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Top 5 Differences Between Disney & Pixar Movies

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 These are the top 5 differences between Disney and Pixar movies! Let’s start with the art. One of the simplest methods of determining whether a film is made by Disney or Pixar is to look at the art or animation. Disney has, until very recently, primarily stuck to traditional, hand drawn animation, while Pixar has, since its creation, been solely a studio specializing in computer animation. The singing: Disney animated films are almost always musicals, meaning that the characters are the ones doing the singing. Plot, character development, and atmosphere are all frequently expressed through the form of song; adding to the sense of atmosphere of the films and filling the audience’s heads with catchy lyrics that stay in our minds for decades.
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Top 5 Differences Between Disney and Pixar Movies

 Can you spot the difference? Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 5 Differences Between Disney and Pixar Movies.
 For this list, we’ll be examining the ways in which animated films by Disney and those by Pixar differ from one another. While Pixar is owned by Disney, they nevertheless maintain distinct styles. Keep in mind that as always, there are exceptions to every rule.
 

 #5: The Animation Style

One of the simplest methods of determining whether a film is made by Disney or Pixar is to look at the art and animation. Disney has, until very recently, primarily stuck to traditional, hand drawn animation, while Pixar has, since its creation, been a studio which specializes in computer animation. Contemporary films from both creators can be more difficult to differentiate, but not impossible. Modern Disney films still retain an artistic flair, likely due to being based on traditionally drawn concept art. Pixar’s animation, on the other hand, generally has more complex and detailed textures than Disney’s does.
 

 #4: The Characterization

Another way to tell Disney and Pixar apart is to take a look at the characters. Disney characters are often paragons or ideals; just look at how many princesses they have. The way they act is also more likely to be heroic while Pixar characters are usually more prone to elicit empathy. They’re given understandable motivations, like jealousy, fear of loss, or a desire to be special. This isn’t to say that every character from every film by each studio fits into these categories, but broadly speaking, their respective film rosters have gained this reputation for a reason.

  #3: The Music

The way music is treated in films from both studios is another factor that can help identify them. Pixar films have had number of memorable songs and general music throughout, which sometimes help give insight into the characters, particularly if Randy Newman is involved. However, Disney animated films are almost always musicals, meaning that the characters are the ones doing the singing. Plot and character development are frequently expressed through song; adding to the sense of atmosphere of the films and filling the audience’s heads with catchy lyrics that stay in our minds for decades.
 

 #2: The Settings

Like their characters, Pixar keeps their settings grounded in reality. Well, sort of. While the characters themselves may be somewhat outlandish in concept, the world they inhabit is generally contemporary, or at least relatable. Despite, or perhaps because of this, Pixar manages to create engrossing and large scale environments to tell their stories in. Disney veers more towards the fantastic with its settings, which is probably due to many of their films being based on fairytales and other classic stories. Like many aspects of Disney movies though, this seems to be shifting in recent years.

  #1: The Antagonists

Arguably the biggest difference between Pixar and Disney is the source of conflict in their films. Disney, with a few exceptions, almost universally favors using villains to set its plots into motion. It’s the baddie’s fault when everything goes awry and the hero must do something to stop it. Although Pixar has antagonists, the crux of the plots are often the result of the characters’ actions and conflicts between one another. They can also sometimes be reactions to a situations they find themselves in. Pixar’s approach is definitely more complex and realistic, which has caused Disney to take a page out of their book for some of their newest films.

 #2: The Settings

Like their characters, Pixar keeps their settings grounded in reality. Well, sort of. While the characters themselves may be somewhat outlandish in concept, the world they inhabit is generally contemporary, or at least relatable. Despite, or perhaps because of this, Pixar manages to create engrossing and large scale environments to tell their stories in. Disney veers more towards the fantastic with its settings, which is probably due to many of their films being based on fairytales and other classic stories. Like many aspects of Disney movies though, this seems to be shifting in recent years.

 #1: The Antagonists

Arguably the biggest difference between Pixar and Disney is the source of conflict in their films. Disney, with a few exceptions, almost universally favors using villains to set its plots into motion. It’s the baddie’s fault when everything goes awry and the hero must do something to stop it. Although Pixar has antagonists, the crux of the plots are often the result of the characters’ actions and conflicts between one another. They can also sometimes be reactions to a situations they find themselves in. Pixar’s approach is definitely more complex and realistic, which has caused Disney to take a page out of their book for some of their newest films.

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