The Walt Disney Company are likely the top company in the entertainment business after their recent purpose of FOX's 20th Century FOX studio. The deal includes possible trillions of future earnings for Disney from the remaining Star Wars movies, Avatar films, and even a bulk of the remaining Marvel characters for both Movie and TV rights.
The question is not IF Disney will make some big movies, it's just a matter of when. However, it's not like Disney just became a random success without working for it. They have become so massively successful because of the amazing work they have done. Initially, Disney was known for their animated product. They were a big proponent of pushing animation and song to the public and honing in on the kid market.
They would further this with a theme park in Florida and then another in California. Now, they have a theme park in multiple other markets. They would branch into live-action films and even purchase random things like Winnie the Pooh and the American Broadcasting Company. Today they own more than we could possibly even know.
They are not mistake-free however. While Disney is a giant success, without a doubt, there have been multiple slip-ups made by them inside multiple films. In fact, there were so many that we managed to find at least 25 that you may have never noticed. That said, we hope you enjoy the 25 mistakes in Disney films even hardcore fans missed.
25 THE OBVIOUS POCAHONTAS MESS-UP
For those unaware, the story of Pocahontas that Disney uses is actually based on a massive lie. In fact, it's written by John Smith himself. Smith was a real man who landed in the New World. Pocahontas was a real person herself, but she possibly did not even know Smith. Why? Probably because she happened to be a child when Smith landed in the New World. So any sort of "action" he would have gotten with her would have been unsuitable for Disney, for sure.
Smith had to go back to Europe to recover, where he wrote the story Disney ends up using. The man she is "supposed to marry" was actually a man she did end up marrying, whom she was happy with, but does not get to stay with. Pocahantus never even lives to the age she is portrayed to be in the movies.
24 HERC'S CHICKS GOT SOME PEOPLE UPSET
The movie is of course about the Greek Mythological hero and his journey to become a hero and become an eventual God like his father and mother. In the movie, we see numerous women as Muses from the start of the movie until the end. They sort of narrate the movie while also singing in part of it.
In one part of the movie, they sing the "Zero to Hero" number. In this portion after one sings "is he bold?" a Muse does a sort of split in the air with her dress coming up a bit high. We do not see anything underneath, making many parents watching the movie think that the woman was not wearing anything under her dress. Though we saw nothing, at all, people were in an uproar. Disney, for their merit, has since tried to make even more sure to cover her in further releases of the movie.
23 CINDERELLA STARTS THE HONEYMOON EARLY
One day you have a lovely father who sadly passes away right after marrying your step-mother who has two daughters of her own. She never treats you well or the same as her own children, forcing you to be a maid or cleaning lady rather than a human being. You want to go to balls, have fun, and maybe go out with a guy. Instead, your best friends are mice and most you do away from the home is to go to the market.
So is it surprising to anyone that when one guy gives Cinderella attention she falls for him? It just so happened he was a Prince and quite charming, we've heard. And this time, it was the woman that had her marriage of suitability based on shoe size. Upon the ending of the film, Cinderella, our new Princess is wearing a long-sleeve wedding dress. Then it is automatically short-sleeve in one of the next shots. Honeymoon starting early, kids?
22 BUZZ LIGHTYEAR: TO TOY OR NOT TO TOY?
In one of those movie making decisions, you have to really think about something. What am I doing with a character and how can everything make sense with them as well as the supporting characters? In the movie known as Toy Story, we see numerous toys all being played with by Andy. Woody happens to be his favorite until one day a television show comes on about Buzz Lightyear, and he becomes the new hot toy for kids to have.
On his birthday, Andy's mom buys this figure for her son. He is then put in Andy's room, right on his bed. The weird part? Buzz does not think he is a toy and believes he is a real spaceman. The thing we have to wonder about is this: if he thinks this and is not convinced otherwise for most of the movie, why is it that he freezes like other toys when Andy comes in? If he is not afraid to be detected, being that he isn't a toy, he should not freeze, right?
21 MONSTERS INC HAS A CONTINUITY ERROR
In the movie known as Monsters, Inc. we see a situation occur where we finally get an actual clue as to how those monsters get under our bed or in our closet. In the movie, we see Sullivan or Sully become one of the top scarers for the company he works for. Mike is his assistant on the job who helps him get in and out of places after doing his scaring. The two are notably good friends and we understand why.
Mike even tells Sully "you've been jealous of me since the 4th Grade." The problem? They did an entire movie called Monsters University. We're led to believe this is where the two met. So how could Sully or Mike be jealous of either person all the way back to the 4th Grade if they never met each other until college?
20 UP, UP, AND NO WAY
When making the movie Up, Pixar did a lot of research into how they could accomplish the house taking flight. This is not exactly easy to do, let's be honest. First, you have to think about the concept of plumbing connecting to the home, as well as any air conditioning material and/or power lines connected to the home. To top it off, the home has to be able to be uprooted.
That means you have to be able to take the home, hoping all of this is out of the way, and simply pick it up off the ground. Pixar may have researched how many balloons could do this, but they really never found the exact number. They also did not consider the concept of air pressure that would ultimately break all of those balloons before they made it that far in the air. Uncontrolled or controlled, this would be impossible.
19 MAGICAL BOTTLES IN THE LITTLE MERMAID
Disney's take on what many would consider quite a devastating tale of the Little Mermaid turned out pretty well. It is still one of the most beloved Disney movies in history. However, there is a small animation error that is clearly too big to miss. At one point, the now actually good-looking version of Ursula comes into play. She tries to basically take Ariel's place, as she can talk and our mermaid made into a human cannot.
She tries to get the Prince for herself, like a true villain! At one point, there is a consecutive shot where she steps on a vanity table that ultimately looks clear. She steps onto it, and a magical bottle shows up only to be broken immediately. We're not sure how magical bottles work exactly, as that sort of science is a David Blaine sort of thing. But we're pretty sure this was a mistake made by Disney animators.
18 TOY STORY 2...VAMPIRES?
During one point of the Toy Story 2 film, we see two of our favorite characters in Rex and Hamm. They are both interested in something on television and both play around with the remote that ultimately causes the power to go off on the TV. This is a sad moment for the pair, but what could be even worse is their lack of a soul. The now eternally damned toys can be seen in one shot where they are turning the power off the TV.
In the next shot, the television does not show their reflection now that it could easily do so being turned off and all. We're not saying that Rex and Hamm are vampire toys....okay that is exactly what we are saying! Or it was a mistake by animators, you decide!
17 BRAVE FASHION CHOICES
The movie Brave is known for its separation from other Disney films as our main character does not end up with a Prince at the end, nor does she want one. She is a tremendous character who finds herself being happy just being a girl and not as a person forced to marry. It's a really cool take, especially today with women being encouraged to be more empowered than ever before. However, Brave did end up messing something up.
The issue was not large, but more of a historic issue. During the time period they claim to be in, the fashion they used would not have fit. The Iron Age in Scotland saw men paint their bodies while women did not wear dresses the film portrays until the fourteenth and fifteenth century, even royals. Neither time period fits the one the film gave us.
16 A POSTER RANDOMLY APPEARS
While a lot of these picks will involve older animated films that are likely to see issues in animation, that does not mean the 2000's saw nothing happen to them in animation. In fact, Pixar can likely be called out for one big issue. During the movie Finding Nemo, we see a moment where the Pelican comes inside the dentist office to sort of wreck the place as a distraction of sorts.
We see a relatively plain wall when he arrives, and as the bird comes in the wall stays plain. However, after the dentist finds a way to get the bird out, we see a poster pop up on the right despite never having been there during the shot where the dentist fights the pelican. Issues like this come up due to different animators working on different portions of a film. Still, this needed to be fixed.
15 THE GREAT MULAN MISTAKE
For those unaware, to Chinese people, Mulan is a real person. She has been part of folklore for centuries as a woman impersonating a man to join the Chinese Army and serve in her father's place. In the film, she ultimately helps them defeat the Huns, who really did attempt to take China and yes, take out the Emperor at the time. The story takes place sometime between 386 and 538 A.D. So what is the problem you may ask?
The movie included The Great Wall of China, which did not exist the way the movie presented it at this time. Yes, there were several walls up around the various territories of China. This meant portions were up, not an entire thing. Nor was it made with the same materials we see now. It was not until the Ming Dynasty that we saw this, and they ruled over China from 1368 to 1644. Nearly 1,000 years after the story of Mulan takes place.
14 THAT'S NOT HOW THAT WORKS, SOLDIER
Remember the scene from the first Toy Story where it's Andy's birthday and Woody sends the toy soldiers down to spy on the party and see the toys? It's a fun moment to see them go through a big military-style operation. You'll notice a problem that may have not worked out for the animators as well as they intended. If you remember, the soldiers used a baby monitor to communicate back and forth with Woody and the gang.
Here's the rub, the soldiers used a mere speaker. Woody would only be able to hear the things they said. The soldiers could never respond to Woody back and forth because the speakers are a one-sided communication. Meaning Woody and the gang might be able to hear Sarge tell them what's going on, but he could never get orders from the cowboy this way. The animators used them as almost Walky-Talky style, which just isn't correct.
13 BOO'S GIGGLES DON'T WORK OUT RIGHT
If you recall in the movie Monsters, Inc. there is a little girl by the name of Boo that stows away when she follows Sully or to her "kitty" into the Monster world. The entire city of Monstropolis runs on the scares of human children. During portions of the film, especially the work-place of our heroes, Boo's giggles or laughing spells cause power outages. However, she is seen and heard giggling throughout the movie without these power outages happening.
This is a clear continuity issue. If Boo's giggles are power sucking and end up causing a problem each time she does so, that isn't an issue. They do not. If there is a reason for some outages versus others, good, tell us. Yet we were never given an explanation. This is just lazy story-telling on the part of Pixar when you say the problem is there yet do not actually keep it in use.
12 TARZAN HAS A TIME PROBLEM
This mistake has to do with simple history, which would have taken them literally less than an hour to find in this timeframe.
It is when Jane and her father mention that several people will want to meet Tarzan, such as people like Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, and Rudyard Kipling. While all three were alive in the timeframe (the 1880's) the movie is set in, there is an error. Kipling did write The Jungle Book, but he did not write it nor become famous at this point. The book was not written until 1894 in various stories. Meaning Jane and her father would likely not even know who the heck he was at the time.
11 NALA'S EYES GIVES A CIRCLE OF COLOR CHANGE
You may have noticed the same thing we did when it comes to The Lion King. During the film, we see Simba make a friend named Nala. She is a wonderful Lioness who obviously supports the future king of the savanna. There are not a whole lot of problems in the movie, but Nala likely has the most severe issue of them all.
Her eyes change color all the time in the movie. We see her at one point and she has blue eyes and then another scene she'll have green ones. It is a continuous issue that the movie does that makes us wonder if they even cared about the eyes. Yes, there are times when eyes change in color in animals as they age. But that was not the case with the movie, as the eyes changed during exact age periods for Nala.
10 TO DANCE OR NOT TO DANCE
Disney's entire Sleeping Beauty story goes against the original story in so many ways. But instead of getting into all of them, we will just focus on one part.
The movie takes place during the fourteenth century, which meant a lot of things would not exist or even happen at the time. One such issue involves dancing, as men and women only touched hands and nothing else when dancing. Yet the Prince pulls Aurora close by the waist, which would not be a custom in dance for over a hundred years. That said, it would have been seen as not only inappropriate for him to do...but if he was not the Prince, he'd possibly face time for it.
9 ALADDIN'S INDIAN INFLUENCE
Disney stretched the story of Aladdin for it to fit in the kid movie world, but they could have at least attempted to get architecture and clothing correct. The movie is supposed to take place in Agrabah, a supposed Middle Eastern territory centuries ago. They claim their city was near the Jordan River at this point. (Disney later claimed it was a stand-in city for Baghdad.)
A lot of weird stuff went down in the movie. They clearly did not do research on the Middle East at all it appears, as they mostly used Indian clothing and influence. Not even close to Arabic architecture or clothing was used here, despite the time period using completely different stuff to India. In fact, the palace for which Jasmine and her father the Sultan seem to be staying looks a lot like the Taj Mahal in India too. So what were they going for here?
8 MULAN'S TIMELINE INACCURACY
While the folklore of Mulan is that of a real person, it is still uncertain if she existed. However, if we're going off the Disney storyline we can surely tell you she would not be real. The poem for which Mulan is based on would occur during the 386 and 538 A.D. time period as mentioned earlier. However, the entire movie revolves around Mulan joining to defeat The Huns and help China avoid being taken over by them, as well as save the Emperor of China herself.
The problem is that the storyline on Mulan has her out of her timeline by 1,000 years nearly. They speak of The Huns and their leader heading to assassinate the Emperor at The Imperial City. This city did not exist at this point, as the city would not be built until the early 1400's.
7 THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME'S MANY ARCHITECTURE PROBLEMS
The story adapted by Disney to use for their movie was originally written by the brilliant writer known as Victor Hugo. He also penned the Les Miserables story as well. However, they did take some liberties with the story to make it fit for a kids movie, of course.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written to fit in Paris during 1482. During this point, statues were not polychromed like the movie seems to use them. They were rather made of stone. In fact, they were tediously handcrafted to fit and stone is not easy to make art out of! There were trapdoors in buildings, but they were never used on scaffolds at this time. This does not occur in France until the 18th Century at the earliest.
6 DO YOU SPEAK WHALE?
In the movie Finding Nemo, we know Dory apparently speaks fluent whale. However, it's unlikely she knew what she bargained for when it came to her and Marlin being swallowed by one. It's an interesting situation that during this period of the movie, the animators give us a scene where the two are inside the whale after being eaten and we can actually see them. However, this seems pretty unlikely.
Light does not enter into the inside of a whale, regardless of a blowhole and how large it might be. That means any light we see in the movie on the fish does not make any sense. Rather, the scene would need to take place in pure black.
5 AN INCREDIBLE NEWSPAPER MISTAKE
The Incredibles still ranks as one of the most beloved Disney movies ever, despite being younger than most of the big one everyone knows and loves. However, there is an issue in the movie that cannot be overlooked. Mr. Incredible is claimed to be a hero that was active during "The Golden Years" of superheroes. The movie puts this timeline to about the 1960's to accurately reflect how years later, by 2002, they'd be out of their prime.
There are many newspapers that get the time period right. However, one newspaper actually has the date of September 16, 2002. In case you were wondering, the movie came out in October 2004. So it is possible that animators put this date in as a day they began working on the movie. Sort of as an inside thing.
4 THE DIVIDE DISNEY OVERLOOKED
One of the key stories at play during Disney's Princess and the Frog film was that they decided to do a number of big things. The most prominent was that they had their first black lead in a "princess" type of film. However, they had it take place in the Jim Crow-era of racial inequality. Not just anywhere either, the deep south in a place like New Orleans. Tiana speaks of her dream to open a restaurant here.
Opening a business, especially a restaurant, involves a city allowing it and a business license that also has to go through the government. Black people were not allowed the same rights as white people. As a result, she never could have opened her dream restaurant in New Orleans at this time Disney gives us.
3 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TIME ERROR
In the animated film, we find out an Enchantress curses the Beast when he is a young man. He is told that he will remain like this forever if he cannot find someone to love him by the time he turns 21-years-old. Belle happens to arrive about ten years later, but in the song Be Our Guest, they say they have been cursed for ten years, which would put the Beast as a child of about ten or eleven years old. Yet in the movie, there is a grown-up painting of Beast before he is turned into the beastly form he is at this point.
Belle sees this painting as does the viewer, that's us. The problem is, if Beast is cursed when he is young and that painting is supposed to be him as he is grown....how could the painting exist?
2 ALADDIN HAS NO CONCEPT OF THE TIMELINE IT IS IN
First, we have to make sure you know the timeline of Aladdin. It's based on The Arabian Nights story-arc, with Disney deciding to use the Aladdin that is more kid-friendly. This time period used is somewhere around the 800's period.
Yet the position of Grand Vizier did not happen here until the Ottoman Period and in the early 1300's. They also overlook the Egyptian Sphinx on the magic carpet ride. The Sphinx would not be visible likely. It was buried under sand for a while, and by the 800's A.D. and over 2,000 years, it would likely have been still. To top it off, they break the nose which does not happen until centuries later.
1 THE REALITY OF MARRIAGE
We spoke already about Tiana and her dreams of a restaurant that would have likely been too difficult to realize due to the timeline she was in. The movie takes place at some point in the 1920's, and there is one completely terrible law in place. In the United States, we had a law that banned interracial marriage.
Thankfully, in 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously voted in the Loving vs. Virginia case that it was no longer illegal and could be done at any point. This would not have occurred until around 40 years after The Princess and the Frog is set. Prince Naveen does look a little brown, but he is not an African-American. Which means Tiana could not have married him at this point in U.S. history.