These facts are what set them apart and may bring a whole new perspective to the character.
There is a lot of work that goes into the production of any film which is even more so in the case of animation. From conceptualizing to the end product a lot of in-depth research and labor goes into bringing out the finished product we all see. None of these intricate factors ever get any attention after they become a part of a bigger picture. But sometimes these facts are what set them apart and may bring a whole new perspective to the character.
Here are some obscure facts about animated characters that you may not have come across:
Loisa May Alcott's novel Little Women had an onscreen adaptation way back in 1933 and Jo March from the novel was portrayed by Katharine Hepburn. The 1991 Disney adaptation of the Beauty and Beast to an animated film, sought inspiration from the 1933 Little Women movie and modeled Belle after Jo March. The original stories written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and Alcott respectively were published nearly a century apart.
If you have watched the film you will know that the crab's name from The Little Mermaid is actually Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian. Or Sebastian for short.
Frozen has been a blockbuster hit. It is the highest-grossing Disney princess movie but there are only 12 Disney princesses listed on the Disney website but Elsa and Anna do not get a spot on the roster. The reason for this is because the two Frozen films have been so successful. The films are so successful that Frozen became a franchise of its own and does not need the tag of Disney princess to support it.
There was a rampant rumor that Donald Duck was banned in Finland because he did not wear pants and romped around with Daisy Duck even though the two were unmarried. This moral policing rumor picked up steam and with media covering it unverified has become sort of an urban legend of sorts. In reality, Helsinki found itself in a financial crunch back in the 70s and the local political party suggested discontinuing its purchase of Donald Duck comics and redirecting it to other activities. This step was misinterpreted.
Pixar has always indulged in leaving Easter eggs in its movies. One of the clues left in Ratatouille is when Remy is being barked at by a dog. We only see the shadow but it very much looks like Dug from Up. Ratatouille came out in 2007 and Up was released two years later in 2009.
The martial arts legend has voiced two iconic Disney characters. In the Chinese version of Beauty and the Beast, Jackie Chan voiced the Beast, and in the Chinese version of Mulan, he dubbed Captain Li Shang.
Former studio archivist and a curator for the official Disney fan club D23, Steven Vagnini revealed during the 60th anniversary of the film that the iconic scene almost didn't happen. "As you can imagine, if you have two pets and they eat a plate of spaghetti, it’s hard to envision that being too graceful," he explained. But animator Frank Thomas managed to make it happen by working up a rough version to convince Disney.
Optimus Prime, the alien Autobot, and Eeyore the depressed donkey from Pooh have something in common that Nintendo's Mario does too. They were all voiced by the same person, Peter Cullen.
Shrek was not imagined as the green ogre as we know him today. Initially, he was supposed to look even more ogre-like with a red nose, long tiny ears, missing teeth, and sandals. He was also supposed to live in a dump and not a swamp.
Initially, the makers of Ice Age had planned to kill off Diego. But they brought him back to life in the final cut because it was too depressing for the kids in the test audiences.