Top 10 Most Common Disney Movie Clichés

Many Disney movies has featured many over used cliches.
The Top Ten
1 Death of Parents

Perhaps the oldest and over used cliche dating back to when Walt Disney's mother died resulting in almost every Disney movie having one or no parents or parents dying in the movie.

The exception is Hercules. His parents are gods so they can't die and therefore don't die and is alive the entire movie

Can we have a whole family in a movie like Inside Out did for once Disney?

2 Musical Numbers

Jesus I hate musical movies like Frozen. Just makes us hate kids even more when they run around singing these annoying excuses of songs

It wouldn't be a Disney movie without characters breaking out into song for no reason.

With a few exceptions...

3 Female Characters Having a Ridiculously Unrealistic Body

I have to point out that Snow White had a quite realistic body. However, her head was almost twice as big as would be proportional to the rest of her. There are some extreme cases such as Jasmine and Megara, but this has become less of a issue. It is not really the main problem when it comes to Disney.

Do you know how skinny Meg's waist is?

4 Trusting Strangers

So many characters in Disney movies are too trusting when it comes to strangers which why they end up in the trouble that they get into, for example Snow White biting into the poison apple from the Queen disguised as the old woman dispite warnings by The Dwarfs against strangers, Pinnochio trusting Honest John not once but twice, Tarzan foolishly trusting Clayton and getting his ape family captured.

5 Love at First Sight

When Anna fell in love in Frozen, she knew true love was something at first sight. But then Elsa pointed out by telling her she can't marry someone she just met. Elsa is more wiser than Anna.

6 Brutal Death of Main Villain

I'm all for killing off villains but Disney can just have them be hit with magic and have it take away their powers without killing them.

Disney really loves killing off their villians in the most horrific and violent ways possible.

7 Everyone Lives Happily Ever After
8 Animal Sidekick
9 Female Characters Needing to Be Rescued

This actually isn't as common as people say. For quite awhile now, Disney has practiced equal opportunity rescuing. It's funny you cited The Little Mermaid, because Ariel saved Eric TWICE in that before he returned the favor. I can also cite Pocahontas saving John Smith, Mulan saving Shang, even Megara saved Hercules when she pushed him out of the way of that falling pillar.

I really hate when people complain about "female characters needing to be rescued," as if a woman can't be strong unless she's a physical god. The fact is, EVERYONE needs help sometimes, whether they're a man or a woman, and complaining about who's doing the rescuing doesn't help anyone.

A Lot of female mostly princess characters end up having to be saved by a guy for example: Ariel in The Little Mermain, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella only on a few occasions do the girls save the men.

10 Movies Being Based on Fairy Tales
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11 Changes from the Original Source Material

Changing the source material is common practice in adaptation, it isn't specific to Disney. Practically every studio does it. Laika's Coraline made changes from the book, DreamWorks' Shrek bears a passing resemblance to its book, and Warner Bros.' The Iron Giant barely resembles the book it's based on at all. It's not uncommon, and it's not always a bad thing either.

That said, the way Disney does it could be something worth complaining about. To be frank, there are some stories that Disney just shouldn't adapt. If they had to change so much about Heracles or Tarzan of the Apes or The Hunchback of Notre-Dame in order to comply with their rules, then they shouldn't have adapted those stories at all. I think I might hate Pocahontas most of all, because that was part of our history, and they treated it like it was just another silly fairy tale!

What's next, is Disney going to turn A Song of Ice and Fire into a 90-minute animated musical? Or how about a Disneyfied Berserk, ...more

They do this to make it family friendly. A lot of stuff in the original source material are really inappropriate for kids.

For example in Disney's Hercules, Hera is his mom. In actual Greek mythology, she is his worst enemy. She wasn't even his mom! She would try to kill him in every way possible and turn him into a mentally ill guy. If the actual myth was in the movie, it would scare kids.

12 Lesson Learned at the End of the Movie

Ariel doesn't really learn anything, she just sorta wants to get something and she gets it.

13 Girly Girl Princesses
14 Good Species, Bad Species
15 Hero Almost Gives Up

Is this what they call a Movie Quit Scene? I spoof it sometimes with friends by saying there should be some type of drug that keeps these kind of quit scenes from happening

16 Everything is Alive And/or Has a Face
17 Inanimate Objects Come to Life
18 References to Other Disney Stuff

Disney went too far with this category when Timon tries to sing Be Our Guest in the Lion King remake.

19 SJW Feminist Propaganda
20 Annoying Comic-Relief
21 Animal Stereotypes
22 Heroes Being Associated with "Light", Villains Being Associated with "Darkness"
23 Heterosexual Main Protagonists
24 Hero is a Baby at the Beginning of the Movie
25 Couples Kiss at the End
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