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DreamWorks’ Shrek was first released on May 18, 2001.

The song “All Star” by Smash Mouth, heard in the opening credits, was only placed in the film for test audiences until a new song could be found. But test audiences loved it, and the producers kept it in. When the producers decided to keep “All Star” they decided to let the band sing the last song in the movie, “I’m a Believer.” (x)

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Fun Fact: The iconic Lady And The Tramp spaghetti kiss almost never happened. The scene in which two dogs nuzzle over a plate of noodles was cut from the film’s first storyboards by Walt Disney himself. He wanted the dogs to have human emotions but thought fine dining might be pushing it. “Walt wasn’t convinced that that would be a very clean-cut scene,” tells Steven Vagnini. “As you can imagine, if you have two pets and they eat a plate of spaghetti, it’s hard to envision that being too graceful.“ Directing animator Frank Thomas saved the day and the scene by working up a rough version to convince Disney. (x)

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Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire was first released on June 15, 2001.

Mike Mignola, creator of the Hellboy (2004) comic books (and the basis for the movie) provided many initial production sketches for this film. Mignola was initially contacted by a Disney representative asking if he would work on the project, Mignola’s first response was “How did you get my phone number?”. (x)

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5 facts about Princess Mononoke

1) In Japanese mythology, dogs/wolves are male-voiced and cats female-voiced regardless of sex. This is why Akihiro Miwa provided his voice for Moro the mother wolf in the Japanese version of the film.

2) The film’s runtime is 134 minutes (2 hour and 14 minutes) which is the second longest animated film ever made. The longest is Final Yamato (1983) (165 minutes).  

3) Mononoke means monster or vengeful spirit. The people of Iron Town called San this because they thought her soul was stolen by the gods of the forest.

4) Since the film Nausicaa was greatly edited down in American releases one of Studio Ghibli’s producers sent the co-chairman of Miramax an authentic katana with a simple message: “No cuts.”

5) Director Hayo Miyazaki took 16 years to fully develop the characters and plot of the film.

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6) Princess Mononoke was the first animated film ever to receive the Japan Academy Prize for picture of the year.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

In honor of the exclusive Oswald short available on the Walt Disney Signature Collection, here are a few fun facts about the Lucky Rabbit. Unlock the short “Hungry Hobos” when you purchase Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Digital.

Ub Iwerks was lead animator on Hungry Hobos, and one can see his superb personality animation in the early scenes of Oswald’s and Pete’s checker game and their cow encounter.


While Iwerks draws Pete as a relatively svelte rogue toward the start of this cartoon, fellow animator Rollin “Ham” Hamilton handles several later shots in which Pete shows more of the chunky physique we associate with him today.


Hungry Hobos was popular enough to launch a subseries of shorts featuring Oswald and Pete as brother hobos, which continued within the Oswald series after Disney’s involvement ended. Non-Disney Oswald-Pete hobo cartoons included Weary Willies (1929) and Tramping Tramps (1930).

Oswald’s eyes actually cover his entire upper face—we usually don’t notice, though, because the whites of his eyes aren’t outlined in full. When Oswald picks up the chicken in Hungry Hobos, however, the whites of his eyes are fully outlined for a few seconds, giving him a brief “goggle-eyed” look.


Sheriff Crabb, the grouchy dachshund lawman, also squared off with ne'er-do-well Oswald in The Ol’ Swimmin’ ‘Ole (1928), as well as in later non-Disney Oswald cartoons.

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