Shocking Disney animation secret leaves the internet reeling

A comparison between Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh animations
(Image credit: Disney)

Before the time of modern animations and CGI, Disney was known for its stunning hand-drawn animations, which spanned over six decades, from Fantasia to Peter Pan.

But it turns out that several of the original Disney movies feature a number of recycled animation sequences. Yes, you've probably watched the same animation more than once because of Disney's little hack. Check out the video below, or see for yourself by signing up for Disney Plus and spending the weekend binging your favourite animations. 

The YouTube video by Cartoon Hangover has racked up over 2 million views since it was posted in 2017. It reveals several repeated sequences, taken from the likes of Snow White, Bambi and 101 Dalmations, using side-by-side shots to show almost identical animations. 

The video also features a quote from an ex-Disney animator, Floyd Norman, who explains the recycled animations were "done to save time and save money". However, Norman goes on to reveal he didn't think it did what it set out to because it was "more of a hassle to dig this old footage out of the archive". 

The video has picked up thousands of comments. "It's like Bambi's mum never died, she kept showing up in other movies", one person wrote, while someone else said "This is why all the Disney movies of that era are jumbled in my head. I thought I just had a bad memory".

So next time you're watching old Disney films, be sure to keep a close eye on the animation. If you're working on your own animation, see the 12 principles of Disney animations and take a look at our roundup of the best laptops for animation

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.

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