9 interesting Disney animation & character design facts

Bradley Wint
By: - 26th Mar 2014
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I’m sure many of us have seen many of Disney’s animated movies, most of which have pretty gripping story lines, teaching us some pretty decent values to live by in real life. Here are some facts from behind the scenes which range from interesting to mind boggling.


Walt Disney had to mortgage his house to help finance the production of Snow White, which eventually ran up a total cost of $1,488,422.74, a massive sum for a feature film in 1937. Adjusted for inflation, Snow White is still the highest grossing animated film of all time. To give Snow White a more natural look, some of the ink and paint artists started applying their own rouge on her cheeks. When Walt Disney asked one how they would apply the rouge correctly for each frame, she responded, “What do you think we’ve been doing all our lives?”

The scene in which Elsa walks out onto the balcony of her newly constructed ice palace in Frozen is 218 frames long, and includes the film’s longest frame to render. The single frame took more than 132 hours to complete (that’s more than five days).


Prince Naveen is purposely made to be racially ambiguous. He is from “Maldonia”, a fictional country.


Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its completion. The project was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.


The next animated feature to be released is Big Hero 6 (2014). It is the first Marvel owned story to be produced as an animation by Disney, and is set in the fictional city of “San Fransokyo”, a mash up of Tokyo and San Francisco.



Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent and Cinderella’s Lady Tremaine are both voiced by Eleanor Audley.


“Simba” literally means “Lion” in Swahili.


Originally, the peddler who introduces the movie would be revealed to be the Genie at the end – hence the fact that Robin Williams voiced him, too. Notice the similarities in the design of the two, especially the eyebrows, the beard, and the four-fingered hands. (All the other human characters have five fingers.)


Glen Keane, 30 year Disney animator, created his own animal hybrid for the design of the beast by combining the mane of a lion, the beard and head structure of a buffalo, the tusks and nose bridge of a wild boar, the heavily muscled brow of a gorilla, the legs and tail of a wolf, and the big and bulky body of a bear. Glen Keane recently said in an interview that “Beast actually has a rainbow bum but nobody knows that but Belle.”

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