Most of us have seen Disney classics like The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, and The Little Mermaid more times in our lives than we could count. With many of those movies we grew up with, they’d then return to screens as a Christmas special, or we’d put them on for our own kids in a bid to share that sweet sense of nostalgia. We turned into adults, but our love for Disney stayed.

So, for Disney aficionados like us, we have a special treat. Get your popcorn ready, ‘cause thanks to the wonderful corner of Reddit r/MovieDetails, we have a precious collection of hidden gems and tiny details spotted in Disney movies.

Let’s give a big round of applause for the Redditors gifted with an exceptionally sharp eye for details that were able to fish out all the interesting things we don't really notice. Have something that’s not on this list? Share the little details you've spotted in the comment section below, so we can all have the pleasure of turning into Disney-fueled detectives.

#1

In Disney's Mulan (1998) - Mulan Is Told "A Girl Can Bring Her Family Great Honor In One Way...by Striking A Good Match." Both Of Mulan's Victories Over The Huns Involved Lighting Explosives

In Disney's Mulan (1998) - Mulan is told "A girl can bring her family great honor in one way...by striking a good match." Both of Mulan's victories over the Huns involved lighting explosives.

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Marianne
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2 months ago

How sad that jokes like that often get lost in translation.

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#2

In Aladdin, Genie Wears A Hawaiian Shirt And Goofy Hat Near The End Of The Film As A Tribute To Robin Willams’ Outfit In The 1989 Short “Back To Neverland” That Was Filmed For Disney’s Mgm Studios

In Aladdin, Genie wears a Hawaiian shirt and Goofy hat near the end of the film as a tribute to Robin Willams’ outfit in the 1989 short “Back To Neverland” that was filmed for Disney’s MGM Studios.

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Johnny Rodriguez
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2 months ago

Every actor in every movie should wear this outfit in the last scene..

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Previously, Bored Panda spoke to Redditor Niiue, one of the moderators of the wonderful Movie Details community, about the hidden details in movies and whether directors place them in the hope that the audience will find them.

"Most details are definitely there for the audience to find, but I think a lot of it also just comes down to creative people wanting to have fun with their projects. Speaking from experience here (though I work on video games, not movies), it really is a lot of fun to add little Easter eggs and whatnot just for the hell of it," Niiue said.

#3

The Incredibles (2004) Features A Cameo By Frank Thomas And Ollie Johnston, Two Legendary Disney Animators Who Worked On Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Incredibles (2004) features a cameo by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two legendary Disney animators who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

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Sophia Atkinson
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2 months ago

Growing up I wanted to be elastigirl

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#4

In Moana, A Villager Foreshadows The Chicken's Unsuccessful Attempt To Consume Maui

In Moana, a villager foreshadows the chicken's unsuccessful attempt to consume Maui.

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Linus Nilsson
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2 months ago

Could be, could also be that it later eats the heart, or it could just be a joke.

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We were also interested to know which production houses and directors are most adept at hiding Easter eggs in their movies. According to the moderator, some production houses and directors are more into hiding Easter eggs in their movies than others. "Besides the obvious choices like Pixar, I think Edgar Wright is another example of someone great at hiding details in his movies,” Niiue said and continued the list: “Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, and Hot Fuzz are the first ones that come to mind in this regard. You'll find that his movies tend to get featured on this subreddit a lot, which I think reflects his skill as a director."

#5

In Disney's 'Aladdin', The Genie Sings "Well, Ali Baba Had Them Forty Thieves, Scheherazade Had A Thousand Tales." Scheherazade Actually Had One Thousand And One Arabian Tales, But One Of Them Was The Tale Of Aladdin

In Disney's 'Aladdin', the Genie sings "Well, Ali Baba had them forty thieves, Scheherazade had a thousand tales." Scheherazade actually had One thousand and one Arabian tales, but one of them was the tale of Aladdin.

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Ozacoter
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2 months ago

Isnt Aladdin a posterior addition to the 1001 tales?

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#6

Disney's "Lilo & Stitch" (2002) Used Watercolor Backgrounds, Exclusively. The Studio Had Some Financial Failures And Was Doing Ambitious Things Elsewhere, So They Left The Filmmakers To Their Own Devices, Off At The Florida Studio. The Only Other Watercolor Films Are Dumbo And Snow White

Disney's "Lilo & Stitch" (2002) used watercolor backgrounds, exclusively. The studio had some financial failures and was doing ambitious things elsewhere, so they left the filmmakers to their own devices, off at the Florida studio. The only other watercolor films are Dumbo and Snow White.

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Gaya K
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2 months ago

Well, it looks positively lovely.

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#7

Chicha From The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) Is The First Pregnant Female Character To Appear In A Disney Animated Feature Film, According To The Dvd Commentary. She’s Also One Of The First Mother Characters In A Disney Film Not To Be Killed Off Or Villainized

Chicha from The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) is the first pregnant female character to appear in a Disney animated feature film, according to the DVD commentary. She’s also one of the first mother characters in a Disney film not to be killed off or villainized.

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Lythanora Moonfang
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2 months ago

I love Kuzco !

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The moderator of the Movie Details subreddit also shared their personal favorite hidden movie details. "Personally, I liked the way Scott Pilgrim had a recurring number motif tied to the Evil Exes. In the scenes before each fight, there are numerous references to the corresponding Evil Ex; for instance, right before the fight with Lucas Lee, the main characters pass by two crossing signs with an X design, a reference to Lucas being the second Evil Ex.”

“These kinds of references even continue after the Evil Ex in question is introduced, such as Lucas Lee saying (twice) that it will take 'two minutes to kick [Scott's] ass' and later fighting Scott accompanied by his stunt doubles.”

#8

Whenever Maui Changes Into An Animal On Moana, The Hook Shows Up Somewhere On His Body

Whenever Maui changes into an animal on Moana, the hook shows up somewhere on his body.

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

Yes, and it's an awesome detail!

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#9

At The End Of “Frozen”, Disney Included A Statement About Kristoff’s Belief That All Men Eat Their Own Boogers

At the end of “Frozen”, Disney included a statement about Kristoff’s belief that all men eat their own boogers.

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

lol

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#10

In Disney’s “The Lion King” The Line “What Do You Want Me To Do? Dress In Drag And Do The Hula?” Was Improvised By Timon’s Voice Actor Nathan Lane. The Director Liked The Line So Much, He Decided To Make A Scene For It

In Disney’s “The Lion King” The line “What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?” was improvised by Timon’s voice actor Nathan Lane. The director liked the line so much, he decided to make a scene for it.

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LesAnimaux
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2 months ago

Iconic.

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Created in 2017, the Movie Details community is relatively new, but it has a whopping 2.3 million members who could easily call themselves detectives of cinematography. From Easter eggs to incredible hints, tiny details, and scenes, they fish everything out and bring it into plain sight. Often, their findings change and add depth to the perspective of the whole film.

#11

In The Lion King, The Lions Retract/Extend Their Claws As Needed (Even In Subtle Moments)... But Scar's Claws Are Always Out

In The Lion King, the lions retract/extend their claws as needed (even in subtle moments) ... but Scar's claws are always out.

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Scar was always ready

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#12

In Disney’s Princess And The Frog (2009),tiana’s Dad Received The Dsc (Distinguished Service Cross)—the Us Army’s Second Highest Award For Valor. During Wwi African-American Soldiers Often Did Not Receive America’s Highest Recognition For Bravery—the Medal Of Honor

In Disney’s Princess and The Frog (2009),Tiana’s dad received the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross)—the US Army’s second highest award for valor. During WWI African-American soldiers often did not receive America’s highest recognition for bravery—the Medal of Honor.

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tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

Alas

Tara Ray
Community Member
2 months ago

And they were treated like s**t when they came back from helping save the world!

Shauna Voigt
Community Member
2 months ago

They were. Their widows/widowers didn't receive survivor benefits nor did they receive the GI Bill used by whites who served to buy homes in the suburbs

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Michael Sanders
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Watch Medal of Honor on Netflix. The episode on Edward A Carter talks about this very thing. He received the DSC and didn’t get the Medal of Honor until 1997, more than 30 years after he died, with 9 other black soldiers. It was interesting because black soldiers had received the Medal of Honor in WWI and even the Civil War, but not WWII.

Kim Bush
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly too many soldiers widow's are presented their husbands awards decades later. These soldiers stood tall through hell and it is shameful that they weren't recognized and honored for it within their lifetime.

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*me*
Community Member
2 months ago

That sucks

Brendan
Community Member
2 months ago

So all of those brave men, who put their lives on the line, weren't quite 100% brave?

Ki Li
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm a veteran. It's not that they're bot brave but these awards are for special occasions. Like someone dies (Tianas dad), gets wounded, saves someone. Something that distinguishes them from the rest of the troops.

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Toko Danganronpa
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh...

Jazzy Mc. Jaz
Community Member
2 months ago

hmmm

MellonCollie
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my god, that is horrible.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

But they did review many of those awards and upgraded them IRL, so this would have been one.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 months ago

So many deserved that and more! Recognition for their unwavering dedication to their country, their outstanding performances in wartime,and saving their squads, outfits, units, so much.. I think it’s time!

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

they did later on receive the MOH

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
2 months ago

so much 'wrong-ness' in our history

Florence Hastings
Community Member
2 months ago

We can not change what was only what is.

Claire Murray
Community Member
2 months ago

Hey, good for him

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
2 months ago

The Medal of Honor is usually bestowed posthumously

Mark Johanen
Community Member
2 months ago

Hmm, not to get all analytical, but not many people receive the Medal of Honor, period. The fact that a character in a story didn't receive it ... well, most characters in most fiction stories don't receive the Medal of Honor. Tiana's father wasn't elected president and he didn't walk on the Moon, either. I'm not sure any of that was a statement by the filmmakers about racism. BTW 121 Medals of Honor were awarded in World War 1, 2 of them to black men. Yes, fewer than their share of the population as a whole. Is that because of racism in awarding medals? Or is there some other less exciting explanation? I don't know and haven't researched it.

Shauna Voigt
Community Member
2 months ago

Servicemen and women of color didn't receive the GI Bill after WWII, which allowed white servicemen and women to purchase homes in the suburbs. They also didn't receive the same survivor benefits and lifetime benefits like the whites they served alongside. My grandfather used to tell me stories about how he and others tried to help their brothers in arms as much as they possibly could when they returned home. He said the injustice was blatant and wrong on so many levels because they bled and died just like those that were lily white like he was.

teeshy hedding
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2 months ago

yes disney!

BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw, that makes his death that much sadder.

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#13

In Aladdin, The Genie Writes Aladdin’s Order From Right To Left, Which Is How Arabic Would Be Actually Written

In Aladdin, the Genie writes Aladdin’s order from right to left, which is how Arabic would be actually written.

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Shelp
Community Member
2 months ago

I won't really call it a detail, that's more like an obvious mistake they didn't make.

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#14

In Disney's Princess And The Frog, The Wallpaper Where Dr. Facilier's Shadow Is, Turned To Cross Bones

In Disney's Princess and the frog, the wallpaper where Dr. Facilier's shadow is, turned to cross bones.

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Lisa loves cats
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2 months ago

this is so cool!

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#15

At The End Of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007) Anton Ego Is A Little Bit Fatter. This Is Especially Poignant Since He States, "I Don't Like Food, I Love It... If I Don't Love It I Don't Swallow"

At the end of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007) Anton Ego is a little bit fatter. This is especially poignant since he states, "I don't like food, I love it... if I don't love it I don't swallow."

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LesAnimaux
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2 months ago

That line always made me cringe, although I love the movie!

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#16

In Disney’s Tangled, After Mother Gothel Says “I Love You Most” To Rapunzel Instead Of Kissing Her Forehead Mother Gothel Kisses Rapunzel’s Hair, Which Is Her Source Of Youth

In Disney’s Tangled, after Mother Gothel says “I love you most” to Rapunzel instead of kissing her forehead Mother Gothel kisses Rapunzel’s hair, which is her source of youth.

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A.M. Pierre
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2 months ago

Yep, and it happens throughout her song “Mother Knows Best” - like when she says her restrictions are “to keep you safe and sound, dear” she’s caressing and looking only at the hair.

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#17

In Disney’s Hercules (1997) The Fates Tell Hades "In 18 Years Precisely The Planets Will Align Ever So Nicely", But Only Show 6 Planets. The Greeks Were Only Aware Of 5 Planets (Plus Earth) Which They Could See With The Naked Eye

In Disney’s Hercules (1997) the Fates tell Hades "In 18 years precisely the planets will align ever so nicely", but only show 6 planets. The Greeks were only aware of 5 planets (plus Earth) which they could see with the naked eye.

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Gaya K
Community Member
2 months ago

Very nice attention to details here!

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#18

In Zootopia, Nick First Answers "Yes" When Asked If He's Ever Been Arrested, And Then Crosses Over It

In Zootopia, Nick first answers "yes" when asked if he's ever been arrested, and then crosses over it.

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Commander OwO
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2 months ago

lmao

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#19

In Disney's Cinderella And Alice In Wonderland, The Same Actress Played The Fairy Godmother And The Red Queen In Both The Original Animation And The Live-Action Remake: Verna Felton Voiced Both Women In The Originals (1950, 1951), While Helena B. Carter Played Both Women In The Remakes (2010, 2015)

In Disney's CINDERELLA and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, the same actress played the Fairy Godmother and the Red Queen in both the original animation and the live-action remake: Verna Felton voiced both women in the originals (1950, 1951), while Helena B. Carter played both women in the remakes (2010, 2015).

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Monday
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2 months ago

TIL there was a Cinderalla remake..what rock was I under in 2015?

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#20

In Saving Mr Banks (2013), You Can See The Special Oscar That Walt Disney Won For Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

In Saving Mr Banks (2013), you can see the special Oscar that Walt Disney won for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Ryan Michael
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2 months ago

That Oscar is really cool

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#21

In Disney’s The Rescuers (1977), Orville The Albatross Is Seen Using A Runway And Requires A Running Start Before Taking Flight. This Is Because Albatrosses In Real Life Also Require A Running Start Due To Their Significant Size And Weight

In Disney’s The Rescuers (1977), Orville the Albatross is seen using a runway and requires a running start before taking flight. This is because albatrosses in real life also require a running start due to their significant size and weight.

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Shelp
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2 months ago

Some researches were done

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#22

In Disney's Pinocchio (1940), Figaro Has A Little "Sand Box" Next To His Bed That Is Only Visible In One Shot

In Disney's Pinocchio (1940), Figaro has a little "sand box" next to his bed that is only visible in one shot.

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Lisa loves cats
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2 months ago

you probably shouldn’t play in it though

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#23

The Jungle Book (1967) The Vultures Were Originally Going To Be Voiced By The Beatles. The Band Manager Met With Disney And They Created The Images But The Idea Was Vetoed By John Lennon. Their Look And Liverpool Dialects Stayed, But The Song Was Switch To A Barbershop Quartet

The Jungle Book (1967) The Vultures were originally going to be voiced by The Beatles. The band manager met with Disney and they created the images but the idea was vetoed by John Lennon. Their look and Liverpool dialects stayed, but the song was switch to a barbershop quartet.

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Gaya K
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2 months ago

That would've been simply a m a z i n g

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#24

In Pinocchio (1940) When Jiminy Cricket Opens A Book To Tell The Story Of Pinocchio At The Beginning Of The Film, Two Other Books Which Disney Would Later Go On To Animate Are On The Shelf. Alice In Wonderland (1951) And Peter Pan (1953)

In Pinocchio (1940) When Jiminy Cricket opens a book to tell the story of Pinocchio at the beginning of the film, two other books which Disney would later go on to animate are on the shelf. Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan. (1953)

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PandaPanda
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2 months ago

Maybe there's one library for all the movies Disney ever makes that starts with book opening. Mind blown.

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#25

In Zootopia, Nick's Handkerchief Was Part Of His Scout Uniform From When He Was A Cub

In Zootopia, Nick's handkerchief was part of his Scout uniform from when he was a cub.

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Guinny
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2 months ago

aww

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#26

In The Princess And The Frog, When Tiana Is Going To Her Second Job, The Magic Carpet From Aladin Is The Floor Rug An Old Lady Is Shaking Out

In The Princess and the Frog, when Tiana is going to her second job, the Magic Carpet from Aladin is the floor rug an old lady is shaking out.

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Ryan Michael
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2 months ago

MS. DOUBTFIRE, IS THAT YOU?!?!?!

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#27

In Lilo & Stitch (2002) Stitch’s Adoption Paper Nani Signs Is Actually A Thank You Letter From The Directors And Producer To The People Who Helped Create The Film

In Lilo & Stitch (2002) Stitch’s adoption paper Nani signs is actually a thank you letter from the directors and producer to the people who helped create the film.

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Ryan Michael
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2 months ago

whoa that's cool

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#28

In Tangled, The Lantern That Rapunzel Lofts Back Into The Sky Is The One Lit By The Queen And King (Her True Parents)

In Tangled, the lantern that Rapunzel lofts back into the sky is the one lit by the queen and king (her true parents). It was the only one with the royal symbol of the sun on it.

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PandaPanda
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2 months ago

What are the odds?

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#29

Zootopia - A Buck On A Buck

Zootopia - a buck on a buck.

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John C
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2 months ago (edited)

A dollar being called a buck literally comes from frontier trading of skins, i.e. a buck's hide.

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#30

In 'The Little Mermaid', When Ariel Rescues Eric From Drowning And Sings To Him, She Is Backlit Making Her Hair Appear Dark Brown/Black. It Makes It Even More Conceivable That Eric Believes The Dark-Haired Human Version Ursula Was The One Woman That Rescued Him

In 'The Little Mermaid', when Ariel rescues Eric from drowning and sings to him, she is backlit making her hair appear dark brown/black. It makes it even more conceivable that Eric believes the dark-haired human version Ursula was the one woman that rescued him.

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A.M. Pierre
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2 months ago

Now that I’m thinking about this really for the first time, I’m guessing the main thing is it makes it more believable that everyone else in the palace believes that Ursula is the one who rescued him. Eric is just under a magic spell. However, I am betting in his days of trying to find the mystery girl, he gave descriptions of her to his staff for them to look for her too. His right hand man even says it appears this mystery woman exists after all, which could also imply she matches the description that Eric previously gave him.

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#31

In Hercules (1997) When Hercules First Walks Into Phil's Cabin He Hits His Head On The Mast Of The Argo. In The Original Myth, Jason, The Captain Of The Argo, Was Killed When The Mast Hit His Head

In Hercules (1997) when Hercules first walks into Phil's cabin he hits his head on the mast of the Argo. In the original myth, Jason, the captain of the Argo, was killed when the mast hit his head.

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Ross Warren
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2 months ago

But Hercules was one of the Argonauts. A young Hercules wouldn't be in the same time as a piece of the Argo's wreckage.

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#32

In The Lion King, (1994) Nala Used Her Anti-Pounce Maneuver On Simba As A Cub And A Grown Lioness. When He Fights Scar At Pride Rock, Simba Finally Puts The Maneuver To Good Use

In The Lion King, (1994) Nala used her anti-pounce maneuver on Simba as a cub and a grown lioness. When he fights Scar at Pride Rock, Simba finally puts the maneuver to good use.

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Marianne
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2 months ago

This is not a hidden detail. Simba recognizes Nala by the maneuvre when they meet as adults.

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#33

In Mulan (1998), Mulan Mentions 'Punctual' As One Of The Desirable Qualities In A Bride. This Is A Callback To Aladdin When The Genie Accidentally Tells Him To Say 'Punctual'

In Mulan (1998), Mulan mentions 'Punctual' as one of the desirable qualities in a bride. This is a callback to Aladdin when the Genie accidentally tells him to say 'Punctual'.

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Deena Salzman
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2 months ago

Being punctual is most certainly a desirable quality in a partner.

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#34

In Lilo & Stitch (2002) Lilo Believes Pudge The Fish Controls The Weather. Her Parents Were Killed In A Car Accident Caused By Treacherous Rain And She Feeds Him Sandwiches To Appease Him, In Hopes Another Accident Will Not Happen Like The One That Took Her Parents

In Lilo & Stitch (2002) Lilo believes Pudge the fish controls the weather. Her parents were killed in a car accident caused by treacherous rain and she feeds him sandwiches to appease him, in hopes another accident will not happen like the one that took her parents.

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Shelp
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2 months ago

Is that a detail or part of the story?

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#35

The Blu-Ray Version Of Disney’s Cinderella(1950) Has Been So Scrubbed Of Grain That It Removed Some Of The Line Work Within Some Scenes

The blu-ray version of Disney’s Cinderella(1950) has been so scrubbed of grain that it removed some of the line work within some scenes.

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frangee
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2 months ago

Woah, I would've thought they'd be more careful.

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