19 Crazy Little Things In "The Princess Diaries" You Never Noticed Before

Pear with us.

1. Whitney Houston — yes, THAT Whitney Houston — was a producer on the film!

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So Anne Hathaway and company were in good hands.

2. Mia’s high school mascot, which is fitting considering the lion is the king of the jungle…

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3. …and in a fitting nod, the Genovian consulate features lion statues guarding the entrance.

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It all makes sense.

4. At the beginning of the movie, Mia is tasked with defending the school dress code in debate class. This is a clever bit of ironic foreshadowing, because she goes from wanting to blend in to standing out as a teenage princess.

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Oh, how things change!

5. OK, doesn’t it seem a little odd that Mia knows WHERE her grandma lives AND her name, yet can’t piece together that she’s royalty?

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It just doesn’t make sense!

6. The Genovian crest kind of looks like Gryffindor’s with its matching color scheme and gold G.

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Not to mention the LIONS previously mentioned!

7. On a not-so-nice note, somehow an eating disorder joke made it into a Disney movie. What?!

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C’mon.

8. And did this drag queen joke just go over our heads at the time?

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Oh, Joe.

9. Michael plays music with M&M’s on the keys, which seems both impractical and unsanitary.

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Kind of gross, TBH.

10. Paolo pulls a hair dryer and straightener out of his pants pockets, which seems both unsafe and uncomfortable.

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Who has pants pockets that are THAT big?

11. Good thing reporters discovered royalty was hiding in plain sight, because otherwise it would have been a slow news day — other top stories are a trend piece on red hair and “The Science of Sneezing.”

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Neither scream “front page.”

12. Paolo’s last name is Puttanesca, which is fitting. The pasta dish of the same name is called that because it was a favorite of prostitutes, or it has a lot of “shit” thrown in — and Paolo sold out Mia.

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Clever!

13. Can we just appreciate Queen Clarisse’s face in what we can assume is her first-ever snap in a photo booth?

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It’s perfect.

14. Does this photographer looking to get Mia’s picture think he is fooling ANYONE with his grass “camouflage” he has around his camera?

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You’re not blending in at all, pal.

15. Mia doesn’t just cone Lana — she gets IN THERE, spreading the ice cream all over her chest.

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“Lana got coned!”

16. Willie Brown actually WAS mayor of San Francisco!

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Were we supposed to notice that cameo as kids?

17. This plot hole never was resolved: Who put the M&M’s on the pizza for Michael? Mia never had time to go to the pizzeria, so did she have it delivered to her, place the candy, then relay it over? Or did she just expect the pizzeria to have chocolate lying around?

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We demand answers!

18. The Genovian motto is “Totus Corpus Laborat”, which means “the whole body works.” That being said, it’s technically incorrect — it should be “Totum.”

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Latin is tricky.

19. Finally, the jewels on Mia’s crown are absolutely appropriate — they kind of look like pears, the fruit Genovia is best known for.

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A truly magical detail.

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