Kids (and adults!) all around the world love Disney films, television shows, and characters. It's easy to see why -- they're adorable! So, it only makes sense that their creators would get a little over-involved in their production. Throughout all of their projects, producers insert small personal touches and shout-outs. These are called "Disney Easter Eggs," and searching for them is quite fun!
We took some of the hard work out of it for you, though. Check out our list of the 15 craziest Disney secrets hidden throughout the studio's creative catalog. They're sure to surprise you and fill you up with that Disney magic!
1. Toy Story And Toy Story 3
Sid from the original Toy Story movie makes an appearance as the garbage man in Toy Story 3. Now that's a fun cameo if we've ever seen one!
It's pretty easy to miss this drawing of Marilyn Monroe as a constellation in Hercules. It makes sense, though -- she was a star, after all!
3. Mickey And Minnie Mouse
We knew there was real chemistry between the animated characters Mickey and Minnie! As it turns out, their voice actors are married in real life!
Have you ever thought Aladdin looked familiar? Well, he was based off of Tom Cruise! Apparently animators really do get their inspiration from real life.
5. Monsters Inc.
To get the voice of Boo in Monsters Inc., producers had to follow around a real live toddler for several weeks! It was certainly realistic!
The code A113 appears throughout several Disney movies. A little sleuthing reveals that this is the room number where animation classes are taught at the California Institute of Arts!
The Disney animators often recycle drawings to save time. This scene also appears in Snow White! This saves them valuable hours and thousands of dollars in production costs!
8. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The name of the Sorcerer in The Sorcerer's Apprentice is "Yen Sid." Does that look familiar? It spells Disney backwards! What a cool shout-out!
9. Beauty And The Beast
The Beast from Beauty And The Beast isn't such a beast after all! He's just a combination of many different animals -- humans included.
10. The Lion King
Have you ever thought that the lions in The Lion King sound like tigers? That's because they are! Lion roars weren't loud enough to actually catch on tape.
11. More Toy Story
One of the producers of Toy Story was a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln. That's why the movie has so many shoutouts to America's 16th president!
During the ending credits of Frozen, there is a small disclaimer about Kristoff. Apparently, the production team does not agree with his views that boogers are yummy!
13. The Little Mermaid
Alyssa Milano is another Disney lookalike. The animators for The Little Mermaid wanted to replicate her looks and beauty while creating the character of Ariel!
14. Toy Story 3
In Toy Story 3, you can spot a postcard that also appears on-screen in Up. Could it be possible that the children in both movies are cousins or even best friends?
15. The Jungle Book
The birds in The Jungle Book were modeled after "The Beatles." Producers wanted members of the British band to serve as voice actors, but scheduling conflicts prevented this.
16. The Little Mermaid
You won't believe it, but there was a point when the production crew was going to cut "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. Thankfully, the most iconic tune remained.
17. The Jungle Book
John Lennon of The Beatles decided that he wasn't interested in playing the part of the vultures in The Jungle Book. We'd have loved to have heard that.
18. Snow White Returns
Snow White was due to make a comeback in Snow White Returns. The project was approved, the storyboard was written, but somehow, the movie was never made.
19. Sleeping Beauty
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The Prince in Sleeping Beauty is called Prince Philip because he was named after the Queen of England's husband. Prince Philip is also the Duke of Edinburgh.
20. The Black Cauldron
The Black Cauldron holds a very unusual distinction for a Disney animated feature. It was the first movie from the studio to be given a PG rating.
21. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
You may know the names of all the dwarfs in the movie, but do you know all the names that were rejected? They were Burpy, Baldy, Deafy, Dizzy, Hickey, Gabby, Jumpy, Nifty, Sniffy, Lazy, Swift, Puffy, Stuffy, Tubby, Shorty, and Wheezy.
22. The Lion King
In one of the most curious moments in Disney history, the company was sued by a biologist following the airing of The Lion King. The complaint? Defamation of hyenas.
23. Beauty And The Beast
This Disney favorite was the first-ever cartoon to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Film. It has since been remade as a live action movie.
Tarzan is actually based on the animator Glen Keane's son. He said that his boy's skateboarding stunts gave him the idea for the body movements.
25. Chicken Little
Chicken Little has the misfortune to be the lowest-rated of any Disney animated movie on Rotten Tomatoes. Surprisingly, it's Pinnochio that's at the top of the list.
26. The Little Mermaid, Again
If you keep a close eye on the concert hall scene in The Little Mermaid, you can find cameo performances by other Disney favorites: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck.
Frozen isn't just the first Disney animated movie to have a feminist heroine, but it was also the first animated movie to be directed by a woman, Jennifer Lee.
28. The Nightmare Before Christmas
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This spooky and funny animated feature required a huge amount of work. Each minute of footage from the movie required a week of filming to produce!
29. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Again
It's astonishing but true: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first movie of any kind to release an official motion picture soundtrack recording.
30. Peter Pan
Everyone thinks that the fairy Tinkerbell was based on Marilyn Monroe, but she wasn't. She was really based on a reference model named Margaret Kerry.
How many of those facts did you already know? We didn't know any of them. We hope that you had fun with them.
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