Surprisingly Dark Facts About Disney Characters

April 1, 2022 | Sarah Ng

Surprisingly Dark Facts About Disney Characters

Which Disney films share the same universe? Who are the real-life inspirations for your favorite characters? And which scripts were almost COMPLETELY changed? This list explores the secret stories behind the most iconic Disney characters, proving that—in the end—happily ever after isn’t always what it seems.

1. She Had The First Word

The first character to actually speak in a full-length Disney cartoon was the Evil Queen in Snow White. Not first villain, or first female character: first voice ever. Her first wicked words were “Slave in the magic mirror, come from the farthest space, through wind and darkness I summon thee. Speak! Let me see thy face.”

Disney CharactersSnow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) - Walt Disney Pictures

2. Frozen Had A Completely Different Villain

Initially, creators planned to have Elsa as the evil Snow Queen, comparable to other white-haired greats like Cruella de Vil and Ursula. However, the musical number "Let It Go" was a total gamechanger. After hearing the lyrics, the writers completely rejigged the plot to make her the beloved antihero of our dreams.

Disney CharactersFrozen (2013) - Walt Disney Pictures

3. Frollo Was Actually A Man Of God

In Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frollo is a Catholic priest. For the Disney adaptation, screenwriters made him into “Judge Claude Frollo” the Minister of Peace, as not to offend any religious sensibilities.

Disney CharactersThe Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) - Walt Disney Pictures

4. A Famous Drag Queen Inspired Ursula

Ursula from The Little Mermaid was inspired by the iconic drag queen, and John Waters' muse, Divine. Unfortunately, Divine did not live to bring Ursula to life himself, as she passed away in 1988.

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5. Captain Hook And George Darling Are Oddly Connected

The same actor voices two characters from Peter Pan. Hans Conried is the voice behind both Captain Hook and George Darling. And we can't deny that there are some obvious similarities here.

Disney CharactersPeter Pan (1953) - Walt Disney Pictures

6. The Evil Witch Reigns Supreme

The Queen from Snow White was ranked #10 on the “villains” portion of the AFI's 100 Greatest Heroes & Villains list. To give you a sense of how wicked that is, she beat Michael Corleone from The Godfather by one spot.

Disney CharactersSnow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) - Walt Disney Pictures

7. Only One Princess Kissed A Villain

Poor Jasmine really took one for the team when she tried to save Aladdin by locking lips with the evil Jafar. In fact, she is the only Disney princess to kiss a villain.

Disney CharactersAladdin (1992) - Walt Disney Pictures

8. Tarzan's Family Betrayal

In Disney’s 1999 adaptation of Tarzan, we know little of Clayton beyond that he really wants to hunt those gorillas. In the original Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, however, Clayton is revealed to be Tarzan’s paternal cousin. The Disney version of Clayton doesn’t resemble much of the literary Clayton beyond sharing the same name, but it’s good to know that after all these years, Disney still doesn’t shy from kin-slaying.

Disney Villains FactsTarzan (1999), Walt Disney Pictures

9. Snow White Is Underage

Yes, Snow White is only 14 years old—and yet, she spends the entire film living with seven men in the middle of the woods while longing for her Prince Charming.

Disney CharactersSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - Walt Disney Pictures

10. The Little Mermaid Almost Lost Its Iconic Song

One of the film's best songs, "Part of Your World," almost didn't make the final cut. During the test screening, a child in the audience dropped his popcorn, making the chairman of Walt Disney Studios worry that the song was too boring. Luckily, the rest of the staff disagreed and saved the day for all of us.

Disney CharactersThe Little Mermaid (1989) - Walt Disney Pictures

11. An Unprecedented Expiration

Technically speaking, Mother Gothel is the first Disney villain to die on-screen of old age.

Disney Villains FactsTangled (2010), Walt Disney Pictures

12. Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder Are In Frozen

If you keep your eyes peeled while watching Frozen, you may notice a brief appearance of Tangled's main players—Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder. You can see them here, entering the castle for Elsa's coronation.

Disney CharactersFrozen (2013) - Walt Disney Pictures

13. Animating Sulley Took Forever

In Monsters, Inc, Sulley is a massive, blue monster with an unbelievable amount of fur. In fact, the character had a staggering 2.3 million strands of hair. That said, creating him was no small feat. Because each strand had to be animated, producing a single frame of Sulley took about 12 hours.

Disney CharactersMonsters, Inc. (2001) - Walt Disney Pictures

14. Walt Disney Had A Favorite Princess

Walt Disney told Ilene Woods (the actress who voiced Cinderella), "You're my favorite heroine, you know." She replied, "You mean Cinderella?" "Yes," he said, "there's something about that story I associate with."

Disney CharactersCinderella (1950) - Walt Disney Pictures

15. A Fable Inspired A Bug's Life

A Bug’s Life was inspired by Aesop’s fable, The Ant and The Grasshopper. In this story, a grasshopper spends the harvest months having fun instead of collecting food. Come winter, the grasshopper is starving and begs the ants for food but is turned away. Andrew Stanton and Joe Ranft wondered why the grasshopper doesn’t just take the ants’ food.
Thus, the antagonist Hopper and A Bug’s Life were born.

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16. The Beast Is A Combination Of Many Animals

According to animator Glen Keane, he found inspiration for the Beast's singular look by looking at many different animals. He used a wolf's legs, a bear's body, a dog's tail, a buffalo's head, a gorilla's eyebrows, a lion's mane, and a wild boar's muzzle.

Disney CharactersBeauty and the Beast (1991) - Walt Disney Pictures

17. Sleeping Beauty Barely Spoke

Princess Aurora only has a measly 18 lines in Sleeping Beauty. But considering that she spends the majority of the film snoozing, this definitely makes sense.

Disney CharactersSleeping Beauty (1959) - Walt Disney Pictures

18. Only Belle Wore Blue

Among her townspeople, Belle is the only citizen wearing the color blue. The creators purposely dressed her in this way to drive home the notion that Belle was different from everyone else—an outsider. Even better? When she finally meets the Beast, he, too, is also wearing blue, proving that they really were a match made in heaven.

Disney CharactersBeauty and the Beast (1991) - Walt Disney Pictures

19. Scar Had An Unfortunate Name

As per The Lion King canon, Scar’s birth name was “Taka.” He changed it to “Scar” after a Buffalo attack left him with the signature mark on his eye. And to give you some perspective on the piece of work that is the Lion King family, “taka” can mean “want” in Swahili, but it is also commonly used to mean “garbage” or “dirt.”
To sum up, Scar and Mufasa’s parents named their older kid after the Swahili word for “King” and then turned around called the other kid “trash.”

Lion King factsThe Lion King, Walt Disney Pictures

20. Hercules Has A Very Disturbing Rug

In The Lion King, Zazu snips that Scar would make an excellent throw rug. Technically, this actually comes true, as Scar can be seen as a throw rug in a scene from Hercules. How many of you noticed that?

Lion King factsHercules, Walt Disney Pictures

21. Merida's Voice Is Unlike All The Rest

Although there are many princesses that hail from different nations, only Merida from Brave is the only princess without an American accent. Her thick Scottish accent makes her stand out from the rest.

Disney CharactersBrave (2012) - Walt Disney Pictures

22. The Very First Male Villain

Gaston is the first male Disney villain in any Disney Princess feature—it had been all evil queens, sea witches, and stepmothers before that.

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23. Ariel Was A Redhead For A Reason

In 1984, Daryl Hannah became famous as the blonde mermaid in Splash. In order to make Ariel as unique as possible, Disney decided to give her bright red hair.

Disney CharactersSplash (1984), Touchstone Pictures

24. A Sibling Rivalry Under The Sea

King Triton and Ursula from The Little Mermaid are supposed to be brother and sister, which makes Ariel the tentacled witch's niece. These familial connections did not make the final cut, but it just goes the show that blood isn't always thicker than water.

Disney Villains FactsThe Little Mermaid, Walt Disney Pictures

25. The Story Behind Belle's Unruly Hair

In Beauty and the Beast, Belle has a stubborn strand of hair that constantly fall across her face. The screenplay writer, Linda Woolverton, commented, "The only thing I wrote [to describe Belle physically] was 'she has a little wisp of hair that keeps falling in her face.' Because I wanted her not to be perfect. It was important that not every hair be in place."

Disney CharactersBeauty and the Beast (1991) - Walt Disney Pictures

26. The Ice Palace Reflects Her Feelings

In Frozen, Princess Elsa's ice palace reflects her emotions through color. The walls turn blue when she's content, purple when she's sad, red when she's frightened, and yellow when she's enraged.

Disney CharactersFrozen (2013) - Walt Disney Pictures

27. She Had No Teeth

How did Lucille LaVerne achieve her vocal transformation from Evil Queen to Evil Witch in Snow White? She simply removed her teeth.

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28. Walt Disney Had A Favorite Piece Of Animation

Allegedly, Walt Disney's favorite animated scene is Cinderella's glittering transformation before the ball—a classic rags-to-riches moment that continues to wow audiences.

Disney CharactersCinderella (1950)- Walt Disney Pictures

29. An Evil Lineage

The animator Bruce W. Smith imagined Doctor Facilier of The Princess and the Frog as the "lovechild" of Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook. I ship it!

Disney Villains FactsThe Princess and the Frog (2009), Walt Disney Pictures

30. Pocahontas' Initial Sidekick Could Talk

Although the beloved raccoon Meeko, Pocahontas' non-verbal sidekick, made the final cut, filmmakers had other ideas. Initially, they wanted to animate a talking turkey named Redfeather. But that's not all. They also wanted John Candy to voice the character.

Disney CharactersPocahontas (1995) - Walt Disney Pictures

31. We Never Meet Aladdin's Mother

Despite having her very own song—"Proud of Your Boy" Aladdin's mother didn't make the film's final cut. However, her song had its moment in the broadway musical adaptation.

Disney CharactersAladdin (1992) - Walt Disney Pictures

32. This Disney Character Had A True Story

Pocahontas is the only princess based in reality. Pocahontas was an Indigenous woman who belonged to the Powhatan people. Mulan, although based on a real legend of a warrior, did not exist in real life.

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33. There Was A Disney Princess Hiatus

After 1959's Sleeping Beauty, audiences didn't get to meet another princess for another 30 years. It was a long wait, but totally worth it. In 1989, Ariel captivated audiences in The Little Mermaid.

Disney CharactersThe Little Mermaid (1989) - Walt Disney Pictures

34. This Villain's Name Says It All

Maleficent means “evil-doing” in Latin.

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35. An Actress Inspired Ariel's Looks

According to the Charmed actress Alyssa Milano, creators looked to her childhood pictures for inspiration. They used her "likeness" to craft Ariel's sweet, heart-shaped face.

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36. What IS Prince Charming's Name?

Sadly, Cinderella's prince (like many other princes) isn't the most fleshed-out character, and as such, he has a couple of different names. In the original, he is simply known as Prince Charming. However, Disney France calls him Henri, while the live-action film named him Kit.

Disney CharactersCinderella (1950) - Walt Disney Pictures

37. Prince Eric Wasn't A Singer

Of all the official Disney princes, Eric was the only one to bite his tongue when it came to the musical numbers. Despite losing her voice, Ariel ended up taking the reins as songbird supreme.

Disney CharactersThe Little Mermaid (1989) - Walt Disney Pictures

38. Lady Tremaine Was Chillingly Realistic

Lady Tremaine, AKA Cinderella’s stepmother, was deliberately drawn to be more realistic than the film’s other antagonists. Filmmakers wanted her to embody a more chilling and “out of this world” demeanor by drawing, ironically, from our world.

Disney Villains FactsCinderella, ‎Walt Disney Productions

39. Skateboarding Inspired Tarzan's Movements

The animator Glen Keane revealed one of the greatest inspirations behind Tarzan—his son, Max: "[Max] loved performing fearless skateboarding stunts and watching extreme sports, such as snowboarding. Thus, Tarzan seemed to 'surf' through the trees."

Disney CharactersTarzan (1999) - Walt Disney Pictures

40. A Real Prince Inspired Prince Phillip

It's been said that Sleeping Beauty's Prince Phillip was named after Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, he would have been a familiar figure at the time of the film's release in 1959.

Disney CharactersSleeping Beauty (1959) - Walt Disney Pictures

41. John Smith Was A Man Of Many Talents

Usually, two actors voice Disney characters: one sings, and the other speaks. But this is not the case for Pocahontas' John Smith. Mel Gibson contributes both his voice acting and singing prowess to the role.

Disney CharactersPocahontas (1995) - Walt Disney Pictures

42. We Saw That Dance In Another Film

During the production of Beauty and the Beast, time was of the essence. Running behind, they decided to use the animated dance scene from Sleeping Beauty for Prince Adam and Belle's final dance scene.

Disney CharactersBeauty and the Beast (1991) - Walt Disney Pictures

43. There's Only One Princess With A Tattoo

Of all the Disney princesses, Pocahontas is the only one with a tattoo—a red band that wraps around her right bicep. Of course, that's not the only unique thing about the 1995 film.

Disney CharactersPocahontas (1995) - Walt Disney Pictures

44. Disney's First Interracial Relationship

Not only does Pocahontas include Disney's first interracial couple, but it's also the only original movie where the love interests don't end up together. When John Smith asks Pocahontas to come back to England with him, she refuses, choosing to stay with her tribe instead.

Disney CharactersPocahontas (1995) - Walt Disney Pictures

45. Mr. De Vil Came First

101 Dalmatians was based on Dodie Smith’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. In this written version, Cruella de Vil is not living the sweet single life, as in the movie, but has a henpecked husband. His clearly didn't matter that much though, because the novel doesn’t even give him a name—he's never referred to as anything but “Mr. De Vil.” We can guess who wore the pants in that relationship.

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46. Lady Is A Real Dog

A real dog inspired the character Lady from Lady and the Tramp. In fact, it was Disney writer Joe Grant's Springer Spaniel. When Walt Disney laid eyes on Grant's sketches, he asked him to mount a storyboard of his furry pet. Although Disney initially scrapped the idea, he returned to it after reading the story Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog.

Disney CharactersLady and the Tramp (1955) - Walt Disney Pictures

47. Belle's Personality Is Inspired By Another Character

The screenwriter for Beauty and the Beast, Linda Woolverton, said that one of her main sources of inspiration for Belle was Katharine Hepburn's performance in 1933's Little Women. Hepburn's interpretation of the bookish Jo March is undoubtedly similar to Belle's headstrong character.

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48. Mirabel Is The Very First

In 2021's Encanto, Mirabel is the very first female Disney lead character to wear glasses.

Disney CharactersEncanto (2021) - Walt Disney Pictures

49. A Heartthrob Inspired Aladdin

At first, animator Glen Keane thought of making Aladdin similar to a Michael J. Fox character. But the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg, had another idea. He thought of using Tom Cruise's character from Top Gun. Keane later said, "I got the film and I looked at him, and what I noticed was all of his poses. His attitudes. There was this confidence. The way his chest stuck out. There was a cockiness to him. And Aladdin, we wanted to have a little bit of that edge on him."

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50. Mulan Is Based On A Chinese Legend

The story of Hua Mulan goes way back. The earliest record of her story is the Ballad of Mulan, most likely written around 400 AD. But before her Disney debut, her story was a little bit different. Originally, the female warrior fools her comrades until the very end of the war. They don't find out she is actually a woman until the conflict is over.

Disney CharactersMulan (1998) - Walt Disney Pictures

51. This Villain Had A Secret Song

The shrill and desiccated Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove had her own villain song titled “Snuff Out the Light.” Not familiar? That's probably because it was cut from the final version of the film, but you Kuzco super-fans out there may have heard it on the official soundtrack for the movie.

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52. The Only Disney Princess Who Is Not The Lead

Jasmine is the only Disney princess who does not star as the main character of her film...or should I say, Aladdin's film.

Disney CharactersAladdin (1992) - Walt Disney Pictures

53. Thumper Charmed Walt Disney

Thumper is one of the most beloved characters from Bambi, but initially, he didn't have such a prominent role. However, once Walt Disney watched his scenes with Bambi, he fell completely in love with the character. As a result, Thumper got a hefty promotion.

Disney CharactersBambi (1942) - Walt Disney Pictures

54. Mrs. Potts Had A Different Name

In Beauty and the Beast, the maternal teapot Mrs. Potts was originally known as Mrs. Chamomile. However, considering its difficult pronunciation, it was eventually changed to the simpler "Mrs. Potts."

Disney CharactersBeauty and the Beast (1991) - Walt Disney Pictures

55. Sebastian Had A Different Accent

First of all, Sebastian the crab has an extremely long name: Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian. But what's more? Creators almost gave him a British accent. It would have changed everything.

Disney CharactersThe Little Mermaid (1989) - Walt Disney Pictures

56. A Notorious Ladies' Man Inspired Lumiere

French actor Maurice Chevalier was known for his suave personality and smooth voice. After his passing, his features and style inspired the character of Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. But that wasn't Chevalier's only connection to Disney. In The Aristocats, he sang its title track.

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57. Mickey Almost Had A Different Name

Before he landed on the name "Mickey," Walt Disney planned to name his iconic mouse "Mortimer." Well, luckily, his wife Lillian thought the name wasn't the right fit for the feisty character's personality. Instead, Mortimer Mouse became one of Mickey's greatest rivals.

Disney CharactersFantasia (1940) - Walt Disney Pictures

58. There's One Original Character In Wonderland

Although the Alice in Wonderland adaptation couldn't possibly include all of Lewis Caroll's characters, there was one original Disney character to make an appearance. After Alice falls down the rabbit hole, she comes face to face with the talking Door Knob. Her interaction with the Door Knob removed the necessity of a monologue.

Instead, she conveyed her thoughts to the audience through conversation.

Disney CharactersAlice in Wonderland (1951) - Walt Disney Pictures

59. What’s a Good Henchman For?

In The Lion King, Scar’s iconic number “Be Prepared" is actually sung by... Ed the Hyena. Or rather, Ed’s voice actor (Jim Cummings) stepped in to do the singing voice for Jeremy Irons for part of the song. Irons had blown out his vocal cords while trying his best, so that’s Cummings doing his best Irons impression for the song’s final third.

Lion King factsThe Lion King, Walt Disney Pictures

60. Going Solo

All the animation for Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians was done by a single person. That’s a lot of straight lines for one poor sketch artist.

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61. Gaston Was Not The Original Villain

Gaston was not originally supposed to be the lead villain in Beauty and the Beast. Instead, Belle’s evil Aunt Marguerite was meant to have occupied that dastardly role. Unfortunately for her, Maggie did not have what it takes to make the film’s final cut, and so it's Gaston that we all remember hating so much.

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62. They Had Another Hades In Mind

Before James Woods won the part of Hades, the creators of Hercules imagined the role for John Lithgow or even Jack Nicholson—two distinct voices, but not exactly fast-talkers, as Woods’ Hades came to be known.

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63. The Stars Just Didn’t Line Up

Patrick Stewart had to turn down the role of Jafar in Aladdin because he was too busy filming Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Disney CharactersAladdin (1992) - Walt Disney Pictures

64. Her Wardrobe Reveals The Truth

Tangled takes place in the 1780s, but Mother Gothel’s dress is from the Renaissance. Some people might think this was just a design mistake, but her costume was actually deliberate—it signifies how old she actually is.

Disney CharactersTangled (2010) - Walt Disney Pictures

65. He Was Too Terrifying For Disney

Tim Curry auditioned to play Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but unfortunately, most considered the former Dr. Frankenfurter just too terrifying for Disney. This was only two years before he played Pennywise the Clown in the horror film, It.

Darkest Roles Ever Played factsIt (1990), Warner Bros. Television

66. The Youngest Disney Baddie

Hans from Frozen is canonically 23 years old. This makes him the youngest ever Disney villain (If you don’t count Sid from Toy Story. I personally don’t; he was just a kid, and no one told him that toys were alive…).

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67. Hook Was Too Lovable

Walt Disney himself specifically ordered that Captain Hook not die at the end of Peter Pan. The iconic animator had an eye for hot intellectual property; he predicted fans would like this bumbling buccaneer, and that means Hook’s here to stay.

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68. Gaston's Quarter-Life Crisis

Gaston is only 25 years old. Honestly? That makes a lot of sense now that I think of it.

Disney CharactersBeauty and the Beast (1991) - Walt Disney Pictures

69. Gaston 2.0

Gaston was based on Beauty and the Beast co-screenwriter Linda Woolverton's ex-boyfriends. However, he was also based on the character of Avenant, a very similar bro-type from Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of the same fairy tale. Of course, Disney transformed him from Cocteau’s more foppish aristocrat suitor to the jock we know and hate.

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70. From Big Boss to Bad Bad

Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective was modeled after the CEO of Disney, Ron Miller. You can’t blame them: Miller was 6'6” and happened to be a former player for the Los Angeles Rams football team, so he cut a pretty imposing figure.

Disney Villains FactsThe Great Mouse Detective (1986), Walt Disney Pictures

71. The Price We Pay

The original design for Ratigan was originally more “thin, weasely, and ratlike.” However, the casting of Vincent Price as the voice actor inspired the animators to rework the character to better fit the famously sleek, expressive actor.

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72. He Was A "Car Salesman Type"

James Woods ad-libbed much of Hades' dialogue in Hercules. He was “based on a Hollywood agent, a car salesman type”—and he was hard to keep up with. The most difficult part of bringing the God of Death to life was getting the speed of his animation to match Wood’s fast-talking performance.

Greek Gods factsHercules (1997), Walt Disney Pictures

73. John Ratcliffe Comes From The History Books

To date, John Ratcliffe from Pocahontas is the only animated Disney villain to be based directly on a real historical person. That it, unless Ursula really is hiding beneath the waves and we've just never managed to find her.

Disney Villains FactsPocahontas (1995), Walt Disney Pictures

74. Iago's Other Personality

Iago was originally to be a serious, dignified British parrot. But then the smooth and sultry sounds of Gilbert Gottfried in Beverly Hills Cop II seduced the animators. Gottfried won the part, and the animation team even changed the parrot's design to give him a semblance of the actor’s half-lidded eyes and omnipresent teeth.

Disney Villains FactsAladdin (1992), Walt Disney Pictures

75. It's Just A Nickname

Although most of us know Minnie by her short and sweet nickname, her full name is actually Minerva Mouse.

Disney CharactersMickey

76. Dastardly Daycare

In the live-action Maleficent movie, three of Angelina Jolie’s children (Pax, Zahara, and Vivienne) make cameo appearances.

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77. Kaa Wasn't Always The Enemy

Poor snake can’t catch a break: Kaa in The Jungle Book was supposed to be Mowgli’s ally. In the Disney movie, he was demoted to side-antagonist.

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78. You Talking to Me?

Robert De Niro was John Lasseter’s first choice to play Hopper in A Bug’s Life. Unfortunately, De Niro repeatedly turned the part down. At the 1995 Oscars, Lasseter met Kevin Spacey, who enthusiastically signed on to the animated flick.

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79. The Evil Queen Had a Real Name

The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs actually has a name: She goes by “Grimhilde.”

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80. Woody Was A Ventriloquist Dummy

It's difficult to imagine Woody as anything other than an adorable cowboy doll—but horrifyingly, the initial concept envisioned him as a ventriloquist dummy.

Disney CharactersToy Story (1995) - Walt Disney Pictures

81. Disney's Repeat Offender

Eleanor Audley did the voices for Lady Tremaine in Cinderella, Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, and even Madame Leota in the famous Disneyland ride, The Haunted Mansion. That's a pretty good resume!

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82. The Truth Behind The Horns

The horns on Angelina Jolie’s costume in Maleficent were designed by professional fetishwear makers. Seems obvious now that I know.

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83. The Lion King Had A Creepy Side

The Madness of King Scar” was a deleted song in The Lion King. With Nala singing, it was centered around a creepy deleted encounter between her and Scar. According to leftover storyboards, Scar was thinking about his need for a mate and cubs to continue his line. He comes across Nala, who spurns his advances. At her rejection, Scar sends his hyenas to chase Nala off.
Although it was eventually reworked and included in Lion King: The Musical—with Scar, Zazu, the hyenas, and Nala singing—let’s be thankful, for our childhoods' sakes, that this cinematic courtship was left on the cutting room floor.

Lion King factsThe Lion King, Walt Disney Pictures

84. The Chorus Line

Among the all-stars who lined up to voice Ursula the Sea Witch were Bea Arthur, Roseanne Bar, and Elaine Stritch. The role ultimately went to Pat Carroll.

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85. Gaston's Altered Demise

If you’re “lucky,” you might come across the grittier ending of Beauty of the Beast, in which Gaston’s death is much less ambiguous and a little more graphic. Some cuts of the ending feature a shot of skulls in Gaston’s baby blue eyes as he plummets to his end at the film’s climax. In the script, the playboy also screams “Time to die!” at the Beast, instead of “Belle is mine!” but this was also cut for being too intense.

Disney Villains FactsBeauty and the Beast, Walt Disney Pictures

86. Gaston Got Off Easy

Gaston was supposed to die like Scar from The Lion King. In the original drafts for Beauty and the Beast, Gaston was meant to initially survive his fall off the cliff, only to be devoured by wolves. Disney deemed this death too gruesome for a human being. For fratricidal lions, though? Bon appetit.

Disney Villains FactsThe Lion King, Walt Disney Pictures

87. Hercules And Ariel Are Related

If you want to get technical about it, Hercules and Ariel are cousins. You see, Hercules is the son of Zeus, who is the brother of Poseidon, who fathered Triton—Ariel's father. I guess it's a small world after all.

Disney CharactersThe Little Mermaid (1989), Hercules (1997) - Walt Disney Pictures

88. Who Shot Bambi's Mother?

The hunter responsible for the demise of Bambi's mother was originally credited as "Man," but an early draft of Who Framed Roger Rabbit was going to reveal that her killer was in fact none other than Judge Doom!

Hollywood Villains FactsWho Framed Roger Rabbit, Touchstone Pictures

89. A Famous Screen Siren Inspired The Evil Queen

The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a combination of two different women: actresses Joan Crawford and Lucille LaVerne. The queen's unsettling gaze, strong jaw, and arched brows were a direct influence of the screen siren, Joan Crawford. However, Lucille Laverne not only lent her voice to the role, but her body movements were also a reference for the queen's dramatic transformation into the witch.

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90. Why Couldn't Dopey Speak?

Dopey is the famously mute character in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But this wasn't always the case. You see, initially, the script had many lines for him. The studio even hired the famous voice actor Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck) to bring Dopey to life. However, it just wasn't meant to be.

Walt Disney, unhappy with the recording, cut ALL of Dopey's lines. Blanc's voice is only audible whenever Dopey hiccups.

Disney CharactersSnow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) - Walt Disney Pictures

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