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The animated feature films produced by Creator/{{Disney}}'s main feature animation studio, currently known as Walt Disney Animation Studios.

In 1937, Creator/WaltDisney released the first feature-length animated film in the English-speaking world and the first feature film made completely with hand-drawn animation. However, [[OlderThanTheyThink it wasn't]], [[CommonKnowledge as many claim]], the first feature-length animated film ''ever''. Foreign examples predating ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' and using other kinds of animation include Argentina's ''The Apostle'' (combining hand-drawn with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutout_animation cutout animation]]) in 1917, Germany's ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPrinceAchmed'' (done with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silhouette_animation silhouette animation]]) in 1926, and The Soviet Union's ''The New Gulliver'' (done with StopMotion) in 1935.

This category does not include Creator/{{Pixar}} productions, nor does it include every animated feature released by Disney (such [[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie as]] [[WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut those]] [[WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers created]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} by]] [=DisneyToon=] Studios, DirectToVideo Sequels, Creator/StudioGhibli dubs, animated films made under a different Disney banner such as ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' or animated films distributed by Disney but produced by non-Disney studios). There don't seem to be any hard-and-fast rules as to which movies get to be part of the canon and which don't, but generally, the canon films are made by the Disney feature animation unit (live-action/animation hybrids like ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'' and ''Film/MaryPoppins'' tend not to count unless the animation is the bulk of the film). TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_theatrical_animated_features set of lists]] for both the canon and non-canon films.

See also DisneyPrincess, ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' (a possible AffectionateParody of Disney's own films), ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', a video game series which also seems to follow the rule of only using canonical characters from nearly all of these films ([[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas and]] [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean then]] [[Film/{{Tron}} so]][[Film/TronLegacy me!]]), or ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' which represents almost every canonical movie with at least a cameo appearance. ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is a live-action fairy tale MassiveMultiplayerCrossover shown on Disney-owned ABC, with versions of the fairy tale characters heavily and obviously indebted to the Disney animated film versions. ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' were both produced and released by Disney under its Touchstone Pictures banner (the latter's [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] rereleases were under the Disney banner). Compare the works of former Disney animator Creator/DonBluth, as well as the [[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels two feature length]] [[MrBugGoesToTown animated films made by]] [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]]. For notable Disney staff, [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff go here]].


[[folder:The Films (In Chronological Order)]]
[[index]]
%% Song Of The South is not part of the Disney Animated Canon. Do not post it here.
%% Do not add too much information or sidenotes to list that are already stated on film's page.
# ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (1937; carries the honor of being the first full-length animated feature film in the English-speaking world)
# ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' (1940)
# ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''[=*=] (1940)
# ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' (1941)
# ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' (1942)
# ''Disney/SaludosAmigos''[=*=] (1943)
# ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros''[=*=] (1945)
# ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''[=*=] (1946)
# ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree''[=*=] (1947)
# ''Disney/MelodyTime''[=*=] (1948)
# ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''[=*=] (1949)
# ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' (1950)
# ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' (1951)
# ''Disney/PeterPan'' (1953; last film to have ''all nine'' of Creator/DisneysNineOldMen working together, along with the last entry to be distributed by RKO Radio Pictures)
# ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' (1955; first entry to be distributed by Buena Vista)
# ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' (1959)
# ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (1961)
# ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' (1963; last to be released while Walt was alive)
# ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (1967; final animated film ''produced'' while Walt was alive)
# ''Disney/TheAristocats'' (1970; final film Walt personally green-lit, and the beginning of the DorkAge of Disney)
# ''Disney/RobinHood'' (1973)
# ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''[=*=] (1977; partially made while Walt was alive)
# ''Disney/TheRescuers'' (1977; end of the DorkAge/start of the DarkAge)
# ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' (1981; last film that any of DisneysNineOldMen worked on)
# ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' (1985; the first animated Disney film to carry a PG rating due to violence and nightmarish imagery).
# ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' (1986)
# ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' (1988; the last film of the Dark Age)
# ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (1989; the first film of the ''Disney Renaissance'')
# ''[[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]'' (1990; the canon's only true sequel, first ''completely'' digital film ever produced)
# ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (1991; the only movie of the canon to be nominated for Best Picture so far)
# ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (1992)
# ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (1994)
# ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (1995)
# ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (1996)
# ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' (1997)
# ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (1998)
# ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' (1999; the last film of the ''Disney Renaissance'')
# ''[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Fantasia 2000]]''[=*=] (1999; follow-up to ''Fantasia''; first animated film initially released in IMAX theaters)
# ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' (2000; first hybrid-CGI movie done without Creator/{{Pixar}})
# ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' (2000)
# ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (2001)
# ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' (2002; first entry to be nominated for Best Animated Feature)
# ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' (2002)
# ''Disney/BrotherBear'' (2003)
# ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' (2004; planned as the last 2D animation, reversed in 2009)
# ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' (2005; first ''true'' CGI movie done without Creator/{{Pixar}})
# ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' (2007)
# ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' (2008)
# ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' (2009; first 2D film after 2004; also what some fans are calling the start of the Second Disney Renaissance)
# ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' (2010; Disney released a rather nifty [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gqg3-5srs4 video]] to [[MilestoneCelebration celebrate its milestone as the fifty mark]])
# ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' (2011)
# ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' (2012)
# ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (2013; first entry to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature)

[=*=] Consists of several short films released as one feature.
[[/index]]
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!!Upcoming films
[[index]]
* ''Disney/BigHero6'' (2014)
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (2016)
* ''Moana'' (2016)
* ''Giants'' (TBA)
* ''King of the Elves'' (TBA; was announced in 2008, but has been in development hell since)
* ''The Name Game'' (TBA)
* ''Teen Space Race'' (TBA)
[[/index]]

!![[WhatCouldHaveBeen Cancelled films]]
* ''[[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz The Wizard Of Oz]]'' (the studio did some conceptual art for it shortly after ''Snow White'' but it was canceled in preproduction after [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] released [[Film/TheWizardOfOz their own version]]. Incidentally, Disney would much later release an "unofficial" [[Film/ReturnToOz sequel]] and [[Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful prequel to the MGM version]].)
* ''Chanticleer'' (some ideas from development migrated into Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'')
* ''The Gremlins'' (Based on Creator/RoaldDahl's book. Questions of whether plane sabotaging creatures could be made sympathetic and development running late into the war leading to a cancellation due to possibly becoming dated. Some Gremlins would later appear in the 2010 video game ''VideoGame/EpicMickey''.)
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' (just like [[Creator/OrsonWelles several]] [[Creator/TerryGilliam other]] attempts to adapt that story into a movie have been canceled)
* ''Fraidy Cat'' (a homage to the work of Creator/AlfredHitchcock focused around house pets, was supposed to be Ron Clement's and John Muskers' next film after ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'')
* ''Wild Life'' (a Pygmalion-type story about a nightclub recruiting a singing zoo elephant to hype into the next big thing to discredit a critic, cancelled due to concerns about [[DarkerAndEdgier more mature]] content)
* ''My Peoples'' (Loose Applachian set adaptation of ''[[Creator/OscarWilde The Canterville Ghost]]'', cancelled due to the closure of the Florida studio, which was the only one making the movie)
* ''Fantasia 2006'' (due to shifting management; several shorts were completed and released separately)
* ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' (Disney couldn't get the adaptation rights, which were sold as one large package rather than individually)
* Sequels were also planned for films such as ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' during earlier phases, though didn't get past early production stages (allegedly due to Walt not being a fan of sequels). Actual follow ups were made much later on, though are not made part of Disney canon.
** In their line of DirectToVideo sequels, Disney had plans to make ''Dumbo 2'', ''The Jungle Book 3'', ''The Aristocats 2'', ''Chicken Little 2'', and ''Meet the Robinsons 2''. ''Dumbo 2'' was in [[DevelopmentHell on-and-off development]] for a while (even though it was promoted on the 2001 DVD of ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'') before being cancelled altogether, while ''The Jungle Book 3'' was cancelled after the [[FranchiseKiller under-performance]] of ''The Jungle Book 2''. The remaining three projects were cancelled under order of John Lasseter after Walt Disney Animation Studios was given control over [=DisneyToon=] Studios (the division making the sequels) in 2007.
* ''The Kingdom of the Sun'', an Inca-era [[PrinceAndPauper prince and the pauper]] type story, which was later {{retool}}ed into ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.

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!!Tropes common to the Disney Animated Canon:
* AnAesop: Most of the films in the line-up have one, though how prevalent and deeply tied into the story it is varies from film to film.
* {{Animorphism}}
* AnimatedAdaptation:
** Most of them are named after and based on a prior-existing story, though the degree to which they are faithful to the original varies from film to film.
** The aversions are: all the package films except for ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' and ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''. Other aversions include ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/BrotherBear'', ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' and ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
** It's also worth noting that ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' and ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' were both originally adapted from ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' and ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''.
* AnimatedMusical: Most of the movies in the canon are this, though there are exceptions such as ''Tarzan'', ''Wreck-it-Ralph'' and ''Lilo & Stitch''.
** AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: See "Animated Adaptation" above.
** AwardBaitSong
** CrowdSong
** DisneyAcidSequence
** IAmSong
** IWantSong
** SidekickSong
** VillainSong
* AnimationBump: Generally in the musical numbers.
* AudienceShift:
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' was made to appeal to gamers along with traditional family audiences.
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' and ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' were designed to appeal to teenagers more than just children.
** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' were intended by Roy E. Disney and (then-new) studio heads Jeffrey Katzenberg and Peter Schneider to take Disney animation in a lighter, more 1980s direction after former studio head Ron Miller's attempts in the late 1970s/early 1980s to take the studio in [[WereStillRelevantDammit a darker and moodier direction]] with ''Disney/TheRescuers'', ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' and ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' pretty much ended in failure. ''The Great Mouse Detective'' itself was retitled from ''Basil of Baker Street'' after Michael Eisner decided that the original name was "too English" for American kids, which led to a major backlash from the animators who were working on the film.
** On a similar note, recently and not without backlash, ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' received their title changes from ''Rapunzel'' and ''The Snow Queen'' respectively as well as a whole new marketing strategy to make sure their more princess-central films can still net young males. Notably this came after the presumed failings of ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Though admittedly it was for the better as far as ''Frozen'' is concerned, seeing as the title fits the setting and theme a lot more than ''The Snow Queen'' does (it was also initially going to be an adaptation of ''The Snow Queen'', but ended up being inspired by it instead).
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Averted until ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' came along in 1985. Since then there have been a fair few other PG-rated canon entries, such as ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', etc. though the vast majority of the canon remains G-rated.
** Of course, the MPAA rating system didn't exist until 1968, so everything released before then (''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'' through ''The Jungle Book'') had the G rating applied to them retroactively on their post-'68 re-releases.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
** BeautyIsBad: Specifically in [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs The Evil Queen]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Vanessa]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]], [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Mother Gothel]], [[spoiler:and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Hans']]]] case.
* BigBad: See [[BigBad/AnimatedFilms this page]] for the entire list.
* BigGood: See the trope's page for the entire list.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality
** BlackAndGrayMorality: In its more mature films.
* BlackMagic
* {{Bowdlerise}}: By design, most of the canon doesn't need to be edited for time or language, but the films of the ''Disney Renaissance'' do have the occasional HitFlash added in when airing on TV.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood:
** Especially in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' and [[spoiler: ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'']] but it might be apparent in other Disney movies too.
** Though it's averted in ''Atlantis'', ''Beauty and the Beast'', ''Meet The Robinsons'' and ''The Great Mouse Detective''.
** And it's actually reversed in ''The Sword in the Stone''.
* CatsAreMean: Used, {{subverted|Trope}} (''{{Disney/Bolt}}'') and {{averted|Trope}} (''Disney/TheAristocats'').
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
* ClassicVillain
* CoverVersion: ''[=DisneyMania=]'', for a number of hits from movie soundtracks. In some cases, song covers are included in DVD sets. It's also fairly common for a contemporary artist to cover a song from a movie.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Nearly all the films [[MoodWhiplash waver between whimsical and hauntingly dramatic]], however, ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', and ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' are frequently considered to have some of the grimmest story content in Disney's entire filmography.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is a major, major contender for this, despite having a bodycount of only 2 minor characters (King Agdar and Queen Idun), and the villains punished justly without death. The film features childhood trauma, dead parents, murderous noblemen, a comic relief character that spends the movie dreaming about what would kill him, and the entire cast nearly dying in a massive snowstorm near the end.
** While ''The Black Cauldron'' features animate skeletons and self-sacrifice, it doesn't quite touch on the darkness that was ''Hunchback''... which, as you remember, had an older man [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar lustfully sniff a young woman's hair and then singing about his uncontainable lust]].
** ''Atlantis: The Lost Empire'' does away with the color, {{Non Human Sidekick}}s, and songs of previous features, and replaces them with action, explosions, and the death of many a background character.
** ''Pocahontas'' is one of the few without a complete resolution for the main characters. The villain has admittedly been defeated but John Smith's fate is left uncertain.
* DarkestHour: A favored technique by Disney that happens in almost every movie near the climax. Most notably ''Aladdin'', ''The Lion King'' and ''Hercules''.
* DealWithTheDevil: How Ursula from ''The Little Mermaid'', Hades from ''Hercules'' and Dr. Facilier from ''The Princess and the Frog'' all work. Is it telling that all these share the same directors?
* DeathByCameo
* {{Deconstruction}}: This along with [[SubvertedTrope subversions]] have become a growing trait of the newer films, what with Disney having been around for so long that telling something completely and entirely new gets understandably difficult. As such, they've begun taking what's been done and ...''toying'' with it. Heavily prevalent in the three most recent princess-centric films: ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.
* DenserAndWackier: The tone of the films constantly vary, the majority of films made in the 1960s and early 1970s use a much more offbeat and wacky tone than usual however, with less drama and more comedic and sympathetic villains. ''Disney/TheRescuers'' began the return to more darker and earnest story telling (albeit with Disney's usual whimsy).
* DisneyPrincess: A title given to the lead female character in several films in the canon, as a big marketing ploy for girls that more or less took on a life of its own.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: At least eight different characters in the animated canon have had to fall from grace, ''hard'', and crawl their way to victory. Here's a list so far:
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' - [[spoiler:Prince Phillip]]
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' - [[spoiler:Pinocchio]]
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' - [[spoiler:Simba]]
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' - [[spoiler:Mulan]]
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - [[spoiler:Quasimodo]]
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' - [[spoiler:Ralph]]
** ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' - [[spoiler:Elsa/Anna]]
* EmpathyPet
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[DisneyPrincess TEN of 'em!]] (but there are exceptions).
** There's more than ten, there's just ten "official" princesses in the product line. Princesses like [[Disney/PeterPan Tiger Lily]], [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Eilonwy]], and [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Kida]] aren't included in the line, despite being princesses by blood, unlike the aforementioned exceptions.
* EvilIsHammy: With a few exceptions.
* EvilLaugh: Another thing many of the villains have in common.
* EvilMinions: Most of the Big Bads have at least one.
* EvilSorcerer
* FairyCompanion
* FairyTale: A number of films in the canon are directly inspired by various literary classics, several are tapped for the DisneyPrincess lineup.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Most of the villains and then some.
* FollowTheBouncingBall: The "Sing Along Songs" series.
* FurryConfusion
** CarnivoreConfusion, especially.
* GenreSavvy: Oftentimes one of the sidekicks to the hero or the villain will cater to this, and there have even been some main protagonists as well.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The franchise has a healthy amount of entries on [[Radar/{{Disney}} this page]]. The level is variable, but in [[Disney/TheLionKing some]] [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} cases]] it's pretty blatant!
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: A lot of Disney queens are often portrayed as villains, especially in [[Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs guess]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland which film]]. Also, positive queens are either killed off early or shoved in the background.
** TheHighQueen: At the end of ''Atlantis: The Lost Empire'', where its princess becomes Queen by the end of the movie. ''Frozen'' also features one of the two princess characters become a queen by the beginning of the movie and be good.
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: Except maybe in [[spoiler:the "Ichabod" half of ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''.]]
** None of the villains in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' [[KarmaHoudini are ever punished]] -- Pinocchio just escapes from them. The loss of just one boy presumably not being significant, it can even be said that the Coachman won as far as his scheme went.
* HappilyEverAfter: [[BittersweetEnding Averted]] with both ''[[spoiler:Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound]]'' and ''[[spoiler:{{Disney/Pocahontas}}]]'', however.
* HeldGaze: Has been used in several of the romance-focused movies to imply the underlying {{UST}} of the characters. Notable films that use this trope are ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
* HumansAreBastards: Played with on several occasions such as in ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' or ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
* KarmicDeath: Happens to many if not most of the villains.
* KilledOffForReal: The films tend to [[DisneyDeath avoid this with good guys]], and [[DisneyVillainDeath greatly enforce this]] with villains.
** Disney Villains who play it straight: [[labelnote:click here]]The Evil Queen, Maleficent, possibly Madame Medusa, The Horned King, Ratigan, Sykes, Ursula, Percival [=McLeach=], Gaston, Scar, Frollo, Shan-Yu, Clayton, The Carnotaurs, [[spoiler:Rourke]], [[spoiler:Helga]], Scroop, Dr. Facilier, Mother Gothel, King Candy.[[/labelnote]]
** Disney Villains who avert it (KarmaHoudini examples marked with *): [[labelnote:click here]]Honest John and Gideon*, Stromboli*, the Coachman*, Monstro, Chernabog*, Man*, The Wolf, Willie the Giant, Mr. Winky, The Headless Horseman*, Lady Tremaine* (she got her karma in Cinderella III, though), Queen of Hearts*, Captain Hook, Si and Am*, Cruella, Madam Mim, Shere Khan (until the sequel came around), Edgar, Prince John, Jafar (again, until the sequel), Governor Ratcliffe, Hades, Yzma, Gantu, Alameda Slim, Bowler Hat Guy, The Backson, [[spoiler:Prince Hans]], The Duke of Weselton.[[/labelnote]]
** Some non-villainous Disney characters (heroic, neutral and villainous alike) who ''really'' did bite the dust: [[Disney/{{Bambi}} Bambi's mom]], [[Disney/MakeMineMusic Willie the Whale]], [[Disney/MelodyTime Slew Foot Sue]], [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Cinderella's dad]], [[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound Tod's mother]], [[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective Bartholomew the mouse and Felicia the cat]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Flotsam and Jetsam]], [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} Kocoum]], [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo's mother]], [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Kerchak]], [[Disney/BrotherBear Sitka]], [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Tiana's father]], and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} King Agdar and Queen Idun]].
* KnightOfCerebus: Though some may still be somewhat comedic, a lot of villains have a very menacing tone (especially in the earliest examples) and are responsible for a lot of MoodWhiplash away from Disney's usual whimsy. See [[NightmareFuel/{{Disney}} this page]] for their rather haunting effect on many audiences.
* LightIsGood and DarkIsEvil: Both tropes are played straight in most of the movies.
** LightIsNotGood and DarkIsNotEvil: ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', ''{{Disney/Tarzan}}'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' and ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The "Black Diamond" Classics, the Masterpiece Collection, the Gold Collection, the Platinum Editions and the Diamond Editions, all of these sets being released in a wide variety of home video formats, with VHS, DVD, Blu-ray and [=LaserDisc=] being the most popular. And of course, the Disney Vault that these all get shoved into if you don't buy them now!
** Special mention goes to the Masterpiece Collection, which included ''every'' VHS release at the time that was part of the Canon, including the stuff nobody remembers (like the compilation films) and the brand-new movies. From ''Tarzan'' on, they just put "Walt Disney Pictures Presents" on new releases.
* LongRunner: Since 1937.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Ubiquitous; we might as well just focus on the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast ones]] [[{{Disney/Pocahontas}} that]] [[{{Disney/Mulan}} avert]] [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog it]].
** [[spoiler: Deconstructed and later averted with ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'']].
* MarryForLove
* MisplacedWildlife
* [[NeverASelfMadeWoman Never A Self-Made Hero/Heroine]]: Surprisingly often, the hero/heroine or heroes have a connection to a relative who is greatly revered (in most cases, a royal parent; but in other cases, [[Disney/{{Mulan}} a war hero dad]] or [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire a renowned scientist grandfather]] will do just as well.
** Only a handful Disney movies subvert or avert this trope. In some examples, [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} John Smith]] (explorer), [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Taran]] (pigkeeper/peasant) and the main characters of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (soldier, son of a gypsy, gypsy performer) are self made heroes.
* NonHumanSidekick: Most of the main characters and/or their love interests have one, as do some villains.
* OneWingedAngel: Their use of this trope is only surpassed by Creator/SquareEnix.
* OutsideContextVillain: [[spoiler: Prince Hans from ''Frozen'']] is this for the entire canon. Unlike every other villain in the canon, there is no indication whatsoever that [[spoiler: he]] is even morally suspect until the MotiveRant at the climax. In a canon defined by [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] {{Classic Villain}}s, [[spoiler: he]] is entirely defined by PragmaticVillainy, a [[TheSociopath flawless mask]] and [[ManipulativeBastard skill at manipulation]] to which even the audience is not immune.
* ParentalAbandonment
** DisappearedDad
** MissingMom
* PeriodPiece: Most of the films in the canon take place at some time in the past. Only ten films are set in ThePresentDay of when they were made: ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' (which is dated only by the modern-ish train car at the end), ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', ''Disney/TheRescuers'', ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' and ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. Well, ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing'' take place in an unknown time period (''Bambi'' can be narrowed down to anytime in the last 2-3 centuries), and ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' is set in a constructed universe.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Phil Harris (''The Aristocats'', ''The Jungle Book'') and [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]] (''Oliver & Company'', ''The Lion King'') are particularly glaring examples of this.
** Alan Tudyk (''Wreck-It Ralph'', ''Frozen'') is a more recent example. Time will tell if this continues in ''Disney/BigHero6'', in which he was recently cast.
* PluckyComicRelief
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove
* PrinceCharming: Played straight for early Disney classics...
** ...and later played with in recent Disney films. They can be refusing their royal duties ([[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]]), be jerks at first (though later [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold become better]]) ([[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]], [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kuzco]], [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Naveen]]), actually start off as commoners who reach their role as prince through marriage ([[{{Disney/Aladdin}} Aladdin]], [[{{Disney/Tangled}} Flynn Rider]]), [[spoiler: or even be the BigBad ([[{{Disney/Frozen}} Hans]])]].
* PublicDomainCharacter
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: But there are a few exceptions, including Bill the lizard from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Louis the alligator and [=JuJu=] the snake from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', and Pascal the chameleon from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Very common. Compare...
** [[Disney/TheRescuers Orville and Wilbur]] to [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Scuttle]].
** [[Disney/OliverAndCompany Sykes]], [[Disney/TheRescuers Percival McLeach]], and [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Clayton]] to [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Lyle Tiberius Rourke]].
** [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Squirrel Merlin]] to [[Disney/TheRescuers Rufus]].
** Disney/{{Aladdin}} to [[Disney/TreasurePlanet Jim Hawkins]].
** [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]] to [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Dr. Facilier]]. ([[WordOfGod Though this was intentional.]])
** [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella de Vil]] to [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Yzma]].
** [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Lady Tremaine]] to [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Claude Frollo]].
** [[Disney/TheJungleBook Baloo]] to [[Disney/RobinHood Little John]]. (Complete with same voice actor!)
** [[Disney/AliceInWonderland The March Hare]] and [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Rabbit]] to [[Disney/HomeOnTheRange Lucky Jack]].
** [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]] to [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]].
** [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White's]] prince and Disney/{{Cinderella}}'s prince to [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Prince Phillip]].
** [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Anna and Elsa]] to [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel]], who in turn is a CGI [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]].
** [[Disney/TheJungleBook Kaa]] to [[Disney/RobinHood Sir Hiss]].
** [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Phillipe]] to [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Maximus]].
* RunningGag: RecycledTheSeries, as well as importing (usually faster-paced) songs to serve as theme songs for the same.
* SceneryPorn
* ShooOutTheClowns: During most intense climaxes, comic relief aren't usually present.
* TheSociopath: A recurring characteristic of the villains. Notable examples include [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Lady Tremaine]], [[Disney/TheRescuers Percival C. McLeach]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]], [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Mother Gothel]], [[Disney/WreckItRalph King Candy]][[spoiler: /Turbo]] and [[spoiler: [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Prince Hans]]]].
* StockFootage: See [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1906578 this video]] for examples, with ''Disney/RobinHood'' being the worst offender.
* StorybookOpening: TropeMaker.
* StrictlyFormula: During the 1990s, ''Disney'' had a very successful run from 1989 till 1994, but after that they were often accused of enforcing this trope. {{Rebellious princess}}es who want to marry for love, heroines looking for something beyond what they know, bumbling or fantasy-forbidding fathers, [[DisneyVillainDeath bad guys falling off great heights]]. ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' especially was accused of adhering to Disney formula, which admittedly is not entirely untrue. Ironically though, the problem seems to have been that all these movies came out in succession, as every single movie of the Disney Renaissance has been VindicatedByHistory and is now well-loved (some more than others: ''Pocahontas'' is still not thought of as a great movie, and ''The Rescuers Down Under'' has gained a cult following but isn't anywhere near mainstream).
* TalkingAnimal
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Surprisingly, avoided for the most part. Though some have argued that "Trashing the Camp" from ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' qualifies. There's also "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat" from ''Disney/TheAristocats'' and "Whistle While You Work" from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
** "Human Again" from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and "Morning Report" from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' were un-needed additions to their respective films, since the movies didn't have them originally. They aren't terrible songs, nor ''completely'' irrelevant (they're both in the stage versions of the respective movies, too). Neither of them exactly advanced the plot or provided much if any character development, but both were intended to be in the original production (and are in the Special Editions).
* TimeSkip: Several movies in the canon started adopting this measure beginning in the Disney Renaissance period (though it had been used since the earliest movies), and continuing to this day. It got really egregious during the height of the Disney Renaissance period, when films like ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' would have two or more timeskips within the expanse of a 3-minute song.
* TrainingMontage
* TheEnd: Prior to 1985's ''The Black Cauldron'', every Disney animated film (as well as most live-action films and theatrical shorts) ended with a screen saying "The End", and below that, "A Walt Disney Production" (during Walt's lifetime) or "Walt Disney Productions" (after his death). ''The Great Mouse Detective'' (1986) and ''Aladdin'' (1992) also had "The End" screens, without the Walt Disney credit.
* TheVerse: Possibly with all the cameos and easter eggs and what not.
** ''Tangled'' and ''Frozen'' are all but explicitly confirmed to exist in the same universe, with {{Fanon}} generally accepting Rapunzel, Anna, and Elsa to be cousins by way of their respective mothers being sisters. A common theory also places ''The Little Mermaid'' in this same universe with the sunken ship Ariel explores at the beginning being the same one that carried the king and queen of Arendelle[[labelnote:note]]Traveling from Norway to, presumably Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding in Germany, would mean the ship would go down off the coast of Denmark, where ''Mermaid'' is set[[/labelnote]].
* VictoriousChorus: Commonly used at the end of some films.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: However the "Saccharine Show" becomes less notable with its more mature films.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: There are things that anthropomorphic animals do in ''Oliver & Company'', ''Beauty and the Beast'' and ''The Lion King'' that Disney would ''never'' allow in human portrayal.
** WhatMeasureIsANonCute
* WhiteMagic
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