You might already know that the artists and story directors at Disney pay close attention to details. But it takes watching these movies over and over again to pick out all of the little things they include. Once you do, it's hard to not acknowledge them. Whether it's a city's architectural details in Coco or the real meaning behind the Axiom in Wall-E (it's all in the name!), you've probably missed these tiny details about Disney kingdoms and cities from your favorite movies.
Don't worry, we've collected some of them here for you. Which detail about these Disney settings is the most surprising?
For the making of the animated Beauty And The Beast, Disney artists went through tons and tons of various rejected designs for the Beast character before finally landing on the one used in the film. Animator Glen Keane described the unique challenge of trying to draw a character who was unsightly and terrifying while also being warm and likable:
He can’t look like an alien; he has to look like a creature that’s actually from this Earth. He has to be an appealing character, but he has to be frightening. And people have to believe that Belle would fall in love with him.
Eventually, they hit on the perfect combination, stringing together various features from lions, buffalo, boars, and other animals. The early sketches of the Beast then got a second life by being sprinkled throughout the Beast's castle as various sculptures and statues.Cool detail?
The 2017 movie Coco is all about tradition and heritage, but did you notice the architecture in the afterlife world, the Land of the Dead? Each tower has a certain order, meant to mimic the different eras of Mexican history. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production designer Harley Jessup said he made multiple trips to Mexico for research and inspiration to create the layered world:
At the bottom of each tower are the Aztec and Mayan pyramids; above that, Spanish colonial period buildings; above that are Mexican Revolution era and Victorian era buildings; and then into the 20th century and modern day. That created a logic to the Land of the Dead - they are always building on the earlier era as more people die and enter that world.Cool detail?
The flags of Arendelle bear the image of a crocus flower, a plant that blooms at the beginning of spring and thrives in extremely cold-weather areas. It's also a symbol of "rebirth," since its arrival usually means the end of a long, harsh winter in the places where it naturally grows. In the context of the Frozen films, it may also carry some additional symbolism: Elsa is miserable when her cold powers make her an outcast, but she eventually warms up and has a 'rebirth' of spirit.
You can also spot various crocus logos throughout the castle, such as on the castle doors.Cool detail?
- 4Photo: Buena Vista Pictures
When Disney first decided to adapt the story of Aladdin, it was supposed to be set in Baghdad, Iraq. But given that the Gulf War was waged just a year before its release in 1992, the creators decided to create the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, which is still very much inspired by Baghdad's history as a vibrant hub of culture and business.
It's not a real place, but it is a city of magic and enchantment on some side of the Jordan River.Cool detail?