* AllStarCast: Although not as blatantly advertized and abused as DreamworksAnimation, the movies in the canon will occasionally have a staggering roster of A-list celebrities lending their vocal talent. Before 1992's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' introduced Robin Williams as the Genie, Disney preferred actual voice actors. After that, they started to increasingly advertise celebrity roles. Some of the more blatant examples: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as the leads in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', MileyCyrus in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' (particularly egregious because she replaced [[Creator/ChloeMoretz a voice actor]] who had already recorded most of her lines) and perhaps Creator/MelGibson in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.
** Of course, the pre-Aladdin films weren't safe from this either. We have Mickey Rooney and Sandy Duncan in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', Vincent Price in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', and Billy Joel and Bette Midler in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
** The main cast of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' are all well known and have experience on Broadway.
* CrossDressingVoices: Mostly averted. Disney usually uses actual kids to voice child characters.
* FranchiseKiller: There have been at least two close calls where the Disney Animation Studios was nearly shut down.
** The first was ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', which was such a huge [[BoxOfficeBomb financial misfire]] that it nearly took the studio down with it. Thankfully, the modest success of ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' managed to keep the studio afloat until ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' came in and started the Rennaissance.
** The second wasn't a single film but the large amount of commercial and/or critical disappointments that lasted for years after Katzenberg left. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/business/media/at-disney-a-celebration-that-was-a-long-time-coming.html?hpw&rref=movies&_r=0 Once Pixar was officially integrated into Disney, there were once again talks of permanently shutting down the studios]]. Thankfully, Bob Iger, [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter, and Ed Catmull]] decided to work on reviving the studios instead of killing it. Years later, ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' were released, showing that the studios was once again at the top of their game.
* OldShame: Disney seems to have this attitude towards ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Both films ''were'' received better than the far more financially successful ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', but were underachievers in the box office.
** [[SaludosAmigos The]] [[TheThreeCaballeros package]] [[Disney/MakeMineMusic movies]]. [[FunAndFancyFree All]] [[MelodyTime of]] [[TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad them]]. With the exception of the Caballeros films (which were released together on 1 DVD in 2006 with minimal advertising), the last home video release of these movies is 2000, as a part of the Gold Collection DVD line, and Disney did not promote any of these releases, hence the movies are only known by animation enthusiasts and collectors nowadays. It's becoming rather odd since various characters from the package movies are represented at the Disney theme parks. [[note]]The infamous Mr. Toad ride in Disneyland is a good example, but coming across face characters of the Three Caballeros while visiting Disney is also not out of the question.[[/note]]
*** ''TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' [=DVDs=] are a common sight in stores around Halloween and they get a special packaging with a jack-o-lantern stencil or trick or treat bag included, so that one's not always an example.
** Some of the racist imagery of their earlier films is downplayed or completely removed in contemporary times. A particularly egregious example is the removal of a black servant pony during a segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
** Disney ''used'' to have this attitude towards ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and ''Disney/RobinHood'', but they became big-enough cult classics to go mainstream.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' is the biggest one. While [[LaughablyEvil Hades]] (and occasionally, Frollo) appear in merchandising, Disney just wants people to forget ''The Black Cauldron'' was even made.
* ProductionPosse: Check any of the credits in the Disney Animated Canon starting with ''Disney/TheAristocats'' and you'll begin to notice several recurring names in both the cast and crew. Here's a small rundown:
** The Dark Age Of Disney:
*** Phil Harris, Pat Buttram, Sterling Holloway (a remnant from the studio's Golden Age) and George Lindsey.
*** If the film had a male child protagonist during that period, he was probably voiced by one of animator/director Wolfgang Reitherman's sons.
** The Renaissance Age of Disney:
*** Alan Menken and Randy Newman.
*** Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Ruben Aquino, Mark Henn, Tony Fucile.
*** Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Don Hahn, Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff.
* ReferencedBy:
** ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' is a CampaignComic using the animated films (and others) as source material.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Two books have been written on the subject, ''The Disney [[StealthPun That]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Never Was]]'' and ''Disney Lost and Found'' (focusing on My Peoples and Wild Life specifically alongside deleted segments from completed works.)
** Also, ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' was apparently supposed to be Disney's 32nd animated film, to have been released during the 1993 holiday season, with ''Disney/TheLionKing'', then Disney's 33rd animated film, being scheduled for the 1994 holiday season. Then ''Nightmare'' was rebranded as a Touchstone film due to being DarkerAndEdgier even by Disney's standards (and some of the animated canon's entries are more mature than others) and ''Lion King'' found itself pushed forward to summer 1994 and directly replacing ''Nightmare'' as Disney's 32nd as a direct result of said rebranding. Had things gone as planned, ''Nightmare'' would've been Disney's first non-hand-drawn film, as well as the first and so far only stop-motion entry, in the animated canon.
* TransAtlanticEquivelant: The UK does not consider ''Dinosaur'' as part of the cannon. Instead, they include ''The Wild'' as part of the cannon, which the US does not.