Some people consider themselves Disney experts: They know the title and release date of every Disney movie ever made. They can tell you the backstories of every character Disney ever created. They know every hero's animal sidekick. They can tell you the story of the first time they watched each film in its entirety. They know pretty much everything there is to know about the Disney corporation and its movies.
If you consider yourself one of these experts, you may even know a little bit about the opening scene of each Disney movie, but do you know the opening lines? From introductory song lyrics to some of the craziest words ever spoken in a children's feature-length film, Disney has given us a lot of memorable opening lines. While you may think that all Disney movies begin with the phrase "Once upon a time," you'd be surprised as to what comes out of the mouths of some of these animated characters.
If you think you have what it takes to figure out the first lines of each of these Disney movies, it's time to test your skills. Take this quiz (which we've made pretty darn challenging!) to see just how much of a Disney expert you really are.
Everyone remembers "The Little Mermaid" (1989) for its great songs and excellent visuals. However, we rarely review what the story is actually about: a teenage girl who wants to run away from home.
"Mulan" (1998) was an excellent taste of girl power in a Disney film. Not only did Mulan do what she wanted to do, she also saved her entire country — just to save her father's life.
We all know that this first line wouldn't fly these days (or even the days shortly after this movie was released), but in 1937, the world was different, and if the villain had a magical slave, no one seemed to worry about it.
If people thought Disney had it right with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), they were soon surprised by the most stunning visuals the world had ever seen with "Cinderella" (1950).
Nothing beats a Disney movie that dabbles in Voodoo. "The Princess and the Frog" (2009) shows us a hardworking woman who is ready to make her own dreams come true, until she meets a frog that she falls in love with.
The story of "Dumbo" (1941) shows us that our differences give us strengths. Even if we're made fun of, we can learn to use what others see as shortcomings to succeed in life. It just takes a little creativity and confidence.
When we first saw "Pocahontas" (1995), we were stunned by the gorgeous visuals. However, as with most Disney films, the historical inaccuracy really got the better of us, and we realized that the story was just a story.
"Bambi" (1942) was one of our first encounters with showing the entire human race as the villain. Of course, they never actually showed a member of the human race, but if man entered the forest, all of the animals knew it was time to run.
There is something so simple about a story of a regular person becoming a hero. "The Black Cauldron" (1985) is what that's all about, as Taran can finally do more than just herd pigs.
In this opposites-attract movie, a young puppy meets a baby fox, and they become best friends. We won't spoil the ending for you, but we're sure it will have you in tears as their friendship comes to a turning point.
Disney really brought the heat with the strong female characters in its movies of the last decade, and "Moana" (2016) is no exception. Moana saves the world with her free spirit and determination.
How do you make an old story appeal to children? Well, you turn all of the characters into animals, of course! Robin Hood can be a fox; that will make him less creepy as a thief. This 1973 film really showed that Disney loved making characters into animals and was good at anthropomorphism.
"Oliver & Company" (1988) is the story of "Oliver Twist" ... if he was a cat ... living in New York City. It works on a lot of levels, including the classic "Disney turns people into animals" level.
If you were ever wondering what would happen if a boy was raised by wolves, "The Jungle Book" (1967) can answer that for you. While there was a live-action remake in the 1990s, Disney decided to create yet another one in 2016.
Native Americans take a lot of pride in the beautiful stories that they tell. These stories are mythology and history wrapped into one. Unfortunately, some of these stories leave out the goofy moose friends found in "Brother Bear."
There are no strings holding down this puppet, and if he's good enough, he gets to be a real boy. We're not exactly sure why someone would want to be less magical, but it's clear that people always want what they can't have.
"Tangled" (2010) gave an interesting retelling of the Rapunzel story. However, many people were really displeased that her hair lost its magic when it was cut short and turned brown.
"Zootopia" (2016) brings out Disney's political side. Not only does the main character overcome gender stereotypes, she also helps others overcome the stereotypes that they fall into.
Nobody tells a story about delusions of grandeur better than Disney Studios, and "Bolt" (2008) does not disappoint. In this story, a dog really believes that he's a hero, and in true heart-warming Disney fashion, he eventually becomes one.
Disney has its fair share of orphan movies. While most orphans are simply looking for a home and family, "Meet the Robinsons" (2007) shows that, no matter what your history, you can achieve greatness.
"Chicken Little" (2005) had a memorable opening scene, because the narrator was so frustrated with how Disney likes to open their movies that he went through all of them (including the opening of "The Lion King").
Everyone can agree that "Lilo & Stitch" (2002) was a different kind of Disney movie. The main characters don't necessarily get along, and they aren't perfect (just like every family in America), and that made them different from the Disney norm. Their uniqueness in the Disney canon made them special.
If you're looking for a movie that shows what it's like to remain a kid forever, "Peter Pan" (1953) will give you everything you need. If you haven't watched this classic in a while, make sure you take a look. You might be surprised by Tinkerbell's attitude.
"101 Dalmatians" (1961) probably has the longest opening-credit sequence in the entire world. Luckily for us, the animators at Disney studios made it interesting and included some great visuals to go along with the laundry list of names that helped create the movie.
When a rich girl meets a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, you know you're going to have a great love story. Now imagine that they're both dogs, and you have the perfect Disney movie.
Disney likes to borrow from history and books that are public domain, but they often miss important parts of the story. "Hercules" (1997) was no different; Disney likes to make a clear distinction between good and bad, so they went ahead and made Hades the devil. Sad.
In 2000, Disney broke the mold with "The Emporer's New Groove." This movie was funny, action-packed and almost scary at times. With this film, Disney finally learned how to blur the line between friend and foe with the character Kronk.
If you're going to do CGI, you have to do it right. Disney knew this when they signed up with Pixar to make "Toy Story" (1995). It's hard to believe that a movie from nearly 25 years ago still holds up, but it does.
When it comes to dark Disney movies, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996) really takes the cake. Not only was the main character abandoned as a child, there were people chasing his love interest and trying to kill her.
When King Arthur was a little boy, he wasn't much. When he goes in search of a sword, he stumbles upon one that is set in the stone. Of course, he removes it with minimal trouble, when it takes men all their might to leave it just where it is. It's how we know he's destined to be a hero.
When the villain in "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) turns into a dragon, all of the rules of movies go out the window. Disney could now do anything they could dream up, and all it took was some visual magic from their animation team.
Disney loved crossing cartoons with live action. It wasn't an easy feat, but it consisted of some of the first visual effects that were so cutting edge, people loved going to see Disney films in the theaters. The most memorable of these crossover films is "Mary Poppins" (1964).
His name is Basil, and he's a detective in London. In "The Great Mouse Detective" (1986), he tries to find a kidnapped toy maker, and it becomes an adventure to defeat his nemesis, Professor Ratigan.
Supposedly, when Disney makes a new princess, they often think about what spoiled children would do. However, with "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), it was the prince who was spoiled and the princess (okay, she was really a commoner; she became a certified Disney Princess by marrying royalty!) simply wanted to explore and learn.
Yes, "A Goofy Movie" (1995) opens with Goofy's son Max having a dream about the girl that he likes. However, the dream soon turns into a nightmare, as Max turns into Goofy himself.