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This article is about the main animation division of The Walt Disney Studios. For the direct-to-video animation studio, see DisneyToon Studios.

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS[7]), also referred to as Disney Animation, headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California,[8] is an American animation studio that creates animated feature films, short films, and television specials for The Walt Disney Company. Founded on October 16, 1923,[1] it is a division of The Walt Disney Studios. The studio has produced 56 feature films, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to Moana (2016).[9]

It was founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923 and incorporated as Walt Disney Productions in 1929. The studio was exclusively dedicated to producing short films until it expanded into feature production in 1934. In 1983, Walt Disney Productions named its live-action film studio Walt Disney Pictures. During a corporate restructuring in 1986, Walt Disney Productions was renamed The Walt Disney Company and the animation division, renamed Walt Disney Feature Animation, became a subsidiary of its film division, The Walt Disney Studios. In 2007, Walt Disney Feature Animation took on its current name, Walt Disney Animation Studios after Pixar Animation Studios was acquired by Disney in the same year.

For much of its existence, the studio was recognized as the premier American animation studio;[10] it developed many of the techniques, concepts, and principles that became standard practices of traditional animation.[11] The studio also pioneered the art of storyboarding, which is now a standard technique used in both animated and live-action filmmaking.[12] The studio's catalog of animated features is among Disney's most notable assets, with the stars of its animated shorts – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto – becoming recognizable figures in popular culture and mascots for The Walt Disney Company as a whole.

Walt Disney Animation Studios continues to produce films using both traditional animation and computer-generated imagery (CGI). At the present, Andrew Millstein is the general manager of the studio for day-to-day business affairs, under the direction of Edwin Catmull and John Lasseter who also oversee Pixar.


  • 1History
    • 1.11923–29: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio
    • 1.21929–40: Reincorporation, Silly Symphonies and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    • 1.31940–48: New features, strike, World War II
    • 1.41948–59: Return of features, end of shorts, layoffs
    • 1.51959–66: Reduced feature animation, Walt Disney's final years
    • 1.61967–83: Decline in popularity, Don Bluth's entrance and departure, "rock bottom"
    • 1.71984–89: Michael Eisner takeover, restructuring, return to prominence
    • 1.81989–94: Beginning of the Disney Renaissance, successful releases, impact on the animation industry
    • 1.91994–99: End of the Disney Renaissance, declining returns
    • 1.102000–06: Slump, downsizing and conversion to computer animation, corporate issues
    • 1.112006–09: Rebound, Disney's acquisition of Pixar, renaming
    • 1.122010–present: Continued resurgence
  • 2Studio
  • 3Productions
  • 4Collaborations
  • 5See also
  • 6References
  • 7Further reading
  • 8External links


1923–29: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio[edit]

Kansas City, Missouri, natives Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Los Angeles in 1923 and got their start producing a series of silent Alice Comedies short films featuring a live-action child actress in an animated world.[14] The Alice Comedies were distributed by Margaret J. Winkler's Winkler Pictures, which later also distributed a second Disney short subject series, the all-animated Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, through Universal Pictures starting in 1927.[14][15] Upon relocating to California, the Disney brothers initially started working in their uncle Robert Disney's garage at 4406 Kingswell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, then in October 1923 formally launched their studio in a small office on the rear side of a real estate agency's office at 4651 Kingswell Avenue. In February 1924, the studio moved next door to office space of its own at 4649 Kingswell Avenue. In 1925, Disney put down a deposit on a new location at 2719 Hyperion Avenue in the nearby Silver Lake neighborhood, which came to be known as the Hyperion Studio to distinguish it from the studio's other locations, and in January 1926 the studio moved there and took on the name the Walt Disney Studio.[16]

Meanwhile, after the first year's worth of Oswalds, Walt Disney attempted to renew his contract with Winkler Pictures, but Charles Mintz, who had taken over Margaret Winkler's business after marrying her, wanted to force Disney to accept a lower advance payment for each Oswald short. Disney refused, and as Universal owned the rights to Oswald rather than Disney, Mintz set up his own animation studio to produce Oswald cartoons. Most of Disney's staff was hired away by Mintz to move over, once Disney's Oswald contract was done in mid-1928.[17]

Working in secret while the rest of the staff finished the remaining Oswalds on contract, Disney and his head animator Ub Iwerks led a small handful of loyal staffers in producing cartoons starring a new character named Mickey Mouse.[18] The first two Mickey Mouse cartoons, Plane Crazy and The Galloping Gaucho, were previewed in limited engagements during the summer of 1928. For the third Mickey cartoon, however, Disney produced a soundtrack, collaborating with musician Carl Stalling and businessman Pat Powers, who provided Disney with his bootlegged "Cinephone" sound-on-film process. Subsequently, the third Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie, became Disney's first cartoon with synchronized sound and was a major success upon its November 1928 debut at the West 57th Theatre in New York City.[19] The Mickey Mouse series of sound cartoons, distributed by Powers through Celebrity Productions, quickly became the most popular cartoon series in the United States.[20][21] A second Disney series of sound cartoons, the Silly Symphonies, debuted in 1929 with The Skeleton Dance.[22]

1929–40: Reincorporation, Silly Symphonies and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs[edit]

In 1930, disputes over finances between Disney and Powers led to Disney's studio, reincorporated on December 16, 1929, as Walt Disney Productions, signing a new distribution contract with Columbia Pictures.[23][24] Powers in return signed away Ub Iwerks, who began producing cartoons at his own studio.[25]

Columbia distributed Disney's shorts for two years before the Disney studio entered a new distribution deal with United Artists in 1932. The same year, Disney signed a two-year exclusive deal with Technicolor to utilize its new 3-strip color film process,[26] which allowed for fuller-color reproduction where previous color film processors could not.[27] The result was the Silly SymphonyFlowers and Trees, the first film commercially released in full Technicolor.[27][28]Flowers and Trees was a major success,[27][29] and all Silly Symphonies were subsequently produced in Technicolor.[30][31]

By the early 1930s, Walt Disney had realized that the success of animated films depended upon telling emotionally gripping stories that would grab the audience and not let go,[32][33] and this realization led him to create a separate "story department" with storyboard artists dedicated to story development.[34] With well-developed characters and an interesting story, the 1933 Technicolor Silly Symphony cartoon Three Little Pigs became a major box office and pop culture success,[27][35] with its theme song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" becoming a popular chart hit.[36]

In 1934, Walt Disney gathered several key staff members and announced his plans to make his first feature animated film. Despite derision from most of the film industry, who dubbed the production "Disney's Folly," Disney proceeded undaunted into the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,[37] which would become the first animated feature in English and Technicolor. Considerable training and development went into the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the studio greatly expanded with established animators, artists from other fields, and recent college graduates joining the studio to work on the film. The training classes, supervised by the head animators such as Les Clark, Norm Ferguson, and Art Babbit and taught by Donald W. Graham, an art teacher from the nearby Chouinard Art Institute,[11][37] had begun at the studio in 1932 and were greatly expanded into orientation training and continuing education classes.[11][37] In the course of teaching the classes, Graham and the animators created or formalized many of the techniques and processes that became the key tenets and principles of traditional animation.[11]Silly Symphonies such as The Goddess of Spring (1934) and The Old Mill (1937) served as experimentation grounds for new techniques such as the animation of realistic human figures, special effects animation, the use of the multiplane camera,[38] an invention which split animation artwork layers into several planes, allowing the camera to appear to move dimensionally through an animated scene.[39]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cost Disney a then-expensive sum of $1.4 million to complete (including $100,000 on story development alone) and was an unprecedented success when released in February 1938 by RKO Radio Pictures, which had assumed distribution of Disney product from United Artists in 1937. It was briefly the highest-grossing film of all time before the success of Gone with the Wind two years later,[40] grossing over $8 million on its initial release, the equivalent of $139,082,740 in 1999 dollars.

During the production of Snow White, work had continued on the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies series of shorts. Mickey Mouse switched to Technicolor in 1935, by which time the series had added several major supporting characters, among them Mickey's dog Pluto and their friends Donald Duck and Goofy. Donald, Goofy, and Pluto would all be appearing in series of their own by 1940, and the Donald Duck cartoons eclipsed the Mickey Mouse series in popularity.[42] The Silly Symphonies, which garnered seven Academy Awards, ended in 1939.[43]

1940–48: New features, strike, World War II[edit]

The success of Snow White allowed Disney to build a new, larger studio on Buena Vista Street in Burbank, where The Walt Disney Company remains headquartered to this day. Walt Disney Productions had its initial public offering on April 2, 1940, with Walt Disney as president and chairman and Roy Disney as CEO.[44]

The studio launched into the production of new animated features, the first of which was Pinocchio, released in February 1940. Pinocchio was not initially a box office success.[45] The box office returns from the film's initial release were both below Snow White's unprecedented success and the studio's expectations.[45][46] Of the film's $2.289 million cost – twice of Snow White – Disney only recouped $1 million by late 1940, with studio reports of the film's final original box office take varying between $1.4 million and $1.9 million.[47] However, Pinocchio was a critical success, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, making it the first film of the studio to win not only either Oscar, but both at the same time.[48]

Fantasia, an experimental film produced to an accompanying orchestral arrangement conducted by Leopold Stokowski, was released in November 1940 by Disney itself in a series of limited-seating roadshow engagements. The film cost $2 million to produce, and although the film earned $1.4 million in its roadshow engagements,[49] the high cost ($85,000 per theater)[49] of installing Fantasound placed Fantasia at an even greater loss than Pinocchio.[50] RKO assumed distribution of Fantasia in 1941,[51] later reissuing it in severely edited versions over the years.[52][53] Despite its financial failure, Fantasia was the subject of two Academy Honorary Awards on February 26, 1942 – one for the development of the innovative Fantasound system used to create the film's stereoscopic soundtrack, and the other for Stokowski and his contributions to the film.[54]

Much of the character animation on these productions and all subsequent features until the late 1970s was supervised by a brain-trust of animators Walt Disney dubbed the "Nine Old Men," many of whom also served as directors and later producers on the Disney features: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Woolie Reitherman, Les Clark, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Milt Kahl, and Marc Davis.[55] Other head animators at Disney during this period included Norm Ferguson, Bill Tytla, and Fred Moore. The development of the feature animation department created a caste system at the Disney studio: lesser animators (and feature animators in-between assignments) were assigned to work on the short subjects, while animators higher in status such as the Nine Old Men worked on the features. Concern over Walt Disney accepting credit for the artists' work as well as debates over compensation led to many of the newer and lower-ranked animators seeking to unionize the Disney studio.[56]

A bitter union strike began in May 1941, which was resolved without the angered Walt Disney's involvement in July and August of that year.[56] As Walt Disney Productions was being set up as a union shop,[56] Walt Disney and several studio employees were sent by the US government on a Good Neighbor policy trip to Central and South America.[57] The Disney strike and its aftermath led to an exodus of several animation professionals from the studio, from top-level animators such as Art Babbitt and Bill Tytla to artists better known for their work outside the Disney studio such as Frank Tashlin, Maurice Noble, Walt Kelly, Bill Meléndez, and John Hubley.[56] Hubley, with several other Disney strikers, went on to found the United Productions of America studio, Disney's key animation rival in the 1950s.[56]

Dumbo, in production during the midst of the animators' strike, premiered in October 1941 and proved to be a financial success. The simple film only cost $950,000 to produce, half the cost of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, less than a third of the cost of Pinocchio, and two-fifths of the cost of Fantasia. Dumbo eventually grossed $1.6 million during its original release.[58] In August 1942, Bambi was released, and as with Pinocchio and Fantasia, did not perform well at the box office. Out of its $1.7 million budget, it only grossed $1.64 million.[59]

Production of full-length animated features was temporarily suspended after the release of Bambi. Given the financial failures of some of the recent features and World War II cutting off much of the overseas cinema market, the studio's financiers at the Bank of America would only loan the studio working capital if it temporarily restricted itself to shorts production.[60] Then in-production features such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Lady and the Tramp were therefore put on hold until after the war.[60] Other issues affecting the studio at the time included the drafting of several Disney animators to fight in World War II, and the necessity for the studio to focus on producing wartime content for the U.S. Army, particularly military training, and civilian propaganda films. From 1942 to 1943, 95 percent of the studio's animation output was for the military.[61] During the war, Disney produced the live-action/animated military propaganda feature Victory Through Air Power (1943),[62] and a series of Latin culture-themed shorts resulting from the 1941 Good Neighbor trip were compiled into two features, Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944).[62]

Saludos and Caballeros set the template for several other 1940s Disney releases of "package films": low-budgeted films composed of animated short subjects with animated or live-action bridging material.[63][64] These films were Make Mine Music (1946), Fun and Fancy Free (1947), Melody Time (1948), and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). The studio also produced two features, Song of the South (1946) and So Dear to My Heart (1948), which used more expansive live-action stories which still included animated sequences and sequences combining live-action and animated characters. Shorts production continued during this period as well, with Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto cartoons being the main output accompanied by cartoons starring Mickey Mouse, Figaro, and in the 1950s, Chip 'n' Dale and Humphrey the Bear.[65]

In addition, Disney began reissuing the previous features, beginning with re-releases of Snow White in 1944,[66]Pinocchio in 1945, and Fantasia in 1946.[67] This led to a tradition of reissuing the Disney films every seven years, which lasted into the 1990s before being translated into the studio's handling of home video releases.[66]

1948–59: Return of features, end of shorts, layoffs[edit]

In 1948, Disney returned to the production of full-length features with Cinderella, a full-length film based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. At a cost of nearly $3 million, the future of the studio depended upon the success of this film.[68] Upon its release in 1950, Cinderella proved to be a box-office success, with the profits from the film's release allowing Disney to carry on producing animated features throughout the 1950s.[69] Following its success, production on the in-limbo features Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp was resumed. In addition, an ambitious new project, an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" set to Tchaikovsky's classic score, was begun but took much of the rest of the decade to complete.[70]

Alice in Wonderland, released in 1951, met with a lukewarm response at the box office and was a sharp critical disappointment in its initial release.[71]Peter Pan, released in 1953, was, on the other hand, a commercial success and the highest-grossing film of the year. In 1955, Lady and the Tramp was released to higher box office success than any other Disney feature from the studio since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,[72] earning an estimated $7.5 million in rentals at the North American box office in 1955.[73]Lady is significant as Disney's first widescreen animated feature, produced in the CinemaScope process,[72] and was the first Disney animated feature to be released by Disney's own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution.[74]

By the mid-1950s, with Walt Disney's attention primarily set on new endeavours such as live-action films, television, and the Disneyland theme park,[55] production of the animated films was left primarily in the hands of the "Nine Old Men" trust of head animators and directors. This led to several delays in approvals during the production of Sleeping Beauty,[55] which was finally released in 1959. At $6 million,[75] it was Disney's most expensive film to date, produced in a heavily stylized art style devised by artist Eyvind Earle[75] and presented in large-format Super Technirama 70 with six-track stereophonic sound.[75] However, the film's large production costs and underperformance at the box office resulted in the studio posting its first annual loss in a decade for fiscal year 1960,[76] leading to massive layoffs throughout the studio.[77]

By the end of the decade, the Disney short subjects were no longer being produced on a regular basis, with many of the shorts divisions' personnel either leaving the company or begin reassigned to work on Disney television programs such as The Mickey Mouse Club and Disneyland. While the Disney shorts had dominated the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) during the 1930s, its reign over the award had been ended by MGM's Tom and Jerry cartoons, Warner Bros' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, and the works of United Productions of America (UPA), whose flat art style and stylized animation techniques were lauded as more modern alternatives to the older Disney style.[78] During the 1950s, only one Disney short, the stylized Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom, won the Best Short Subject (Cartoons) Oscar.[79]

The Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and Goofy shorts had all ceased regular production by 1953, with Donald Duck and Humphrey continuing and converting to widescreen CinemaScope before the shorts division was shut down in 1956. After that, all future shorts were produced by the feature films division until 1969. The last Disney short of the golden age of animation was It's Tough to Be a Bird. Disney shorts would only be produced on a sporadic basis from this point on,[65] with notable later shorts including[80]Runaway Brain (1995, starring Mickey Mouse)[81] and Paperman (2012).[82]

1959–66: Reduced feature animation, Walt Disney's final years[edit]

Despite the 1959 layoffs and competition for Walt Disney's attention from the company's grown live-action film, TV, and theme park departments, production continued on feature animation productions at a reduced level.[70] In 1961, the studio released One Hundred and One Dalmatians, an animated feature which popularized the use of xerography during the process of inking and painting traditional animation cels.[83] Using xerography, animation drawings could be photochemically transferred rather than traced from paper drawings to the clear acetate sheets ("cels") used in final animation production.[83] The resulting art style – a scratchier line which revealed the construction lines in the animators' drawings – typified Disney films into the 1980s.[83] The film was a success, being the tenth highest-grossing film of 1961 with rentals of $6.4 million.[84]

The Disney animation training program started at the studio before the development of Snow White in 1932 eventually led to Walt Disney helping found the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).[85] This university, formed via the merger of Chouinard Art Institute and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, included a Disney-developed animation program of study among its degree offerings. CalArts became the alma mater of many of the animators who would work at Disney and other animation studios from the 1970s to the present.[85]

The Sword in the Stone was released in 1963 and was the sixth highest-grossing film of the year in North America with estimated rentals of $4.75 million.[86] A featurette adaptation of one of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, was released in 1966,[87] to be followed by several other Pooh featurettes over the years and a full-length compilation feature, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which was released in 1977.[87]

Walt Disney died in December 1966, ten months before the studio's next film The Jungle Book, was completed and released.[88] The film was a success,[89] finishing 1967 as the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.[90]

1967–83: Decline in popularity, Don Bluth's entrance and departure, "rock bottom"[edit]

Following Walt Disney's passing, Wolfgang Reitherman continued as both producer and director of the features.[91][92] The studio began the 1970s with the release of The Aristocats, the last film project to be approved by Walt Disney.[92] In 1971, Roy O. Disney, the studio co-founder, died and Walt Disney Productions was left in the hands of Donn Tatum and Card Walker, who alternated as chairman and CEO in overlapping terms for the rest of the decade.[93] The next feature, Robin Hood (1973), was produced with a significantly reduced budget and animation repurposed from previous features.[91] Both The Aristocats and Robin Hood were minor box office and critical successes.[91][92]

The Rescuers, released in 1977, was a success exceeding the achievements of the previous two Disney features.[92] Receiving broad critical acclaim, commercial returns, and an Academy Award nomination, it ended up being the third highest-grossing film of the year and the most successful and acclaimed Disney animated film since The Jungle Book.[91][92] The film was reissued in 1983, accompanied by a new Disney featurette, Mickey's Christmas Carol.[94]

The production of The Rescuers signaled the beginning of a changing of the guard process in the personnel at the Disney animation studio:[92] as veterans such as Milt Kahl and Les Clark retired, they were gradually replaced by new talents such as Don Bluth, Ron Clements, John Musker, and Glen Keane.[92][95] The new animators, culled from the animation program at CalArts and trained by Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Woolie Reitherman[92][95] got their first chances to prove themselves as a group with the animated sequences in Disney's live-action/animated hybrid feature Pete's Dragon (1977),[96] the animation for which was directed by Don Bluth.[91] In September 1979, dissatisfied with what they felt was a stagnation in the development of the art of animation at Disney,[97] Bluth and several of the other new guard animators quit to start their own studio, Don Bluth Productions,[97] which became Disney's chief competitor in the animation field during the 1980s.[95]

Delayed half a year by the defection of the Bluth group,[95]The Fox and the Hound was released in 1981 after four years in production. The film was considered a financial success by the studio, and development continued on The Black Cauldron, a long-gestating adaptation of the Chronicles of Prydain series of novels by Lloyd Alexander[95] produced in Super Technirama 70.

The Black Cauldron was intended to expand the appeal of Disney animated films to older audiences and to showcase the talents of the new generation of Disney animators from CalArts. Besides Keane, Musker, and Clements, this new group of artists included other promising animators such as Andreas Deja, Mike Gabriel, John Lasseter, and Tim Burton. Lasseter was fired from Disney in 1983 for pushing the studio to explore computer animation production,[98][99] but went on to become the creative head of Pixar, a pioneering computer animation studio that would begin a close association with Disney in the late 1980s.[98][100][101] Similarly, Burton was fired in 1984 after producing a live-action short shelved by the studio, Frankenweenie, then went on to become a high-profile producer and director of live-action and stop-motion features for Disney and other studios. Some of Burton's high-profile projects for Disney would include the stop-motion The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), a live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (2010), and a stop-motion feature remake of Frankenweenie (2012).[102][103]

1984–89: Michael Eisner takeover, restructuring, return to prominence[edit]

Ron Miller, Walt Disney's son-in-law, became president of Walt Disney Productions in 1980 and CEO in 1983.[104] That year, he expanded the company's film and television production divisions, creating the Walt Disney Pictures banner under which future films from the feature animation department would be released.[104] After a series of corporate takeover attempts in 1984, Roy E. Disney, son of Roy O. and nephew of Walt, resigned from the company's board of directors and launched a campaign called "SaveDisney," successfully convincing the board to fire Miller. Roy E. Disney brought in Michael Eisner as Disney's new CEO and Frank Wells as president.[93][105] Eisner in turn named Jeffrey Katzenberg chairman of the film division, The Walt Disney Studios.[95] Near completion when the Eisner regime took over Disney, The Black Cauldron (1985) would come to represent what would later be referred to as the "rock bottom" point for Disney animation.[95] The studio's most expensive feature to that point at $44 million, The Black Cauldron was a critical and commercial failure.[95] The film's $21 million box office gross led to a loss for the studio, putting the future of the animation division in jeopardy.[95]

Between the 1950s and 1980s, the significance of animation to Disney's bottom line was significantly reduced as the company expanded into further live-action production, television, and theme parks.[95] As new CEO, Michael Eisner strongly considered shuttering the feature animation studio and outsourcing future animation. Roy E. Disney intervened, offering to head the feature animation division and turn its fortunes around,[95] while Eisner established the Walt Disney Pictures Television Animation Group to produce lower-cost animation for television.[93] Named Chairman of feature animation by Eisner, Roy E. Disney appointed Peter Schneider president of animation to run the day-to-day operations in 1985.[106]

On February 1, 1985, Disney executives moved the animation division from the Disney studio lot in Burbank to a variety of warehouses, hangars, and trailers located about two miles east (3.2 kilometers) in nearby Glendale, California.[95] The animation division's first feature animation at its new location was The Great Mouse Detective (1986), begun by John Musker and Ron Clements as Basil of Baker Street after both left production of The Black Cauldron.[107] The film was enough of a critical and commercial success to instill executive confidence in the animation studio.[95] Later the same year, however, Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment released Don Bluth's An American Tail, which outgrossed The Great Mouse Detective at the box office and became the highest-grossing first-issue animated film to that point.[108]

Katzenberg, Schneider, and Roy Disney set about changing the culture of the studio, increasing staffing and production so that a new animated feature would be released every year instead of every two to four.[95] The first of the releases on the accelerated production schedule was Oliver & Company (1988), which featured an all-star cast including Billy Joel and Bette Midler and an emphasis on a modern pop soundtrack.[95]Oliver & Company opened in the theaters on the same day as another Bluth/Amblin/Universal animated film, The Land Before Time; however, Oliver outgrossed Time and went on to become the most successful animated feature to that date.[95]

At the same time in 1988, Disney's started entering into Australia's long-standing animation industry, by purchasing Hanna-Barbera's Australian studio to start Disney Animation Australia.[109]

While Oliver & Company and the next feature The Little Mermaid were in production, Disney collaborated with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and master animator Richard Williams to produce Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a groundbreaking live-action/animation hybrid directed by Robert Zemeckis, which featured licensed animated characters from other animation studios.[111] Disney set up a new animation studio under Williams' supervision in London to create the cartoon characters for Roger Rabbit, with many of the artists from the California studio traveling to England to work on the film.[95][112] A significant critical and commercial success,[112]Roger Rabbit won three Academy Awards for technical achievements.[113] and was key in renewing mainstream interest in American animation.[95] Other than the film itself, the studio also produced three Roger Rabbit shorts during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[114][115]

1989–94: Beginning of the Disney Renaissance, successful releases, impact on the animation industry[edit]

Main article: Disney Renaissance

A second satellite studio, Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida, opened in 1989 with 40 employees. Its offices were located within the Disney-MGM Studios theme park at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, and visitors were allowed to tour the studio and observe animators at work.[116] That same year, the studio released The Little Mermaid, which became a keystone achievement in Disney's history as its largest critical and commercial success in decades. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, who'd been co-directors on The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid earned $84 million at the North American box office, a record for the studio. The film was built around a score from Broadway songwriters Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who was also a co-producer and story consultant on the film.[95]The Little Mermaid won two Academy Awards, for Best Original Song and for Best Original Score.[117]

The Little Mermaid vigorously relaunched a profound new interest in the animation and musical film genres.[95][118] The film was also the first to feature the use of Disney's Computer Animation Production System (CAPS). Developed for Disney by Pixar,[95] which had grown into a commercial computer animation and technology development company, CAPS would become significant in allowing future Disney films to more seamlessly integrate computer-generated imagery and achieve higher production values with digital ink and paint and compositing techniques.[95]The Little Mermaid was the first of a series of blockbusters that would be released over the next decade by Walt Disney Feature Animation, a period later designated by the term Disney Renaissance.[119]

Accompanied in theaters by the Mickey Mouse featurette The Prince and the Pauper, The Rescuers Down Under (1990) was Disney's first animated feature sequel and the studio's first film to be fully colored and composited via computer using the CAPS system.[95] However, the film did not duplicate the success of The Little Mermaid.[95] The next Disney animated feature, Beauty and the Beast, had begun production in London but was moved back to Burbank after Disney decided to shutter the London satellite office and retool the film into a musical-comedy format similar to The Little Mermaid.[95] Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were retained to write the song score, though Ashman died before production was completed.[95]

Debuting first in a work-in-progress version at the 1991 New York Film Festival before its November 1991 wide release, Beauty and the Beast, directed by Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale, was an unprecedented critical and commercial success, and would later be seen as one of the studio's best films.[120] The film earned six Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture, a first for an animated work, winning for Best Song and Best Original Score.[121] Its $145 million box office gross set new records and merchandising for the film – including toys, cross-promotions, and soundtrack sales – was also lucrative.[122]

The successes of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast established the template for future Disney releases during the 1990s: a musical-comedy format with Broadway-styled songs and tentpole action sequences, buoyed by cross-promotional marketing and merchandising, all carefully designed to pull audiences of all ages and types into theatres.[122] In addition to John Musker, Ron Clements, Kirk Wise, and Gary Trousdale, the new guard of Disney artists creating these films included story artists/directors Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, Chris Sanders, and Brenda Chapman, and lead animators Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Eric Goldberg, Nik Ranieri, Will Finn, and many others.[122]

Aladdin, released in November 1992, continued the upward trend in Disney's animation success, earning $504 million worldwide at the box office,[123] and two more Oscars for Best Song and Best Score.[124] Featuring songs by Menken, Ashman, and Tim Rice (who replaced Ashman after his passing)[125] and starring the voice of Robin Williams,[126]Aladdin also established the trend of hiring celebrity actors and actresses to provide the voices of Disney characters,[126] which had been explored to some degree with The Jungle Book and Oliver & Company, but now became standard practice.[126]

In June 1994, Disney released The Lion King, directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. An all-animal adventure set in Africa, The Lion King featured an all-star voice cast which included James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, and Jeremy Irons, with songs written by Tim Rice and pop star Elton John. The Lion King earned $768 million at the worldwide box office,[127] to this date a record for a traditionally animated film,[128] earning millions more in merchandising, promotions, and record sales for its soundtrack.[122]

Aladdin and The Lion King had been the highest-grossing films worldwide in each of their respective release years.[129][130] Between these in-house productions, Disney diversified in animation methods and produced The Nightmare Before Christmas with former Disney animator Tim Burton.[131] With animation becoming again an increasingly important and lucrative part of Disney's business, the company began to expand its operations. The flagship California studio was split into two units and expanded,[122] and ground was broken on a new Disney Feature Animation building adjacent to the main Disney lot in Burbank, which was dedicated in 1995.[95][122] The Florida satellite, officially incorporated in 1992,[132] was expanded as well, and one of Disney's television animation studios in the Paris, France suburb of Montreuil[133] – the former Brizzi Brothers studio[133] – became Walt Disney Feature Animation Paris, where A Goofy Movie (1995) and significant parts of later Disney films were produced.[95] Also, Disney began producing lower cost direct to video sequels for its successful animated films using the services of its television animation studios under the name Disney MovieToons. The Return of Jafar (1994), a sequel to Aladdin and a pilot for the Aladdin television show spin-off, was the first of these productions.[134]

The building on Kingswell Avenue in Los Feliz which was home to the studio from 1923 to 1926[13]
Walt Disney introduces each of the Seven Dwarfs in a scene from the original 1937 Snow White theatrical trailer.
The original Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, the headquarters of the animation department from 1940 to 1984.
Roy E. Disney (Chairman, 1985–2003), nephew of Walt Disney, was a key figure in restructuring the animation department following the reorganization of the Disney company in 1984.
1400 Flower Street in Glendale, California, one of several buildings used by Walt Disney Feature Animation between 1985 and 1995.
1400 Air Way, another Glendale building used by Walt Disney Feature Animation between 1985 and 1995.
622/610 Circle 7 Drive (the Hart-Dannon Building), another Glendale building used by Walt Disney Feature Animation during the early 1990s.

This article is about feature films released under the Disney banner. For a broader list of Disney films, see Lists of films released by Disney.

This is a list of films released theatrically under the Walt Disney Pictures banner (known as that since 1983, with Never Cry Wolf as its first release) and films released before that under the former name of the parent company, Walt Disney Productions (1929–1983). Most films listed here were distributed in the United States by the company's distribution division, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (formerly known as Buena Vista Distribution Company [1953–1987] and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution [1987–2007]). The Disney features produced before Peter Pan (1953) were originally distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, and are now distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

This list is organized by release date and includes live action feature films, animated feature films (including films developed and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios), and documentary films (including titles from the True-Life Adventures series and films produced by the Disneynature label). For an exclusive list of animated films released by Walt Disney Pictures and its previous entities see List of Disney theatrical animated features.

This list is only for theatrical films released under the main Disney banner. The list does not include films released by other existing, defunct or divested labels or subsidiaries owned by Walt Disney Studios (i.e. Marvel StudiosMVL, LucasfilmLFL, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films, Dimension Films, ESPN Films etc.; unless they are credited as co-production partners) nor any direct-to-video releases, TV films, theatrical re-releases, or films originally released by other non-Disney studios.

Feature films by decade


TitleUS ReleaseNotes
ASnow White and the Seven DwarfsDecember 21, 1937
APinocchioFebruary 7, 1940
HFantasiaNovember 13, 1940Anthology film
HThe Reluctant DragonJune 20, 1941Fictional tour around Disney studio
ADumboOctober 23, 1941
ABambiAugust 13, 1942
HSaludos AmigosFebruary 6, 1943Anthology film
HVictory Through Air PowerJuly 17, 1943Documentary film, with wide use of animation.
HThe Three CaballerosFebruary 3, 1945Anthology film
AMake Mine MusicApril 20, 1946Anthology film
HSong of the SouthNovember 12, 1946
HFun and Fancy FreeSeptember 27, 1947Anthology film
HMelody TimeMay 27, 1948Anthology film
HSo Dear to My HeartNovember 29, 1948
AThe Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. ToadOctober 5, 1949Anthology film


TitleUS ReleaseNotes
ACinderellaFebruary 15, 1950
LTreasure IslandJuly 29, 1950
AAlice in WonderlandJuly 28, 1951
LThe Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie MenJune 26, 1952
APeter PanFebruary 5, 1953
LThe Sword and the RoseJuly 23, 1953
NThe Living DesertNovember 10, 1953
LRob Roy, the Highland RogueFebruary 27, 1954
NThe Vanishing PrairieAugust 16, 1954
L20,000 Leagues Under the SeaDecember 23, 1954
LDavy Crockett, King of the Wild FrontierMay 25, 1955Compilation film mostly made up from pre-existing footage from the Walt Disney anthology television series
ALady and the TrampJune 22, 1955
NThe African LionSeptember 14, 1955
LThe Littlest OutlawDecember 22, 1955
LThe Great Locomotive ChaseJune 8, 1956
LDavy Crockett and the River PiratesJuly 18, 1956Compilation film mostly made up from pre-existing footage from the Walt Disney anthology television series
NSecrets of LifeNovember 6, 1956
LWestward Ho the Wagons!December 20, 1956
LJohnny TremainJune 19, 1957
NPerriAugust 28, 1957
LOld YellerDecember 25, 1957
LThe Light in the ForestJuly 8, 1958
NWhite WildernessAugust 12, 1958
LTonkaDecember 25, 1958
ASleeping BeautyJanuary 29, 1959
LThe Shaggy DogMarch 19, 1959
LDarby O'Gill and the Little PeopleJune 26, 1959
LZorro the AvengerSeptember 10, 1959Released in European theaters in 1959.
LThird Man on the MountainNovember 10, 1959


TitleUS ReleaseNotes
LToby TylerJanuary 21, 1960
LKidnappedFebruary 24, 1960
LPollyannaMay 19, 1960
LThe Sign of ZorroJune 11, 1960Released in European theaters in 1958.
NJungle CatAugust 10, 1960
LTen Who DaredNovember 1, 1960
LSwiss Family RobinsonDecember 21, 1960
AOne Hundred and One DalmatiansJanuary 25, 1961
LThe Absent-Minded ProfessorMarch 16, 1961
LThe Parent TrapJune 21, 1961
LNikki, Wild Dog of the NorthJuly 12, 1961
LGreyfriars BobbyJuly 17, 1961
LBabes in ToylandDecember 14, 1961
LMoon PilotApril 5, 1962
LBon Voyage!May 17, 1962
LBig RedJune 6, 1962
LAlmost AngelsSeptember 26, 1962
LThe Legend of LoboNovember 7, 1962
LIn Search of the CastawaysDecember 21, 1962
LSon of FlubberJanuary 16, 1963
LMiracle of the White StallionsMarch 29, 1963
LSavage SamJune 1, 1963
LSummer MagicJuly 7, 1963
LThe Incredible JourneyNovember 20, 1963
AThe Sword in the StoneDecember 25, 1963
LA Tiger WalksMarch 12, 1964
LThe Misadventures of Merlin JonesMarch 25, 1964
LThe Three Lives of ThomasinaJune 4, 1964
LThe Moon-SpinnersJuly 8, 1964
HMary PoppinsAugust 29, 1964
LEmil and the DetectivesDecember 18, 1964
LThose CallowaysJanuary 28, 1965
LThe Monkey's UncleAugust 18, 1965
LThat Darn Cat!December 2, 1965
LThe Ugly DachshundFebruary 16, 1966
LLt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.July 29, 1966
LThe Fighting Prince of DonegalOctober 1, 1966
LFollow Me, Boys!December 1, 1966
LMonkeys, Go Home!February 8, 1967
LThe Adventures of Bullwhip GriffinMarch 8, 1967
LThe Gnome-MobileJuly 19, 1967
AThe Jungle BookOctober 18, 1967
LCharlie, the Lonesome CougarOctober 18, 1967
LThe Happiest MillionaireNovember 30, 1967This was the last film with personal involvement from Walt Disney, who died during production.
LBlackbeard's GhostFebruary 8, 1968
LThe One and Only, Genuine, Original Family BandMarch 21, 1968
LNever a Dull MomentJune 26, 1968
LThe Horse in the Gray Flannel SuitDecember 20, 1968
LThe Love BugDecember 24, 1968
LSmith!March 21, 1969
LRascalJune 11, 1969
LThe Computer Wore Tennis ShoesDecember 24, 1969


TitleUS ReleaseNotes
LKing of the GrizzliesFebruary 11, 1970
LThe BoatniksJuly 1, 1970
LThe Wild CountryDecember 15, 1970
AThe AristocatsDecember 24, 1970
LThe Barefoot ExecutiveMarch 17, 1971
LScandalous JohnJune 22, 1971
LThe Million Dollar DuckJune 30, 1971
HBedknobs and BroomsticksDecember 13, 1971
LThe Biscuit EaterMarch 22, 1972
LNow You See Him, Now You Don'tJuly 12, 1972
LNapoleon and SamanthaJuly 19, 1972
LRun, Cougar, RunOctober 18, 1972
LSnowball ExpressDecember 22, 1972
LThe World's Greatest AthleteFebruary 14, 1973
LCharley and the AngelMarch 23, 1973
LOne Little IndianJune 20, 1973
ARobin HoodNovember 8, 1973
LSuperdadDecember 14, 1973
LHerbie Rides AgainJune 6, 1974
LThe Bears and IJuly 31, 1974
LThe Castaway CowboyAugust 1, 1974
LThe Island at the Top of the WorldDecember 20, 1974
LThe Strongest Man in the WorldFebruary 6, 1975
LEscape to Witch MountainMarch 21, 1975
LThe Apple Dumpling GangJuly 1, 1975
LOne of Our Dinosaurs Is MissingJuly 9, 1975
NThe Best of Walt Disney's True-Life AdventuresOctober 8, 1975
LRide a Wild PonyDecember 25, 1975
LNo Deposit, No ReturnFebruary 5, 1976
LTreasure of MatecumbeJuly 1, 1976
LGusJuly 7, 1976
LThe Shaggy D.A.December 17, 1976
LFreaky FridayDecember 17, 1976
LEscape from the DarkMarch 11, 1977
AThe Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMarch 11, 1977Anthology film
LA Tale of Two CrittersJune 22, 1977
AThe RescuersJune 22, 1977
LHerbie Goes to Monte CarloJune 24, 1977
HPete's DragonNovember 3, 1977
LCandleshoeDecember 16, 1977
LReturn from Witch MountainMarch 10, 1978
LThe Cat from Outer SpaceJune 9, 1978
LHot Lead and Cold FeetJuly 5, 1978
LThe North Avenue IrregularsFebruary 9, 1979
LThe Apple Dumpling Gang Rides AgainJune 27, 1979
LUnidentified Flying OddballJuly 26, 1979
LThe Black HoleDecember 21, 1979
LThe London ConnectionDecember 21, 1979


TitleUS ReleaseCo-production partner(s)
LMidnight MadnessFebruary 8, 1980
LThe Watcher in the WoodsApril 17, 1980
LHerbie Goes BananasJune 25, 1980
LThe Last Flight of Noah's ArkJune 25, 1980
LPopeyeDecember 12, 1980Paramount Pictures
LThe Devil and Max DevlinMarch 6, 1981
LAmyMarch 20, 1981
LDragonslayerJune 26, 1981Paramount Pictures
AThe Fox and the HoundJuly 10, 1981Walt Disney Feature Animation
LCondormanAugust 7, 1981
LNight CrossingFebruary 5, 1982
LTronJuly 9, 1982Lisberger/Kushner Productions
LTexJuly 30, 1982
LTrenchcoatMarch 11, 1983
LSomething Wicked This Way ComesApril 29, 1983Bryna Productions
LNever Cry WolfOctober 7, 1983Amarok Productions Ltd.
LReturn to OzJune 21, 1985Silver Screen Partners II
AThe Black CauldronJuly 24, 1985Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners II
LThe Journey of Natty GannSeptember 27, 1985Silver Screen Partners II
LOne Magic ChristmasNovember 22, 1985Silver Screen Partners II and Telefilm Canada
AThe Great Mouse DetectiveJuly 2, 1986Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners II
LFlight of the NavigatorJuly 30, 1986Producers Sales Organization and New Star Entertainment
LBenji the HuntedJune 17, 1987Silver Screen Partners III and Mulberry Square Productions
LThe Man from Snowy River II:
Return to Snowy River
April 15, 1988Silver Screen Partners III, Burrowes Film Group and Hoyts Film Partnership
AOliver & CompanyNovember 18, 1988Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners III
LHoney, I Shrunk the KidsJune 23, 1989Silver Screen Partners III
LCheetahAugust 18, 1989Silver Screen Partners III
AThe Little MermaidNovember 17, 1989Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners IV


TitleUS ReleaseCo-production partner(s)
ADuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampAugust 3, 1990DisneyToon Studios
AThe Rescuers Down UnderNovember 16, 1990Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners IV
LWhite FangJanuary 18, 1991Silver Screen Partners IV and Hybrid Productions Inc.
LShipwreckedMarch 1, 1991AB Svensk Filmindustri
LWild Hearts Can't Be BrokenMay 24, 1991Silver Screen Partners IV and Pegasus Entertainment
LThe RocketeerTRJune 21, 1991Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV and The Gordon Company, only USA and Canada distribution.
ABeauty and the BeastNovember 22, 1991Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners IV
LNewsiesApril 10, 1992Touchwood Pacific Partners
LHoney, I Blew Up the KidJuly 17, 1992Touchwood Pacific Partners
LThe Mighty DucksOctober 2, 1992Touchwood Pacific Partners and Avnet–Kerner Productions
AAladdinNovember 25, 1992Walt Disney Feature Animation
LThe Muppet Christmas CarolDecember 11, 1992Jim Henson Productions
LHomeward Bound: The Incredible JourneyFebruary 3, 1993Touchwood Pacific Partners
LA Far Off PlaceMarch 12, 1993Touchwood Pacific Partners and Amblin Entertainment
LThe Adventures of Huck FinnApril 2, 1993
LHocus PocusJuly 16, 1993
LCool RunningsOctober 1, 1993
LThe Three MusketeersNovember 12, 1993Caravan Pictures and Avnet-Kerner Productions
LIron WillJanuary 14, 1994
LBlank CheckFebruary 11, 1994
LD2: The Mighty DucksMarch 25, 1994Avnet–Kerner Productions
LWhite Fang 2: Myth of the White WolfApril 15, 1994
AThe Lion KingJune 24, 1994Walt Disney Feature Animation
LAngels in the OutfieldJuly 15, 1994Caravan Pictures
LSquanto: A Warrior's TaleOctober 28, 1994
LThe Santa ClauseTSCNovember 11, 1994Hollywood Pictures and Outlaw Productions
LThe Jungle BookDecember 25, 1994
LHeavyweightsFebruary 17, 1995Caravan Pictures
LMan of the HouseMarch 3, 1995All Girl Productions and Orr & Cruickshank Productions
LTall TaleMarch 24, 1995Caravan Pictures
AA Goofy MovieApril 7, 1995DisneyToon Studios
APocahontasJune 23, 1995Walt Disney Feature Animation
LOperation Dumbo DropJuly 28, 1995Interscope Communications and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
LA Kid in King Arthur's CourtAugust 11, 1995Trimark Pictures and Tapestry Films
LThe Big GreenSeptember 29, 1995Caravan Pictures
DFrank and OllieOctober 20, 1995
AToy StoryNovember 22, 1995Pixar Animation Studios
LTom and HuckDecember 22, 1995
LMuppet Treasure IslandFebruary 16, 1996Jim Henson Productions
LHomeward Bound II: Lost in San FranciscoMarch 8, 1996
HJames and the Giant PeachApril 12, 1996Skellington Productions and Allied Filmmakers
AThe Hunchback of Notre DameJune 21, 1996Walt Disney Feature Animation
LFirst KidAugust 30, 1996Caravan Pictures
LD3: The Mighty DucksOctober 4, 1996Avnet–Kerner Productions
L101 DalmatiansNovember 27, 1996Great Oaks
LThat Darn CatFebruary 14, 1997Robert Simonds Productions
LJungle 2 JungleMarch 7, 1997TF1J2J
AHerculesJune 27, 1997Walt Disney Feature Animation
LGeorge of the JungleJuly 16, 1997Mandeville Films and Avnet-Kerner Productions
LAir BudAugust 1, 1997Keystone EntertainmentAB
LRocketManOctober 10, 1997Caravan Pictures and Roger Birnbaum Productions
LFlubberNovember 26, 1997Great Oaks
LMr. MagooDecember 25, 1997UPA Productions
LMeet the DeedlesMarch 27, 1998DIC Entertainment and Peak Productions
AMulanJune 19, 1998Walt Disney Feature Animation
LThe Parent TrapJuly 29, 1998
LAir Bud: Golden ReceiverAugust 14, 1998Dimension Films and Keystone EntertainmentAB
LI'll Be Home for ChristmasNovember 13, 1998Mandeville Films
AA Bug's LifeNovember 25, 1998Pixar Animation Studios
LMighty Joe YoungDecember 25, 1998RKO Pictures and The Jacobson Company
LMy Favorite MartianFebruary 12, 1999
ADoug's 1st MovieMarch 26, 1999Walt Disney Television Animation, Jumbo Pictures and A. Film A/S
LEnduranceMay 14, 1999
ATarzanJune 18, 1999Walt Disney Feature Animation
LInspector GadgetJuly 23, 1999Caravan Pictures, DIC Entertainment, Avnet–Kerner Productions and Roger Birnbaum Productions
LThe Straight StoryOctober 15, 1999Asymmetrical Productions, Film4 Productions, Ciby 2000, StudioCanal, Canal+ and Channel Four Films
AToy Story 2November 24, 1999Pixar Animation Studios
HFantasia 2000December 17, 1999Walt Disney Feature Animation


TitleUS ReleaseCo-production partner(s)
AThe Tigger MovieFebruary 11, 2000DisneyToon Studios and Walt Disney Animation (Japan) Inc.
HDinosaurMay 19, 2000Walt Disney Feature Animation and The Secret Lab
LDisney's The KidJuly 7, 2000
LRemember the TitansSeptember 29, 2000Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Technical Black Films
L102 DalmatiansNovember 22, 2000
AThe Emperor's New GrooveDecember 15, 2000Walt Disney Feature Animation
ARecess: School's OutFebruary 16, 2001Walt Disney Television Animation and Paul & Joe Productions
AAtlantis: The Lost EmpireJune 15, 2001Walt Disney Feature Animation
LThe Princess DiariesAugust 3, 2001BrownHouse Productions
LMax Keeble's Big MoveOctober 5, 2001Karz Entertainment
AMonsters, Inc.November 2, 2001Pixar Animation Studios
LSnow DogsJanuary 18, 2002The Kerner Entertainment Company
AReturn to Never LandFebruary 15, 2002DisneyToon Studios and A. Film A/S
LThe RookieMarch 29, 2002
ALilo & StitchJune 21, 2002Walt Disney Feature Animation
LThe Country BearsJuly 26, 2002Gunn Films
LTuck EverlastingOctober 11, 2002Scholastic Entertainment
LThe Santa Clause 2November 1, 2002Outlaw Productions and Boxing Cat Films
ATreasure PlanetNovember 27, 2002Walt Disney Feature Animation
AThe Jungle Book 2February 14, 2003DisneyToon Studios
APiglet's Big MovieMarch 21, 2003DisneyToon Studios and Munich Animation
DGhosts of the AbyssApril 11, 2003Walden Media, Earthship Productions, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Golden Village, Telepool and UGC PH
LHolesApril 18, 2003Walden Media, Phoenix Pictures and Chicago Pacific Entertainment
LThe Lizzie McGuire MovieMay 2, 2003Stan Rogow Productions
AFinding NemoMay 30, 2003Pixar Animation Studios
LPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlJuly 9, 2003Jerry Bruckheimer Films
LFreaky FridayAugust 6, 2003Gunn Films
ABrother BearNovember 1, 2003Walt Disney Feature Animation
LThe Haunted MansionNovember 26, 2003Gunn Films
LThe Young Black StallionDecember 25, 2003The Kennedy/Marshall Company
ATeacher's PetJanuary 16, 2004Walt Disney Television Animation
LMiracleFebruary 6, 2004
LConfessions of a Teenage Drama QueenFebruary 20, 2004
AHome on the RangeApril 2, 2004Walt Disney Feature Animation
DSacred PlanetApril 22, 2004
LAround the World in 80 DaysJune 16, 2004Walden Media, Spanknyce Films, and Mostow/Lieberman Productions
DAmerica's Heart and SoulJuly 2, 2004Blacklight Films
LThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementAugust 11, 2004Shondaland and Martin Chase Productions
AThe IncrediblesNovember 5, 2004Pixar Animation Studios
LNational TreasureNovember 19, 2004Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Junction Entertainment and Saturn Films
DAliens of the DeepJanuary 28, 2005Walden Media and Earthship Productions
APooh's Heffalump MovieFebruary 11, 2005DisneyToon Studios
LThe PacifierMarch 4, 2005Spyglass Entertainment and Offspring Entertainment
LIce PrincessMarch 18, 2005Bridget Johnson Films & Skate Away Productions
LHerbie: Fully LoadedJune 22, 2005Robert Simonds Productions
LSky HighJuly 29, 2005Gunn Films
AValiantAugust 19, 2005Vanguard Animation and Odyssey Entertainment
LThe Greatest Game Ever PlayedSeptember 30, 2005Fairway Films
AChicken LittleNovember 4, 2005Walt Disney Feature Animation
LThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeDecember 9, 2005Walden Media
LGlory RoadJanuary 13, 2006Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Texas Western Productions and Glory Road Productions
DRoving MarsJanuary 27, 2006The Kennedy/Marshall Company and White Mountain Films
LEight BelowFebruary 17, 2006Spyglass Entertainment, Mandeville Films and The Kennedy/Marshall Company
LThe Shaggy DogMarch 10, 2006Mandeville Films, Robert Simonds Productions, and Boxing Cat Films
AThe WildApril 14, 2006C.O.R.E. Feature Animation, Hoytyboy Pictures, Sir Zip Productions and Contrafilm
ACarsJune 9, 2006Pixar Animation Studios
LPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestJuly 7, 2006Jerry Bruckheimer Films
LInvincibleAugust 25, 2006Mayhem Pictures
AThe Nightmare Before Christmas 3DTNBCOctober 27, 2006Skellington Productions
LThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseNovember 3, 2006Outlaw Productions & Boxing Cat Productions
LBridge to TerabithiaFebruary 16, 2007Summit Entertainment and Walden Media
AMeet the RobinsonsMarch 30, 2007Walt Disney Animation Studios
LPirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndMay 25, 2007Jerry Bruckheimer Films
ARatatouilleJune 29, 2007Pixar Animation Studios
LUnderdogAugust 3, 2007Spyglass Entertainment, Classic Media and Maverick Films
DThe Pixar StoryAugust 28, 2007Leslie Iwerks Productions
LThe Game PlanSeptember 28, 2007
HEnchantedNovember 21, 2007Right Coast Entertainment and Josephson Entertainment
LNational Treasure: Book of SecretsDecember 21, 2007Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Junction Entertainment and Saturn Films
LHannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds ConcertFebruary 1, 2008PACE
LCollege Road TripMarch 7, 2008Gunn Films
LThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianMay 16, 2008Walden Media
AWALL-EJune 27, 2008Pixar Animation Studios
LBeverly Hills ChihuahuaOctober 3, 2008Mandeville Films
DMorning LightOctober 17, 2008
LHigh School Musical 3: Senior YearOctober 24, 2008Borden and Rosenbush Entertainment
ARoadside RomeoOctober 24, 2008Yash Raj Films, Disney India and Disney World Cinema
ABoltNovember 21, 2008Walt Disney Animation Studios
LBedtime StoriesDecember 25, 2008Gunn Films, Happy Madison Productions, Offspring Entertainment and Conman & Izzy Productions
LJonas Brothers: The 3D Concert ExperienceFebruary 27, 2009Jonas Films
LRace to Witch MountainMarch 13, 2009Gunn Films
LHannah Montana: The MovieApril 10, 2009It's a Laugh Productions and Millar Gough Ink
NEarthApril 22, 2009Disneynature, BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery Channel and Greenlight Media; originally from 2007
LTrail of the PandaMay 8, 2009Disney World Cinema and Castle Hero Pictures
AUpMay 29, 2009Pixar Animation Studios
LLilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic BookJune 12, 2009
HG-ForceJuly 24, 2009Jerry Bruckheimer Films
DWalt & El GrupoSeptember 9, 2009


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