“I only hope we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”- Walt Disney. In 1928 Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse and started the beginning of a legacy that would continue to spread the wonders of magic through generations. Disney films have left a lasting impression on children and adults alike, and you would be hard pressed to find someone whose childhood memories did not contain at least one favorite Disney film. The music, art, and characters of Disney films are iconic and widely recognized. Now test your knowledge of Disney movie trivia!
General Disney Movie Trivia
1. What are the names of the three good fairies from Sleeping Beauty?
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
The three fairies give Aurora the gift of beauty, the gift of song, and the last gift is to weaken Maleficent’s curse so that Aurora falls into a deep sleep instead of dying. Verna Felton, who is the voice of Flora, is also the voice of the fairy godmother in Cinderella.
2. Who is the only Disney villain to never actually appear onscreen in their respective Disney film?
“Man” from Bambi
He was voted #20 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest villains (#1 is Hannibal Lecter). Man was represented in the film by a 3-note motif, which later inspired the 2-note shark theme for Jaws. “Man is in the forest” was a code phrase used by Disney’s employees when Walt Disney was coming down the hallway.
3. What are the names of the two eels who are Ursula’s sidekicks?
Flotsam and Jetsam
Ah Disney, look at you being educational! Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo (not deliberately thrown overboard). Jetsam is unwanted materials or goods that have been thrown overboard and washed ashore (deliberately thrown overboard to help lighten a ship). The two moray eels each have one yellow eye on opposite sides from each other. They are one of the few Disney villain henchmen who are not portrayed comically or as being inefficient.
4. Name all the daughters of Triton from The Little Mermaid. (Hint: There are 7 total.)
Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana, and Ariel
Triton’s seven daughters all have names that begin with the letter “A”, but Ariel’s is the only one that does not end with that letter. She is also the only one whose hair is red, whose tail color is not the same as her top, and whose hair is down. Ariel’s face is actually modeled after Alyssa Milano from her days on the show Who’s The Boss.
5. Patrick Stewart has said that turning down this Disney character is the greatest regret of his film career.
Patrick Stewart turned down several Disney offers due to scheduling conflicts with Star Trek: The Next Generation including: Zazu (The Lion King), Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas), Zeus (Hercules), King Triton (The Little Mermaid), and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast). It’s okay Captain Picard. You will always have the Enterprise.
6. What is the name of Mulan’s horse?
Khaaaaan! Both Khan and Cri-Kee were voiced by Frank Welker who was the voice of Megatron in the Transformers franchise. Mulan launched the career of Christina Aguilera for her song “Reflections”. During the song, the writing on the temple stones in the shrine is the names of the Disney animators who worked on the film, written in ancient Chinese.
7. Which Disney movie boasts the only soundtrack for an animated film to be certified Diamond (ten times platinum) by the Recording Industry Association of America?
The Lion King
The original motion picture soundtrack from The Lion King was released on July 13, 1994 by Walt Disney records. It was the fourth bestselling album of the year on the Billboard 200 and the top-selling soundtrack. The complete instrumental score for the film was never given a full release by Disney. It was only released in 2014 for the soundtrack’s commemorative 20th anniversary re-release.
8. Which voice actor sang “Beauty and the Beast” from the 1991 animated film of the same name?
The iconic title song was almost sung by a different person. When asked to record the theme song Lansbury felt that her voice did not suite the melody and initially declined. After being persuaded to try, Lansbury nailed the song in one take. This version of the song went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song and became a “tale as old as time”.
9. Which Disney movie’s soundtrack featured Mel Gibson?
Unlike many Disney characters, which had a separate voice actor and singer, Mel Gibson did both for the character John Smith. For Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World John Smith is voiced by Mel Gibson’s brother Donal Gibson. Pocahontas was released in 1995 exactly 400 years after the real Pocahontas was born. The soundtrack received two Academy Awards and ended up with a triple platinum certification.
10. What is the only Disney song to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year?
“A Whole New World”
The iconic song from Disney’s Aladdin won at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. The original version from the 1992 film was sung by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane. This was the third duet song sung by a Disney Princess and a Disney Prince. The first was “So This Is Love” sung by Cinderella and Prince Charming. The second was “Once Upon a Dream” sung by Princess Aurora and Prince Philip. “A Whole New World” was sung by Princess Jasmine and by Aladdin (Prince Ali).
11. How many Academy Awards for Best Original Songs has Disney won? (Hint: It’s less than 20.)
Fourteen (fifteen if you want to get technical)
The fourteen winners are: “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Song of the South, “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Marry Poppins, “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc., “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan, “Let It Go” from Frozen, and “Remember Me” from Coco.
You might technically add one more on to this list, “Sooner or Later” from Dick Tracy. It wasn’t included in the main list because it was released by Disney under the Touchstone Pictures label instead of the Walt Disney Pictures banner because of its adult themes.
12. Which Disney movie was the first to have a soundtrack album?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The classic 1937 Disney film was, not only the first Disney film, but the first American film to have a soundtrack album. At the time, Disney did not have its own music publishing company so the soundtrack was produced by Bourne Co. Music Publishers. In later years, Disney was able to buy back the rights to many of their films, but not for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Disney Movie Quotes Trivia
There is nothing quite as inspiring and magical as a Disney quote. There are so many movies and so many famous sayings. Disney movies are chock full of time enduring wisdom and feel good moments. Not all quotes are going to be as easy to guess as “To infinity and beyond” or “Let it go”, but see if you can guess which Disney character said the following quotes. And in the words of Walt Disney himself: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
13. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
Thumper in Bambi
The animation from the 1942 film has been reused more often than animation from any other Disney film. Usually, the animation is of birds and nature, and the main characters are very rarely re-used. However, Bambi’s mother appears in the very first shot of Beauty and the Beast. She is also featured in The Sword in the Stone, The Rescuers, and The Jungle Book.
14. “Think of all the joy you’ll find, when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye. You can fly.”
Peter Pan in Peter Pan
The classic Disney film introduced one of Disney’s most heavily branded characters: Tinker Bell. She is often used as a symbol for the Disney brand and can be seen in the opening credits of many Disney films sprinkling pixie dust over the Disney castle with a wand. However, in the original 1953 film she never had a wand. While rumors have persisted that Marilyn Monroe was the real-life model for Tink, Margaret Kerry was the actual model, and her measurements were 35-25-36.
15. “You don’t have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring.”
Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast
The 1991 film was the first animated film to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. It was also the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Belle’s blue and white dress, as well as her hairstyle, were inspired by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
16. “Always let your conscience be your guide.”
Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio
The iconic song “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the 1940 film won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film marked the first time that famous voices were used for character voices. Jiminy Cricket was voiced by Clifton Edwards who was a popular singer and actor in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He is most remembered for his number one hit song “Singin’ In The Rain” from 1929.
17. “Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we’re all alike.”
Jasmine in Aladdin
The 1992 film starring the legendary Robin Williams as The Genie was the first animated film to gross more than 200 million dollars. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was turned down for an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
18. “If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.”
Laverne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Laverne was named after Laverne Andrews. The other two gargoyles from the film were named Victor and Hugo after Victor Hugo, the author of the novel the movie was based on. When Quasimodo sings “Out There” you can see Belle walking and reading a book in the streets of Paris.
19. “It’s up to you how far you’ll go. If you don’t try, you’ll never know,”
Merlin in The Sword in the Stone
The 1963 film was the last film that Walt Disney produced, since he died during the production of The Jungle Book. Character designer Bill Peet used Walt Disney as the model for Merlin. Peet thought that they had similar personality traits, and gave Merlin Walt’s nose.
20. “If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
Cinderella in Cinderella
The 1950 classic is widely considered as one of the best American animated films ever made. It received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Music, Original Song for the iconic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”. Cinderella was the first Disney film to have its songs published by the newly created Walt Disney Music Company.
21. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”
Rapunzel in Tangled
The 2010 film is Disney’s 50th animated film. It is also the most expensive Disney film to date. It was in production for six years and cost an estimated $260 million dollars. Rapunzel is the only Disney princess with green eyes.
Non-Animated Disney Movie Trivia
22. What year was Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey released?
The film starred Don Ameche, Michael J. Fox, and Sally Fields as the voices of Shadow, Chance, and Sassy. The heartwarming Disney film was dedicated to producer Franklin R. Levy, who died during the film’s production.
23. Which non-animated Disney film stars Christian Bale, David Moscow, Robert Duvall, and Bill Pullman? (Hint: Arise and seize the day!)
The 1992 film was one of the lowest grossing live-action films ever produced by Disney when it was released. The film later gained a cult following after it was released on home video, and the film earned back all of its budget on home rentals. Newsies went on to inspire a Broadway musical that won two Tony Awards.
24. What are the names of the three witches from Disney’s Hocus Pocus?
Winifred, Mary, and Sarah
The 1993 Disney film has become a cult classic around Halloween. The movie stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. It also launched the career of Sean Murray a.k.a. Timothy McGee of NCIS fame. He played the young Thackery Binx and was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy.
25. Which 1998 Disney film was Lindsay Lohan’s film debut?
The Parent Trap
In the film Lohan starred as both Hallie Parker and Annie James. She won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film for her acting. Both Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Trachtenberg auditioned for the part but ultimately lost to Lohan.
26. Which non-animated Disney film was the first ever to have a movie premiere at Disneyland?
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The 2003 film premiered at Disneyland to capitalize on the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The film won numerous awards and grossed over $654 million worldwide. The heavy makeup that Johnny Depp wore was originally used during a cave scene to make all the actors not look quite so washed out. When the crew realized that Depp rocked the look they kept it for him for the rest of the film.
27. What is the name of the young boy from Old Yeller?
Arguably one of the saddest movies for the baby boomer age, millions have cried at the ending of Old Yeller. The movie was based on the novel of the same name written by Fred Gipson. The sounds of Old Yeller growling and snarling after he becomes rabid were re-used by Walt Disney Productions during both of Tramp’s fight scenes in Lady and the Tramp.
28. What is the name of the high school in High School Musical?
East High School
Home of the Wildcats! In the film, the high school is located in New Mexico, but in reality, the school is located in Utah. The students there still use Sharpay’s pink locker from the film. The soundtrack from the film has sold 5,000,000 copies in the United States. This makes it the best-selling TV soundtrack since 1991 when Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales. The soundtrack was recorded in just five days.