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Rub one out? You’ll rub more like thirteen jewels from the genie’s lamp of trivia from Disney’s Aladdin. Don’t you dare close your eyes to this whole new world of cool stuff from your friends like us.

13. During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost sixteen hours of material.

12. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was rejected for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination.

11. Because of the scheduling conflicts with Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart was forced to turn down the role of Jafar. He has said in interviews that this is his biggest regret.

10. The opening scene with the street merchant was completely unscripted. Robin Williams was brought into the sound stage and was asked to stand behind a table that had several objects on it and a bedsheet covering them all. The animators asked him to lift the sheet, and, without looking, take an object from the table and describe it in character. Much of the material in that recording session was not appropriate for a Disney film.

9. While recording this movie, Robin Williams frequently received calls from Steven Spielberg, who at the time was working on the Holocaust film Schindler’s List. He would put him on speaker phone so he could tell jokes to the cast and crew to cheer them up.

8. In the preview screenings for the movie, audiences did not applaud after the big song numbers. The animators wanted applause and so somebody stuck the Genie with an “Applause” sign at the end of “Friend Like Me.” The joke worked and the sign was kept for the movie.

7. To capture the movement of Aladdin’s low-cut baggy pants, animator Glen Keane looked at videos of rap star M.C. Hammer.

6. When the Genie sings “Friend Like Me” the line “Scheherazade had her thousand tales.” Scheherazade was, of course, the supposed author of the stories from A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, which Aladdin comes from. While there were not actually a thousand tales, she did supposedly keep the sultan entertained for 1,001 nights.

5. A section of the original lyric for the opening song “Arabian Nights” was altered after the movie’s theatrical release. Arab-American groups claimed that it was racist, so the line was changed. The lyrics originally were, “Oh, I come from a land From a faraway place Where the caravan camels roam. Where they cut off your ear If they don’t like your face It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” Although the film had already been released, Disney agreed to change it on the video release and any subsequent theatrical releases, and so the new lines, “Where it’s flat and immense, and the heat is intense,” replaced the offensive lines.

4. This was the second Disney animated feature to use fully-rendered and textured 3-D CGI-moving backgrounds in combination with the traditionally animated character animation. A technique that was expanded upon which was previously seen in Beauty and the Beast.

3. The two men in the crowd that Aladdin pushes through are caricatures of two of the directors (John Musker and Ron Clements). The original plan was to use film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, but they could not get permission.

2. On what came to be known among the animators as Black Friday, then Disney head Jeffrey Katzenberg told the team to scrap virtually everything they had been working on for months and start all over again, where he also refused to move the film’s release date. The directors were able to completely turn around the film’s new plot and screenplay in just eight days.

1. Originally, Aladdin was supposed to use his second wish in order to get through an obstacle course designed to test Jasmine’s suitors. The production team eagerly approached the idea of scripting and animating a fabulously elaborate action sequence but could not get the idea to work in practice, and ended up going for the much simpler solution of Aladdin being jumped by guards and then having to use the second wish to save his life.
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Yes, we all know about the tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, blah blah blah blah blah, but did you know these thirteen things about disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast? So be our guest as we seperate man from monster and distract you from this subtly creepy kidnapping tale.

13. Angela Lansbury, the voice of Mrs. Potts, thought that another character would be better suited to sing the ballad “Beauty and the Beast”. The director asked her to make at least one recording to have for a backup if nothing else worked, and that one recording ended up in the film.

12. The majority of the sculptures seen in the castle are different earlier versions of the Beast.

11. In the 1930s and again in the 1950s, Walt Disney attempted to adapt Beauty and the Beast (1991) into a feature but could not come up with a suitable treatment, so the project was shelved. It wasn’t until The Little Mermaid (1989) became hugely successful that they decided to try it a third time.

10. In Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s “The Story of Beauty and the Beast,” – the original version of the tale – the prince was not turned into a beast for being selfish and unloving, but because he refused to marry his evil fairy godmother.

9. The smoke seen during the transformation at the end is actually real smoke, not animated. It was originally used in The Black Cauldron (1985) and was re-used for Beauty and the Beast.

8. Many scenes were storyboarded but never animated. Those include a scene where Gaston visits the asylum and a scene where the Beast is seen dragging the carcass of an animal he killed. Both were considered too gruesome for the film and the ideas were dropped. However, an animal’s skeleton can just barely be seen in the corner shadows of the West Wing.

7. Jackie Chan performed the voice acting and singing for the Beast in the Chinese (Mandarin) dub of the film.

6. By the time Alan Menken and Howard Ashman won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Ashman had already died. Ashman’s longtime romantic partner, Bill Lauch, accepted the award on his behalf.

5. HIDDEN MICKEY: At seperate moments in the film, there are 3 droplets of water, a trio of stones, and three circles that appear in the snow that form the Classic Mickey head.

4. The role of Cogsworth was written specifically with John Cleese in mind but he turned it down.

3. Computer technology was considered for the rooftop fight and the forest chase, but the primitive state of the technology only allowed time to use it for the ballroom scene.

2. The film was previewed at the New York Film Festival in September 1991 in a “Work-In-Progress” format. Approximately 70% of the footage was the final color animation. The other 30% consisted of storyboard reels, rough animation pencil tests, clean-up animation pencil tests, and computer animation tests of the ballroom sequence. According to producer Don Hahn, the audience gave the film a strong, overwhelming standing ovation.

1. In 2001 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast, they added an extra seven minutes to the final film which included a scene where the Castle is preparing for the dinner and dance. The Disney productions got all the original animating and drawing group to complete this scene, which is available to watch on the 2001 Disney DVD and VHS, and any further re release onward.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
G | 1h 24min | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 22 November 1991 (USA)

A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman’s love.
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Writers: Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay by), Brenda Chapman (story by)
Stars: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti

What the McDuck?! They made a movie about those adventurous mallards? It’s a surprise to us as well. Regardless, these thirteen things about Ducktales The Movie will have you screaming whoo hoo all the way to the bank.

13. First Disney animated movie to be spun off from a television series.

12. There were originally plans to have a Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers movie released the summer following this movie’s release, along with a Goof Troop movie. However, Disney decided to pull the plug on that project, and retool the Goof Troop movie into A Goofy Movie, since this movie underperformed at the box-office.

11. Someone dressed like Indiana Jones is briefly seen at the Explorer’s Club.

10. Released on the big screen with the classic Donald Duck cartoon “Dude Duck”.

9. Side characters from DuckTales, like Gyro, Doofus, Bubba the Cave Duck, and Gismoduck are absent, as the filmmakers didn’t want to confuse newcomers who have not seen the Disney Afternoon cartoon. This is also why none of any of the show’s villains, like the Beagle Boys, Magica DaSpell, and Flintheart Glomgold are present.

8. The plot point of Scrooge finding and digging a pyramid out of the sand, is taken from a Carl Barks story “Pyramid Scheme” from the Scrooge comics.

7. Error: During the treasure of Collie Baba sequence, when Scrooge orders Dijon to bring their sacks, his “treasure-hunting” outfit briefly returns to his trademark waistcoat.

6. The events of the film take place between the third and fourth seasons of DuckTales.

5. The initial voice-overs took one year, and another six months were spent on re-takes. Although Alan Young had never worked with Christopher Lloyd or Rip Taylor before, he said he would “‘sit there in awe’ watching them at work.”

4. When the film was released in theaters, the theme song was reprised twice during the end credits, with both times sung. For some reason, the VHS only has the first time sung, while the second time is instrumental only.

3. In the 2000 video game Donald Duck Goin’ Quackers, Merlock plays the game’s main villain.

2. The film made only $18 million at the box ofice, causing it to be a failure and killing all future theatrical sequels.

1. Critics in the USA, generally considered the film an Indiana Jones rip-off. It was also a betrayal to Carl Barks’s Uncle Scrooge comic books which DuckTales was based on. Noted movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert didn’t even bother reviewing this film for their tv show Siskel & Ebert at The Movies

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
G | 1h 14min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 3 August 1990 (USA)

Scrooge McDuck takes Huey, Dewey, and Louie to Egypt to find a pyramid and magic lamp.
Director: Bob Hathcock
Writer: Alan Burnett (animation screenplay)
Stars: Alan Young, Christopher Lloyd, Terence McGovern

Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you say our trivia’s complete? There’s nothing fishy about these thirteen things that you probably didn’t know about The Little Mermaid, and were confident that you’ll make them a part of your world.

13. In the opening scene when King Triton arrives at the arena, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Kermit the Frog can be briefly seen in the crowd of sea-people as mermen when he passes over them.

12. Originally, Sebastian was to have an English accent. It was lyricist/producer Howard Ashman who suggested he speak with a Caribbean accent. This opened the door to calypso-style numbers like “Under the Sea”, which won the Academy Award.

11. The character of Ursula was based on drag performer and John Waters regular Divine. Her personality and some of her actions were also largely inspired by a previous Disney villain, Madame Medusa from Disney’s The Rescuers.

10. It’s possible that Prince Eric could be related to Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. In the dining room in Eric’s castle on Ariel’s first evening on land, there is a painting hanging on the wall.

9. Ariel was quite deliberately made a redhead in order to distinguish her from Daryl Hannah’s character in Splash.

8. “Part of Your World” was nearly cut; Jeffrey Katzenberg felt that it was “boring”, as well as being too far over the heads of the children for whom it was intended. At a test screening, children were restless during the song which did not have finished animation – in particular one child sat in front of Katzenberg, spilled his popcorn, and was more interested in picking it up than watching the sequence. After trying with an adult audience, the song was considered a greater success and so the song was left in the film.

7. The Little Mermaid had been a Disney property since 1941. Walt Disney planned to include the much darker Hans Christian Andersen version of the tale in a planned anthology film of the fantasy author’s works. After a bitter strike by the animators that same year and the increasing focus on wartime propaganda shorts, the initial version of The Little Mermaid was shelved in 1943.

6. Ariel’s rendition of “Part of Your World” set a precedent for subsequent Disney animated musicals where the protagonist would vocalize his or her desires early in the film. The song was referred to by Howard Ashman as the “I Want” song.

5. Deleted scenes: An extended “Fathoms Below” sequence in which it is revealed that Ursula is Triton’s sister; alternate version of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” explaining why Ursula was banished by Triton; a scene just before the concert in which Sebastian finds out Ariel is missing; extended scene of Sebastian lost in Eric’s castle; Sebastian giving additional advice to Ariel at bedtime; and the fight with Ursula to the ending with no dialogue.

4. This was the first Disney film to receive an Academy Award since Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), though other films had been nominated.

3. Ariel’s body type and personality were based on Alyssa Milano. The effect of her hair underwater was based on footage of astronaut Sally Ride in weightless conditions.

2. This was the last Disney animated feature to use hand-painted cels and analog camera and film work. 1,000 different colors were used on 1,100 backgrounds. Over one million drawings were done in total.

1. Several elements from the original Hans Christian Andersen story were kept in the movie, including: Ariel being the youngest of many sisters, the secret white marble statue, the polypi along the entrance to Ursula’s cavern, and Ariel asking what she’ll have left without her voice and the sea-witch’s response. However, in the original story, Ariel doesn’t turn back into a mermaid at the end. When the sun rises on the last day she turns to foam and dies. Later editions included her becoming a daughter of the air and rising to heaven.

The Little Mermaid (1989)
G | 1h 23min | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 17 November 1989 (USA)
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince’s love.
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Writers: John Musker, Ron Clements
Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois

So, Pete’s got a dragon, some townsfolk have their reservations about it, and all works out in the end, right? Well these thirteen things about Pete’s Dragon are anything but simple, so don’t just Passamaquoddy them by.

13. Originally intended as an installment of the The Magical World of Disney TV series circa 1957, it was shelved until 1975.

12. There were plans to move the lighthouse, specially constructed for the film, to the Disneyland theme park. Unfortunately, the building had deteriorated beyond repair before this could be done.

11. Animation director Don Bluth was told by the producers to create 900 feet of animation on a $1.8 million budget. When the producers were impressed with the first few scenes he completed, they updated their demand to 1800 feet of animation but neither increased the budget nor the production schedule. Bluth delivered the completed animation on time but was reprimanded for going $75,000 over budget.

10. Alcohol abuse is a key theme in the film’s plot. Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, and songwriter Al Kasha all had alcoholic fathers.

9. Animators Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, and John Pomeroy regularly worked 100 hours per week during production. When they applied for overtime pay, their superiors suggested that they instead receive one hour off for each hour of overtime they worked. At the end of production, all three men were owed six continuous weeks of time off. They used this time off to work on their private project, Banjo the Woodpile Cat.

8. This is Ken Anderson’s final film for Disney. Having spent much of his early life in East Asia, he based Elliott on the Chinese dragon trope; the ancient Chinese consider dragons good while Western cultures consider them evil.

7. The scene where Mickey Rooney and Red Buttons drunkenly walk to the cave to see Elliott turned into a massive ad-lib session, with each comedian trying to outdo the other with pratfalls and slapstick.

6. Originally, Elliott the dragon was not to be seen at all in the film and remain invisible throughout. However, members of the studio animation department gradually lobbied studio heads to increase the amount of visible screen time. At first it was decided he would be only seen at the end of the film, but ultimately the character’s screen time was increased to 22 minutes.

5. The story was set in the fictitious eastern seacoast town of Passamaquoddy. The movie set, however, was constructed on the west coast. This explains why the sun appears to be setting in the east in the scene early in the movie in which Nora exits the lighthouse after putting Pete to bed.

4. This was the very first film released on VHS by Disney’s home media outlet, Walt Disney Home Video. They HAD done releases on the Discovision, but this was the first program they released on their own, on the VHS/Betamax magnetic tape formats plus Laserdisc format at some point, and has the smallest stock number of every home media release the company put out.

3. A Ska-Punk version of the song “It’s Not Easy” was recorded by members of Reel Big Fish and Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer.

2. Don Hahn, who was assistant director to Don Bluth on this film, gained some experience working with a combination of live-action and animation before later going on to work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

1. One technique used in the movie involved compositing with a Sodium vapour process, whereby up to three scenes might be composited together – for example, a live foreground, a live background, and an animated middle ground containing Elliott.

Pete’s Dragon (1977)
G | 2h 8min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 3 November 1977 (USA)
An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit.
Director: Don Chaffey
Writers: Malcolm Marmorstein (screenplay), Seton I. Miller (story)
Stars: Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale

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Sleeping Beauty (1959)
G | 1h 15min | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 25 December 1959 (USA)

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.
Director: Clyde Geronimi
Writers: Erdman Penner (story adaptation), Charles Perrault (story “Sleeping Beauty”)
Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley

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