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Once Upon a Time

Season One

"Pilot"

Introduced in this episode

• The seven dwarves, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy, are all named after their Disney counterparts (in the original fairytale, the dwarves were unnamed). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Doc wears glasses, just like his Disney counterpart. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Dopey and his cursed persona wear a purple hat, just like his Disney counterpart. He is also the only dwarf without a beard, just like in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The dwarves have traits similar to their Disney counterpart: Bashful is coy, Doc is kind and fatherly, Dopey never speaks, Grumpy has a sour disposition, Happy is bubbly and bright, Sleepy is drowsy and struggles to stay awake, and Sneezy frequently sneezes. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Sleeping curses, and other curses, can be broken with true love's kiss, a reference to the way the Sleeping Death curse can be broken with love's first kiss in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (In the first edition of the "Snow White" fairytale from 1812, the apple is dislodged from Snow White's throat when one of the prince's servants, angry for having to carry the dead Snow White's coffin wherever the prince goes, strikes the sleeping princess. Beginning with the second edition from 1819, the apple dislodges when a servant accidentally stumbles while carrying the coffin to the prince's castle.)[1] (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)

• This is also a reference to the way Prince Phillip wakes Aurora from the sleeping curse in Sleeping Beauty. (In the Charles Perrault version of "Sleeping Beauty", the prince finds the sleeping princess and, finding himself infatuated with her, falls to his knees, just as the curse breaks.[2] In the Grimm version, the prince stoops down and gives the princess a kiss just as the curse breaks, but doesn't actually wake her from the curse.[3]) (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

Archie shares his name with Hopper, an actual hopper. (A Bug's Life, 1998)
• The talking Cricket is named after Jiminy Cricket from the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
Jiminy Cricket and his Storybrooke counterpart both carry an umbrella, just like the Disney version of the character. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Jiminy Cricket's outfit, with the white collar, the coat and the top hat, is similar to the Disney version of the character. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The Fairy with turquoise hair is called the Blue Fairy like in the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The Blue Fairy wears a blue dress, just like in the Disney film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
Pinocchio's outfit, with the red breeches, the hat with the red feather, and the bow tie, is similar to the one worn in the Disney film (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Archie working as a psychiatrist is a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where his counterpart Jiminy Cricket serves as a conscience who leads Pinocchio down the right path; similar to the way a psychiatrist sits down with their clients and tries to help them find the right path.[4] (In the novel, the Cricket is a ghost and does not speak much.) In addition, Archie/Jiminy often acts as as a voice of conscience who helps people make moral choices. (Pinocchio, 1940)


Specific to this Episode

Snow White is awakened by a kiss from Prince Charming. (This element was added for the Disney film and does not originate in the fairytale. In the first edition of the "Snow White" fairytale from 1812, the apple is dislodged from Snow White's throat when one of the prince's servants, angry for having to carry the dead Snow White's coffin wherever the prince goes, strikes the sleeping princess. Beginning with the second edition from 1819, the apple dislodges when a servant accidentally stumbles while carrying the coffin to the prince's castle.[1]) (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Emma wishes on a candle shaped like a blue star, an allusion to the segment in Pinocchio, in which Geppetto wishes on a blue star and his wish is granted by the Blue Fairy. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• As Emma's car passes into town, a lawn pinwheel of Disney's Tinker Bell spins in the wind. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• Archie is heard whistling the song "Give a Little Whistle" as he walks away from Emma and Henry. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• An illustration from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in Henry's storybook, shows Alice wearing a white and blue dress, similar to the signature blue dress and white pinafore she wears in the Disney film. (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1951)
• Snow White attracts a blue bird that flies onto her hand, a reference the bluebirds that fly onto Snow White's hand in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Mary Margaret is making bird houses with her students at school, a reference to the Disney film, where the character has a close relationship with birds. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Mary Margaret holds a blue bird in her hands, mirroring the scene where Snow White holds a bluebird in her hands in the animated film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• There is a plush of Minnie Mouse in Emma's baby room at the castle. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
Pinocchio plays with a wooden whale; a nod to Monstro the whale. (Pinocchio, 1940)
Leroy whistles, "Heigh-Ho" when he sees Emma in jail. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Thing You Love Most"

Introduced in this Episode

• The Magic Mirror takes the form of a face surrounded by a dark background, just like in the animated film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The Forbidden Fortress resembles the one in Sleeping Beauty, where Maleficent's domain is called the Forbidden Mountain. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• Maleficent is named after the character from Disney's Sleeping Beauty (in the fairytale, the character is unnamed). (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
Maleficent's staff is based on the item of the same name from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
Mary Margaret's loft is full of bird motifs, a reference to the many birds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• There are two small roe deer figurines in Mary Margaret's loft, a reference to Bambi. The first one is blue and is seen next to Mary Margaret's radio in "The Thing You Love Most"[6] and "Snow Falls",[7] on a small table in "The Price of Gold"[8] and "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (see the picture below), and on a different table in "Heart of Darkness" (see the pictures below). The second one first appears on a shelf in "Heart of Darkness",[9] before moving to a kitchen shelf in Season Two.[10] (Bambi, 1942)
• They are also a reference to the two roe deer that Snow White interacts with in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• A planter with two bluebirds singing on a log, sits on Mary Margaret's shelf; mirroring the bluebirds singing on the rafters in the animated movie. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Specific to this Episode

• Maleficent is wearing a purple dress. In the animated film, her outfit is black and purple. Her hair ornament is reminiscent of the black horns on her headgear in the animated film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• Maleficent has a pet unicorn which she genuinely cares about and affectionately strokes, mirroring her relationship with her pet raven Diablo in the Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• When her unicorn is endangered, Maleficent screams "Nooo!", echoing her reaction when she finds Diablo turned to stone in the Disney film and the character exclaims, "No!". (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• The Gnome has a similar characteristic and behavior to Creeper, the Horned King's lackey. (The Black Cauldron, 1985)


"Snow Falls"

• The prince and Snow White meet and fall in love prior to the later events where he awakens her with a kiss, just like in the Disney film (in the fairytale, they had never met prior to this event). The lighting makes the colors of Snow's bandit outfit look similar to what she wears when she interacts with the prince in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Mary Margaret has a ceramic blue bird figurine on her nightstand. This is a reference to the bluebirds in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[11] (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Price of Gold"

Introduced in this Episode

Cinderella is a blonde, just like in the Disney film. (Cinderella, 1950)
Mary Margaret has a sugar bowl with a blue bird on top, a reference to the bluebirds in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[12] (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• There is a sculpted rabbit utensil holder in the kitchen area of Mary Margaret's loft, a reference to the rabbits that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Specific to this Episode

One of Cinderella's stepsisters wears a pink dress for the ball, while the other one wears a yellow dress, just like Anastasia and Drizella in the Disney film. Cinderella's stepmother wears a blue dress for the ball, just like Lady Tremaine in the film. (Cinderella, 1950)
• The Fairy Godmother comes to Cinderella outside the family's estate, just like in the Disney film. (Cinderella, 1950)
• The Fairy Godmother looks similar to Whitney Houston's Fairy Godmother from the 1997 Walt Disney Television film Cinderella, physically and costume-wise, and their magic has a similar color. (Cinderella, 1997)
• Cinderella's ball gown and opera gloves are similar to her outfit in the Disney film, and her hair is styled similarly. (Cinderella, 1950)
• When Cinderella and Prince Thomas kiss during their wedding, it is similar to their first kiss as husband and wife in the animated film. (Cinderella, 1950)
• The King says to Cinderella that he hopes that their family will soon be growing, a reference to the animated film, where the King longs to have grandchildren. (Cinderella, 1950)
• A Minnie Mouse figurine is seen in the pawnshop when Ashley breaks in. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
Prince Charming says that Snow White sends messages via bluebirds, a reference to the bluebirds that the character interacts with in the Disney movie. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Henry drops his right shoe while rushing up the staircase in his home, just like Cinderella does when she walks up the stairs in the family's mansion in the Disney film. (Cinderella, 1950)


"That Still Small Voice"

Introduced in this Episode

• The Blue Fairy carries a wand, just like in Disney's Pinocchio. (Pinocchio, 1940)


Specific to this Episode

• The episode title is a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where Jiminy Cricket says to Pinocchio, "What are [sic] conscience! I'll tell you! A conscience is that still small voice people won't listen to." (Pinocchio, 1940)
Martin and Myrna physically resemble (through costumes, and Myrna's hairstyle) the characters Honest John and Gideon respectively from the film. Myrna and Martin are also con artists, just like the characters in the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• An owl figurine (actually the top of a ceramic teapot with owls on it, as seen in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter") is glimpsed on Mary Margaret kitchen counter, a reference to the owl that Snow White runs into while feeling into the forest in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The segment where Jiminy Cricket wishes on a blue star is similar to the scene where Geppetto wishes on a blue star in Disney's Pinocchio. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• When the Blue Fairy comes, she takes the form of a blue light descending from the night sky, just like in Disney's Pinocchio. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The Blue Fairy grants Jiminy's wish, just like in Disney's Pinocchio. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• When the Blue Fairy grants transforms Jiminy, he is bathed in a blue light, just like what happens when Disney's Blue Fairy transforms him into Pinocchio's conscience in the animated film. (Pinocchio, 1940)


"The Shepherd"

Mary Margaret is putting up a bird house when David finds her, a reference to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, where Snow White has a close relationship with birds. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• An owl figurine (actually the top of a ceramic teapot with owls on it, as seen in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter") is glimpsed on Mary Margaret's kitchen counter, a reference to the owl that Snow White runs into while feeling into the forest in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The seven dwarves' drinking steins, which are seen in Mr. Gold's pawnshop (this is confirmed in "And Straight On 'Til Morning"), are similar to the ones seen in the dwarves' cottage in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• A Mickey Mouse telephone is sitting in a case in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• A tea set with with a rose design, with cups, teapot (it is actually a coffee pot,[13] but the angle makes it look like a teapot), creamer and sugar bowl, is seen in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. This is a reference to the magical rose from Beauty and the Beast, and the scenes where the living teacup and teapot (Chip and Mrs. Potts), usually accompanied by a living sugar bowl and a living creamer, serve people tea. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

Mary Margaret pours herself a cup of tea from a ceramic teapot with owls on it. In the animated movie, Snow White runs into an owl while fleeing through the forest, after the Huntsman lets her go. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• When Mary Margaret makes herself some tea, she closes her fingers around a ceramic blue bird on top of the sugar bowl, a reference to the bluebird she holds in her hands in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• There are giant sea shells in Mary Margaret's classroom, which is a reference to The Little Mermaid.[12] (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• The Evil Queen sends the Huntsman out to kill Snow White and bring her heart as proof of death but he gives her the heart of a stag instead, which the queen puts in an ornate box. This is a reference to the Disney movie, where the queen demands that the huntsman returns with Snow White's heart in a jeweled box as proof of the deed, and the huntsman brings back a pig's heart instead (in the fairytale, she orders him to bring back her lungs and liver and the huntsman presents the queen with the lungs and liver of a wild boar to fake Snow White's death).(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Regina's heart caskets are similar to the one the Evil Queen has in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The queen discovers that the heart the huntsman brought her is the heart of a stag and is furious, similar to the Disney film, where she discovers that the heart is a pig's heart and is angry about it (in the fairytale, he brought back fake lungs and liver, and the queen eventually realizes that the huntsman deceived her, but she is merely startled). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Desperate Souls"

• A Mickey Mouse telephone is sitting in a case in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• According to a piece of paper in the box of belongings, Sheriff Graham's full name is Graham Humbert. Though never stated on-screen, in the Disney film, the Huntsman's name is Humbert as well. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"7:15 A.M."

Snow White rows a boat across a misty lake, similar to how the queen paddles a canoe down the river in the fog in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Prince Charming sends Snow White a message via a carrier pigeon, a reference to the scene where Disney's Snow White sends the Prince an airborne kiss via a blushing pigeon in the animated film. The lighting makes the colors of Snow's bandit outfit look similar to what she wears when she interacts with the prince in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Mary Margaret cares for an injured dove that she finds in the forest, a reference to Disney's Snow White, who has a close relationship with birds. The dove is powdery white, just like the white pigeons that Snow White interacts with in the film (note that this is a continuity error, as the dove is powdery white when Mary Margaret releases it, but has a darker plumage earlier in the episode[14]). She sets the bird free while she is with David, a reference to the scene where Disney's Snow White sends the prince an airborne kiss with a white pigeon. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Stealthy's name follows the same pattern as Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy from the the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The dwarves' lanterns feature a hidden Mickey Mouse head. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"True North"

Introduced in this Episode

• The dwarf pick axes are based on the items on the same name from the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Specific to this Episode

• A Minnie Mouse figurine can be glimpsed in the pawnshop as Mr. Gold explains to Emma about his extensive records.[15] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"

Introduced in this Episode

• The bracelets worn by the genies are from Disney's Aladdin. When a genie is set free, their bracelets fall off, just like in the movie. (Aladdin, 1992)


Specific to this Episode

• The genie allows the owner of the lamp to be granted three wishes (in the fairytale, the genie is merely bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp). (Aladdin, 1992)
• The genie states, "You cannot wish for life, nor death. You cannot wish for love." This is a reference to Disney's Aladdin, where the Genie states that a wish cannot be used to kill anybody, make someone fall in love, or bring people back from the dead. (Aladdin, 1992)
• The genie becomes trapped inside the Evil Queen's mirror and can never leave her side, similar to the way the queen refers to the talking mirror as a "slave in the magic mirror" in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Skin Deep"

Introduced in this Episode

Belle is named after the same character from the film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle is a brunette, just like in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle's beloved book, Her Handsome Hero, has a blue binding, a reference to the blue book her Disney counterpart reads[16] — her favorite book. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Two suits of armor fitted with long battle axes are standing by Rumplestiltskin's door, similar to the suits of armor sitting in the hallway of Beast's castle in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• In the beginning, Rumplestiltskin is quite cold and brutal toward Belle, but gradually starts to treat her better, similar to Beast's treatment of Disney's Belle (in the fairytale, he treats Beauty well from the start, except for the fact that he is holding her captive). (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The chipped tea cup is a reference to Chip from the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The blue and white dress Belle wears when she's Rumplestiltskin's maid (also seen on the Shadow when he's masquerading as Belle in Neverland), is similar to Belle's outfit in the Disney film.[16] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• In Rumplestiltskin's castle, there is a kind of fur with horns which resembles Disney's Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• There is a candlestick and clock in Rumplestiltskin's castle resembling Lumiere and Cogsworth.[16] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• A hammer resembling Thor's Mjølnir[16] is sitting on a pedestal in the Dark One's castle. After the first curse is broken, it is hidden inside a cupboard (as seen in "The Heart of the Truest Believer" and "Quite a Common Fairy"). (Thor, 2011)
Once Upon a Time starring cast member Josh Dallas portrayed the Asgardian warrior Fandral in this movie (the role was re-cast for its 2013 sequel).


Specific to this Episode

Belle's father is called Maurice as in the film (note that he is never referred to by his real name on-screen; the name Maurice comes from the episode press release.[17]). (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• This episode features Gaston from the movie Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• In Maurice's castle, Belle is standing in the background, holding a blue book close to her chest, mirroring a segment in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle's yellow dress is similar to the one she wears in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Rumplestiltskin says to Maurice's court that he can protect their "little town", a reference to the song "Belle" from the Disney film, which opens with "Little town, it's a quiet village / Every day like the one before / Little town, full of little people / Waking up to say". (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle is imprisoned in Rumplestiltskin's dungeon, similar to how she was imprisoned in Beast's dungeon in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Rumplestiltskin tells Belle that she will dust his collection, a reference to Fifi, the living feather duster who dusts Belle's room in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The segment where Belle serves Rumplestiltskin tea is a reference to the scenes where Chip and Mrs. Potts bring Belle (and Maurice, at the beginning of the film) some tea in the movie. The tea set with the cups, teapot, creamer and a lidded sugar bowl mirror the scenes in the movie, where Chip and Mrs. Potts are usually accompanied by a living, lidded sugar bowl and a living creamer. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Similarly, when the Evil Queen visits Rumplestiltskin, he has a tea set with cups, teapot and a lidded sugar bowl laid out on the table. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The teapot on the tray is a reference to Mrs. Potts. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle opens Rumplestilskin's curtains to let the light in, which Beast does when he shows Belle his libary in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The outfit worn by Gaston when he confronts Rumplestiltskin is similar to the one he wears in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Gaston shows up at Rumplestiltskin's door, threatening him with a sword, similar to how he leads an attack on the Beast's castle and tries to kill Beast in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Gaston shows up at Rumplestiltskin's door, but Rumplestiltskin turns him into a rose, which he gives to Belle, saying that he had bought it from an old woman selling flowers. This is reference to the enchantress, who, in the guise of an old woman, shows up at the door of Disney's Beast and seeks shelter for the night in exchange for a beautiful rose she is carrying. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle says that in the Enchanted Forest, there aren't a lot of lot of opportunities for women to be heroes and show what they can do. This echoes the Disney film, where Belle, through her free-thinking attitude and love of reading, defies gender roles and is looked at with disdain by her fellow villagers for doing so. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle speaks of her desire to see the world, a reference to the reprise of the song "Belle", where the character sings about how she she wishes she could visit the world that lies outside her village: "I want much more than this provincial life / I want adventure in the great wide somewhere, I want it more than I can tell". (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle does not want to marry Gaston, just like in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle does not want to marry Gaston, just like in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• When Belle goes to town to fetch straw for Rumplestiltskin, she is carrying a basket, just like the character does when she is introduced in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• When Belle is imprisoned in the dungeon, a teapot and the chipped cup are sitting on a tray next to her; a reference to Chip and his mother Mrs. Potts. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• In the castle, there is a hat which resembles the Sorcerer's hat in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment in Fantasia. (Fantasia, 1940)


"What Happened to Frederick"

Regina gives Henry a game called Space Paranoids, which was created by Kevin Flynn, the protagonist of the Tron film. (Tron, 1982)
Emma alludes to Kevin Flynn by quoting his advice to Henry while he is playing the game, "It's all in the wrists." (Tron, 1982)


"Dreamy"

Introduced in this Episode

• The dwarves mine for diamonds, just like in the Disney film (in the fairytale, they mine for ore and gold[18]). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The Blue Fairy's Storybrooke counterpart Mother Superior, as well as the rest of the Storybrooke nuns, wear religious habits with dark blue sweaters, blue coats and blue scarves, a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where the Blue Fairy is dressed in blue. (Pinocchio, 1940)


Specific to this Episode

Bossy says that dwarves love to work and even whistle while they do it, a reference to the song "Whistle While You Work". It is also a reference to the dwarves whistling while working in the mines in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The scene where the dwarves get cleaned is a reference to the scene where the seven dwarves wash themselves in the movie. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Stealthy and Bossy's names follow the same pattern as Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy from the the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Grumpy and Leroy both whistle the song "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The blackboard behind Mother Superior, who is the Storybrooke counterpart of the Blue Fairy, is adorned with cutouts of blue stars, a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where the Blue Fairy takes the form of a blue star. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Sister Astrid says to Leroy, "Someone once told me, you can do anything as long as you can dream it", a paraphrase of a quote (wrongly) attributed to Walt Disney, "If you can dream it, you can do it." (Walt Disney never actually said this; the phrase was coined by a Disney employee for the Horizons ride at the Epcot theme park at Disney World.)[19]
• The seven dwarves' drinking steins are similar to the ones seen in the dwarves' cottage in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Astrid gives Leroy a pie to thank him for selling candles to help the convent. Snow White bakes Grumpy a pie in the film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The dwarves's names are carved into their beds, just like in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Heart of Darkness"

Introduced in this Episode

• In the Blanchard loft, there are two framed pictures of small brown birds, one of which is nesting. This is a reference to the small brown birds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Specific to this Episode

Snow White hums "With a Smile and a Song". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Snow White wears a similar looking red bow hairband as her Disney character adaptation. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Snow White sweeps the floor of the dwarves' cottage, just like in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• A blue bird lands on Snow White's hand, just like in the movie. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The seven dwarves' drinking steins are similar to the ones seen in the dwarves' cottage in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Sneezy is allergic to straw (or "everything", as Snow White puts it). In the Disney film, Sneezy suffers from hay fever. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• On Mary Margaret's nightstand, there is a bird figurine similar to the bluebirds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Hat Trick"

Introduced in this Episode

• The Wonderland maze is based on the Queen of Hearts' labyrinth garden from the Disney film (in the novel, it is a beautiful garden with flower beds and fountains). (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)


Specific to this Episode

• The Evil Queen transforms into a hag to lure in Jefferson's daughter, Grace; much like how the Evil Queen transformed into a hag selling apples to Snow White in the Disney film (in the fairytale, the queen merely disguises herself as an old woman). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Prince Henry, who is later revealed to be the Queen of hearts's husband, was shrunken; a reference to the animated Disney film, where the character is a dwarfish man. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
• The design of the Queen of Hearts' dress is similar to her Disney counterpart. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)


"The Stable Boy"

• Young Snow White wears several bow hairbands; among them a blue bow as in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Return"

• A Mickey Mouse telephone is sitting in a case in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• When the Blue Fairy arrives, she takes the form of a blue light, just like in Disney's Pinocchio. (Pinocchio, 1940)


"The Stranger"

Geppetto and Pinocchio escape from Monstro on a small raft with a sail, just like in Disney's Pinocchio (in the novel, they swim to the shore). (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The creature which chases Geppetto and Pinocchio is Monstro the whale from Disney's Pinocchio (in the novel, the creature is known as the terrible Dog-fish[20]). (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Geppetto and Pinocchio's raft is smashed to pieces, just like in the Disney film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Pinocchio is found lying face-down and lifeless in the shallow water, just like in the Disney film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• When the Blue Fairy transforms Pinocchio, he is bathed in a blue light, just like what happens when Disney's Blue Fairy transforms him in the animated film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Pinocchio exclaims, "I'm a real boy!", just like in the Disney film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The Blue Fairy says, "Remember, Pinocchio—be brave, truthful and unselfish. So long as you do that you will always remain a real boy." This is a reference to the animated movie, where the Blue Fairy says to Pinocchio, "Prove yourself brave, truthful and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy." (Pinocchio, 1940)
Henry has a Tron: Legacy lunchbox. Show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis wrote the screenplay for this movie. (Tron: Legacy, 2010)
• Geppetto has a cuckoo clock, painted and carved out of wood, in his workshop, a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where the character has such a cuckoo clocks, and several other automaton clocks, in his home. The cuckoo clock goes off, just like the clocks in the film do. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• A Mickey Mouse telephone is sitting in a case in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• Pinocchio plays with a wooden whale; a nod to Monstro the whale. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• There is a Bambi plush toy in Emma's nursery room. (Bambi, 1942)
• It is also a reference to the roe deer that Emma's mother Snow White interacts with in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• A Minnie Mouse is sitting on a shelf in Emma's nursery room.[21] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"An Apple Red as Blood"

• In Regina's dream, the apples on her tree are black. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the poisoned apple created by the evil queen is black when it comes out of the queen's potion, before slowly turning blood red. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1927)
• The White Rabbit pictured on the card that Jefferson puts on Paige's bike is wearing a red waistcoat and a yellow shirt (in the novel, the character is merely described as wearing a waistcoat),[22] and is carrying a dark blue umbrella, just like his Disney counterpart. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
Prince Charming is imprisoned in the Evil Queen's dungeon, a location seen in the Disney film (no dungeon is mentioned in the fairytale). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The poisoned apple is all red, just like in the Disney film (in the fairytale, one side is white and the other half is red). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Snow White falls to the ground in the same fashion in Disney's 1937 film after taking a bite of the poisoned apple. The same thing happens to her grandson Henry when he takes a bite of the poisoned apple turnover. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The prince learns about Snow White's "death", just like in the film (in the fairytale, they had never met before and the prince merely happens upon the dwarves' house and notices the coffin). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Regina bakes the poisoned apple into a turnover pie. This is a reference to to the animated film, where the disguised queen, attempting to get Snow White to eat the apple, finds Snow White baking a pie and says, "It's apple pies that make the menfolks' mouths water. Pies made from apples like these." (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The dwarves remove their hats while mourning the "dead" Snow White, just like in the film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"A Land Without Magic"

Introduced in this Episode

Maleficent transforms into a fire breathing dragon. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


Specific to this Episode

Prince Charming is imprisoned in the Evil Queen's dungeon, a location seen in the Disney film (no dungeon is mentioned in the fairytale). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Maleficent is wearing a purple dress. In the animated film, her outfit is black and purple. Her hair ornament is reminiscent of the horns on her headgear in the animated film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• The prince actively searches for Snow White after learning about her "death", just like in the Disney film (in the fairytale, they had never met before and the prince merely happens upon the dwarves' house and notices the glass coffin). (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Snow White is awakened by a kiss from the prince. (This element was added for the Disney film and does not originate in the fairytale. In the first edition of the fairytale from 1812, the apple is dislodged from Snow White's throat when one of the prince's servants, angry for having to carry the dead Snow White's coffin wherever the prince goes, strikes the sleeping princess. Beginning with the second edition from 1819, the apple dislodges when a servant accidentally stumbles while carrying the coffin to the prince's castle.[1]) (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Emma throws the sword, directly hitting the dragon in the heart, just as Prince Phillip did in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


Season Two

"Broken"

Introduced in this Episode

• The prince and princess are named Philip and Aurora, just like in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. (In Charles Perrault's version of the fairytale, the characters are unnamed. In the Grimms' version, the princess is known as Briar Rose, while the prince remains unnamed.) (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• A sun is pictured on Prince Philip's chest plate, a reference to the animated Disney film, where the narrator says, "They named her after the dawn, for the filled their lives with sunshine." (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
Mulan carries a sword, just like in Disney's Mulan (in the Ballad of Mulan, there is no mention of the titular character carrying any weapons). (Mulan, 1998)


Specific to this Episode

Prince Phillip cuts down thorns to get to the sleeping Aurora (in the fairytale, the thorns separate themselves and make a path for the prince). ((Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• Prince Phillip awakens Aurora from the sleeping curse with true love's kiss, just like in the Disney film, where the character awakens Aurora with love's first kiss. (In the Brothers Grimm version of the fairytale, the prince stoops down and kisses the princess just as the curse breaks. This was modified for the Disney film, where the prince actually awakens the princess with a kiss, which breaks the spell and wakes everyone in the palace.) (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• A sun is pictured on the dais where Aurora lies, a reference to the animated film, where the narrator says, "They named her after the dawn, for the filled their lives with sunshine." (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• When Emma and her parents pay Mr. Gold a visit, he is brewing tea for himself and Belle, a reference to the scenes where Chip and Mrs. Potts bring Belle (and also Maurice, at the beginning of the film) tea in the Disney film. The tea set with the cups, teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and teaspoon mirror the scenes in the movie, where Chip and Mrs. Potts are usually accompanied by a living creamer and a living sugar bowl with a teaspoon. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• When Belle leaves the pawnshop, a candelabra similar to Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast[23] is sitting on a shelf by the door. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"We Are Both"

Introduced in this Episode

Regina's spell book is a reference to the queen's spell books from the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Specific to this Episode

Leroy says, "It's off to work we go", from the song "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• In Mr. Gold's shop, there is an African mask, which is an allusion to the Disney film.[24] (The Lion King, 1994)
• A Mickey Mouse telephone is sitting in a case in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• The apples on Regina's apple tree change color from black to red, just like the poisoned apple in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Cora tells Regina, "You're stuck with me forever, darling, because I'm your mother, and I know best." The line is a reference to the song "Mother Knows Best". (Tangled, 2010)


"Lady of the Lake"

Mulan tells Emma and Mary Margaret, "Follow my lead, step where I step, do exactly as I say, and we might survive", a reference to the song "I'll Make a Man Out of You". It goes "Time is racing toward us, till the Huns arrive / Heed my every order, and you might survive". (Mulan, 1998)


"The Crocodile"

Introduced in this Episode

Smee's hat is red as it is in Disney's Peter Pan.[25] The same thing goes for his Wish Realm counterpart. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• Just like in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Belle has a great love for books (the fairytale briefly mentions that Belle spends most of her time reading good books, but this trait is greatly expanded upon by Disney film – and Once Upon a Time). (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


Specific to this Episode

• In Belle's Dream, a Mickey Mouse telephone is sitting in a case in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• The teapot sitting in the corner of Mr. Gold's kitchen counter is a reference to Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast.[25] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Mr. Gold offers Belle some breakfast, but she declines. After their fight, Gold knocks at Belle's door, telling her to at least come and eat something. Similarly, in the Disney film, when the Beast makes Belle eat dinner with him, she refuses, claiming to not be hungry; prompting him to storm over to Belle's room and bang on the door, ordering her to come out to have dinner with him. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle enjoys drinking iced tea at Granny's Diner and says that she's never had it iced before, a reference to the scenes where the living teaset serve Belle (and Maurice, at the beginning of the film) tea in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Mr. Gold gives Belle a library to try to regain her affections, similar to what the Beast does in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"The Doctor "

Rumplestiltskin's witch-in-training replacement, Trish, bears a resemblance to Esmeralda. (Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)


"Tallahassee "

• When Henry wakes up from the bad dream, a bird figurine similar to the bluebirds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film, is sitting on Mary Margaret's nightstand. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Child of the Moon"

Billy's Enchanted Forest counterpart is Cinderella's household mouse, Gus. (Cinderella, 1950)
• Billy states that he, as Gus, liked cheese. In the animated film, Gus is also fond of cheese. (Cinderella, 1950)
• There is a blue star on Billy's towing truck, a reference to the form the Blue Fairy takes in the Disney film Pinocchio[26] (note that the vehicle can be seen in other episodes, but this is the only episode where the blue star is clearly seen). (Pinocchio, 1940)


"Into the Deep"

Belle's bright yellow sleeveless top is reminiscent of the yellow gown she wears in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle has a glass of iced tea in front of her at Granny's Diner,[27] a modern reference to the scenes where the living teaset serve Belle (and Maurice, at the beginning of the film) tea in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Cora and Mary Margaret interact with a raven, just like the Evil Queen does in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Queen of Hearts"

Belle is imprisoned in the Evil Queen's tower, similar to how she was imprisoned in the Beast's tower in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The Queen of Hearts tells Hook to call her "your majesty", a reference to the scene where the Queen of Hearts says to Alice, "Open your mouth a little wider, and always say “yes, your majesty”!" (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
• The mask Cora holds resembles the baton the Queen of Hearts carries in the Disney film. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
• The design of the Queen of Hearts' dress is similar to her Disney counterpart. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
Emma and Mary Margaret's lanterns feature a hidden Mickey Mouse head. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"The Cricket Game"

• In the opening scene, Hook is shown from behind, standing on a yard while holding on to it with his left appendage, and looking at the town while the camera zooms in on him. The camera then zooms in on his face as his hair is blowing in the wind. Hook then grabs a rope that was next to the mast, hangs on to it and jumps to the deck below, followed by a close-up of his feet as he steps onto the dock. This is exactly the same as Captain Jack Sparrow's introduction in Pirates of the Caribbean (note that in the Disney film; there is a whole segment between the shot where Jack jumps and the shot where he steps onto the dock; on Once Upon a Time, it cuts directly to the dock). (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003)


• Two swans are seen swimming next to Hook's ship by the docks. In Disney's Peter Pan, two swans are seen swimming in a lake when the children fly to Neverland. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• On Mary Margaret's nightstand, there is a bird figurine similar to the bluebirds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Belle's bright yellow sleeveless top is reminiscent of the yellow gown she wears in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"The Outsider"

Archie's tombstone reads "Archibald Hopper – Friend and conscience", a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where Archie's counterpart Jiminy Cricket serves as a friend and conscience to Pinocchio. Similarly, Mary Margaret describes Archie as someone who would remind them be their best selves, do the right thing and always fight for what they believe in; another reference to the Disney character. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• A bird figurine similar to a bluebird is sitting on Mary Margaret's nightstand, a reference to the bluebirds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Mulan tells Belle about how she served in the emperor's army, a reference to Disney's Mulan (in the Ballad of Mulan, the titular character joins the Khan's army). (Mulan, 1998)
• Mulan lives in a Chinese village, just like in the Disney film (in the Ballad of Mulan, the area where the titular character lives is merely referred to as her "home"). (Mulan, 1998)
• Mulan tells Belle, "Once I found something worth fighting for, I fought for it with everything I had", a reference to the the Disney song "A Girl Worth Fighting For". (Mulan, 1998)


"In the Name of the Brother"

Introduced in this Episode

• During her stay at the hospital, Belle is wearing a yellow hospital gown in reference to her ball dress from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


Specific to this Episode

• The ringtone on Greg's mobile phone is the Star Wars theme. The episode was broadcast three months after Disney purchased the franchise in October 2012.[28] (Star Wars franchise)
Leroy mentions the movie Splash as an example of how magical beings discovered in the real world are likely to be "studied to death". (Splash, 1984)


"Tiny"

Leroy and the other dwarves whistle the melody of "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Queen Is Dead"

Snow White's lantern features a hidden Mickey Mouse head. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"The Miller's Daughter"

• The segment where Cora holds out her newborn daughter Regina in front of the court is a reference to scene where Simba is presented to the kingdom as the future king in The Lion King.[29] (The Lion King, 1994)


"Welcome to Storybrooke"

Kurt and Owen's last name is Flynn, a reference to Kevin and Sam Flynn[30] from the science fiction films Tron and its 2010 sequel Tron Legacy, respectively. Show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis wrote the screenplay for the sequel. (Tron, 1982, Tron: Legacy, 2010)
• Owen has a Return of the Jedi sleeping bag,[30] and mentions Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from the Star Wars movies. He also makes a reference to lightsabers. (Star Wars franchise)
• A bench outside the Marine Garage features an advertisement for computers with the ENCOM logo.[30] (Tron, 1982)
• When Regina visits the pawnshop, Gold is polishing a teapot and a lidded sugar bowl, a reference to Mrs. Potts[30] and the living sugar bowl who are part of the living tea set which serve Belle tea in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Emma mentions how magic laws are not capable of bringing back the dead or making someone love another, a reference to the wish rules from Disney's Aladdin. (Aladdin, 1992)
• Regina bakes apple turnover pie for her guests, a reference to to the animated film, where the disguised queen, attempting to get Snow White to eat the poisoned apple, finds Snow White baking a pie and says, "It's apple pies that make the menfolks' mouths water. Pies made from apple like these." (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• A bird figurine similar to a bluebird is sitting on Mary Margaret's nightstand, a reference to the bluebirds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Selfless, Brave and True"

• The episode title is a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where the Blue Fairy says to Pinocchio, "Prove yourself brave, truthful and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy." (Pinocchio, 1940)
• A bird figurine similar to a bluebird is sitting on Mary Margaret's nightstand, a reference to the bluebirds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The pendant on August's necklace is a wooden carving of Monstro the whale. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The Dragon states that the string on August's necklace is the one that Geppetto used to animate August (Pinocchio) as a freshly carved puppet, adding "In a way, it first gave you life". This is a reference to the scene where Disney's Geppetto carves the lifeless Pinocchio puppet and proceeds to play around with it by pulling its strings (in the novel, the puppet moves on its own accord from the start). The string is black, just like the ones in the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• :•The Blue Fairy says, "I told Pinocchio so long as he remained brave, truthful and unselfish he would stay a real boy", a reference to the animated movie, where the character says to Pinocchio, "Prove yourself brave, truthful and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy" (Pinocchio, 1940)
• As August lies on the ground in agony, there is a honey neon sign for a bar called "Winnie's Pub". (Winnie the Pooh, 2011)
• When the Blue Fairy transforms August (aka Pinocchio), he is bathed in a blue light, just like what happens when Disney's Blue Fairy transforms him in the animated film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Pinocchio exclaims, "I'm a real boy!", just like in the Disney film. (Pinocchio, 1940)


"Lacey"

Belle is imprisoned in Rumplestiltskin's dungeon, similar to how she was imprisoned in Beast's dungeon in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle is lying in bed, crying, mirroring a scene in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• In the Enchanted Forest, Belle wears a similar dress to the one in the ballroom scene in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Mr. Gold orders ice tea for himself and Lacey at Granny's Diner, a modern reference to the scenes where the living teaset serve Belle (and Maurice, at the beginning of the film) tea in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Rumplestiltskin shows Belle the library in his home, similar to what the Beast did in the Disney film. (In the fairytale, Beast never actually shows her the library; in the original version by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Beauty loves reading and is happy when she comes across the Beast's library while exploring his castle.[31] The revised and abridged version by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont also mentions Belle's love of books and includes a scene where Beauty enters the apartment given to her by Beast, which contains a large library.[32] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"Second Star to the Right"

Introduced in this Episode

John wears black spectacles, just like in the Disney film. (Peter Pan, 1953)


Specific to this Episode

John is carrying a black umbrella, just like in the Disney film. (Peter Pan, 1953)
Michael carries a teddy bear near-identical to the one he has in the Disney film. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• The time on Big Ben is 8:15, the same time that is shown in the Disney film. (Peter Pan, 1953)


"And Straight On 'Til Morning"

Hook says to Baelfire, "It's a pirate's life for you", a reference to the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)
Sneezy's drinking stein is similar to the ones seen in the dwarves' cottage in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Leroy and the other dwarves whistle the melody of "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Season Three

"The Heart of the Truest Believer"

• A sun is pictured on the dais in Aurora's palace, a reference to the animated film, where the narrator says, "They named her after the dawn, for the filled their lives with sunshine." (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
Neal references Mulan to a Disney film of the same name. (Mulan, 1998)
David saves Emma from drowning by tying a rope around himself, which is attached to the rigging; jumping into the water, grabbing Emma, and being hoisted on board by three other crew members. This mirrors the scene where John Smith saves Thomas from drowning in Disney's Pocahontas. (Pocahontas, 1995)

(Note that the order of the shots from Pocahontas is slightly different in the actual movie.)


"Lost Girl"

Snow White is awakened by a kiss from Prince Charming. (This element was added for the Disney film and does not originate in the fairytale. In the first edition of the "Snow White" fairytale from 1812, the apple is dislodged from Snow White's throat when one of the prince's servants, angry for having to carry the dead Snow White's coffin wherever the prince goes, strikes the sleeping princess. Beginning with the second edition from 1819, the apple dislodges when a servant accidentally stumbles while carrying the coffin to the prince's castle.[1]) (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Emma notes Captain Hook's appearance in the animated film as sporting a "waxed mustache and a perm". (Peter Pan, 1953)
Pan's map of Neverland is highly reminiscent of the map from the animated film. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• The close-up where Hook touches the map with his grapple hook mirrors a segment from the animated movie. (Peter Pan, 1953)


"Quite a Common Fairy"

Introduced in this Episode

Tinker Bell wears a similar costume to the animated version in the Disney animated movie. (Peter Pan, 1953)


Specific to this Episode

• The title card features Tinker Bell lighting up the title with her magic, a reference to what the Disney animated version of the character does for the company's logo at the beginning of several of its home video releases.
• The map of Neverland is highly reminiscent of the map from the animated film. (Peter Pan, 1953)


"Nasty Habits"

• The Sheriff of Hamelin is dressed similar to the Mayor of Hamelin in Silly Symphonies. (The Pied Piper, 1933)


"Ariel"

Introduced in this Episode

• The names of Ariel, Prince Eric and Ursula all come from the Disney animated version of the story, since in the original fairytale, the characters are unnamed. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel's distinctive look, with the red hair, bluish-green tail, and lavender bikini top, is based on the Disney film. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel likes to collect random human objects. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)


Specific to this Episode

• In the title card, Ariel is sitting on a rock, similar to how Disney's Ariel sits on a rock in the movie during the musical number "Part of Your World". (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• The Under the Sea Celebration is a reference to the song "Under the Sea" from the movie. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel keeps the human objects she collects in a bag. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel learns what a fork is. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Both Ariel and Eric mention a ship wreck where they first met (in the fairytale, the prince is completely unconscious when the little mermaid rescues him and unlike Eric, he does not remember the incident afterward). (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Eric states one of the places he will be traveling to is Agrabah, the setting of Disney's Aladdin. (Aladdin, 1992)
• The form the Evil Queen takes when she masquerades as Ursula is based on the Disney version of the character. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• While masquerading as Ursula, Regina says to Ariel, "My dear sweet child", which are the spoken words at the start of the song "Poor Unfortunate Souls" sung by Ursula in the Disney film. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• The Evil Queen says,"You can be part of Eric's world", alluding to the Disney film song "Part of Your World". (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Regina mentions the evil munchkins' dirt road. (Oz the Great and Powerful, 2013)
Snow White's ball dress has small Mickey Mouse faces on it. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• The real Ursula's look is based on the the Disney version of the character (in Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, it is never described what the sea witch looks like). (The Little Mermaid, 1989)


"Dark Hollow"

Introduced in this Episode

• There is a hidden Mickey Mouse head on the side of Pandora's Box and its Underworld counterpart. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


Specific to this Episode

Leroy says, "No time for whistling, boys", alluding to the Disney song "Whistle While You Work". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Michael Darling is dressed in pink and has a teddy bear on his rear view mirror,[33] alluding to the Disney version of Michael Darling. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• A tea kettle is hanging from the ceiling in Mr. Gold's shop, a reference to Mrs. Potts from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• When Belle finds the chipped cup, Ariel wonders if they need to make tea to solve Mr. Gold's message, a reference to the scene where the living tea set bring Belle some tea in Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Ariel is fascinated by random human objects, just like in the animated film. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• While in Mr. Gold's shop, Ariel says, "Look at this stuff", which are the first words to the Disney song "Part of Your World". It opens with "Look at this stuff / Isn't it neat? / Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?" (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel is fascinated by a corkscrew she finds in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. In the animated movie, the character has a box full of corkscrews. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)


"Save Henry"

Regina says to Henry, "Oh, I know that look. That's five hours of Space Paranoids and too much pizza."; a reference to the game Space Paranoids from Tron. (Tron, 1982)


"The New Neverland"

Michael is dressed in pink, just like in the Disney film Peter Pan. (Peter Pan, 1953)
Hook puts his hook under Walter's (Sneezy's) nose to keep him from sneezing, similar to how the dwarves put their fingers under Sneezy's nose to keep him from sneezing in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Going Home"

• A Bambi plush toy is sitting on the floor in Emma's nursery.[34] (Bambi, 1942)
• It is also a reference to the roe deer that Emma's mother Snow White interacts with in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (