A movie is like McDonald’s: wherever in the world you might go, you’ll get the exact same cinematographic Big Mac. Right? Wrong! A fun fact is that some of your favorite animated movies sometimes get small localized changes made to certain scenes so that they fit into a particular country’s cultural context much better.

Bored Panda has collected some of the most intriguing changes to Disney and Pixar animations in other countries that you might not have known about for you to enjoy. Remember to upvote your fave changes by smacking that upvote button. And if you’ve got any hidden details, Easter eggs, and localized changes that you know about that we haven’t shown, share them with the rest of our dear Pandas in the comment section!

Yucky broccoli being changed to green peppers in the Japanese version of ‘Inside Out’ is just the tip of the cinematographic iceberg. (According to Pixar artist David Lally, Japan likes broccoli but hates green peppers; meanwhile, I like both and I like to think of myself as a picky audience member.)

#1

Zootopia: Different Newscasters

Zootopia: Different Newscasters

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Sara Rodrigues
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3 months ago (edited)

I really like this change, using the animals native to their country :D

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#2

Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear's Speech

Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear's Speech

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స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
Community Member
3 months ago

It's good they changed it. We don't need to see the U.S.A. flag everywhere. It's a bit too much...

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#3

Coco: Title Change In Brazil

Coco: Title Change In Brazil

In Brazil, the word 'cocô' means 'poop', therefore the title, as well as Mama Coco's name had to be changed.

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
3 months ago

But I think that every country changes the title to their own language, so other movies also have this as well

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Small changes like these really help bring a film’s message across far better. And it really makes you think about how we take a lot of things for granted, even though people from different cultures and countries might have a totally different take on life.

Of course, each and every change can eat up dozens (and sometimes even hundreds) of extra work hours. But I think that most of us can agree that being flexible in how certain scenes are handled makes the international audience more invested. Hats off to the animators, producers, and editors who do all the hard work.

#4

Inside Out: Riley's Dad Daydreaming About Hockey vs. Soccer

Inside Out: Riley's Dad Daydreaming About Hockey vs. Soccer

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

haha

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#5

Inside Out: Riley Rejecting Broccoli vs. Green Peppers

Inside Out: Riley Rejecting Broccoli vs. Green Peppers

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

...which tells you a bit that children often merely reflect what their parents think.

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#6

Moana: Released With A Different Title In Italy Due To A Controversial Adult Movie Actress With The Same Name

Moana: Released With A Different Title In Italy Due To A Controversial Adult Movie Actress With The Same Name

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

In Greece it's Vaiana

Thanos Kour
Community Member
3 months ago

For the same reason.

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King Joffrey
Community Member
3 months ago

In most of Europe (apart from the UK) it was Vaiana.

Daniele Cucchi
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't want to offend anyone... but this is due to the fact that when you say "Moana" to Italians they immediately think this is a name for a pornstar.

Daria B
Community Member
3 months ago

Judging from the comments here, the rest of Europe kept the erotic vibe ♡

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Karin Jansen
Community Member
3 months ago

It's Vaiana in most European countries, as there was a Trademark on the name Moana.

Jeff Requier
Community Member
3 months ago

europeans arent hung up on things like that. More open minded

Ol ti
Community Member
3 months ago

Moana Pozzi was the actress name 🙄

No Username
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm not going to ask how you know that... It could just be google?

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Nadine Lang
Community Member
3 months ago

In Germany its Vaiana, too.

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

Now how many kids or Parents are gonna worry about an animated movie having the same name as a Porn star? How many kids would know.

Om
Community Member
3 weeks ago

here where I live, there used to be a very famous homeless person, that used to be a stripper when she was younger, and she was called Maguana, which is pronounced the same as Moana in English. I couldn't stop thinking about her the entire movie.

Lisa Johannesson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Because changing it to Moani would make too much sense and be too little of a disruption.

Diana Jansen
Community Member
3 months ago

In germany it was changed to vaiana for the same reason

Tien
Community Member
3 months ago

Vaiana in the Netherlands for god knows whatever dumb reason

pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

Ahahah! I did'nt know it!

John Leriel
Community Member
3 months ago

I recall according to Disney's official communication it was a perfume brand called Moana wich made them change the title in Europe.

Tiari
Community Member
3 months ago

Not a perfume brand. A porn star ;)

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, we know what Italy is gonna call the adult movie spoof lol

Kathy Matthews
Community Member
3 months ago

why international? ... when I say 'Moana' in Europe only the Brits know which Disney movie I´m talking about everyone else corrects me with 'Vaiana'

Dietmar Pichler
Community Member
3 months ago

Started as Moana and was later changed to Vaiana due to an italian vintage pornstar

Harris Fadhilah
Community Member
3 months ago

Link

Mary Peace
Community Member
3 months ago

Oceania seems a much nicer name. When I first heard of 'Moana' I thought it was someone who moans and grumbles all the time.

Maurettis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Oceania is the name of the movie, and Vaiana the name of the protagonist due to an excessive prudity

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Disney and Pixar director Pete Docter told Tech Insider that in the particular case of ‘Inside Out’ the team wanted to make the ideas and emotions work for an international audience, not just a domestic one.

“We learned that some of our content wouldn’t make sense in other countries. For example, in Japan, broccoli is not considered gross. Kids love it. So we asked them, ‘What’s gross to you?’ They said green bell peppers, so we remodeled and reanimated three separate scenes replacing our broccoli with green peppers,” Docter said.

Of course, the broccoli change wasn’t the only one. One scene, where Riley’s dad’s mind was busy thinking about hockey during dinner, was changed to feature soccer because it’s an incredibly popular sport worldwide. Overall, Docter revealed that they localized 28 graphics across 45 different shots. And that’s just in one movie!

#7

Up: Paradise Falls vs. Hand Drawn Picture Of The Falls For Better Clarity

Up: Paradise Falls vs. Hand Drawn Picture Of The Falls For Better Clarity

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Soap
Community Member
3 months ago

That's a nice drawing :D

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#8

Planes: Rochelle Changes Appearance Depending On Country

Planes: Rochelle Changes Appearance Depending On Country

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
3 months ago

Funny to see how each country views women. In the US she wears pink & in Brazil, she's a bad a**.

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#9

Monsters University: Cupcakes For English vs. International Viewers

Monsters University: Cupcakes For English vs. International Viewers

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

A bit lost, erm, in translation...

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#10

Up: "My Adventure Book" Is Translated Into Different Languages

Up: "My Adventure Book" Is Translated Into Different Languages

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Natalia
Community Member
3 months ago

Where is the one in Greek?

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#11

Cars: Agent Harv Has A Different Accent Depending On Country

Cars: Agent Harv Has A Different Accent Depending On Country

In the UK version, Harv is voiced by Jeremy Clarkson, who hosts the BBC show Top Gear.

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
3 months ago

My dad still calls me mate. Who knew he was copying stereotypical tropes. (UK here).

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#12

Inside Out: Bing Bong Reads A Sign Out Loud

Inside Out: Bing Bong Reads A Sign Out Loud

Bing Bong reads the sign and points at it with his trunk. His movements have been reanimated to fit different languages.

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Noa S
Community Member
3 months ago

Hebrew :)

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#13

Wreck It Ralph: Minty Zaki Becomes Minty Sakura In The Japanese Version Of The Movie

Wreck It Ralph: Minty Zaki Becomes Minty Sakura In The Japanese Version Of The Movie

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earringnut
Community Member
3 months ago

Does anyone on bored panda know why? I'm really curious.

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#14

Ratatouille: The French Version Has The Letter That Remy Found Rewritten In French, Instead Of Just Adding The Subtitles

Ratatouille: The French Version Has The Letter That Remy Found Rewritten In French, Instead Of Just Adding The Subtitles

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

A french chef would not write in english....

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#15

Cars: Jeff Gorvette Changes Appearance And Is Based On Famous Race Drivers Of Different Countries

Cars: Jeff Gorvette Changes Appearance And Is Based On Famous Race Drivers Of Different Countries

In the Spanish version of the movie, Jeff becomes Fernando Alonso, who is voiced by a Spanish two-time Formula One World Champion with the same name.

In the Chinese version, his name is Long Ge, and his appearance resembles that of a Chinese flag.

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
3 months ago

So in China, the car is a BMW?

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#16

Monsters University: Greek Letters As "Scary Font" For International Audiences

Monsters University: Greek Letters As "Scary Font" For International Audiences

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Capelli rosa e patate
Community Member
3 months ago

I like these ones. Changing it to a picture so nobody needs to pause it and figure out what it says. 😁

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