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Walt Disney Animation Studios
Subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios
Division of Walt Disney Pictures
Industry Animation
Motion pictures
Traditional animation
CGI animation
Flash animation
Founded October 16, 1923 (1923-10-16) (as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio)
Founder Walt and Roy Disney
Headquarters 2100 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, California U.S.
Key people
Ed Catmull, President
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer
Andrew Millstein, General Manager
Products Animated films
Parent Walt Disney Pictures
Divisions Disney Television Animation
DisneyToon Studios

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.


Walt Disney Animation Studios is headquartered in the Sorcerer's Hat building which was completed in 1995. It is in Burbank, California close to 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.


Since 1937, Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced 56 movies with Walt Disney Pictures. The first one, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was released in 1937. The newest one, Frozen 2, was released in 2019, with their next released being Raya and the Last Dragon in 2020.

List of movies

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  2. Pinocchio (1940)
  3. Fantasia (1940)
  4. Dumbo (1941)
  5. Bambi (1942)
  6. Saludos Amigos (1943)
  7. The Three Caballeros (1944)
  8. Make Mine Music (1946)
  9. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
  10. Melody Time (1948)
  11. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
  12. Cinderella (1950)
  13. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  14. Peter Pan (1953)
  15. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  16. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  17. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
  18. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
  19. The Jungle Book (1967)
  20. The Aristocats (1970)
  21. Robin Hood (1973)
  22. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  23. The Rescuers (1978)
  24. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  25. The Black Cauldron (1985)
  26. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  27. Oliver & Company (1988)
  28. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  29. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  30. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  31. Aladdin (1992)
  32. The Lion King (1994)
  33. Pocahontas (1995)
  34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  35. Hercules (1997)
  36. Mulan (1998)
  37. Tarzan (1999)
  38. Fantasia 2000 (2000)
  39. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
  40. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  41. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  42. Treasure Planet (2002)
  43. Brother Bear (2003)
  44. Home on the Range (2004)
  45. Chicken Little (2005)
  46. The Wild (2006)
  47. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  48. Bolt (2008)
  49. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  50. Tangled (2010)
  51. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  52. Frozen (2013)
  53. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  54. Zootopia (2016)
  55. Moana (2016)
  56. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
  57. Frozen 2 (2019)

Upcoming Movies

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)


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

  • 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)

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