David Stainton is an American film and television executive. He is most noted for his tenure as president of Walt Disney Animation Studios (then Walt Disney Feature Animation) from 2003 to 2006, a period during which the studio converted from a traditional animation studio to a computer animation production company. The films Chicken Little (2005) and Meet the Robinsons (2007) were produced during Stainton's tenure at the studio. He was replaced by Pixar Animation Studios co-founder Edwin Catmull in 2006 when Disney acquired Pixar and made Catmull and Pixar's chief creative officer John Lasseter the heads of both studios.
Before his tenure as president, Stainton had been a senior vice president at Feature Animation and president of Walt Disney Television Animation. Following his exit from Disney, Stainton was briefly the president of Paramount Animation in 2011 before resigning the following year.