Heartbreaking Details Fans Noticed About Women In Disney Movies

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Vote up the most heart-wrenching details.

Let's face it. The women in Disney movies usually have a rough go of it. Belle must sacrifice her own freedom to save her father. Rapunzel is manipulated and locked up by Mother Gothel. Princess Aurora gets cursed to eternal slumber, for crying out loud! Not everything these ladies go through is easy to spot, however. That's where dedicated Disney fans come in, always ready to share small, heartbreaking details we may have missed. In Frozen, for example, Elsa gets shackled with magical chains that bind her power. In all likelihood, they were made by her parents (not Hans), just in case she ever got out of control. In Encanto, while Luisa sings "Surface Pressure" to Mirabel, she makes an allusion to the Titanic. Look closely, however, and you'll see the historic ship actually bears the Madrigal family name. Sometimes these details are simply in a look. In The Lion King, when Zazu tells Simba and Nala they will one day be married, Simba looks totally disgusted. Nala... not so much.

Check out this list of heartbreaking small details fans spotted about the women of Disney, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!


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    Nani Gives Up Competitive Surfing In 'Lilo & Stitch'

    From Redditor u/alexiarmiller:

    In the movie Lilo and Stitch, you see that Nani was a surfing star, but dropped everything when her parents died to take care of Lilo.

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    Elsa's Shackles Were Made By Her Family In 'Frozen'

    From Redditor u/_BindersFullOfWomen_:

    The type of chains Elsa has on were obviously made for her. However, Hans could not have made them because no idea that covering Elsa's hands stopped her powers and also didn't resources at the time to make them. The only people who could have known this were her parents. Elsa's parents made a cell specifically for their daughter in case she got out of control.

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    Rapunzel Reaches Out To Save Her Abuser In 'Tangled'

    From Redditor u/schrodingers_cat42:

    In Tangled (2011), there's a split second in which Rapunzel reaches out desperately to save Mother Gothel--even after she stabs Eugene! It's so fast you might miss it, but it shows the huge impact that long-term emotional abuse can have.

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    Rapunzel Doesn't Get An 'I Love You' In 'Tangled'

    From Redditor u/TheCutestOfBeans:

    In Disney’s Tangled, after Mother Gothel says 'I love you most' to Rapunzel instead of kissing her forehead Mother Gothel kisses Rapunzel’s hair, which is her source of youth.

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    Mulan Finds A Girl Worth Fighting For In 'Mulan'

    From Redditor u/Wil-Himbi:

    In Mulan (1998), shortly after the song 'A Girl Worth Fighting For,' Mulan finds a girl really worth fighting for.

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    Clapping Hurts Dolores' Ears In 'Encanto'

    From Redditor u/Jdubbs214:

    In Encanto (2021), when everyone cheers for Antonio's new gift, Delores plugs her ears because it's so loud for her.