Disney has worked its way into our hearts one fantastic movie at a time. Being as successful a business as it is now, it's hard to think that they were once struggling and almost closed the door to their animation studios on various occasions. Yet, they've persisted through it all and become so ingrained in society that it's really hard to imagine what the world would be like without them. Since we're celebrating Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday this year, it seems only fitting to celebrate both the good and the bad the company has seen over the years.
For this list, when we say bad, we simply mean things that are so wrong with a movie that it almost breaks the universe. However, because most of us have sold our childhoods to the House of Mouse, we are of course more willing to hold our suspension of disbelief. That's not to say we can't have some fun every once in a while and poke some holes in the plots of our favorite movies. While there are occasionally in-universe answers for these points, it takes a lot of belief to put them out of our minds.
While I personally love Disney movies, I also love playing this game (occasionally during a viewing—much to my family's chagrin). Still, what is love if you can't see it for the wins and the flaws? Here's a small collection of 25 mistakes we tend to forgive in Disney movies for your reading pleasure.
25 Calling ALL Heroes
When the earth is in trouble, it's in trouble. As superheroes, Marvel characters are supposed to heed the call. Many of them live in or around New York at the time that many of the standalone movies occur. For example, the only thing stopping Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow from helping Spider-Man is legalese. Sure, we have the Avenger movies now, but imagine how much easier any fight can be when a superhero is able to call in literally any one of their friends?
24 A Lion Hypocrite?
For a benevolent king like Mufasa who teaches his son Simba the Circle of Life, it sure does boggle minds that he doesn't seem to live by that same philosophy. Mufasa is only ever seen with Sarabi and Scar, as far as lions go.
But if you look at his two most trusted advisers, you see a monkey and a bird. The circle of life would dictate that Zazu and Rafiki be in a much lower standing than advisers, and yet they get to see another day. Are Zazu and Rafiki immune from the Circle of Life?
23 A Super Double Helix
After The Incredibles sequel earned all of the usual Disney accolades, fans of the movie found themselves searching the plot for the quirky holes. One I've been wondering about for a while is how the genetics work. In the first one, they didn't even know if Jack Jack would get powers at all. So what gene determines if or what powers someone gets? Are there reasons for the powers, or is it just random? Imagine a family who only had super strength. That wouldn't be as incredible, but still pretty cool.
22 Okay To Skip Leg Day?
Okay, Hercules is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, so I can't rag on it too much But think of this—having an immortal as a parent can cover up a lot of plot holes. In Herc's case, though, it makes a pretty big one. We know that he got his super strength because of his godly heritage. We also know he needs to train with Phil to refine his raw power and get focus. But does lifting weights and other kinds of training actually help? His strength is near magic, not earned.
21 The Root Of The Problem
Another one of my favorite movies (and book series) is Tarzan. He is the king of the African jungle and is able to basically do as he wants there. One of the ways he is able to get from point A to point B is sliding on the moss-covered trees. I know moss can help make the branches slick, and that by never wearing shoes Tarzan's feet must be super rough. But you can't tell me that he can move so smoothly along the branches. Physics won't account for it, and neither will I!
20 Diamonds In The Rough
This one is more on the Disney company than on the fans because the fans remember films like Atlantis and Treasure Planet. These movies had absolutely beautiful animation, really good voice work, and some pretty unique take on old myths and tales.
The glaring problem we won't admit to is how sad we are to have seen them only get fifteen minutes of fame. They deserved a lot more than what they got. Unfortunately, because they didn't bring in the revenue other movies did, they have been cast aside to be forgotten.
19 Room For 101 More?
Roger and Anita from the classic 101 Dalmatians had a fairly large home, that's for sure. They were able to keep fifteen puppies and their parents comfortably, so you have to imagine that they're well off. But do you remember that their happy ending included adopting the other 84 puppies? Forget how much it would take to feed all of them. Dalmatians are a breed that needs a lot of attention and exercise. There's no way that's an actual happy ending for the dogs or the humans.
18 I Need Answers!
In Toy Story 2, Andy's mom tells Al that Woody is an old family toy and is not for sale. Given that Woody would likely have been made way before Andy was even born, we have to wonder who his first owner is and why he never talks about them. We know Jessie very lovingly remembers Emily. The point of the matter is that there is a serious time gap in Woody's memory between his creation and Andy. This brings up so many questions about his coming to life that I didn't realize I needed answers to.
17 The Gift Of Tongues
One of the bare necessities of any good relationship is communication. When you know how the other person is feeling, you're more able to be a help instead of a hindrance.
So how then, is Mowgli able to understand literally all of the animals he meets in the forest? In some adaptations, he is able to more or less see their body language and take it from there, but Disney gave us talking animals. Mowgli being able to understand the animals is awfully convenient.
16 Another World
I am not all that caught up on fishing laws in Australia, so I'm not sure if this is by the book or not, but it seems to me that Dr. Sherman in Finding Nemo could be charged with poaching, should you find the right attorney. He gets his fish for Darla not from a store, but from the ocean itself. One man doing it may be harmless enough topside. But think of the effects on the food chain if more people had the same notion. He should know by now Darla is a terror to animals.
15 Don't Be Gone Too Long
Mary Poppins is a wonderful movie based on a great book with a charming presence, coming back to theaters quite soon. While I'm not quite sure how I like Emily Blunt as Mary (love Lin-Manuel Miranda as Bert!), the movie does beg the question—how often does Mary Poppins show up around London so that she and Bert have a good relationship? We see that she never stays very long in one place, and takes a while to warm up to. So how in demand can she really be? Mary Poppins has impeccable timing!
14 A Shoe-Horned Ornament
I think it's safe to say with the flop that was Solo, Disney will be shying away from taking our favorite characters and effectively ending them. Another thing Solo did for the Star Wars universe (in a tag team with The Last Jedi) was try to give significance to something no one really noticed or cared about. The item here, of course, is the set of dice found in the aforementioned movies. They were treated like they had been special, but it doesn't work if most of your viewers didn't even notice them originally.
13 Another Plot Twist
If you want to see a full explanation on this topic, click here to watch a film essay about why Hans wasn't the villain of Frozen. Hans being the villain of the movie is what they want to you to think, but honestly, it doesn't make much sense. The fact that he turned bad sure is convenient for story telling from a far distance, but because it's the easier explanation, fans sometimes forget that it seems Disney done goofed. I personally thought he could be a more interesting character, and I hope Disney will think before doing the sequel.
12 You Can't Handle The Truth
Moana was a fun film, and I loved the music from it. It was a fun romp with Moana and Maui, and the work that it took really shines through. One part that we all chalk up to movie magic, though, is Moana's food supply.
How did Moana survive on that little food?
When she leaves, we see her have some, which means you know she thought about what she packed. However, that makes you wonder how it survived the boat crashing so much, as well as how long she was actually at sea.
11 Seeing Is Remembering?
Coco was an excellent movie and fits very well in with the Disney company. This idea isn't a new one, but it's one that people ask and then quickly forget because the answer is a little depressing. If a picture is required for someone who has passed to come back to the land of the living on Dia De Los Muertos, does that mean that anyone who passed before cameras are forever barred? Surely there's some loophole somewhere that someone has exploited.
10 The Eye Of The Beholder
Snow White was the first full-length film and a classic to this day. It helped put Disney on the books and gave people a chance to forget about the great depression for a while. One of the biggest points of the movie is how beautiful Snow White is.
If fair is nice, how could the queen be bad?
But one must wonder what criteria the mirror was using to decide who is the fairest. Of course it's easy to say that the beauty is on the inside, but that means the queen was once the nicest people. Weird.
9 Almost There
At the end of the story, Tiana got both her restaurant and a happy ending. Naveen learned the value of hard work and Tiana's Place was the talk of the town. Except the only problem is realized at the very beginning of the movie, when the picture of Tiana's father gives us an idea of what time period it is—the roaring 20s. It's a fun romp in the time period that completely ignores the looming Great Depression. As much as we want to see our heroes succeed, chances are slim.
8 Wreck That Logic
I think that even children know by now that arcade machines are so old that they can't have many of the same technologies that we have in the modern day. The biggest stretch of the imagination is that power strips can act as a central hub for the characters that inhabit the games they're connected to. No one talks about it, because then the movie can't happen. But surely there could be some other way. I mean, I don't think Final Fantasy had arcade systems (there's an easter egg that says 'Aerith Lives,' so it must be in-universe).
7 An Odd History
If you watch the Honest Trailer for Zootopia, they mention a group of Disney videos that are changed to have animals as the protagonists. So that brings to light that the Zootopia universe has their own Disney studios.
Disney is getting everywhere, even the animal kingdom.
So then what do they think about stories like Lion King or Jungle Book? Are they historical? Are they fantasy? There's a lot to unpack there, and honestly, Disney could do well by selling an animal version of their movies as presented in this adventure.
6 New Breed?
One of my favorite movies more recently is Lilo And Stitch. I love the bond Lilo and Stitch share, and the adventure they go on. But one thing that always made me confused was that everyone seems to just accept that Stitch is a dog. I know of no breed that looks even close to him. A monkey is the closest thing I can think of that he looks like except for his ears. It makes sense that people would say dog to help them to keep things logical in their minds.
5 A Childish Beast
One of the things I have always had a problem with Beauty and the Beast is the fact that according to the music, Beast was only around 11 when the sorceress came. (Of course this is referring to the original. The live action movie fixed a few of these things.) Not only does it make no sense that Beast himself would answer the door, but that all of his servants would be punished with him. All in all, it's safe to say that the sorceress is the real villain here.
4 A Jump Ahead
At the very end of The Emperor's New Groove, Yzma is miraculously saved by a trampoline that got set up in front of the palace. The guard said that he didn't order it. So who did?
Yzma is lucky there was a mistake in the system.
And why did the guy set it up when he was repeatedly told they didn't want it? The joke had to work though, and the only way it was going to is if it were to remain a mystery as to who actually ordered the trampolines.
3 The Real Villain
Out of all of the villains Disney has created over the years, all of them have done some pretty harsh deeds. But technically none of them have actually done much physical damage to the protagonist or someone they love. Except for one—the hunter who ended the life of Bambi's mother. While most other mothers in Disney are gone before the movie starts, we get to meet the queen of the forest and fall in love with her. It makes her loss have more of an impact.
2 The Worst Princess
Brave is one of my least favorite Disney movies of all time. I love the setting and quite literally all of the male characters. But Merida is such a nuisance. She whines way too much, she's rude and worst of all—she doesn't even go through her own little coming of age.
Merida didn't change during her adventures.
The idea of character development is that the hero changes from beginning to end. Sure she's willing to listen to her mom a little more, but she got what she wanted without having to give much up.
1 Never A Friend Like Him
Aladdin is like many of the Disney renaissance films. It had amazing music and a decent story. If you don't think about the consequences, you'll find a happy ending for everyone. Ignoring the second and the third videos since they were direct to VHS, Aladdin and Jasmine have an unhappy marriage ahead. Think about it—Aladdin is a pathological liar. He's also in line to become the most powerful man in the country with no repercussions. That's a dangerous combination. Unfortunately, I don't see him changing much.