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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'': The film tries to have a [[KnowledgeIsPower "Knowledge is the real power."]] message delivered by Merlin to Wart both throughout the film and in the ending, but almost nothing in the film supports it because Wart is a PinballProtagonist who has no control over anything that's going on around him, and his problems are almost always solved by Merlin's magic anyway [[{{Hypocrite}} despite Merlin saying magic can't solve all his problems]] (even if they do unwittingly tend to cause as many hardships as they solve, Merlin is basically doing the real work for Wart, even if he sincerely is trying to make a point to him) and he doesn't even get his happy ending by using anything he learned from Merlin -- in fact, Wart ends up doing the ''exact opposite'' of what Merlin wanted by willingly accepting a degrading position as Kay's squire instead of focusing on an education. It was by sheer luck that he ends up going to London and turns out to be the one worthy of pulling out the sword, making him King of England right then and there.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'': The film tries to have a [[KnowledgeIsPower "Knowledge is the real power."]] " message delivered by Merlin to Wart both throughout the film and in the ending, but almost nothing in the film supports it because Wart is a PinballProtagonist who has no control over anything that's going on around him, and his problems are almost always solved by Merlin's magic anyway [[{{Hypocrite}} despite Merlin saying magic can't solve all his problems]] (even if they do unwittingly tend to cause as many hardships as they solve, Merlin is basically doing the real work for Wart, even if he sincerely is trying to make a point to him) and he doesn't even get his happy ending by using anything he learned from Merlin -- in fact, Wart ends up doing the ''exact opposite'' of what Merlin wanted by willingly accepting a degrading position as Kay's squire instead of focusing on an education. It was by sheer luck that he ends up going to London and turns out to be the one worthy of pulling out the sword, making him King of England right then and there.


** ''WesternAnimation/MelodyTime'': Happens in two segments. Johnny Appleseed [[spoiler: dies, but has left a huge legacy in his wake and is off to grow apple trees in heaven]]; while Pecos Bill [[spoiler:gives up being a cowboy after the death of his fiancé Slue-Foot Sue, but Texas is implied to be a much safer place because of him.]]

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** ''WesternAnimation/MelodyTime'': Happens in two segments. Johnny Appleseed [[spoiler: dies, but has left a huge legacy in his wake and is off to grow apple trees in heaven]]; while Pecos Bill [[spoiler:gives up being a cowboy after the death of his fiancé fiancée Slue-Foot Sue, but Texas is implied to be a much safer place because of him.]]


* BittersweetEnding: At least a few of the films are notable aversions of the franchises movies having happy endings;

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* BittersweetEnding: At least a few of the films are notable aversions of the franchises movies having happy endings;endings:


** ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'': KnowledgeIsPower.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'': KnowledgeIsPower.Knowledge is power.


** ''Bambi'', despite being featured in a more down to earth setting, is very difficult if not impossible to pin down to a specific point in time. There is no indication of what time the film, its midquel or tie-ins take place or where beyond the general depiction of a eastern American forest. The stories do not feature any (on-screen) humans[[note]]the sequel comic [[LooseCanon of dubious canon]] ''Bambi's Children'' does feature them and they are depicted in a culture consistent with the 1940's, when the first film and comic were made.[[/note]], only animals in the wild who have basic, symbolic personalities, and there are zero pop culture references, so there's hardly anything within the setting that could ever become dated. Even the characters more humanized behaviour in the direct-to-video midquel is ''just'' detached enough from any specific human culture to remain rooted outside of any specific time or place.

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** ''Bambi'', despite being featured in a more down to earth setting, is very difficult if not impossible to pin down to a specific point in time. There is no indication of what time the film, its midquel or tie-ins take place or where beyond the general depiction of a eastern American forest. The stories do not feature any (on-screen) humans[[note]]the sequel comic [[LooseCanon of dubious canon]] ''Bambi's Children'' does feature them and they are depicted in a culture consistent with the 1940's, when the first film and comic were made.[[/note]], only animals in the wild who have basic, symbolic personalities, and there are zero pop culture references, so there's hardly anything within the setting that could ever become dated. Even the characters characters' more humanized behaviour in the direct-to-video midquel is ''just'' detached enough from any specific human culture to remain rooted outside of any specific time or place.


** ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}}'': Chernabog in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence. While he was a black god, he wasn't evil; he was a pre-Christian [[UsefulNotes/SlavicMythology Slavic deity]]. Though we don't really know enough about Chernobog to say whether he was or wasn't evil, it's certain he wasn't a giant Satanic figure who called up the spirits of the damned. The film works around this by referring to him as Satan himself, but Disney prefers to call him Chernabog these days.

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}}'': Chernabog in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence. While he was a black god, he wasn't evil; he was a pre-Christian [[UsefulNotes/SlavicMythology [[Myth/SlavicMythology Slavic deity]]. Though we don't really know enough about Chernobog to say whether he was or wasn't evil, it's certain he wasn't a giant Satanic figure who called up the spirits of the damned. The film works around this by referring to him as Satan himself, but Disney prefers to call him Chernabog these days.


** In ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967'', Baloo and Bageehra essentially switch personalities (Baloo was a SternTeacher and Bagheera was a laid-back friend in the book), Kaa becomes a clownish villain rather than a wise mentor for Mowgli, and Shere Khan is turned from a SmugSnake to a FauxAffablyEvil villain.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967'', Baloo and Bageehra Bagheera essentially switch personalities (Baloo was a SternTeacher and Bagheera was a laid-back friend in the book), Kaa becomes a clownish villain rather than a wise mentor for Mowgli, and Shere Khan is turned from a SmugSnake to a FauxAffablyEvil villain.


** In the original ''Big Hero 6'' comics, Baymax was a monstrous-looking robot. In [[WesternAnimation/BigHero6 the movie]], he is a CuteMachine. And while Hiro Takachiho wasn't ugly in the comics, Hiro [[AdaptationalNameChange Hamada]] is designed to look more adorable.

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** In the original ''Big Hero 6'' comics, Baymax was a monstrous-looking robot. In [[WesternAnimation/BigHero6 the movie]], he is a CuteMachine.[[CuteMachines Cute Machine]]. And while Hiro Takachiho wasn't ugly in the comics, Hiro [[AdaptationalNameChange Hamada]] is designed to look more adorable.


** ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' completely changes the ending. In the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology original myths]], Herakles dies, but after Philoctetes lit his funeral pyre, he ascended to godhood in Mount Olympus and stayed there. The Disney movie changes it to where Hercules earns his godhood by saving Meg from Hades and is allowed to come home to Olympus -- but Hercules, who realizes Meg can't join him there, willingly gives up his godhood so that he can stay with Meg.

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' completely changes the ending. In the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology original myths]], Herakles dies, but after Philoctetes lit his funeral pyre, he ascended to godhood in on Mount Olympus and stayed there. The Disney movie changes it to where Hercules earns his godhood by saving Meg from Hades and is allowed to come home to Olympus -- but Hercules, who realizes Meg can't join him there, willingly gives up his godhood so that he can stay with Meg.


** If ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'', as it commonly is, is taken as an adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', then the equivalents of Hamlet himself (Simba), Ophelia (Nala), Gertrude (Sarabi), Polonius (Zazu), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Timon and Pumbaa) all live, wheras the play has them all die in the end.

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** If ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'', as it commonly is, is taken as an adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', then the equivalents of Hamlet himself (Simba), Ophelia (Nala), Gertrude (Sarabi), Polonius (Zazu), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Timon and Pumbaa) all live, wheras whereas the play has them all die in the end.


** ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'': In the [[Literature/{{Bambi}} book]] Bambi spends more and more time with his mentor and parent-figure the Great Old Prince of the Forest. He in turn becomes distant from everyone and loses interest in his mate Faline. Bambi ends up [[GenerationXerox becoming much like the Great Prince]], a distant and aloof buck. In the film there is a fire where Bambi's father, the Great Prince of the Forest (a younger CompositeCharacter of the book character and Bambi's sire), helps him and his new doe Faline escape. Both the book and film end with Bambi and Faline having twins, however in the book [[DisappearedDad Bambi is absent in their life]] just like a real deer. The film also excluded the part where Bambi sees the body of a dead hunter and the part where Faline's AdaptedOut brother comes back [[spoiler:and gets shot]]. Curiously the sequel to the novel ''Bambi's Children'' retconed the original book's ending anyway, with Bambi turning out to be closer and more sentimental towards Faline and his children after all (though Disney never adapted the second book into film, their ComicBookAdaptation expectedly follows the same tracks).

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'': In the [[Literature/{{Bambi}} book]] Bambi spends more and more time with his mentor and parent-figure the Great Old Prince of the Forest. He in turn becomes distant from everyone and loses interest in his mate Faline. Bambi ends up [[GenerationXerox becoming much like the Great Prince]], a distant and aloof buck. In the film there is a fire where Bambi's father, the Great Prince of the Forest (a younger CompositeCharacter of the book character and Bambi's sire), helps him and his new doe Faline escape. Both the book and film end with Bambi and Faline having twins, however in the book [[DisappearedDad Bambi is absent in their life]] just like a real deer. The film also excluded the part where Bambi sees the body of a dead hunter and the part where Faline's AdaptedOut brother comes back [[spoiler:and gets shot]]. Curiously the sequel to the novel ''Bambi's Children'' retconed retconned the original book's ending anyway, with Bambi turning out to be closer and more sentimental towards Faline and his children after all (though Disney never adapted the second book into film, their ComicBookAdaptation expectedly follows the same tracks).


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%%* TrainingMontage* TrainingMontage: Features in ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'', ''WesternAnimation/BigHero6'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}''


** [[WesternAnimation/{{Cinderella}} to [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Katrina Van Tassel]].

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[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Katrina Van Tassel]].


** Creator/Tudor Owen (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone'') and Creator/JuniusMatthews (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone, and ''The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'').
** [[invoked]]Creator/VernaFelton only ever voiced either energetic/stuffy villains (''Dumbo'', ''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Lady and the Tramp'') or kindly matriarchs (''Dumbo'', [[TalkingToHimself again]]), ''Cinderella'', ''Sleeping Beauty'', ''The Jungle Book'').

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** Creator/Tudor Tudor Owen (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone'') and Creator/JuniusMatthews Junius Matthews (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone, and ''The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'').
** [[invoked]]Creator/VernaFelton only ever voiced either energetic/stuffy energetic characters/stuffy villains (''Dumbo'', ''Alice in Wonderland'', ''Lady and the Tramp'') or kindly matriarchs (''Dumbo'', [[TalkingToHimself again]]), ''Cinderella'', ''Sleeping Beauty'', ''The Jungle Book'').


** Creator/HansConried (''Peter Pan'', Sleeping Beauty'') who voiced Captain Hook/Mr. Darling and possibly as the herald called Lord Duke (a major charcter in the first segment of ''WesternAnimation/DisneyPrincessEnchantedTalesFollowYourDreams'') respectively, is best known for voicing villains, authority type figures, or foils. Ironically, Conried modeled for King Stefan and initially auditioned for Stefan until that role went to the late Taylor Holmes, making an unsolved mystery of the herald's voice actor.

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** Creator/HansConried (''Peter Pan'', Sleeping Beauty'') who voiced Captain Hook/Mr. Darling and possibly as the herald called Lord Duke (a major charcter in the first segment of ''WesternAnimation/DisneyPrincessEnchantedTalesFollowYourDreams'') respectively, is best known for voicing and portraying villains, authority type figures, or foils. Ironically, Conried modeled for King Stefan and initially auditioned for Stefan until that role went to the late Taylor Holmes, making an unsolved mystery of the herald's voice actor.



** Creator/Tudor Owen (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone'') and Junius Matthews (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone, and ''The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'').

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** Creator/Tudor Owen (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone'') and Junius Matthews Creator/JuniusMatthews (''101 Dalmatians'', ''The Sword in the Stone, and ''The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'').

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