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Downloadable Beat by Beat Comparison of 6 Disney Animated Classics

By on June 13, 2019 in About the Beats, Beat Sheets with 3 Comments


The enduring appeal of beloved Disney animated classics — even in the age of CGI — is testament to the studio’s solid knack for visual storytelling. Disney structures its memorable, resonant narratives so compellingly that each imaginative film feels… dare we say it… like a tale as old as time

And it shouldn’t be surprising that each one reliably hits all the beats.

As an homage of sorts, here’s a downloadable chart that lays out visual snapshots of each story beat across six animated features.

For extra fun: try following each column for a complete story at-a-glance, then each row to discover a whole new world of Disney devices (for example: notice how the most memorable songs seem to occur between Fun and Games and Midpoint? And how often the Break into Three moment has the hero hitching a ride on a sidekick?)

Let’s get down to business…

And share your observations in the comments!

Download the PDF

Six Disney Animated Classics - Beat Chart


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Jennifer Zhang

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About the Author: Jennifer Zhang is an award-winning independent filmmaker and screenwriter who studied with Blake Snyder and whose diverse career in entertainment has included work with 2 major studios, 5 production companies, a post production sound house, a live streaming network and a motion capture studio. Her own notable works include the horror feature The Evil Inside and half a dozen short films and music videos with millions of views. While she continues to write and develop feature films, she also releases and performs electronic dance/pop music and is repped as a fitness model. Visit Jennifer at her website. .

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  1. Renatus says:

    More of this with other movies!

    Great! Thanks!

  2. jessie says:

    This is really neat, and helpful!

  3. Tevia says:

    Great! However, I thinking this could be even more helpful in written form. Are these all in the same genre

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