Steven Spielberg is probably the director who was influenced by Disney the most, as he served as an executive producer on the 1988 Touchstone Pictures film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He also directed the 2016 film, The BFG, which was released on July 1, making it the first Disney movie to be directed by Spielberg. Disney has also owned the Indiana Jones franchise, which Spielberg co-created with George Lucas, since December of 2013. He also directed the 2015 Touchstone Pictures film Bridge of Spies.
He also points out that John Williams' theme of the movie Jaws (which Spielberg directed) was based on the theme of Man from Bambi, as was the main score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind modelled after "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio.
- In some Aladdin episodes, Genie was seen transforming into various characters from some of Spielberg's movies including Indiana Jones, Jaws and Dr. Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill) from Jurassic Park.
- In Spielberg's 1979 movie 1941, a few clips of Dumbo were seen in a theater, since 1941 was the year Dumbo was produced and released.
- My Favorite Martian, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Rescuers Down Under and Beverly Hills Chihuahua include actors and guest stars who previously appeared in his movies.
- In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, during the trick-or-treat scene, Yoda was included as a child's Halloween costume.