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->''"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)]]
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%% Song Of The South is not part of the Disney Animated Canon. Do not post it here.
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# ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (1937; carries the honor of being the first full-length animated feature film in the English-speaking world)[[note]]Also became the highest grossing film of all time for a few years.[[/note]]
# ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' (1940)[[note]]The sole canon film to have a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.[[/note]]
# ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''[=*=] (1940)
# ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' (1941)
# ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' (1942)
# ''Disney/SaludosAmigos''[=*=] (1943)
# ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros''[=*=] (1945)
# ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''[=*=] (1946)
# ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree''[=*=] (1947)[[note]]The last time Walt voiced Mickey.[[/note]]
# ''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 filmed/projected in widescreen, and the first to be distributed by Buena Vista)
# ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' (1959)
# ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (1961)
# ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' (1963; final animated film 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)[[note]]This is the final film released during the life of Walt's brother Roy O. Disney, co-founder and first CEO of the company.[[/note]]
# ''Disney/RobinHood'' (1973; final animated film released while all of Creator/DisneysNineOldMen were alive)
# ''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 apart from Eric Larson, 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)
# ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' (1986; last film to have one of Creator/DisneysNineOldMen directly credited; that was Eric Larson, who retired this year and died soon after)
# ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' (1988; the last film of the Dark Age)
# ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (1989; the first film of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_Renaissance Disney Renaissance]])
# ''[[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; first animated film to gross $200 million)
# ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (1994; the most successful traditionally-animated film of all time and the third-highest grossing film in the canon)
# ''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 a 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; last traditionally-animated film until 2009)[[note]]This one is also one of at least six bombs in 2004 that derailed CEO Michael Eisner's Disney career.[[/note]]
# ''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)
# ''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) [[note]]This is the final film released during the life of Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney, who served various positions for the company over the years, finally becoming a Director Emeritus from 2005-2009.[[/note]]
# ''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)
# ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' (2013; first entry to win an UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestAnimatedFeature; currently the most successful animated film of all time and the first film in the canon to gross a billion dollars worldwide)
# ''Disney/BigHero6'' (2014; won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature)
# ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (2016; the second-highest grossing film in the canon thus far and the second to gross a billion dollars worldwide)
# ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' (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.
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!!Upcoming films
[[index]]
* ''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)
[[/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 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.

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!!Tropes common to the Disney Animated Canon:
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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding:
** ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'': The original "Little Bear Bongo" short story by Creator/SinclairLewis does feature a happy ending, but is still more cynical and violent. Notably, Bongo never becomes accepted by the other bears, his beloved rejects him for Lumpjaw, and the happy ending comes from another circus troupe finding him and re-introducing him to civilization. In the movie, the other bears and his beloved accept him.
** The book ''Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound'' ends with a full blown DownerEnding where [[spoiler: Tod and both of his mates and his kits all die, and Copper gets shot in the head by Amos so he doesn't have to abandon him when he's taken to a nursing home.]] The Disney adaptation alters it into a BittersweetEnding where [[spoiler: [[SparedByTheAdaptation Tod, his mate Vixie, and Copper survive]], but are forced to go their seperate ways.]]
** In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', the mermaid gets to marry the prince and live HappilyEverAfter. In the original story by Creator/HansChristianAndersen, she dies after refusing to kill the prince, and becomes an air spirit.
** If ''Disney/TheLionKing'', as it commonly is, is taken as an adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', then the equivalents of Hamlet himself (Simba), Ophelia (Nala), Gertrude (Sarabi), Polonius (Zazu), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Timon and Pumbaa) all live, wheras the play has them all die in the end.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' heavily changes the ending of the story - in the original [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Victor Hugo novel]], both Esmeralda and Quasimodo die; in the Disney version, they both survive, Esmeralda marries Phoebus and Quasimodo gets accepted by the society. Interestingly, the ScreenToStageAdaptation of the Disney movie brings back the DownerEnding.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' completely changes the ending. In the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology original myths]], Herakles dies, but after Philoctetes lit his funeral pyre, he ascended to godhood in Mount Olympus and stayed there. The Disney movie changes it to where Hercules earns his godhood by saving Meg from Hades and is allowed to come home to Olympus--but Hercules, who realizes Meg can't join him there, willingly gives up his godhood so that he can stay with Meg.
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'': In the original Creator/HansChristianAndersen story ''Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier'', both the Tin Solider and the Ballerina he loves die in a fireplace. In the adaptation for Fantasia 2000, they both live. The main reason for this change in the Disney adaptation is because the writers of the film actually did not want to cause any SoundtrackDissonance considering the fact that the musical piece accompanying this scene is an optimistic-sounding one.
* AdaptationalComicRelief:
** The Jungle Book was intended to be LighterAndSofter than the book it was based on. Baloo became a fun-loving character who has a [[{{Scatting}} scatting duel]] with an orangutan, rather than a serious law teacher. Most of the other characters underwent a similar evolution (with the possible exception of [[AdaptationalBadass Shere Khan]]).
** The Genie in Disney/{{Aladdin}} becomes a FunPersonified, cartoony character in contrast to the original story, where he was basically just a magical prop character for Aladdin to use.
** ''Disney/BigHero6'' has three examples: Baymax in the comics was built by Hiro to act as his bodyguard. Movie!Baymax is a gentle and naive {{acrofatic}} healthcare robot who was built by Hiro's CanonForeigner brother, Tadashi. Wasabi No Ginger goes from a quiet, disciplined warrior to a neurotic plasma engineer with SuperOCD. Fred goes from TheStoic to a FunPersonified, PluckyComicRelief character.
* AdaptationExpansion:
** All of the fairy tale-based films fall under this by default as the original fairy tales are typically rather short and simplistic, requiring a good amount of character and plot expansion to stretch them out to an hour and half. ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'' padded out its length with several dwarf-centric scenes, ''Sleeping Beauty'' greatly expanded the roles of the fairies and gave the prince something to do other than be lucky enough to be standing in front of the thorns just as the century-long spell expired, ''Tangled'' has Rapunzel spend more time outside her tower than inside it for the film's running time, etc.
** ''Dumbo'' was based on a very short (thirty-six pages) children's book. Even with a decent amount of padding, the final film clocks in at only sixty-four minutes.
** ''Meet the Robinsons'' added a whole time travel plot around the children's story ''A Day With Wilbur Robinson''. The second act, where Lewis meets the Robinson family and looks for Grandpa's teeth, is the only part of the movie that's actually in the book
* AdaptationalHeroism: Disney tends to do this to certain characters in their adaptations as often as they'll make other characters into villains.
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': Pinocchio was still the hero in the original, but was altered from a BrattyHalfPint to a more innocent and merely easily misguided CheerfulChild. Geppetto is a milder example. He was similarly altered from a bad-tempered, antisocial crank to a kindhearted character who genuinely wants a son of his own -- and something of a BadassGrandpa to boot.
** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': In the original Literature/TheWindInTheWillows story, Mr. Toad was in fact guilty of stealing the car. The Disney adaptation changes it so that Toad, eccentric as he is, was framed for it and has to clear his name.
** In the original stories and plays by J. M. Barrie, Literature/PeterPan was one of TheFairFolk and came off as a SociopathicHero - he didn't show much concern for his "friends," took nightmarish pleasure in killing pirates, and even ''murdered Lost Boys'' [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness just for growing up]] (or to make a battle against the pirates more interesting). [[Disney/PeterPan The Disney version]], understandably, left out this aspect of Peter.
** Eeyore from ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' went from a melancholic and self-centered {{Jerkass}} in the books to a [[TheWoobie forlorn sweetheart who just needs a hug]] in the Disney films and associated media.
** The Enchantress from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is a curious example. In the original tale, she was a wicked fairy who cursed the prince for no good reason. The film has her curse the prince after he refuses her shelter and shows himself to be selfish. While not presented as a ''heroic'' character, her spell served to teach the prince about love rather than anything malicious. Still pretty callous though in regards to the servants and castle staff who got transformed into sentient housewares because they happened to ''work for'' a guy who needed to learn a lesson about being selfish.
** Similar to Pinocchio, Disney/{{Aladdin}} is a great deal more ruthless and unscrupulous in the original tale.
** Captain Phoebus from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is transformed from a dishonest cad to a genuinely heroic figure, being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold at worst. And Quasimodo, while not being as mean as Phoebus in the book, is transformed from a rude and angry Jerkass to a [[NiceGuy timid and kind guy]].
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': By modern standards, the Hercules of Greek Myth [[AntiHero wasn't exactly a paragon of heroic virtue]]. He killed more than one innocent person simply for being too close when his temper got the better of him (although he was always remorseful when this happened), and [[HotBlooded he would go stage a HUGE war for a mere verbal insult one day]], although he did went to great lengths to help his friends and his deeds did the world a lot of good. The Hercules in this movie is a wide eyed boy scout who doesn't have much, if any, vices. The worst thing he does is lash out at Phil for trying to warn him about Meg being in league with Hades, but he immediately comes to regret that. Also, Hera is presented as Hercules's loving mother. In the myths, she was not his mother and did not like him one bit - it was her that made Herc go mad and murder his wife. The film omits that plot entirely and gives AdaptationalVillainy to [[EverybodyHatesHades Hades]]. And anyone who knows their Greek myth knows that Zeus is [[JerkassGods a self-righteous, womanizing jerk]] and [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal rapist]]. Here, he's pretty much a cross between GrandpaGod and BumblingDad who certainly loves Hercules and stays loyal with Hera, making his status as a TopGod of Mt. Olympus and BigGood of the series a lot more plausible.
** In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kerchak is deeply suspicious of the title character, but only because he considers him a potential threat. Other than that, he's a heroic figure and good leader. In the [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} original books]], on the other hand, he was a straight-up KillerGorilla who was responsible for the death of Tarzan's father.
** Rapunzel's parents in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. The father steals lettuce from a witch's garden in the original tale, simply because his pregnant wife had a craving for them. They also disappear from the story and never seem to bother about the whereabouts of the daughter they gave up. In the film, the mother is dying. And rather than knowingly stealing from the witch, they find a golden flower that the witch had been using to make herself young. And the witch kidnaps the baby. [[spoiler: Rapunzel is also reunited with her parents at the end]] - and they're implied to have been searching for her all her life.
** Elsa the Snow Queen from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is NotEvilJustMisunderstood, instead of the DesignatedVillain from the [[Literature/TheSnowQueen original tale]].
** ''Disney/BigHero6'' has [=GoGo=] Tomago. Her comic counterpart was a criminal who was forced into the team to avoid imprisonment. In the film, she is a noble and kind ActionGirl who willingly joined the team.
* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: Some characters in Disney's adaptations of a story have their personalities completely overhauled:
** In ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Baloo and Bageehra essentially switch personalities (Baloo was a stern mentor and Bagheera was a laid-back friend in the book), Kaa becomes a clownish villain rather than a wise mentor for Mowgli, and Shere Khan is turned from a SmugSnake to a FauxAffablyEvil villain.
** In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', the eponymous mermaid and one of her sisters change personalities--the most distinguishing traits of Andersen's heroine were that she was thoughtful, quiet, and pensive (quite unlike Ariel), and one of her sisters is actually said to be by far the most daring and boldest of the family (quite like Ariel). Also, the Sea Witch becomes a cunning, dishonest, power-hungry villain who tricks Ariel into signing a contract with her, rather than the neutral character in the original tale who warns the mermaid of the consequences of her magic.
** In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', compared to their book counterparts, Quasimodo is much more gentle, Esmeralda is smarter and less naive, and Phoebus is more heroic, with his womanizer tendencies dropped. Meanwhile, Frollo gets AdaptationalVillainy and loses all his redeeming traits (which are given to an original character, the Archdeacon of Notre-Dame).
*** Of course, in the book Frollo is the Archdeacon, making this a case of the DecompositeCharacter.
** In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kerchak is a stern, but benevolent leader of the apes, rather than the violent, abusive character he is in the books.
* AdaptationalVillainy: A lot of their movie adaptations tend to do this to characters from their original stories;
** ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'': The puppeteer from Literature/{{Pinocchio}} (Mangiafuoco in the book, Stromboli in the film). In the film he was far more cruel and simply wanted to exploit Pinocchio and states that he'll use him as firewood after he can't perform anymore. In the book although he initially does want to use Pinocchio as firewood after the boy accidentally ruins one of his puppet shows, Pinocchio is able to convince him not to do so, and he [[PetTheDog even gives the talking puppet some coins to help Geppetto out]]. This is probably an influence from Alexey N. Tolstoy's book adaptation, Buratino, where the puppeteer, named Carabas Barabas, is the [[BigBad main villain]] and a very ominous person (although, incidentally, the scene mentioned above still happens anyways).
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'': Chernabog in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence. While he was a black god, he wasn't evil as a pre-christian slavic deity. Though we don't really know enough about Chernobog to say whether he was or wasn't evil, it's certain he wasn't a giant Satanic figure who called up the spirits of the damned. The film works around this by referring to him as Satan himself, but Disney prefers to call him Chernabog these days.
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'': Ronno the deer is a jealous bully who spends much of his time antagonizing Bambi, culminating in their battle over Faline. In the original book, Ronno and Bambi were actually good friends instead of enemies, although this does change as they grow older and see each other as competition for does. Also, the human hunters in the book are ordinary people who [[HumansAreCthulhu are frightening and god-like from the perspective of the animals,]] although Bambi's father makes a point of showing Bambi a dead hunter to teach him that humans are subject to the same rules as the forest animals are. In the Disney movie, the hunters are explicitly reckless and careless, shooting everything that moves and setting the forest ablaze from a badly tended campfire. Bambi's mother is, judging from the time of her death in early spring, the victim of a poacher.
** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': In the original story, Brom doesn't physically attack Ichabod, due to his rough sense of honor and fair play. He so thoroughly outclasses Ichabod physically that he might as well have two other guys there to hold him down as fight one on one, and limits himself to trying to hound him away from Katrina with practical jokes. In this version, however, he clearly was about to beat the snot out of him, and Ichabod only escaped due to Brom suffering a [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]]-level bout of bad luck.
** ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': The Queen of Hearts is depicted as an AxCrazy villainess in the Disney adaptation. In the book by Creator/LewisCarroll, while she does constantly order executions, the King quietly pardons everybody she sentences to death when she isn't looking and no real harm is done. She never notices this, and the inhabitants of Wonderland just choose to play along with her. Also, it's outright said by the Gryphon that she doesn't execute anyone. Part of the reason for this is because the Queen as depicted in the movie is a [[CompositeCharacter mash-up of three different characters]] from ''Alice's Adventure in Wonderland'' and ''Alice Through The Looking Glass'' (the Queen of Hearts, the Duchess and the Red Queen). The King himself goes from pardoning people to openly supporting the Queen's executions. The Cheshire Cat in the Disney movie is a JerkAss to Alice if not a villain, while in the book he was a [[NiceGuy more friendly character.]] And as a lesser example, the White Rabbit in the Disney version is a pompous servant of the Queen. In the book he's a little friendlier to Alice, advising her not to play well in the croquet game so the Queen can win. The Walrus in "The Walrus and the Carpenter" also goes through this. While neither he nor the Carpenter were particularly good people in the original poem (Alice notes that the Walrus [[spoiler: showed remorse for his actions but still ate more oysters than the Carpenter, while the Carpenter ate as many as he could]]), he was much more remorseful in the poem. Here, however, he's depicted as an [[SmugSnake arrogant, manipulative]], [[VillainousGlutton greedy]], [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrat]]. Also, [[spoiler: this movie portrays the oysters as youngsters, making the Walrus [[EatsBabies seem even more monstrous!]]]]
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': While Kay, Wart's foster brother, isn't evil, he's a [[JerkAss surly, cynical bully]] and a lot meaner than he was in the book, where he and Wart were only a couple years apart in age and were companions and playmates.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': Kaa the python. In the book, he is a mentor and friend of Mowgli as much as Bagheera and Baloo are and helps to save him when he is kidnapped by monkeys, engages him in friendly wrestling matches, and offers him advice for battle against the dholes, indeed never harming or threatening him in any way and saving his life more than once. The other animals in the jungle [[TheDreaded respect and fear him]] for his [[OldMaster wisdom]] and powers of hypnosis, which only Mowgli, because he is human, is immune to. In the Disney movie, he is an AffablyEvil villain whose only role in the plot is to serve as a minor nuisance. Apparently it was thought by Disney that audiences [[SnakesAreSinister wouldn't accept a snake as a heroic character.]] This also applies to Shere Kahn; In the books he was an antagonist, but represented as somewhat pitiful (he has a bad leg, restricting his ability to hunt), is something of an [[SmugSnake arrogant fool]], and is taken half-heartedly by a lot of residents of the jungle, including Bagheera. The other animals generally see him as a troublemaker and a coward because he attacks humans (something forbidden under the Law of the Jungle), and characters like Bagheera and Kaa command a lot more respect and fear. In the original Disney film, he is somewhat comedic and playful, but is genuinely feared and implied to be stronger than many animals put together.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'': The three witches in the film are grasping and sneaky, if not evil, characters who try and trick Taran into giving up a treasure for the cauldron. In the book, they are neutral figures who bend their own rules to help Taran and the others get rid of it.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': The Sea Witch in the Creator/HansChristianAndersen [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid fairy tale]] is a neutral character who shows no vindictive intentions toward the unnamed mermaid, only making the famous tongue-for-legs exchange, even warning the mermaid of the consequences of the transformation. She doesn't go back on the deal or interfere with her relationship with the prince until she is asked to by the mermaid's sisters, and only indirectly. In the Disney movie, she is named Ursula, is an out-and-out villain with a tendency toward [[DealWithTheDevil Faustian deals]], and gets in the way of Ariel's romance with Prince Eric far more than the character in the fairy tale did. Ursula also takes the place of the princess who the prince eventually marries in the original, who is innocent in Andersen's fairy tale and genuinely loves him.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': While its far from the first adaptation to make UsefulNotes/GrandVizierJafar a villain, its probably the most well known example of it. In the Literature/ArabianNights, Jafar was a minor character but generally a hero (although Sunni tradition, which thinks very highly of Harun al-Rashid, assumed that Ja'far must have been guilty of ''something'' if the great Caliph had him killed). And in the Aladdin story, the Grand Vizier (who is actually not the same character as Jafar, as Jafar did not appear in the Arabian Nights Aladdin story, but he is replaced by Jafar in the movie) is hostile to Aladdin at first, but then [[TheCassandra he has a point]], and is actually TheGoodChancellor in contrast to the Disney movies depiction of Jafar as an EvilChancellor; the real villain of the story is a magician from North Africa.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': [[SinisterMinister Claude Frollo]] was [[AntiVillain a more sympathetic character]] in [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original novel]] by Creator/VictorHugo. While driven to evil deeds later by his lust for Esmeralda, he willingly adopts and cares for Quasimodo, instead of threatening to throw him down a well as he did in the Disney version of the story. All while looking after his layabout of a brother, Jehan (who most movie adaptations [[CompositeCharacter composite with Claude]]), and being orphaned himself to boot. He was also more tolerant of gypsies, asking only that they keep their activities away from the cathedral rather than actively hunting them down. Also, Frollo was originally archdeacon of Notre Dame; in the movie, the archdeacon is a [[DecompositeCharacter seperate, kindly character]], who induces a guilt trip on Frollo at the beginning and is beaten up by him at the end. In a sense, both these scenes depict the man struggling with ''himself''. It's believed the reason for this AdaptationalVillainy was due to Disney being concerned that having a priest for a BigBad would offend people, and their solution was to divide the literary character in two and give one all the good qualities and the other all the bad.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': Hades is a {{Satan}}-like villain ([[EveryoneHatesHades again]]), intent on overthrowing Zeus and taking over Mount Olympus. In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Classical Mythology]], he was a [[LawfulNeutral neutral]] but just ruler of the dead and was downright ''nice'' compared to [[JerkassGods the other Greek gods]]. Hades had no antagonism towards Heracles, only meeting the hero when Heracles asked to borrow Cerberus for one of his twelve labors. Heracles's original divine enemy was Hera, his stepmother and Zeus's wife. As for overthrowing Zeus, Hades never tried that in the myths. While Hades ''did'' kidnap Persephone ([[JerkassGods with Zeus's permission]]), he was nowhere near as bad a husband as his brothers [[AnythingThatMoves Zeus and Poseidon]]. In fact, Hades is probably the least antagonistic god Hercules ever met in the original myth; the entire obstacle Hercules has in borrowing Cerberus is that Hades ''politely asks Hercules to bring it back when he's done''. His sidekicks, Pain and Panic, also go through this compared to Deimos and Phobos, who they were both very loosely based on. While neither of their original counterparts were exactly good guys, they were the son of Ares and definitely weren't evil, impish comic relief lackeys. In fact, Heracles worshiped Phobos as a god and had him depicted on his shield. And in the myths, the Cyclopes were Zeus' allies in the fight against the Titans, and they gave the thunderbolt to Zeus, the trident to Poseidon and the helmet of invisibility to Hades. The movie has one lone Cyclops who is in league in the Titans, and is sent by Hades to destroy Thebes and kill Hercules.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': Clayton. In the novels, he is Tarzan's cousin who inherits the title after Tarzan's parents are presumed dead. His worst fault is that he is not as brave or capable as Tarzan, and his worst crime is concealing Tarzan's true identity after he figures out the truth so that he can keep the title. Other than that, he is a decent man who is willing to sacrifice himself for Jane. In the movie, he is an EgomaniacHunter.
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'': In the story of "The Firebird Suite", the titular creature aids a Prince to defeating an evil wizard. In the animated segment at the end of the film, the Firebird is a destructive EldritchAbomination in the shape of a bird that destroys an entire forest.
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': A number of villains get together for a support group, and among them is [[Franchise/StreetFighter Zangief]], who isn't a villain in the games - though he is often a victim of this trope, being a villain in both the first live-action Street Fighter movie and Street Fighter American cartoon. This makes his comments toward Ralph during his sole scene all the more poignant.
** ''Disney/BigHero6'': In the comics, Hiro Takachiho is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. At the start of the animated movie, Hiro [[AdaptationNameChange Hamada]] partakes in illegal bot-fights before his brother shows him around his school.
* 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 films in the canon 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 bulk of the 19 animated features made in Walt Disney's own lifetime were based on pre-existing stories--the only features he made that weren't based on any pre-existing stories were ''Saludos Amigos'' and ''The Three Caballeros''. The bulk of ''Make Mine Music'' and ''Melody Time'' consist of original story material as well, but have a couple segments based on pre-existing stories, such as ''Casey at the Bat'', ''Johnny Appleseed'', ''Little Toot'' and ''Pecos Bill''.
** {{Aver|tedTrope}}sions include all the package films (except for ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' and ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''), ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/BrotherBear'', ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''.
** It's possibly worth noting that ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', and ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' were all originally adapted from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', and ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'', respectively.
* AnimatedMusical: Most of the movies in the canon are this, though there are exceptions such as ''Tarzan'', ''Lilo & Stitch'', ''Wreck-It Ralph'', and ''Zootopia''.
* 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]]).
* AntiVillain: Several characters in the canon fall into this.
** According to animators [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston]] in their book ''Literature/TheDisneyVillain'', [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Man]], the villain of Disney/{{Bambi}} is this, simply because he had no comprehension of the pain and terror he was inflicting on what he simply thought were mindless animals.
-->"The biggest threat, of course, is from the predator, man, and his gun. As victims, the deer have no way of combating this foe and must suffer the consequences. Man, for his part, has no thought or understanding of the pain he is inflicted on the wild animals bu pursing his own personal desires. There is no villainy in his heart when he kills Bambi's mother, yet to the audience, this is an event that stays with them for the rest of their lives."
** Professor Terri Tatti from [[Disney/MakeMineMusic "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met"]], since he has a somewhat justifiable reason for attacking Willie--[[CaptainObvious whales normally don't sing opera]], so he assumes the whale swallowed three whole opera singers to get his talent (it actually comes from the fact that Willie has three uvulas), so he kills Willie with a harpoon to free them. His act is described not as a villainous one, but a misguided one springing from his lack of understanding.
** Brom Bones from ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''. The Sleepy Hollow segment goes out of its way to prove that while Brom is not above terrorizing the local schoolmaster to drive him out of town or bullying Katrina's other suitors, isn't really ''bad'' (just a bit of a JerkAss), and may in fact be a better husband for Katrina (unlike Ichabod, who appears to care more about her money.)
** Sir Ector of Disney/TheSwordInTheStone. While he's a [[JerkAss jerk to Wart]], he's not evil, just a [[MiseryBuildsCharacter very strict and demanding]] ControlFreak.
** Edgar of Disney/TheAristocats is one of the few Disney Villains who is not exactly pure evil; while he is greedy, he does not seem to be cruel. It would have been easy for him to just kill Duchess and her kittens, but instead, he chose to kidnap them and release them into the wild—-and when that didn't work, he decides to send them to Timbuktu. Moreover, he's shown to have more redeeming features and is never willing to kill anyone.
** [[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound Amos Slade]] is a more shaded antagonist than a typical Disney villain. He may be a curmudgeon who wants to kill Tod, but his true nature comes out when Copper convinces him not to kill Tod.
** [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast The Beast]] starts off as this. He acts malicious for the first part of the film, but he's not acting out of evil intentions as much as he's consumed by anger and despair at being trapped in the body of a beast while his chance to regain his humanity is slowly ticking away. The scene where he saves Belle from the wolves is the part that makes it clear to the audience that he's not a villain. Creator/GlenKeane, the lead animator of Beast, is quoted on this in ''Literature/TheDisneyVillain'';
-->"He probably wouldn't have minded killing Maurice. That was the extent where someone like the Beast, who had the potential to be good, could become a villain. The Beast was pitying himself, frustrated, so he felt justified in treating the father that way, and when he comes back, Belle is crying--his actions do cause people pain--and he starts to get a glimmer that he's not entirely comfortable with the role of a villain....He had incredible limitations--it's kind of like taking the villain and the hero and wrapping them up into one body."
** In Disney/TreasurePlanet, John Silver is [[DesignatedVillain supposed to be the bad guy]]; and he does it pretty well, most of the time. But he also turns out to be a great father figure to Jim Hawkins and his soft spot for the lad pushes him to do the right thing now and then. His core motivation of wanting to get what is, in his eyes, rightfully owed to him, is more complex than just standard pirate-related greed.
** Disney/BrotherBear: Denahi goes rather nuts after losing both his brothers.
* 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. Unlike [[Disney/LiloAndStitch the film released in between them]], they did not do well at the box office.
** ''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.
* BittersweetEnding: At least a few of the films are notable aversions of the franchises movies having happy endings;
** Disney/{{Pinocchio}}: The main protagonist gets reunited with Geppetto and becomes a real boy, but [[spoiler:most of the villains, specially the Coachman, are never punished. And those hundreds of innocent children who were taken from their families, turned into donkeys, and sold into slavery? They're still donkeys and no one comes to save them.]]
** In Disney/MakeMineMusic, In the final segment [[spoiler:Willie the Whale is harpooned, but now he's in heaven, free to sing to his heart's content.]]
** Disney/MelodyTime: Happens in two segments. Johnny Appleseed [[spoiler: dies, but has left a huge legacy in his wake and is off to grow apple trees in heaven]]; while Pecos Bill [[spoiler:gives up being a cowboy after the death of his fiancé Slue-Foot Sue, but Texas is implied to be a much safer place because of him.]]
** Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound: [[spoiler: Nobody dies in the movie except for the bear, and Tod and Copper go their separate ways, but they remember what good friends they used to be. And Tod lives happily with his mate Vixie.]]
** Disney/{{Pocahontas}}: [[spoiler: Ratcliffe is defeated and is tied up by his own men to be taken back to England, but John Smith takes a gunshot from the former [[HeroicSacrifice to protect Chief Powhatan]], forcing him to also return to England to be nursed back to health, meaning he and Pocahontas don't get to stay together. But they and their people are better for the experience.]]
** Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame: Quasimodo [[DidNotGetTheGirl didn't win Esmeralda's heart]]. But she survives, Frollo is defeated and the people of Paris finally accept Quasimodo as one of their own.
** Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog: [[spoiler: Ray is KilledOffForReal, but he is AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, as he's seen appearing as a new star next to his star lover Evangeline. And at least Tiana and Naveen get together.]]
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: In the bulk of the movies in the canon, the line between good and evil is ''very'' clearly drawn, hence why Disney frequently relies on ObviouslyEvil, hammy villains.
* 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.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The company has been known to edit some of their films.
** All of the home video releases of Disney/{{Fantasia}} censor the Pastoral Symphony sequence to remove the presence of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nx4ekJ0i_w Sunflower]], who is depicted as [[UncleTomFoolery a degrading african american stereotype]] (rat tail hairs, subservient to another centaur, and being stylized as a donkey instead of a centaurette). The home video releases worked around her by digitally zooming in on the footage of the centaurettes she was near, and slightly rearranging one scene to cover up that they excised a brief scene with her that was impossible to pan away from. For other shots where it was both absolutely impossible to pan away from her and too crucial to remove, they digitally edited her out altogether, resulting in oddities like a red carpet that she pushed now magically rolling out on its own. The only way the original footage can be seen now is by finding bootlegs of very old TV recordings of Fantasia.
** The first DVD release of Disney/SaludosAmigos edited out the cigarette Goofy was holding. The second printing included as an extra on ''Walt and El Groupo'' uses the uncut print.
** The US DVD release of Disney/MakeMineMusic removed the entire opening Martins and the Coys segment for excessive gunplay. The PAL DVD has the whole sequence intact. The ''All the Cats Join In'' segment also makes some small edits to the shower scene.
** One of the DVD releases of Disney/PeterPan makes a color timing edit to the Indians to make them look less, well, red.
** Disney/TheRescuers originally had a topless woman photo in a background as a FreezeFrameBonus, but it was removed from almost all home video releases of the film.
** The opening song of Disney/{{Aladdin}}, "Arabian Nights", had a line changed from "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face/It's barbaric, but, hey, it's home" in the original theatrical version to a more acceptable "Where it's flat and immense, and the heat is intense/It's barbaric, but, hey, it's home." for the home release when Disney received complaints that the ear-cutting part was offensive to those living in Arabic countries (despite that punishments like that do exist in Arabic countries). The original version made it to the early pressings of the soundtrack on CD, but later versions used the less offensive version. MTI's junior musical of the movie uses the less offensive version, but "It's barbaric" was replaced by "It's a furnace!".
** Disney/TreasurePlanet has one scene where Captain Amelia is injured and clutching her side. Her hand is covered in blood in the theatrical version however this was cut from home video releases of the film.
** A developmental variant happened with Disney/{{Tangled}}. Early in the film, Rapunzel confronts Flynn with a frying pan when he hides in her tower. Originally she was meant to confront Bastion (the character Flynn replaced) with a crossbow.
* 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''.
* BrokenAesop:
** ''Lady and the Tramp'' talks about the difference between rich and poor, or upper and lower class within the context of dogs. In the beginning the Tramp is seen as a scoundrel for not having a dog collar and being a stray dog. After having a romance with Lady and going out scaring chickens Lady is captured by the dog catcher, where she finds out the Tramp has had many lovers before. When freed again she refuses to see him again and the others dogs with a collar also look down up on him... until the Tramp saves the day by killing a rat that tried to get in the baby's room. At first this seems to be a decent aesop: "don't judge others for their appearance or poverty". But when you really think about it: no sane human would just accept a stray dog in their midst, certainly not in the presence of a baby. And the fact that he, within the context of the story, is only rewarded and accepted when he does something that benefits the rich people (saving the baby from a rat) is actually rather cynical.
** ''The Sword in the Stone'': The film tries to have a [[KnowledgeIsPower "Knowledge is the real power."]] message delivered by Merlin to Wart both throughout the film and in the ending, but almost nothing in the film supports it because Wart is a PinballProtagonist who has no control over anything that's going on around him, and his problems are almost always solved by Merlin's magic anyway [[{{Hypocrite}} despite Merlin saying magic can't solve all his problems]] (even if they do unwittingly tend to cause as many hardships as they solve, Merlin is basically doing the real work for Wart, even if he sincerely is trying to make a point to him) and he doesn't even get his happy ending by using anything he learned from Merlin--in fact, Wart ends up doing the ''exact opposite'' of what Merlin wanted by willingly accepting a degrading position as Kay's squire instead of focusing on an education. It was by sheer luck that he ends up going to London and turns out to be the one worthy of pulling out the sword, making him King of England right then and there.
** ''The Lion King'': In what is probably one of the most infamous cases, Simba the lion thinks he killed his own father and runs off to another land. Eventually people tell him to confront his fears and he goes back to challenge Scar, who took over his kingdom in his abscence and turned it into a tyranny. Yet when Scar again puts the blame on him for causing his fathers' death Simba starts to doubt himself again and the other lions doubt him too. It's only when Scar has Simba in a situation where he will probably die that he confesses that he was the actual murderer. This gives Simba the confidence to finally defeat Scar and when he does this, all the others finally accept him in their midst.
** ''Meet the Robinsons'' is particularly {{Anvilicious}} about its Aesop: don't worry about making mistakes because you can always learn from them and fix them later. The movie contains two plot-stopping lectures and a musical number to hammer it in. So, when confronted with DOR-15, Lewis solves the problem by declaring he will never invent her, causing a Temporal Paradox and removing her from existence. A quick and easy way to end the movie, but at the cost of undermining its Aesop. Right from the beginning, DOR-15 was still fully-functional, if only disobedient. The movie's solution prevents a viable third option: Instead of writing DOR-15 off as a failed invention too early, Lewis could remind his future self to either correct DOR-15's behavior or outright build a better one, allowing him to dispatch DOR-15 while still having his Helping Hat invention. Lewis also never demonstrates that he learned his roommate had needs and would be more conscientious about it. Meanwhile, the two characters who DO follow the Aesop's advice don't exactly get rewarded for it: Wilbur scrambles around trying to fix his careless mistake but only ends up making things worse and is eventually punished by his mother when he admits to it, while the Bowler Hat Guy keeps trying new schemes when the old ones fail and is consistently chewed out for his incompetence by DOR-15 and everyone else around him. The short version: The film's Aesop is about getting better through learning from your mistakes. While Lewis laments that he makes the same mistakes over and over again, he ends up solving his problems by denying his mistakes (and potentially repeating them), rather than identifying and improving on them. Conversely, when Wilbur and Bowler Hat Guy do try and learn from their own mistakes, they end up making things worse for themselves.
* CaninesPrimaryFelinesSecondary: The Canon as a whole has more movies featuring dogs in lead roles than housecats in lead roles. The movies with a dog or dogs in lead and major roles are ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'', ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', and ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''. The only movies with a cat or cats in a lead role are ''Disney/TheAristocats'' and ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite many of the films in the canon getting direct-to-video sequels (and in the cases of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin|TheSeries}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'', ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan Tarzan]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool The Emperor's New Groove]]'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Lilo|AndStitchTheSeries}} [[Anime/{{Stitch}} & Stitch]]'', sometimes even getting full-fledged TV shows), none of them are considered canon to the original movies.[[note]]Well, maybe ''WesterAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' and its [[WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie two]] [[WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch movies]] are if Splodyhead (Experiment 619)'s cameo in ''Big Hero 6'' counts, especially since Stitch's cousins were briefly alluded to in the beginning of ''Lilo & Stitch''.[[/note]] To date, the only canonical sequel is ''The Rescuers Down Under'', although this will change with the planned upcoming ''Wreck-It Ralph 2'' and ''Frozen 2''.
* 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'').
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* 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 is ''The 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?
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* {{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: Several of the films tend to be much more wacky and comedic than the typical Disney movie. ''Saludos Amigos'', ''The Three Caballeros'', ''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Aladdin'', ''Hercules'', and ''The Emperors New Groove'' are most notable for this.
* DisneyFication: Disney, being the TropeNamer, frequently does this for movies in the canon that are based on a pre-existing story, and they are by far the most well known examples of doing this, to where [[DisneyFication/{{Disney}} they have their own page for examples of it.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: {{Trope Namer|s}}. See "KilledOffForReal" below; it's easier to list villains who ''didn't'' die this way.
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* 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/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - [[spoiler:Quasimodo]]
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' - [[spoiler:Mulan]]
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' - [[spoiler:Ralph]]
** ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' - [[spoiler:Elsa/Anna]]
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The Disney Animated Canon has several examples:
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has Abu as Aladdin's NonHumanSidekick.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' was based on ''Tarzan of the Apes'', but Disney did work the monkey trope into a wacky lather in the film, particularly with Tarzan's loud-mouthed female gorilla sidekick Terk, her not-too-bright buddies Flynt and Mungo, and the mischievous baby baboon Manu. On the other hand, some primate characters are completely serious (i.e. Kerchak, the stern silverback and Kala, Tarzan's loving foster mother) or are more [[ManiacMonkeys threatening]] than funny (the baboon horde).
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' had the shaman-type, Rafiki, who was an African vision-having kung-fu mandrill.
** King Louie from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' was Disney's original addition to the movie, yet arguably, [[AdaptationDisplacement feels very much as if he belongs to Mowgli's world]]. The original book ''does'', however, have a scene where the monkeys try to make Mowgli their leader, and won't let him go. He was later transplanted to ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
** A few Disney geeks have a theory: this trope is the ''only'' acceptable reason why there are "[[MisplacedWildlife lemurs]]" in the Late Cretaceous period in ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''.
** Gorillas and monkeys appear as background characters in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''. A ferocious gorilla tries to escape from its cage during a parade, and a whole family of monkeys sleeping on a swing can be seen during the "Baby Mine" number.
* 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.
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* 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.
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* 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 films]]. 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.
* TheHeavy: The bulk of the films have thei conflict driven in whole by an overarching villain setting things into motion, with the protagonists getting dragged into it.
* 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.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade:
** ''Disney/RobinHood'' portrays Prince John as an effeminate LargeHam who is prone to childish tantrums upon mention of his brother and always begins sobbing at the mention of his mother. He also taxes Nottingham until most of the citizens are in jail [[DisproportionateRetribution because they invented a song that insulted him]] and plans to have Friar Tuck hanged to lure out Robin Hood.
** Governor Ratcliffe from Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''. The real John Ratcliffe seems to have been more foolishly trusting than villainous, as he wanted to trade with the Native Americans, not to rob them or commit genocide on them. He was eventually captured and tortured to death ([[FlayingAlive flayed alive]], actually) by the Powhatan Indians, who seem to have received a bit of a HistoricalHeroUpgrade in the movie.
** Granted, the Huns weren't all that nice, but Disney's demonic portrayal of them in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (complete with inhuman yellow eyes) is pretty extreme. They shouldn't even have been Huns. The tribe that Mulan fought against were the Xiongnu, a similar but distinct tribe.
* HumansAreBastards: Played with on several occasions such as in ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' or ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
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* InNameOnly: Some of their adaptations fall into this:
** Lampshaded in the original Disney/{{Fantasia}} in the Nutcracker Suite segment. The narrator says "You won't see any nutcracker on the screen. There's nothing left of him but the title."
** Disney/TheJungleBook bears little resemblance to [[Literature/TheJungleBook Kipling's original]] except for a few character names and the basic premise of a boy RaisedbyWolves.
** Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound: How Walt Disney Studios managed to look at [[Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound what reads like a fictionalized documentary about the life and times of a mongrel hunting dog and a human-reared wild fox who live through bear hunts, rabies epidemics, and the rise of suburbia among other things]] and thought it would make a wonderful talking animals musical about racism is a mystery for the ages.
** Disney/{{Hercules}}: Due to the sheer amount of changes made from the source material, the only things this movie has in common with the original Heracles myth is that they both star a super strong demigod protagonist and share a couple of similar plot points and settings. Heck, it feels less like an adaptation of the myth and more like Film/SupermanTheMovie and Film/{{Rocky}} [[RecycledInSpace mashed up and set in Ancient Greece.]] See SadlyMythtaken for how the film differs in so many ways from the original myth.
** Disney/{{Frozen}} is billed as an adaptation of Literature/TheSnowQueen, but it's probably better to say that it's just an adaptation of the title. The original fairy tale was about a peasant girl trying to rescue her friend from an AmbiguouslyEvil member of TheFairFolk, with [[RandomEventsPlot random encounters]] along the way; the Disney movie is primarily about a good, human queen with [[PowerIncontinence uncontrollable]] [[AnIcePerson ice magic]] and her relationship to her sister, with the threat of EndlessWinter and a few original characters thrown in. They both include a reindeer sidekick, though.
** Aside from the names, Disney/BigHero6 has very little in common with the comics it's inspired by, incuding RaceLifting the entire team and moving the setting from Japan to the fictional city of [[{{Americasia}} San Fransokyo]]. A case of TropesAreNotBad, as the source material is not as well looked upon due to being a rather ShallowParody of Japanese media tropes.
* 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.
* LighterAndSofter: Some of the Disney Animated Films tend to be much, ''much'' lighter than others, in addition to some of their adaptations being lighter than their source material, despite the franchise generally being for young children.
** ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' is this in comparison to ''Fantasia''. It was produced on a lower budget with less intricate animation, intended mainly to generate money and therefore more catered toward children, which resulted in (while still emotionally heavy compared to today's kids films) a more kid aimed film than ''Fantasia''. ''Dumbo'' does an excellent job of proving [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]] in this case, however.
** ''Disney/TheAristocats'', as both movies [[Disney/TheJungleBook preceding]] and [[Disney/RobinHood succeeding]] have antagonists who are far more threatening.
** ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' , seeing as in the [[Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound original book]] the title pair aren't friends and [[spoiler: die at the end.]]
** The original Creator/HansChristianAndersen version of ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' ends on a by ''far'' darker note than [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid the Disney version]]. [[spoiler: The Prince marries another woman. The Mermaid is given a LastSecondChance to return to the sea by murdering him with an enchanted knife, but unable to murder the man she loves she throws herself into the sea and turns into foam. That's right, she ''dies''.]]
** Although ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has some dark moments, it was created as a lighter followup to the infamously edgy ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' is very lighthearted and comedic, even by Disney film standards.
** The second ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' movie in the Disney Animated Canon is this towards ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', faithful as both adaptations are to their source material.
* 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}}'']].
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* 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.
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* 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.
** ''Disney/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.
* NoAntagonist: There are several films with no real villains in them:
** Disney/{{Dumbo}}: Dumbo has no clear cut villains; the conflict came about mainly because Dumbo's ears made him a target for mockery—Dumbo lived in a selfish, rather than hostile, world that causes his problems. The other elephants simply looked down on him and his mother, the ringmaster had no idea what to do with Dumbo once he's forced to lock up his mother, the clowns had their own problems to deal with, and the kids that got Dumbo into the whole mess were just insensitive, not outright malicious.
** Disney/SaludosAmigos and Disney/TheThreeCaballeros have no villains either.
** Neither Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh nor Disney/WinnieThePooh (2011) have a real villain in them--they're just figments of the characters imaginations.
** Disney/BrotherBear: Kenai blames a bear for the death of one of his brothers and kills her in revenge, but [[KarmicTransformation his own experience as a bear]] helps him realize that the bear was just a mother trying to get food and that killing her was a prime case of RevengeBeforeReason. Denahi, Kenai's own brother, keeps on trying to kill Kenai for most of the film, but that's because he doesn't know the bear he saw next to Kenai's [[EmptyPilesOfClothing empty clothes]] was Kenai and instead jumped to the logical conclusion that the bear must have killed his one remaining brother. The plot's major conflicts are essentially the product of multiple misunderstandings.
** Disney/{{Bolt}}: Meddlesome TV executives and dog catchers cause problems for the main heroes, and [[WindmillCrusader Bolt]] initially blames "[[ShowWithinAShow Dr. Calico]]" for everything, but in reality there is no central villain.
* NonHumanSidekick: Most of the main characters and/or their love interests have one, as do some villains.
* NoSmoking: Since July 2007, Disney has banned on-screen smoking from being depicted in any of their films. Even before they enforced the ban, they edited a couple (but not all) of their older films to remove instances of smoking, such as Goofy lighting up a joint in ''Saludos Amigos'' (the uncut version was eventually released as a bonus feature on the ''Walt and El Groupo'' documentary) and any instance of Pecos Bill with a cigarette in ''Melody Time''.
* 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}}'' (early 1940s; dated only by the modern-ish train car at the end), ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (early 1960s), ''Disney/TheRescuers'' (1970s), ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' (1980s), ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' (early 1990s), ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' (early 2000s), ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' (mid-2000s), ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' (mid-2000s when not in the future), ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' (late 2000s), ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' (early 2010s), and ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (mid-2010s). And then there are the relative indeterminates: ''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.
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* PragmaticAdaptation: A few films in the canon fall into this:
** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': Very much so in the Mr. Toad segment. It does avoid being an InNameOnly adaptation by keeping Toad's personality the same as in the book (even if other characters are very different) and staying true to the basic story structure of the Toad parts of Literature/TheWindInTheWillows, but it does change a few things up, attempting to turn Toad more sympathetic by [[AdaptationalHeroism having him actually innocent of the crime he's imprisoned for.]] The Sleepy Hollow segment on the other hand is quite true to [[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow the original tale]], both story and character wise. A few liberties were taken, but none that really change the story or characters of the story.
** ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''; The film is actually a combination of the [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland original book and its sequel "Through The Looking Glass"]]. Keeping every character from the books would basically be impossible, so the movie uses the most iconic ones from each book, while the plot itself is based off Wonderland. Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The Walrus and The Carpenter and the singing flowers are originally from Through The Looking Glass.
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': The [[Myth/ClassicalMythology original Heracles myth]]--and Greek Mythology in general--were as family unfriendly as you can get and had a ''lot'' of built-in ValuesDissonance (the basic conflict ''alone'' was unacceptable for a family film, since Hercules is a product of Zeus' adultery with a mortal, and Hera, Zeus' wife, is the villain who constantly makes Hercules' life miserable because of this), so the studio was forced to [[DisneyFication heavily rework the concept]]; it borrows the character names (not so much the personalities), story points and the setting from the myths, but [[AdaptedOut throws out]] and [[CanonImmigrant adds in]] things from other parts of Greek Myth (such as Pegasus and the Muses, who were not in the original Heracles story), and reworks everything else (such as expanding Hades role in the story [[EveryoneHatesHades by turning him into the main villain]]), ultimately making the film less an adaptation of Greek Mythology and more like a [[XMeetsY mashup of]] Film/SupermanTheMovie and Film/{{Rocky}} [[RecycledInSpace set in a]] [[TheThemeParkVersion burlesque of Ancient Greece.]]
* 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:
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'': The film eschews traditional narrative in favor of episodic mood pieces with an overarching theme of friendship, love and growing up tying it all together. Considering the film is meant to be a naturalistic portrayal of nature, [[TropesAreTools this works perfectly in the films favor.]]
** ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'': The film has no overarching story, since it's just four cartoon shorts stitched together into a mini pseudo-feature. The only thing that ties it all together is the South of the Border setting.
** ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'': There's no real storyline. It's about Donald Duck (along with Jose Carioca and Panchito Pistoles) going through a series of increasingly bizarre vignettes on Donald's birthday.
** ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': Like with [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland the original books]], there is no real story going on; the whole film is about Alice going through a stream of conscious series of RandomEncounters with the bizarre residents of Wonderland.
** 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.
* SceneryPorn: Disney's animated films are usually praised by fans and critics for having beautiful environments, and in turn often end up being just as memorable as the stories and characters. Read the list over on [[SceneryPorn/AnimatedFilm the trope's page for Animated Films]] for the many stand-out examples.
* SissyVillain:
** Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is easily the most limp-pawed feline ever to grace the big screen. This becomes a ParentalBonus for the Swedish Viewers where Scar is dubbed by the '''Very''' Gay and '''Very''' Out Actor/Singer Richard Wolff. How out is he? He penned a song describing his ComingOutStory titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J67JyB3PxVo "Beautiful Boys, Beautiful Men."]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rJODmZtvuI Don't worry, Scar is still awesome.]]
** ''Disney/RobinHood'''s anthropomorphic depiction of Prince John out-swishes Scar to such a degree, the ''[[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]]'' villain looks positively {{Leatherman}} by comparison.
** Sure, they take the cake for the felines, but what about ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'''s Ratigan? Until he drops the veneer and goes feral during the climactic ClockTower scene, anyway. (He was still rather imposing even before then, due to his enormous size and strength compared to the other characters. Well, as imposing as a [[IAmNotWeasel big mouse]] can get, at least.)
** "Honest" John Worthington Foulfellow in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' has his moments, though it may be more of a LargeHam persona thing. See the bit where he prances around and mimes throwing flowers while describing Pleasure Island "where ''every'' day is a holiday!"
** Disney's human villains aren't immune either. Take ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' 's mincing, flouncing, bow-wearing villain Governor Ratcliffe, for one. Most of that facade was forced on him by his assistant, Wiggins, who was extremely effeminate. Ratcliffe had his boisterous and rowdy side on occasion, though it was often just an act as well, when his men stood up to him, he folded.
--> "Nothing says sinister like little pink bows on your pigtails!" -- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'''
** Captain Hook of ''Disney/PeterPan''
** King Candy from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' [[spoiler:up until the moment you find out it was an act to conceal his ''real'' identity, Turbo]]. Lives in a ''[[InsistentTerminology salmon]]''-coloured castle, has a lisp, hops around with various effeminate mannerisms. [[spoiler:The castle's actually a plot-point: it's girly because he stole it from a 10-year old princess.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: During most intense climaxes, comic relief aren't usually present.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: The films in the canon that adapt pre-existing stories are all over the place with this. Some, such as ''Snow White'' and ''101 Dalmatians'', fall into Near Identical Adaptation. Some films like ''Pinocchio'' fall into the Recognizable Adaptation category. Several film adaptations, such as ''The Jungle Book'', ''The Fox and the Hound'', ''Hercules'', ''Frozen'' and ''Big Hero 6'' fall squarely on the InNameOnly end of it.
* 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).
* TheThemeParkVersion: While many of the movies in the Disney Animated Canon are [[PragmaticAdaptation Pragmatic Adaptations]], they are often seen as Theme Park Versions of their sources due to PublicMediumIgnorance. It doesn't help that most people are generally familiar with the ''actual'' Theme Park Versions, from the literal theme parks, spin-offs/sequels, crossovers, or merchandise. Considering the popularity of those Theme Park Versions however, the company obviously has no intention of correcting this mindset towards the original films, much to the vexation of fans.
* 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.
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* 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.
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* 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.
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