Disney films are constantly lauded for their amazing attention to detail, but one area that often gets criticized is the way they handle historical elements. However, they're not always inaccurate. Hence the theme of this article: instances where Disney was historically accurate. There are more than you think, and some are undeniably impressive.
Here are the best historically accurate details that we found in Disney movies.
The 1000-Year Period Where Moana's Ancestors Stopped Exploring Actually Happened And Is Called "The Long Pause"
From Redditor u/dartmaster666:
In Moana (2016), her grandma says their people stopped exploring after Maui stole the heart of Ta Fiti and boats stopped coming back, about 1,000 years before. This depicts an actual historical event in Polynesian history known as "The Long Pause." The reason for the pause is actually unknown.Made you do a double take?
Prince John's Line In 'Robin Hood' Refers To The Real Favoritism Eleanor of Aquitaine Had For Richard the LionheartPhoto: Buena Vista Distribution
From TV Tropes:
In Robin Hood, one scene had Prince John crying and sucking his thumb, lamenting how his mother always liked his brother over him. In real life, Prince John's mother was Eleanor Of Aquitaine, who really did favour her oldest son King Richard the Lionheart over John.Made you do a double take?
Pugs Were All The Rage In 1600s Europe, As Shown In 'Pocahontas'Photo: Buena Vista Pictures
From Amy at Scariels Grotto:
Governor Ratcliffe has a pet pug named Percy. Pugs were brought to Europe from China by Dutch traders in the 16th century, becoming fashionable in the early 1600s.Made you do a double take?
'Frozen' Depicts The Ice Cutting Process Used In 19th Century Scandinavia
From TV Tropes:
Frozen includes a montage of historically accurate ice harvesting techniques, which is particularly impressive considering that real-life ice harvesting died out in the middle of the 20th century.Made you do a double take?