According to his animator, Beast is the combination of seven different animals.
The first stained glass in the prologue of “Beauty and the Beast” has the Latin phrase “vincit qui se vincit”, which translates to ‘He conquers, who conquers himself.’ This is a subtle hint of the entire story arc.
Aladdin was modeled after Tom Cruise…
Ariel was based on Alyssa Milano.
The peddler in “Aladdin” was originally planned to be revealed as the Genie at the end of the movie. This was why Robin Williams voiced him and also why the peddler and the genie share common appearances – including only four fingers.
The old heretic in “Hunchback of Notre Dame” is Jafar from “Aladdin” in his old man disguise.
In “Monsters Inc”, the code 23-19 is used whenever an object from the human world enters Monstropolis. The 23rd and 19th letters of the alphabet are W and S. “WS” stands for white sock, the first alien object to be destroyed in the movie.
The voice of Boo in “Monsters Inc.”, Mary Gibbs, was just a toddler at the time. The production team had a hard time getting her to record, so they followed her around the studio and pieces Boo’s dialogue together from things she said while she was playing.
Sulley from Monsters Inc has more than 2.3 million individual hairs, which are all animated. A single frame of the big guy took 12 hours to produce.
During the song “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” in “Hercules”, the muses sing while appearing as marble busts. They are in the same positions as the singing heads from the “Haunted Mansion” ride.
Marilyn Monroe makes an appearance in the music video for “Zero to Hero” from “Hercules”
The official voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse were Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor – a married couple.
When Jessie (Joan Cusack) first meets Woody (Tom Hanks), she exclaims, “Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!” Abraham Lincoln’s mother was Nancy Hanks, a blood relative of Tom Hanks.
In “Toy Story 2,” there’s a single frame which takes a lighthearted joke at Canada. The “How to Defeat Zurg” is priced $4.95 American and $50.00 Canadian.
The toolbox on top of the milk crate that Woody is trapped in is a Binford, the same type of tool that Tim Allen used on his television show ”Home Improvement.”
When the gorillas pick up Professor Porter in “Tarzan”, a small plushie of Little Brother from “Mulan” falls out of his pocket.
When the two kids are trapped under the boulder in “Hercules”, they ask for someone to “call I, X, I, I.” Those are the Roman numerals for 911.
The sorcerer from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is named Yen Sid, which is Disney spelled backwards.
To save time and money, Disney used to recycle animations that they had already created.
The most prolific example of this was in “Robin Hood”, which had a relatively low budget of $1.5 million.
To achieve a natural skin tone for Snow White, real rouge cosmetics were applied to the animated cells.
The vultures in “The Jungle Book” are based on and were intended to be voiced by The Beatles but schedules conflicted.
In the video release of “The Rescuers”, a photo of a topless woman was hidden away in two frames. This led to Disney having to recall 3.4 million copies of the movie.
Tiger roars were used in the “Lion King” because lions weren’t loud enough.
Nearly every Pixar film references Apple because it was founded by Steve Jobs
At the end of the credits for “Frozen”, Disney issued a statement on Kristoff’s belief that all men eat their own boogers.
In “Nightmare Before Christmas”, Danny Elfman can be seen inside of the street band’s bass guitar. Elfman sang for Jack and wrote the iconic music for “The Simpsons”, “Batman” and many of Tim Burton’s movies.
Many early Disney characters are motherless because of the guilt that Walt felt over his mother’s death in 1938. After the success of Snow White, Walt bought a home for his parents. A faulty heating system in the home led to the death of Flora Disney by carbon monoxide poisoning.