Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Walt Disney Animation Studios
Subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios
Division of Walt Disney Pictures
IndustryAnimation
Motion pictures
Traditional animation
CGI animation
Flash animation
FoundedOctober 16, 1923 (1923-10-16) (as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio)
FounderWalt and Roy Disney
Headquarters2100 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, California U.S.[1]
Key people
Ed Catmull, President
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer
Andrew Millstein, General Manager
ProductsAnimated films
ParentWalt Disney Pictures
DivisionsDisney Television Animation
DisneyToon Studios
Websitewww.disneyanimation.com

Walt Disney Animation Studios is an American animation studio headquartered in Burbank, California. It was started in 1923 under the name, Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. In 1929 it re-established as Walt Disney Productions. In 1986, after Disney had moved into making mostly live-action movies, it was re-established as Walt Disney Feature Animation, taking on its current name in 2007. It has been known for making animated feature movies in association with Walt Disney Pictures.

Locations[change | change source]

Walt Disney Animation Studios is headquartered in the Sorcerer's Hat building which was completed in 1995. It is in Burbank, California close to Walt Disney Studios The Walt Disney Studios where its original animated studio was located. Satellite studios were around the world in locations like Paris, France, Tokyo, Japan and even at Disney's Hollywood Studios, one of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, Florida. They were all closed down by 2004 because the 2D movies which the satellite studios made were unsuccessful what

Characters[change | change source]

List of Disney characters

Filmography[change | change source]

Since 1937, Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced 60 movies with Walt Disney Pictures. The first one, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was released in 1937. The newest one, Encanto, was released in 2021, with their last released being Strange World in 2022.

Filmography[change | change source]

This list includes the films made by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Films by decade: 1930s/1940s  ·  1950s  ·  1960s  ·  1970s  ·  1980s  ·  1990s  ·  2000s  ·  2010s  ·  2020s  ·  Upcoming

Released films[change | change source]

# Film Release date Director(s) Writer(s) Based on/Inspired by Producer(s) Composer(s)
1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs December 21, 1937 Supervising Director:David HandSequence Directors:Billy Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, & Ben Sharpsteen Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears & Webb Smith Snow Whiteby Brothers Grimm Walt Disney Frank Churchill, Paul Smith and Leigh Harline
2 Pinocchio February 7, 1940 Supervising Directors: Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen

Sequence Directors:Norman Ferguson, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee, & Bill Roberts

Aurelius Battaglia, Billy Cottrell, Otto Englander, Erdman Penner, Joseph Sabo, Ted Sears & Webb Smith The Adventures of Pinocchioby Carlo Collodi Harline and Smith
3 Fantasia November 13, 1940 James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norm Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, & Ben Sharpsteen See segments The Sorcerer's Apprenticeby Johann Wolfgang von Goetheinter alia Walt Disney & Ben Sharpsteen Various
4 Dumbo October 23, 1941 Supervising Director: Ben Sharpsteen

Sequence Directors:Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, & Bill Roberts

Joe Grant & Dick Huemer Dumbo, the Flying Elephant by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl Walt Disney Churchill and Oliver Wallace
5 Bambi August 13, 1942 Supervising Director:David Hand

Sequence Directors:James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, & Norman Wright

Chuck Couch, Carl Fallberg, Larry Morey, Mel Shaw, Vernon Stallings & Ralph Wright Bambi, a Life in the Woodsby Felix Salten Churchill and Edward H. Plumb
6 Saludos Amigos February 6, 1943 Norm Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, & Bill Roberts Homer Brightman, Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, Harold Reeves, Roy Williams & Ralph Wright Various Disney staff members' expedition through Latin America, via goodwill funding Smith and Plumb
7 The Three Caballeros February 3, 1945 Supervising Director:Norm Ferguson

Sequence Directors:Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, & Harold Young

James Bodrero, Homer Brightman, Del Connell, Billy Cottrell, Bill Peet, Elmer Plummer, Ted Sears, Ernest Terrazas, Roy Williams & Ralph Wright Plumb,Smith and Charles Wolcott
8 Make Mine Music April 20, 1946 Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador, & Robert Cormack James Bodrero, Homer Brightman, Erwin Graham, Eric Gurney, T. Hee, Sylvia Holland, Dick Huemer, Dick Kelsey, Dick Kinney, Jesse Marsh, Tom Oreb, Cap Palmer, Erdman Penner, Dick Shaw, John Walbridge & Roy Williams Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer & Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofievinter alia Eliot Daniel, Ken Darby, Wolcott, Wallace and Plumb
9 Fun and Fancy Free September 27, 1947 Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan, & Bill Roberts Homer Brightman, Eldon Dedini, Lance Nolley, Tom Oreb, Harry Reeves & Ted Sears Little Bear Bongo by Sinclair Lewis & Jack and the Beanstalk by Benjamin Tabart Wallace, Smith, Daniel and Wolcott
10 Melody Time May 27, 1948 Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, & Hamilton Luske Ken Anderson, Homer Brightman, Billy Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Jesse Marsh, Bob Moore, Erdman Penner, Harry Reeves, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Art Scott & John Walbridge The life of Johnny Appleseed, Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky, Trees by Joyce Kilmer& Pecos Bill Daniel, Smith and Darby
11 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad October 5, 1949 James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, & Jack Kinney Homer Brightman, Winston Hibler, Erdman Penner, Harry Reeves, Joe Rinaldi & Ted Sears The Wind in the Willowsby Kenneth Grahame & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving Wallace
12 Cinderella February 15, 1950 Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, & Hamilton Luske Ken Anderson, Homer Brightman, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Harry Reeves, Joe Rinaldi & Ted Sears Cinderella by Charles Perrault
13 Alice in Wonderland July 28, 1951 Milt Banta, Del Connell, Billy Cottrell, Joe Grant, Winston Hibler, Dick Huemer, Dick Kelsey, Tom Oreb, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears & John Walbridge Alice's Adventures in Wonderland& Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
14 Peter Pan February 5, 1953 Milt Banta, Billy Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears & Ralph Wright Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
15 Lady and the Tramp June 22, 1955 Don DaGradi, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi & Ralph Wright Joe Grant's pet English Springer Spaniel Lady, Happy Dan, the Cynical Dog & Lady and the Tramp: The Story of Two Dogs by Ward Greene
16 Sleeping Beauty January 29, 1959 Supervising Director:Clyde Geronimi

Sequence Directors: Les Clark, Eric Larson, & Wolfgang Reitherman

Erdman Penner Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault, Little Briar Rose by Brothers Grimm & The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky George Bruns
17 One Hundred and One Dalmatians January 25, 1961 Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, & Wolfgang Reitherman Bill Peet The Hundred and One Dalmatiansby Dodie Smith
18 The Sword in the Stone December 25, 1963 Wolfgang Reitherman The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
19 The Jungle Book October 18, 1967 Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry & Ralph Wright The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
20 The Aristocats December 24, 1970 Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Julius Svendsen, Frank Thomas & Ralph Wright The Secret Origin of The Aristocats by Tom McGowan & Tom Rowe Winston Hibler & Reitherman
21 Robin Hood November 8, 1973 Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Dave Michener, Julius Svendsen & Frank Thomas The legend of Robin Hood Reitherman
22 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh March 11, 1977 John Lounsbery & Wolfgang Reitherman Ken Anderson, X Atencio, Ted Berman, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Winston Hibler, Julius Svendsen & Ralph Wright Winnie-the-Pooh book series by A. A. Milne Walt Disney & Reitherman Buddy Baker
23 The Rescuers June 22, 1977 John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, & Art Stevens Ken Anderson, Ted Berman, Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Fred Lucky, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, Dick Sebast & Frank Thomas The Rescuersbook series by Margery Sharp Reitherman and Ron W. Miller Artie Butler
24 The Fox and the Hound July 10, 1981 Ted Berman, Richard Rich, & Art Stevens Berman, Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Steve Hulett, Earl Kress, Burny Mattinson, David Michener & Peter Young The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix Ron W. Miller, Wolfgang Reitherman & Stevens Baker
25 The Black Cauldron July 24, 1985 Ted Berman & Richard Rich Berman, Vance Gerry, Joe Hale, David Jonas, Roy Morita, Rich, Art Stevens, Al Wilson & Peter Young The Chronicles of Prydain book series by Lloyd Alexander Joe Hale & Ron W. Miller Elmer Bernstein
26 The Great Mouse Detective July 2, 1986 Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener & John Musker Clements, Vance Gerry, Steve Hulett, Mattinson, Michener, Bruce M. Morris, Musker, Matthew O'Callaghan, Melvin Shaw & Peter Young Basil of Baker Streetbook series by Eve Titus Mattinson Henry Mancini
27 Oliver & Company November 18, 1988 George Scribner Jim Cox, Timothy J. Disney & James Mangold Oliver Twistby Charles Dickens Kathleen Gavin J. A. C. Redford
28 The Little Mermaid November 17, 1989 John Musker & Ron Clements The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen Howard Ashman & Musker Alan Menken
29 The Rescuers Down Under November 16, 1990 Hendel Butoy & Mike Gabriel Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Byron Sampson & Joe Ranft The Rescuersbook series by Margery Sharp Thomas Schumacher Bruce Broughton
30 Beauty and the Beast November 22, 1991 Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise Linda Woolverton Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont Don Hahn Menken
31 Aladdin November 25, 1992 John Musker & Ron Clements Clements, Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from One Thousand and One Nights Musker & Clements
32 The Lion King June 24, 1994 Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts& Linda Woolverton Africananimals & Hamlet by William Shakespeare Don Hahn Hans Zimmer
33 Pocahontas June 23, 1995 Mike Gabriel & Eric Goldberg Carl Binder, Susannah Grant& Philip LaZebnik The lives of Pocahontasand John Smith James Pentecost Menken
34 The Hunchback of Notre Dame June 21, 1996 Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise Story: Tab Murphy

Screenplay:Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White & Jonathan Roberts

Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo Don Hahn
35 Hercules June 27, 1997 John Musker & Ron Clements Clements, Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw & Irene Mecchi The Greek myth of Heracles Alice Dewey, Musker & Clements
36 Mulan June 19, 1998 Barry Cook & Tony Bancroft Story: Robert D. San Souci

Screenplay: Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer

Ballad of Mulan by Guo Maoqian Pam Coats Jerry Goldsmith
37 Tarzan June 18, 1999 Kevin Lima & Chris Buck Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker & Noni White Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs Bonnie Arnold Mark Mancina
38 Fantasia 2000 December 16, 1999 James Algar, Paul & Gaëtan Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, Don Hahn, & Pixote Hunt See credits The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen & Noah's Arkinter alia Roy E. Disney & Donald W. Ernst Various
39 Dinosaur May 19, 2000 Ralph Zondag& Eric Leighton Story: John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs, Thom Enriquez & Zondag

Screenplay:Harrison & Jacobs

an original screenplay by Walon Green Pam Marsden James Newton Howard
40 The Emperor's New Groove December 15, 2000 Mark Dindal Story: Chris Williams & Dindal

Screenplay:David Reynolds

Inca mythology & the cancelled original version Kingdom of the Sun by Roger Allers and Matthew Jacobs Randy Fullmer John Debney
41 Atlantis: The Lost Empire June 15, 2001 Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise Story: Wise, Trousdale, Joss Whedon, Bryce, Jackie Zabel & Tab Murphy

Screenplay:Murphy

The legend of Atlantis Don Hahn Howard
42 Lilo & Stitch June 21, 2002 Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois An unpublished children's book by Sanders Clark Spencer Alan Silvestri
43 Treasure Planet November 27, 2002 John Musker & Ron Clements Story: Clements, Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio

Screenplay:Clements, Musker & Rob Edwards

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Roy Conli, Musker & Clements Howard
44 Brother Bear November 1, 2003 Aaron Blaise & Robert Walker Tab Murphy, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, Steve Bencich & Ron J. Friedman Inuit cultures Chuck Williams Mancina
45 Home on the Range April 2, 2004 Will Finn & John Sanford Story: Finn, Sanford, Michael LaBash, Sam Levine, Mark Kennedy & Robert Lence

Screenplay: Finn & Sanford

The original version Sweating Bullets by Mike Gabriel Alice Dewey Goldstone Menken
46 Chicken Little November 4, 2005 Mark Dindal Story: Dindal & Mark Kennedy

Screenplay:Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman & Ron Anderson

Henny Penny Randy Fullmer Debney
47 Meet the Robinsons March 30, 2007 Stephen J. Anderson Jon A. Bernstein, Michelle Spritz, Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joe Mateo & Anderson A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce Dorothy McKim Danny Elfman
48 Bolt November 21, 2008 Chris Williams & Byron Howard Dan Fogelman & Williams The cancelled original version American Dog by Chris Sanders Clark Spencer John Powell
49 The Princess and the Frog December 11, 2009 John Musker & Ron Clements Story: Clements, Musker, Greg Erb, & Jason Oremland

Screenplay:Clements, Musker & Rob Edwards

The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker& The Frog Prince by Brothers Grimm Peter Del Vecho Randy Newman
50 Tangled November 24, 2010 Nathan Greno & Byron Howard Dan Fogelman Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm Roy Conli Menken
51 Winnie the Pooh July 15, 2011 Stephen J. Anderson & Don Hall Anderson, Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty, Hall, Kendelle Hoyer, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell & Jeremy Spears Winnie-the-Pooh book series by A. A. Milne Peter Del Vecho & Clark Spencer Henry Jackman
52 Wreck-It Ralph November 2, 2012 Rich Moore Story: Moore, Phil Johnston & Jim Reardon

Screenplay:Johnston & Jennifer Lee

Various video and arcade games, including Donkey Kongand Pac-Man Clark Spencer
53 Frozen November 27, 2013 Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Story: Buck, Lee & Shane Morris

Screenplay: Lee

Scandinavianand Sámi cultures & The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen Peter Del Vecho Christophe Beck
54 Big Hero 6 November 7, 2014 Don Hall & Chris Williams Robert L. Baird, Dan Gerson & Jordan Roberts Big Hero 6by Man of Action Roy Conli Jackman
55 Zootopia March 4, 2016 Byron Howard & Rich Moore Story: Howard, Moore, Jared Bush, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad, Phil Johnston & Jennifer Lee

Screenplay:Bush & Johnston

Buddy copfilms Clark Spencer Michael Giacchino
56 Moana November 23, 2016 John Musker & Ron Clements Story: Clements, Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron & Jordan Kandell

Screenplay:Jared Bush

Polynesiancultures & the Hawaiian myth of Māui Osnat Shurer Mancina
57 Ralph Breaks the Internet November 21, 2018 Rich Moore & Phil Johnston Story: Moore, Johnston, Jim Reardon, Pamela Ribon & Josie Trinidad

Screenplay:Johnston & Ribon

eBay, YouTube, BuzzFeed, & Disney Consumer Productsinter alia Clark Spencer Jackman
58 Frozen II November 22, 2019 Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Story: Buck, Lee, Marc E. Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Screenplay: Lee

Scandinavian and Sámi cultures & The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen Peter Del Vecho Beck
59 Raya and the Last Dragon March 5, 2021 Don Hall & Carlos López Estrada Story: Paul Briggs, Hall, Adele Lim, López Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa & Dean Wellins

Screenplay:Nguyen & Lim

Southeast Asiancultures and mythology Osnat Shurer & Peter Del Vecho Howard
60 Encanto November 24, 2021 Jared Bush & Byron Howard Story: Bush, Howard, Charise Castro Smith, Jason Hand, Nancy Kruse & Lin-Manuel Miranda

Screenplay:Smith & Bush

Colombianculture Yvett Merino& Clark Spencer Germaine Franco
61 Strange World November 23, 2022 Don Hall Qui Nguyen Pulp magazines Roy Conli Jackman

Upcoming films[change | change source]

# Film Release date Director(s) Writer(s) Based on/Inspired by Producer(s) Composer(s)
62 Wish November 22, 2023 Chris Buck & Fawn Veerasunthorn Jennifer Lee 100th anniversary of Disney TBA Julia Michaels

Franchises[change | change source]

This does not include Disney's direct-to-video or television follow-up films produced by either Disney Television Animation or DisneyToon Studios.

Titles Release dates Movies TV Seasons
Mickey Mouse & Friends 1928–present 7 15
Donald Duck 1934–present 3
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937–present 1 2
Fantasia 1940–present 4 0
Dumbo 1941–2019 2 1
Bambi 1942–present 1 0
Saludos Amigos 1943–2018 2 1
Cinderella 1950–2015 2 0
Alice in Wonderland 1951–present 3 5
Peter Pan 1953–present 2 4
Lady and the Tramp 1955–2019 0
Sleeping Beauty 1959–present 3
101 Dalmatians 1961–present 4 3
Winnie the Pooh 1966–present 6 10
The Jungle Book 1967–present 4 3
The Rescuers 1977–1990 2 0
The Fox and the Hound 1981–2006 1
The Little Mermaid 1989–present 1 3
Beauty and the Beast 1991–present 2 2
Aladdin 1992–present 3
The Lion King 1994–present 6
Pocahontas 1995–1998 1 0
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996–present
Hercules 1997–present 2
Mulan 1998–present 2 0
Tarzan 1999–2005 1 2
The Emperor's New Groove 2000–2008
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001–2003 0
Lilo & Stitch 2002–present 2
Brother Bear 2003–2006 0
The Princess and the Frog 2009–present 0 (1 planned)
Tangled 2010–2020 3
Wreck-It Ralph 2012–present 2 0
Frozen 2013–present
Big Hero 6 2014–present 1 4
Zootopia 2016–present 1
Moana 0 (1 planned)

Achievements[change | change source]

The animation studio is noted for creating a number of now-standard innovations in the animation industry, including:

  • The multiplane camera (for Snow White, but first used in the Academy-award winning short "The Old Mill")
  • The realistic animation of special effects and human characters (for Snow White)
  • Advanced composition processes to combine live-action and animated elements using color film (for The Three Caballeros)
  • The use of xerography in animation to transfer drawings to cels as opposed to ink-tracing (developed for 101 Dalmatians, but first tested in a few scenes in Sleeping Beauty and first fully used in the Academy-award nominated short Goliath II)
  • The use of all-digital methods for painting, compositing, and recording animated features using the CAPS (Computer Animation Production System)

Among its significant achievements are:

Documentary movies about Disney animation[change | change source]

  • A Trip Through the Walt Disney Studios (1937, short)
  • The Reluctant Dragon (1941, a staged "mockumentary")
  • Frank and Ollie (1995)
  • Dream On Silly Dreamer (2005)
  • Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Walt Disney Animation Studios". Walt Disney Animation Studios.