15 Obvious Disney Movie Mistakes Fans Totally Missed
Disney is no stranger to the movie business. From their 1937 silver screen debut with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to their neverending remakes of the modern era, Disney has produced over 140 movies in almost a century! Not many production companies can boast impressive numbers like that.
And the really crazy thing is that so many of these films have gone on to be major hits with fans and critics alike. It's not an uncommon scenario for Disney to rack up multiple wins at award shows after a new movie has been released. But despite the company's impeccable track record, that doesn't mean their movies aren't without a few mistakes here and there!
Today, we're taking a look at some of the biggest blunders that actually made it into classic Disney films. From simple animation errors to scenes that seem to defy the laws of physics, the Disney collection has had its fair share of mess-ups and mishaps.
However, most people don't even notice these mistakes when they're watching the films—but we're here to point out these errors for all to see! And be warned: once you start noticing these blunders, you won't be able to unsee them again!
Let's get started!
Ursula's Missing Potion
Ursula the sea witch from The Little Mermaid is no doubt one of Disney's nastiest and most memorable villains. But while she may have an eye for evil, it's clear that Ursula doesn't have an eye for the finer details of her villainous undersea operation—and this leads to some unexplained weirdness in her interactions with Ariel.
In the movie, Ariel makes a Faustian bargain with Ursula—Ariel can become a human, but she must give up her voice to Ursula. The sea witch mentions that she has a potion that will turn Ariel into a full-fledged human, but then when the mermaid agress to her terms, it appears that Ursula uses some sort of magic spell to turn Ariel human...there's no potion in sight!
Animals Far From Home in The Lion King
While The Lion King never explicitly states where the movie's events take place, fans have managed to narrow it down over the years to somewhere in Africa. This is because the producers did real-life research here and the fact that you can see Mount Kilimanjaro in some scenes of the movie.
However, if the movie really does take place where fans think, then that means there are some animals featured that are incredibly far from home. For example, in the musical number, "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" we see some expertly-choreographed anteaters busting a move. The only problem? Anteaters are native to South America and aren't seen at all in Africa.
The Beast's Birth Certificate
Beast, from the '90s animated classic Beauty and the Beast spends most of the movie in monster form, but we do get to learn a little about his life before he was cursed with his monstrous form by a witch. Namely, we know that the curse began when he was just 11 years old.
However, this tidbit creates a major contradiction in one scene of the movie. At one point, we see a painted portrait of the prince back when he was still a human. However, in the painting, he's clearly a grown man, despite the fact that his transformation occurred as a child. Some people have tried to explain it away by saying it's a portrait of his father, but really, it seems like this was just an oversight error on Disney's part.
The Fox and The Hound Disappearing Act
If you want to bawl your eyes out at one of Disney's most heartwarming and sentimental movies, The Fox and the Hound is the choice for you! However, if you want a movie with no continuity errors, you're gonna want to avoid this one because it's got a big one surrounding the main villain, Amos.
Near the end of the film, Amos and his dog, Copper, have snuck their way into a wildlife reserve to hunt Tod the fox. How, exactly, they're going to hunt him gets a bit confusing in this scene, though. When they reach the reserve, Amos seemingly has only brought a gun for hunting. However, a few moments later, Amos magically has several hunting traps that seem to have appeared out of thin air.
Pinocchio's Whale of an Error
You probably shouldn't be too upset or surprised that a movie about a puppet who comes to life isn't exactly concerned with realism. However, Disney is known for going that extra mile with the little details in their movies, but that just did not happen with their classic hit Pinocchio.
In one scene, Pinocchio and his creator, Gepetto, are swallowed alive by a whale. Even if you ignore the fact that this would almost certainly kill them, there's still another glaring error with the whale. The two are eventually sneezed out of the whale's mouth, but it's much more likely that if a whale could actually sneeze, you would be sneezed out of its blowhole, not its mouth.
The Invisible Toys
When it first released in 1999, no one was really sure if Toy Story 2 would be as big a hit as its predecessor. However, everyone's fears were unfounded, as the sequel was wildly successful with both fans and critics—some even said it was better than the original!
Despite the movie's major success, it wasn't without its errors—including some that really left us scratching our heads. For example, in one scene we see the toys Rex and Hamm standing in front of a turned-off TV. Despite the fact that the animators animated a reflection of the room on the TV's screen, they forgot to animate reflections for Rex and Hamm! How did they miss that without someone noticing?
Cinderella's Shrinking Dress
When it comes to fairytale fantasies, no movie captures that kind of magic better than Cinderella. Despite the fact that it was released more than 70 years ago, it still remains one of Disney's most beloved and successful movies. And while she may have looked fabulous in those glass slippers, Cinderella has a bit of a wardrobe malfunction at the end of the movie!
After her wedding to Prince Charming, Cinderella and her beau get ready to ride off into the sunset in a carriage. At one point, Cinderella gives a wave to the crowd where we can clearly see that her dress is long sleeved. However, just a few moments later, we get a glimpse of it again...but this time it has short sleeves! Is the princess wearing a tearaway dress or was this just an oversight? We'll let you decide!
Eugene Escapes His Shackles
Tangled may not be Disney's biggest hit of all time, but when it was released in 2010, it was praised by fans and critics alike for its unique blending of traditional animation and computer-generated animation. While the movie may look gorgeous, it appears that a few continuity errors were animated into the final product.
Near the end of the film, we have a scene where Flynn/Eugene has his arms visibly shackled. However, when he goes to stroke Rapunzel's hair, his shackles have mysteriously disappeared. Then, a few moments later, they magically reappear! Is he locked up or not, Disney? Make up your mind!
Pocahontas Shadow Slip-Up
Disney released Pocahontas in 1995, and it was a major hit with fans—which largely had to do with how beautifully animated the film was. While there's no denying that it is a gorgeous movie, it was far from perfectly animated, and this little blooper that fans missed proves it!
In one scene in the movie, we see Pocahontas and her best friend, Nakoma, walking away, hand in hand. However, their shadows tell a different story—if you look at them, you won't see the two characters holding hands at all! Shadows can be a tricky thing to animate accurately, and this scene definitely got the best of Disney.
Rajah's Bite Below the Belt
Princess Jasmine's pet tiger, Rajah, in Aladdin is very protective of her to the point where he will attack suitors trying to woo her. While, thankfully, no one loses a limb to this ferocious furball, one guy does end up losing a perfectly good pair of pants after Rajah bites him square on the rear.
We get a good glimpse of this poor gentleman's backside, and we see that, while Rajah has taken a chunk out of his pants, his lovely heart boxers remain unscathed. However, just a few moments later, we see Rajah with a bit of the heart fabric in his mouth, even though he didn't bite into that article of clothing.
Buzz Lightyear's Freeze Frame
One of the most endearing and funniest qualities about Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story is that he initially refuses to accept that he is a toy. In his mind, he's the real-deal interstellar superhero that he's based on. However, there's one unexplained thing he does in the movie that contradicts his insistence that he's real.
Like all the other toys, Buzz freezes in place when his owner, Andy, enters the room to prevent people from realizing that toys have a secret life of their own. But the fact that Buzz freezes too makes no sense. If he genuinely believes he's a real person, why does he behave the way a toy should when real people are around?
The Mystery of Hans' Sword
Though he doesn't look it at first, Prince Hans ends up being the antagonist of Disney's 2013 hit Frozen. While some Disney villains just like causing chaos, Hans has genuine bloodlust and has every intention of murdering Elsa so that he can become the ruler of Arendelle himself. However, Hans' attempted murder scene raises some serious questions.
In the scene where he confronts Elsa, he appears unarmed at first. However, when it comes time to do the deed, we hear him unsheath a weapon, and suddenly he's holding this gigantic sword. But where in the world did it come from? He is wearing a long coat in this scene, but even then, there's no way he would have been able to completely conceal a weapon this large.
WALL-E's Pointless Existence
In Disney's 2008 animated hit WALL-E, we meet an adorable robot who managed to develop sentience and a personality while being stranded alone on an abandoned Earth for centuries. While the movie may have been heartwarming, there's one major plot hole that completely disrupts the entire premise of the movie.
According to the film, WALL-E (and many others like him) is a robot that was left on Earth after humans made the planet inhospitable. It's WALL-E's job to clean up the garbage left behind, but it doesn't seem like his kind are actually capable of that. WALL-E is a trash compacting robot, but it's never implied that he can actually dispose of all that garbage. Compacting it alone isn't going to fix the planet!
Finding Nemo's Floating Fish
Considering it's a movie about talking sea creatures, it's probably not fair to hold Finding Nemo to the high standard of real-life science. But there's one scene that seems to defy physics that has confused and annoyed viewers since the movie first debuted in 2003. There were a few fish that just didn't want to play by the rules of physics!
During the movie, the main character, Marlin, finds himself trapped in a fish tank at a dentist's office. He and the other fish make a daring escape after they are put into plastic bags while the tank is being cleaned. They reach the ocean, but are still trapped in their plastic bags, which somehow magically manage to float on top of the water. If this were going to be accurate to real life, the bags would most likely either float level with the ocean or sink beneath the surface.
Ratatouille's Not-So-Insulting Insult
Disney's Ratatouille was clearly not going for realism—a rat in a restaurant's kitchen is obviously not as fun and heartwarming as the movie makes it seem. However, the film's biggest blunder comes from its antagonist, the snooty food critic Anton Ego. He gives what he thinks is an insult, but in reality, it was a major compliment.
Ego compares the late, great French chef Auguste Gusteau to the real-life food mascot Chef Boyardee. Ego insinuates that Gusteau's cooking is no better than canned pasta, but the real Chef Boyardee (real name Ettore Boiardi) was much more than just his canned food line. Before all that, Boiardi was an acclaimed chef at the Plaza Hotel in NYC and received honors from both the United States and Russia for feeding their troops during World War II.