Once Upon A Time Characters Or Not?

So, we all know when we go to a Disney Park and meet a character there, we are meeting a Disney character.  But, in July, at San Diego Comic-Con International, characters from ABC TV's hit television show Once Upon A Time made some appearance at the booth they had there.


Then, the next month, the same characters showed up at the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.



Ever since meeting these characters at these two events, I have had many conversations with many of my character fan friends.  How these characters are classified still remains a little bit of a controversy, although, with no written rules about what constitutes a character, there is no official answer.

I've been wanting to write my thoughts on the matter here for awhile and, after somebody left a comment this morning asking questions about them being characters, I thought I'd go ahead and write them.

Anyway, for me, the Once Upon A Time characters that I met both at San Diego Comic-Con and the D23 Expo are official Disney characters.  Once Upon A Time is a a television show that airs on ABC Television which is owned by the Walt Disney Company.  The characters also made appearances at official Disney venues.  And, at least for me, when I met and talked to them, they did, for the most part, talked to me in character.  I say "for the most part" basically because they were also helping do some crowd control which could be a little crazy at times.  But, to me, they were the characters from Once Upon A Time.

Perhaps where the controversy lies is whether the Snow White (et al) in Once Upon A Time is the SAME Snow White (et al) in the classic Disney animated version.  It is widely accepted among fans of the show that these characters have a relation.  Many of the names, such as Ariel and Aurora, come directly from the animated versions.  This is where it gets dicey and opinions vary.  Some believe them to be "overlays" of the character, similar to when you see a character wearing a seasonal costume or a costume specific to a parade or event.  Others do not believe them to be Disney characters at all and classify them, as one or two have said to me, as "pork" (aka "the other white meat").  This is my opinion and, of course, is not the definitive answer.

I believe that these characters are NOT the same versions as the animated versions.  I believe they are characters that exist in an alternate reality in the same way that I believe characters in Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland are not from the same reality as the 1951 Disney classic.  Maybe it's because I'm a big comic book fan where alternative realities and timelines and multiple universes are common, but that's the way I classify them.  This is not just a difference of costumes, but entirely different personalities and timelines as well, even though there is quite the similarities between the two universes.

What do you all think?  Please share your opinions as to how you would view these characters or characters like this!  I always think it's fun to have these discussions because, again, there are no right answers.

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  1. I really don't know what to think about them appearing but I wouldn't say no to meeting Hook. :)

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    1. LOL... neither did I. Actually, of all of them, I thought he was so spot on that I got confused as to whether that was actually him or not.

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    2. He looks really good especially in the first picture. Though, I'd prefer the real Hook. The others really don't look much like their characters.

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    3. I thought Emma was pretty good, at least in terms of her attitude. Charming, while looking the least like the show, was actually the sweetest guy. I loved talking to him.

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  2. I see them as just a different version of the classic characters. I'd rather say they are inspired by the classics.

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  3. you are right, it's kinda like Tim Burton's Alice.

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  4. I do like the show though. I think it's a fresh take on these stories, while paying tribute to the Disney movies. I like how each character is so deep in their personality. Once/Wonderland is good too, but I think I like OUAT better. "Wonderland" is pleasant though. Excellent castings among the series are Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow), Josh Dallas (David), Lana P (Evil Queen), Robert C (Mr. Gold), Emile De Ravin (Belle), Sophie Lowe (Alice), Michael Socha (Knave) and Meghan Ory (Ruby)

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    1. Yes, I agree that they are fun shows and I also like the casting quite a bit!

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  5. But thinking about it, what about Kingdom Hearts? The characters in those games ARE undisputedly from the Disney movies including Tron, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and many, but I choose to just see it as non-canon. That said, the games are good in terms of their characters, voice acting and overall theme.

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    1. That's an interesting question. As the characters in the game are supposed to be themselves, I would imagine meeting them in a Kingdom Hearts costume would be what they call "overlay." The characters specific to the game would be their own. But, I would look at Kingdom Hearts as the animated characters starring in a different movie, although the characters are, for the most part, themselves. :)

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