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YMMV: Disney Animated Canon
  • Adaptation Displacement: When Disney adapts a story or fairy tale, their version tends to become the best known and may influence future adaptations. The most remarkable examples are the fairy tale films from the Renaissance era, such as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. The stories were already Adaptation Overdosed and the Disney versions are only about 20 years old, yet they still manage to be the best-known versions. Averted in some cases, mainly when the Disney version flops. When most people think of Robin Hood, they don't picture him as a fox.
  • Archive Panic: There are 53 films in the canon, with a 54th one on the way. It takes a full day to watch all 19 of the Walt-era films alone (Snow White to Jungle Book) and 72 hours and 14 minutes, or three days without sleep, to watch all 53 consecutively. Add on other Disney films which partially feature their animation, such as The Reluctant Dragon, Song of the South and the Pixar films, and you'll take even longer. Good luck.
    • For the things that spun-off from the Disney movies: there were 28 sequels made to the films that aren't part of the canon, not counting the Winnie the Pooh and Disney Fairies movies. There were also 13 spin-off series, including TaleSpin and Stitch!, totaling 775 episodes. As big as the canon is, if you really want to be through, you'll be at it for awhile longer.
  • Broken Base: You'll find fans who only love the Walt-era films, fans who love the Renaissance era films and view most of the older ones as Narmy, and even fans who love the earlier Renaissance films but don't care much for the later half. And then, of course, you have fans who judge each film based on its own merits.
    • There is a general consensus that, by the time Wreck-It Ralph was released, Disney had entered a new period of glory. The contention lies in exactly which film started this new period of glory, due to differing opinions over the importance of quality, financial success, and style:
      • Meet the Robinsons, which, despite mixed reviews, showed a marked improvement over Chicken Little, and helped Disney's CG films gain credibility;
      • Bolt, the first film made fully under John Lasseter, and received a respectably positive reception from critics, fans, and the box office;
      • The Princess and the Frog, which attempted to restore hand-drawn animation and revived many of the classic elements of Renaissance-era Disney; however, it failed to make a substantial profit, further damaging 2D animation prospects, and has had a mixed fan reception;
      • Tangled, which clearly established a new style for Disney, blending classic Disney traits with modern CG animation comparable to Pixar, resulting in the first CG film with a clear "Disney" look that would later be utilized in Frozen. Additionally, it was a major financial success for Disney, as well as a critical and fan hit.
  • Complete Monster: Enough Disney villains are this that the studio has its own section under that trope.
  • Contested Installment: The Black Cauldron, Pocahontas, Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Brother Bear, and Home on the Range are the major ones. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Great Mouse Detective and Hercules are less contested, but still broke the base. Even official sources conflict on whether Herc was any good or not, when the general opinion among fans (And The Nostalgia Chick) was "flawed, but still enjoyable."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The sheer amount of it in the canon can't be emphasized enough, especially in its many musicals.
  • Cult Classic: The Black Cauldron and Treasure Planet are the big ones, while The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Sword in the Stone, The Rescuers Down Under, and Home on the Range also have some rather rabid fanbases. Fantasia and Alice in Wonderland used to be this, but then they became Vindicated by History. Also, Robin Hood is one among the Furry Fandom.
  • Director Displacement: Expect only hardcore Animation buffs to know the names of the individual directors of the early Disney Films, everyone else giving Walt Disney sole credit. It didn't help matters that when much of the early Disney animated films were released, they were generally made by a team of segment directors under the command of a supervising director, who was himself answerable to Walt. Under that system, each segment director would direct a single portion of the film, and then report back to the supervising director so he could edit all the portions into a single, cohesive film.
  • Dork Age: Has gone through three distinct ones: the wartime period where they could only afford to make compilation films (of which only a few segments, such as Pecos Bill, Willie the Operatic Whale, Mickey and the Beanstalk and the entirety of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad are well-remembered while the rest are usually forgotten); the period after Walt died and the entire company lost its way, in which production of films grinded to a halt; and the millennium years, where most of their films flopped. However, the only film anyone in the Broken Base agrees on as being undeniably bad is Chicken Little.
    • Strangely, in a recent book about the history of Disney animation, Hunchback was criticized and Hercules was outright panned by the author, who, apparently having no taste whatsover, went on to praise Chicken Little. While the rest of the book was well-written, this did not go unnoticed by snarky Disney fans.
    • Disney's post-Cinderella comeback can be one for some people, given the aspects of Tastes Like Diabetes and Adaptation Decay
  • Ear Worm: Quite a few, particularly the songs from the 90's films during the The Renaissance Age of Animation.
  • Evil Is Cool/Love to Hate: Clearly several of the villains invoke these tropes in the eyes of many fans, at least enough to have their own line of merchandise.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Disney Canon Fans vs. Pixar Fans. It got at its worst when John Lassester became the head honcho, and his Executive Meddling of ''Bolt' led to Chris Sanders note  Rage Quitting in protest.
  • Growing the Beard: Has happened three times over the course of the past 75+ years. The first was Cinderella, which was Disney Studios' first big hit since Dumbo. The second was The Little Mermaid, which was the starting point of the Disney Renaissance. The third and most recent was Meet the Robinsons, which was the first film released in the Lasseter Era.
    • Arguably, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this for Disney as a whole, shifting away from the whimsical cartoons and into full length, and better animated stories.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Many of the movies have the main villain do some form of Moral Event Horizon at some point in the franchise where they wreak their havoc - mostly so that even small kids can tell who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, and determine that the bad guy DID deserve a violent death or, at the very least, a thoroughly spectacular form of Abject Humiliation Conga.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own section.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It's been parodied and copied to death. Watching it after being exposed to the media for ten years is like watching cliché after cliché unfold predictably. Warning to parents: if you want your kids to love it, make sure they watch it soon.
  • Strangled by the Red String: This is the case with earlier movies, particularly ones like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Justified, as it can be chalked up to Disney trying to keep to the source material, which in those cases were mostly fairy tales meant to teach morality and not build a believable love story. (The former two actually inserted scenes so that the "prince out of nowhere in the end" was actually introduced to both the audience and the princess earlier on in the movie, but they still get flak for it.) Later movies fix this, by giving the couples more interaction and personalities beyond "She's the girl of my dreams!"
  • Vindicated by Cable: The 2000-era box-office flops and disappointments: The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Brother Bear, Treasure Planet, and Home on the Range have all found new shelf-life after being reaired on the Disney Channel. They all, to varying degrees, have gone through vindication.
  • Vindicated by History: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, and Alice in Wonderland, were all commercial disasters when first released. Fantasia and Sleeping Beauty were both critical flops as well when first released, a far cry to now be considered some of the best animated films period. Later movies like Robin Hood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules would all get much better reception than when they were originally released.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: This was the codifier (nay, maker) of sophisticated 2D animation as we know it, but the Golden Age films really stand out.
    • While the Renaissance Age films were some of the first to prove the potential of CGI. The animators seem to have created self imposed challenges to improve things considered difficult to make in CGI, such as hair (Tangled) and snow (Frozen.)
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Most people think of violence as not kid-friendly, yet the vast majority of people (including Disney's marketing) consider these to be family or kids' films. Most of these films have a villain who tries to commit murder (and succeeds in the case of The Lion King) and ends up dead himself/herself by the end of the film.

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