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37 Things From Disney Movies That Still Do Not Make Any Sense To Me, A Fully Grown Adult

I just have a lot of questions about Beauty and the Beast.

Growing up, I was obsesed with Disney movies.

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My 14th birthday was Disney Princess–themed. Yes, I said 14th.

I've watched them all as an adult, too, and I have to say...I have a few more questions than I did when I was younger.

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Here are 37 things I just still don't get about Disney movies.

1. In Beauty and the Beast, was the Beast like...11 when he got turned into the Beast?

Lumiere singing that they've ben rusting for 10 years, then a photo of the rose from the prologue, when it was stated that the rose would bloom until the Beast was 21, then a photo of the Beast as a human, asking if he was 11 in it
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So, Lumière says they've been objects for 10 years, and in the prologue we find out that the rose will bloom until the Beast is 21 — so was he turned into a Beast at age 10/11? That seems a bit unfair. Also, why on earth was an 11-year-old at a palace without his parents? Plus, the picture of the Beast shows a guy who looks at least to be a teenager...I am so confused.

2. Why did no one call the Beast by his actual name?

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A quick Google search reveals his name is Adam (they don't give a name in the movie), but, like, Belle doesn't seem to know this? It seems a bit rude that everyone calls him "the Beast."

3. How long was Belle at the castle??

Maurice says he'll go back alone and find the castle, and then we see Belle in the Christmas movie, and later Belle sees Maurice still in the forest
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The snow, Belle's slowly changing feelings, and the existence of an entire Christmas movie set while Belle was at the castle suggest it was at least a few months. Except...Maurice appears to leave to find Belle that first night she's there, and when she sees him in the mirror the night she leaves the castle, he's still looking for her. He only seems to bring a small bag. He can't possibly have been in the forest for months, right?

4. How did Gaston and the mob find the Beast's castle?

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Also, how the heck did nobody know about this castle?? And what happened to the Beast's parents?? I've already asked a LOT of Beauty and the Beast questions, so I'm going to just tell myself that this was just, like, a summer palace, and part of the curse was the parents/villagers forgetting the Prince even existed. But that still doesn't explain how the villagers knew how to get there.

5. In Frozen 2...what was going on with Elsa's mom?

Elsa asking "Mother?" and her mom singing from the ice walls "Come, my darling, homeward bound"
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So, Elsa's the fifth spirit...what was her mom, then? Who was the spirit before Elsa was born — Elsa's mom? Did she know that? And is she really talking to Elsa in "Show Yourself"? Like, is that a ghost version of her? Will it always be there if Elsa wants to talk to her mom? If so, shouldn't she tell Anna about this? I have so many questions.

6. Will Olaf ever die of old age?

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Olaf's life was in danger in both films because of melting and flurrying away, but Elsa always manages to fix it. But, like...Frozen 2 makes such a big deal about him stressing over getting older. Does Olaf actually get older? Will he die of old age?

7. In Tangled, how on earth did Rapunzel remember being a newborn?

Rapunzel remembering seeing her parents as a baby
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When she realizes the truth, she sees her mobile and her parents, albeit a little blurry. This feels implausible to me, but maybe I'm asking too much of a Disney film.

8. Why did Gothel immediately turn old when the hair was cut, but none of Rapunzel's other magic was undone?

Gothel screaming no as she clutches Rapunzel's hair and rapidly ages
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For example, her mother didn't fall ill again (since she's fine when Rapunzel and Eugene go to see her), and Eugene's hand wound doesn't open again. But Rapunzel's magic on Gothel is IMMEDIATELY undone.

9. Did Rapunzel know she was keeping Gothel young?

Toddler Rapunzel singing as Gothel's hand turns young again
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It seems like she sort of does, since she sings for Gothel when she says she's feeling run-down later. Doesn't she ever question this or think it's weird, or wonder how old Gothel actually is? Also, doesn't she ever ask about her dad, or how she got her powers?

10. How did Gothel find some super-tall tower, and why didn't she just block the window that directly faced the lanterns?

toddler Rapunzel looking at the lanterns in the sky
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This feels like an easy-to-fix oversight.

11. In The Lion King, how did Zazu know the song "It's a Small World"?

Zazu singing It's a Small World
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Has he been to Disneyland??

12. Did Simba realize when singing "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" that he wouldn't be king until his dad died?

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I mean, right? Am I confused about monarchy here?

13. And why weren't the other animals more scared of Nala and Simba in "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"?

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Couldn't Nala and Simba just viciously kill them at any time?

14. In The Little Mermaid, what do Ariel and the other mermaids eat?

Sebastian singing "We what the land folks loves to cook, under the sea we off the hook!"
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Are they all on seaweed-only diets? Or...do they eat the talking fish? I assume not, because Sebastian and all the fish sing this whole song about how humans eat fish and how they're safe under the sea.

15. Okay, I know this question's been asked a million times, but...why didn't Ariel write a note to Eric saying who she was?? We know she could write, since she signed Ursula's contract with her name.

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16. In Aladdin, how come the Genie is able to use magic to get Aladdin out of the cave without using a wish, but then can't do the same when he saves Aladdin from drowning?

The Genie saying he can't cheat and he can't help Aladdin unless he makes a wish, when earlier, Aladdin points out that the Genie got Aladdin out of the cave without him wishing for it
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I know he DOES end up using his magic to save Aladdin from drowning without him verbalizing a wish, but the Genie takes a wish away from him anyway (which puts his whole freedom thing in jeopardy). Why doesn't he just...not count it, since Aladdin didn't technically wish for it, as he did with the cave "wish"?

17. Why could Iago talk and Abu couldn't?

Abu and Iago
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Okay, I get that Iago was a parrot, but parrots are only supposed to mimic, and Iago could speak his mind and say whatever. But Abu couldn't?

18. Does the Genie actually make Aladdin a prince?

Aladdin asks the Genie to make him a prince, and later Jafar asks Aladdin where he's from
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When Jafar questions Aladdin about where he's from, Aladdin doesn't seem to know. So...is he an actual prince of a country, or does the spell just give him the appearance of a prince? And for political alliance reasons, wouldn't the Sultan ask where he was from?

19. In Tarzan, how was Tarzan able to learn language?

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In psych class, we learned about Genie, a child who was abused and never taught any language until she was 13. Despite advances in communication skills, she never acquired a first language. So how did Tarzan, a fully grown man, learn English? I actually feel like there may be some science here with gorilla communication, but I'd still like to know. We need a case study on Tarzan.

20. Also, did Tarzan and Mowgli from The Jungle Book eat raw meat?

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Did they eat meat at all? Wouldn't they get sick if they ate it raw?

21. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was Quasimodo hallucinating the gargoyles, or could they really talk?

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If he was just imagining them, since he had no friends...God, this movie is sad.

22. In The Aristocats, why didn't Edgar just kill the cats?

Edgar looking at the cats as they sleep
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What was the point of this whole scheme when he could've just killed them?

23. And are you legally allowed to leave your fortune to cats? How would that even work?

Edgar overhears Adelaide say she'll leave her fortune to her cats
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The whole premise of this film is wild.

24. In The Princess and the Frog, did Ray actually turn into a star at the end? Was Evangeline another firefly who'd turned into a star? How did Ray even end up falling in love with a star??

Ray telling everyone Evangeline is glowing above them and pointing to a star, and then later there's a star next to Evangeline
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This was sweet, but I have too many questions to fully enjoy it.

25. Why did Tiana and Naveen change back into humans if it was after midnight?

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Kissing a princess (Charlotte) didn't work because it was after midnight, so why would kissing Tiana as a princess work? Also...is a marriage between frogs a legal marriage?

26. Also, did Naveen ever have to go back to his country to rule?

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He seems to just...stay in New Orleans. Doesn't he have a country to rule one day? Wouldn't Tiana have to move there with him?

27. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, how are the dwarfs not rich?

Doc holding a diamond
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Who are they even mining for, and how come no one else is mining there? It seems like there's a TON of diamonds and jewels.

28. Who named the dwarfs? Were they born with those names?

beds for Dopey and Sneezy
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Was Dopey, like, cool with being called Dopey?

29. In Sleeping Beauty, why change the curse so it could only be broken with true love's kiss?

"from this slumber you shall wake when true love's kiss the spell shall break" with a picture of Aurora sleeping
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Couldn't they have made some other fail-safe to break the curse? Were they expecting her to find her true love by 16?

30. What did they use to make thread if they got rid of all the spinning wheels?

Burning spinning wheels with the caption "King Stefan ... did then and there decree that every spinning wheel in the kingdom should on that very day be burned"
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I need to know about thread and sewing innovations that came about as a result of this.

31. What was the point of not telling Aurora she was a princess, or about the curse?

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Wouldn't it have been easier for Aurora to avoid spinning wheels and needles if she knew she was supposed to stay away from them?

32. Why bring Aurora to the castle so close to her birthday and not after? And why on earth did the fairies leave her alone MINUTES before she reached her 16th birthday??

The fairies decide to leave Aurora alone to cry, then leave the room
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They gave their entire lives to keep her safe, then left her alone minutes from reaching the finish line. I'm mad about it.

33. In Moana, how are the boats still functional after 1,000 years?

Moana finding the boats
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We know that Maui stole the heart 1,000 years ago and that Moana's people were voyagers before that. The ships are still around — which, okay, fine — but how are they still in good shape?

34. Why does the ocean choose Moana, and if it's been 1,000 years, why didn't they try someone earlier?

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Or did they? Were there others before Moana?

35. In Hercules, how does Meg's contract work?

Hades telling Meg she sold her soul to him to save her boyfriend's life
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She sold her soul to him, yet she still has to work for him while she's alive. But that sentence has a length to it, because Hades brings up adding/subtracting years from it. So...what was this deal? I have a feeling this is another Disney protagonist who did not read the contract.

36. And finally...in Mulan, HOW DID MULAN'S MAKEUP COME OFF SO EASILY?!?

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The greatest mystery of our time.

Is there anything you still don't get about Disney movies? Let me know in the comments!

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