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  • Wreck-It Ralph: Mario not being in the movie has nothing to do with Nintendo asking too much money for a cameo. He's not in it because the writers didn't know how to properly incorporate him, though he is mentioned. Mario was going to be in the sequel, but (different) legal reasons prevented it.
  • Despite Don Bluth debunking the rumors, many fans still believe there is an unused storyboard for The Secret of NIMH where Justin and Mrs. Brisby kiss.
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  • There's a rumor that in the original script for The Road to El Dorado, there were strong hints that Miguel and Tulio were a gay couple and Executive Meddling resulted in hints of homosexuality being removed and Chel being added, but the fact that Chel is included in rough model sheets and early test footage casts some doubt on this.
  • There's been a hoax going around associated with Monsters, Inc.. It involves a screenshot of a scene showing that Boo drew a drawing of her mother and "Uncle Roger" having sex. The picture is photoshopped, the original photoshopped image was part of a contest on a popular website. Despite this, people still claim the ratings board missed it or that it was on the first edition before later being censored.
  • For a long time, it was believed, even by the users on this wiki, that since the newscaster moose in Zootopia was changed to a different animal in other foreign versions, the UK version made him a corgi. Many were skeptical, since screencaps of the other animals existed online, but not the corgi, and there was no evidence of domestic dogs or cats existing in the Zootopia world. Eventually, web users who were actually from the UK stepped in to correct this, pointing out he was still a moose in their version.
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  • Rumors exist that Disney modeled both the titular lead of Cinderella and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan after Marilyn Monroe. These rumors are unfounded. Marilyn Monroe wasn't even a star yet when Cinderella was in production. The rumor likely spread because someone within Disney supposedly complained that Cinderella was "too voluptuous" and Monroe was a well-known celebrity from that era who was voluptuous.
  • It's commonly cited that Word of God has said Lady from Lady and the Tramp was in heat during the film. The reason the strays attacked her is that they wanted to rape her, and Tramp got Lady pregnant during their night together. This, however, is not true. Disney has never mentioned Lady being in heat and Lady's pregnancy would have lasted too long for a dog if Tramp got her pregnant that night.
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  • There's an urban legend for Treasure Planet that the original theatrical version contained a shot of Amelia looking down on her blood-covered hand after being injured, but it was considered too graphic and was censored upon home release. No proof of this scene exists. In the final film, Amelia does get injured, but there's no blood.
  • The Princess and the Frog: There is a rumor online that Disney tried to make Tiana But Not Too Black by keeping her curly hair tied up. The assumed concept art is actually fan-art by a French artist on what he imagined Tiana could look like.
  • There's a common claim that The Lion King (1994) started life as a Kimba the White Lion remake, but they were declined the rights and instead opted to "rip off" the series. There's no proof of such an agreement ever being attempted. Concept art of a white cub exists, but it is from the King of the Jungle stage of development where none of the Kimba similarities existed. It doesn't help that Matthew Broderick agreed to be in the movie expressly because he thought it was a Kimba adaptation.
    • The supposed similarities between Lion King and Kimba are themselves an example of this. Anybody who's ever watched both can tell you that the similarities are surface-level and superficial at best. While it's possible that some people who worked on Lion King were consciously or subconsciously influenced by Kimba, the idea of there being enough similarities to call the former a ripoff of the latter stems from ignorance and flawed, biased sources.
    • Additionally the urban legend parroting didn't actually start in Japan, contrary to what even some published authors have claimed, but in the United States. The Tezuka estate and production group were both adamant since the first release of Lion King that any similarities between it and Kimba were harmless coincidences due to both series drawing from some of the same pool of African wildlife and tropes.
  • It's commonly claimed that Disney lost the rights to Tarzan, hence why they no longer make merchandise of it. Disney still owns the rights to the film (plus, the original character is in the public domain in selected territories, so it'd be very difficult for the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs to take the rights back); more likely the reason there isn't any merchandise of it is simply because the film isn't very popular compared to the rest of the Disney Renaissance.
  • There was a rumor that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had another Polish dub apart from the 1938 one. It was supposedly made in 1947 and starred famous Polish actors Jadwiga Smosarska and Adolf Dymsza as Snow White and the Prince. This was proven untrue as Smosarska moved to USA soon after World War II broke out and only came back to Poland in 1958, while Dymsza was banned from acting in Warsaw for five years after the war had ended note . In reality, no other Polish dub other than the 1938 one was made until 2009.
  • Many claim that Don Bluth hated cats, due to them being featured as monstrous antagonists in films such as The Secret of NIMH and An American Tail. In fact, during production of NIMH, Bluth had a pet cat named Missy who was brought to the studio while suffering from cancer so the crew could spend time with her. She passed away before the film was finished, and was even credited as a cel painter, showing that Bluth did care for her greatly. It's more likely the reason those films had antagonist cat characters is due to them starring mice, and cats being the natural enemy of mice in fiction. And that's without bringing up the fact that Bluth's first non-Disney production was a television special starring a Cute Kitten.
  • There's a debunked rumor that Frozen II originally ended with Elsa staying dead, instead of her undergoing a Disney Death, and the ending was only edited within a year of release. In actuality, the ending was one of the first things decided, a fact that's been repeatedly confirmed both after the movie's release and well before it.
  • A rumor centering around Officer Specter in Onward went around post-release, namely, that Disney deliberately hyped her up as their "first gay character" to disguise the fact that she was actually a minor character, then censored the dialogue referring to her girlfriend in dubs. While there is a precedent of censorship happening in properties owned by them, it wasn't part of Onward: the "first gay character" hype came from other media outlets reporting on Specter's presence (not helped by the fact that she was used in a lot of the promotional material), and the discrepancies in dubs came from the fact that Lena Waithe ad-libbed the line (the script had her referring to a boyfriend instead).
  • Fans often speculated about an alternate cut of The Transformers: The Movie that featured even more Family-Unfriendly Violence and character deaths than the final film. One of the more wide-spread rumors claimed that Optimus Prime originally turned to dust on his deathbed, but the scene was removed due to being too traumatizing for children. While many deleted scenes were written and storyboarded, none were ever fully animated. The alternate death scene for Optimus is assumed to have originated from young fans mixing up his death with Starscream's, who does turn to dust after being shot by Galvatron.


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