You may have watched your favorite Disney movies HUNDREDS of times as a kid. But, you might not find out about all of the cool easter eggs, hidden details, and alternative endings(!!) until you’re much older.
When you’re older, you’ll also probably start to realize a bunch of things about the Disney movies that MAKE ZERO SENSE!! (Olaf LIED! 😆) Seriously, there are some MASSIVE plot holes in Disney movies that you may have never given a second thought to or noticed. And once you see them, believe us when we say you will NOT be able to unsee them ever again. You’ve been WARNED!
1. Cinderella’s One-of-a-Kind Shoe…Size
Okay, we get that the glass slipper is beautiful, wonderful, unique, magical, super special, etc., but here’s what isn’t super unique — Cinderella’s actual foot. Cinderella was a human with human feet (right?).
So, when the Prince decides to find Cinderella simply by placing her shoe on all of the eligible ladies in the kingdom, as an adult you might be thinking…wait a minute, couldn’t that shoe have fit like a hundred girls?!
What? Is Cinderella like a size 4 adult or something like super rare? Does she have extra toes?? What shoe size is she that she’s literally the ONLY maiden in all the land that this shoe will fit? Or are we just saying that the shoe was magical and would kinda adjust its size to only fit her? What’s the deal here Disney?!
2. Where Did Chip’s Siblings Go?
At one point in Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Potts tells her son, Chip, to get in the cupboard with his brothers and sisters. Yeah, those teacups you see back there? They’re Chip’s siblings apparently!! But, at the end we really only see Chip transformed back into a human.
What happened to the other teacups? Did she not mean that they were his LITERAL brothers and sisters and maybe just meant it metaphorically or something? Are they stuck as teacups? Is Chip just the favorite kid? (Answer: YES. Because if those ARE hers, she is massively neglecting her other half dozen kids and keeping them locked in a dark closet. Rude, Potts. Rude.) SO. MANY. QUESTIONS.
3. Ariel, Why Didn’t You Just WRITE Something to Prince Eric?!
Okay, this one honestly frustrates me (and maybe some of you) to NO END. In The Little Mermaid, we see Ariel sign her name on the contract that Ursula provides her (and yes, there are some legal concerns lawyers could discuss here, but that’s an entirely separate article for a separate time!). girl knows how to use a writing utensil CLEARLY.
So, Ariel knows how to write, right? I mean, it’s not like her signature is a mess. It’s BEAUTIFUL handwriting. Like, this girl got an A+ in cursive in second grade-type writing.
If Ariel does know how to write, why didn’t she find some paper and write a note to Eric to explain what was going on?! She could have even written it in the sand! Does Ariel only know how to sign her name? Is it different to write underwater vs on land? Did Ursula take away her voice AND her ability to write? The movie would have been REAL short if she handed Eric a Post-it like, “I’m the girl you’re trying to find. Kiss me and I can talk. Love and kisses, Ariel. P.S., I’m actually half fish. The kiss will take care of it. We’ll talk about it later.”
4. Aladdin Doesn’t Need to Become a Prince…Again
In Aladdin, our main star Aladdin himself wishes to become a prince. And the Genie grants his wish. Prince Ali, fabulous he, Ali Ababwa…you get the idea.
But, after that takes place and things start to get a bit more complicated, Aladdin talks about how without the Genie he’s just Aladdin. And he talks about what would happen if everyone found out that he’s not really a prince. Near the very end, the Genie also mentions how he could use Aladdin’s last wish to make him a prince AGAIN. But, that’s a serious problem!!
When Aladdin wished to become a prince he literally wished for the Genie to make him a prince. He didn’t wish for the Genie to make him LOOK like a prince, or SEEM like a prince, or become a fake prince. He asked to be a prince and the Genie granted it. So, didn’t he become a true prince?
Why does Aladdin feel like he’s a fake prince and why does the Genie think he’d need to make him a prince AGAIN?! At what point did Aladdin STOP being a prince? Did the wish wear off when Jarar took over for a little while?? Genie never took it away, did he? Pretty sure if he asked to become a flower pot, he’d still be chilling in the palace as flower pot, right? Is it just because people found out that Aladdin wasn’t “born” into royalty? What’s the deal?!
5. Buzz Knows He’s a Toy?
In Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear originally believes that he is a true space ranger and doesn’t think that he is a toy. Hence why we get that famous line from Woody — “YOU! ARE! A! TOY!”
So, why does Buzz freeze when a kid walks in the room, just like the other toys?!
Does he secretly know that he’s a toy? Does he do it because he sees the other toys doing it? Does he blackout and have no control over it when a kid is near? Sure seems deliberate when Woody does it (and when Woody breaks and talks to Sid!). Why doesn’t Buzz just talk to Andy or keep walking around when kids walk in?
“Listen up, giant kid. I’m a Space Ranger. Need to get out of this giant room and back into space. Also, what’s up with everything my-sized walking and talking when you’re NOT here? Did you know that’s happening?? Help me out here.”
We’ve seen theories that he’s trying to blend in with the other toys so he’s just mimicking them, in true Space Ranger fashion. It’s so easy to miss as a kid, but we literally won’t be able to watch the movie the same way again. Now, we’ll be curiously watching for every time Buzz freezes like a toy even though he’s convinced he isn’t one.
6. Why Doesn’t Woody Remember?
Toy Story‘s complications go beyond Buzz though. In the movie, we never really hear Woody mention his previous owners or even really seem to remember them at all. Why doesn’t he know or talk about where he came from, that he was from an old show, and/or who his old owners were?
Jessie clearly remembers her old owner (tears), so why doesn’t Woody ever talk about his previous owners?
In Toy Story 2, we learn that Woody has been in the family for years. He’s basically a rare, priceless toy. He’s kinda a big deal. 😂 He SURE DOES remember Andy once Bonnie becomes his owner! Did he suddenly get toy amnesia when he was given to Andy?? What’s the deal?
7. 101 Dalmatians = $$$$$$$
At the end of 101 Dalmatians, Roger and Anita end up taking care of 101 Dalmatians (literally) out in the country. And look, we get it, dogs are great, dogs are adorable, dogs are fun, sweet, funny — the list goes on and on. But you know what else dogs are? EXPENSIVE!! Buying dog food, going to the vet, grooming — taking care of just ONE dog can add up. IMAGINE OVER 100!!!
Have you seen how pricey dog food can be? K, now imagine walking into Cosco like, “I need ALL the dog food you sell. And that’s just for this week.” We know that they were able to earn some money near the end of the film, but was it enough to take care of ALL of these dogs?! Don’t even get us started on what a mess their backyard must be like cleaning up after triple-digit doggos!
8. Why Didn’t Scar Just Kill Simba Himself?
After Mufasa dies, instead of killing Simba himself, Scar leaves it to the hyenas. He knows that his hyena companions aren’t always the BEST (he even sings a whole song basically making fun of them — he says they have “vacant expressions” and that the “lights aren’t all on upstairs”).
So, that then leaves us with a critical question — WHY would Scar leave the task of killing Simba to the hyenas rather than just kill Simba himself? He could have killed Simba so quickly and SECURED his rise to the throne. Morbid and sad, we know, but TRUE! Hey, the guy already killed Mufasa without so much as shedding a tear, so clearly the whole “murder” thing isn’t weighing on his soul! Seriously, the movie could have been over after that. Why leave such an important task to your inept minions?
9. Seriously, Move Further Away, Mother Gothel
In Tangled, Mother Gothel and Rapunzel live in a tower hidden away in part of the forest. And yeah, they’re pretty tucked away in there. But, they’re close enough to the town where Rapunzel was born that Rapunzel can see the lanterns light up the sky each year on her birthday. These lanterns are what inspire her to leave the tower and go on her grand adventure, which ultimately ends in Mother Gothel’s demise and Rapunzel’s freedom.
But, we’ve got to wonder — why did Mother Gothel move to a tower that was close enough to the town that they could see the lanterns?! Surely there are towns and cities further away in more isolated places where they could live, where Rapunzel wouldn’t be able to see the lanterns or be found, right? Maybe across a sea, or somewhere else that’s far, far away? We know Tangled‘s Kingdom of Corona is in the same world apparently as Frozen‘s Arendelle. Why not head out there??
If Mother Gothel is SO dedicated to staying young forever and hiding away, why not really live in a place where the lanterns and the Kingdom of Corona would never be a concern?! Did she think that maybe if she moves Rapunzel too far away from where the flower was found that something would go wrong? It’s just weird.
P.S. don’t even get us started on how she built her tower. Did you hire forest freelance construction guys to shadily construct your kidnap tower or are you actually a secret master craftswoman? Towers like that take MONEY to build. Where’s Mother Gothel getting all that scratch??
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10. Belle Is…a Superhero?
Okay, and for our last one we end with more Beauty and the Beast fun. In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast saves Belle when she’s being attacked by wolves in the forest. The Beast gets seriously hurt and basically collapses. The next time we see him, he’s on the back of Philippe. So, here’s the question — how did Belle get him there?!
Did she seriously lift the collapsed Beast from the floor all the way onto her horse? Did he magically wake up and help her? Does Belle have super strength?! In the live-action film, this is finally addressed as Belle tells the Beast that he needs to help her to get him back. But, the animated film doesn’t answer this question. So, we’re just left to assume that Belle is (clearly, once and for all) a superhero. Or maybe she’s just like WAY into Crossfit. Could you imagine her reading books one minute and flipping tires the next?? 😂 Step aside, Gaston, we know Belle is really the muscle here.
And those are just 10 of the biggest plot holes or points in the Disney movies that MAKE NO SENSE. We’re sure there are lots of fan theories out there to explain these, and we’ve got a feeling you might have a few of your own. Be sure to share them with us in the comments. In the meantime, we’ll keep looking for more frustrating Disney movie moments or hidden secrets so we can share them all with you. Stay tuned for more!
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