24 historical inaccuracies in Disney movies

Disney creators have taken some other liberties regarding historical facts.
Disney creators have taken some other liberties regarding historical facts. Photo: Disney

It has been said if Disney movies stuck more closely to the original stories they were based on, they wouldn't be suitable for children at all.

And, as Mental Floss host John Green points out, Disney creators have also taken some other liberties regarding historical facts.

From architecture to dance styles, Green came up with a list of 24 historical inaccuracies in Disney movies. Here are five to get you started. For the full list, scroll down for the video.

Sleeping Beauty

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Set in the 14th century, Green points out the waltz Prince Philip and Aurora perform would not have happened in that time. Instead, they would have been doing a line dance or something that involved holding hands.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The stairs Quasimodo's mum died on don't exist. The real life Notre Dame cathedral is basically at ground level.

Mulan​

Green said "[Disney] mashed together a bunch of Chinese history" for Mulan. The story is set in 6th century but it is believed that Mulan lived between 420 and 589 C.E. The Great Wall of China pictured in the movie wasn't built until the 14th century C.E.

Frozen

Green says the costume designer mentioned she was going for an 1840 western European look. If that is the case, the word fractal wasn't used until 1975, so Elsa would not have been singing about frozen fractals. 

Aladdin

"Jasmine's outfit in Aladdin would not happen," said Green. Taking place between the 4th and 7th century C.E, Her clothing would have been looser and "without her stomach showing." She also probably would have worn a veil. 

Watch the full video.