By Stacy Conradt for mental floss
You may think you’ve never heard of the Disney classics King of the Jungle, Lady, or Moving Buddies, but trust us—you have. Before they hit the silver screen, some of Disney’s greatest hits had very different names.
1. WHAT IT WAS ALMOST CALLED: KING OF THE JUNGLE
WHAT IT WAS CALLED: THE LION KING
As the script for King of the Jungle evolved, it became apparent that the setting would be the savannah—not the jungle. Hence, a title change was in order.
2. WHAT IT WAS ALMOST CALLED: THE YELLOW CAR
WHAT IT WAS CALLED: CARS
Though the story of a small, yellow, electric car being shunned by gas-guzzling showboats seems miles away from where the Cars story eventually landed, they’re actually the same at heart. Both feature a unique car that rolls into a strange town where the local vehicles are suspicious of him—but by the end of the movie, the strange car has gained their acceptance.
3. WHAT IT WAS ALMOST CALLED: RAPUNZEL
WHAT IT WAS CALLED: TANGLED
Chalk this one up to marketing efforts. Fearing that titling the tale “Rapunzel” would lead to little boys turning their noses up at the movie, Disney changed the name to something they felt was more gender-neutral.
4. WHAT IT WAS ALMOST CALLED: ANNA AND THE SNOW QUEEN; THE SNOW QUEEN
WHAT IT WAS CALLED: FROZEN
There’s been much speculation that the same thing happened when Disney abruptly changed The Snow Queen to Frozen in 2011, even though the film had been referred to asthe former for decades of development hell.
5. WHAT IT WAS ALMOST CALLED: HIGH SCORE; JOE JUMP
WHAT IT WAS CALLED: WRECK-IT RALPH
The idea for this movie had been kicking around since the 1980s, when it was referred to asHigh Score and Joe Jump. When the movie came back to light in 2009, it had a new focus: a character named Fix-It Felix Junior who didn’t want to go into the family business of fixing things and decided to go out into the virtual world to discover himself. When that story flipped to focus on the video game’s antagonist, Wreck-It Ralph, the name of the movie changed as well.
6. WHAT IT WAS ALMOST CALLED: MOVING BUDDIES; SPURS AND ROCKETS; EACH SOLD SEPARATELY
WHAT IT WAS CALLED: TOY STORY
According to director Lee Unkrich, other possible names included Made in Taiwan, The New Toy, Wind-Up Heroes, and To Infinity and Beyond. Everyone agreed that none of those names (and hundreds more, apparently) lived up to the working title, Toy Story.