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Just some of the many variations listed below.

It's a safe bet to assume that nearly every Disney film features some type of Logo Joke, as it has many variations and visual references that tie into the film that follows it. Some Disney trailers even feature exclusive variations! A collection of all Disney logo variants can be found on the CLG Wiki here and here, and on YouTube.

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    Disney Animated Canon 
Listed in chronological order:

  • Sleeping Beauty: The trailer for the 1995 re-release included a clip of the Walt Disney Pictures castle transforming into King Stefan's.
  • The Aristocats: In the trailer for the Blu-Ray release, musical notes shoot from the gate of the castle just before the camera zooms into the gate itself.
  • Oliver & Company: The logo is the same, but "When You Wish Upon a Star" is replaced with a prelude of the film's opening song "Once Upon a Time in New York City".
  • The Little Mermaid: The international trailer for the film had the logo placed beneath bubbling water. For the Blu-Ray release trailer, the castle is seen underwater as fish swim by.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Ominous Latin Chanting and church bells accompany the logo instead of the usual When You Wish Upon A Star.
  • Mulan: When You Wish Upon a Star is replaced by traditional Chinese music segueing into the movie.
  • Tarzan: When the words "Walt Disney" appear, the blue background is replaced by a jungle-at-night background, transitioning the logo into the movie.
  • Fantasia 2000: The logo appears against a space background and you hear instruments warming up. At the end of the movie, the arch drawn above the Disney castle fades into the background.
  • Dinosaur: The logo is colored golden in a very dark environment, and the arch is drawn by a signal flare. This logo variation was later used in some later films such as Brother Bear, the 2002 IMAX release of The Lion King, and some live-action films such as Tuck Everlasting, Remember the Titans, and Holes.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: The logo itself is the same, but the music is a somber-sounding violin cue that later segues into the film's score, shown here. At the end, the arch drawn above the Disney castle fades into the background, just like the Fantasia 2000 variant.
    • The second theatrical trailer for the film has the camera zoom into the front doors of the castle in the logo, only for them to be kicked open as Kuzco yells, "Boom, baby!"
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: The logo looks as if it's been hammered onto brass, and the "arch" looks like an electric spark going over the castle.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Walt Disney Pictures logo gets abducted by a Tractor Beamnote . Additionally, the arch is blinking green.
  • Treasure Planet: The theatrical trailer has the arch in the logo transition into the crescent-moon shape of the titular planet, and the background is filled with stars.
  • Home on the Range: The logo is seared into a piece of leather with a branding iron while the main theme plays, and then disappears in a burst of flame that consumes the logo.
  • Chicken Little: As the first completely CGI film in the Disney Animated Canon, the castle is rendered in full 3D, with both the castle and logo coming into view instead of gradually revealing itself. Possible Foreshadowing of the castle’s total makeover the following year (2006).
  • Tangled: Includes a "50th feature" version of the Walt Disney Animation Studios logo, as it is the 50th entry in the Disney Animated Canon.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: The logo has a yellow tint to it.
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
    • The international trailer and the film itself have the 8-bit Walt Disney Animation Studios logo at the beginning (complete with 8-bit chiptune version of the Steamboat Willie music), and the Disney castle logo after the credits becomes a Pac-Man Kill Screen. The original blue-bar castle can also be seen as part as the Kill Screen.
    • A TV spot promoting the film had the castle and logo as the image on an arcade screen before panning away.
  • Frozen:
    • All of the sound and music in both the main logo and the Walt Disney Animation Studios logo is muted and "Vuelie", a song inspired by Saami and Norwegian culture, plays over instead, continuing into the title sequence, seguing into "Frozen Heart".
    • A TV spot and trailer for the film had snow covering the logo, the lake in front of the castle frozen and the sky clouded with mist.
  • Big Hero 6: A teaser trailer showed the logo as an image on a computer screen before a hand swipes it away to check another image.
  • Zootopia: Commercials for the film replaced the castle with the skyline of the titular city.
  • A trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet features the castle glitching as the magic arc is formed.
  • In a What Could Have Been example, the cancelled feature My Peoples/A Few Good Ghosts would have had the logo appear on a picture frame before segueing into the film.

    Disney Direct-to-Video Sequels 
Listed in chronological order:

  • Return to Never Land: A slightly different version of the usual theme played with the spot flying over the castle with a lot more sparkle. A small spot of light is then seen behind the logo as it is projected onto the side of a cloud. The little spot of light (revealed to be Tinker Bell at the end of the opening credits) then moves, causing the logo to vanish.
  • Cinderella II: Dreams Come True: Fireworks reveal the castle instead of the usual fade-up-to-down effect. The Walt Disney logo is also written out instead of flashing onto the screen. After the logo is formed, we cut to the castle.
  • The Jungle Book 2: The logo appears on a cloth that Mowgli is about to present his story to. The characters of the movie are heard speaking right before the "feature presentation".
  • 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: The dogs bark along to When You Wish Upon A Star.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
    • Piglet's Big Movie: The spot and the trail it leaves are pink instead of white. Also, the start of the rendition of the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song for that movie plays over the logo instead of the usual theme. Also, the trailer for the film had Piglet run by as the castle appeared, before stopping at the right side of the screen and start pulling on a string.
    • Pooh's Heffalump Movie: The standard logo sequence plays, but the castle transforms into a castle-shaped cloud as it ends.
  • Lilo & Stitch:
    • Stitch! The Movie: The logo fades from white-on-blue to green-on-black, and then shimmers away into the star field behind it. "When You Wish Upon a Star" is played on a ukulele.
    • Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch: The castle reveals itself from the bottom up, instead of the usual top down. After the logo is fully formed, it suddenly experiences a glitch.
    • Leroy & Stitch: After the logo is formed, the background turns into space as the castle goes into hyperdrive. It should be noted that this is the final logo joke with the original 2D castle.
  • Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas: A series of dots appear in the shape of a Christmas tree, and the camera zooms out to reveal that it is a decoration on an actual Christmas tree. As the camera zooms back in, the familiar castle forms around the dot-shaped tree.
  • Mulan II: When You Wish Upon A Star is played via flute instead of the usual orchestra.
  • Kronk's New Groove: Similar to the one from the first film, the logo itself isn't changed but the soundtrack has a similar-sounding cue.
  • Bambi II: The logo reveals itself amid a thick fog.
  • Brother Bear II: A flock of birds flies out from behind the logo just before the sequence ends.

    Disney Animated Shorts 
Listed in chronological order:

  • John Henry: The logo is part of a quilt that segues into the short.
  • Lorenzo: The logo is colored like a neon sign, and the arch reveals itself in four separate colored pieces.
  • Paperman: The Disney logo is in the black-and-white artwork of the short, and has a paper airplane flying over it, seen here.
  • Get a Horse!: The logo is in black and white, with "Disney" written in an older signature font. Clarabelle Cow is seen leaping over the castle leaving a trail of pixie dust (or is it?) behind her as she moos.
  • Frozen Fever: One of the snowmen from the short is standing out-of-scale to the right of the castle, and leaps over it while leaving a snow trail behind.
  • Feast: The Disney logo appears on a dinner plate, with a squirt of ketchup making its arch, seen here.
  • Inner Workings: The logo appears as a sandcastle at the beach, with the setting sun acting as the arch., seen here.

     Miscellaneous animated Disney productions 
Listed in chronological order:

  • Recess: School's Out: After the flash of light, we see the gang standing on the castle and they play out the jingle with their kazoos.
  • Teacher's Pet: The Movie: The castle is drawn in the style of series creator Gary Baseman and the original When You Wish Upon A Star track from Pinocchio is played since the opening of the movie parodies that film.
    • In the teaser trailer, the logo is seen projected on a theater screen while several characters watch it.
  • The Wild: A CGI teal version of the castle appears as Samson the Lion tells one of his famous stories, only to rewind when his son, Ryan, interrupts him, commenting how he heard that story 'like a billion times.' This happens another two times before it goes over normally.
  • Stitch!: In the first season opening for the original Japanese version, the Disney logo zooms into view, and then gets zapped by Stitch in his stolen police cruiser.
  • Mars Needs Moms: The opening animation is tinted red when the arch rises.
  • Frankenweenie: In a modification by Danny Elfman, the third to last note of the ident abruptly becomes a Scare Chord held for several seconds. This variation is the first track on the film's soundtrack album. As this happens, the usual blue starry sky setting of the Disney logo transitions into a stormy Deliberately Monochrome setting, as per the movie itself.
  • Planes: A searchlight on the tallest tower of the castle pans from the left to right while rock music plays and a pair of planes fly past the castle itself.

    Disney Live-Action Films 
  • 102 Dalmatians: The dogs bark along with the logo theme.
    • The trailer has the Walt Disney Pictures vanity plate superimposed at a weird angle, and it is revealed to be on a window that gets snapped up as a doctor talks about Cruella De Vil.
  • Aladdin (2019): A star above the castle turns into the sun and the castle fades into a ship.
    • The logo itself appears in the film as a sand sculpture the Carpet makes in the desert.
    • One trailer has the Disney logo set in the Arabian desert.
  • Around the World in 80 Days (2004): The theatrical trailer has the logo fly towards the viewer like a plane (set against a sky backdrop), only to swerve out of the way at the last second.
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017): the Beast's castle pre-transformation and the land surrounding it replacing the usual setting. The logo is effectively integrated into the film with the Enchantress in beggar form taking a rose from the garden once the camera zooms out far enough from the castle. Seen here.
    • The first trailer uses this in its very first teaser: the castle and the surrounding background are dark and almost Gothic in appearance as snow falls. The second teaser retains the tone and replaces Sleeping Beauty Castle with Beast's one.
  • Bedtime Stories: The regular intro plays, but the castle is revealed to be a pop-up in a book as the page turns and it folds in on itself.
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua: The logo seemingly breaks apart like a piece of glass, but it is revealed to be reflected in a diamond.
    • In the theatrical trailer, the logo transitions with the sound of a cash register closing.
  • Christopher Robin: The Disney logo turns into an illustration based on the works of Winnie-the-Pooh artist EM Shephard, seen here.
  • Cinderella (2015): The Disney logo changes from the usual nighttime to daytime as two blue birds swoop in to change the scene to the movie proper. As you would expect, the castle's coloring is closer to the Cinderella Castle than the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • The Country Bears: The regular intro plays amid a country song and one of the Bears counting down, but transitions during the flash of light to the same logo stamped on planks of wood and the "arch" being a small trail of flame.
  • The theatrical trailer for Dumbo (2019) zooms in toward and over the top of the castle where a weather vane with elephant shapes is mounted.
  • Enchanted: The camera zooms in on a tower of the Disney castle to show the book on a stand inside, effectively integrating the logo into the animated prologue.
  • Freaky Friday (2003): The flash of the arch is more prominent as it passes over the castle, and at the end, the screen fades and the castle is revealed to be imprinted in a parchment page as the "Walt Disney Pictures Presents" title card appears.
  • G-Force: Though the logo animation is unchanged, there are subtle sound effect additions to the logo (most noticeably when the arch rises and when "Walt Disney Pictures" appears).
  • George of the Jungle II: The usual logo plays, but just as the theme finishes, a silhouette swings down from the top of the screen and hollers, then veers wildly out of control before smashing through the belltower and causing the entire castle to collapse (complete with sound effects!).
  • The Haunted Mansion: The camera pans around the darkened castle as organ music plays, before fading into the roof of the mansion.
    • The teaser trailer has the logo imprinted onto a gravestone.
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded: The theatrical trailer has an American-themed castle awash in red, white and blue colors, along with arches shooting out in different directions.
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year: The logo sequence ends by turning the arch into a disco ball that fills the screen.
  • Ice Princess: A white light pans across the logo while the arch shoots out snow as it forms.
    • The teaser trailer has the logo frost up with ice.
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas: Aside from featuring a cover version of Louis Armstrong's "Cool Yule", the arch lights up in festive colors, similar to a string of Christmas lights.
  • Inspector Gadget:
    • In both films' logos, the castle has alarm clocks, waldo arms and other paraphernalia inside it. The "arch" is a large gear, or half a gear. Also, at the end of the first film, the Caravan Pictures Guy walks down the road, pauses, and puts his briefcase down. The Gadget Copter emerges from his hat and he flies off.note 
    • The trailer for the second film had the logo form before being wiped off the screen by Gadget himself.
  • Into the Woods: The Disney castle has no fireworks, there is no music, the bay in front of the castle is much wider and the color scheme is very dark and downbeat. The logo ends with the titular woods framing the logo, with the pixie dust arch over the castle turning into the full moon.
  • John Carter: The opening animation is tinted red for its entirety.
    • Additionally, a TV spot promoting the Blu-Ray release had the castle appear over the background of an alien planet.
  • The Jungle Book (2016): The Disney logo has a hand-drawn design and resembles the 1960s Disney logo as a homage the original 1967 film's era. Once it appears, it zooms away into the jungle. Seen here.
  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie: The logo speeds in from the left of the screen and is flashing like a police siren while dramatic music plays. The beam of light at the end of the arch also stays lit slightly longer before the logo speeds away to the right of the screen.
  • Maleficent: King Stefan's castle replaces the normal castle as the background around it changes, though the camera turn is kept. The camera then flies over and past it.
    • The teaser trailer features pale-blue text, and the normal castle is replaced with Stefan's castle. The camera then swings around to show some distant mountains, starting the action.
  • Mary Poppins Returns: The logo is set in a London park with lit lamps and has the London skyline in the background, displaying the British landmarks the Tower Bridge and the Big Ben clock tower, seen here.
    • The trailer uses the same logo, but if you look closely, Mary Poppins steps out of the castle and flies away.
  • Meet The Deedles: Mysterious music replaces When You Wish Upon a Star and a gong hits when the words "Walt Disney" flash. The logo then ripples into the film.
  • The Muppets: In one of the trailers, Animal can be seen running up as Kermit stares at the castle in the background and says, "Would you look at that", to which Animal responds by laughing.
  • My Favorite Martian: The arch transitions into the shape of Mars.
    • The trailer featured the standard logo, but the arch becomes electrified as it passes over the castle.
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets: The opening Walt Disney Pictures logo is sepia-toned and darker.
  • The Nutcrackerandthe Four Realms: The logo is composed with a different musical theme, and when it's done a Drosselmeyer owl swoops off, leading into the opening, seen here.
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful:
    • The Disney logo is directly integrated into the Painting the Medium-exploiting opening sequence; as such, it appears as a Deliberately Monochrome paper cut-out model presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio (opposed to the 2.40:1 aspect ratio of the core of the movie).
    • Several TV spots showed the castle being showered in light and transforming into Emerald City while the sky turned dark blue.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • On Stranger Tides featured fog appearing where the stars in the beginning of the logo would appear, the Jolly Roger flag atop the Disney castle, mermaids in the moat and a moodier color scheme, seen here.
    • Dead Men Tell No Tales: The stars in the sky do show this time, though the Jolly Roger flag and moodier color scheme are kept. A thunderstorm is used instead of the fireworks and pixie dust trail. Seen here.
  • Prom: Just as the arch light is about to land, the castle suddenly becomes a photograph in a scrapbook which is then covered over by a pencil-drawing castle and "Walt Disney Pictures" text scrap. Notably, the "Walt Disney" scrap is pulled directly from the 90's logo. Seen here.
    • In the teaser trailer, the top of the castle lights up like a disco ball.
  • Race to Witch Mountain: Darker and Edgier music is used for the Disney castle logo, and at the very end, the castle morphs into a silhouette of the titular mountain while the screen darkens.
  • The Santa Clause 3: Just when the standard logo sequence ends, the camera pulls out to reveal that the castle is inside a snowglobe being held by Santa, seen here.
  • Saving Mr. Banks: The logo is vintage-styled with "Walt Disney Presents", note  the words "Walt Disney Productions"note , and the old MPAA seal appearing underneath.
  • The Search for Santa Paws: In the teaser trailer, the castle is covered in Christmas lights, the sky is much darker and the "Disney" word glows.
  • The Shaggy Dog (2006): The logo turns into a doghouse midway through its formation, along with the sounds of a dog barking in the background.
  • Sky High (2005): The logo itself fades away and leaves a silhouette of the castle as part of a comic-book-style animated city skyline.
  • Snow Dogs: The sound of blowing wind can be heard as the logo forms, and the arch (and lettering on the company name) becomes coated with frost.
  • Space Buddies: The sky of the computerized 3D title sequence is replaced with space, and the word "Disney" glows white before the camera pans up into the sky.
  • That Darn Cat!: Cats meow along to When You Wish Upon A Star only to be shut up by a dog.
  • Tomorrowland: The Disney castle and the landscape surrounding it are replaced with Tomorrowland's structures, complete with atom-shaped fireworks and a hovercraft smoke trail arch, seen here.
  • TRON: Legacy: The castle is rendered as a black angular shape covered in Tron Lines within the Grid.
  • A Wrinkle in Time (2018): The Disney logo is loudly affected by a tesseract and split into many reflective forms, much like with a kaleidoscope. The sky also becomes black with many stars visible. Seen here.

  • For 3D versions of Pixar movies, the logo plays normally, but the camera starts out from the side of the letter 'P' in 'PIXAR.' The camera moves to the right, until we see the logo at its usual view. Luxo Jr. is re-rendered so as to be as tall as the other letters.

Listed in chronological order:

  • Toy Story:
    • In the first film, the Walt Disney logo zooms out, turning into Andy's wallpaper. When the film was re-rendered in 3D, the Pixar logo replaced the Disney logo in the transition. Luckily, the transition is still neat because the Pixar logo shares a similar shade of blue in the background.
    • The trailer for Toy Story 2 has Hamm clicking through television channels. When the Disney logo appears in scratchy quality, the group tells him to stay on that channel.
    • The first trailer for Toy Story 3 has the logo sequence filmed as if it were in VHS quality, with tape skipping sounds and grainy quality.
  • Cars: When the Pixar logo finishes, it fades out except for Luxo Jr.'s light like after the end credits for Pixar films, but after it fades out, the words 'Celebrating 20 Years' appear, with Luxo Jr. making the 0 in 20. The theatrical release of the second movie began similarly; After the logo finishes, the letters disappear, followed by Luxo Jr. and the background. Luxo's head turns into a 'C' in the word 'Celebrating,' and then '25 Years' appears after the previous word fades out. Said variation was replaced with the standard logo on home video, for whatever reason.
  • WALL•E:
    • One extended-version trailer for and the ending credits of the home video version has the bulb on Luxo Jr. burning out and then being replaced by WALL•E; on his way out he knocks over the R in Pixar and stands in its place, seen here.
    • Although the joke isn't necessarily with the Disney/Pixar logos themselves, if you stick around to the very end of the credits, the Disney and Pixar logos are followed by a Buy 'n' Large logo and jingle.
  • Coco: The Disney logo has a mariachi band play the fanfare instead of the usual orchestra. Santa Cecilia's cemetery can also be seen in the background. Seen here
  • Incredibles 2: The Disney logo and (in a rare inclusion) the Pixar logo are stylized like the end credits of both films, and colored red, the uniform color of the Incredibles. The Disney logo has the city of Metroville in the background, and has the front of the castle display the Incredibles 2 symbol (best seen when the logo fades out). Seen here.

  • An episode of Family Guy portrayed Disney as a Nazi concentration camp, seen here.


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