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The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American media company mostly known for their animated movies created through Walt Disney Studios who have also branched out to create and purchase several cable and broadcast television channels. Not to be used for specific questions about individual Disney films unrelated to the intricacies of the Disney company as a whole.

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Did Disney's Mulan (1998) invent the "You bow to no one" moment?

Towards the end of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), the Hobbits bow to newly-crowned king Aragorn. He tells them they "bow to no one," kneels for the Hobbits, and then ...
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Were the musicians in Disney's Princess and the Frog part of a funeral procession?

At the beginning of Disney's 2009 animated feature film The Princess and the Frog there are several scenes that feature a troupe of musicians walking across the shot playing their instruments while ...
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Is George Lucas (via Lucasfilm Ltd.) still getting paid for new Star Wars movies and TV shows made by Disney?

After the Star Wars movies made by George Lucas, Disney started producing Star Wars movies and TV shows related to Star Wars characters. I know that George Lucas sold his Star Wars rights to Disney, ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for Donald Duck's voice?

Donald Duck is well known for his nearly unintelligible speech. Out of universe, this voice was the invention of actor Clarence Nash, and Walt Disney Studios selected it for Donald because the ...
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Why did Disney go from colour to black-and-white cartoons in the same year (1934)?

Disney's The Wise Little Hen was released in 1934. It's in full, nice colour. But Donald's next appearance, or at least the first time he is more like Donald Duck as we know him, is in Orphan's ...
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Why is Mickey's dog named Pluto?

I was looking into this myself, and Wikipedia brings up this quote by Ben Sharpsteen: We thought the name [Rover] was too common, so we had to look for something else. ... We changed it to Pluto the ...
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Why is the disney logo in Hercules the cgi intro while the Emperor's New Groove uses older logo?

I was re-watching The Emperor's New Groove and noticed that it used the old Disney castle intro where the castle is filled in on a blue background from the top down. This is different than the Disney ...
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Which Disney film reused the most animation from previous films?

We know Disney often reused animation from previous films. I'm curious to learn if the practice for worse over time, or that did perhaps faded away. Do we know which film reused the most animation? I ...
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How and why did Disney reuse animation?

I recently saw a video of Disney reused animation. This clearly shows lots of instances where Disney films reused animations from much earlier films, presumably in order to save cost or money. Why did ...
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When the singing voice is also the regular voice

In animated musicals (or animated films with some singing but not to the point of being a musical eg Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet), sometimes the singing voice of a character is going ...
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What company produced and owns The Lorax?

I've been looking around the internet and I've come across a very confusing dilemma. Did Walt Disney Productions produce The Lorax, or did Universal? (By way of Illumination Entertainment) The Lorax (...
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Why are Pluto and Goofy so different?

In the Disney Mickey Mouse world, Goofy and Pluto are both dogs. However, Goofy is anthropomorphic and verbal, whereas Pluto is not and is Mickey's pet. What gives?
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Is Hamilton the biggest film acquisition in history?

Coming from an article at Deadline with the headline, Disney Paid $75 Million For Worldwide Movie Rights To Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’; Biggest Film Acquisition Deal Ever? and then goes onto to ...
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Why is there no Disney logo in MCU movies?

On August 31, 2009, The Walt Disney Company announced a deal to acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion... I know that Disney acquired Marvel in 2009. But, why do they not display their logo ...
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Does Disney no longer produce hand-drawn cartoon films?

Over the past few years Disney has remade a lot of their hand-drawn films with either live-action or [modern] computer animation. Examples that immediately come to mind include: The Jungle Book, ...
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Why do so many Disney princesses end up marrying older men?

It's been established that quite a few Disney princesses end up meeting and marrying older men: How many Disney princesses end up with older men? These relationships seem problematic on the face of ...
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How many Disney princesses end up with older men?

Disney princesses are often quite young. Snow White: 14 Jasmine: 14/15 Ariel: 16 Aurora: 16 Mulan: 16 Merida: 16 Belle: 17 It seems like they often end up with older men. For example Aladdin has ...
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Did Disney ever consider adapting Dodie Smith's sequel to 101 Dalmations?

In 1961 Walt Disney adapted Dodie Smith's 1956 children's novel, The One Hundred and One Dalmatians into an animated feature film, 101 Dalmatians. In 1967 Smith wrote a sequel to her novel titled, ...
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Disney's common theme of villainesses

Many of Disney Animation Studios movies have had a common theme where the antagonist was a female. From the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, to Cruella DeVille in 101 Dalmations to the Wicked ...
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What led Disney Studios to release a film like Black Cauldron?

Looking through the list of films released by Disney throughout the years, its 25th film "The Black Cauldron" sticks out like a sore thumb. The imagery is so dark, the story so different from the ...
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Why does MCU and Netflix MCU differ so much in showing graphic content?

Disney has strict rules on showing graphic content in its movies. We see a lot less blood even if a character falls from a great height. But Marvel shows, especially on Netflix, have a lot of graphic ...
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Does Disney now own Howard the Duck, and why?

Howard the Duck is considered one of the worst films of all time. It was based on a Marvel Comics character, made into a movie by George Lucas in 1986. The movie was a failure both critically and ...
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Is there a categorization of Disney "classic" live-action movies similar to for animated movies?

For Disney animated movies, there is a subset of so-called "Disney Classics". These distinguish the really well-known/acclaimed films such as "The Lion King", "Snow White", "Aladdin", "Bambi" et al, ...
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Why are Frozen's Elsa and Anna excluded from the Disney Princesses franchise?

Disney Princess is a famous Disney franchise and most of Disney's famous princesses are part of it, including Merida from Brave and Rapunzel from Tangled. But why are Elsa and Anna from Frozen kept ...
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What properties did Disney buy from 21st Century Fox?

Disney bought some 21st Century Fox properties, which is quite hyped in the news all around and attracting jokes like these: Making fun of Xenomorph daughters being Disney princesses now :D But the ...
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Rights to "Gotham" and Batman after Fox's proposed sale?

According to the Wikipedia Gotham is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on characters published by DC Comics and appearing in the Batman franchise, primarily ...
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Why Flags are replaced with statue on disney logo building?

In Beauty and the Beast (2017), During opening scenes, Disney Logo used to have flags on building but this movie showed differently with statue of some winged man with spear in his hand on top of the ...
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What's the production process for songs for Disney animated musicals?

I've had a question on my mind since watching Moana (and listening to the soundtrack over and over). Like many Disney musicals, especially the animated ones, the lyrics of the songs often contain ...
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Is Disney redefining "true love"? Why?

Lately Disney seems to have changed the meaning of "true love" and the "true love kiss". For example in Frozen sisters' love broke the curse and in Maleficent the godmother's kiss broke Aurora's curse....
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Was there a production rule forbidding the depiction of parents in Disney shows such as Ducktales?

As long as I can remember, the parents of the characters in the Disney show Ducktales were sometimes referred to orally, but never depicted; similarly, I do not recall of any animation movie involving ...
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Why are most of the Disney Princess movies musicals?

What makes the format of a musical well suited for the Disney princess movies? Is this simply a case of repeating a template that was started with Snow White, or is there some specific artistic/...
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Why did Disney go with Netflix to air their Marvel's Defenders' series?

Netflix has some aired series from Marvel Studios, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. They will be continuing the partnership into the future and both series have been, according to Netflix, very ...
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Disney princess cross overs in Sofia the First

So far Sofia the First has featured many Disney princesses and associated characters1. Does this mean that all Disney princesses are part of the same world, is there some sort of magic portal between ...
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Why do kids shows have so many musical numbers

.....or why do shows for adults lack musical numbers? In watching TV with my nieces on Nickelodeon and Disney it seems that musical numbers are not uncommon. In contrast, except for shows dedicated ...
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Why do Mickey's ears rotate and shift location when he is not facing the camera?

I thought about this the first time I visited Disney Land. There I saw a 3D model of Mickey in real life. When he is not facing the camera, his ears are sideways, and appear as you'd expect them to ...
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Why do Disney and Pixar animated movies contain the 'A-113' easter egg?

I have noticed that many Disney and Pixar animated movies contain 'A-133' in some (random) places. For instance: Toy Story: A Bug's Life: Cars: Brave: Monster's University: Is there any ...
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Abstract art snuck into Disney film? [closed]

I remember reading an article about one of the animators or layout artists on a Disney animated film sneaking in one of their own original abstract paintings into a frame. I thought it was Bill Tytla,...
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Closing credits for Brave: subtle nods towards Tangled and Frozen?

The Frozen Theory is fascinating, and very interesting, but this question is not about that. Anyway, in the Brave end credits there seems to be quite a few six-pointed sun symbols shown in the ...
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Why don't we have more Disney prince stories?

I only know of a few Disney movies that center the story on a male royal lead: Robin Hood (sort of counts?) Hercules Aladdin The Lion King Atlantis (sort of?) I feel like it's been a long time since ...
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Why do Disney parents usually die?

It's well known that many animated Disney movie parents (at least one of a set) die, were never in the picture, or started the movie already dead. Is this just a financial thing (like in Toy Story), ...
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Why have Disney princess films post-2009 all started with the princess as a child?

Starting with The Princess and the Frog (2009), every Disney princess movie has included a scene where the princess is a child. The Princess and the Frog (2009) Tangled (2010) Brave (2012) Frozen (...
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What Disney animated film was the first to feature blood?

Yesterday, my buddies and I were watching the movie UP, and in the scene where Mr. Frederickson hits the worker for moving his mailbox, the worker moves his hand to reveal blood on his head. One of ...
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What's the significance of the Disney movie intro ident?

At the start of recent Disney movies, there's a short 30 second animation of a river with an old sailing ship, a bridge with a steam train and then the familiar Disney castle and fireworks. Is there ...
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