Tuesday, 26 July 2016

QUIZ: Fantasy World Disney

July 26th 1951 and Walt Disney's 13th animated film, "Alice in Wonderland", premiered in London. It seems almost unimaginable that there was a time when all the Disney big-hitter films didn't exist and in some cases actually didn't do very well at the cinema at all. Indeed, Alice at the time was thought to be a disappointment by Walt, never being re-released in his lifetime and failing to recoup its budget in full on initial release. Weirdly it only took off again when its trippy oddness was embraced by the late 60s acid 'head' generation, something I'm sure Walt would've been THRILLED about. Damn you Beatles!

What else didn't you know about the famous Disney movies? Lets find out in today's quiz which features ten pieces of trivia gleaned from IMDB about the House of Mouse's animated canon.

Which Disney films are these facts about? 

1. "The "special" Academy Award granted to the picture consisted of one regular sized award and seven smaller sized awards."

2. "Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was turned down for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination."

3. "First feature length animated film to be set on Hawaii."

4. "The Prince is never called "Prince Charming" in the film, nor is he given any personal name."

5. "This is the 1st Disney Animated Film to have anthropomorphic animals, without any human characters."

6. "Walt Disney originally didn't want to include the 'Bella Note' spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the whole Disney canon."

7. "The children become very sleepy as their parents leave the room. This may not be merely because it is their bed time. The "tonic" given to the children by Nana may have been morphine. It was quite common in the early 20th century to give children "soothing syrups" and "tonics" to control their behavior. These concoctions turned out to consist of several different narcotics."

8. "According to Jennifer Lee, Anna is 18 years old in the film, while both Elsa and Kristoff are 21 years old and Hans is 23 years old."

9. ""Man" was ranked the #20 villain on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest heroes and villains - the only character on the list not to appear on-screen."

10. "The Vultures were originally going to be voiced by The Beatles. The band's manager, Brian Epstein, approached the Disney studios about having The Beatles appear in the film, and Disney had his animators create the Vultures specifically to be voiced by the band. But when Epstein took the idea to the Beatles, John Lennon vetoed the idea, and told Epstein to tell Disney he should hire Elvis Presley instead."

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