We know that Disney is not realistic, just look at the proportions of the totally improbable princesses to realize it. But it doesn’t matter, you don’t watch a Disney to see realism. Nevertheless, when we see all the animals present in the films, we say to ourselves that it would be really different if they were closer to real life. It would even be a little ugly.
1. In real life, Timon from The Lion King would be a murderous monster
Yes, it might shock you, but meerkats, which look like such cute animals, are actually the deadliest mammals in the world. It means that if Timon had been realistic, maybe instead of gently picking up little Simba, he would have butchered him and made his breakfast. It’s immediately less charming.
2. In real life, Abu, Aladdin’s monkey, would smell like piss
Abu is a capuchin monkey, and real capuchins have a habit of pissing in their hands and then coating their fur. This practice is supposed to attract potential partners, but I have to admit that now I mainly imagine that Aladdin is walking around with an animal that stinks of piss on his shoulder. He is handsome Prince Charming.
3. In real life, Nemo’s dad would have become his mom
Clownfish have a particularity: when the dominant female disappears, the male changes sex to become female and replace the absent one. The real story of Finding Nemo would therefore have been Nemo’s mother who goes in search of her son. Well, the scenario would not have been upset for as much, but it is interesting to underline it. Or highlight it. I don’t know, do what you want.
4. In real life, Nemo’s dad would have eaten Nemo
Not to mention the change of sex, the story of Nemo could simply not have taken place since the clown fish have a habit of eating the eggs which they consider malformed to keep only the strongest. However, if you remember correctly the Disney, Nemo has an atrophied fin. He would therefore have been eliminated before he even hatched and, at least, he would have caused less trouble for his daddy.
5. In real life, Dumbo would have spent his time shitting
Adult elephants can shed 100kg of excrement per day, which is quite simply considerable. Dumbo is certainly not an adult, but he too should spend a good part of his days doing the big errand, and, oddly, we don’t see any of that in the Disney film. But, frankly, we understand the choice of the authors.
6. In real life, Sébastien would have tried to eat Flounder
In The little Mermaid, Ariel’s two companions, the crab and the fish, get along well. The cohabitation would have gone much less well in real conditions since the carnivorous crabs try to eat almost everything that is edible, including fish. Without knowing if he would have succeeded, Sébastien would therefore have tried to grate Flounder. And that would have broken the mood a bit.
7. In real life, Simba’s mother would have abandoned him shortly after birth
Lionesses do not have too many feelings: when their litter totals only one surviving lion cub, as is the case for Simba’s, they abandon it. They are more likely to reproduce the species by going to mate again to try to have a litter with several cubs. In The Lion KingSimba would have suddenly found himself in shit long before Scar came to put his two cents in it.
8. In real life, Huey, Dewey and Louie could kill and eat each other
Donald’s nephews are ducks, and ducks are prone to cannibalism when bored or when in an overcrowded situation. I’m not saying that’s what would necessarily have happened if Donald’s adventures had been realistic, but it would always have been a risk to consider. They should have been watched a bit.
9. In real life, Rémy would not have needed to give the other rats a taste of food.
In Ratatouille, Remy makes his friends taste food to educate their palates, but real rats would never have acted in this way. To tell their fellow rats what to eat, rats smell their breath. They have such a well-developed sense of smell that they don’t need more to know what to eat next. Rather stylish.
10. In real life, Zazu would have closed his wet
Because a bird that hangs out with lions, he’s kinda supposed to keep a low profile if he wants to stay alive for more than two minutes. Besides, Zazu is one of those cartoon animals that doesn’t look like the real thing, but I’ll let you see for yourself. Go click please.