Thursday, September 25, 2014

Disney Villains

Another Post for Halloween! 
I was poking around on Pinterest and came across some fun Disney facts. How many of these were you aware of?

1. Most Disney villains wear red, black purple or some combination of the three.

2. The Evil Queen from Snow White actually has a name! This has bothered me for while now. Her name is Queen Grimhilde. 

3. Queen Grimhilde sits on a throne decorated by peacocks to symbolize her extreme vanity. 

4. She was also the first disney character to ever speak in a feature-length animated movie. 

5. Lucille LaVerne voiced both the voice of the Queen and the evil witch she turns into. All she did was remove her teeth when it came time to voice the witches part. 

6. Queen Grimhilde was based on Hollywood actress Joan Crawford.

Top left: Joan Crawford c. 1930 Top Right: Statue of Uta von Ballenstedt

Helen Gahagan
She who Must be Obeyed from the movie 1935 "She"

7. Eleanor Audrey voiced Maleficent and Lady Tremaine (the evil stepmother in Cinderella).

Eleanor Audrey

8. Bea Arthur was the original choice for the voice of Ursula the Sea Witch. Roseanne Barr was also in the running. In the end the honor went to Pat Carroll. 

9. King Triton and Ursula are brother and sister.

10. Scar's real name is Taka - the Swahili word for 'want'. 

11. Scar makes a cameo in Hercules. Zazu predicted it by saying Scar would make a great throw rug.

12. Sir Patrick Stewart was offered the role of Jafar in Aladdin but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with Star Trek.

13. Mother Gothel is the only Disney villain to die of old age. 

14. Her dress dates to the Renaissance, several hundred years before the movie is set, to demonstrate how old the character is.

15. In earlier scripts of Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom was revealed to be the man who killed Bambi's mother. 

16. Tim Curry auditioned for the roll of Judge Doom but was considered to terrifying for the character. Christopher Lloyd was chosen for the part instead. 

Christopher Lloyd

Judge Doom

Tim Curry

17. John Ratcliffe was a real person and not just a character. 

18. Hans (Frozen) and Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) are the two youngest villains. 

19. Almost all Disney villains fall to their death. 

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