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Prepare to be amazed, everyone. Incredibly talented LiveJournal user knightbusdriver (formerly known as excelletntotion) assembled stills from some of the greatest Disney classics and created this cohesive collage organized by color palette.

The Disney Renaissance spans a decade and includes almost all of my childhood favorites (namely The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan).

Check out all the beautiful colors from this era, all impressively organized into a collection that even Pocahontas would drool over.

Agrabah Sunset Scarlet

This kind of deep red is mostly reserved for high-intensity scenes of action or passion. When the sky turns this color (like in Pocahontas's "Savages" sequence), expect trouble.

Genie Jafar Red

Red symbolizes rage and pride, perfect for vain villains like Jafar, Scar, and Hades.

Hellfire Flame

Disney has made stunning use of animated fire, especially in the "Hellfire" sequence of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Down Under Orange

This color palette immediately reminds me of one of the forgotten Disney classics The Rescuers Down Under. Falling between the releases of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, it's just as stunning with rustic scenes of the Australian Outback.

Castle Ballroom Gold

Whose jaw didn't drop to the floor when Belle rounded the corner and ended up in a realistic, gilded ballroom? Okay, so I was three years old when I first saw that, but it remains one of my all-time favorite animated scenes.

Lumiere Yellow

Somehow, only through the magic of Disney, my least favorite color actually becomes something breathtaking.

Shining, Shimmering Amber

No one does luminescence quite like Disney. Look no further than Ariel's "Part of Your World" reprise where she emerges from a background of light.

King of the Jungle Green

Lush greens immediately call to mind Tarzan's jungle and Timon and Pumbaa's oasis.

River Styx Emerald

A sickly, noxious green becomes immediately menacing when paired with the cavernous homes of Scar and Hades.

Ghostly Ancestor Teal

Though they are not featured in this photo set, I can't look at this color without remembering the bickering ancestors from Mulan. Appealing but also a little eerie, this shade also pops up in verdant forest scenes.

Under the Sea Cerulean

From the sky to the sea, animators use this joyous color in shots of wide open spaces. It creates a feeling of freedom and hope that is so central to the Disney happy ending.

Cave of Wonders Cobalt

This particular shade of blue usually evokes a sense of melancholy, from John Smith's capture to Genie's (now even sadder) goodbye.

Mermaid Lagoon Blue

With The Little Mermaid kicking off the Disney Renaissance way back in 1989, animators quickly became experts in watery tones.

Star-Crossed Lovers Indigo

Doesn't it seems that almost every Disney pairing ends up under a romantic night sky, gazing lovingly into each others' eyes? Must be the moonlight.

Sea Witch Purple

Purple appears magical and otherworldly, especially when a 25-story sea hag is churning up the ocean with her stolen trident.

A Whole New World of Fuschia

Shades of purple make for some of the most beautiful sunsets, and animators typically use these in moments of change or happy endings.

If you've made it this far, congratulations! You've completed the full gamut of Disney's Renaissance spectrum. I bet you feel like your childhood was just compressed through a kaleidoscope. With such a diverse display, were you surprised that so many of the movies have overlapping color palettes?


Which Disney Renaissance movie had the most memorable color palette?


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