TMSM Mythbusters: The Movie Edition

TMSM Mythbusters logoUsually on Monday’s our TMSM Mythbuster’s is created using a full on explosion of time consuming, thought provoking, hair pulling research. This week though, after the the events of this weekend, and the mood of the Disney-verse, I felt we needed to lighten things up this evening. Also, I happen to love how actual Disney execs take time to debunk Disney myths!

Disney Execs Just Busted Every Disney Movie Myth You Ever Loved in One Interview.  By Noelle Devoe for Seventeen Magazine

Disney stans everywhere know that with every Disney movie that comes out, a whole new world of theories emerge connecting each movie and their characters together. When it comes to ​Aladdin​, ​The Little Mermaid​, and ​Hercules​ , all movies helmed by Ron Clements and John Musker, there are plenty of urban myths that fans have been debating for years. But in celebration of the latet release of ​Aladdin​, the Diamond Edition​, Clements and Musker sat down with E! Online to confirm, but mostly deny, the biggest Disney myths surround their movies!

Myth: ​”Aladdin” ​is set in Agrabah, a post-apocalyptic future.
This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Actually, ​Clements and Musker​ hadn’t even heard of this one! ​According to Musker, ​Aladdin​ had originally been set in Baghdad, Iraq, but then the Gulf War happened, and the creators thought it was in poor taste to keep the setting there. “So, I took letters and did a jumbled anagram and came up with Agrabah,” Musker explained. “We came up with a few alternates. But no, we never thought it was post-apocalyptic, futuristic or in some other time.”

Myth: The shooting star Hercules sees while singing “Go the Distance” is Aladdin and Jasmine on their magic carpet ride.
Even though both movies were made by Clements and Musker, and the shooting star ​was​ purple, the creators say they don’t think it was Aladdin and Jasmine on their romantic “A Whole New World” magic carpet ride. “Pegasus is sort of watching over Hercules until he joins with him,” revealed Clements. “The shooting star, we were thinking, is Pegasus. Though no one, I guess, can ever know for sure…”

Myth: The sunken ship Ariel explores in ​”The Little Mermaid​” is the ship wreck that killed Anna and Elsa’s parents.
Seeing as Clements and Musker had nothing to do with ​Frozen​, they couldn’t say with any certainty that this myth was true. “We don’t really know on our end with Frozen,” Clements said, “and I’ve never really asked [Chris Buck, the director of ​Frozen​].” While Musker admitted the theory was super interesting, he thinks it’s all ultimately “fan fiction.” Even though some might be bummed that this myth turns out to not be true, it only further goes to show that Elsa and Anna’s parents never died and actually ended up in the jungle where they gave birth to their brother, Tarzan! OBVS.
Aut Input: The fact the Frozen gals are of a Slovic descent, and Tarzan’s parents were British royalty, and the number of masts on the ships used in that graphic, are really great “Captain Observo Master of the Obvious” tell tale clues this is a busted myth too!

Fact: The peddler at the beginning of “Aladdin” is the Genie​.
Actually, this myth turns out to be true​ That was the whole intention, originally,” Clements revealed. “We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin did the voice of the peddler.” Sadly, the plot point got lost during creative changes to the movie. ” Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that’s an urban legend that actually is true.​”

REJOICE Disney stans! At least one of your beloved myths is true!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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