Saturday, August 6, 2011

Disney Movie Trivia, Part 1

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937
- First full-length animated feature film to be made in Technicolor
- Won an Academy Honorary Award for Walt Disney
- Fifty ideas for the dwarfs' names and personalities were listed in the film's proposal; the list included all of the names finally included except Dopey and Doc (Dopey being the last to be developed). Some of the dwarfs were: Awful ("He steals and drinks and is very dirty"), Biggy, Blabby, Deefy, Dirty, Gabby, Gaspy, Gloomy, Hoppy-Jumpy, Hotsy, Jaunty, Nifty, and Shifty. Sneezy was a last-minute replacement for Deefy.
- Was the first film to ever have a soundtrack recording album released for it.
- Grumpy has the biggest nose of all the dwarfs
- Pinto Colvig, who voiced Sleepy and Grumpy, was the voice of Goofy.
Pinocchio, 1940
- Was not a financial success when originally released
- First animated film to win in a competitive category
- During the musical number "When You Wish upon a Star," when a spotlight is seen on Jiminy Cricket, one is able to see two books to the left of the screen, which are "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland." Walt Disney would create these stories for the big screen in 1953 and 1950, respectively.
- Jiminy Cricket required 27 different colors.
Fantasia, 1940
- When Igor Stravinsky (the only featured composer still living in 1940) was contacted about the rights to use "The Rite of Spring," he offered to compose a completely new piece for Walt Disney. This was not taken, and Stravinsky hated Leopold Stokowski's re-orchestration and re-organization of the piece.
- Bela Lugosi served as a live-action model for Chernabog, the demon in "Night on Bald Mountain."
- The name of the dancing hippo in the "Dance of the Hours" segment is Hyacinth, the Ostrich is Mlle. Upanova, and the alligator is Ben Ali Gator.
Dumbo,1941
- The only Disney animated feature film that has a title character who doesn't speak.
- The first Disney animated feature (and still one of the very few) to be set in America.
- Mrs. Jumbo (Dumbo's mother) only speaks once when she says Dumbo's original name.
Bambi, 1942
- Former Beatle Paul McCartney has credited the shooting death of Bambi's mother for his initial interest in animal rights, an example of what has been called the Bambi effect
- The character of Thumper (called Bobo in the first draft) does not appear in Felix Salten's original novel. He was added by Walt Disney to bring some much-needed comic relief to the script.
Cinderella, 1950
- Not only is the name of the Prince never revealed, he is nowhere in the film mentioned as "Prince Charming"
- The first film to be worked on by the legendary "Nine Old Men" of the Disney animation department.
Alice in Wonderland, 1951
- The Doorknob was the only character in the film that did not appear in Lewis Carroll's books.
- Composed of more than 350,000 drawings and paintings.
Peter Pan, 1953
- Although original author J.M. Barrie is credited, this is the only major film version of "Peter Pan" which uses little of his original dialogue
- Many Peter Pan purists were very upset by the characterization of Tinker Bell as a petulant (and voluptuous) young woman
Lady and the Tramp, 1955
- The studio's first officially self-penned story since Dumbo (1941).
- Hiring Peggy Lee arguably was the first instance of a superstar voice being used for an animated film.
- Walt Disney originally didn't want to include the 'Bella Note' spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the whole Disney canon.
Sleeping Beauty, 1959
- Although she is the title character, Princess Aurora (as an adult) only appears in the film for 18 minutes.
- The last fairy tale produced by the studios until The Little Mermaid
- The prince is named after Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
101 Dalmatians, 1961
- Someone counted all black spots in the movie, frame-by-frame, and reached the total of 6,469,952
-The birth of the puppies actually happened to the author Dodie Smith. Her dalmatians had 15 puppies, one was born lifeless and her husband revived it. However, they sold most of them, and kept only a small number

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