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50 things you might not know about your favorite Disney films, 1989-1997 edition (51 items)

By , Deseret News

June 17, 2014

Here are 50 things you might not know about eight Disney films from the company's second Golden Age, starting with "The Little Mermaid" and highlighting the box office and critical hits "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King," among others.

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1 of 51. The Little Mermaid (1989)

Ariel has six older sisters named Atina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista and Andrina. Atina is named in honor of songwriter Alan Menken's musical, "Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy," Alana is named after Alan Menken himself and Andrina was named after the aerobics instructor of one of the filmmakers.

2 of 51. The Little Mermaid (1989)

The shark at the beginning of "The Little Mermaid" is named Glut. He was originally going to return at the end of the film and be defeated by Flounder, but that storyline was cut.

Also, Scuttle once had a dolphin friend named Breaker, but Breaker was cut and his gung-ho personality was transferred over to Ariel, which made her more lively as a lead character.

3 of 51. The Little Mermaid (1989)

"The Little Mermaid" was the last Disney film to use the Xerox process first used (briefly) in "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) and extensively in the films that followed. After "The Little Mermaid," computers took over.

4 of 51. The Little Mermaid (1989)

According to directors Ron Clements and John Musker, the bubbles in "The Little Mermaid" were being inked in China when the Tianamen Square protests occurred. The subsequent unrest there trapped their bubbles in the country, and filmmakers feared they would never see their bubbles again.

"We were praying for democracy in China and praying that we'd get our bubbles," the directors say on the film's commentary. "I don't know about democracy in China, but we got our bubbles."

5 of 51. The Little Mermaid (1989)

The song "Part of Your World" was almost cut from "The Little Mermaid."

During the film's first screening, children squirmed a lot during the song, sparking serious conversations about cutting it from the film entirely.

However, during the second screening, there was more color in the sequence and the audience didn't squirm, which ultimately saved the song.

1. MoJules
Florissant, MO,
June 22, 2014

This lost my attention, there were so many of just a few films, I would have enjoyed reading about more films, with one or two facts.

2. RG
Buena Vista, VA,
July 27, 2014

Why are there so many Disney articles? Does DN get paid by Disney?