19 Wild Disney Movie Facts That Honestly Made My Jaw Drop
6. Jodi Benson recorded “Part of Your World” in a dark, isolated sound booth to help make the song sound more lonely and have intimate tone in her voice that Ariel would be feeling from that particular scene.
You can watch the whole thing below, which seemed like a very intense and frustrating process to get it done right.
7. Donnie Dunagan, who had been the voice of Bambi, was actually a high-ranking Marine but didn’t want to disclosed to anyone that he did voiceover work in fear that people would call him Major Bambi.
From an interview, Dunagan mentioned, “I never said a word to anybody about Bambi… the image in people’s minds of Bambi was of a little frail deer, and I am a commander in the Marine Corps boot camp… I just thought to myself, ‘I don’t think I want all these young marines to call myself Major Bambi,’ and I kept my mouth shut.”
8. Redfeather was supposed to be played by John Candy, a wise-cracking turkey from Pocahontas, however after his untimely passing, in the end they’ve decided to not include the character.
Disney also made a decision to make all animals in the movie mute, and that’s when Redfeather was replaced with Meeko, Pocahontas’ pet raccoon.
9. Peter Pan’s voiceactor Bobby Driscoll served as the model for the character, who died broke, unclaimed, and unidentified in an abandoned apartment building at the age of 31.
In 1949, Driscoll was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award for his work. He was making more than $50,000 a year when he was a teen but end up spending all of it on drugs. He died in New York in 1968 and was then buried in an unmarked grave because no one came forward to claim his body. And then over a year later, his mother (and everyone else) found out what happened to him, all thanks to a fingerprint match from the authorities.
10. One of Disney’s shortest full-length movies is Dumbo, not only that, it was also the only Disney movie where the main character didn’t speak.