28 Disney Movies With Hidden Details You Probably Didn't Notice

Many of us enjoyed our childhoods watching classic Disney movies like The Lion King, Mulan, and The Little Mermaid and honestly can hardly imagine our lives without them. And our love of all things Disney remains the same even as we grew older.
Even if you think you know these movies by heart, the truth is that they're full of hidden little details that you may have skipped.
If you are an avid fan of Disney, we have a special treat for you. What's better than enjoying your snacks and searching for hidden treasures in Disney films thanks to the fantastic r/MovieDetails subreddit?
We watched these movies without noticing the hidden meanings in some of the scenes. However, these Redditors with a keen eye for detail, deserve a round of applause for spotting all the interesting elements that we don't even notice.
Scroll down to explore this collection of images from our favorite Disney movies and discover what we missed in our childhood!

#1 Anton Ego is a little bit fatter at the end of Disney/Ratatouille Pixar's (2007). This is particularly poignant given his declaration, "I don't like food, I love it... if I don't love it, I don't swallow."

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#2 According to the DVD commentary, Chicha from The Emperor's New Groove (2000) is the first pregnant female character to appear in a Disney animated feature film. She's also one of the few mothers in a Disney film who isn't killed off or villainized.

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#3 The watercolor backgrounds in Disney's "Lilo & Stitch" (2002) were used exclusively. The studio had some financial difficulties and was pursuing other ambitious projects, so they left the filmmakers to their own devices in Florida.

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#4 When Ariel saves Eric from drowning and sings to him in 'The Little Mermaid,' her hair is backlit, making it appear dark brown/black. It makes Eric's belief that the dark-haired human Ursula was the one who rescued him even more plausible.

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#5 Genie in Aladdin wears a Hawaiian shirt and Goofy hat near the end of the film as a tribute to Robin Williams' outfit in the 1989 MGM Studios short "Back To Neverland."

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#6 The Genie sings in Disney's 'Aladdin,' "Well, Ali Baba had forty thieves, Scheherazade had a thousand tales." Scheherazade had a thousand and one Arabian tales, one of which was the story of Aladdin.

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#7 In both the original animation and the live-action remake of Disney's Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, the same actress played the Fairy Godmother and the Red Queen. In the originals (1950, 1951), Verna Felton played both women, while Helena B. Carter played both women in the remakes (2010, 2015).

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#8 In Mulan (1998), Mulan is told that a girl can bring her family great honor in one way...by striking a good match. All of Mulan's victories over the Huns involved the use of explosives.

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#9 Figaro has a small "sandbox" next to his bed in Disney's Pinocchio (1940), which is only visible in one shot.

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#10 The wallpaper where Dr. Facilier's shadow is turned into crossbones in Disney's Princess and the Frog.

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#11 Nathan Lane, Timon's voice actor, improvised the line "What do you want me to do?"  "Dress in drag and do the hula?" appears in Disney's "The Lion King."   The director was so taken with the line that he decided to make a scene for it.

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#12 In Disney's Hercules (1997), the Fates tell Hades, "In 18 years precisely, the planets will align ever so nicely," but only show six planets. The Greeks were only aware of five planets (plus Earth) that they could see with their own eyes.

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#13 Tiana's father received the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross)—the US Army's second highest award for valor—in Disney's Princess and the Frog (2009). During WWI, African-American soldiers were frequently denied America's highest honor for bravery, the Medal of Honor.

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#14 In Tangled, after Mother Gothel says "I love you most," instead of kissing Rapunzel's forehead, she kisses her hair, which is her source of youth.

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#15 When Hercules first walks into Phil's cabin in Hercules (1997), he hits his head on the Argo's mast. Jason, the captain of the Argo, was killed in the original myth when the mast fell on his head.

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#16 In Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lilo believes Pudge the fish controls the weather. Her parents were killed in a car accident caused by treacherous rain, and she feeds him sandwiches to appease him, hoping that another accident will not happen like the one that killed her parents.

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#17 The adoption paper Nani signs in Lilo & Stitch (2002) is a thank you letter from the directors and producer to the people who helped make the film.

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#18 A villager foreshadows the chicken's failed attempt to consume Maui in Moana.

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#19 Mulan mentions ' punctuality' as one of the desirable qualities in a bride in Mulan (1998). This is a reference to Aladdin when the Genie unintentionally tells him to say 'Punctual.'

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#20 In Pinocchio (1940), when Jiminy Cricket opens a book to tell the story of Pinocchio, two other books that Disney would later animate are on the shelf: Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.

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#21 Rapunzel's lantern is the one lit by the queen and king in Tangled (her true parents). It was the only one with the royal symbol of the sun on it.

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#22 The Beatles were supposed to play the Vultures in The Jungle Book (1967). The band manager met with Disney and they created the images, but John Lennon denied the idea. Their appearance and Liverpool dialects remained, but the song was changed to a barbershop quartet.

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#23 Nala used her anti-pounce maneuver on Simba as a cub and a grown lioness in The Lion King (1994). Simba finally uses the maneuver when he fights Scar at Pride Rock.

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#24 The lions retract/extend their claws as needed in The Lion King... but Scar's claws are always out.

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#25 In The Princess and the Frog, when Tiana is on her way to her second job, the Magic Carpet from Aladin is the floor rug an old lady is shaking out.

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#26 The grain in the blu-ray version of Disney's Cinderella (1950) has been removed, as has some of the line work in some scenes.

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#27 Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two legendary Disney animators who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  (1937), appear in The Incredibles (2004).

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#28 The hook appears on Maui's body whenever he transforms into an animal in Moana.

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