When you think of Disney, you think of all the classic animated movies that they’ve produced throughout their storied history. But something that Disney don’t want you to think of is the visual anomalies that can crop up from time to time. Because for all their stunning graphical work and jaw-dropping artistic merit, it takes just one mistake for audiences’ suspension of disbelief to falter. And so with that said, let’s delve into some of the studio’s most glaring errors, as we count down 20 embarrassing movie mistakes that Disney didn’t want you to spot.
The heart-warming 2016 animation Moana certainly stands as one of Disney’s best new endeavors, but did you catch some of the eye-rolling visual mistakes? The most glaring of these has to be the scene where the fish gets washed ashore. Because if you look closely, the prints left by the scaly little fellow suddenly disappear in the next shot. Hmm, something fishy is certainly afoot…
A major continuity issue can be seen in the famous ’90s animation Pocahontas. Look closely in the scene where Pocahontas and her buddy approach a camp while holding hands, and you’ll notice that their shadows depict something rather different. Yes, their silhouettes show no contact between the two, which is quite an eyebrow-raising mistake to make.
18. Monsters Inc.
Ah, Monsters Inc. What a phenomenal kids’ animation. However, that’s not to say this movie isn’t without its visual blunders. No, in fact, the sequence where Mike patches up his boo-boos is alarmingly wrong. His hands miraculously go from having no band aids to having scores of them in the next shot. We’ve heard of quick handiwork before, but this just takes the cake.
Aladdin is still a popular film among kids, but did you spot the awful mistake when Jasmine is locked up by Jafar? As the heroine tries to fool Jafar into thinking she’s now under his control, a gold bracelet can be seen on her right arm. However, when the villain pushes her to the ground, the jewelry inexplicably moves to her left arm. Weird!
16. Toy Story 2
Despite being a great sequel to the fantastic original, Toy Story 2 is also in our cross hairs. Why? Well, it’s because of one scene featuring Rex and Ham trying to turn the television off. The pair finally manage it after several frantic attempts, however, the reflection on the TV doesn’t show the two sitting in front of it. Doh!
15. Lilo & Stitch
Lilo & Stitch kicks off with an unintentional disappearing act. The scene – featuring Lilo taking hula lessons –depicts two drummers at the side banging on yellow, vase-like instruments. Cut to the next shot, however, and the drummer on the right is now clutching some red bongos. David Blaine would be impressed.
A sword’s not the sort of weapon that can easily be concealed, which makes this eye-popping error from Frozen all the more idiotic. The character Hans uses his sword quite a bit in the movie, but where exactly does he put it? Well, nowhere, if the movie is to be believed. It’s there, it’s not, it’s there, it’s not… well, you get the picture.
13. Beauty and the Beast
How this one made it past editing is anyone’s guess. From Beauty and the Beast, the portrait of the prince on the wall is bafflingly wrong. Because despite the fact that he would only have been 10 years old, the picture shows Prince Adam as a grown man. A beastly error we say.
12. Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-it Ralph is Disney at its finest, but most editors would cringe at some of the discrepancies littering this 2012 animation. Take, for example, the scene in which Vanellope Von Schweetz crashes her kart. She spits her tooth out, yet somehow, it’s back in place shortly thereafter. Teething problems for sure.
Get your eagle eye at the ready for this shocking mistake from Zootropolis. In the scene in which Judy answers the phone to her parents, the time at the top of the device clearly says 8:40. However, despite the conversation only lasting a couple of minutes, the time on the phone then states 9:44. Now that’s some serious number fudging.
10. The Jungle Book
There’s nothing quite like self-mending items, but it appears they only exist in animated movies. Take The Jungle Book for example. In one scene Colonel Hathi is giving his army a once over and he rests his huge weight on a stick, causing it to snap. Despite this, however, the stick is back to normal in the following shots. Some of the entries here are subtle. But the self-fixing branch? Yeah, not so much.
Disney’s Ratatouille released to widespread critical acclaim, but it wasn’t without its mistakes. If you look closely during the scene where Remy is watching TV, for example, you might notice a small continuity error. Because in one shot the television has no stand, yet in the next shot, it’s magically grown legs. Amazing!
While Tangled is certainly captivating, it’s not error free either. A prime example of this is during the movie’s finale, where Flynn is being held in captivity. His wrists are shackle-free in the scene, yet in the following shot, they’re bound up. Make up your mind Disney!
7. Finding Dory
Okay, so we may have been a tad picky with this entry, but it’s worth pointing out. During a motivational speech in Finding Dory, a white and blue striped fish can be seen floating in the front of the pack. However, the shot after shows him tagging along at the end. Fish are quick, sure, but they definitely can’t change position that fast.
6. The Lion King
We’re just going to come out and say it – this Lion King mistake is really shoddy. In the scene where Timon spins around, he’s wearing a flower and a purple lei. But, amazingly, he’s not wearing either of the two garbs at the start of the shot. We can sort of forgive continuity issues between different shots, but all in the one shot? Not so much.
5. The Lion King
Thought that was the only mistake in The Lion King? Think again. The much loved Nala has big green eyes throughout much of the movie, but occasionally, they miraculously turn blue. What’s more, her eyes are blue for the entirety of the sequel! The editors should’ve been all over this confusing blunder.
Brave is one of Disney’s latest creations which features some sloppy editing. During the scene in which Merida is chased out of the old lady’s hut, for example, we can see various tools flying towards our heroine, including a hammer. However, when the next shot cuts to the dangerous items, the hammer is nowhere to be seen. Strange…
Attention must’ve been lapsing during the making of the iconic animation Cinderella. Because during the carriage ride for the wedding, Cinderella and her Prince Charming are shown staring affectionately at one another. The discrepancy is, however, the dress that she wears covers her arms in the first shot, while completely clothing them in the next one. Still, maybe she’s just a quick changer?
Okay, so it stands to reason that if your backside catches fire, the last thing you do is throw hot liquid on yourself. Well, try telling that to the makers of Mulan, who went against the grain in the most illogical way possible. After the Matchmaker’s back catches fire, Mulan decides to throw tea over her face and amazingly manages to extinguish the comical flame. Yeah, we’re baffled too.
1. The Little Mermaid
Our number one pick is a shocking error found in The Little Mermaid. Remember that touching boat journey? Well, a reflection of Ariel is shown on the water – one which depicts her hair as being in a ponytail even though her locks are flowing loose. Ah Disney, we love you, warts and all.