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  • Netflix has been inaccurate on the info of two of the movies in the Disney Animated Canon: Oliver & Company and Brother Bear. Respectively, Netflix says that Fagin was the villain when it's actually Sykes (probably they confused it with other adaptations of the same story), and that Kenai was avenging his father when Sitka is clearly his eldest brother.
  • Armond White’s review of Toy Story 3: "The toys wage battle with the daycare center's cynical veteran cast-offs: Hamm the Piggy Bank pig, Lotsa Hugs and Big Baby." Hamm is not from the daycare center, he's one of Andy's toys, and he appeared in the previous two films. The biggest error here, however, is that Hamm's not, nor has he ever been, a villain.note  Possibly, he saw Hamm being portrayed as a villain in young Andy's playful imagination at the start of the movie and somehow confused this with the rest of the movie. Also, the villain's name is Lotso Huggin Bear, not Lotsa Hugs.
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    • The Bum Review has Chester A. Bum saying that Mr. Potato Head gets turned into Mr. Taco Head. He actually is turned into Mr. Tortilla Head. Justified slightly in that tortillas are used in the making of soft tacos, and it's likely Doug Walker got the two mixed up (Fridge Logic suggests that Chester was probably high as usual, meaning he couldn't think straight).
  • Coraline:
    • There's been an assumption on the part of some of the reviewing public that this is a Tim Burton film, due to both the animation style and the fact that the trailers hype it as being by "the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas". The director, for both films, is in fact Henry Selick, and Burton has nothing to do with Coraline. Neil Gaiman, author of the original book, has expressed his annoyance with this, and it's been mocked in webcomics. Neil Gaiman, from the above blog entry:
      "It was irritating when people started asking me why the advertising said "From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas", and wasn't it some kind of a sneaky attempt to make people think that it was by Tim Burton?, and I would sigh, and say no, it was a sneaky attempt to make people think it was directed by the person who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas. (And given that people were saying this about trailers that made a point of saying Henry's name, I had little patience with it.)"
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    • Another blame for this is the In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It for Nightmare. (In other words, its full title is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Mind you, Burton was only responsible for the concept of that movie as he was busy directing Batman Returns at the same time.)
  • The Rotten Tomatoes website and a few movie theatres that gave away free film pamphlets, made this summary of How to Train Your Dragon: "Hiccup goes on a mission to pass their village's initiation into manhood by capturing and training a dragon. If he succeeds, he will become a warrior. If he fails, he will be forever banished". This would techically be true had the film been more faithful to Cressida Cowel's book, but so much liberties were taken to change the plot that instead of a boy going through a rite of passage capturing and training dragons, it's a teenager whose village is dedicated to killing dragons befriending an injured dragon and finding that everything he and his village knows about them to be wrong.
    • An advertisement for toy dragons based on the second movie showed and described someone making toy Toothless fight the Bewilderbeast toy...specifically, the white one that was actually good in the movie and not the black one that was under the Big Bad's control.
  • The MovieGuide.org review of South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut refers to Big Gay Al as being black. It also claims that "the whole point of South Park is that the children in the movie should have been allowed to see the Terrance & Phillip movie, just as the world's children should be allowed to see South Park, even though it is rated R. Furthermore, the message of the movie is clear: that adults should let children engage in depraved actions and foul language, and that all this is just part of growing up."
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  • In mid-2012, when lemurs are considered to be threatened even more, this AFP article believes that Disney made Madagascar.
  • When The Land Before Time IX was first released, there was a very bizarre review on Amazon, which somehow referred to the previous film, The Big Freeze, as "Time of Much Snow". Also, even more strange, the review talked about the death of Littlefoot's grandmother instead of his mother, suggesting that this user didn't do any research.
  • Whoever wrote the official website for An American Tail probably never watched any of the movies. They describe Tanya as "always getting her brother into some kind of trouble" (which he does just fine on his own), and when they describe Tony Toponi they imply that he's in love with Tanya, which of course is never even hinted at in the movies. Now granted, the site was probably created with the idea that the Viewers Are Morons, which is also sadly reflected in Universal's more recent DVD releases of the movies.
  • The Christian Review website complained in their review of Shrek 2 that Donkey having children with Dragon implied that he was a "Freewheeling playboy" despite the fact that Dragon is the only romantic partner he has and that two people who love each other having children is something that's gone on for ages untold. They didn't seem to have a problem with the end of Chicken Run though, in which the island the chickens land on is swarming with chicks, despite the fact that Rocky is the only fertile rooster in the bunch...
  • The book Disney Dossiers: Files of Characters From the Walt Disney Studios is chock-full of glaring omissions and mistakes. For example, Aladdin's fact sheet says "Parents: None (orphan)", completely neglecting the fact that him finding out his father was alive was the main plot of Aladdin and the King of Thievesnote . Also, for some reason, Donald Duck's filmography highlights includes DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (which he wasn't even mentioned in), Timon's last name (Berkowitz) and Scar's birth name (Taka) are forgotten, and some of the voice actors for the characters are glaringly omitted (e.g., Cam Clarke for Simba, April Winchell for Cruella de Vil).
    • Granted Clarke and Winchell voiced the characters in two mostly forgotten TV series spin-offs.
    • Plenty of mistakes are abound in the Disney Song Encyclopedia as well. The description for the TaleSpin theme claims that the show is "about the colorful Kit Cloudkicker, who flies his plane through various adventures in the tropics." The error is, obviously, that Baloo was the pilot; Kit was his navigator. The book also claims that Doug retained its theme song from the original Nickelodeon series, but anyone who has seen both versions of the show can tell you that the theme songs sound nothing alike.
    • Another Disney book mistake: In Disney: The First 100 Years, a picture from the opening scene of The Lion King (1994) is given this caption: "Rafiki holds baby Simba while Mufasa and Nala smile proudly." Simba's mother is named Sarabi; Nala was Simba's love interest.
    • An article on depictions of tobacco and alcohol use in movies for children identifies Lampwick as Lampwit.
    • The Encyclopedia of Disney Characters written by John Grant, is a well researched book but does have one notable error; the article on Aladdin: The Return of Jafar lists Abis Mal as "Abi Smal." Ordinarily, this would be just a normal typo, except the article on the Aladdin: The Series not only spells his name correctly, but both names are listed in the index, as if they were two separate characters.
  • Movie critic Eleanor Ringel claimed in her review of Tom and Jerry, The Movie that the Tom and Jerry series won fifteen Academy Awards for Outstanding Animated Short Subjects. They were nominated fifteen times and won seven Academy Awards.
  • And here's a kicker: Ted Baehr's MovieGuide did its review of the 2007 TMNT film shortly after its release, and did an utterly atrocious job explaining the film's content factually. For starters:
    • Leonardo and Raphael's fight, two thirds midway through the movie is described as a battle between Leo and Michaelangelo — at the film's beginning.
    • There can only be a bad explanation for Casey crashing at April's place so often. How could the two of them possibly be chaste?
    • "Stories went nowhere..." This implies that nobody at MovieGuide had ever heard of the 2003 animated series or the original comics. The intro was a minimal effort to give newcomers an insight into the film's world, just in the bleak chance that someone going to see it had never been exposed to previous Turtles-related material.
    • The thing with those stars aligning to unleash a beam of energy on Earth that unlocks monsters from another world is merely modification of a common plot device. A similar theme was used in the first Fantastic Four movie, with the cosmic beam storm. But somehow, this is an evil tactic by Satan to get us addicted to looking for answers in -'astrology''! Never mind that not one single constellation in the Zodiac (Eastern or Western) was even once mentioned on screen.
    • "Calm yourself" is not simple advice, according to Baher. It's an "evil and false Buddhist doctrine." What?
    • Contrary to Baher's assessment of "a confused view," the movie actually has no problem with vigilantism per se. What it does have a problem with is Punisher-style vigilantism. The Foot Clan and monsters are what they are and are deemed as "worthy to die." Yet, ordinary criminals are not to be killed. They are to only be subdued and left for the police. That is the code of battle honor the Turtles fight with, and is very similar to Batman's.
      • The problem Leonardo has with the "Night Watcher" is because the news has led him to believe that this vigilante actually kills the criminals, making this an in-universe example of Cowboy BeBop at His Computer. Those who know the Backstory will know that the Turtles once believed this about Casey, before befriending him. They know of Splinter's code of honor, similar in some ways to Bushido, and they don't trust vigilantes who are not trained in any known code of honor. Not that this matters to MovieGuide, which believes that "bushido" is just a buzzword for "a lie from Satan designed to drag you to Hell."
    • The movie goes to great lengths to explain that without a strong family dynamic, one may never feel at home anywhere, even if they do get everything they originally thought they wanted. Since when does this Aesop constitute a "Romantic Pagan" view?
  • A November 2009 issue of the Seattle Times had a picture of Simon from Alvin and the Chipmunks labeled as Theodore in the picture for an article promoting the new December movies. This must have been especially annoying for the article writer, who was apparently a fan of the movies; pictures and captions thereof are usually not the domain of the journalists in newspapers, so the mistake was not the author's fault.
  • This article about Guillermo Del Toro joining DreamWorks Animation claims that the studio's 2012 movie Rise of the Guardians is a sequel to Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians, which is a completely unrelated movie made by Warner Bros..
    • To be fair, that author deserves a lot of credit for even knowing that there was more than one computer-generated movie about owls that had "of the Guardians" in the title. You probably thought they were the same movie.
  • In this Cracked article, the author claims that an angler fish almost ate Nemo in the movie Finding Nemo. However, it was Marlin, not Nemo, who faced the angler fish.
    • The writer of this article must not have watched Frozen, because, well, he seems to think Elsa was locked away and completely isolated from human contact from birth, saying "Being without human contact until the age of 21, she should have been making grunting noises and building human-shaped statues out of her own poop." That isn't even remotely true, because Elsa wasn't without human contact until she was 21. She wasn't isolated from Anna until she was eight years old, and that early childhood had a lot of social interaction. And she was not totally deprived of human contact, as she is seen speaking with her parents, with Anna, and presumably talked with a few trusted servants. Her isolation was more like self-imposed solitary confinement. That's not saying she wouldn't have had psychological problems (the movie makes clear Elsa is mentally damaged by hurting Anna), but she wouldn't have been a feral child.
    • According to "5 Childhood Favorites That Did Not Age Well" by Erik Germ, "You might not have realized this while you were caught in the throes of sharing "WHAT 90S' DISNEY PRINCE ARE YOU?", but Disney hasn't had a hand-animated film since 2009's The Princess and the Frog." Actually, Disney did produce one more traditional film: 2011's Winnie the Pooh.
  • One news source for Wreck-It Ralph actually calls Vanellope Von Schweetz Ralph's love interest.
  • A lot of the news stories about the Blue Sky Studios Peanuts film, The Peanuts Movie, either implied or claimed outright that it would be the first time the Peanuts characters would appear on the big screen. There were 4 animated Peanuts films made between 1969 and 1980.
  • Some articles about The LEGO Movie assert that the "a bunch of others we don't need to mention" joke, during which images from various canceled or somewhat controversial LEGO lines flash on screen, was a show of Self-Deprecation on LEGO's part, and that the lines in question (for example BIONICLE, Fabuland and LEGO Friends) were some of their biggest failures. While it is true that the LEGO fandom is seriously divided over these lines, most of them were far from failures. Fabuland and BIONICLE have devoted followings despite the former having been canceled since the '80s, and the latter was one of the company's most successful and top-selling non-licensed properties (not to mention a Long Runner among the action-oriented themes, returning in 2015 for another planned three years), having played a huge part in saving LEGO from going out of business during the early 2000s — the exact opposite of a failure. The joke was really either the creators poking fun at them or a reference to how Finn can't play with them since he might not own any of the toys.
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop's description for their plush toy of Fluffy from Despicable Me starts with "Agnes, Gru's favourite unicorn, is totally adorable in furry friend form!" Fluffy is the name of the unicorn, and Agnes is the name of one of Gru's daughters and the person who actually owns said unicorn, not Gru.
  • The Common Sense Media article for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius claims that one of Jimmy's friends is "Shane (a passionate fan of some action heroes called Ultra Lords)". First of all, the character's name is Sheen. Second, Ultra Lord is one character. A case could be made for the latter referring to the action figures instead of any characters, but even so...
  • Many people are confused as to what animals Bing Bong from Inside Out is supposed to be a combination of. For example, Time To Play Magazine's review of a stuffed animal of his says he is part dog due to his ears looking like those of a dog. Other people claim he is part cow and/or horse, due to his line "You gotta remember when Riley was three, animals were all the rage. The cow goes moo, the horse goes neigh. That's all people talked about." He's actually part cat, elephant and dolphin, but is mostly made of cotton candy. However, according to "The Art Of Inside Out", Bing Bong was originally supposed to be part dog, which explains the ears.
    • One review of the movie claimed that the collapse of Goofball Island led to the Train of Thought's derailment. It's actually Honesty Island's collapse that leads to this event. The reviewer might have been confused due to both scenes involving characters trying to escape from the catastrophic scene that's unfolding.
    • One CartoonBrew article called Bing Bong a girl in reference to the scene where he stubs his toe. This could be because he is pink and likes girly things like princesses and ponies.
    • IMDB claims that the song "Take My Breath Away" played in this movie. It did not; it played in the Riley's First Date? short that is a bonus feature on the Blu-ray and DVD of the film, and was probably added because at the time, the short had no listing on the site yet.
  • Sometimes extremist Christian parties pick on cartoons that, according to them, send subliminal messages to children that are watching them, and usually falling in really bad cases of Critical Research Failure. This is the case with Italian politician and activist Mario Adinolfi, leader of the "People of the Family"note  who strongly bashed Kung Fu Panda 3 for its alleged "Gender Ideology propaganda" and "brainwashing children into homosexuality", based on the fact that Po, or rather "Kung Fu Panda", has two fathers. He blatantly ignored the fact that Mr. Ping was Po's adoptive father since the beginning of the series, and Po has found his true father in the third film. Adinolfi did not even apologize to angered fans of the film, insisting that he found the film's message to be deviating.
  • The Finding Dory tie-in book "Fish Talk" claims that Hank turned pink when inking himself in the touch pond. He didn't change color at all during this incident.
  • A common error is to conflate Disney with Pixar. They are not at all the same; although Pixar is owned by Disney, they are an autonomous company within Disney, not a division thereof. This is particularly bad in the YouTube video Pixar Trivia, supposedly a compilation of "music clips from Pixar movies" — but one of them was from Planes, which although set in the Cars universe, was made by Disney, not Pixar.note  Even worse, many of the more ignorant commenters complained of the "absence" of The Lion King (1994) — which has nothing to do with Pixar.
  • To this day, some people insist that the Pizza Planet Truck appears in The Incredibles — thereby asserting that they know better than Lee Unkrich and Brad Bird (a senior Pixar staffer, and the Pixar staffer who actually directed the movie).
  • Elsa from Frozen is often referred to as "Princess Elsa", especially in Brazil, even though her coronation and status as queen of Arendelle are major plot points. Even then, it's not as bad as when she's called "Princess Frozen"...
    • A review of the film in a French newspaper managed to get the names of the sisters wrong, presenting Anna as having uncontrollable ice powers and Elsa the plucky sister who punched princes in the face.
  • A book adaptation of Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses mistakenly called Fallon "Finna," Janessa "Jocelyn," and Kathleen "Kate."
  • Zap2it's listing for Bolt reads: "Thinking he has real superpowers, the canine star of a hit TV show travels cross-country from Hollywood to New York to rescue his owner and co-star." They get the general idea of the plot right, but get the origin and destination of Bolt's journey backwards; Bolt starts in New York (after accidentally getting stuck in a mail delivery truck heading there) and journeys to Hollywood from there.
  • Common Sense Media's review of Teen Titans Go! To the Movies uses a screenshot from an episode of the series it adapts, "The Fourth Wall".
  • During Aladdin: The Return of Jafar's initial release, a package of Trix yogurt offered quiz questions about the first film. One question asked to list off all three of Jafar's wishes, but listed the answers as becoming sultan, then a sorcerer, "and, finally, a snake." Jafar became the gigantic snake as a result of his sorcerer powers, and actually used his third wish to become a genie himself.
  • A video game version of Jeopardy! for the NES asked which Disney princess fell under the spell of "Queen Malificent". Maleficent was the villain in Sleeping Beauty, but the game claims the answer is Snow White (whose villain is usually just called "The Evil Queen", but was named Grimhilde in concept).
  • DVD Verdict's review of Bolt calls it the first computer animated movie in the Disney Animated Canon, even though two CGI movies immediately preceded it, and Disney produced a CG/live-action hybrid even earlier. Becomes even more critical by the fact the body of the review includes a link to an article about Disney's actual first all-CGI movie, Chicken Little.
  • IGN's review of the Lady and the Tramp Platinum Edition DVD lists that the DVD contains two versions of the film: one animated in CinemaScope, and one with characters and details re-arranged for Academy screens (which are shaped more like squares), offering "a sort of unofficial history lesson for folks who are interested in cinema's technological history." However, if he read the back cover more carefully, he would have noticed the DVD actually contains Lady and the Tramp in CinemaScope — its original, unedited format — and Pan and Scan. Instead of including the specially-modified version (which would have had to be restored too), Disney simply cropped the picture for people who can't tolerate black bars on 4:3 TV sets. So much for learning about technological history.
  • The official Hungarian description to BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows claimed that the villainous pair, Roodaka and Sidorak, are Makuta. While the name Makuta does refer to a whole race of beings, within the context of the movie, there was only one Makuta, with Roodaka and Sidorak being his servants. In the defense of whoever wrote or mistranslated the description, though, the movie leaves a lot of story-points horribly vague, so watching it wouldn't have helped much.
  • One of the cards in the Disney version of Trivial Pursuit shows a picture of Cinderella losing her slipper shortly after marrying Prince Charming, and asks what time it was when the scene occurred. The card says the scene occurred at midnight, even though Cinderella actually got married at noon. Apparently, someone mistook this for a picture of the ball.
  • This review of the 1980 cartoon version of Tolkien's Return of the King (an unofficial attempt to complete Ralph Bakshi's aborted version) starts with the reviewer stating that they haven't read the original books. They nevertheless go on to complain about how the cartoon deviates from the original text such as having Sam tempted by the ring with visions of turning Middle Earth into a giant garden, Denethor possessing a Palantir and the presence of The Watchers (semi-alive giant vulture statues). ALL of these are in the original book.
  • A lot of summaries of Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights make it seem like a regular Scooby-Doo episode only set in the Middle East, when it is actually more or less an adaptation of the original book with Scooby and a Disguised in Drag Shaggy taking the place of Scheherazade.
  • There used to be a very vocal group on the IMDb discussion boards who claimed that "Dreamworks rips off Pixar" when in fact all the "examples" they quoted were of pairs of movies (e.g. Antz vs. A Bug's Life) which had almost nothing in common other than that they (1) were CGI animations, (2) had similar protagonists and (3) came out at around the same time (which can be accounted for entirely by the fact that there are fashions in movie scriptwriting as in everything else, hence also the rash of disaster movies in the early 1970s). (One thing those commentors evidently failed to grasp was animation lead time; it just isn't possible to crank out a high-quality, feature length animation in short order.) One particularly dumb example was that Flushed Away was supposedly "ripped off" from Ratatouille despite the fact that the former is actually an Aardman Animations film (Dreamworks only distributed it) hence is a poor choice for anyone wanting to prove anything about Dreamworks; and (2) the only thing the two have in common is that both have rodent protagonists — hardly a unique selling point in animation (one could just as logically claim that "Ratatouille ripped off (insert title of random Mickey Mouse cartoon here)").
    • Hell, the "Dreamworks rips off Pixar" issue affected the obscure British-Canadian series Anthony Ant, a negative review written by one of the members of this group (bashing it for supposedly being a cash-in on Antz and A Bugs' Life even though the show not only premiered in 1999, almost a year after both came out in theaters, but was based off a book written in 1993) is literally the description for the show's IMDB page when you look it up on Google, and likely helped give it a (rather unfair) 3-star rating.
  • The Facebook page for Alpha and Omega posted a photo captioned: "Happy #WolfWednesday! Could we interest you in this beautiful white wolf pup?" The image they posted showed an arctic fox.
  • The infamous argument that The Lion King ripped off Kimba the White Lion is flawed on several levels, and most videos on the subject come from people who have never seen the show themselves. Many if not most comparisions involve footage taken out of context, sometimes from material released after TLK came out, and many "similarities" are either entirely superficial, pre-date them both, and sometimes are just made up. For those interested, YourMovieSucks.org did some research on the controversy and ended up making a a 2-hour in-depth analysis that debunks most of the arguments made by the "Kimba Crowd". In a delicious bit of irony, a fan of Adam even discovered a pre-Kimba comic about a lion named Simba, and Adam then added a parody of the Kimba crowd videos by using the exact same arguments used in them.
  • Many early articles announcing the voice cast for SCOOB! mention Frank Welker voicing Scooby since the franchise's inception in 1969. While he's been voicing Fred since then, he only started voicing Scooby in 2002 with What's New, Scooby-Doo?.

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