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The Craziest Disney Plot Twists You Didn’t See Coming

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The Walt Disney Company, also known as Disney, is a media and entertainment company. Disney’s mission is to amuse, inspire, and inform everyone around the globe through the power of storytelling.

What makes Disney movies so fascinating for family entertainment? Is it their catchy musical songs, gratifying storylines, or vibrant animation? While all of these play an essential role, the main factor that genuinely makes them soul-stirring is their unexpected plot twists. These plot twists always satisfy Disney fans, who never know what will happen next.

“I think the main reason Disney plot twists are so gripping is because they always keep me on the edge of my seat, leaving me desperate to see what happens next,” said Sophie Vargas.

Here are three Disney plot twists that you didn’t see coming.

Sleeping Beauty (1959) – Maleficent’s Transformation

The evil Maleficent sends up a shocking beam of light. Unexpectedly she transforms into a dragon, ready to destroy her surroundings.

In “Sleeping Beauty,” when Maleficent captures Princess Aurora and is seconds away from being rescued by Prince Phillip, Maleficent unleashes a green beam of fire that launches into the sky. She reveals herself as a giant, violent dragon, shocking the eyes of many.

This was the first official plot twist portrayed in a Disney movie. Nowadays, Maleficent’s transformation doesn’t make people jump out of their skin, but in 1959, people were stunned after viewing this scene.

Frozen (2013) – Hans Betrayal

Anna’s life hangs in danger as she races home to break the life-threatening spell with a true love’s kiss. Desperate to be saved, she insists her “true love,” Hans, to kiss her.

When Elsa accidentally freezes Anna’s heart, the trolls inform Anna that the lethal spell can only be reversed by an act of true love, or else she’ll be frozen to death. Anna returns to her kingdom, hoping Hans will break the curse with a true love’s kiss. Anna was confident he’d do it since it was “love at first” sight for them. After all, they sang a song together, making it seem like he was the one for her. Rapidly, she instructs Hans to kiss her, and just as he leans in, he stops, uttering, “Oh Anna, if only there were someone out there who loved you.”

This plot twist caught audiences off-guard and shattered their expectations of a Disney Romance.

Zootopia (2016) – BellWether’s Scheme

Mayor Bellwether got caught for her terrorizing crimes. She is ready to shoot a poisonous chemical made from the night howler flower with expectations to make Nick Wilde go savage.

The thronged town of Zootopia consists of predators and prey. As several mammals swiftly disappear, the determined Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are assigned to solve the missing mammal case. While searching for information regarding the case, Judy and Nick were stunned by their findings and Disney’s audiences. It turned out that the not-so-adorable assistant mayor, Bellwether, turned out to be behind the entire scheme. Bellwether hoped to turn everyone against the predator population, making prey superior to every other animal. This twist was so unforeseen it left people gasping in shock and amazement.

Disney plot twists have become an exemplary part of storytelling, as each twist and turn is more exciting than the next, leaving audiences engaged and ready to know what happens next.

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Chloe Bridgeforth
Chloe Bridgeforth, Staff Writer
Chloe Bridgeforth, Freshman, is good at debating and conveying her opinions in a firm but articulate way. She is known by her peers for being a high achieving student, well-spoken and outgoing. She enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with her friends and family and going to In-N-Out after school. Her favorite subject to learn about is algebra, and she aspires to maintain her Gold Honor Roll. She is very interested in being in Journalism this year and looks forward to submitting stories for the school.  
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