->''"To think six years ahead - even two or three - in this business of making animated cartoon features, it takes calculated risk and much more than blind faith in the future of theatrical motion pictures. I see motion pictures as a family-founded institution closely related to the life and labor of millions of people. Entertainment such as our business provides has become a necessity, not a luxury... it is the part which offers us the greatest reassurance about the future in the animation field."''
-->-- '''Creator/WaltDisney'''

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

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, as in ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'' or ''Disney/MelodyTime''). 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 Franchise/DisneyPrincess, ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' (an 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 [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 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 [[UsefulNotes/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]] [[WesternAnimation/MrBugGoesToTown animated films made by]] [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]]. For notable Disney staff, [[UsefulNotes/NoteworthyDisneyStaff go here]]. For when these movies become available for home viewing, [[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo go here.]]

[[folder:The Films (In Chronological Order)]]
%% 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/trivia 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 Dark Age)
# ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' (1981; last film that any of Creator/DisneysNineOldMen worked on, along with the last entry to be distributed by Buena Vista)
# ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' (1985; the first animated Disney film to carry a PG rating due to violence and nightmarish imagery; also first film to carry the Walt Disney Pictures logo)
# ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' (1986)
# ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' (1988; the last film of the Dark Age) [[note]] Also the final film to go on to the Disney Vault after completing its theatrical run; after ''The Little Mermaid'' became one of the biggest success of 1989, it and every film afterwards came to video after completing the run in theaters like most Hollywood movies [[/note]]
# ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (1989; the first film of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_Renaissance Disney Renaissance]])[[note]]Because of this, and because it was a big success, it became the first film in the canon to immediately come to home video after the cinema circuit, as an entry in the Walt Disney Classics video series; every film since followed this lead and spent ''some'' sort of time on video stores after leaving theaters.[[/note]]
# ''[[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]'' (1990; 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; the most successful traditionally-animated film of all time)
# ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (1995)
# ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (1996)
# ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' (1997)
# ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (1998)
# ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' (1999; the last film of the Disney Renaissance)
# ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''[=*=] (1999; follow-up to ''Fantasia''; first animated film initially released in IMAX theaters; the first film of Disney's "Post-Renaissance" era)
# ''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; the most successful film of the "Post-Renaissance" era)[[note]]''Bolt'' (2008) was a somewhat bigger box office success not adjusted for inflation than ''Lilo & Stitch'' ($310 million vs. $273.1 million), but that film had almost twice the budget ($150 million to ''Lilo & Stitch''[='=]s $80 million). As for critical reception, ''Bolt'' has higher "fresh" rating on Website/RottenTomatoes than ''Lilo & Stitch'' (89% based on 177 reviews vs. 86% based on 145 reviews), but ''Lilo & Stitch'' has a higher aggregated score on Metacritic (73 based on 30 reviews vs. 67 based on 29 reviews). Also, ''Bolt'' did not end up becoming a franchise like ''Lilo & Stitch'' did.[[/note]]
# ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' (2002)
# ''Disney/BrotherBear'' (2003)
# ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' (2004)
# ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' (2005; first ''true'' CGI movie done without Creator/{{Pixar}} and the last movie with a variation of the original Walt Disney Pictures logo)
# ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' (2007; first to carry the feature animation studio's own VanityPlate and the fully animated Walt Disney Pictures logo)
# ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' (2008; usually considered the last film of the "Post-Renaissance" era, although it's sometimes considered the first film of the Disney Revival)
# ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' (2009; first traditionally-animated film after 2004; usually considered the first film of the Disney Revival)
# ''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; last traditionally-animated film to date)
# ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' (2012; first entry to have the WDP logo that only says Disney)
# ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (2013; first entry to win an UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestAnimatedFeature; currently the most successful animated film of all time)
# ''Disney/BigHero6'' (2014; won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature)
# ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (2016)

[=*=] Consists of several short films released as one feature.

[=**=] In the UK, this film is not considered part of the Canon. Instead, ''WesternAnimation/TheWild'' (2006) is in its place.

You can vote on your favorite entry [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/DisneyAnimatedCanon?open=all#d12wbdbq HERE]]!

!!Upcoming films
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' (2016)
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph 2'' (2018)
* ''Disney/{{Gigantic|2018}}'' (2018)
* ''[[{{Disney/Frozen}} Frozen 2]]'' (planned for 2019)
* ''King of the Elves'' (TBA; was announced in 2008, but has been in development hell since)
* ''The Name Game'' (TBA)
* ''Teen Space Race'' (TBA)

!![[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 pre-production 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 cancelled)
* ''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 Appalachian set adaptation of ''Literature/TheCantervilleGhost'', 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)
* ''The Search For Mickey Mouse'' (Was going to be Disney's first {{Crossover}} of all their characters, centering around Mickey getting kidnapped and Minnie recruiting a group to find him. It was also going to be their 50th animated film until new management restructured everything.)
* Sequels were 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. A ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' sequel was also considered at one point.
** In their line of DirectToVideo sequels, Disney had plans to make ''Dumbo 2'', ''The Jungle Book 3'', ''The Aristocats 2'', ''Chicken Little 2''[[note]]Mentioned briefly in the Essential Guide book when the film came out.[[/note]], 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.
* ''Kingdom of the Sun'', an Inca-era [[PrinceAndPauper prince and the pauper]] type AnimatedMusical, which was later {{retool}}ed into ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', and the subject of the documentary Film/TheSweatbox.

!!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.
* AnachronismStew: Several of their features deliberately employ this for laughs, most famously ''Aladdin'', ''Hercules'' and ''The Emperors New Groove''. Even the more serious features like ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' will employ anachronisms for laughs (most notably in the "A Guy Like You" musical number). Some features like ''Mulan'' and ''Atlantis: The Lost Empire'' employ it on purpose for the sake of atmosphere or story.
* {{Animorphism}}:
** Lampwick and the other boys partying on Pleasure Island literally [[TransformationTrauma make asses out of themselves]] in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', obviously.
** In ''Disney/BrotherBear'', your spirit evidently takes the form of your totem animal (good news if your totem is an eagle, [[FridgeLogic maybe not so much if your totem is a salmon]]). The protagonist Kenai is turned into a bear by the spirits to teach him a lesson. [[spoiler:Kenai eventually gets over his [[CursedWithAwesome angsting over being transformed]] and opts to stay a grizzly and adopt the cub Koda as his little brother.]]
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'''s features Yzma's potions which turn people into animals.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* 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'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''.
** It's also worth noting that ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', and ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' were all originally adapted from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', ''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''.
* AnimationBump: Generally in the musical numbers, the animation may change.
** Every now and again, during the 2D era, some characters would get much better animation than their fellow cast (see [[Disney/TheRescuers Madame Medusa and Mr. Snoops]], [[{{Disney/Aladdin}} Genie]] or [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Helga]]).
* AudienceShift:
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' was made to appeal to gamers along with traditional children/family audiences.
** ''Disney/BigHero6'' is aimed at Marvel superhero fans and the general boy demographic.
** ''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 (''Rescuers'' and ''Fox and Hound'' were still financial successes, with ''Rescuers'' getting a sequel from the new guard; ''Cauldron'' was NOT a success, and almost killed the canon off). ''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; they protested with an infamous fake memo that Katzenberg got, and said memo made it to the press and on to ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', embarrassing Schneider in the process; Schneider repaid the favor by ripping into the department in a meeting for the stunt (Katzenberg was also unamused with the decoy memo at first, but he lightened up to the situation according to the documentary ''Film/WakingSleepingBeauty'').
** 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).
** 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 the more mature films.
* BlackMagic: Several of the villains are {{Evil Sorcerer}}s, and ''Sleeping Beauty'' has an evil fairy.
* BookEnds: On a meta example; the first and the last releases in the original Walt Disney "Black Diamond" Classics video line were Dark Age Disney movies (''Robin Hood'' in 1984, ''The Fox And The Hound'' in 1994, and these movies have similarly designed characters and Pat Buttram in them; in addition, the first (1985) and last (1993) movie made under Walt to be issued in the line is ''Pinocchio''). This trope also applies to the Platinum Editions; ''Snow White'' and ''Pinocchio'' are the first and last titles in this line, and they are the early Golden Age since they're the first two installments in the canon. The Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection is a minor example because the first and last new releases in THAT line were two films Walt supervised; his original animated classic ''Snow White'' in 1994, and ''The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad'' in 1999.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood:
** Especially in ''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'', ''The Great Mouse Detective'', and ''Big Hero 6''.
** And it's actually reversed in ''The Sword in the Stone''.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite many of the films in the canon getting direct-to-video sequels (and in the case of Aladdin, Hercules and Lilo & Stitch, sometimes even getting full fledged TV shows), none of them are considered canon to the original movies. To date, the only canonical sequel is ''The Rescuers Down Under''.
* CuteKitten: Seen in a few Disney films with the most notable being [[Disney/TheAristocats Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz]], [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Figaro]] and [[{{Disney/OliverAndCompany}} Oliver]].
* CatsAreMean: Used, {{subverted|Trope}} (''{{Disney/Bolt}}'') and {{averted|Trope}} (''Disney/TheAristocats'', ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'').
%%* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
%%* ClassicVillain
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Occasionally used, despite the theme park's "Happiest Place on Earth" motto.
* 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: ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', and ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' are frequently considered unusually grim story content for Disney.
** While ''The Black Cauldron'' features animate skeletons and self-sacrifice, it doesn't quite touch on the darkness that id ''Hunchback of Notre dame'', since that film has a scene with 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: Most notably occurs in''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 varies. ''The Aristocats'' uses a much more offbeat and wacky tone than usual however, with less drama and more comedic and sympathetic villains.
* DisneyVillainDeath: {{Trope Namer|s}}. See "KilledOffForReal" below; it's easier to list villains who ''didn't'' die this way.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Every once in a while this will be used.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' - [[spoiler:Prince Phillip]]
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' - [[spoiler:Pinocchio]]
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' - [[spoiler: Pretty much everyone who survives]]
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' - [[spoiler:Mulan]]
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - [[spoiler:Quasimodo]]
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' - [[spoiler:Ralph]]
** ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' - [[spoiler:Elsa/Anna]]
%%* EmpathyPet
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* 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 Franchise/DisneyPrincess lineup.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Most of the villains and then some.
* FollowTheBouncingBall: The "Sing Along Songs" series.
%%* FurryConfusion
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The franchise, despite it's child friendly reputation, has a healthy amount of entries on [[Radar/{{Disney}} this page]]. [[Disney/TheLionKing In some]] [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} cases]] it's even 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.
* 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}}''.
* 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.
* 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 [[spoiler:a.k.a. Turbo]].[[/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 (is [[spoiler:[[BalefulPolymorph stuck as a cat]]]] at the end, and possibly gets ''more'' karmic backlash in the sequel), Gantu (who suffers even more karma in the sequel films and TV series before [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn turning good]]]] in the final one), Alameda Slim, Bowler Hat Guy, The Backson, [[spoiler:Prince Hans]], The Duke of Weselton, [[spoiler:Yokai/Professor Callaghan]], [[spoiler:Dawn Bellwether]].[[/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/TheLionKing Mufasa]], [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} Kocoum]], [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo's mother]], [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Kerchak]], [[Disney/TreasurePlanet Mr. Arrow]], [[Disney/BrotherBear Sitka]], [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Tiana's father]], [[spoiler: [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Ray the Firefly]]]], [[Disney/{{Frozen}} King Agdar and Queen Idun]], and [[spoiler:[[Disney/BigHero6 Tadashi Hamada]]]].
* 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 : Both this and DarkIsEvil are played straight in most of the movies.
* LightIsNotGood: This and DarkIsNotEvil are in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', ''{{Disney/Tarzan}}'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics The "Black Diamond" Classics]], the [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyMasterpieceCollection Masterpiece Collection]], the [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyGoldClassicCollection Gold Classic Collection]], the [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyPlatinumEditions Platinum Editions]], the [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyDiamondEditions Diamond Editions]] and the [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneySignatureCollection Signature Collection]], 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 nearly ''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 [[note]] ''Fantasia'', ''The Rescuers Down Under'', ''The Great Mouse Detective'', ''Beauty And The Beast'', ''Pinocchio'', ''Aladdin'', ''The Fox And The Hound'', ''Saludos Amigos'', and ''Make Mine Music'' were the only canon films at the time that were never issued under the Masterpiece Collection; all but the last two of these made up the majority of the back half of the Walt Disney "Black Diamond" Classics series that predated the Masterpiece Collection; the other two wouldn't be released until 2000. [[/note]]. From ''Tarzan'' on, they just put "Walt Disney Pictures Presents" on new releases until about 2011, after which only "Disney" was used (on virtually every release as well, including Walt's films).
* 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}}'']].
* MaidAndMaiden: Several princesses have an older motherly character who isn't their birth mother to give them guidance.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' kicked off the Disney universe with a bit of a subversion. Aurora was the Maiden, but the role of The Maid was split between [[PowerTrio three fairies]] -- [[ChromaticArrangement Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.]] Future examples play it much straighter.
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': The Fairy Godmother is the Maid who helps Cinderella, The Maiden. She's OlderAndWiser, rounder, and by way of being a MagicalGuardian is 'in the service' of Cinderella. The Fairy Godmother also gives her a sweet ride to the Ball behind the Evil Stepmother's back, and the iconic dress and shoes that entice PrinceCharming.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Mrs. Potts is the Maid to Belle the Maiden. She plays matchmaker in order to break the curse. Technically she's actually Beast's servant, but gives Belle motherly support at the castle.
** ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': Grandmother Willow is the Maid to Pocahontas, The Maiden. Willow's a spirit that helps everyone who comes her way, but does try to steer Pocahontas from her intended in favor of John Smith.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Grandma Odie is the Maid who helps Tiana The Maiden. She tries to get her together with Naveen as soon as they meet, and even marries them at the end. Despite being a [[EccentricMentor little crazy,]] her role is a mix of the previous three Maids, being a helper to everyone in her realm like Willow, a matchmaker that breaks a curse like Potts, and a magical old lady that teaches tricks and gives gear like the Fairy Godmother.
%%* MarryForLove
%%* MisplacedWildlife
* MomLooksLikeASister: [[MissingMom If a mother appears at all]], odds are she'll look to be only in her twenties, even if she's still around when her child reaches his or her late teens. To whit:
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Aurora's mother.
** ''TheLionKing'': Post-time skip, Sarabi doesn't look any older than when Simba was a cub, even though he has grown up to strongly resemble his long-deceased father.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': Averted for his [[MuggleFosterParents mortal foster mother]], {{Justified}} for his immortal goddess birth mother.
** ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': Sarah to Jim.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Invoked by Gothel, who uses Rapunzel's hair to keep herself looking young while posing as her mother. Played straight for her birth mother, who has no such round-the-clock access to de-aging hair, yet barely ages a day eighteen years after Rapunzel's birth. [[spoiler: Their resemblance is ''especially'' pronounced after Rapunzel's ImportantHaircut.]]
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa's and Anna's mother looks to be [[StrongFamilyResemblance a brunette version]] of her [[OnlySixFaces 21- and 18-year-old daughters]], even when she lived to see them reach 18 and 15 in the [[AMinorKidroduction prologue]].
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: 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.
* ObviouslyEvil: A great many of these films do this, even going so far as to base their color and shape schemes around it (as talked about in the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' DVD documentaries). Just take one look at a character sheet for an average Disney film and you can immediately pick out the villains. This is kind of odd when it's done with AnimalStereotypes and say - bears are painted as horrible, deadly, kaiju-like monstrous demons in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' and as friendly and lovable heroes in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and ''Disney/BrotherBear''. However, there have been subversions of this in their more recent films, such as Disney/Frozen.
* OneWingedAngel: Their use of this trope is only surpassed by Creator/SquareEnix.
* OutsideContextProblem: [[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.
** [[spoiler:Hans]] would be followed by the villains of Disney's next two movies, [[spoiler:Robert Callaghan from ''Disney/BigHero6'']] and [[spoiler:Dawn Bellwether from ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'']], both of which are [[TheReveal revealed]] as being the main antagonist after only brief prior appearances in which they were helpful and supportive to the main protagonist, were not particularly hammy, and did nothing that would directly indicate anything morally suspicious about their character[[spoiler:, and Callaghan was even presumed dead by the time of his reveal as Yokai]].
* ParentalAbandonment: At least 28 of the features either have their parents missing, dead, or separated from their kids.
* PeriodPiece: Most of the films in the canon take place at some time in the past. Only eleven 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'' and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. 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'' and ''Disney/BigHero6'' are set in a constructed universe.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor:
** Phil Harris (''The Jungle Book'', ''The Aristocats'', ''Robin Hood'') and [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]] (''Oliver & Company'', ''The Lion King'') are particularly glaring examples of this.
** Kathryn Beaumont (''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Peter Pan'') who voiced both Alice and Wendy Darling (respectively).
** [[invoked]]Verna Felton only ever voiced either energetic/stuffy villains (''Dumbo'', ''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Lady and the Tramp'') or kindly matriarchs (''Dumbo'', [[TalkingToHimself again]]), ''Cinderella'', ''Sleeping Beauty'', ''The Jungle Book'').
** Pat Buttram (''The Aristocats'', ''Robin Hood'', ''The Rescuers'', ''The Fox and the Hound'') used his own distinct rural Alabama accent for every character he voiced.
** Alan Tudyk (''Wreck-It Ralph'', ''Frozen'', ''Big Hero 6'', ''Zootopia'') is a more recent example, if only for playing [[spoiler:antagonists]] in four movies in a row, two of which were [[spoiler:examples of EvilOldFolks]].
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Several of the movies villains fall into this, such as the animal abusing, fur skinning Cruella De Vil, the misogynistic Gaston, the xenophobic John Ratcliffe and genocidal racist, religious zealot and would be rapist Judge Claude Frollo.
%%* 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]])]].
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* RandomEventsPlot: The films solely directed by Woolie Reitherman (The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and The Rescuers) tended to have very loose, episodic story structures.
* 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! This one is mainly because cels from ''The Jungle Book'' were reused to cut costs for ''Robin Hood''.)
** [[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]].
** Disney/{{Cinderella}} to [[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Katrina Van Tassel]].
** Disney/RobinHood to [[Disney/{{Zootopia}} Nick Wilde]].
* RoguesGallery: Holy cow, the Disney Animated Canon has one of the largest, most iconic group of villains in not only animation, but ''media in general'', and they are often some of the popular elements of the Disney movies. Even though the movies are mostly self-contained, you'll see them grouped together as bad guys almost as often as you'll see the princesses grouped together, especially in crossover series like WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse and Franchise/KingdomHearts. It got to where an entire book, [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Frank and Ollie's]] Literature/TheDisneyVillain, was written about them, all because over 50 of the Renaissance Era Disney animators asked them to do it. And then they got a live action spinoff, CGI and book series inspired by (but not quite) starring them, Film/{{Descendants}}.
* RunningGag: RecycledTheSeries, as well as importing (usually faster-paced) songs to serve as theme songs for the same.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Most of the male and female partnerships in modern movies, both romantic and platonic.
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* ShooOutTheClowns: During most intense climaxes, comic relief aren't usually present.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: Most of the Disney Animated Canon falls into the Fantastic part of the scale. Beauty and the Beast is a (if not the) prime example of internal consistency in a fantastic story where the background and the basic rules concerning the magic spell which transformed the prince to a beast (and his servants to house objects), and how it can be undone are disclosed in the opening narration. Some films like The Three Caballeros throw out the notion of realism altogether and land on the Surreal end of the scale.
* 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: Since Disney often ran into financial trouble from trying so much to show off with their animation, this became a vital cost saver. See [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1906578 this video]] for examples, with ''Disney/RobinHood'' being the most extreme.
* StorybookOpening: Many of their animated films and shorts opened this way, from ''Snow White'' to ''Beauty and the Beast''.
* 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 does have some merit as a complaint. 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).
** Many viewers are starting to notice a distinct pattern among ''Revival'' films, especially princess movies. (From ''The Princess and the Frog'' to what's revealed about the upcoming Moana.) That is, slap-stick RoadTripRomance musicals where the main couple MeetCute, engage in some SlapSlapKiss, then find a CommonalityConnection, then later have a LoveEpiphany, then [[FourthDateMarriage end up together]]; all over the course of a few days ''at most''. ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' (an Honorary DisneyPrincess film) averts the romance bit, but then Merida's mother functions as TheNotLoveInterest anyway; the formula still holds sans the romantic element. Only ''Wreck-It Ralph'' and ''Big Hero 6'' seem to avert it thus far.
* TalkingAnimal: From the mice in ''Cinderella'' to the swamp creatures in ''The Princess and the Frog''.
* 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 are somewhat [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big Lipped Alligator Moments]], a realization that convinced Editor-In-Chief and studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg to send them to the scrapboard). 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.
* TomboyPrincess: The Renaissance Princesses (curious and somewhat rebellious Ariel, intelligent and outspokenly feminist Belle, and fiercely independent Jasmine), particularly in comparison to the Classic Princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora).
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* TheEnd: Prior to 1985's ''The Black Cauldron'', every Disney animated film (excluding ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'') 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), ''Aladdin'' (1992), and ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' (1996) 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]].
* VanityPlate: With Lasseter's arrival at Disney, newer films (starting with ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'') now have a vanity plate paying homage to the studio's roots in traditional animation and Disney/MickeyMouse's first hit short ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie''. Like the RKO Radio Pictures/Buena Vista/Walt Disney Pictures logos, it too got an alteration for a film (in this case, ''Disney/WreckItRalph'').
* VictoriousChorus: Commonly used at the end of some films.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: However the "Saccharine Show" becomes less notable with its more mature films.
%%* WhatMeasureIsANonCute
* 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.
* WhiteMagic: From {{Fairy Godmother}}s to [[AnIcePerson Snow Queens]], magic can be used for good in these films.