One of South Park co-creator Trey Parker’s first productions was a sketch for his 6th grade school variety show called “The Dentist.” There was so much fake blood involved that the sketch upset kindergarten students in the audience and Parker’s parents were called.
It took 750 artists making over 2 million sketches to create the 1937 Disney animation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The final movie was comprised of 250,000 individual drawings.
The creators of Shrek took mud showers to study “fluid dynamic simulation” for the movie. The art director also took a trip to a magnolia plantation to learn how to properly render Shrek’s swamp. He was chased by an alligator.
In the film Frozen, the characters Hans, Kristoff, Anna and Sven are named after Hans Christian Andersen, the author of the film’s source material The Snow Queen.
In 1984, a episode of Thomas The Tank Engine featured an engine, Henry, who refused to go out in the rain. To solve the problem, the workers boarded Henry up in a cave and abandoned him.
A study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found Spongebob Squarepants causes learning difficulties and impulse control problems in 4 year old viewers.
Because of the gay character in 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Malaysia didn’t allow children under 13 to see it without being accompanied by an adult; Russia didn’t allow children under 16 without an adult; and Kuwait effectively banned it entirely.
The Pixar movies “A Bug’s Life,” “Monster’s Inc,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Wall-E” were all brainstormed during one lunch in 1994 by the writers of “Toy Story.”
Finding Nemo had the opposite effect that was intended. Despite its negative portrayal of keeping fish in aquariums, the use of clownfish prompted the demand for aquariums to triple. Demand was met by large-scale harvesting of tropical fish from the wild which devastated Clownfish Populations.
After Disney released “Princess and the Frog”, over 50 children were hospitalized with salmonella from kissing frogs.
Trey Parker almost made an action movie about a mentally disabled 9-year-old boy defending his small Colorado town from being destroyed by eight-foot-tall monsters that live in the mountains, but had to ultimately quit the project to pursue South Park.
A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. were all conceived on a napkin during a lunch.