16 Animated Movies Pixar and Disney Made Small Changes to Fit Better Into a Particular Country’s Cultural Context

If you’re a fan of animated movies, probably you know a lot about them, but here’s a fun fact you might’ve missed. Animated movies sometimes get small localized changes made to certain scenes so they fit into a particular country’s cultural context much better. Small changes like this are made to help bring a film’s message far better, and it helps us see different cultures and countries. To do these changes it requires a lot of work, but being flexible in how certain scenes are handled makes the international audience more involved.

Disney and Pixar director Pete Docter told Tech Insider that  the team wanted to make the ideas and emotions work for an international audience, not just a domestic one.

Yucky broccoli being changed to green peppers in the Japanese version of ‘Inside Out’ is just the tip of the cinematographic iceberg. Japan likes broccoli but hates green peppers; meanwhile, I like both and I like to think of myself as a picky audience member,” says Pixar artist David Lally

“We learned that some of our content wouldn’t make sense in other countries. For example, in Japan, broccoli is not considered gross. Kids love it. So we asked them, ‘What’s gross to you?’ They said green bell peppers, so we remodeled and reanimated three separate scenes replacing our broccoli with green peppers,” Docter said.

There are a lot of examples of these tiny changes that had a big impact in the audience, which you can see below. Seriously, hats off to the animators, producers, and editors who do all the hard work.

#1 Zootopia: Different Newscasters

Walt Disney Pictures

#2 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear’s Speech

Pixar Animation Studios

#3 Coco: Title Change In Brazil

Pixar Animation Studios

In Brazil, the word ‘cocô’ means ‘poop’, therefore the title, as well as Mama Coco’s name had to be changed.

#4 Inside Out: Riley’s Dad Daydreaming About Hockey vs. Soccer

Pixar Animation Studios

#5 Inside Out: Riley Rejecting Broccoli vs. Green Peppers

Pixar Animation Studios

#6 Moana: Released With A Different Title In Italy Due To A Controversial Adult Movie Actress With The Same Name

Pixar Animation Studios

#7 Up: Paradise Falls vs. Hand Drawn Picture Of The Falls For Better Clarity

Pixar Animation Studios

#8 Planes: Rochelle Changes Appearance Depending On Country

DisneyToon Studios

#9 Monsters University: Cupcakes For English vs. International Viewers

Pixar Animation Studios

#10 Up: “My Adventure Book” Is Translated Into Different Languages

Pixar Animation Studios

#11 Cars: Agent Harv Has A Different Accent Depending On Country

Pixar Animation Studios

In the UK version, Harv is voiced by Jeremy Clarkson, who hosts the BBC show Top Gear.

#12 Inside Out: Bing Bong Reads A Sign Out Loud

Pixar Animation Studios

Bing Bong reads the sign and points at it with his trunk. His movements have been reanimated to fit different languages.

#13 Wreck It Ralph: Minty Zaki Becomes Minty Sakura In The Japanese Version Of The Movie

Walt Disney Animation Studios

#14 Ratatouille: The French Version Has The Letter That Remy Found Rewritten In French, Instead Of Just Adding The Subtitles

Pixar Animation Studios

#15 Cars: Jeff Gorvette Changes Appearance And Is Based On Famous Race Drivers Of Different Countries

Pixar Animation Studios

In the Spanish version of the movie, Jeff becomes Fernando Alonso, who is voiced by a Spanish two-time Formula One World Champion with the same name.

In the Chinese version, his name is Long Ge, and his appearance resembles that of a Chinese flag.

#16 Monsters University: Greek Letters As “Scary Font” For International Audiences

Pixar Animation Studios

Artist Visually Compares the Sizes of Extinct Species With Their Modern Relatives

Technology has evolved and shaped our workplaces in many ways. Photoshop, for instance, helps us take a glimpse at how we want things to appear. Although flawless photography is perhaps never possible without expensive shooting gear, digital photo can give us the solution to turn imperfect photographs into professional ones so easily. It helps us to explore creative thinking and thoughts. Even though they still remain digital, they’re pretty close to reality.

To illustrate, Roman Uchytel uses technology for this matter. He uses Photoshop to show us a glimpse of things that have passed and thus will never come back. More specifically, he recreates prehistoric extinct species of animals as best as he can using the information that he has now. And it can be said that he’s been doing indeed a good job at it. Furthermore, he even managed to publish a book which you can find here.

Luckily, Earthwonders managed to get in touch with Roman Uchytel and had an interview about one of his many series which will be presented below. Such series involve the comparison of the sizes of extinct species with their modern relatives and places them side by side. It’s truly interesting how some of the species were way bigger than we would’ve thought looking at their modern relatives. So, scroll down and check out the images!

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“We came up with this idea together with Alexandra Antonova (Uchytel), my wife and business partner, for our children to know what the ancestors (or relatives) of the animals they see in the zoo looked like. Besides, I’ve been wondering myself how these animals would fit together. Everyone compares extinct animals to humans, but no one compared them to contemporaries (descendants).” said Uchytel for Earthwonders.


When being asked if it’s challenging to come up with ideas and with the final results, he said “Of course, it’s a challenge because you do it for yourself and you never know if it will resonate with other people”.


“It was really unexpected for my pictures to become quite viral, because in today’s world, it’s very difficult to surprise anyone. But I’m glad that a lot of people are interested in extinct animals, because one of the missions of the Prehistoric Fauna project is to starting point for an international dialogue that could help preserve the remains of the megafauna, because many animals can die out again because of humans.”


“People’s reaction about these images was like a snowball reaction. Because a lot of people didn’t know that modern animals had such unusual ancestors.”
































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