Interesting Facts and Untold Secrets about Disney’s Cartoon World

All of us have grown watching on the staple diet of Disney cartoons and the cartoon characters are loved the world over.

Translated in almost 60+ International + regional languages and aired across the world, kids, as well as adults, have watched cartoons on their TV sets and still love talking about their favorite characters, but many don’t know the history behind these characters or who did the voice-overs for the cartoon characters. Let’s know Disney more closely today.

1.  Last fact from Disney’s kitty- Mickey mouse’s original name is Mortimer.

Walt Disney’s wife Lillian Disney suggested that “Mickey” would be a more appealing name for the character than Mortimer. Mickey as name resembles a tall, thin & active character also easy to market between people.

2.  Beatles voice for Vultures

The Beatles were offered roles in “The Jungle Book” as the voices of the vultures.

3. Disney sued for hyena’s negative marketing

Disney was once sued by a hyena biologist, for portraying hyena as evil in the movie “The Lion King”.

4. Jackie Chan is the Beast in China

Jackie Chan provided his voice both for speaking and singing in the Chinese(Mandarin) version of Beauty and the Beast. He played the part of the Beast.

5. First animated movie Oscar nomination

The first animated movie nominated for the best picture at the academy awards ever was Beauty and the Beast(1992).

6. Choice Review by Disney

Alicia Keys auditioned 3 times for the role of Tiana in “Princess and the Frog – 2010”. Beyonce Knowles refused to audition and instead wanted the role straight away.

7. Tom Cruise the living Aladdin of Disney

The principle inspiration for Disney’s Aladdin role was Michael J. Fox initially in Back to the Future series, but later Aladdin’s appearance was modeled after Tom Cruise.

8. The Spice Girls & Mighty Hercules

The muses in “Hercules” were initially to be voiced by the spice girls.

9. Thank God Toy story was not musical drama

Disney initially wanted to make “Toy Story” a musical movie, Like “The Lion King” & “Beauty And Beast”. Director John Lasseter’s different approach gave us what we have today.

10. All Most Popular Disney characters (1928 – 2017)

  1. Mickey mouse – Unbeatable Winner Since birth (First Appearance in 1928)
  2. Donald Duck
  3. Goofy
  4. Stitch
  5. Minne Mouse
  6. Pluto
  7. Tinkerbell
  8. Snow White
  9. Winnie the Pooh
  10. Cinderella.


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