At the core of our love for animation, is a love for the hundreds of TV shows and movies that have been created over the course of the industry’s existence. Many reading this will have grown up enjoying classic features and shows from the likes of Disney and Dreamworks, and in honour of this, today we have dug up 6 little-known facts about some of the movies and characters that we all know and love so much.
The Lion King – it’s SFX, not SEX
First up, let’s set the record straight on this one. You may well have heard about how subversive Disney animators snuck the word “SEX” into a single frame in the iconic 90′s feature film. Well, it’s not true. In fact, the word you see written in the stars for a brief moment, is “SFX”, which stands for special effects.
Monster’s Inc – Sully’s insane body fur
Sully from Monsters Inc is one of the most memorable and beautifully animated characters we’ve seen, and that’s partly due to the startling detail with which his fur is animated. In fact, Sully has a total of 2, 320, 413 individually animated hairs. Consequently, each frame in which he is featured took 11 to 12 hours to animate.
Disney princesses are unaware of each other
The “Disney princess” is a staple character in most the company’s greatest features. Whether it be Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Snow White or Pocahontas, there is no denying that Disney knows how to create beautiful, regal, female characters. If you look at any of the famous Disney Princess merchandising, you will notice that whenever these characters share a frame, they always appear completely unaware of each other.
Legend has it that Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, was against the mass marketing of the Disney Princess outside of their own stories. He eventually allowed them to appear together, but on the condition that would always appear unaware of each other.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – infamous Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appearance
In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appear on-screen together. Their respective owners, Warner Bros and Disney, agreed to this on the condition that the two characters shared the exact same number of lines, and appeared on screen for the exact same amount of time, right down to the frame.
The origin of Popeye The Sailor Man
Iconic cartoon strong-man, Popeye, was created during the Great Depression in order to encourage people to eat spinach due to its high iron content, because many people could not afford meat, which was scarce at the time.
What do these two have in common?
Two of the most unlikely characters of all time share one startling similarity. Optimus Prime and Eeyore were voiced by the same person, Peter Cullen!