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DVD Commentary for animated films.

  • Commentary for the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Fantasia 2000 had Roy Disney joined by Mickey Mouse. Donald Duck also appears during the commentary for his segment, "Pomp and Circumstance", but his input is less than helpful.
  • The director's commentary for Meet the Robinsons is occasionally interrupted by Bowler Hat Guy (also voiced by the director) trying to tell the "real" story behind the movie.
  • Bambi, Cinderella, and Lady and the Tramp had re-enactments of the story meetings between Disney and his story men. For Bambi and Cinderella, the movie itself played in a window on the corner, while the rest of the screen showed preliminary artwork; Lady and the Tramp viewers needed Second Screen to see the extra pictures.
  • Kung Fu Panda's commentary is easily one of the best for an animated film with the content being a fascinating discussion about the story development as well as expanding on the themes and symbology of the film.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas has Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and Danny Elfman doing the commentary. It's at the mid-point; interesting, but a lot of info was already mentioned elsewhere.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has one of these featuring Bill Hader and the two directors. And it is hilarious.
  • Pixar, in fact, is famous for doing exceptionally good, well-written, and well-planned commentaries that never sound like the commentators are just talking randomly!
    • Finding Nemo stops at certain points during the commentary and shows some behind-the-scenes clips to illustrate how a particular scene was made. Unfortunately most of the transitions are not very smooth.
    • Brad Bird and John Walker's track for The Incredibles was recorded before the film was released, so they awkwardly note at one point that they like the film, but have no idea how it will be received. It was also the day after legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas passed away, and Bird gives a brief and touching eulogy for him at his and Ollie Johnston's cameo.
    • The Toy Story 2 commentary on the 2005 special edition is also very funny, but the interesting part is when they discuss about making a movie about lawn gnomes coming to life, but is soon interrupted by someone (don't know who) saying something like, "Shhh! Don't give them any ideas!" Cut to almost 6 years later to another sub-division of Disney...
    • Inside Out's commentary, which is done by the director Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, is pretty informative on a lot of the aspects of the film that you wouldn't necessarily catch the first time around, but one of the most interesting things that happens is at one point Docter calls up Bill Hader and puts him on speakerphone where you are treated to a story where he once visited Pixar as well as his own account on the making of the film.
    • The Monsters, Inc. short Mike's New Car, directed by Pete Docter and Roger Gould, is featured on the DVD release with "commentary by Docter and Gould" — but it's actually their kids who give the commentary, which makes the short even funnier.
    • The Incredibles DVD features a faux-1960s "Mr. Incredible" cartoon Mr. Incredible and Pals, commented upon by Mr. Incredible and Frozone.
    • The Turning Red Blu-Ray has commentary by Domee Shi the director, Lindsey Collins the producer and Mahyar Abousaeedi the director of photography, camera.
  • The Lion King has producer Don Hahn and co-directors Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers taking on the commentary. They talk over each other at some points, but still manage to be informative and funny.
  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie had a director's commentary and a few scene by scene commentaries by the girls.
  • Aladdin features both a standard directors-and-producers commentary with John Musker, Ron Clements and Amy Pell, and a commentary by some of the supervising animators — Glen Keane (Aladdin), Andreas Deja (Jafar), Eric Goldberg (Genie), and Will Finn (Iago).
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia intercut commentary from animation historian John Canemaker with old audio interviews with Walt Disney regarding the respective films.
  • Brother Bear. The commentary is performed by the two moose, Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, fully in character) as they watch the (entire) movie themselves, presumably in the comfort of their own "home": their silhouettes occasionally appear over the screen, MST3K-stylenote , one of them makes popcorn, and they order pizza. This becomes one of the best jokes of the commentary, when half an hour later, the pizza guy shows up and the two of them completely panic at someone at the door; once they calm down, the pizza guy begins watching the movie with them for a few seconds before they tell him to leave. It is entirely worth watching the entire movie a second time just to listen to these two.
  • Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie has two normal commentary tracks, and one track done in-character by Larry the Cucumber and Mr. Lunt, who spend several minutes talking about Mr. Lunt's disturbing theory to origin of hush puppies.
    • Don't forget the discussions about their producer roles, Wisconsin Dells, Krispy-Kreme Donuts, and the Jack in the Box drive-thru.
  • The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie parodies the unappreciated status of commentary tracks by having the characters turn on the commentary in order to learn what they need to do to solve the problem they faced at that point. Several of them comment such things as "who cares about this crap?" and look very angry and impatient while they wait for the information they wanted (not helped by them being trapped in a flooding carriage).
  • The DVD of Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers has a bonus feature in which Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pete do commentary over the scene of Pete blasting the trio for screwing up on the job.
  • The Alice in Wonderland 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray has a picture-in-picture commentary titled "Through the Keyhole: A Companion's Guide to Wonderland", in which historians of animation and/or children's literature give a vast amount of information on interpretations of the Alice books, the relationship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, and Walt Disney's decades-long journey to bring those books to animated life. Their comments get accompanied by such visual aid as concept art, pictures of people involved with either the books or the movies, and live-action reference footage.
  • Some Disney or Pixar Blu-ray discs have a feature called "Cine-Explore", which accompanies an audio commentary with behind-the-scenes pictures and videos playing over the movie.
  • Directors David Molina and Terry Shakespeare recorded one for the first BIONICLE film. As befitting of a Direct to Video title, it's nothing special either, but they reveal some nifty details, point out references and inform us that executive producer/story writer Bob Thompson kept making strange monster sounds with his mouth during production.
  • Warner Animation Group made some for it's movies:
    • The commentary for The LEGO Movie notably has one part where the cast and directors decide to call Elizabeth Banks, who couldn't join in on the commentary, and put her on speakerphone and basically describe what's happening in the movie at that moment to her, while she's eating lunch at Subway.
      • There's a second commentary included in the Special Special edition, by directors and writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, co-director and editor Chris Mckay and Film Critic Hulk.
    • Storks is the only WAG movie that isn't a LEGO Movie to have a commentary. Features director and writer Nicholas Stroller, co-director Doug Sweetland, head of story Matt Flynn and editor John Venzon.
    • The LEGO Batman Movie features director Chris Mckay and a long crew member.
    • Just like the previous movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie includes director Charlie Bean and the long crew member.
    • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part has producers and writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, director Mike Mitchell and animation director/co-director Trisha Gum.
  • The first My Little Pony: Equestria Girls didn't have a commentary track, but RainbowRocks did, featuring VP of Development Michael Vogel, Executive Director Brian Lenard, Writer Meagan McCarthy, and supervising directors Jayson Thiessen and Ishi Rudell.
  • The Jungle Book has Bruce Reitherman, who voiced Mowgli and is the son of the film's late director, Andreas Deja, a Disney animator who is an Ascended Fanboy of the movie, and composer Richard Sherman, who somehow has a piano with him to play how the early versions of the songs went. Archival footage also allows deceased people from production to talk a bit.
  • The Hunchback Of Notre Dame had a commentary by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman.