Surprising Facts About Disney Movies You Probably Didn't Know

Disney films have become a touchstone to our childhood, a reminder of a time when we were able to forget the world around us and let our imaginations run wild, even if only for an hour or so.
Surprising Facts About Disney Movies You Probably Didn't Know
Surprising Facts About Disney Movies You Probably Didn't Know Walt Disney Company

Disney films are more than just movies; they are the memories of millions of children (and adults) around the world.

Disney films have become a touchstone to our childhood, a reminder of a time when we were able to forget the world around us and let our imaginations run wild, even if only for an hour or so. Now that we're a bit older, it's fun to look back at some of the surprising facts behind Disney films that you might not be aware of.

Since 1921, when Walt Disney animated Cleaning Up!!?, Disney animation has wowed audiences. It would be another seven years before Mickey Mouse was first introduced in Steamboat Willie in 1928 and another nine years before Walt Disney produced his first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. Since then, countless Disney films have been released, changing with audiences as new developments in animation became available, like in 1995 with the release of Toy Story, the first animated film fully produced using CGI.

But it isn't just kids who have been moved by Disney's animated film; adults too have been swept away by Disney magic. This isn't an accident, it was always part of Walt Disney's intentions. He once said, "You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."

Disney's animation went on to inspire theme parks and TV shows and video games. The company, officially titled The Walt Disney Company, is worth billions, with properties outside the animated realm such as the Marvel Universe and the Star Wars franchise. On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice granted Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, adding to Disney's reach.

Even though Disney is seemingly everywhere these days, it's important to remember where it all started: the movies. So what are some of the more surprising things about the Disney movies we all know and love? Slide through to learn some crazy facts about your favorite Disney films.

8 Toy Story - Walt Disney Company
Toy Story (1995) is the first film entirely animated using CGI. Walt Disney Company