Disney has been creating animation films since 1937, when they released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which immediately became a hit. That was the beginning of a long a fruitful Disney era that brought us numerous animated movies and characters we simply can’t imagine our life without. What most people don’t realize is that during the creative process Disney ditched quite a huge number of characters that could, potentially, become our favourites. Sometimes there was not enough screen time or the character appeared to be not interesting enough, so the company just cut it out of the movie. Here’s a quick look at some of the characters that got deleted from Disney movies.
Vulture (Sleeping Beauty)
Vultures got a bad rep and it’s certainly not easy for them to get into movies. This is what happened to a vulture from New York (I know, right?) that was supposed to be Maleficent’s sidekick in the Sleeping Beauty motion picture. She got a non-talking raven as her helper instead. Still, Disney didn’t forget about the grim bird and included vultures into several other movies – Robin Hood, The Jungle Book, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Harold the Merman (The Little Mermaid)
Harold the Merman is a nerdy guy that was supposed to appear in Little Mermaid as one of the ‘poor unfortunate souls’ that fell prey to Ursula’s cunningness. He wanted to become strong and impress girls with his muscles; instead he had to bring a fresh water lily to the witch. Of course, it wasn’t season for those flowers, so the merman returned empty-handed and was turned into a polyp. The movie was getting too long, so they had to cut him out completely.
Aladdin’s mother (Aladdin)
It’s a real treat for all Aladdin’s fans to have the ability to explore characters like Aladdin’s mother. We don’t know much, though, only that her name is Zena and she was as adventurous and ruthless as her son.
Breaker (The Little Mermaid)
If you think this animated movie needs a cute dolphin character – surprise! There actually was one, named Breaker. He was supposed to be Ariel’s best friend, but was changed for Flounder. He was supposed to have the voice of none other than Robin Williams, which could have been really cool.
Mheetu (The Lion King)
Back in the day when Disney’s Lion King was still at the development stage and was referred to as King of the Jungle, there was an idea of Nala having a younger brother that she would protect from Scar and the horrors he created for the whole Pride. The creators decided it was all too depressing and ditched the whole idea.
Senorita Cactus (Toy Story 2)
We all love Jessie as a female lead in Toy Story 2, but there was another powerful lady that could have swayed Woody with her mysterious prickly charms – Senorita Cactus. She was to become the antagonist in the story, so it would have been an absolutely dangerous mix of beauty and evil intentions.
It turns out there was supposed to be a sequel to our favourite Hercules, featuring Hebe, the mischievous goddess of youth. Being a daughter of both Zeus and Hera the girl would possess amazing power that would serve as a perfect base for the new animation movie. Oh, and her voice would have been none other than Hilary Swank, an Oscar-winning actress!
Belle’s Mother (Beauty and the Beast)
According to certain sources, the original screenplay of Beauty and the Beast had a scene where Belle interacted with her mother and even got a music box from her. Yet when the final plot was released, the scene was cut, as well as any other mention of Belle’s mother. We only get to hear about her in the song No Matter What.