It’s a magical world filled with excitement, wonder… and plot holes that will ruin your life. For decades, Disney movies have been entertaining millions of people all over the world. Their main target audiences are obviously children. However, they even manage to entertain adults even though some might not admit it. Disney films have certainly been a big part of every person’s childhood. Disney films made us laugh, cry, and at some point, even scared us. Disney Animation Studio was originally founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio on October 16, 1923. They didn’t expand into feature films until 1934. Disney would go on to create some of the most iconic, famous, and memorable films in history. They have produced 56 feature films with the very first one being Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. The most recent film was Moana, which was released in 2017. They’re innovators and leaders in animation and storytelling. For many people, Disney films are fondly remembered and they leave a long-lasting impact.
However, it might be shocking and earth-shattering to have those fond memories ruined. It turns out that several of those legendary films contain plot holes that unravel the whole movie. Disney films often receive the highest praise but these plot holes could change everything. Some of these plot holes will simply be irritating while others will completely ruin your childhood. Here is a look at 15 Disney Movie Plot Holes That’ll Change The Way You Look At Them.
15. Little Mermaid Enjoying Some Seafood
The Little Mermaid revolved around mermaid Princess Ariel who desperately wants to become a human to be with Prince Eric. The Little Mermaid was released on November 17, 1989. The film was a major success for Disney after a string of commercial failures. The animated film is credited with reviving Disney films and was the first film in the Disney Renaissance era. Critics praised The Little Mermaid and it was a box office success.
However, the film does contain some major plot holes that completely change the way people look at it. In one glaring plot hole, Ariel sits down to have dinner with Prince Eric. He’s eating seafood but it seems not to bother Ariel, a mermaid herself. Making the situation more awkward is the fact that he’s eating a crab. Ariel’s best friend is Sebastian, a crab. Regardless, it’s a pretty messed-up situation because she’s either going to eat her own kind or witness the massacre of her people.
14. Toy Story – Buzz Freezes
The critically and commercially-acclaimed Toy Story was released on November 22, 1995. The film takes place in a world where toys can walk, talk, and get into a whole lot of trouble. They pretend to be lifeless anytime a human is around. The plot revolved around a cowboy, Woody, and a new toy astronaut, Buzz Lightyear. They both battle for their owner’s attention and later become friends. Toy Story was a massive worldwide success with critics praising the film. It was one of the highest grossing animated films of 1995.
It has since become one of the most beloved animated films but it includes a plot hole that’ll completely change the way fans might see it. The film established that the toys would freeze every time a human is around. It also established that Buzz Lightyear doesn’t realize he’s a toy and not a human. When he finally realizes, it’s one of the most heartbreaking moments in the series. However, before that, it’s a bit confusing since every time a human enters, Buzz freezes as well. If he thinks he’s a human, one would assume he wouldn’t freeze. He probably should think it’s weird that the toys are talking and freezing.
13. Sleeping Beauty – Diablo or Bumbling Henchmen
The 16th Disney animated film, Sleeping Beauty, was released on January 29, 1959. The plot revolved around Princess Aurora who has spell put on her by the evil Maleficent. Princess Aurora falls into a deep sleep and can only be awoken with a kiss from her true love. Sleeping Beauty didn’t do well financially and performed poorly at the box office. It also received mostly mixed reviews from critics. This would be the last time (until The Little Mermaid) that Disney would adapt a fairytale for a feature film. However, the film has been more appreciated over time for its story, music, and animation.
Regardless, the film still contains one glaring plot hole. When Maleficent was frantically searching for Aurora, she first sends her bumbling henchmen to find her. This seems like a poor idea considering she has the ruthless raven, Diablo, doing her bidding. She should have just sent him instead, which is exactly what she ends up doing. Diablo has no problem locating Princess Aurora. It would have saved Maleficent a lot of time to just do that in the first place.
12. Hercules – Hercules’ Soul
Disney’s Hercules revolves around Hades attempting to kill Hercules as an infant so he can one day overthrow Zeus and rule Mount Olympus without an adult Hercules interference. Hercules is the 35th Disney animated film and was released on June 27, 1997. The film was a critical success and was praised for its story and James Wood’s performance as Hades. However, the film was somewhat of a box office disappointment and didn’t reach the level of previous Disney films.
Hercules contains one plot hole that is so big Mount Olympus could fit in it. Early in the film, Hades sends Pain and Panic to kill baby Hercules. They fail in killing him and were only able to make him mortal retaining his super strength. Pain and Panic lie to Hades and tell him that Hercules is dead. In the film, Hades is the ruthless king of the underworld. He takes the souls of other characters and can even enslave them. The dead are all around but he never looks around to make sure Hercules is dead. He could have easily checked for Hercules’ soul. He waits nearly two decades before checking to make sure and by then, it was too late.
11. 101 Dalmatians – That’s A lot Of Puppies!
The 17th Disney animated film, 101 Dalmatians, was released on January 25, 1961. The plot revolved around Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita who attempt to get their litter of Dalmatian puppies back from the evil Cruella de Vil before she can turn them into a coat…err…coats. The film was a huge success at the box office and was the first success after a string of failures and disappointments.
The film was one of the most beloved Disney films but contains a plot hole so big all 101 Dalmatians could jump through it at the same time. It’s a pretty big plot hole but is easy to miss in the magical world of Disney. In reality, it would make little sense for the owners, Anita and Roger, to joyfully accept having to take care of 101 puppies. It’s difficult taking care of one, let alone a hundred and one. It would be insanely expensive to feed that number of dogs unless Anita and Roger are Oprah Winfrey rich. It would also be a nightmare having to clean up after that many dogs.
10. The Princess And The Frog – Charlotte Kisses Frog Prince
The 49th Disney animated film, The Princess and The Frog, was released on December 11, 2009. The plot takes place in 1920’s New Orleans and revolves around waitress, Tiana. She kisses a prince that was turned into a frog by a witch and Tiana becomes a frog as well. Tiana and Prince Naveen must now figure out how to turn back. The Princess and The Frog was a big a success at the box office. The film is credited with helping revitalize the Disney animated films, which is now going through resurgence similar to the Disney Renaissance era.
However, the film includes one plot hole that is more annoying than kissing a frog. The only way that Prince Naveen can turn back into a human is by kissing a princess. So they go to Tiana’s friend, Charlotte, who becomes Princess when her father is King of Mardi Grass. However, they kiss at midnight when Charlotte is no longer a princess. According to the story in the film, so far that means Charlotte should have turned into a frog just like Tiana did earlier.
9. Beauty And The Beast – Futuristic Portrait
The 30th Disney animated film, Beauty and the Beast, was released on November 22, 1991. The film was met with universal praise from critics and was a box office success. The plot revolved around an arrogant prince who was cursed by an enchantress and turned into a terrifying monster, the Beast. He’s trapped as the Beast for roughly ten years before he captures and imprisons Belle in his castle. He must win the love of Belle before his 21st birthday in order to be human again.
However, Beauty and the Beast contains one very confusing plot hole that really doesn’t fit into the film. A portrait of the Beast as a fully-grown human can be seen in the castle. According to the film, the enchantress cursed the Beast when he was just 11 years old. First, it seems a bit cruel to punish an 11-year-old for being arrogant. However, the big question is how is there a portrait of an adult human prince when he hasn’t been a human since he was a kid?
8. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs – The Seven Dwarfs Should Be Rich
The critically-acclaimed Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was the first Disney animated film. It first premiered in 1937 and had a general release on February 4, 1938. At the time, it was the highest grossing sound film. The plot revolved around Snow White who flees from her stepmother, the evil queen, who was so jealous of her that she wanted her dead. Snow White ends up meeting seven dwarfs that let her stay with them. To this day, Snow White is one of the most beloved and cherished Disney animated films. It’s entertained and influenced generation after generation. However, Snow White contains one glaring plot hole that is difficult to miss. The Seven Dwarfs live a pretty miserable life and seem pretty close to poverty. This seems strange because they spend all day mining for jewels, diamonds, and gems. One would assume they’d be living in a castle by now ruling over part of the land. Where are all the jewels and their hard-earned cash? It seems as though they spend all day working for nothing.
7. Lion King – Scar Should Have Killed Simba
The Oscar-winning The Lion King was a critical and commercial success in the 90’s. The plot told the story of Simba who returns to take his rightful place as king and to gain revenge on his uncle for killing his father, Mufasa. The Lion King was the 32nd Disney animated film and was released on June 15, 1994 to universal praise. However, this one plot hole might change that way fans feel about the film. Scar was so desperate to become king that he murders his own brother, King Mufasa. Scar then convinces Simba it was his fault and tricks Simba into running away. This makes little sense to let Simba go. It would make more sense for Scar to simply kill Simba right there and make it seem like an accident. Instead, he allows Simba to run off and sends his bumbling henchmen, the hyenas, to finish the job. He should have just killed Simba when he had the chance to ensure he’d have no challenges to his throne. But then again, we wouldn’t have been able to watch the movie if that happened as there’s no room for evil to prevail in Disney.
6. Toy Story 2 – Woody’s Past
Toy Story 2 was a total success in itself. It revolved around Woody being stolen by a toy collector and Buzz Lightyear and the other toys venture out to save him. Toy Story 2 was released to universal praise on November 24, 1999. Throughout the Toy Story films, Woody has a constant fear that his owner, Andy, will lose interest in him and abandon him one day. The film introduces Jessie, who is still traumatized by her owner giving her up. It’s also revealed that Woody was actually a 1958 special collector’s edition. This would make him roughly 40 years old and would also mean that Andy isn’t Woody’s first owner. Why doesn’t Woody remember any of his former owners and why is he so worried if he’s been through it before? This is a pretty big plot hole that would require more being revealed about Woody’s past.
5. Pocahontas – Pocahontas Speaks Great English
The 33rd Disney animated film, Pocahontas, was released on June 23, 1995. The plot revolved around native American Pocahontas and her meeting Englishman, John Smith, and the Jamestown settlers for the very first time. The film is a fictionalized telling of the real Pocahontas and was inspired by real events. Pocahontas is a part of the Disney Renaissance era. It did very well at the box office and was considered a success, financially. The film was praised for its animation and soundtrack.
However, the film was criticized for the story line and its historical inaccuracies. These inaccuracies resulted in one gigantic plot hole that is really hard to ignore. As the story unravels, Pocahontas has never met John Smith before nor did she even know that other people existed outside of her home. However, despite never having met the Englishman before, she speaks English pretty well. In fact, she speaks English better than most people. It’s a little strange that somebody that has never met any culture or people outside of hers would be able to speak fluent English.
4. Aladdin – The Prince Confusion
The 31st Disney animated film, Aladdin, was a critical and commercial box office success. It was one of the highest grossing films in 1992. It revolved around the “street rat” Aladdin who discovers a Genie lamp and was granted three wishes. He uses the first wish to become a prince so he can marry Princess Jasmine, as her father will only allow her to marry a prince. It was released on November 25, 1992 to rave reviews. It was a part of the Disney Renaissance era and is one of the most beloved animated films.
Millions of children’s lives wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for Aladdin. However, Aladdin contains a plot hole so huge that even the magic carpet couldn’t cover it up. Aladdin is granted three wishes and uses the first one to become a prince. In the rest of the film, Aladdin is constantly in fear that he won’t end up with Jasmine because he’s not a prince. Even at the very end, he has to decide between using his last wish to free the genie or to become a prince. This is a bit confusing since he already wished to be a prince. Presumably, he’s been a prince the majority of the film. Perhaps, he just has a terrible memory.
3. Frozen – Elsa’s Superpower
The Academy award-winning animated film, Frozen, is the 53rd animated Disney film. It was released on November 27, 2013 to be loved by a huge fanbase. The plot revolved around a princess who sets out on a dangerous journey to find her estranged sister. Frozen is the highest grossing animated film of all time. It was a massive success. It’s a beloved movie that thousands of children will cherish for the rest of their lives. So, it might be wise for their parents to never reveal this gigantic plot hole. Princess Elsa has superpowers that allow her to freeze objects and manipulate ice and snow. However, it’s never explained where exactly her powers come from. Nobody related to her has any power like hers and at no point in the movie, was she shown to somehow gain the power. It’s possible that the reveal is being saved for the sequel. But for now, it remains an annoying plot hole.
2. Little Mermaid – Ariel The Writer
The Little Mermaid is the 28th Disney animated film. It helped revive the Disney animated films after a series of disappointments. All Ariel ever wanted was to be with Prince Eric. However, one tiny problem keeps them apart—he’s a human and she’s part fish. Ariel makes a deal with Ursula to give up her voice for three days in order to be human. She must kiss the prince before the three days is up or she’ll revert back to a mermaid. Ariel then signs a contract with Ursula. Of course, Ariel and Prince Eric end up together.
However, there is one glaring plot hole that’ll change The Little Mermaid forever. When Ariel is a human, Eric has no idea that she had saved him as a mermaid. He has no idea what’s going on because Ariel can’t talk but she could try communicating in a different way. Right before she becomes a human, she signs her name so clearly she can still write. Ariel could have simply written to Eric and explained the whole situation. Thus, she would have avoided all the obstacles and headaches.
1. Cinderella – The Glass Slipper Conundrum
Disney’s animated film Cinderella is the 12th of Walt Disney’s collection. It revolved around Cinderella who was treated as a worthless servant by her evil stepmother and cruel stepsisters. With the help of her fairy godmother, she was able to attend a prestigious ball but leaves hastily at midnight. She leaves behind only a glass slipper and the prince searches for the foot that the slipper belongs too. Cinderella was released on March 4, 1950 to universal praise from the critics. It was a major success at the box office and helped turn around Disney’s fortunes at the time. Similar to Snow White, Cinderella has transcended time and is an all-time classic.
However, the film contains a painful plot hole all involving the glass slipper. First, at the stroke of midnight, the carriage turns back into a pumpkin and the dress turns back into rags. Why is the glass slipper the only thing that remains the same? Moving past that, the prince comes up with a plan he believes was brilliant. He will have every woman in the land try on the slipper. That truly is a terrible plan and somebody should have pointed that out to him. It’s very likely that more than one person would have a similar shoe size and might be able to fit their foot into the slipper.