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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 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 [[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, [[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; became the highest grossing film of all time until ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' several years later)
# ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' (1940; only feature to have a 100% rating on Website/RottenTomatoes; first of the "untouchable" films made under Walt to be released on home video, under the then-new "Walt Disney Classics" brand, and this release helped develop home entertainment greatly)
# ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''[=*=] (1940; first film ever made in stereophonic sound, named "Fantasound")
# ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' (1941; along with ''Alice In Wonderland'', first full-length single story film released on home video)
# ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' (1942; last full-length single story feature until ''Cinderella'')
# ''Disney/SaludosAmigos''[=*=] (1943; first of the major package films)
# ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros''[=*=] (1945; along with ''Fun And Fancy Free'' and ''The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh'', first package feature released on home video)
# ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''[=*=] (1946)
# ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree''[=*=] (1947; the last time Walt Disney voiced Mickey Mouse; along with ''The Three Caballeros'' and ''The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh'', first package feature released on home video)
# ''Disney/MelodyTime''[=*=] (1948)
# ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''[=*=] (1949; last original package film until ''Fantasia 2000'')
# ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' (1950; first full-length single story feature since ''Bambi'')
# ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' (1951; only animated feature before the 1984 management shift to have closing credits; along with ''Dumbo'', first full-length single story film to be released on home video)
# ''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; first animated film ever made in widescreen.)
# ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' (1959; last film to be based on a fairy tale until ''The Little Mermaid'')
# ''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; final film released while Roy O. Disney was alive.)
# ''Disney/RobinHood'' (1973; first of the "untouchables" to be released on home video, under the then-new "Walt Disney Classics" brand; first film to not have Walt involved at all; last film produced while all of DisneysNineOldMen were alive, for John Lounsbery died in 1976)
# ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''[=*=] (1977; partially made while Walt was alive; originally released as three separate shorts before being combined in 1977; along with ''The Three Caballeros'' and ''Fun And Fancy Free'', first package feature released on home video)
# ''Disney/TheRescuers'' (1977; end of the DorkAge/start of the Dark Age)
# ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' (1981; last film that any of DisneysNineOldMen worked on minus Eric Larson, who would remain as a trainer and animation consultant through 1986; also last film to carry the Buena Vista logo and the last animated feature released before the 1984 management shift that brought Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Frank Wells into Disney).
# ''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 and the first film released under the new Eisner/Wells/Katzenberg/Roy E. Disney regime, although ''The Black Cauldron'' began development before the release of ''The Rescuers''; first film to have computer animation in it; first film to have NO songs at all; and first film since ''Alice In Wonderland'' to have closing credits)
# ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' (1986; last film that Eric Larson, the lone remaining member of DisneysNineOldMen, was credited on; he retired this year and died in 1988; first animated feature to have an extended computer animated sequence)
# ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' (1988; the last film of the Dark Age and the first film to began production under the Eisner/Wells/Katzenberg/Roy E. regime)
# ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (1989; the first film of the ''Disney Renaissance''; first film to be based on a fairy tale since ''Sleeping Beauty''; first film to come straight to home video under the "Walt Disney Classics" brand after finishing its original theatrical run; last film to utilize traditional animated cels)
# ''[[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]'' (1990; the canon's only true sequel so far, 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; last animated feature released while Frank Wells was alive)
# ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (1994; first original story for the canon outside the package films; highest grossing of the Disney Animated Classics until ''Frozen''; last film fully made while Frank Wells was alive and the final film released during Jeffrey Katzenberg's employment at the company)
# ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (1995)
# ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (1996)
# ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' (1997)
# ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (1998)
# ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' (1999; the last film of the ''Disney Renaissance''; first ''Tarzan'' series film to be animated)
# ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''[=*=] (1999; follow-up to ''Fantasia'' and the first package film since ''The Adventures Of Ichabod & Mr. Toad''; 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; final film released before Roy E. Disney's resignation and Save Disney campaign)
# ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' (2004; planned as the last 2D animation, reversed in 2009; last animated feature released during Michael Eisner's tenure at Disney)
# ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' (2005; first ''true'' CGI movie done without Creator/{{Pixar}}; last film fully made under Michael Eisner; last film released before John Lasseter's ascension to Chief Creative Officer of Disney; last film to carry a variation of the original Walt Disney Pictures logo and first film released under Bob Iger's tenure at Disney)
# ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' (2007; first to carry the feature animation studio's own VanityPlate as well as the new computer-animated Walt Disney Pictures logo)
# ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' (2008)
# ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' (2009; first 2D film after 2004; also what some fans are calling the start of the Second Disney Renaissance/the Disney Revival, sometimes along with ''Bolt''; final film released while Roy E. Disney was alive)
# ''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 2D film to date; most recent package film)
# ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' (2012; first animated feature to have the alternate Walt Disney Pictures logo that just says "Disney"; first feature to have a custom-made vanity plate for the studio)
# ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (2013; first entry to win an UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestAnimatedFeature; is currently the highest grossing animated feature of all time)
# ''Disney/BigHero6'' (2014; won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature; first film adapted from another Disney-owned property, in this case, Creator/{{Marvel}})


[=*=] Consists of several short films released as one feature.
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As is to be expected, ''lots'' of reviewers on the Internet have taken their hand at going through the entire Canon. Some of the more notable ones:

* Creator/DougWalker, whose [[http://channelawesome.com/tag/disneycember/page/12/ Disneycember]] reviews cover every movie in the Canon... and then some.
* Tim Brayton of [[http://movieglut.blogspot.com/2010/01/disney-animation.html Antagony & Ecstasy]], the simultaneously [[SophisticatedAsHell learned and foul-mouthed]] reviewer who's dissected every animated movie under the Disney name... even the dreaded [[{{Sequelitis}} DTV sequels]].
* The Blog/UnshavedMouse, Irish playwright, self-proclaimed acolyte of the Critic, and all-around side-splitting blogger. Currently finished with the latest Canon movie out on DVD, and has turned his attention to reviewing the MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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

!!Upcoming films
[[index]]
* ''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)
* ''[[{{Disney/Frozen}} Frozen 2]]'' (TBA)
* ''WreckItRalph 2'' (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)
* ''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.
* ''The Kingdom of the Sun'', an Inca-era [[PrinceAndPauper prince and the pauper]] type AnimatedMusical, 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/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. ''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).
** 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: Several of the villains are {{Evil Sorceror}}s, and ''Sleeping Beauty'' has an evil fairy.
* 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'', ''The Great Mouse Detective'', and ''Big Hero 6''.
** And it's actually reversed in ''The Sword in the Stone''.
* CatsAreMean: Used, {{subverted|Trope}} (''{{Disney/Bolt}}'') and {{averted|Trope}} (''Disney/TheAristocats'').
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
* ClassicVillain
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Despite how so many people grew up with Disney as their childhood movies, some of them are aware of how most of them are actually pretty dark, and that Disney isn't really the "Happiest Place on Earth" as people make it out to be.
* 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 who [[NightmareFetishist 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).
* Franchise/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.
* DisneyVillainDeath: TropeNamer. See "KilledOffForReal" below; it's easier to list villains who ''didn't'' die this way.
* 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
* 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
** CarnivoreConfusion, especially.
* 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 [[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, Alameda Slim, Bowler Hat Guy, The Backson, [[spoiler:Prince Hans]], The Duke of Weselton, [[spoiler:Yokai/Professor Callaghan]].[[/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]], [[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 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 Classic 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}}'']].
* 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.
** ''{{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 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: At least 28 of the features either have their parents missing, dead, or separated from their kids.
** 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'' 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'') is a more recent example, if only for playing [[spoiler:antagonists]] in 3 movies in a row!
* 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.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Most of the male and female partnerships in modern movies, both romantic and platonic.
* 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: 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 ThePrincessAndTheFrog 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''. {{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 WreckItRalph and BigHero6 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 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 (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) 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]].
* 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.
* 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: From {{Fairy Godmother}}s to [[AnIcePerson Snow Queens]], magic can be used for good in these films.
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