Trivia & Useless Facts
The name of the dog from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is Max.
Kermit the Frog is left handed.
Mickey Mouse is known as"Topolino" in Italy.
Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time. Source: Chad H., Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood is an ordained minister.
101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.
In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid" (Disney backwards.)
Walt Disney had wooden teeth.
Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.
It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces.
The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan"
Pinocchio was made of pine.
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eyes."
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
Disneyland has the fourth largest navy in the world. Source: "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"
Tony the Tiger turns 42 in 1997; the Jolly Green Giant will turn 69. Source: "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"
Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy. Source: "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"
Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.
Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600's by a translator. The story was probably not changed deliberately by the 17th century translator. The glass slipper is more likely to have arisen from a confusion between the French, "une pantoufle en vair" (a fur slipper) and, "une pantoufle en verre" (a glass slipper.)
It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her.
Cinderella is known as Tuhkimo in Finland.
Charlie Brown's father was a barber.
Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.
The story of "Alice in Wonderland" was first told by author Lewis Carroll to four friends while rowing up the Thames from Oxford to Glascow for a mid-summer picnic. One of the party was nine-year-old Alice Liddell (the model for the fictional Alice). Source: "Reader's Digest Book of Facts"
In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy's last name is Gail. It is shown on the mail box.
The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
The movie playing at the drive-in at the beginning of "The Flintstones" was the The Monster.
Wilma Flinestone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean McBricker.
On the cartoon show "The Jetsons", Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.
The first Marvel Comics super hero was the Human Torch.
The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver". Wally and Beaver had a baby alligator which they kept in the toilet.
Beaver Cleaver's locker number was #9.
Hugh Beaumont, "Ward Cleaver" of Leave It To Beaver, was an ordained minister.
Howdy Doody had forty-eight freckles. Source: David Katz-Doft
Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a ballooon for a parade. Source: Bat Garg
In an episode of The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob's Criminal Number is 24601, the same as the Criminal number of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
The hacky-sack was invented in Turkey.
Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs.
If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
Cheryl Ladd (of Charlie's Angels fame) played the voice, both talking and singing, of Joise in the 70s Saturday morning cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats."
School busses in the United States are Chrome Yellow and used to be Omaha Orange.
Most of the little school houses in the U.S. of yesteryear were painted red because red was the least expensive paint color.
The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Perriwinkle Blue.
Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
Some 16,000,000,000 prizes have been given away in boxes of Cracker Jacks since the company started the practice in 1912.
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"
Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."
Mr. Snuffleupagas' first name was Alyoisus.
Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
On Sesame Street, Bert's goldfish were named Lyle and Talbot, presumably after the actor Lyle Talbot.
If the Spaceship Earth ride at EPCOT was a golfball, to be the proportional size to hit it, you'd be two miles tall.