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Disneyesque is basically any non-Disney work adopting an art style that is typical of the Disney Animated Canon, for the purpose of an Homage, Affectionate Parody, or even a Take That, to the Disney style.

Well at least the stereotypical style is adopted. Regardless of the actual variety of the art in Disney films, many people think that all Disney films have the same general look, with traits such as:

This can appear in a TV show, a comic book or a feature-length film; and it doesn't matter if this style lasts through the entire work or is just an Art Shift for a single scene. It can involve a character having a pleasant fantasy, even overlapping with Disney Creatures of the Farce or the Roger Rabbit Effect.

Animesque is a Sister Trope... or might even be a Sub-Trope, depending on how much you take into account Osamu Tezuka basing his style on the various Walt Disney works.

Contrast Limited Animation.

Not to be confused with Disneyfication, All Animation Is Disney (though it could easily lead to that), or being a Follow the Leader to Disney films.

Examples of Disneyesque include:

Anime and Manga

  • Strictly speaking, all anime and manga are to some degree Disneyesque, as their stylistic roots come from the post-World War II work of Osamu Tezuka, arguably the father of modern Japanese commercial art. Tezuka was strongly influenced by the work of Walt Disney, and adapted the Disney style to Japanese sensibilities. Subsequent creators of graphic works copied his style, resulting in the familiar "large eyes" look that characterized anime and manga for so many decades since the 1950s. (On this topic, fellow artist/author Shirow Masamune has said, "I've heard that some people complain about the large eyes and small noses and mouths in Japanese manga. But I don't see a whole lot of difference when I look at Disney characters.")
  • Among the rapid-fire animation homages in episode 17 of Excel Saga, "Animation USA", is a brief moment in Disney style.


Western Animation

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