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:
- Soft lines, roundness, doe eyes.
- Outlines done in colors rather than black.
- Very smooth animation in every movement.
- Only one tonal layer applied with a gaussian blur in compositing.
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.
Contrast Limited Animation.
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.
- As in the picture, Family Guy did this as one of several Alternate Universes the Griffins visit in one episode, which included making Lois look like a Disney Princess.
- One episode of the Spawn animated series opened like this.
- Princess Clara (and anyone and anything related to her) from Drawn Together, as the show uses characters from different animation styles.
- Tex Avery's early Looney Tunes shorts aped the Disney style as closely as possible for the sake of parody.
- A Valentines Day Episode of The Simpsons featured a Lady and the Tramp parody named "Shady and the Vamp". Although the characters were still drawn in the standard Simpsons style, the backgrounds were painted in the Disney style and the characters' lines were done in color.
- Early Chuck Jones shorts, such as those featuring Sniffles the Mouse, employed this.
- Adventures from the Book of Virtues looks pretty Disneyesque for a PBS cartoon.
- Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz (2011) does this with the settings and characters derived from the latter film, but lets the T&J characters have their typical look.