer animation in a feature-length animated film.
    It's also the first time traditionally-animated characters were put into a computer-generated background.
  21. The Sword in the Stone was the first animated Disney film to feature songs by Richard and Robert Sherman.
  22. "Feed the Birds" from Mary Poppins was Walt Disney's favorite song.
    It's said that he could simply tell them to "Play it" and the Sherman Brothers would automatically launch into it.
  23. In order to make the animatronic robin in Mary Poppins work, Julie Andrews had to have yards of control wires hidden under her costume and running up her sleeve.
  24. Julie Andrews was originally offered the role of Miss Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
    She turned it down only to change her mind because she believed she owed her career to Disney and wanted to work with the company again. The only problem was that by the time she informed the studio, Angela Lansbury had already been signed. (Her contract was signed on October 31, 1969.)
  25. Bedknobs and Broomsticks would be the last time that the Sherman Brothers would work on a Disney film until 2000's The Tigger Movie.
  26. The ship used in Pirates of the Caribbean as the HMS Interceptor is Washington's state ship, the Lady Washington.
    It's also been seen in Star Trek: Generations, was a reference for the RLS Legacy in Treasure Planet, and has been used as Killian Jones/Captian Hook's ship, The Jolly Roger, in ABC's Once Upon A Time.
  27. The Black Cauldron was Disney's first theatrical feature to receive a PG rating.
    This was after being edited twice to avoid a PG-13 or R rating.
  28. Every time Aladdin lies, the plume on his hat falls forward.
  29. Robin Williams recorded almost 16 hours of ad-libbed dialogue for Aladdin.
  30. Fantasia was the result of Disney going over budget for the short, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
    Knowing that the short alone could never earn back the $125,000 invested in it, Walt saw it as an opportunity to try a new concept- several separate segments put together in a single presentation- in an animated film.
  31. At just 64 minutes long, Dumbo is the shortest feature-length Disney film.
  32. Authentic animation cels from Dumbo are among the most valuable of vintage Disney movie cels.
    There are two reasons for this: 1) while working on movies like Fantasia and Dumbo, animators were known to take the finished slippery cels and use them to skate down the hallways and 2) the earth-toned paints used in Dumbo's color palette were particularly prone to flaking.
  33. Helena Bonham Carter played the Fairy Godmother in 2015's Cinderella and the Red Queen in 2010's Alice in Wonderland. Interestingly enough, Verna Felton provided the voice of the Fairy Godmother in 1950's Cinderella and the voice of the Queen of Heart's in 1951's Alice in Wonderland.
    The Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen are two separate characters in Lewis Carroll's books, but traits for each were taken and combined for both adaptations of Alice in Wonderland. This means that Helena Bonham Carter and Verna Felton essentially played the same character twice.
  34. The vultures in The Jungle Book were supposed to be voiced by The Beatles.
    John Lennon ended up nixing this, telling Disney to get Elvis Presley to do it. (Disney didn't, instead choosing to change the group into a barbershop quartet.)
  35. Mushu's rising up and shouting "I LIVE!" when he first awakens in Mulan is a spoof of the first awakening of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein.