* AllStarCast: Although not as blatantly advertized and abused as Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, the movies in the canon will occasionally have a staggering roster of A-list celebrities lending their vocal talent. Before 1992's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' introduced Robin Williams as the Genie, Disney preferred actual voice actors. After that, they started to increasingly advertise celebrity roles. Some of the more blatant examples: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as the leads in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', MileyCyrus in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' (particularly egregious because she replaced [[Creator/ChloeMoretz a voice actor]] who had already recorded most of her lines) and perhaps Creator/MelGibson in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is practically a "Who's Who" of popular film, stage and television personalities of 1994.
** Of course, the pre-''Aladdin'' films weren't safe from this either. We have Mickey Rooney and Sandy Duncan in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', Vincent Price in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', and Billy Joel and Bette Midler in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
** The main cast of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' are all well-known Broadway stars (and Creator/KristenBell).
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Averted until ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' came along in 1985. Since then there have been a fair few other PG-rated canon entries, such as ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', etc. though the vast majority of the canon remains G-rated.
* CanonForeigner: ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' is the only entry in the canon that was not made by Feature Animation - they produced the film, but it was animated by Disney's Secret Lab (formerly Creator/DreamQuestImages), a short-lived special effects department that worked on CG imagery and was intended to be a sort-of cross between Creator/{{Pixar}} and Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic. Secret Lab was shut down long before [[HilariousInHindsight Disney bought both of those companies]], and ''Dinosaur'' was they only animated film they ever worked on.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheWild'' is included in the canon in the UK, even though Disney didn't work on it ''at all''. They just distributed it.
* CrossDressingVoices: Mostly averted. Disney usually uses actual kids to voice child characters.
* FandomLifeCycle: Ranges from 2 to 5, depending on the movie. Most of the Creator/WaltDisney-era films, [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation 1990s films]] and [[TheNewTens more recent films]] get to 4-5, but the lesser-known films of the canon have their fair share of defenders.
* FranchiseKiller: There have been at least four close calls where the Disney Animation Studios was nearly shut down.
** The first were the triple failures of ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' and ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''; mixed with the onslaught of WorldWarII, the studio lost a lot of money. The post-WWII years found Disney in a position where it was too financially risky to make full-length feature animated films, but also too financially risky to ''not'' have the steady stream of feature animation revenue that cartoon shorts alone couldn't provide. They compromised by releasing [[AnthologyFilm package films]] until they felt that they'd recovered enough to tackle a full-length film again with ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' - if ''Cinderella'' had bombed, Walt Disney admitted that the studio probably wouldn't have survived. Luckily for them it became a massive hit, ushering in a new decade of Disney feature films.
** The second was after ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' flopped. The rise of television meant that people weren't going to the theaters to see animated films they way that they used to, meaning it was no longer cost-effective to make animated films traditionally. The development of the xerox animation technology ended up lowering costs and preventing Disney from shutting down completely, but they still had to lay off a lot of animators in the early 1960s in the wake of ''Sleeping Beauty'''s financial failure.
** The third was ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', which was such a huge [[BoxOfficeBomb financial misfire]] that it nearly took the studio down with it. Thankfully, the modest success of ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' managed to keep the studio afloat until ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' came in and started the Rennaissance.
** The fourth wasn't a single film but the large amount of commercial and/or critical disappointments that lasted for years after Katzenberg left. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/business/media/at-disney-a-celebration-that-was-a-long-time-coming.html?hpw&rref=movies&_r=0 Once Pixar was officially integrated into Disney, there were once again talks of permanently shutting down the studios]]. Thankfully, Bob Iger, [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter, and Ed Catmull]] decided to work on reviving the studios instead of killing it. Years later, ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' were released, showing that the studios was once again at the top of their game.
* OldShame: Disney seems to have this attitude towards ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Both films ''were'' received better than the far more financially successful ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', but were underachievers in the box office.
** [[Disney/SaludosAmigos The]] [[Disney/TheThreeCaballeros package]] [[Disney/MakeMineMusic movies]]. [[Disney/FunAndFancyFree All]] [[Disney/MelodyTime of]] [[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad them]]. With the exception of the Caballeros films (which were released together on 1 DVD in 2008 with minimal advertising), the last home video release of these movies is 2000, as a part of the Gold Collection DVD line, and Disney did not promote any of these releases, hence the movies are only known by animation enthusiasts and collectors nowadays. It's becoming rather odd since various characters from the package movies are represented at the Disney theme parks. [[note]]The infamous Mr. Toad ride in Disneyland is a good example, but coming across face characters of the Three Caballeros while visiting Disney is also not out of the question.[[/note]]
*** ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' [=DVDs=] are a common sight in stores around Halloween and they get a special packaging with a jack-o-lantern stencil or trick or treat bag included, so that one's not always an example.
** Some of the racist imagery of their earlier films is downplayed or completely removed in contemporary times. A particularly egregious example is the removal of a black servant pony during a segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
** Disney ''used'' to have this attitude towards ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and ''Disney/RobinHood'', but they became big-enough cult classics to go mainstream.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' is the biggest one. While [[LaughablyEvil Hades]] (and occasionally, Frollo) appear in merchandising, Disney just wants people to forget ''The Black Cauldron'' was even made.
** Disney doesn't seem to talk about ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' or ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' much anymore.
* ProductionPosse: Check any of the credits in the Disney Animated Canon starting with ''Disney/TheAristocats'' and you'll begin to notice several recurring names in both the cast and crew. Here's a small rundown:
** The Dark Age Of Disney:
*** Phil Harris, Pat Buttram, Sterling Holloway (a remnant from the studio's Golden Age) and George Lindsey.
*** If the film had a male child protagonist during that period, he was probably voiced by one of animator/director Wolfgang Reitherman's sons.
** The Renaissance Age of Disney:
*** Alan Menken and Randy Newman.
*** Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Ruben Aquino, Mark Henn, Tony Fucile.
*** Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Don Hahn, Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff.
* ReferencedBy:
** ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' is a CampaignComic using the animated films (and others) as source material.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: The UK does not consider ''Dinosaur'' as part of the cannon. Instead, they include ''The Wild'' as part of the cannon, which the US does not.
* TropeNamer for the following tropes:
** DisneyAcidSequence
** DisneyDeath
** DisneyDogFight
** {{Disneyesque}}
** {{Disneyfication}}
** DisneyOwnsThisTrope
** DisneySchoolOfActingAndMime
** DisneyVillainDeath
** [[invoked]] By definition, none of Disney's films fit the trope AllAnimationIsDisney, [[CaptainObvious but they are still the]] TropeNamers.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Two books have been written on the subject, ''The Disney [[StealthPun That]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Never Was]]'' and ''Disney Lost and Found'' (focusing on My Peoples and Wild Life specifically alongside deleted segments from completed works.)
** Also, ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' was apparently supposed to be Disney's 32nd animated film, to have been released during the 1993 holiday season, with ''Disney/TheLionKing'', then Disney's 33rd animated film, being scheduled for the 1994 holiday season. Then ''Nightmare'' was rebranded as a Touchstone film due to being DarkerAndEdgier even by Disney's standards (and some of the animated canon's entries are more mature than others) and ''Lion King'' found itself pushed forward to summer 1994 and directly replacing ''Nightmare'' as Disney's 32nd as a direct result of said rebranding. Had things gone as planned, ''Nightmare'' would've been Disney's first non-hand-drawn film, as well as the first and so far only stop-motion entry, in the animated canon.