Walt Disney Animation Studios

Walt Disney Company animation studio

Walt Disney Animation Studios is an American animation studio headquartered in Burbank, California. It was started on October 16, 1923 under the name, Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. In 1929, it was renamed Walt Disney Productions. On February 2, 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
  • Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (1923–26)
  • Walt Disney Studio (1926–29)
  • Walt Disney Productions (1929–86)
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation (1986–2007)
Company typeDivision
PredecessorLaugh-O-Gram Studio
FoundedOctober 16, 1923; 100 years ago (1923-10-16) (first incarnation)
February 6, 1986; 38 years ago (1986-02-06) (second incarnation)
DefunctFebruary 6, 1986; 38 years ago (1986-02-06) (first incarnation)
FateSplit into 2 divisions (first incarnation)
Headquarters2100 West Riverside Drive, ,
Key people
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
ParentWalt Disney Studios
Footnotes / references



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 and December 24, 2022 [5] because the 2D movies which the satellite studios made were unsuccessful what [6]



List of Disney characters



This list includes the movies made by Walt Disney Animation Studios; originally Walt Disney Productions (1937–1985) and Walt Disney Feature Animation (1986–2007).

Released movies

Movie U.S. release date Directed by Written by Based on/Inspired by Produced by Composed by
as Walt Disney Productions
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs December 21, 1937 Supervising direction by : David Hand
Sequence direction by : William 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 White" by Brothers Grimm Walt Disney Frank Churchill, Paul Smith & Leigh Harline
Pinocchio February 7, 1940 Supervising direction by : Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen
Sequence direction by : 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 Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi Leigh Harline & Paul Smith
Fantasia November 13, 1940 See credits Joe Grant & Dick Huemer "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe inter alia Walt Disney & Ben Sharpsteen Leopold Stokowski
Dumbo October 23, 1941 Supervising Director:
Ben Sharpsteen
Sequence Directors:
Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson
Wilfred Jackson
Jack Kinney
Bill Roberts
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl Walt Disney Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace
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 Woods by Felix Salten Frank Churchill and Edward H. Plumb
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 original Paul Smith and Edward H. Plumb
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 Edward H. Plumb, Paul Smith and Charles Wolcott
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 Prokofiev inter alia Eliot Daniel, Ken Darby, Charles Wolcott, Oliver Wallace and Edward H. Plumb
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 Oliver Wallace, Paul Smith, Eliot Daniel and Charles Wolcott
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 Eliot Daniel, Paul Smith and Ken Darby
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 Willows by Kenneth Grahame
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
Oliver Wallace
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
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
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
Lady and the Tramp June 22, 1955 Don DaGradi
Erdman Penner
Joe Rinaldi
Ralph Wright
Happy Dan, the Cynical Dog & Lady and the Tramp: The Story of Two Dogs by Ward Greene
Sleeping Beauty January 29, 1959 Supervising Director:
Clyde Geronimi
Sequence Directors:
Les Clark
Eric Larson
Wolfgang Reitherman
Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright & Milt Banta "Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault, "Little Briar Rose" by Brothers Grimm & The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky George Bruns
One Hundred and One Dalmatians January 25, 1961 Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wolfgang Reitherman
Bill Peet The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
The Sword in the Stone December 25, 1963 Wolfgang Reitherman The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
The Jungle Book October 18, 1967 Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry & Ralph Wright the Mowgli stories from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Aristocats December 24, 1970 Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Julius Svendsen, Frank Thomas & Ralph Wright original Winston Hibler & Reitherman
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
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[a] Buddy Baker
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 Rescuers book series by Margery Sharp Reitherman and Ron W. Miller Artie Butler
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 Buddy Baker
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
as Walt Disney Feature Animation
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 Street book series by Eve Titus Mattinson Henry Mancini
Oliver & Company November 18, 1988 George Scribner Jim Cox, Timothy J. Disney & James Mangold Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Kathleen Gavin (uncredited) J. A. C. Redford
The Little Mermaid November 17, 1989 John Musker
Ron Clements
"The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen Howard Ashman & Musker Alan Menken
The Rescuers Down Under November 16, 1990 Hendel Butoy
Mike Gabriel
Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Byron Sampson & Joe Ranft The Rescuers book series by Margery Sharp Thomas Schumacher Bruce Broughton
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 Alan Menken
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
The Lion King June 24, 1994 Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff
Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts & Linda Woolverton original
(loosely inspired by Hamlet by William Shakespeare)
Don Hahn Hans Zimmer
Pocahontas June 23, 1995 Mike Gabriel
Eric Goldberg
Carl Binder, Susannah Grant & Philip LaZebnik The lives of Pocahontas and John Smith James Pentecost Alan Menken
The Hunchback of Notre Dame June 21, 1996 Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Screenplay: Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White & Jonathan Roberts
Story: Murphy
Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo Don Hahn
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
Mulan June 19, 1998 Barry Cook
Tony Bancroft
Screenplay: Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer & Eugenia Bostwick-Singer
Story: Robert D. San Souci
Ballad of Mulan by Guo Maoqian Pam Coats Jerry Goldsmith
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
Fantasia 2000 January 1, 2000 Don Hahn
Eric Goldberg
Francis Glebas
Hendel Butoy
James Algar
Pixote Hunt
The Brizzi Brothers
Screenplay: David Reynolds, Don Dougherty, Hahn, Goldberg, Irene Mecchi and The Brizzi Brothers
Story: Carl Fallberg, Dougherty, Goldberg, James Capobianco, James Fujii, Kirk Hanson, Pat Ventura, Perce Pearce, Rob Gibbs, Ron Meurin, Stevie Wermers, Terry Naughton, Todd Kurosawa and The Brizzi Brothers
"The Steadfast Tin Soldier" by Hans Christian Andersen and "Noah's Ark" Donald W. Ernst and Roy E. Disney James Levine
Dinosaur May 19, 2000 Eric Leighton
Ralph Zondag
Screenplay: John Hanson, Robert Nelson Jacobs and Walon Green
Story: Hanson, Zondag, Jacobs, Thom Enriquez and Green
original Pam Marsden James Newton Howard
The Emperor's New Groove December 15, 2000 Mark Dindal Screenplay: David Reynolds
Story: Chris Williams & Dindal
original Randy Fullmer John Debney
Atlantis: The Lost Empire June 15, 2001 Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Screenplay: Tab Murphy
Story: Wise, Trousdale, Joss Whedon, Bryce, Jackie Zabel & Murphy
The legend of Atlantis Don Hahn James Newton Howard
Lilo & Stitch June 21, 2002 Chris Sanders
Dean DeBlois
original Clark Spencer Alan Silvestri
Treasure Planet November 27, 2002 John Musker
Ron Clements
Screenplay: Clements, Musker & Rob Edwards
Story: Clements, Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Roy Conli, Musker & Clements James Newton Howard
Brother Bear November 1, 2003 Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Tab Murphy, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, Steve Bencich & Ron J. Friedman original Chuck Williams Mark Mancina
Home on the Range April 2, 2004 Will Finn
John Sanford
Screenplay: Finn & Sanford
Story: Finn, Sanford, Michael LaBash, Sam Levine, Mark Kennedy & Robert Lence
Alice Dewey Goldstone Alan Menken
Chicken Little November 4, 2005 Mark Dindal Screenplay: Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman & Ron Anderson
Story: Dindal & Mark Kennedy
"Henny Penny" Randy Fullmer John Debney
as Walt Disney Animation Studios
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
Bolt November 21, 2008 Chris Williams
Byron Howard
Dan Fogelman & Williams original Clark Spencer John Powell
The Princess and the Frog December 11, 2009 John Musker
Ron Clements
Screenplay: Clements, Musker & Rob Edwards
Story: Clements, Musker, Greg Erb, & Jason Oremland
The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker & "The Frog Prince" by Brothers Grimm Peter Del Vecho Randy Newman
Tangled November 24, 2010 Nathan Greno
Byron Howard
Dan Fogelman "Rapunzel" by Brothers Grimm Roy Conli Alan Menken
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 Peter Del Vecho & Clark Spencer Henry Jackman
Wreck-It Ralph November 2, 2012 Rich Moore Screenplay: Phil Johnston & Jennifer Lee
Story: Moore, Johnston & Jim Reardon
original Clark Spencer
Frozen November 27, 2013 Chris Buck
Jennifer Lee
Screenplay: Lee
Story: Buck, Lee & Shane Morris
(loosely inspired by "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen)
Peter Del Vecho Christophe Beck
Big Hero 6 November 7, 2014 Don Hall
Chris Williams
Robert L. Baird, Dan Gerson & Jordan Roberts Big Hero 6 by Man of Action Roy Conli Henry Jackman
Zootopia March 4, 2016 Byron Howard
Rich Moore
Co-director: Jared Bush
Screenplay: Bush & Phil Johnston
Story: Howard, Moore, Bush, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad, Johnston & Jennifer Lee
original Clark Spencer Michael Giacchino
Moana November 23, 2016 John Musker
Ron Clements
Co-directors: Chris Williams
Don Hall
Screenplay: Jared Bush
Story: Clements, Musker, Williams, Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron & Jordan Kandell
(inspired by the Hawaiian myth of Māui)
Osnat Shurer Mark Mancina
Ralph Breaks the Internet November 21, 2018 Rich Moore
Phil Johnston
Screenplay: Johnston & Pamela Ribon
Story: Moore, Johnston, Jim Reardon, Ribon & Josie Trinidad
Clark Spencer Henry Jackman
Frozen II November 22, 2019 Chris Buck
Jennifer Lee
Screenplay: Lee
Story: Buck, Lee, Marc E. Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
Peter Del Vecho Christophe Beck
Raya and the Last Dragon March 5, 2021 Don Hall
Carlos López Estrada
Co-directors: Paul Briggs
John Ripa
Screenplay: Qui Nguyen & Adele Lim
Story: Briggs, Hall, Lim, López Estrada, Kiel Murray, Nguyen, Ripa & Dean Wellins
(inspired by Nāga Southeast Asian mythology)
Osnat Shurer & Peter Del Vecho James Newton Howard
Encanto November 24, 2021 Jared Bush
Byron Howard
Co-director: Charise Castro Smith
Screenplay: Smith & Bush
Story: Bush, Howard, Smith, Jason Hand, Nancy Kruse & Lin-Manuel Miranda
original Yvett Merino & Clark Spencer Germaine Franco
Strange World November 23, 2022 Don Hall
Co-director: Qui Nguyen
Nguyen Roy Conli Henry Jackman
Wish November 22, 2023 Chris Buck
Fawn Veerasunthorn
Screenplay: Jennifer Lee & Allison Moore
Story: Lee, Buck, Veerasunthorn & Moore
Peter Del Vecho & Juan Pablo Reyes David Metzger

Upcoming films

Film Release date Directed by Written by Based on/Inspired by Produced by Composed by
Moana 2[7] November 27, 2024[8] David G. Derrick Jr. Osnat Shurer Mark Mancina
Zootopia 2[9] November 26, 2025[8] Jared Bush
Co-director: Josie Trinidad
Jared Bush Brad Simonsen 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 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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  1. Before his death in 1966, Walt Disney acted as the producer of the featurettes Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, both of which were featured in the movie.