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03rd Sep 2022

Disney fans dismayed after finding out part of iconic intro animation ‘was all in their imagination’

Charlie Herbert

People feel lied to

Disney fans have reacted with shock after finding out that part of the studio’s iconic intro was in fact a figment of their imagination.

It’s an intro we’ve all seen hundreds of times. The silhouette of the Disney castle appearing on our screen, with the familiar tune of ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ playing in the background.

And then, as we all know, Tinkerbell swoops in and dots the ‘I’ in Disney.

Except she doesn’t.

A TikTok user posted the intro on the platform with a screengrab underneath reading: “Is Tinkerbell in the beginning of Disney movies?

“Fake. Based on everything that we know, this never actually happened. Disney did not release a video intro where Tinkerbell ‘dots the I’ on the word Disney.

“Instead, people are likely combining several memories into one.”

@marelize.pretorius Man how is this real? #fyp #foryoupage #disney #shocked #isthisreal ♬ original sound – Marelize Pretorius

Cue shock in the comments, and people insisting that the Tinkerbell intro is the one they have seen so many times as a child.

One person said: “I’m tired of people telling me I remember wrong. This I remember vividly.”

Another wrote: “I remember this intro from around 25yrs ago. It was on all the Disney VIDEOS not CD or Blu-ray…VIDEOS.”

“It did happen, I saw this as a child, I’m 35 and I saw this when I was 5 before Google was born,” commented someone else.

Other theories included that the intro featured a different version of Tinkerbell and that this particular animation was only at the start of the Disney Peter Pan film.

Many recalled seeing Tinkerbell in the Disney intro (TikTok)

But several others agreed that the Tinkerbell intro never existed and that this was a classic case of the so-called Mandela effect, where people have a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality.

One person commented: “I’ve never seen this intro with Tinkerbell on.”

Another said: “I don’t remember this, it’s obv fake. But there’s a cartoonist one where she flies around and dots the I, I swear.”

The term ‘Mandela effect’ was coined by writer Fiona Broome, who had recollections of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s.

She found out that many others had this memory, despite the fact that this didn’t happen. Mandela was released from prison, and went on to become South Africa’s president before dying in 2013.

Other classic examples of the Mandela effect are the Monopoly Man’s ‘monocle’ and Darth Vader’s iconic “I am your father” line.

Many remember the Monopoly Man having a monocle, but he is in fact never drawn with one, whilst Darth Vader actually says “No, I am your father” and not “Luke, I am your father” as many recall.

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