Many of Disney’s movies are based on fairy tales and folk tales. This means no one is expecting accuracy when it comes to these films. But in 1994, Disney wanted to make “The Lion King” as accurate as possible. As accurate as a drama about talking lions could be, of course.
According to a study they did on lions, there’s no way a pride will have more than one adult lion. Each pride has only one alpha male. This means that Scar and Mufasa can’t actually be brothers. In order to make sure the story made sense but was still factually accurate, Disney announced that the two were stepbrothers.
The (Chess) Queen is Dead
"Frozen" (2013) was a cultural phenomenon no one could predict. The movie had great characters, infectious songs, and a revolutionary plot. No matter how hard we tried, we just couldn't let it go (see what we did there?). But, despite watching it several times, there's a great chance you missed one symbolic scene.
In the scene, Hans states that Elsa has died. Broken Olaf looks out the window, while, to his right, there is a chessboard. A gust of wind comes in through the window and knocks over the white queen, who symbolizes none other than Elsa. Luckily, Elsa didn't actually die.
Tag, You're It
"Soul" (2020) was the first Disney-Pixar movie to feature a Black man as its main character. The movie tells his story as he tries to teach young 22 why life is worth living. 22 has had many mentors, but no one could help her. In one scene, we can see the name tags of all of 22's past teachers.
This scene calls for a full-on easter egg hunt. You can spot famous names like Johnny Cash and Albert Einstein. If you look closely, you'll also be able to notice that some names are in foreign languages, and some of them are nods to the animators who worked on this masterpiece.
Today, Pixar is one of the world's most successful animation studios. Before they became a household name, they made an animated short called "Luxo, Jr." The short features a yellow ball with a blue stripe and a red star.
The ball was named Luxo ball, and Pixar has included it in many of its features since. It is said that they incorporate it to remind themselves where they came from; just a small studio no one heard of.
Did Gaston actually die? If you remember "Beauty And The Beast," you'll know we never actually saw the sleazy guy's death. In his final scene, Gaston falls, but he was never actually seen landing, so is he alive or dead?
There's a great chance we'll never know, as nobody wants to show a character dying in a children's movie. But, one clue you might have never seen can be found in one of the film's deleted scenes. You can see little skulls in Gaston's eyes in the scene, signifying that he is indeed dead.