Is This Cartoon Disney or Not?


By: Brittany Rowland

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

People once thought of animated films as strictly for children. After all, kids used to get up early on weekends just to enjoy Saturday morning cartoons! But these days, many adults are as likely to enjoy animated movies as much as kids! And animation studios, be they Disney or DreamWorks or others, are eager to put out animated features that the entire family — or even childless people — can enjoy, movies with fleshed-out characters, eye-popping effects and catchy songs.

You might even think of yourself as an animation expert if you've grown up watching these movies and still enjoy them today. Part of the challenge of identifying these movies, though, is knowing whether they were made by Disney or another animation studio. Disney undoubtedly has some of the most famous and recognizable animated films, such as "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King" and "Frozen." But DreamWorks, for example, has emerged as one of Disney's greatest competitors, releasing big hits like "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda," "Madagascar" and "How to Train Your Dragon." And other studios, like Laika, which specializes in stop-motion animation, are putting out quality work. 

So we welcome you to see if you're truly an animation guru. Can you tell whether an animated movie is made by Disney or not? Can you tell your Disney princesses from your DreamWorks ogres? Some questions will be easy to answer, but others might make you pause and think! 

Pongo and Perdita must rescue their kidnapped pups from Cruella De Vil! Is "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" a Disney flick?

The 1961 film by Disney introduced audiences to the delightfully wicked Cruella De Vil, who craves a spotted fur coat. She'll stop at nothing, even kidnapping 100 Dalmatian puppies!


"The Sword and the Stone" (1963) explores the origins of a young King Arthur. Did Disney make this movie?

Based on Arthurian legends, "The Sword and the Stone" focuses on Wart, the teenager who will one day become king of England. But first he has to learn about magic from the wizard Merlin.


Rabbits who hate veggies? Not possible! Is "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" a Disney movie?

The Oscar-winning film, "Wallace & Gromit" The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," is by Aardman Animations and DreamWorks. The stop-motion animated film features the bumbling Wallace and his clever dog, Gromit.


In "Fantastic Mr. Fox," a fox family must outwit a trio of farmers. Is this movie by Disney?

Wes Anderson adapted Roald Dahl's novel with the 2009 stop-motion animated film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." The movie shows Mr. Fox and his family dealing with the consequences when he raids some farms.


These chickens won't be turned into pies! Can you tell us if "Chicken Run" is a Disney film or not?

Spoofing war movies like "The Great Escape," "Chicken Run" (2000) is by Aardman Animations and DreamWorks. It uses stop-motion animation to show a group of chickens plotting to overthrow their wicked owners.


Will a mischievous girl and a rogue alien become a family? And did Disney make "Lilo and Stitch"?

In this 2002 film, Stitch is a fugitive alien who crash lands on Earth. He meets Lilo, a Hawaiian girl who needs a friend after losing her parents. This Disney film taught us about ohana, or family.


In "Coraline," a girl discovers a parallel world whose occupants are not what they seem. But is it a Disney movie?

The stop-motion animated film, "Coraline" was a big hit in 2009. It was Laika's first feature film and featured a girl discovering a new world by crawling through a hole in the wall.


Let it go! Let it go! And while you're at it, can you tell us if "Frozen" is by Disney or not?

Of course, the 2013 hit, "Frozen," was released by Disney to instant success. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," "Frozen" shows two sisters thawing their relationship!


An orphan kitty falls in with a gang of street mutts in "Oliver & Company." Is this a Disney movie, or was it produced by another company?

Released in 1988, "Oliver & Company" was Disney's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," set in NYC with animals. Billy Joel voiced the cool Dodger, a streetwise mutt with a soft heart.


In "Watership Down," a band of rabbits narrowly escape one danger after another. Did Disney make this film?

Based on Richard Adams' novel, "Watership Down" introduces the rich, complex world of rabbits who have a thousand enemies. John Hurt voiced Hazel in this film by Cinema International Corporation.


Bambi grows from a helpless fawn into a brave buck in "Bambi." Is this a Disney movie?

"Bambi," released in 1942, was Disney's fifth animated film. The movie was praised for its lush animation and the simple storyline of a deer growing up in the forest. Just have a hankie ready!


The Rapunzel story gets an update in "Tangled." Is this 2010 film by Disney or another studio?

Disney decided to title this movie "Tangled" instead of "Rapunzel" to draw in both boys and girls. The film continues the Disney tradition of adapting classic fairy tales with a modern twist.


In "Despicable Me," Gru longs to be the world's greatest supervillain, but he may end up being a great dad instead. Is this a Disney movie?

Illumination Entertainment released this popular computer-animated film in 2010, with several sequels and prequels to follow. In the original, Gru becomes an adoptive dad to three cute girls.


Two heroic mice save a little girl kidnapped by Madam Medusa in "The Rescuers." Is this Disney or not?

Yes, Disney released "The Rescuers" in 1977. The film features Bernard and Miss Bianca, two members of the Rescue Aid Society, which helps kids in trouble. The movie also received a sequel in 1990.


Woody Allen voicing a neurotic ant? It must be "Antz." Is this 1998 film by Disney?

DreamWorks' "Antz" and Pixar's "A Bug's Life" both came out in 1998, leading to understandable friction between the two animation companies. In "Antz," Z dares to question the ant colony's structure.


It's Vikings versus dragons in "How to Train Your Dragon." But is this film by Disney or another studio?

This 2003 fantasy film by DreamWorks focuses on Hiccup, a Viking boy who reluctantly hunts a dragon, only to befriend the dragon he names Toothless. The successful film spawned two sequels and a TV series.


A one-eyed boy with a magic shamisen must defeat his evil grandfather. Is "Kubo and the Two Strings" by Disney?

Laika released the critically acclaimed "Kubo and the Two Strings" in 2016. The stop-motion animated movie takes place in feudal Japan and features a boy's quest to understand his mysterious past.


Can Tod and Copper remain friends? And is "The Fox and the Hound" a Disney movie or not?

"The Fox and the Hound" is a 1981 film by Disney that's sure to tug at the heartstrings. Tod and Copper innocently become friends as children, but social pressures put a strain on their relationship.


"Prince of Egypt" features soaring music and a hero's story of biblical proportions. But is it Disney or not?

DreamWorks released "The Price of Egypt" in 1998, making it one of the most successful animated features of the year. Moses' relationship with his brother Ramses is tested when Moses becomes God's messenger.


A witch transforms a selfish ruler into a llama in "The Emperor's New Groove." Do you know if this is a Disney movie?

"The Emperor's New Groove," released in 2000, is indeed a Disney film. The animated comedy features David Spade and John Goodman as Kuzco and Pacha, who become unlikely friends after a fun-filled journey.


Taran and Eilonwy try to keep the Horned King from achieving world domination. Is "The Black Cauldron" a Disney movie?

This 1985 dark fantasy film by Disney performed poorly at the box office. Based on a popular series by Lloyd Alexander, the film was considered too scary by many parents and got a PG rating!


A Polynesian girl and a demigod team up to defeat a lava monster! Is "Moana" a Disney movie?

"Moana" (2016) shows a girl pursuing her dreams while also saving her people from destruction. Moana must get Maui to go on a quest with her to restore the heart of Te Fiti ... before it's too late!


A rodent gumshoe based on Sherlock Holmes? It's got to be "The Great Mouse Detective"! Is this Disney or not?

"The Great Mouse Detective" (1986) modeled its mouse sleuth after the legendary Sherlock Holmes with great success. This film laid the groundwork for Disney's renaissance period of the 1990s.


After Littlefoot loses his mom, he has to travel to the Great Valley with a new group of dino friends. Is "The Land Before Time" a Disney movie or not?

Amblin Entertainment and Sullivan Bluth Ltd. produced "The Land Before Time," a film that spawned more than a dozen sequels. The original features a long-neck dinosaur making new friends and avoiding "Sharptooth."


"Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" features a mustang longing to be free again. Is this movie Disney or not?

"Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002) was a DreamWorks film featuring Matt Damon's voice and Bryan Adams' songs. The film was widely praised and received an Oscar nomination.


You'll find lots of familiar fairy-tale characters in "Shrek." But is it a Disney movie or not?

This 2001 hit from DreamWorks parodied the classic Disney fairy tales and appealed to both adults and kids. Audiences fell in love with the titular ogre and his faithful donkey sidekick.


"Zootopia" featured a bunny cop, a con-artist fox and an animal society. Was it made by Disney?

Zootopia has never had a rabbit cop before, and Judy Hopps is determined to prove all the doubters wrong! "Zootopia" was a fun comedy and mystery wrapped into one, released by Disney in 2016.


"Wreck-It Ralph" features a grumpy videogame character who goes AWOL from his game! Is this movie by Disney?

Featuring the voice talent of John C. Reilly, the 2012 Disney film, "Wreck-It Ralph," delves into the rich world of video games. Unhappy with his role as a villain, Ralph seeks meaning in a candy kart game.


A mother mouse seeks the help of super-smart rats with a secret society. Is "The Secret of NIMH" a Disney movie?

Animator Don Bluth defected from Disney with other animators in the late '70s, and in 1982, he released his first film, "The Secret of NIMH." It stars Mrs. Brisby, a mouse that will do anything to save her kids.


An immigrant mouse named Fievel must find his family in "An American Tail." Is this by Disney or not?

Sullivan Bluth Inc. and Amblin Entertainment released "An American Tail" in 1986. The musical shows the hardships of immigrants arriving in America in the late 1800s. No, the streets are not paved with cheese!


A girl gets in touch with her emotions in "Inside Out." Is this movie by Disney or someone else?

This 2015 film by Pixar and Disney focuses on a young girl named Riley and the team of emotions inside her mind who help her navigate life. And Riley sure needs them when her family moves across the country!


Chicken Little warns people about an alien invasion, but will they believe him? Is "Chicken Little" Disney or not?

"Chicken Little" was Disney's 46th animated feature film. It stars Zach Braff as the fearful Chicken Little, who becomes a subject of mockery after proclaiming that the sky is falling.


A dog escapes from heaven to get revenge on his killer in "All Dogs Go to Heaven." Is this 1989 film by Disney or not?

Don Bluth, a former Disney animator, directed and produced "All Dogs Go to Heaven," which features Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise. Charlie may be a roguish mutt, but he learns love from an orphan girl.


"Thumbelina" features a digit-sized girl who falls in love with a fairy prince. Is this musical cartoon Disney or not?

Don Bluth produced this 1994 film based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Although it included fanciful characters and musical numbers, it got a big thumbs down from critics.


"Anastasia" features singing, dancing and a real-life princess. Is it a Disney movie?

This 1997 film was a hit due to its songs and the slowly developing romance between Anya (or Anastasia?) and Dimitri. However, the film was made by Fox Animation Studios, not Disney.


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