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Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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Like most Hollywood studios, Disney catches a lot of flack for its lack of diversity and its less than delicate handling of racial issues. And while much of the criticism is deserved, a deleted scene that’s been making the rounds suggests that the Mouse House isn’t always completely clueless when it comes to that touchy topic.

The recently surfaced clip from 2002′s Lilo & Stitch deals with racial matters and the obnoxiousness of tourists — to be more specific, the tendency of visitors to exoticize non-white locals. Fed-up Lilo decides to take matters into her own hands, with predictably, entertainingly disastrous results. Watch the video after the jump.

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VOTD: 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes


In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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