The Criteria for DISNEY ANIMATED MOVIES that I use is right here:



  1. Disney, Inc. - Walter E. Disney and Roy O. Disney formed the Disney Brothers Studio on October 16, 1923.  Since then, it has undergone several name changes, including this one - the most recent.  Of course, it's subsidiaries, such as Walt Disney Home Video and Buena Vista International (among others) are automatically included.
  2. Touchstone Pictures - Created in 1984, Touchstone Pictures was created to allow Disney to produce non-G-rated movies, and get away with it. The first film released under this company was Splash, on March 9, 1984.
  3. Hollywood Pictures - Created on February 1, 1989 in order to help cope with the heavy load of pictures that Touchstone was dealing with. Arachnophobia is the first movie released, on July 18, 1990.
  4. Miramax Films - On June 30, 1993, Disney purchased this art-house company
  5. Dimension Films - This is Miramax's genre division.
  6. DiC Entertainment, L.P. - ABC/Capital Cities, Inc. owned this animation production company when Disney acquired it on July 31, 1995.   However, on November 17, 2000, DiC bought itself out from under Disney, and became its own independent non-Disney related company.
  7. Jumbo Pictures, Inc. - Disney bought this company on February 29, 1996 in order to acquire its hit TV show, Doug.
  8. Fox Family Worldwide - Purchased on October 24, 2001, Disney received as part of the deal: "The Fox Family Channel, currently available in more than 80 million U.S. homes. A cable channel that is available to almost all cable subscribers rarely comes on the market. The Family Channel has a low share of the crucial 18-to-49-year-old audience, but Disney is expected to try to raise ratings in part by adding Disney shows and re-airing some of its most popular ABC programs - rerunning the late-night Nightline news show early the next day, for example. It's not an untested strategy: Disney's SoapNet cable channel has done well by re-airing daytime soaps at night. Fox Kids International channels in about 50 countries in Latin America and Europe. This would give Disney another 34 million cable subscribers abroad and a big presence in international basic cable - its Disney international channels are premium cable. The Saban Entertainment library of about 6,500 half-hour TV show episodes, which include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Digimon, Goosebumps and Spiderman." "As part of the transaction, Disney will acquire the Fox Family Channel, a fully distributed cable channel reaching 81 million U.S. homes; Saban Entertainment Inc., a production, distribution and merchandising company with one of the world's largest libraries of children's programs at over 6,500 half hours; a 76% interest in Fox Kids Europe (Amsterdam Exchange: FKE), which has dedicated cable and satellite channels reaching 25 million subscribers in 54 countries and 15 languages; and Fox Kids Latin America, the second most widely distributed satellite/cable network in the region.  Excluded from the transaction is the Fox Kids Network, a leading children's broadcast television network in the U.S. News Corp. will separately acquire Haim Saban's interest in this asset. Terms were not disclosed."
  9. Sensation Animation - Disney has since changed the company name of Saban to Sensation Animation, that of Fox Family to ABC Family, and that of Saban International N.V. to BVS International N.V..
  10. Studio Ghibli - While Disney has never had any ownership into this company, they did purchase an interest in Ghibli productions.  The copyright credit in these movies usually includes a group of companies listed by their companies' initials, one of which is either for Disney or Buena Vista Home Distribution.
  11. The Baby Einstein Company - On November 6, 2001, Disney acquired the Baby Einstein company; "The Walt Disney Company has acquired The Baby Einstein Company, the award-winning creator of highly innovative media products, toys and books for babies and toddlers, it was announced today by Disney President and Chief Operating Officer Robert A. Iger. The Baby Einstein Company, founded in 1996, develops and sells products that expose babies to various forms of human expression -- language, poetry, music, art and science -- through ways that are nurturing and fun. The company's product range includes videotapes, DVDs and CDs. In addition, the company launched a new collection of books and toys this fall, with partners Disney Publishing Worldwide and Hasbro Inc. Baby Einstein's products are available worldwide through numerous retail channels, including specialty stores, mass merchants, mail order and on-line. "The acquisition of Baby Einstein provides The Walt Disney Company with another high quality brand franchise which serves one of our core customer segments -- families with small children," said Iger. "We are particularly excited about extending from the 'Baby' series brand into a 'Little' series that will appeal to pre-schoolers. We view this acquisition as a core element of our company-wide learning initiative for children." The "Little" product line is scheduled to launch in late 2002. Baby Einstein's founder, Julie Aigner-Clark, mother of two, who formerly taught English and art, and her husband, William Clark, will serve as consultants to Disney. "Baby Einstein broke new ground in coming to market with stimulating media products for the baby and toddler crowd, and our success has been tremendous," said Aigner-Clark. "We're thrilled to be putting our grass roots brand in the hands of The Walt Disney Company, and to watch our 'baby' grow up." The Baby Einstein Company and its products have won numerous awards from major family and retail magazines and from educational foundations. Awards include the prestigious Video Magic Award presented annually by Parenting Magazine and the Video of the Year Award from Child Magazine. The firm's newest video titles, "Neighborhood Animals" and "World Animals," are winners of Parenting Magazine's "Best Videos of 2001" Awards and join other favorites such as the "Baby Einstein," "Baby Mozart,” "Baby Van Gogh" and "Baby Shakespeare" videos. The company is based in Lone Tree, Colo.


For a movie to be included on the list, it needs to be owned or jointly owned by Disney, or a subsidiary.  For this, I check the credits.  If it's copyrighted to a Disney company, it goes on the list.  I used to count some exceptions to this rule, but rather than subjectively include movies based on opinion, this rule brings it right down to the fact: Does Disney hold copyright (i.e. ownership)?





Everybody seems to have his or her own criteria for what constitutes "animated".  For me to include a movie on this list, at a movie has to fit one of the following criteria:


  1. Entirely animated in any medium (ex. Beauty And The Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story)
  2. Animated characters interacting with a live-action world (ex. Pete's Dragon, Dinosaur)
  3. Live-Action characters interacting in an animated world with animated characters (ex. Tron, Bedknobs And Broomsticks)
  4. A mixture of segments, some animated, some live-action (ex. Saludos Amigos, Belle's Tales Of Friendship)


There needs to be animation in every feature film that is original and new to that feature film.  This means that it is not entirely comprised of animation from other feature films. (Thus eliminating such films as Music Land, which contained only scenes previously released in Melody Time and Make Mine Music).  However, films with new animation linking segments of old animation together (such as The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh and Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Greatest Gadgets) and films entirely edited out of old animation that has not appeared in movie format before (such as Siegfried & Roy: Masters Of The Impossible and Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken) are included.




It would seem that the defining factor in the term 'movie', is length.  Unfortunately, a Feature Length Film is a sketchy thing to define.  Saludos Amigos is only 43 minutes, but is considered by Disney to be a Disney Classic Masterpiece.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy Award people) won't consider a movie for its Best Animated Feature Award unless it is 70 minutes in length or more (yet a Documentary Feature needs to be longer than only 40 minutes - go figure).  Usually, I use 60 minutes as the magic number, except where Disney themselves makes an exception.


It should also be noted that the term "Movie" implies that it has either been Theatrically released, or is a Direct-To-Video release fitting the above requirements.  This implies that a television show in its entirety is not a movie, but the same program could be edited to become a movie.  I am beginning to include made-for-television movies that are shown as movies on television, ie. all in one sitting.  If a television series airs a four-part-r on four different days, it doesn't count; but if they show all four episodes in a row without title and end credits in between, then it's a movie.



Agree or disagree with my terms? Let me know!



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