The Disney Villains are a Disney franchise referring to a collective of antagonists from Disney animated films. The use of their roster can be regularly found in Disney Parks, merchandise and specials to name a few.
The characters of the Haunted Mansion have sometimes been included as an extension of the Disney Villains. The Haunted Mansion and the Disney Villains both represent the darker and more hedonistic side of Disney. Therefore, they have been linked in various Mansion-related productions and merchandise.
Haunted Mansion Appearances
Haunted Mansion Holiday
While not being traditional villains, the Hitchhiking Ghosts have gained status as being members of the Disney Villains roster.
One of Ken Anderson's drafts for the Haunted Mansion involved a party where famous monsters and villains were invited to the mansion for a wedding. One of the invited guests was going to be the Headless Horseman, a Disney villain from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad. The attraction would also have been hosted by the Lonesome Ghosts from the Disney short of the same name.
Another deleted Ken Anderson concept was to have Captain Hook as one of the "famous ghosts" in the Haunted Mansion but the idea presumable never went to concept art.
Disneyland Fun/Let’s Go to Disneyland Paris
The villains appear in the “Grim Grinning Ghosts” segment of the Disney Sing Along video, Disneyland Fun. The Evil Queen, the Big Bad Wolf, Captain Hook, and Maleficent dance outside of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion alongside the Scary Trees while scaring Donald Duck.
Mickey’s House of Villains
The villains are the main characters in the direct-to-DVD film, Mickey’s House of Villains. Based on the television series House of Mouse, the villains take over the titular nightclub on Halloween night. During “It’s Our House, Now!”, Cruella De Vil frees the Hitchhiking Ghosts from their crate, letting them loose on the club.
Dr. Facilier appeared in front of Haunted Mansion Holiday in an advertisement for Disneyland.
Maleficent appeared inside of the Disneyland Mansion in a Halloween advertisement for Disneyland. During the graveyard scene, when a pop-up ghost appeared, she turned into a dragon and burned it.
Disney Parks Shows
The Ghost Host and the rest of the happy haunts hosted the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show to celebrate the Halloween season. The events are interrupted by the Disney Villains joining in with their own songs and performances. Ursula, Jafar, Oogie Boogie, and Maleficent all join in during the "Scary-Oke", and the Ghost Host greets them all.
Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou
Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou was a special dining experience at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans that took place during the 2015 Halloween season. It was hosted by Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. He was accompanied by Constance Hatchaway, the Tightrope Girl, and the female Ballroom Dancers, here called the Bayou Belles. The Bayou Belles joined Facilier in his performance of "Friends on the Other Side".
A popular gimmick in Disney Parks merchandise is to parody the stretching room portraits with other Disney characters. A popular variant uses Disney Villains and has:
- Captain Hook on a tightrope above the Crocodile from Peter Pan. Mirroring the tightrope walker and alligator.
- The Queen of Hearts standing atop a barrel of red paint beside her red painted roses with the Cheshire Cat smiling below due to a red paw print on her dress. Mirroring the orator and dynamite.
- Cruella De Vil sitting atop the shoulders of her henchmen Horace & Jasper as they sink into quicksand. Mirroring the three quicksand men.
- Maleficent with her pet raven Diablo sitting atop the tombstone of a henchman who failed her. Mirroring Constance Hatchaway on the tomb of George Hightower.
- Animator Marc Davis was the designer behind Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty in-addition to being one of the key creative forces behind the Haunted Mansion and the designs of its characters.
- The original voice of Madame Leota was provided by actress Eleanor Audley, the voice actress of Maleficent and Lady Tremaine from Cinderella.
- Rolly Crump's unused Mistress of Evil character shares a very similar moniker to the Disney Villain "The Mistress of All Evil" Maleficent who is considered one of the foremost (if not the most foremost) Disney Villains.
- Some of the Evil Queen's potion ingredients can be found in Port Royal Curios & Curiosities. There are also several similarities between the Haunted Mansion and the Evil Queen's respective attraction, "Snow White's Scary Adventure" as they were both designed in-large-part by Claude Coats.
- Artwork of the Raven found in the queue of Florida's Haunted Mansion is almost identical to Maleficent's pet raven Diablo from Sleeping Beauty.
A reference for the content-origin of all Disney Villains mentioned on this page, not original to the Haunted Mansion mythos/franchise. In chronological order based off of appearance.
- Pete: The oldest recurring Disney character, Peg-Leg Pete first appeared in the Alice Comedies in 1925 but has since been best known as Mickey Mouse's most predominate enemy.
- The Big Bad Wolf: From the Three Little Pigs (1933) and it's sequels, spin-offs and assorted Mickey Mouse universe appearances.
- The Lonesome Ghosts: From the Mickey Mouse short of the same name from 1937.
- The Evil Queen: The main-antagonist of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1938), the first full-length animated feature-film in history and the first Disney movie.
- The Headless Horseman: From the Legend of Sleepy Hollow segment of the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).
- Lady Tremaine: Main antagonist of Cinderella (1950).
- The Queen of Hearts: Main antagonist of Alice in Wonderland (1951).
- The Cheshire Cat: Not necessarily a villain but almost certainly an antagonist, the Cheshire Cat is a character in Alice in Wonderland (1951).
- Captain Hook: Main antagonist of Peter Pan (1953).
- Mr. Smee: Captain Hook's confident and sidekick. The secondary antagonist of Peter Pan (1953).
- Crocodile: Not necessarily a villain or antagonist but certainly a threat. One of the characters in Peter Pan (1953).
- Crew of the Jolly Roger: Captain Hook's crew and henchmen, antagonists in Peter Pan (1953).
- Maleficent: Main antagonist of Sleeping Beauty (1959).
- Diablo: Maleficent's trusted pet raven from Sleeping Beauty (1959).
- Maleficent's Goons: Maleficent's henchmen from Sleeping Beauty (1959).
- Cruella De Vil: Main antagonist of 101 Dalmatians (1961).
- Horace and Jasper Badun: Cruella's henchmen and the secondary antagonists of 101 Dalmatians (1961).
- Kaa: One of the minor antagonists from the Jungle Book (1967).
- The Hitchhiking Ghosts: Three ghosts who appear at the end of the Haunted Mansion since its opening day in 1969.
- Ursula: The main antagonist of the Little Mermaid (1989).
- Jafar: The main antagonist of Aladdin (1992).
- Iago: Jafar's henchman and the secondary antagonist of Aladdin (1992).
- Oogie Boogie: The main antagonist of the Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
- Lock, Shock and Barrel: Oogie Boogie's henchmen and secondary antagonists of the Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
- Hades: The main antagonist of Hercules (1997).
- Doctor Facilier/The Shadow Man: The main antagonist of the Princess and the Frog (2009).
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