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Top 10 Disney Movie Plot Holes You Never Noticed

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
Script written by Savannah Sher There are some plot holes in Disney movies even you may have missed! For this list we’re looking at things that still make us scratch our heads in animated Disney movies. For instance, why doesn’t Scar kill Simba? Why doesn't Charlotte turn into a frog? Why doesn’t Woody remember his old owners?Why can’t Ariel write notes to Eric? How old is beast? and why doesn’t Cinderella’s shoe fit anyone else?!

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Top 10 Plot Holes in Disney Movies

Don’t get us wrong - we love these films. But they’ve left us with some unanswered questions. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Plot Holes in Disney Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at things that still make us scratch our heads in animated Disney movies.

#10: Why Does Tarzan (& the Gorilla Troop) Stay at the Nest?
“Tarzan” (1999)

You know how in almost every horror movie there’s a moment where the main characters hear a weird noise in the basement or outside their window and decide to go investigate? All the while you’re yelling at your screen for them to just stay somewhere safe.
There’s a scene like this in this Disney movie where Tarzan brings Jane, Professor Porter, and Clayton to the gorilla’s nesting site, which greatly angers Kerchak. Yet, despite their home’s location being known, for some reason they decide to stay, and Clayton and his goons easily find them later.

#9: Why Doesn’t Scar Kill Simba?
“The Lion King” (1994)

Scar establishes pretty early in “The Lion King” that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to take control of Pride Rock, but he somehow stops short of doing the one thing that would secure his success. After he kills his brother, Mufasa, by throwing him into the gorge, he for some reason lets Simba, the rightful heir to the throne, run away. True, Simba is still a child at this point and doesn’t pose a serious threat (yet). Scar also tries to scare him from ever coming back to his home. But if he was going to order the hyenas to kill Simba anyway, why not just do it himself?

#8: Why Doesn’t Charlotte Turn Into a Frog?

“The Princess and the Frog” (2009) In the climactic scene of 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog,” Tiana and Prince Naveen are attempting to turn back into humans. They find out from Mama Odie that the only way to do so is for Naveen to kiss a princess. Charlotte decides that she will help him, and since she is temporarily a princess, her kiss should make him human again. The problem is that they only kiss after the clock strikes midnight, meaning she is no longer a princess, so it doesn’t work. In that case, though, Charlotte should definitely have been turned into a frog - just like Tiana!

#7: Why Doesn’t Woody Remember His Old Owners?
“Toy Story” franchise (1995-)

In “Toy Story 2,” viewers find out that Woody is actually a much older toy than we had previously thought. He’s revealed to be a rare collectible and even had his own television show during the black and white era of television. In other words, he was around for decades before the events of the first film. The thing is, though, toys can remember their previous owners, because Jessie has a clear recollection of hers. So why does Woody act like he has spent his whole life with Andy when he has probably been in many households before that?

#6: Where Do Elsa’s Powers Come From?
“Frozen” (2013)

We get it, most Disney movies utilize a fairy tale structure where magic and mystery are de rigueur. But in most stories, we have at least some explanation where these fantastical elements come from. In “Frozen,” however, Elsa was seemingly born with the ability to turn things to ice and snow, and even create entities using these elements. She has varying levels of control over her powers depending on her emotional stability. The strange thing is, though, viewers never get a hint at where these powers came from.

#5: Why Isn’t Aladdin a Prince?
“Aladdin” (1992)

You know how it works with genies - you rub a lamp, they pop out, and they’re forced to grant you three wishes. This is exactly what happens in “Aladdin,” and for his first true wish, Aladdin asks to be transformed into a prince. It works and our favorite street rat is turned into "Prince Ali of Ababwa." Even so, though, he continues to lament the fact that Princess Jasmine will never be able to be with him because she can only marry a prince. But what just happened here? Does he not believe in the genie’s magic?

#4: How Can Pocahontas (& the Powhatan Tribe) Speak English?
“Pocahontas” (1995)

There are many films that are set in other cultures in which characters should for all intents and purposes be speaking in their native language, but can communicate in English instead for the sake of the plot. In “Pocahontas,” the titular character is a native girl living in North America when settlers invade her home. She and most of her fellow Powhatans have never seen anyone from Europe before, and yet they seem perfectly capable of English communication. In Pocahontas’ case, we guess it’s because she listens with her heart, but that’s a pretty vague explanation... and what about the rest of the tribe? Ah well, Disney magic!

#3: Why Can’t Ariel Write Notes to Eric?
“The Little Mermaid” (1989)

In a movie that involves mermaids, you may wonder why we’re nitpicking about facts, but just because a story has a fantastical setting doesn’t mean it’s exempt from following logic. In “The Little Mermaid,” we see at one point that Ariel is capable of both reading and writing when she signs a contract with the evil sea witch, Ursula. And yet, when she wants to communicate with her love, Prince Eric, after having her voice taken away from her, she never thinks to simply get some index cards and write him a note.

#2: How Old Is the Beast?
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

In this tale as old as time, we see a young man transformed into a beast while his entire household is put under a spell. As the story goes, he has to learn to love and find true love before his 21st birthday if he can become human again. In "Be Our Guest," Lumiere mentions that they have all been under the enchantment for ten years. That means that that the Beast was only 11 years old when he was cursed! Seems like a bit of a harsh punishment for someone who isn’t even a teenager yet. On top of that, doesn’t it seem a bit strange that all the villagers seem unaware that the castle exists despite its proximity?

#1: Why Do Cinderella’s Slippers Remain Unchanged?

“Cinderella” (1950) Let’s talk about some basic logic here for a second. A prince meets a mystery woman and finds himself left with her glass slipper. His plan to find her is to tour around the kingdom, making women try on the shoe until he finds its owner. But did anyone stop to consider that there are a pretty finite amount of women’s shoe sizes, meaning many others would probably fit into them? More importantly, though, when the clock strikes midnight and the spell is broken, all of Cinderella’s clothes and accoutrements that she has been given by the Fairy Godmother turn back to normal, EXCEPT for her shoes, which remain unchanged.

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