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Bet You Didn’t Know There Were THIS MANY Characters in Disney’s ‘Once Upon a Studio’ (Includes the FULL LIST)

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Credit: Walt Disney Animation

It’s been more than a week since Walt Disney Animation first premiered its 100th anniversary celebratory short film titled Once Upon a Studio, and in that time, fans have learned so much about the inspiration, hard work, nostalgia, and dedication that went into putting together the amazingly beautiful animated spectacle.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Once Upon A Studio

Credit: Walt Disney Animation

The Return of the Music Maker

For starters, we now know that one-half of the talented Sherman Brothers–the gifted composers and lyricists behind a majority of the music and songs in Disney’s classic films–took time to come back to the Disney Studios in Burbank and sit at the piano in Walt Disney’s old office, just like he did decades ago with his brother, Robert. Yes, Richard Sherman returned to Walt’s office, where he wrote a slightly different version of one of Walt’s favorite songs from any Disney film–“Feed the Birds,” also known as “Tuppence a Bag,” from Disney’s 1964 Mary Poppins.

A Hidden Mascot was Part of the Short Film

We also discovered that a mascot from EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort was part of Once Upon a Studio.

Per Megan Losey at DisneyDining.com:

“Walt Disney World’s newest famous trash can is Binny, the mascot of the Disney Day Drinkers Club. The Disney Day Drinkers Club, shortened by members to D3, is a community of Disney fans who meet up throughout Walt Disney World to enjoy cocktails and each other’s company. Binny, the club’s mascot, is a Disney trash can found outside of the Rose & Crown Pub in EPCOT’s UK Pavilion.”

Once Upon a Studio Trash Can

Credit: Screenshot/Walt Disney Animation

Hundreds and Hundreds of Characters . . . No, Seriously!

Variety describes the short film best:

“Conceived and directed by Trent Correy and Dan Abraham, the project involves a live-action walkthrough of the place where the magic happens — that is, where much of the work on Disney’s animated features is done. But there’s an extra sprinkling of magic here as cartoon characters leap out of their frames and wander the halls where they were originally drawn or rendered.”

The History of Disney Animation Celebrated in Trailer For The Short Film ONCE UPON A STUDIO

Credit: Screenshot, Walt Disney Animation

The hybrid style of animation gave the short film from Walt Disney Animation multiple depths of feelings and nostalgia as fans were taken on a short walk through the Roy O. Disney Animation Building in Burbank.

But perhaps the most amazing thing about the film is something we only recently read–and paid attention to–is the fact that more than 500 characters were included in Once Upon a Studio. In fact, all together, there were 543 Disney characters in the presentation.

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Credit: Walt Disney Animation

Here they are, in order of appearance in the short film:

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Tinker Bell
  • Tiana
  • Pinocchio
  • Judy Hopps
  • Nick Wilde
  • Louis
  • Thumper
  • Bambi
  • Flower
  • Orville
  • Bernard
  • Bianca
  • Bolt
  • Mittens
  • Rhino
  • Peter Pan
  • Wendy
  • Michael Darling
  • John Darling
  • Sisu
  • John Hawkins
  • Maui
  • Aladdin
  • Abu
  • Six Trolls as rocks
  • Dodger
  • Vanellope Von Schweetz
  • Elliott
  • Cody
  • Lanny
  • Wayne
  • Moana
  • Flounder
  • Merlin
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Cogsworth
  • Mrs. Potts
  • Chip
  • Mad Hatter
  • March Hare
  • Lucille Krunklehorn
  • Penguin Waiter
  • Stromboli
  • Anna
  • Elsa
  • Hans
  • Donald Duck
  • Carl the Robot
  • Humphrey the Bear
  • Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore
  • Turk
  • Mother Gothel
  • Flash
  • Olaf
  • Robin Williams’ Lost Boy
  • Timon
  • Pumbaa
  • Genie
  • Prince John
  • Thomas O’Malley
  • Milo J. Thatch
  • Chicken Little
  • Gaston
  • Happy
  • The Headless Horseman
  • Cheshire Cat
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Christopher Robin
  • Kanga
  • Eeyore
  • Antonio
  • Pascal
  • Cri-Kee
  • Pua
  • Meeko
  • 2 Blue Birds (from Cinderella, 1950)
  • Jaq
  • Gus
  • Joanna
  • Pluto
  • Rolly
  • Patch
  • Penny
  • Lucky
  • Freckles
  • Pepper
  • Nine Unnamed Dalmatian Puppies
  • Angus MacBadger
  • Mole
  • Water Rat
  • Honeymaren
  • Ryder
  • Sven
  • Kristoff
  • Chernabog
  • Scrooge McDuck
  • Robin Hood
  • Little John
  • Baymax
  • Ursula
  • Splat
  • Cinderella
  • Prince Charming
  • Max
  • Kaa
  • Clarabelle Cow
  • Rapunzel
  • Grand Pabbie
  • Dumbo
  • Skippy
  • Toby Turtle
  • Art
  • Dot
  • Bowler Hat Guy
  • Madame Medusa
  • Kronk
  • Searcher Clade
  • Meridian Clade
  • Ethan Clade
  • Pete
  • Clara Cluck
  • Gazelle
  • Johnny Fedora
  • Alice Blue Bonnet
  • Maleficent
  • Claude Frollo
  • Raya
  • Flynn Ryder )
  • Maximus
  • Madam Mim
  • Ralph
  • Scar
  • Mr. Toad
  • Magic Carpet
  • Ichabod Crane
  • Goofy
  • Jock
  • Trusty
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Merriweather
  • Shenzi
  • Banzai
  • Ed
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Pocahontas
  • Chief Powhatan
  • Pegasus
  • Lambert
  • Pepa
  • FĂ©lix
  • Alice
  • King Louie
  • Todd
  • Copper
  • Abuela Alma
  • Mirabel
  • Isabela
  • Lilo
  • Stitch
  • Nani
  • Zeus
  • Ben Franklin
  • Amos Mouse
  • Phil
  • Luisa
  • Rutte
  • Tuke
  • Maggie
  • Mrs. Calloway
  • Grace
  • Cyril Proudbottom
  • Small One
  • Kuzco
  • Pacha
  • Colonel Hathi
  • Winifred
  • Hathi Jr.
  • Anastasia
  • Drizella
  • Practical Pig
  • Fifer Pig
  • Fiddler Pig
  • Captain Hook
  • Smee
  • Lumiere
  • Pleakley
  • Chief Bogo
  • Morph
  • Zazu
  • King Candy
  • Li Shang
  • Friend Owl
  • Simba
  • Shank
  • Knowsmore
  • Taffyta Muttonfudge
  • Horace Horsecollar
  • Oaken
  • Joe
  • Fix-It Felix, Jr.
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Prince Naveen
  • Yzma
  • Nana
  • Mushu
  • Megara
  • Duchess
  • Esmerelda
  • Jacchus
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
  • Rafiki
  • Jafar
  • Iago
  • Elonwy
  • Casey
  • Nessie
  • Tarzan
  • Jane
  • Nala
  • Hyacinth Hippo
  • Captain Amelia
  • Grumpy
  • Koslov
  • Mr. Big
  • Fru Fru (Zootopia, 2016)
  • Piglet
  • Rabbit
  • Gopher
  • Jumba Jookiba
  • Pedro
  • Friar Tuck
  • Fred
  • Honey Lemon
  • Hiro
  • Go Go Tomago
  • Wasabi
  • Ludwig Von Drake
  • Arthur
  • King Leonidas
  • Dyan
  • Pan
  • Uka
  • Officer Clawhauser
  • Sergeant Calhoun
  • Jasmine
  • Daisy Duck
  • Koda
  • Kenai
  • Kida
  • Alan-A-Dale
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Scat Cat
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Wilbur Robinson
  • Lewis
  • Belle
  • Beast
  • Pecos Bill
  • Widowmaker
  • Penny
  • Aurora
  • Phillip
  • Hades
  • Cruella de Vil
  • John Henry
  • Quasimodo
  • Victor
  • Hugo
  • Laverne
  • Edgar Balthazar
  • Marie
  • Toulouse
  • Berlioz
  • Mama Odie
  • Julieta
  • AgustĂ­n
  • Gurgi
  • Timothy Mouse
  • Basil of Baker Street
  • Olivia Flaversham
  • Dr. David Q. Dawson
  • Boun
  • Tong
  • Flit
  • Ariel
  • Eric
  • Scuttle
  • Dolores
  • Mowgli
  • Baloo
  • Sebastian
  • Golden Harp
  • Lady
  • Tramp
  • Runt of the Litter
  • Three Brooms (from Fantasia, 1940)
  • Hercules
  • Fairy Godmother
  • Namaaari
  • Creeper
  • Lieutenant Destin Mattias
  • Aunt Cass
  • Bruni
  • David
  • Scrump
  • Camilo
  • Snow White
  • Taran
  • Henwen
  • Mulan
  • Maid Marian
  • Aladar
  • Gideon
  • Honest John
  • Asha
  • Fifi
  • Tigger
  • White Rabbit
  • Jiminy Cricket
  • Charlotte
  • Owl
  • Huey
  • Dewey
  • Louie
  • Maurice
  • Spike the Bee
  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Hei Hei
  • Sultan
  • Blue Fairy
  • Katrina Van Tassel
  • Juju
  • Dr. Facillier
  • 2 Trees (Flowers and Trees, 1932)
  • LeFou
  • Ling
  • Yao
  • Chin-Po
  • Tantor
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • Geppetto
  • Kala
  • Kerchack
  • Clayton
  • Tweedledee
  • Tweedledum
  • King of Hearts
  • Wilbur
  • The Prince
  • Evil Queen/The Witch
  • Sneezy
  • Sleepy
  • Bashful
  • Doc
  • Dopey
  • Bruno
  • Lady Tremaine
  • Fflewddur Fflam
  • Ray
  • George
  • Pain
  • Panic
  • Assistant Mayor Bellwether
  • Slue Foot Sue
  • Roger
  • Anita
  • Phoebus
  • JosĂ© Carioca
  • Panchito
  • Peg
  • Figaro
  • Cleo
  • Long John Silver
  • Dr. Delbert Doppler
  • Ferdinand
  • Sir Hiss
  • Plio
  • Yar
  • Zini
  • Suri
  • Yensid
  • Sis
  • Tagalong
  • 4 Skeletons
  • Joe
  • Jenny
  • Duke
  • Flying John
  • John Smith
  • Governor Ratcliffe
  • Percy
  • Nakoma
  • Lucifer
  • Archimedes
  • Georgette
  • Oliver
  • Einstein
  • Francis
  • Rita
  • Tito
  • The Horned King
  • Jaeger Clade
  • Bagheera
  • Shere Khan
  • The Girl
  • Brom Bones
  • Lady Kluck
  • Paul
  • Ben Ali Gator
  • Three More Penguin Waiters
  • Bongo
  • Penny
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Winston
  • Tuk Tuk
  • Sonia
  • Mr. Snoops
  • Percival C. Mcleach
  • Susie
  • Madame Upanova
  • Bacchus
  • Two Centaurs
  • Tootles
  • Slightly
  • Cubby
  • The Twins
  • Nibs
  • Fish Out of Water
  • Sascha
  • Ivan
  • Noi
  • Rachel
  • Dinky
  • Boomer
  • Yesss
  • Audrey Rocio Ramirez
  • Vincenzo ‘Vinny’ Santorini
  • Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet
  • Legend
  • Ratigan
  • Nanny
  • Djali
  • Abby Mallard
  • Roquefort
  • Fidget
  • Tick-Tock the Crocodile
  • Rajah
  • Gaetan MoliĂ©re
  • Calisto Mal
  • Squeeks
  • B.E.N.
  • Pongo
  • Perdita
  • 38 Additional Unnamed Dalmatian Puppies
  • Secretary Bird
  • Perla

There’s Still Time to Watch the Film

Here’s hoping you and yours got to enjoy the heartwarming, nostalgic, beautiful, and Disney character-laden Once Upon a Studio, created by Walt Disney Animation in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. If you haven’t yet seen it–not to worry! Disney has already added the beautiful animated short to the Disney+ streaming catalog, so not only can you watch it now, but you can also watch it, watch it, and re-watch it.

(Yes, it’s that good!)

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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