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Walt Disney Animation Studios
Type Subsidiary of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group
Industry Animation
Motion pictures
Traditional animation
CGI animation
Flash Animation
When it was created October 16, 1923 (1923-10-16) (As Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio)
People who started it 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
Things made Animated films
Parent The Walt Disney Company
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 for The Walt Disney Company.


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 of WDFA's troubles with their 2D animated movies performing unsuccessfully.


Feature movies

Walt Disney Animation Studios has released 53 film movies in what is known as the "Disney Animation Canon". The first one, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was released in 1937. The most recent, Big Hero 6, was released in 2014.

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 (1942)
  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 (1977)
  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 (1999)
  39. Dinosaur (2000)
  40. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
  41. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  42. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  43. Treasure Planet (2002)
  44. Brother Bear (2003)
  45. Home on the Range (2004)
  46. Chicken Little (2005)
  47. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  48. Bolt (2008)
  49. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  50. Tangled (2010)
  51. Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  52. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  53. Frozen (2013)
  54. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  55. Zootopia (2016)
  56. Moana (2016)
  57. Gigantic (2018)
  58. The Dolphin of the Ocean (TBA)


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 CAPS (Computer Animation Production System)

Among its significant achievements are:

  • The first animated feature in Technicolor (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
  • The first major motion picture in stereophonic sound (Fantasia), otherwise known as Fantasound.
  • The first animated feature in CinemaScope (Lady and the Tramp)
  • The first large format animated movie (the 70 mm Sleeping Beauty)
  • The first Disney animated feature to use computer-generated imagery (The Black Cauldron)
  • The first Disney animated feature making heavy use of CGI computer animation (Oliver & Company)
  • The first Disney animated feature to use digital coloring (The Little Mermaid, which introduced Disney's CAPS process)
  • The first feature movie to be shot using a 100% digital process (The Rescuers Down Under, CAPS)
  • The first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the only nominee for Best Picture to be traditionally-animated (Beauty and the Beast)
  • The first Disney animated feature to gross $200 million, and the highest-grossing movie of 1992 (Aladdin)
  • The highest grossing traditionally-animated (or hand-drawn) movie of all time (The Lion King)
  • The largest movie premiere with over 100,000 viewers (Pocahontas)
  • The most expensive animated movie ever made costing $260m (Tangled)
  • The highest number of original characters ever created for an animated movie (188 characters) (Wreck-It Ralph)

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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