For Disney animated movies, there is a subset of so-called "Disney Classics". These distinguish the really well-known/acclaimed films such as "The Lion King", "Snow White", "Aladdin", "Bambi" et al, from rather more low-budget or less well-known films such as "The Brave Little Toaster", "Teacher's Pet", "Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers" and so on. For example, typically Disney theme park rides will be adaptations of the "classic" movies as opposed to others.

For live-action films a similar line can be drawn: one has the classic films like "Treasure Island", "Swiss Family Robinson", "Pollyanna", and so on; however there are also a huge number of films that practically no-one will ever have heard of, such as "The Light In The Forest", "Tonka", "Superdad" and many more.

Is there a distinction that can be made in order to isolate that group of Disney live-action films which are perhaps part of common parlance when referring to "Disney movies"?

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    If disney made the movie, it's a Disney Movie
    – Vishwa
    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:51

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The term for the Disney animated movie is Disney animated features


They used to actually use the number in their marketing material (i.e., "Walt Disney presents their 28th animated feature, The Little Mermaid")

As for live action movie, there's no real formal distinction (since Disney movies now include the Marvel, Star Wars and Muppets movies) but in general if they released it in a theater with the term "Disney's" at the beginning (i.e., "Disney's TRON", "Disney's Treasure Island") you could draw a distinction between "Disney Movies" and, say, Kill Bill (done by Miramax who was owned by Disney at the time. Seriously.)

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    Kill Bill is Disney's? I mean Tarrantino's Kill Bill is Disney's? Wow! Feb 15, 2018 at 23:40

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