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10 Historical Events That Are Intentionally Inaccurate in Disney Movies

Taking history as an inspiration for movies is a usual thing in Disney. However, this obviously brings both good and bad sides for viewers, especially children. Real history with Disney fantasy film style helps them in accessing history lessons more excitingly and raises their hope for a better world. But a downside is that they get their history mixed up as a result.

However, because of keeping their style, Disney has sacrificed the accuracy of historical events to create a true fairytale. So “should we call them mistakes?” is based on what we bias. Below are 10 times Disney ignore history and create wonderful magic stories. Don’t wait. Scroll down and check whether you have realized them!

#1 Pocahontas and John Smith didn’t fall in love with each other

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At the time of Pocahontas meeting John Smith, she was just about 11 years old, while John himself was 27 and there was no love story between them. They spent time teaching each other their own languages.

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She was said to marry another man later, whose name is John Rolfe. And this was the first marriage recorded between a European and a Native American.

#2 Mulan’s plan of pretending a man was supported by her parents and there was no one in the army realizing her real gender

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In the animated version of Disney, Mulan was a real story of a Chinese woman having the same name. However, to emphasize her filiality, and make the story more touching, Disney decided to change the story a bit. Mulan in real life was known to know how to fight before she got into the army because she had learned it since she was little. And her family also supported what she did.

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In addition, she served in the army for over a decade and was praised many times, but her gender hadn’t been revealed until she was back home and everyone just realized when watching her wearing women’s clothes

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You might not know the fact that Mulan actually had a brother because it wasn’t mentioned in Disney. In fact, her father was too old and her brother was too small, so she decided to serve in the army. But in the Disney version, her brother still was there… as Mulan’s little dog’s name Little Brother.

#3 In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, extinct animals are shown for a reason

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In the action in Atlantis: The Lost Empire in 1914, we could see Coelacanths, which were known to be extinct at the time. However, we found them once again in 1938. The situation correlates with the lost city of Atlantis itself, which wasn’t believed to be true.

#4 Tiana couldn’t marry Naveen or open a restaurant

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In the early 1990s in New Orleans, it was not impossible for a black girl like Tiana to open her own restaurant and marry a white man (Naveen) were illegal.

#5 The dancing of Aurora and Felipe in the final scene was inappropriate

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In Sleeping Beauty’s final scene, Felipe gently puts his arm around Princess Aurora’s waist in their dancing. But at that time, 14th century, it was not appropriate. It was only fine for a boy and a girl to touch their hands while dancing.

#6 Jasmine’s clothing doesn’t fit into the era

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In the around 4th-7th century, Arabian girls wore in a more conservative way, even their faces were covered but their eyes. Therefore, Jasmine’s clothing was not appropriate at the time.

#7 Aladdin’s dream was not suitable

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At the beginning of the movie, Aladdin told Abu about his dream that he could live in a castle, but that was what exactly happened later. But we could think that Disney was trying to express a modern view and deliver a message that everyone should raise their hope for a better life.

However, in fact, the thought was what never come to mind to a person who has been living on the street at the time. It’s because those who were poor since they were born would never have any chances to change their life. They knew this and probably they couldn’t imagine or dream of a different life

#8 In Dinosaur, lemurs couldn’t raise the dinosaur

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Dinosaurs and Lemurs and all other primates didn’t live in the same era because Lemurs and all other primates first appeared millions of years after the dinosaur era. Therefore, it’s impossible for lemurs to raise a dinosaur.

#9 Hercules’ origin is slightly different than what was shown

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In the movie, it was shown that Hercules is the son of Zeus and Hera, who were living in pretty idyllic conditions. However, according to the myths, Hercules is the son of Zeus and a mortal girl, which made Hera very jealous. She hated Hercules, made his life difficult from an early age, and it was her, not Hades, who wanted to kill Hercules.

Telling the whole truth, Megara also had a different, less fascinating story. She was a princess and the daughter of Creon, king of the Greek city-state Thebes, who offered Hercules the chance to marry his oldest daughter after he helped to defeat their rivals.

#10 Hercules killed Megara and their children

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According to the myth, after taking a trip to the underworld and returning, he found out that Lycus has taken his throne and had an intention to kill his family. But Hera convinced him that his sons were actually Lycus’s children, so in a rage, Hercules killed the kids and Megara.

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