Animated Musical

"Some day, my prince will come,
Some day, we'll meet again,
And away to his castle we'll go,
To be happy forever I know..."
Snow White, the original Trope Maker

One of the more well-known tropes associated with Western Animation, which was made and codified by Walt Disney. During the 20th century, certain animated films tended to double as designated musicals in which, at certain points in the storyline, the characters would sing musical numbers that resonated with the overall theme of the moment. The heroes would mostly sing confidence/Power of Friendship-friendly numbers while the villains pretty much sung about how superior they were for their disrespect for the greater good. Did we mention there were also some love songs in there, too?

Due to musicals in general falling out of fashion in the late 1960s, the whole concept pretty much went Dead Horse Trope until it was revitalized in the 1990s by Ashman and Menken (previously best known for Little Shop of Horrors), with the juggernauts of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Notable that they were more like stage musicals than previous entries in the Disney Animated Canon, with more songs more integrated into the plots. All three were also later adapted into Broadway stage musicals.

Compare and contrast Musical Episode.


     Disney (in chronological order) 

    Don Bluth (and sequels based on his films) 


    Golden Films 

  • Anastasia
  • Atlantis
  • Beauty and the Beast I
  • Beauty and the Beast II
  • Camelot
  • The Christmas Elves
  • Cinderella
  • Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone
  • The Emperor's Treasure
  • The Great Easter Egg Hunt
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Hercules
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle King
  • The Legend of Su-Ling
  • Little Angels
  • Miracle In Toyland
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • Noah's Ark
  • Pocahontas
  • Princess Castle
  • Peter Rabbit (or Reggie Rabbit, as they call it)
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • The Red Shoes
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Misfit Toys
  • The Secret Treasure Of Machu Picchu
  • Sinbad
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White (I)
  • Snow White (II)
  • A Tale of Egypt
  • Tarzan of the Apes
  • Tom Thumb Meets Thumbelina
  • Treasure Island
  • The Wizard of Oz

    UAV Entertainment 

    Other Examples