Surprisingly Accurate Movie Details About Animals That Demand A Rewatch

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Animals have been featured in movies since the medium was invented, and over the years, there have been a ton of films featuring all sorts of critters. Whether it's a movie with thousands of horses or an animated feature about anthropomorphic insects, odds are, somebody put in the time and energy to research the animals themselves, so they are portrayed properly. Animals have been the leading players in movies like Homeward Bound, and they've been the sidekicks of heroes in films like Every Which Way but Loose and many more.

Animals can be difficult to control, so people are often behind the best animal actors in film history. They ensure their furry, scaled, and feathered friends are treated properly and do what's necessary to move the story forward. On top of that, animal handlers ensure their actors are depicted accurately, which can be done in ways that viewers tend to miss. There are many surprisingly accurate movie details about animals that demand a rewatch, and the best are featured here.


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    There's A Scientific Reason Shenzi Is The Pack Leader Of The Hyenas In The Lion King

    From Redditor u/SneakySniper456:

    In The Lion King, Shenzi, the female hyena, is the dominant/smartest one of the three main hyenas. And in real life, the female hyenas are the ones who are the leaders of the pack, and the males are the followers and are treated poorly. Their hierarchy is based on real-life hyena traits.

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    Chief Bogo Wears Eyeglasses In 'Zootopia' Because Buffalo Have Poor Eyesight

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In Zootopia (2016), Chief Bogo wears eyeglasses to read documents. This is a reference to the fact that buffalo have poor eyesight. Confirmed by the directors in a Q&A.

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    Mulan's And Shan Yu's Horse Breeds Are Appropriate For Their Cultures

    From Redditor u/josephius132:

    In Mulan (1998), Mulan's horse Khan, is a Ferghana horse, a classical Chinese breed. On the other hand, Shan Yu's horse is a Mongolian Horse, one of the original horse breeds, small, but incredibly strong.

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    The Reason Gill Wants To Escape So Badly In 'Finding Nemo' Is Due To His Species

    From Redditor u/goingtodeletedis:

    In Finding Nemo (2003), Gill is a Moorish Idol. This species is known to not handle captivity well, so him being the one who constantly comes up with escape plans makes sense.

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    A Sign In 'Zootopia' Has More Meaning Than Most Viewers Realize

    From Redditor u/PopeliusJones:

    In Zootopia, during the chase scene in Little Rodentia, a board advertising "Thigmo-Taxis" is seen. Thigmotaxis is a biological term referring to an animal's tendency to use physical contact to navigate and has been extensively studied in rodents.

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    Bruce Never Knew His Dad In 'Finding Nemo' Because Sharks' Fathers Don't Stick Around

    From Redditor u/EitherARepostOrALie:

    In Finding Nemo, Bruce the shark starts crying when Marlin starts talking about Nemo, saying “I never knew my father.” Male sharks mate with the female then leave, so baby sharks never actually meet their father.