From "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to "Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," Disney has released some of the greatest films in the history of cinema, inspiring millions of fans with their inspirational tales and creative endeavors. If these films have proven anything, though, it's that their magical quality allows them to endure generation after generation as even the oldest Disney films never seem too outdated.
Of course, you can't discuss a great Disney film without mentioning the characters that make the story happen. Disney characters know how to make us laugh at their jokes, smile at their triumphs and cry with their failures. Without their unique characters, these films would struggle to last as long as they have in the minds of the viewers.
How well do you know Disney characters across some of the greatest films from the company? If we give you four characters, can you tell us which one doesn't belong with the others? Are you going to be able to recall characters that date back to the '30s and '40s? What about more recent characters who came along with the Disney renaissance in the '90s? Here's a quiz where you can find out.
When you're ready to test your knowledge on Disney characters, get started with this quiz and see if your Disney knowledge is up to par!
Released in 1937, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was based on a story written by the Brothers Grimm, two German brothers. The brothers were responsible for creating many classic stories, from "Hansel and Gretel" to "The Frog Prince."
"Sleeping Beauty" marked the last time that a classical fairy tale was turned into an animated Disney movie while Walt Disney was still alive. Part of the reason for the move away from this model was the movie's poor performance at the box office when it was initially released.
Led by an all-star musical team, "Cinderella" received three Oscar nominations for its musical numbers. These nominations included Best Sound, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song.
Disney released a live-action remake of "The Jungle Book" in 2016. The film is voiced by several star actors, including Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson.
The animators on "Bambi" studied real deer to get their movements right for the film. The company even brought in an animal sketch artist, Rico Lebrun, to display how to draw deer in motion.
"Alice in Wonderland" is known for the riddle "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" The strange thing about the riddle is that it's never actually answered.
At 126 minutes, "Fantasia" is the longest-running Disney animated film to date. The film would have been longer, but a segment was cut from the film in production.
"Peter Pan" was written and produced as a play before it ever became a movie. Opening in 1904, the play was extremely popular, continuing its theatrical run for the next ten years.
At one point in the artistic process, there were talks of having Pinocchio move like a wooden puppet. However, animators decided to make him move more like a human to counter his puppet-like features.
"Dumbo" is the shortest full-length animated feature created by Disney, running only 64 minutes. The short length was due to the studio trying to save money since the movie came out during WWII.
Tramp, the male dog in the film, was based on a real-life female dog. The dog was located in the pound where she was about to be put to the needle, but luckily for her, she was scooped up and put in a movie.
The character of Merlin was based on Walt Disney himself, according to Bill Peet, the story artist. Just like the wizard, Walt was known for his temper, argumentative nature and intelligence.
"One Hundred and One Dalmatians" was a huge financial success for the company. Part of the reason it was so successful was due to the use of xerography, which greatly sped up the drawing process.
A story about Latin America, "The Three Caballeros" combines live action with animation. Released in 1944, the film marked the first time that a feature-length movie tried to combine real actors into animation.
"Fun and Fancy Free" was the result of Disney trying to raise money following the company's financial setbacks during WWII. The film combined two previously written shorts where much of the animation had already been completed, making for a quick and cheap project.
Released in 1949, "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" was the last time Disney made a multi-story package film until 1977. The story contained two segments based on "The Wind in the Willows" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
When "Beauty and the Beast" was translated for a Chinese audience, Jackie Chan dubbed the voice of the Beast. He even sang the songs for the tracks throughout the movie.
The character of Robin Hood was voiced by actor Brian Bedford. Bedford was a Tony Award-winning actor known for his many Shakespearean plays.
Winnie the Pooh was based on a real-life bear that a Canadian soldier purchased during WWI. The bear was later sent to the London Zoological Gardens, where she inspired the creator of Pooh, A.A. Milne.
Kurt Russell served as the voice actor for the adult Copper in "The Fox and the Hound." Russell was a longtime performer for Disney and one of their biggest stars in the '70s.
After the death of Walt Disney, the company began to decline due to poor film productions. However, when "The Little Mermaid" came out in 1989, the company experienced a renaissance that carried over into the '90s.
"DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp" was a carry over from the television show "DuckTales." The franchise was also turned into several video games, with the first one being released in 1989.
No character in "Aladdin" is better known than Genie, a magical being who grants wishes. One reason the character is so well-known is that he was voiced by Robin Williams, who the part was written specifically for.
Despite being a classic now, "Hocus Pocus" received horrible reviews when it was first released in 1993. Critics called the movie "slapstick" and "corny."
Though "The Lion King" is viewed as an original story, it was partially inspired by "Hamlet." Both stories follow a young male who must deal with the death of his father by confronting the murderer, who is also his uncle. Yeah, it's pretty deep for a cartoon.
Actor Christian Bale voiced Thomas in the animated version of "Pocahontas." He later played John Rolfe in a live-action version of the story called "The New World."
Robin Williams rose to fame as Mork in the television show "Mork & Mindy." However, he didn't get his first big break in the movie industry until he played the role of Popeye.
The storyline for "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" was developed by Stuart Gordon. At the time, Gordon was known for experimental works and horror films, which made him an odd fit for a Disney production.
Originally, "Toy Story" creators wanted to include Barbie in the film. However, they couldn't get the rights to the doll from Mattel, so they went in a different direction with the story.
Originally released in 1992, "The Mighty Ducks" became a trilogy with films coming out in 1994 and 1996 as well. The films eventually inspired a new NHL team to take on the "Ducks" name.
Based on a novel, "Treasure Planet" was made with a combination of 2D and 3D animations. It was the first Disney film to be released in IMAX at the same time it hit regular theaters.
"Hercules" uses classic Greek mythology to tell the story of the half-man, half-god character of Hercules. In mythology, Hercules was the son of Zeus and Alcmene.
"A Bug's Life" was inspired by "The Ant and the Grasshopper," a fable written by Aesop. The fable is included in the Perry Index, which lists nearly 600 fables attributed to Aesop.
Mary Gibbs, who played Boo in "Monsters, Inc.," is responsible for creating one of the songs from the film. During the voicing process, she was told to sing whatever words came to mind, and those words were mixed into a song.
The original title for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" didn't include "The Curse of the Black Pearl" in the title. It was later added when producers became hopeful that a sequel would be filmed.