16 Live-Action Disney Movie Details And Easter Eggs That Are Just So Darn Clever

Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid hits theaters May 26, 2023, and I couldn't be any more excited! Halle Bailey is simply perfect for Ariel.

Halle Bailey as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid"
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Here's the teaser trailer so you can hear these vocals for yourself:

Since we've (sadly) still got a while to wait, I thought I'd look back on some other live-action Disney movies in the meantime. It turns out, there are so many little details in these films that I never noticed! Here are some of the coolest:

🚨 Minor spoilers ahead!!! 🚨

1.First, in Aladdin (2019), the film's choreographer, Jamal Sims, makes a veryyy subtle cameo in the background as a prince.

Screenshot from "Aladdin"
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Director Guy Richie explained in an interview with CinemaBlend, "We wanted to use Jamal because he was so integral to the movie. He actually had more dialogue [in the original cut]. I think if you saw the whole thing of Jamal Sims and the lost prince, it's quite entertaining."

Jamal Sims

^That's Sims in real life!

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2.In Hocus Pocus (1993), Max's tie dye shirt is made up of the same colors as the Sanderson sisters' outfits.

Closeup of Max
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3.Also in Hocus Pocus, if you look closely at the walls in Max and Dani's house, you can see a painting of...uh, their house.

Screenshot from "Hocus Pocus"
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4.In The Parent Trap (1998), the twins attempt to get their parents back together by setting them up on a yacht. The yacht is named Halcyon, which means "denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful."

Screenshot from "The Parent Trap"
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5.In D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994), most of the "crowd" is actually just cardboard cut outs.

Screenshot from "D2: The Mighty Ducks"
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Here's a closer look:

Screenshot from "D2: The Mighty Ducks"
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Aaand more:

Screenshot from "D2: The Mighty Ducks"
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6. In The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Mia accidentally flings her keys when she waves to her court. A member of the staff (played by Allan Kent) catches the keys and says, "It happens all the time." Kent also said this exact same line when he played a waiter in Pretty Woman (1990). Pretty Woman was directed by Garry Marshall, who ALSO directed both Princess Diaries movies.

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Additionally, Kent appears as a waiter in the first Princess Diaries (2001) and says the same line in that movie, too.

"It happens all the time."

This is like the film equivalent of the SpongeBob fish who always cries, "My leg!" in every scene.

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7.Also, in The Princess Diaries (2001), Garry Marshall's twin granddaughters make a cameo asking Mia for her autograph.

Screenshot from "The Princess Diaries"
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8.In The Haunted Mansion (2003), if you look closely enough at Jim and Sara's car, you can see that the license plate reads "EVRSELL." This refers to the couple's real estate company, Evers and Evers, named after their last name.

Screenshot from "The Haunted Mansion"
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Here's a closer look:

Screenshot from "The Haunted Mansion"
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9.In Beauty and the Beast (2017), Cadenza is a composer who has been transformed into a harpsichord. At the end of the movie, when he becomes a human again, his teeth are missing. This is because he used his keys to get the villagers out of the castle during the battle sequence.

Screenshot from "Beauty and the Beast"
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10.If you look reeeeally closely at this note in National Treasure (2004), you can see a very subtle reference to Sean Bean's (who plays Ian) favorite English football team, Sheffield United F.C.

Screenshot from "National Treasure"
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11.Also in National Treasure, you can briefly see the Eye of Providence symbol as Ben's grandfather's eye fades out over the pyramid in the background.

Screenshot from "National Treasure"
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12.In Enchanted (2007), Robert works for a law firm named Churchill, Harline, and Smith. The firm was named after composers Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, and Paul J. Smith, who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Screenshot from "Enchanted"
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13.In Mary Poppins Returns (2018), a woman stops Jane and asks her for directions, then says, "Many thanks, sincerely." The actor who plays the woman is Karen Dotrice, who portrayed Jane in Mary Poppins (1964). Dotrice said the exact same line in the original film.

Screenshots from "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Mary Poppins"
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14.In Cruella (2021), Cruella can be seen watching the Alfred Hitchcock film Lifeboat (1944) — which stars Tallulah Bankhead — in her hotel room. Bankhead's mannerisms were reportedly Disney's inspiration for the original Cruella de Vil in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961).

Screenshot from "Cruella"
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15.In Tomorrowland (2015), you can see the Iron Giant on a shelf in the store. The director of Tomorrowland, Brad Bird, also directed The Iron Giant (1999).

Screenshot from "Tomorrowland"
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16.And finally, in Mulan (2020), Ming-Na Wen makes a cameo at the end of the film as an esteemed guest who introduces Mulan to the emperor. Wen voiced the original Mulan in Mulan (1998).

Screenshots from both "Mulan" movies
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What are your favorite tiny details from Disney movies? Tell us in the comments!

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