On last night’s episode (July 5), “Jeopardy!” contestants tackled classic hits from beloved Disney movies in one of the categories.
Community college instructor and now six-time “Jeopardy!” champion Courtney Shah opened up the category with the $200 clue, which stated, “‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ (the original and the sequels).” But corporate and career strategist Mark Lucas swooped in with his buzzer, running his clock down to the last second before responding with, “What is Toy Story?”
Eventually, ESL paraeducator Rebecca Gould swept the category, cashing in on the $400, $600, and $800 clues. This gave her a $1,800 lead over the other contestants as she chose to finish out the category. But Lucas once again intercepted the answer for that $1,000 clue, which said, “‘Listen to Your Heart’ & ‘Colors of the Wind.'”
“What is Pocahontas?” Lucas answered immediately.
The fans weigh in
Later, after the episode aired, the show’s official social media pages asked followers if they “recognize any of these @Disney movies by songs?”
Several users chimed in, saying they would’ve “destroyed this category” and calling themselves “Disney masters.” Others believed that this category and other pop culture ones are “so easy.”
Even non-Disney fans stepped up to the challenge, with user Melissa Masatani saying, “I’m not even a Disney person and I ran the category.”
Previous Disney Appearances on ‘Jeopardy!’
This is not the first time the game show and mass media company have tangoed. Previously, in November 2019, “Jeopardy!” celebrated Disney on Broadway’s 25th anniversary with an entire category dedicated to popular productions. The clues even included brief five-second clips of the Broadway performances.
Earlier this summer, Disney questions popped up all over the “Jeopardy!” board, including almost three weeks ago when one clue read, “A character who was going to be called ‘Lunar Larry’ became him, inspired by the name of a real person.” The answer: Who is Buzz Lightyear? The real person is famous astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.
Another challenging question turned up in Episode #7860 on November 11, 2018, in the category called, “All Things Disney.” This clue said, “The name of this Disney resort that opened in Hawaii in 2011 means ‘Messenger of a Chief.'” Think you know the answer? It’s “What is Aulani?”
Even “Final Jeopardy!” questions going back to the mid-1990s have had Disney roots. On January 23, 1996, the “Final Jeopardy!” question for Episode #2627 stated, “In Spanish-speaking countries, this Disney film is known as ‘La Sirenita.'” Any guesses? Need a translation? It’s “What is The Little Mermaid?”