Disneyesque

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Any non-Disney work adopting an art style that is typical of the Disney Animated Canon, for the purpose of an Homage, Affectionate Parody, or even a Take That, to the Disney style.

Well, at least the stereotypical style is adopted. Regardless of the actual variety of the art in Disney films, many people think that all Disney films have the same general look, with traits such as:

This can appear in a TV show, a comic book or a feature-length film; and it doesn't matter if this style lasts through the entire work or is just an Art Shift for a single scene. It can involve a character having a pleasant fantasy, even overlapping with Disney Creatures of the Farce or the Roger Rabbit Effect.

Animesque is a Sister Trope... or might even be a Sub-Trope, depending on how much you take into account Osamu Tezuka basing his style on the various Walt Disney works.

Contrast Limited Animation.

Not to be confused with Disneyfication, All Animation Is Disney (though it could easily lead to that), or being a Follow the Leader to Disney films.

Examples

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  • As in the picture, Family Guy did this as one of several Alternate Universes Brian and Stewie visit in one episode, which included making Lois look like a Disney Princess.
  • Princess Sissi, a German cartoon very loosely based on Elisabeth of Bavaria, is drawn in this style to the point the titular character herself resembles Aurora.
  • One episode of the Spawn animated series opened like this.
  • Princess Clara (and anyone and anything related to her) from Drawn Together, as the show uses characters from different animation styles.
  • Tex Avery's early Looney Tunes shorts aped the Disney style as closely as possible for the sake of parody.
  • One Screwy Squirrel'' cartoon has Screwy encountering a very Disneyesque little squirrel, who announces the cartoon will be about him "and all his cute furry friends" (a plot sounding suspiciously like Bambi), whereupon Screwy beats him up.
  • A Valentine's Day Episode of The Simpsons featured a Lady and the Tramp parody named "Shady and the Vamp". Although the characters were still drawn in the standard Simpsons style, the backgrounds were painted in the Disney style and the characters' lines were done in color. Disney animator Eric Goldberg directed the Couch Gag for the episode "Fland Canyon", where the Simpsons appear as various Disney characters. Again, drawn in the Simpsons style, but with much smoother animation. It also depicts the wide variety of art styles within the Disney Animated Canon, with Maggie done in the Inkblot Cartoon Style of the early '30s and Homer as Baloo in the sketchy Xerox style of the 1960s and '70s.
  • Early Chuck Jones shorts, such as those featuring Sniffles the Mouse, employed this.
  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues looks pretty Disneyesque for a PBS cartoon.
  • Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz (2011) does this with the settings and characters derived from the latter film, but lets the T&J characters have their typical look.


Alternative Title(s): Disnot Style, Faux Disney Style, Disneyesque Style

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