11 Hidden Details That Could Make You See Your Favorite Cartoons Differently
Movie directors and scriptwriters are not the only people who love leaving Easter eggs in their work. So do the creators of animated films and cartoons. So, your opinion about your favorites might change after you read this article.
Bright Side has found a few interesting stories which will probably inspire you to watch your favorite cartoons: who knows, maybe you will find some Easter eggs yourself?
1. What are the chickens from Chicken Run hiding?
In Chicken Run, every character has some kind of an accessory on their neck — a necklace, a scarf, or something else. There’s a reason why: the chickens in this claymation movie, or, rather their models, were made of clay dough, and they were supposed to be able to turn their heads. To hide the junction, the animators came up with this brilliant idea.
2. Why the first curly princess took so long to appear?
In the beginning, the creators of The Little Mermaid were going to give Ariel beautiful curly hair. Unfortunately, in 1989, the computer graphics weren’t good enough to make it happen.
That’s why the first curly-haired Disney princess was Mèrida from Brave and it took until 2012 to happen. It took three years to create a special simulator which could predict the behavior of 50 curls. Just imagine: the scene where Mèrida takes off her hood and the curls fall out, took 2 months to create!
3. The secret of Coco that few people noticed.
Coco has a few interesting references. For example, on the street of the Mexican town where the main character lives, you can see big toys — Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody from Toy Story.
Another scene where the main character passes by a table with toys shows the shark, Nemo, and Dory from Finding Dory.
4. Mufasa and Scar weren’t brothers.
It turned out that the creators of The Lion King hid one important fact: according to their words, Mufasa and Scar were not brothers, but rather two lions who lived in the same pride. According to the creators, in nature when a leader of a pride gets old, a new stronger and younger lion appears, so they wanted to use this fact from real life. And that was the moment when they realized that Mufasa and Scar weren’t brothers. For some reason, they didn’t tell the viewers about this for a long time.
So, that death scene is not quite as tragic, but it’s still painful to watch.
5. There is an interesting reference in Inside Out.
And here is another Pixar animation where attentive viewers can see several Easter eggs planted from other animations. One of them appears in the very beginning of the animation when the main character is driving across the country with her parents to their new home. You’ll notice a few round birds sitting on the wires: they look exactly like the characters from the short animation For the Birds.
6. The secret of success of Disney animations
Disney hides a Mickey Mouse toy in almost every new animation. Like, in Zootopia, the toy was in the stroller, and in Frozen it was on a bookshelf. Some people say that this is the reason why everyone loves the works of Disney. Who knows, maybe it’s true.
7. Zootopia’s announcements of new releases
In one of the scenes of Zootopia, we are shown a real collection of Disney animations with changed titles, according to the rules of the animal world. In this scene, you’ll notice the DVDs of Big Hero 6, Tangled, Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, and also the animations that haven’t been released yet: Frozen 2 (slated for 2019), and Gigantic (slated for 2018).
8. Snow White could have been blonde.
In the beginning, the creators planned to make Snow White blond, but later they decided to change their decision to stay true to the book — in the tale of the Brothers Grimm, she had dark hair.
Also, all the dwarfs could have had different names, but they changed that decision too.
By the way, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, despite popular rumor, was not the first animation in history but, unlike its predecessors, it actually had sound and color.
9. Where did the sculptures from Beauty and the Beast come from?
Everyone probably remembers the scary monsters of the castle of the Beast. The sculptures look especially terrifying at the beginning of the cartoon when Belle is walking around the castle. As it turns out, the sculptures are the early versions of the Beast which were drawn by the animation artists.
10. Shrek has a real prototype.
The word “Shrek” means “terror” in German, but everyone knows that it’s hard to find a kinder person than this green ogre. As it turns out, the character has a prototype — a French wrestler named Maurice Tillet.
He had a rare disease which caused his bones to grow bigger and become wider especially in his face. Tillet was very successful at sports, he spoke 5 languages fluently, and he learned to treat his unusual appearance with humor.
11. The Incredibles are not good with capes.
In Pixar’s The Incredibles, during the wedding scene, you can see Edna, who you might know is strongly against capes on superhero costumes. And the funny thing is that behind her, there are four characters who were let down by their capes in very different ways.
For example, Thunderhead accidentally took a flight on a missile when his cape caught the missile’s part.
Stratogirl was a little too close to a plane turbine and got sucked in.
Meta-man suffered when riding an elevator up the shaft — his cape caught a piece of metal.
And Dynaguy failed his takeoff “thanks” to his cape.
So, there is a reason why Edna doesn’t like capes!
Which of these facts amazed you the most? Do you know any other similar facts about animations? Share them in the comment section below!