We’re fairly positive you’ve seen every single one of the films on this list … more than once. But even with a keen eye (or ear) we wouldn’t be surprised if the movie facts we have to share are brand-new to you. Enjoy, trivia fans!
Gallery | 14 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Kids Movies
- ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ (1982)
The major voice-work for E.T. himself was done by a two-pack-a-day smoker who had never acted before. She was paid $ 380 for her work. Touch-ups were done by Debra Winger.
- ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964)
After the mischievous Banks children have run off another nanny, and their dour father has advertised for a stern, severe replacement, a queue of potential child-carers show up to interview for the position. But did you know the majority of them are actually men in drag?
- ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939)
During the singing of “If I Only Had a Heart” in “The Wizard of Oz” we hear a woman’s voice ask “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?”. That woman, Adriana Caselotti, also sang in “It’s a Wonderful Life“ … and came to fame in 1937 voicing Snow White.
- ‘Pinocchio’ (1940)
Jiminy Cricket’s character wasn’t introduced until nine months into filming (because in the 1883 novel by Carlo Collodi, upon which the film was based, Pinocchio killed him with a mallet).
- ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946)
The gym floor that retracts to reveal a pool in “It’s a Wonderful Life‘”? It was the real gym and pool at iconic Beverly Hills High School.
- ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987)
When Count Rugen (Christopher Guest) hits Westley (Cary Elwes) over the head, he did it for real. And hard enough to have to shut down production of “The Princess Bride“ while Elwes went to the hospital.
- ‘Home Alone’ (1990)
Macaulay Culkin’s signature face slapping, which became the movie’s poster, was inspired by The Scream, Edvard Much’s 1893 masterpiece.
- ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991)
This was the first animated film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture (it lost to “Silence of the Lambs”).
- ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993)
In real life (that is to say, when they roamed the Earth), velociraptors were the size of chickens. In “Jurassic Park,” however, they were terrifyingly big.
- ‘Toy Story’ (1995)
Whenever a toy blinks, it does so with one eye at a time.
- ‘Mulan’ (1998)
The Ballad of Mulan, which the Disney film is based on, was first told 1,500 years ago in China, where about a half-dozen Mulan-inspired films had been made from 1927 onwards.
- ‘Chicken Run’ (2000)
“Chicken Run” was so beloved by the Academy that when it failed to win a nomination, the decision was made to introduce a Best Animated Feature for the next awards.
- ‘Up’ (2009)
When cantankerous old Carl and his wife Ellie have a picnic with one another (a very touching moment), it’s under the same tree featured in “A Bug’s Life”
- Extra Credit
Pixar recently put out a montage of some of the sneaky cross-references that have become so popular with super-fans. Check them out here!
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