"But in animation, everyone is expected to come as close as they can to Walt Disney. That's not a rap on Disney. He was a genius, an innovator... his stuff was so terrific that people came to believe that that was all there was to animation."Oh, the Disney Animated Canon. Such wonderful movies to be found in it: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Anastasia... Wait, what do you mean that last one doesn't belong? It's not Disney? Don't be ridiculous, only Disney could produce animation of that quality!note Sadly, many people in Real Life believe that, if it's a quality animated feature film, it was made by Disney. This is possibly a side effect of the Animation Age Ghetto, as people are led to believe that not only are all cartoons for kids, but they're all made by the same kid-friendly company. Who wants to tell these people that there's more than one animation studio out there? Small Reference Pools might play a role here, as well. Some people go so far as to believe that Disney invented animation, which isn't true either: Walt was still in junior high school when Gertie the Dinosaur was released. Remember, though, that Disney is the market leader in animated movies, and so it's understandable that rival animation studios follow trends set by the Disney Animated Canon (including Disneyfication). One critical reason is Don Bluth, responsible for taking that style with him when he left Disney, using it in his films with other studios and making that line more blurred if you're not paying closer attention than looking and assuming. Disney also releases films not made by a Disney animation studio, such as The Brave Little Toaster, and handles international distribution of animators such as Studio Ghibli. See also Critical Research Failure — Disney uses Vanity Plates on its work, and so do the other big-name animation studios. However, this can be muddied somewhat when studios strike up unanticipated strange licensing agreements - for example, Disney having the broadcast rights for Thomas in Asia, and between 2009 and 2016, somehow also ended up with the distribution and broadcast rights for Dreamworks movies in certain regions, creating a very bizarre scenario where Over The Hedge and Shrek were screened on Disney Channel Asia. Since Disney's most famous movies are traditionally animated films, this usually applies to cel-animated movies. On the CGI front, DreamWorks has become a big enough name in its own right that their films rarely get mistaken for Pixar's anymore. The other guys (Blue Sky Studios, Illumination Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation, etc)... not so much. If it shares DreamWorks' tendency towards subversive or referential humor, chances are it'll get mistaken for one of their films. So a sub-trope of this could be "All CG Animation is Pixar or DreamWorks". Contrast All Adult Animation Is South Park. Compare/Contrast All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles and Disney Owns This Trope. Not to be confused with Disneyesque or Disneyfication. Of course, sometimes the confusion goes the other way and a film really is by Disney, but it's hard to convince people of this because it's so "un-Disneylike" (Pretty Woman or Pulp Fiction, among many, many others). The Mockbuster plays on this trope deliberately to make unwary customers think their cheap knockoff is the Disney original.
— Ralph Bakshi, in the notes for the DVD release of American Pop
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Works regularly mistaken for Disney:
Films — Animation
- Poor Don Bluth. This might happen to him the most. Then again, he did get his start at Disney...
- As mentioned before, Anastasia (released by 20th Century Fox) falls victim to this a lot. The marketing of the film heavily played up the Disneyesque elements.
- Warner Bros. tried to play this trope to its advantage during test screenings of Thumbelina. When they played the film with the Warner logo, audiences gave it a mediocre score. When they played it with the Disney logo, the scores were much higher. Bluth reported same thing was employed with Anastasia. With the Disney logo, some sequences even met with applause!
- Ironically, Disney distributed Bluth's An American Tail in some overseas markets, muddying the waters further. It's not uncommon to find screencaps from the film with a "copyright Disney" watermark on the corner still floating around on the internet due to this.
- The Disney Channel aired almost every Bluth film in the mid-1990s to add to that confusion. They even aired films that neither they nor Bluth made, like FernGully: The Last Rainforest.
- Several websites of song lyrics file Bluth film lyrics under Disney films instead.
- This video about Toy Story 3 makes a joke during a Disney medley about Bluth's films being Disney!
- This site points to alleged political messages hidden in Disney movies, including in its list The Secret of NIMH and All Dogs Go to Heaven.
- Once Upon a Forest is frequently mistaken for a Disney movie, also sometimes mistaken for a Don Bluth movie, which it is produced by Hanna-Barbera.
- The Iron Giant is frequently misidentified as Disney, even on This Very Wiki. It was actually made by the Warner Bros. animation studio and directed by Brad Bird… who would soon after make films for Pixar.
- Thomas and the Magic Railroad:
- One reviewer was under the impression that Thomas had been produced by Disney. Then again, the review itself was poking fun at fundamentalist Christians who think all movies are the work of the devil.
- Muddying the issue is that the movie actually aired on Playhouse Disney regularly in Asian markets. Heck, it seems that HiT Entertainment had an alliance with Disney in Asia (Barney & Friends actually aired on Playhouse Disney in the region!) up until when they launched their own channel, JimJam.
- Japanese confectionery Furuta used to call Thomas a Disney show on one of its products from the show, but when they lost the Disney license, the mistake was fixed.
- This news story says that Barney is at Disney World, but he's actually at Universal Studios.
- Magic Adventures of Mumfie, Thomas' sister show, is not alone in this trope either:
- This image of Mumfie's Quest calls it a Disney film, which is not surprising as the film can easily be mistaken for one due to the art style and the multiple musical numbers. Britt Allcroft adapted the movie from Katharine Tozer's books, and Phoenix Animation Studios animated it. However, some episodes of the TV series following the episodes the movie was made from avert this trope when it's animated by D'Ocon, as they look different.
- This website calls the show "Walt Disney at its' finest!" Oddly enough, D'Ocon animated the episodes on this particular VHS tape.
- An eBay listing for one of the Ladybird books of the series called it Disney as well.
- Similar to its sister show, the Italian Disney Channel played Mumfie in the early 2000's on Playhouse Disney, right before Bear in the Big Blue House.
- It also doesn't help that Pinkey looks very similar to Hen Wen, but with wings. In fact, a few people who want to remember this movie often mistake it for The Black Cauldron due to this.
- Most of the output of 20th Century Fox (which was almost entirely the work of Bluth) and much later, their 3D studio Blue Sky Studios, gets mistaken for Disney… or Dreamworks in the case of their CGI films.
- This video calls the DreamWorks film The Prince of Egypt a Disney film.
- Check out this Yahoo! Answers inquiry: What is that disney movie with the blind guy and the magic sword and a girl whose dad dies or something? The answer? Quest for Camelot, a product of Warner Bros.. Unlike most examples, it's hard to blame the person who got it wrong considering that Quest for Camelot rips off so many Disney cliches, tropes, and animation stylings.
- In the heyday of Disney's Renaissance of the late '80s/early '90s, many many low-budget animation houses lived off this trope like kings. They made (or more likely scrounged up) the most incredibly cheap knockoffs of every Disney film of the era and released them on video around the same time the films had been in theaters for a while. They took advantage of the sad fact that some parents didn't realize the difference. "The Little Mermaid is The Little Mermaid, right? It says so on the cover!"note Fortunately, the majority of parents could tell the difference between the beloved Disney films and, say, this. Said films are still floating around out there and have proved to be a rich well of YouTube Poop. (And you have to love how every company came up with a wildly different Lion King cash-in given that the alleged inspiration is still copyrighted). Goodtimes Entertainment counts itself among these companies; whenever a Disney movie hits theatres or video, Goodtimes is there with a based-on-the-same-public-domain-property direct-to-video cartoon.
- Bonus points go the one company that also shamelessly based their logo off the Warner Bros. shield.
- This parody site claims that this movie, as well as Ice Age and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are Disney films.
- There are coloring pages labeled "Disney's Shrek".
- Since Disney signed a distribution agreement with DreamWorks in 2009, they've screened Shrek on The Disney Channel several times in some markets. Understandably, this has raised a lot of confusion for those who know the differences between DreamWorks, Disney and Pixar. The agreement expired in late 2016 though, and DreamWorks did not renew it.
- In the book I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai mentions at one point watching Disney movies while recovering from her injuries, specifically the first three Shrek films and "A Shark's Tale". Justified, as Pakistani have a very narrow perception of Western culture, including animation, thus any major film is perceived as "Disney".
- In this book about latin dance, there is a reference to "2001 Disney Shrek film", in a topic about the presence of Macarena in the cinema.
- The work of Richard Rich, who made The Swan Princess movies and The King and I, is often credited to Disney. Look closely during the Saturday Night Live "Saturday TV Funhouse" sketch "Journey To the Disney Vault", and you might find some Swan Princess DVDs sitting in the eponymous Vault.
- The Nutcracker Prince. Fans of this movie mistook most of the animation (save for the flashback sequences) as similar to the Disney era. It doesn't help that there's also a Disney Villain Death within this movie.
- Balto is another one that's frequently mistaken as a Disney film and as a Don Bluth film.
- Cats Don't Dance is made by Warner Bros. (and was originally going to have the Looney Tunes as its cast), but many think it's Disney.
- Felidae is a 1994 animated film that had Disney-esk style but also showed cats getting decapitated, having sex, and being thrown around like puppets by a 90ft Gregor Mendel.
- The Wild, made by C.O.R.E. Animation, is frequently a victim of this. Because it was distributed by Disney with a Disney logo, people often think it's a Disney movie. Make the mistake of calling it one in front of hardcore Disney fans, and they'll eat you alive. Made even worse by the fact that in the UK, The Wild is featured as the 46th film in the Disney Animated Canon, while the 39th film Dinosaur is excluded.
- A woman complaining about The Lorax's discrimination keeps mistaking it for Disney when it's really Illumination.
- Roger Ebert's review of Monsters vs. Aliens calls it a Disney film (it's actually Dreamworks).
- Bridgit Mendler, who voiced the title character of the American dub of Studio Ghibli's The Secret World of Arrietty, refers to the film as a Disney movie in one of the bonus features on the DVD, since Disney commissioned the American dub.
- An increasing number of American consumers actually believe that Studio Ghibli movies are owned by Disney, while Disney only has the rights to distribute some of the movies in North America. Some even go as far as to believe that Studio Ghibli is "the Japanese Disney".
- Certainly contributed to the confusion the fact that Toy Story 3 bring a cameo of Totoro, iconic character of Studio Ghibli.
- This video of The Road to El Dorado brings the warning: "Disclaimer: Rights belong to Disney and respective creators." AndThis video in Portuguese accuses supposed subliminal messages in this movie, claiming,when talking about the famous and controverse romantic scene between Chel and Tulio, to be a film made by Disney.
- This article describes Disney as 'An Animal Rights Activist In Disguise', citing as examples101 Dalmatians, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory and ... Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which is from Dreamworks.
- This British company offers wallpaper with the characters of "Disney Madagascar".
- Benedict Cumberbatch, speaking on the Graham Norton Show about his dubbing work on The Penguins of Madagascar (Dreamworks) said: “Well, I’ve had a word with Disney. I need to check that I have said [penguin] correctly in the film.”
- This video appoints "10 Disney KUNG FU PANDA Movie MISTAKES That Slipped Through Editing". In fact, Kung Fu Panda is Dreamworks.
- This site sells the DVD of Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas(Dreamworks), indicating Walt Disney as 'Author'. And this review of the movie begins with: 'High seas, swashbuckling adventure, a sassy stowaway and several giant gruesome creatures provide non-stop action in Disney's animated version of the Sinbad story.'
- This Amazon page sells "Disney Hiccup & Toothless How to Train a Dragon Balloon Bouquet". Actually, How to Train Your Dragon is from Dreamworks.
- This site says "Disney movies are the best", citing as an example Over the Edge, which is actually from Dreamworks.
- In this article about the trailer for The Tale of Desperaux (Universal), one of the commentators attributes the movie to Disney, writing: "Way to go Disney for ruining another beautiful story/awesomely badass book." And another commentator corrects: "Disney is not making this move. People are quick to blame Disney for everything it seems."
- This blog points to suppost sexual subliminal messages in Disney's designs, including Open Season, made by Sony.
- The Calloway Gardens Resort held for its guests, in 2014, a display of 'Disney's Hotel Transylvania'. In fact, this movie was produced by Sony.
- This site talks about the french-canadien animation Ballerina, as if it were made by Disney.
- Despicable Me is occasionally confused for a Disney film, as the Disney Channel has a habit of playing it a couple of times each month.
- A sort of click-bait video depicts a family making homemade Minion-themed Twinkies. The video refers to the movie as a Disney movie, when it’s really an Illumination film.
Films — Live-Action
- The 1996 adaptation of The Wind in the Willows is mistaken as a Disney film due to the fact that Disney distributed the film in the U.S. and also because it was released on home video as "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride", a name shared by a particularly famous Disneyland ride that was based off of their adaptation of the story.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:
- One TV station in Malaysia, TV3, actually aired Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as one of the films on their Wonderful World of Disney movie slot a few years back. note
- The Goldo song "Boom Da Boom", which is about Disney characters, mentions Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
- Behold, a clueless ride operator refits a Pooh kiddie ride with a music box that plays the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang theme.
- Inverted and invoked live action instance: at the 2010 Disney shareholder meeting (the first such meeting after Disney's purchase of Marvel Comics) Disney highlighted Iron Man 2 in their "upcoming films" montage. When asked why, as the film was being distributed by Paramount, Disney CEO Bob Iger responded with "It's not our movie, but it's our character."
- This Facebook post had a comment asking Disney Live! to include Alvin and the Chipmunks in their shows. The film rights to Alvin and the Chipmunks are actually owned by 20th Century Fox, while the overall rights to the characters are owned by Bagdasarian Productions.
- Occasionally you'll come across some naive person or group of people who have lumped The Wizard of Oz in with the Disney animated oeuvre. Nobody ever explicitly calls The Wizard of Oz a Disney film (it's well known that it was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and that Warner Brothers currently owns the rights to it), but school plays doing a salute to Disney will often include scenes from Oz alongside the likes of Aladdin. They must think the kids are stupid ("It's got fanciful characters and musical numbers, so it must be Disney!"), or else they might genuinely consider Oz a Disney film in all but name. On the other hand, Disney did produce the sequel, Return to Oz, as well as the "unofficial" prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, both of which are probably the root cause of this confusion. What may also add even more to the confusion is the fact that The Wizard of Oz was among the many films featured in The Great Movie Ride (a former attraction at Walt Disney World), which was allowed due to a licensing agreement between Disney and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Brothers.
- The Sound of Music is also apparently thought to be Disney sometimes. A character in Addams Family Values saying "It's Disney" just before The Sound of Music comes on undoubtedly contributes to the confusion. Also, the association with Julie Andrews (of Mary Poppins fame) in a similar role, and just one year after Poppins no less, probably added to the confusion.
- Also exploited in a rather famous experiment on false memories: People were shown fake ads for Disneyland that included Bugs Bunny (who belongs at Six Flags), and they ended up telling the researchers that they'd seen Bugs Bunny when they went to Disneyland as children.
- Among the many flaws of The New Yorker's satirization of Epic Mickey and its darker, yet retro, reboot of Mickey, they call Porky Pig a Disney character.
- A Norwegian TV channel took this Up to Eleven by describing all animated features as Disney movies.
- Sporcle has quizzes for both Walt Disney Pictures films and Pixar films. Half the comments for each respectively say Toy Story'’ is Disney and Bolt'’ is Pixar. Yeah.
- From the website "Letters of Note" comes this adorable exchange. In 1964, a girl who was a fan of Woody Woodpecker attempted to write a letter to his creator, Walter Lantz, but addressed it to Walt Disney instead, who was nice enough to reply to the girl and forward it along. Disney seemed to anticipate this trope in his note to Lantz, joking, "I get blamed for everything that happens in Hollywood!" Another common mistake made by many people, given the similar first names and the fact that they both were involved in the animation industry (although Disney owned his own studios while Lantz worked for Universal).
- A book of Disney quotes sold at Hallmark stores as part of a series of official Disney merchandise includes a line from Don Bluth's The Land Before Time.
- On March 22, 2011, Disney's ABC TV network presented a two-hour special titled "Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time", which presented the best moments or films in various categories. In the animation category, four of the choices were made by Walt Disney Pictures: 1. The Lion King, 3. Beauty and the Beast, 4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 5. Fantasia. Number 2? Toy Story — made by Pixar, but nevertheless distributed by Disney.
- In a similar vein, this is committed in large part by the lists published by the American Film Institute. They do tend to zigzag the Animation Age Ghetto trope by having animated films appear on lists every so often, but most of those films are Disney. On their 100 Years... series, Disney films appear in the low places like Passions, Cheers, and Musicals, with two Disney films listed on the Top 100 overall (Toy Story was #99, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was #29). This is amplified on their Top 10's when in the Animation Category, eight of the listed films were Disney and two were PIXAR, with Shrek at #8 the only non-Disney movie present.
- For their annual awards series (where they list the ten best films and TV programs of that year), the film section tends to list one animated film per year most years. From 2007-2010, and in 2003 and 2004, it was always a PIXAR film. By 2015, Animation returned with Inside Out and Zootopia the following year. The only non-Disney films to make that list are Shrek (2001), Happy Feet (2006) and Coraline (2009, shared with Disney/PIXAR's own Up)''.
- This trope has a way of running rampant on eBay, either because the sellers themselves are ignorant or because they assume the buyers are. More than likely the seller is doing it so that their product shows up in more people's searches.
- The The Little Mermaid ride at Disney California Adventure has The Incredible Mr. Limpet as a background character, causing confusion; This is a nod to Limpet cameoing as a background character in "Under the Sea" in a crowd shot.
- Looking up "Dingo Pictures" on Wikipedia used to lead to the site saying "Did you mean Disney Pictures?" This is probably just the search software picking the closest match in the database, but given Dingo's business model it's kind of apt, really. (Now, looking up "Dingo Pictures" on Wikipedia redirects to the article on "Mockbuster".)
- This article about the 2007 Pester Power awards calls Shrek a Disney movie.
- Inverted with the comic Blacksad - Guarnido, the illustrator, actually was a Disney animator, animating Hades in Hercules, Sabor in Tarzan, and Helga in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, among other work, but the only evidence of this is in the characters' facial expressions. It might be because Blacksad is a gritty, violent, sexual, political noir comic (populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals, no less) and going for an entirely Disneyfied look wouldn't fit.
- Not even the Disney Parks are safe from this. For guests who are still in diapers, a store at the Disneyland hotel sells Huggies diapers and wipes (justified, since they have Disney characters on them) and Care Bears baby wipes. This might seem nice, until you know that Care Bears isn't a Disney property, even though it aired on Disney Channel from the mid-1980s up through the mid-1990s, and it also appeared on Toon Disney.
- It is not unusual for the trope to be both played straight and inverted with regard to the theme parks themselves. Many a guest who is victim to Critical Research Failure has lamented that "for some reason, Disney makes you buy a separate ticket to go to Universal", believing that Universal Orlando Resort is a part of Walt Disney World. At the same time, many other guests, when planning out their vacation, will claim that they are going to Epcot Monday, and "to Disney" on Tuesday, apparently under the belief that only the Magic Kingdom is a Disney park, and the other three are their own entities.
- This picture from a tumblr blog shows Looney Tunes and Peanuts snowglobes being sold as "Disney Snowglobes".
- A screenwriting book called "Your Screenplay Sucks" called The Prince of Egypt a Disney film (it's actually Dreamworks). However, the author admitted later that it was a mistake here.
- One ESL worksheet uses Disney characters, but four of the characters – Snoopy, Superman, Garfield, and Tom the cat) – are not Disney! However, in the United States, ABC airs the Peanuts specialsnote , Garfield and Friends reran on Toon Disneynote , Garfield Gets Real aired on Disney Channel Asia, and the second live-action Garfield movie aired on Disney Cinemagic Portugal.
- This Sonic Boom licensed backpack states it's by Disney.
- This Facebook post calls Thing 1 and Thing 2 Disney characters.
- The common slang word for animation in Greece is "mickey mouses", since that's all they know of it.
- The freeware picture font Disney family 1 includes Tweety in the capital A and lowercase a positions. From the same designer, Pixar family 2 includes Shrek and Turbo, both of whom are DreamWorks characters (as well as Disney's Wreck-It Ralph).
- Not even TweenComs and Kid Coms are safe from this. This complaint about Nickelodeon's Henry Danger calls it a Disney show.
- Mike Mozart's video on people who were arrested for file-sharing called iCarly a Disney show.
- When Ashanti was interviewed on CNN in 2005 concerning her participation in an event at Walt Disney World, she said that her favorite Disney character was Daffy Duck.
- This Disney alphabet video features the word "Zebra" for the letter Z. The picture shown? Marty from Madagascar, which is not a Disney movie, but rather a Dreamworks movie.
- The person who made this even admits he knew Madagascar wasn't Disney, but he possibly put in the picture in there because there weren't many pictures of Disney zebras on the internet.
- The "If Black People Owned Disney" videos are a big offender of this trope. Not only do they show clips of Despicable Me (an Illumination film), but one of them claims that SpongeBob SquarePants was owned by Disney, despite the fact that it airs on Nickelodeon. Another one shows clips from Barney & Friends, Sesame Street, and even some DreamWorks Animation movies (like Shrek), even though they weren't made by Disney. Either these people are clueless, or they generalize kids' stuff as "Disney" products
- This Cracked contest asked contestants to create R-rated versions of classic Disney movies. Weighing in at number 2 is Anastasia, which as mentioned above, was a Don Bluth movie (distributed by 20th Century Fox).
- An accidental example: in LEMMiNO's top 10 list on Disney facts, he talks about the original names of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and... Tom and Jerry. Like the zebra example above, LEMMiNO admitted he knew that Tom and Jerry wasn’t a Disney property, he just accidentally missed the main subject matter.
- The Trope Namer is obvious. Got its start during The Golden Age of Animation, and it only got worse from there...
- It could probably be traced back to all of the Silly Symphonies clones that just about every animation studio was producing in the 1930's, to cash in on the success of Disney's shorts. Most of the time you could hardly tell the difference between them enough to realize which studio was producing it.
- Also, up until Don Bluth launched his own studio in 1980, Disney had very little competition in the realm of feature-length animation (Ralph Bakshi does not count), so two whole generations grew up in a time where virtually all animated movies were Disney.
- One YKTTW featured an incident where someone commenting on Avatar: The Last Airbender thought it was a Disney show. This did not pass without comment.
- The Disney parody in the Family Guy episode "Road to the Multiverse" is sometimes believed by others that it WAS made by Disney due to realistically mimicking the animation style and throwing in some Disney references (such as a musical sequence about pies, making Brian and Stewie look cute, Lois like a princess, Adam West as a mouse, etc.) But to be fair, this sequence was outsourced to a smaller, lesser-known animation studio (it wasn't even animated in Korea like the show usually is.)
- An Iranian scholar ranting about how Tom and Jerry is part of a "Jewish conspiracy" repeatedly says that Tom and Jerry is a "creation by Walt Disney", which only further discredits his already-ridiculous argument.
- The 1936 Fleischer Brothers cartoon Somewhere In Dreamland was strangely aired as a short in the 1990s Disney Channel animation compilation show Donald's Quack Attack, and because of this is sometimes called a Disney cartoon.
- A possibly apocryphal tale states that Jack Warner, famously clueless with regards to his own animation house, once said this: "All I know is that we make Mickey Mouse." If it's true, then it goes a long way to explaining how the "Termite Terrace" gang were able to get away with so much.
- Nicely inverted by a story from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. When Gene Kelly was making Anchors Aweigh (1945), he suggested that he could perform a dancing duet with Mickey. His producers reportedly looked dubious and asked, "And what's wrong with our Jerry?" And Jerry it became.
- The story exists in several variant forms. In some versions, Kelly wanted to use Donald Duck (in keeping with the film's nautical theme) rather than Mickey; in one version, Kelly's producers at MGM were willing, until William Hanna and Joseph Barbera heard about it and persuaded them to use Jerry; in another version, Walt Disney refused to loan Mickey out; in still another (thought to be the most likely) version, Walt was willing, but his brother Roy pointed out that their studio was in debt at the time and could not afford "to be making cartoons for other people."
- Disney potentially invoked this trope on a Christmas-themed Sing-Along Song video. Apparently, they couldn't find any fitting Disney clips for the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" segment, so instead they used public domain footage from Max Fleischer's Animated Adaptation. This becomes especially amusing if you can recall that Walt Disney and the Fleischer Brothers considered themselves rivals during The Golden Age of Animation.
- This might be the result of the fact that Disney did distribute Fleischer cartoons on home video in the 1980s. Disney must have taken advantage of the fact the cartoons were public domain and released them for their own profit.
- This Yahoo! Answers inquiry questions if there are any SpongeBob SquarePants rides at Disney Theme Parks.
- A bootleg DVD of the series from China came in a cardboard sleeve with the Disney logo on it, amongst 25 or so different logos, of which only four were correct (Nickelodeon, Viacom, Paramount and MTVnote ).
Works mistaken for something else than Disney:
Anime & Manga
- IMDb claims that Magical Princess Minky Momo is related to Magical Angel Creamy Mami. This might be due to the crossover short that promoted the release of the OAVs of those shows, but besides that, the two series have no relation to each other.
- A video compiling some of 4Kids edits involving Japanese culture showed a clip from Sailor Moon, which was actually handled by DiC and Optimum Productions.
- Anime fans who were too young (or weren't even born) when Sailor Moon first aired in the USA often blame 4Kids, because they associate all obtrusive editing and censorship with the now-defunct company.
They'll furthermore use these shows to bash America in general, despite the facts that (1) American fans often led the charges against these shows and pushed hard for uncensored releases, and (2) Some censored anime – like the aforementioned Sailor Moon and Nelvana's Cardcaptors – were made by Canadians.
- Anime fans who were too young (or weren't even born) when Sailor Moon first aired in the USA often blame 4Kids, because they associate all obtrusive editing and censorship with the now-defunct company.
- Shorts HD, a premium channel dedicated to short films technically calls Gintama a Funimation anime when acquired the broadcasting rights for the said anime and Sentai Filmworks has the licensing rights. Shorts HD does have the broadcasting rights for most of the title FUNimation licensed.
Films — Animation
- All Family-Oriented Anime films are Studio Ghibli.
- This trope in turn has its own subtrope: All Studio Ghibli Is Hayao Miyazaki. Isao Takahata made Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas, while a wide array of other directors made movies like From Up on Poppy Hill and Whisper of the Heart. However, Miyazaki does have screenwriting credits for Whisper of the Heart, The Secret World of Arrietty and From Up on Poppy Hill.
- All Computer Animation is Pixar or DreamWorks.
- This came in full circle and bit Disney in the behind, because now when Disney makes CG movies independently of Pixar, people still assume it was Pixar.
- Chicken Little was the first to fall under this as it was the first non-Pixar computer animated film from them.
- Paperman fell under this hard when the award-winning short was uploaded to YouTube for a limited time, with several viewers insisting only Pixar could have produced the short. Many attempted to correct this mistake and were widely ignored.
- This video compares DreamWorks and Pixar animation.
- Many people think Ice Age is DreamWorks.
- Whoever created THIS LIST is a prime example. To start off, only 11 of the 20 shorts are actual Pixar shorts (the only other Pixar footage on the list is test footage for WALL•E), seven of them were made by unknown companies and the remaining one is the teaser trailer for Despicable Me 2.
- A YouTube video involving Sonic telling viewers that he isn't the only thing that matters about Wreck-It Ralph has him citing it as a Pixar movie.
- DisneyToon Studios' Planes is often confused as a Pixar movie due to being set in the same universe as Cars. However, John Lasseter is the executive producer of the film and is responsible for the concept.
- This video showcasing horrendous movie ripoffs calls ''Bee Movie'’ a Pixar film.
- This came in full circle and bit Disney in the behind, because now when Disney makes CG movies independently of Pixar, people still assume it was Pixar.
- Spill.com's review for Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs listed the distributor as Universal Studios, not 20th Century Fox or Blue Sky Studios, who are actually the ones responsible.
- Laika seems to be having issues with "All Horror-Themed Stop-Motion Animation Is Tim Burton" in the wake of Coraline and ParaNorman. It also doesn't help that the advertisements for the former said "From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas", which led people to believe that they were Tim Burton movies, even though Burton wasn't the director of Nightmare Before Christmas (he was the producer).
- Especially since ParaNorman came around the same time as Frankenweenie, which was an actual horror-themed stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton.
- Their distributors are likely doing this on purpose. Look on the DVD case for Coraline and try to spot Henry Selick'snote name anywhere. It's buried in those super-skinny all-caps credits on the back that nobody bothers to read.
- Similarly to the above, advertising for the film Once Upon a Forest seemed to hope that audiences would mistake it for a Don Bluth film by saying it was "From the creator of An American Tail" (the film was produced by David Kirschner, who came up with the concept of the latter film). It fooled many, but didn't do much to help its box office take. It being 1993, well after Bluth's fall from grace, it was perhaps too late for this ploy to work anyway.
- This site says The Swan Princess is a Don Bluth film.
- Some people are unaware that Don Bluth had no involvement in Fievel Goes West.
- Balto and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story are also often mistaken for Don Bluth films. Especially the latter due to its animation style, tone, bizarre casting choices…
- Indeed, "All Non-Disney 2D Animation is Don Bluth" could be considered a subtrope.
- Igor tends to be mistaken for a DreamWorks film because of its design and humor.
- Some sellers of Inside Out merchandise call it a DreamWorks film.
- A "related article" that appears as a sort of ad on some websites had the heading "Get To See The Inside Out DreamWorks Didn't Want You To Know".
- This Cracked.com list article calls Rio a DreamWorks film. Evidently all Disney-eque animation that isn't Disney is Dreamworks.
- Many newcomers think Animal Jam is created by National Geographic Society, thanks to the game being under the brand. WildWorks created the game; they just had National Geographic to support it.
- All Video Games are Nintendo:
- Some people think that Sonic the Hedgehog was created by Nintendo, due to its cartoony and colorful design and the later games appearing on Nintendo consoles. Sonic was created by SEGA, which isn't into colorful and kid-friendly games much.
- One editor on the Disney Wiki reckoned that all cameos in Wreck-It Ralph movie are either Disney or Nintendo. They even gave among the "Nintendo" examples, Pac-Man and Dig Dug — both of which are Bandai Namco Entertainment. This edit also ignored the Qix (Taito) and Q*bert (Gottleib), amongst other decidedly not-Nintendo examples. Even better is the fact that Sonic and Dr. Eggman are from a series made by a former competitor of Nintendo's and never appeared on a Nintendo console until the early '00s.
- All Slapstick/Cartoon-y Animation is Warner Bros.: Works like Tom and Jerry and Woody Woodpecker in particular were hit hard with this in the 1940s (and then again in the 1990s when "classic" cartoon characters became popular again). This has become something of a moot point, though, since Warner Bros.' purchase of Turner Entertainment in the early 1990s gave them the rights to the "classic" cartoons done by MGM, Hanna-Barbera and United Artists, so now only Most Slapstick/Cartoon-y Animation is (Owned by) Warner Bros.
- A surprisingly large number of people believe Totally Spies! to be either an American or at the very least Canadian invention, when in fact the series is French. This is largely due to the exceptional English dub and the fact the series is set in Beverly Hills, which isn't the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they hear the phrase "French cartoon."
- A topic on ProTeacher calls Kim Possible and Spongebob Squarepants Cartoon Network shows. Ironically, Kim Possible is a Disney show.
- One bootleg DVD set of Recess said it was from Nickelodeon. Recess is also a Disney show, once again inverting this trope.
- Many people have also mistaken Recess to have been made by Klasky-Csupo. While Rugrats co-creator Paul Germain co-created the show with Rugrats writer Joe Ansolabehere, Klasky-Csupo itself had no part in making the show.
- Warner Home Video released Thundarr the Barbarian: The Complete Series, a Ruby-Spears production, and mistakenly implied the series was made by Hanna-Barbera.
- Mike, Lu & Og is sometimes mistaken for a Klasky-Csupo show. Probably because one of the creators worked on Rugrats.
- Barney Bear is often mistaken for being created by Tex Avery, probably due to the animation style being similar to the one used on Avery's cartoons.
- Because of D'Ocon working on the company's Pocket Dragon Adventures, Magic Adventures of Mumfie is sometimes mistaken for a DiC show.
- A comment on the intro to the 70's version of Mumfie asked where the Don Bluth version was. Don Bluth didn't make Mumfie, Britt Allcroft did.
- The Mysterious Mr. Enter once said that Hanna-Barbera made Rocky and Bullwinkle when it was actually made by Jay Ward Productions.
- An FCC complaint accusing Gravity Falls (another Disney show) of being "satanic" cited its network as Cartoon Network.
- This article on copyright laws refers to Robot Chicken as a "Nickelodeon Adult Swim" show.