It’s no secret, there are a ton of hilarious scenes in Disney movies. But did you know that some of them were actually ad-libbed by the actors? While some came from the cast improvising after committing simple errors, others arose because the directors gave them room to play around with their character. Whatever the case, we absolutely love the end result. Here are 9 of our favorites!
Josh Gad (Olaf) and the rest of the cast were given a lot of room to improvise while working on Frozen. In fact, the first time Olaf was introduced was ad-libbed by the actor!
2. The Lion King
One of the most memorable lines in the film: “What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?” was actually added by Nathan Lane (Timon).
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Johnny Depp ad-libbed a lot while working on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, especially when it came to his use of the word “savvy.” Our absolute favorite line that he added, however, was “Bring me that horizon,” which he says at the end of the movie.
4. Beauty and the Beast
It turns out Cogsworth’s famous line: “Flowers, chocolate, promises you don’t intend to keep,” was completely improvised by the voice actor that played him, David Ogden Stiers. Who knew?
5. Brother Bear
During recording, Joaquin Phoenix (Kenai) slipped up and accidentally referred to Koda’s friend Bucky as Binky. Jeremy Suarez’s (Koda) response: “First of all, his name’s Bucky, not Binky, and it wasn’t a pine cone it was a pine nut! And it was huge! Even bigger than your fat head,” was completely ad-libbed!
6. Alice in Wonderland
When Walt Disney overheard actor Ed Wynn (who voiced The Mad Hatter) ad-libbing the speech about “fixing” the White Rabbit’s watch, he loved it so much that he had it put in the film.
7. Toy Story
During recording, John Lasseter brought a fake arm into Tom Hanks’ session and told him to ad-lib with it. As soon as the scene—which features Woody trying to convince the other toys that Buzz is okay—was explained to him, he improvised with a hilarious puppet show-like routine. Most of the lines were so good they ended up making it into the film.
It’s a known fact that Robin Williams did a lot of ad-libbing (especially celebrity impressions) for the role of Genie in Aladdin. But, did you know the Pinocchio gag was based on one of his recording sessions? It was so good that animators had to go back and add it into the film.
9. Treasure Planet
The scene where Silver (Brian Murray) and Jim (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are trying to convince Morph to come to them was completely ad-libbed by the actors playing them!
Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!