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Advertisements and commercials

  • The theme song for Robin Hood, "Whistle Stop", is played during a T-Mobile commercial showing animals being friends during the 2014 Super Bowl.
  • In the FIFA 2014 Gatorade commercial, the song "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" is heard.
  • Heigh-Ho is heard in the background for a commercial for Delta.
  • "I've Got No Strings" was played by a commercial for Beats Wireless.
  • In the Vodafone 2014 Christmas commercial, the people who are featured sing "Let It Go" as they watch Frozen on their mobile and tablet devices.
  • The February 5, 2015 Android commercial had used as the soundtrack "Oo-De-Lally" from Robin Hood.
  • In the Truth Orange Finishers 2.0 commercial, the mature version of the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland with aqua green skin and only two feet and two hands was shown sitting in a taupe mushroom smoking a hookah with white text that says, "And smoking 60 mins of this".
  • There are many Disney references in the Sky Movies advertisements in the UK:
  • In the Direct Line advertisement, Winston Wolfe (a character from the film Pulp Fiction) holds a toy that he names Roger the Rabbit, and says it will take 40 minutes to "get the fudge outta Roge".
  • The AMC Theaters policy PSA "Soar: Princess of the Sky" is a minute-length short reminding viewers to turn off their cellphones parodying animated Disney movies, particularly The Lion King and Brother Bear. The "film" was supposedly about a young bald eagle named "Soar", who decides to run away from her overprotective father with her porcupine friend "Quill" and explore the world, although she is forbidden by her father from exploring the volcano ruled by an evil Vulture (Quill even warns Soar about her decision). The two go there anyway, where the Vulture and his minions attack them and try to kill them, only for Soar's father to fight off the evil vultures and saving the two. Later, Soar's father and the Vulture fight each other again, this time at the edge of the volcano's crater when the Vulture attacks the father and pushes him into the lava below. Soar flies into the volcano to try and save her father from doom, only for a cellphone to start ringing offscreen (the phone's ringtone is the Nokia "Dee-dee-loot-doot-Dee-dee-loot-doot-Doo-doo-doo-doot-DEE" ringtone, due to the short being sponsored by Nokia), causing her to wonder what just happened, and as a result she is unable to save her father and the two collide with each other causing them both to fall into the volcano and are seemingly killed. The short ends with Soar having survived the volcano, but with her feathers burned off slamming a cellphone shut.
  • In a PBS Kids Ready to Learn PSA, a teddy bear resembling Koda from Brother Bear makes an appearance.

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Animated shorts

Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown

  • In one scene during the montage, Mickey Mouse is seen getting hit over the head by a lead pipe.

Looney Tunes

  • The Bosko series had eyes like Mickey Mouse in the early 1930s, in which most other classic companies, except Paramount, created characters with Mickey-type eyes.
  • In Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land, two scenes are reminiscent to those of Steamboat Willie and The Skeleton Dance, respectively.
  • The cartoon Porky's Romance is a parody of the Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Nightmare.
  • Chuck Jones' early Looney Tunes cartoons produced between 1938-1942 generally are very Disney-esque, so much that even his early characters are inspired by Disney characters, such as Sniffles whose character design is based on the mice protagonists from the Silly Symphonies short The Country Cousin, the Two Curious Puppies which are based on Pluto and Conrad Cat which is based on Goofy (right down to having Goofy's original voice actor Pinto Colvig).
  • In Sniffles Takes a Trip, Sniffles' terrified manifestation of the surrounding forests at night is very similar to that Snow White's when fleeing into the forest in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • The banned cartoon Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs parodies Disney's Snow White, but with an all-black cast.
  • The cartoon Pigs in a Polka is a spoof of both Fantasia and The Three Little Pigs. The latter cartoon is also somewhat parodied in "The Three Little Bops".
  • The cartoon A Corny Concerto is a spoof of Fantasia, with Elmer Fudd being Deems Taylor. The "Blue Danube" segment featuring a baby Daffy Duck parodies the 1939 version of The Ugly Duckling.
  • One segment of Foney Fables parodies a scene from the Silly Symphonies short The Grasshopper and the Ants. Also, in the segment "Old Mother Hubbard" there is a dog that closely resembles Pluto.
  • In The Bashful Buzzard, one of the buzzards makes off with a whole line of circus elephants, including a baby one with a banner on its tail proclaiming "I am NOT Dumbo".
  • In Acrobatty Bunny, as Bugs Bunny looks down a lion's mouth, he calls out, "Pinocchio!"
  • The Witch Hazel character that first appeared in the Bugs Bunny cartoon Bewitched Bunny is loosely inspired by the witch of the same name from the Donald Duck cartoon Trick or Treat, albeit not the same character.
  • One Foghorn Leghorn cartoon is entitled Weasel While You Work, which is a reference to "Whistle While You Work".
  • In What's My Lion?, Rocky the Mountain Lion (a mountain lion resembling Pete Puma, but not the same character) seeks refuge from the hunters in Elmer Fudd's hunting lodge and gets into various mishaps around the house, very similar to how Humphrey seeks refuge from the hunters in Donald Duck's hunting lodge in Rugged Bear. Coincidentally, screenwriter Dave Detiege wrote both cartoons).
  • In Fish and Slips, one scene parodies Pinocchio: Sylvester the Cat gets swallowed alive by a whale (whose belly has a raft and a shipwreck inside), but he escapes by building a fire inside it so that it sneezes him out.
  • In Cats and Bruises, Sylvester gatecrashes Speedy Gonzales' Cinco De Mayo festival wearing a Mickey Mouse Ears Hat.
  • In Daffy's Diner, when Daffy is unable to catch Speedy Gonzales as the mouse for a mouse burger to serve to an irate cat customer, the cartoon ends with Daffy deciding to pass himself off as the mouse instead by wearing a Mickey Mouse Ears Hat.
  • In Spaced Out Bunny, Hugo the Abominable Snowman proudly displays his new "Mickey Martian" watch on his wrist (it is actually a disgruntled Marvin the Martian).
  • In the special cartoon Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes, one of the videos of the Key Witness shows "EARTH VIEW # A113".
  • In (Blooper) Bunny, Daffy rants about Warner Bros.' lack of originality and says "The next thing you know, they'll stick me with three snot-nosed nephews!"

Tom and Jerry

  • The Mammy Two-Shoes character, which serves is Tom Cat's first owner in the series from 1940-1952, is loosely based on a similar-looking character that appeared in two Silly Symphonies shorts Three Orphan Kittens and More Kittens, albeit not the same character.
  • The premise of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Mouse is very similar to that of the Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Worm Turns", where Mickey creates a potion to make a small, weak, cowardly character into a brave, strong fighter.

Tex Avery (MGM)

  • Tex Avery's first MGM cartoon Blitz Wolf is a World War II-themed parody of the Silly Symphonies cartoon "Three Little Pigs".
  • At the beginning of "Screwball Squirrel", Screwy Squirrel, displeased with the idea of a cutesy cartoon from Sammy Squirrel, whose character design resembles that a hybrid of Thumper and Flower of Bambi, proceeds to beat up the cutesy squirrel off-screen.
  • In "Little 'Tinker", its main protagonist B.O. Skunk is a parody of Flower from Bambi.
  • In "The Peachy Cobbler" the elves bear a striking resemblance to the Seven Dwarfs from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Barney Bear

  • The point of this series was that Barney Bear was MGM's answer to Disney's Donald Duck, as the series are centered around the eponymous bear, a grumpy, lazy being who is usually just trying to do his own thing, like going fishing or taking a nap, only to have the world get the better of him and cause him trouble, even if he did nothing to bring such a fate on himself, similar to Disney's Donald Duck shorts.

Fatso the Bear

  • The point of this series was that Fatso was a reference to Humphrey and Inspector Willoughby was a reference to J. Audubon Woodlore.

Lee Hardcastle shorts

Vince Collins shorts

  • In Life is Flashing Before Your Eyes, an alligator that holds a hippo wearing a ballet dress is a reference to the "Dance of the Hours" segment from Fantasia.

Woody Woodpecker

  • The Buzz Buzzard character that first appeared in Wet Blanket Policy is loosely inspired by Ben Buzzard from the Donald Duck cartoon The Flying Jalopy (Co-incidentally, this was director Dick Lundy's final short for Disney, and Lundy later created a similar character for Walter Lantz)
  • In Skinfolks, when Woody goes to his Uncle Scrooge Woodpecker, probably a reference to Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck.


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  • The March 2000 issue contains a section called Toon People (a parody of Teen People magazine based around cartoon characters). At the Toonie awards, the ants from A Bug's Life and Antz protest Raid winning "Commercial of the Millennium" in honor of Jiminy Cricket, who died during the "Bug Hunts" of the 1950s. Also, an elderly Mickey Mouse is seen receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Mike, Lu, and Og at a retirement home for cartoons. It's said he shares a mouse hole with Jerry of Tom and Jerry fame.
  • Roger Rabbit made a cameo in a comic story that parodies The Simpsons.

Doctor Who: Monster Invasion

  • In Issue 46, the "Where's the Doctor?" strip features the Hoix spaceship with the intro stating that its destined for Disneyland on Clom.
    • This is generally a reference to the Doctor Who episode "The Girl Who Waited".

How It Works

  • In Issue 61, on page 12, there is an image of Han Solo in Suspended Animation as part of its information that it could be reality. On Page 13, an image of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna is shown as part of its information that cuteness is a result of large eyes and chubby cheeks, suggesting the 'cuteness' formula is seen in Frozen.




Mad Kids


Main article: List of references in non-Disney films


Main article: List of references in non-Disney television shows


Alice in Sunderland

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • Disney would later adapt this into a movie in 2014.
  • In the book, Alexander has a Mickey Mouse nightlight.

Babar Comes to America

Disneyland in Babar Comes to America. From Main Street, U.S.A. to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Captain Underpants

  • The fourteenth chapter of Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants is titled "Honey, I Shrunk the School". This is a reference to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
  • A few of the jokes in The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun mention Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Peter Pan.
  • In The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, Danger Dog asks Deputy Dangerous, who was turned into poop, to read him Winnie the Pooh. Also, the sixth Flip-O-Rama is titled "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Bug?" This is a reference to the song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
  • The famous dinner scene in Lady and the Tramp is referenced in The All New Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun 2's comic "The Night of the Terror of the Revenge of the Curse of the Bride of Hairy Potty", where Hairy Potty and his future bride have a dinner of toilet paper and urinal cakes. They are munching on the same toilet paper and kiss, then Hairy Potty nudges a urinal cake to the female toilet.

Curious George

  • A toy Mickey Mouse can be seen inside the Balloon Man's box when George steals some balloons after escaping the prison for fooling the fire department, before being blown away and later reuniting with the Man with the Yellow Hat.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

  • On page 3, Susan and Frank confirm the family will go to Disney World, after bluffing earlier that they would be visiting the kids' Aunt Loretta at a retirement home. However, Greg's three-year-old brother Manny begins to cry, as Susan kept talking about the trip to the retirement home so much, that, unlike Greg and Rodrick, actually wants to visit Aunt Loretta. This postpones the Heffleys' trip to Disney World.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

  • On page 12, Greg says how dismayed he is now that the Heffleys' pig wears pants, saying it feels like they are living "with a Disney character".

Double Fudge

  • In Chapter 8, Fudge and Peter meet their long-lost cousins, including twin girls Flora and Fauna, and a small boy named Farley Drexel Hatcher, which is Fudge's real name. When Fudge gets upset over the idea of his cousin having the same nickname as him, they decide to come up with another nickname, to which Peter suggests calling him "Mini," as in "Mini Farley." But the girls initially misinterpret it as "Minnie," as in Minnie Mouse.
  • In Chapter 16, when Cousin Howie explains how he and his family are moving down to the Everglades in Florida, Fudge asks if the Everglades is near Walt Disney World, and expresses interest in buying it (as Fudge has an obsession with money and buying things in this book.)

Drawing a Blank, or How I Tried to Solve a Mystery, End a Feud, and Land the Girl of my Dreams

Ghosts of the 20th Century

Give Yourself Goosebumps

  • The twentieth gamebook in the series, "Toy Terror: Batteries Included", has one instance where the reader and their friend Benny stow away on an airplane. Bobaloo mentions that the plane is headed to Walt Disney World. Benny gets so excited, he suddenly blurts out. But this alerts Bobaloo and his goons, and Benny and the reader get pushed out of the airplane without any parachutes.


  • The titular amusement park is described as being nowhere near as big as Disney World. Furthermore, the character of Fred Dean mentions that he briefly worked for Disney.

My Headteacher is an Evil Genius

  • On Page 34, Tom Ginger describes the music playing from the speakers as a jaunty upbeat tune from an old person’s ringtone a bit like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins
  • On Page 36, Tom Ginger mentions Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Returns
  • Spider-Man is referenced on Page 108
  • On Page 126, Nucky gets aerial mixed up with the title character from The Little Mermaid
  • On Page 187, Nucky holds Hammy the hamster like how Rafiki held Baby Simba at the start of The Lion King

Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A.

  • Mickey Mouse makes a cameo on the cover.

Pages & Co

Tilly and the Bookwanderers

  • On Page 93, Tilly Pages says she’s seen Muppet Treasure Island

Santa Lives!: Five Conclusive Arguments for the Existence of Santa Claus

  • Epcot is mentioned in the section about places that do exist.

The Bean Trees

  • Somebody mentioned hippo ballerinas in a Disney movie, probably referring to the Fantasia segment Dance of the Hours.

The Outsiders

  • Sodapop Curtis' former pet horse was named "Mickey Mouse".

The Homer Book

  • Homer Simpson mentions Jiminy Cricket.

The Railway Series

  • In the book Oliver the Western Engine, one story is titled "Donald's Duck", a play on Donald Duck. This story is also one of the many to be televised in the series Thomas & Friends.

Stalin Ate My Homework

  • In the first chapter of his autobiography, English comedian Alexei Sayle recounts how he wasn't allowed to see Bambi as a child, due to his parents political views and his mother's concern that the death of Bambi's mother would be traumatizing for her son.


Dragon Ball

  • Buu, Bibidi, and Babidi's names are most likely references to the magic words the Fairy Godmother uses in the 1950 film Cinderella, "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo." In Japanese, Majin Buu is roughly translated to mean "chief magical being."


  • While trying to escape from a moving-floor trap in a museum, Gintoki mentions two Disney characters: The first, that his legs are already wobbly from too much running like Bambi; and second, that he does not have ears to fly into the sky like Dumbo.

Kaiketsu Zorori

  • In the book "Certain Death" and the anime episode "The Fated 8 Hours" (which is based on the first half of the book), when Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi remember the story of Snow White, Zorori immediately fantasizes the story's ending while reminded of his goals to build his Zorori Castle and get married. In the dream, he is seen walking towards a castle with a princess whose attire resembles the 1937 version of Snow White's as the former is wearing similar attire to that of the prince.

One Piece


  • In "The Path to the Pokémon League" (aired in Japan on May 20, 1997), When Ash brags about his victories and badges his nose grows like Pinocchio, except Ash was bragging, not lying. The nose broke off when he lost to A.J. The nose growth could have been to point out the fact that Ash really hadn't actually won his badges, but they were both given to him without him even finishing the battle.
    • However, the moment Ash's nose grows could be more bound with tengu than Pinocchio. According to someone of Japanese myths, tengu is a long-nosed creature known of being arrogant. And apparently, Ash is arrogant in this episode.
  • The English dub title for the episode "Steamboat Willies!" is a play on the Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie.
  • Some Pokémon episodes referenced in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids:
    • In "Abra and the Psychic Showdown", this is the first time when Ash has been shrunk in the anime.
    • In "Historical Mystery Tour!", this is the second time when Ash has been shrunk in the anime.
    • In "Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!", this is the third time when Ash has been shrunk in the anime. The episode's English dub title is a reference to the 1989 sci-fi comedy film of the same name.

Ranma ½

  • In the anime, Principal Kuno has numerous tacky photos of himself. In one of them, he wore a Mickey Mouse hat.


  • In the episode of Digimon Frontier Ranamon's Tenacity! Female Digimon Battle (Zoe's Unbeelievable Adventure in US), the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is referenced several times. The vain Ranamon asks the mirror-like Mercurymon "Who is the fairest of them all?", while Mercurymon replies that Zoe is the only one more beautiful than her. When Rika recaps the episode, she recalls the "Mirror, mirror, on the wall" line, and Ranamon attempts to use a poisoned apple on Zoe as in Snow White.

Sailor Moon

  • A cosplayer dressed as Sailor Moon appeared in episode "Astro B.O.Y.D.!". In the same episode, a character resembling Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon is seen on a poster in Tokyolk.
  • In the episode "Soos and the Real Girl", the Cryptogram at the end of the episode translates to "Winning Hearts by Daylight, Possessing Robots by Moonlight, Her Emotional Baggage is a Real Fright!" "She is the one named Giffany" which is a parody of the DiC/Cloverway theme song.

Tensai Bakabon

  • The Character where Papa met in the United States. While stowawaying and hiding in the warehouse, The mouse named "Miki Masuo" is a pun of Mickey Mouse.
  • In Episode 9B where Papa reading the menu in English, they are listed the names in the menu like Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Web videos

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Allan Sherman

  • One song that he did on his album My Name is Allan is a parody of "Chim Chim Cher-ee".
  • In his song "J.C. Cohen" (a parody of "Casey Jones"), he mentions the World's Fair. At the end, after J.C. is gone, Sherman sings that Mrs. Cohen is taking her boy to Disneyland: "So Melvin, little darling, don't you weep or wail, / 'Cause you got another papa on the Monorail."


  • In the music video for "Heat of the Moment", a Mickey Mouse watch is shown at two different times.

Billy Joel

  • Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, and Disneyland are all mentioned in the lyrics for the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" in the album Storm Front (although in the case of Peter Pan, given that Joel is referring to the year 1955 in this context, he may have been referencing the televised play version with Mary Martin, not the Disney animated version, which debuted in 1953, two years earlier).

Black Eyed Peas

  • In the song "The Time (Dirty Bit)", one line of the lyrics "Mirror, on the wall, who's the baddest of them all?" is based off a line from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

David Bowie

  • In the song "Life on Mars?", Mickey Mouse is mentioned in the lyrics.


  • In the song, "Sit Still, Look Pretty", Snow White is mentioned.

Five Finger Death Punch

  • Mickey Mouse is mentioned in the lyrics for the song "The Pride" in the album American Capitalist.

Heroes For Hire

"Hooray for Hollywood"

Joe Jackson

  • Mickey Mouse is mentioned in the lyrics for the song "Stranger Than You" in the album Night and Day II, mentioning one quirk of his friend the Chinese Elvis is that "He talks like Mickey Mouse."

Justin Bieber

  • Buzz Lightyear is mentioned in the lyrics for the song "Boyfriend" in the album Believe, which say "I could be your Buzz Lightyear, fly across the globe."



  • In the song "Bicycle Race", Freddie Mercury says in the lyrics that "I don't believe in Peter Pan" and "I don't like Star Wars".
  • In the song "Let Me Entertain You", Freddie Mercury sings; "I'll pull you, I'll thrill you, I'll Cruella De Vil you!"

Sarah Brightman

  • In the song "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper", Sarah Brightman says in the lyrics "And evil Darth Vader he's been banished to Mars".

Sly Fox

The Smiths

Stan Freberg

  • In the calypso-sounding song "Tele-vee-shun", Freberg sings about children watching TV instead of reading books: "You ask them, who's de father of our country, mon, / They'll say, was either Walt Disney or Ed Sullivan." Later, he sings about his son joining the U.S. Navy: "They give him aptitude test, mon, now here's the rub: / They find him best suited for watching Mickey Mouse Club!"

Taylor Swift

"Weird Al" Yankovic

  • In the music video for "Close but No Cigar", Cigarettes the Cat cuts up a caricature of Mickey Mouse.
  • "Skipper Dan" is about Dan, a man who abandoned his dream to be a famous actor to be a skipper at the Jungle Cruise ride.


  • The song "Massachusetts" includes this line: "Sometimes I watch The Lion King and I cry when Mufasa dies."

"You're the Top"

  • Mickey Mouse is mentioned in the lyrics of the song: "You're the melody from a symphony by Strauss / You're a Bendel bonnet, a Shakespeare sonnet / You're Mickey Mouse."


Comedy Bang! Bang!

  • In "Yerr an Egghead!", Radio Disney sent a boy named Lil' Timmy to replace one of the missing trio of DJ's only to bring up some disturbing information.
  • A recurring character named Don DiMello puts on stage shows at the Pasadena Fairy Tale Theatre, all of which so far are based of Disney films.
  • In "Modern Anti-Comedy", Mrs. Potts becomes human after the curse was lifted. Chip was revealed to have died from smallpox as soon as he turned human.
  • In "Freddie Mercury to Me", a casino in Las Vegas is named "The Fantasia" after the 1940 Disney film. The casino itself has trouble with the Walt Disney Company.




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