DisneyToon Studios

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DisneyToon Studios
Type Division[1]
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 1988
Headquarters Glendale, CA[citation needed], USA
Key people Ed Catmull (President)
John Lasseter (CCO)[1]
Meredith Roberts (Senior Vice President and General Manager)[2]
Products Animated films
Parent Walt Disney Animation Studios
(The Walt Disney Studios)

DisneyToon Studios, originally Disney Movietoons[3] and was also Disney Video Premieres,[4] is an American animation studio which creates direct-to-video and occasional theatrical animated feature films. The studio is a division of Walt Disney Animation Studios, with both being part of The Walt Disney Studios.[5] The studio has produced 46 films, beginning with DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990), and its most recent being The Pirate Fairy (2014).


Disney MovieToons[edit]

Disney MovieToons logo as seen on DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
DisneyToon Studios in Glendale

Disney MovieToons' first feature production was in 1990 with DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp with animation from Walt Disney Animation France.[3] At the same time, Disney began producing direct-to-video sequels of Walt Disney Feature Animation films: the first of which was the Aladdin (1992) sequel The Return of Jafar (1994). When Aladdin was selected as a possible candidate as an animated TV series (before the film's release), as with many animated series, the first three episodes were one multi-part story which Disney used as a potential ‘family movie special’ for the Friday night before the series’ premiere. With work handed out to the Australia animation studio, the opening story was instead green lit for a direct-to-video release. Thus with The Return of Jafar and its success, the direct-to-video unit started. Then a second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), assign work to both the Australia and Japanese animation units.[6]

More direct-to-video sequels followed, among them Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997), Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998), The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998), and Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002).[7]

DisneyToon Studios[edit]

In a January 2003 Disney reorganization, Disney MovieToons/Disney Video Premieres unit was transferred from Disney Television Animation to Walt Disney Feature Animation and renamed DisneyToon Studios in June.[4]

On July 25, 2005, Disney announced that it was closing DisneyToon Studios Australia in October 2006, after 17 years of existence, with its final feature being Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.[8]

On June 22, 2007, management of DisneyToon Studios was turned over to the control of Ed Catmull and John Lasseter under the banner of renamed Feature Animation studio, now called Walt Disney Animation Studios. As chief creative officer, Lasseter called for the cancellation of all future films in production or development at DisneyToon Studios that weren't connected to a Disney Consumer Products franchise. As a result, planned or in-progress sequels to Dumbo, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and The Aristocats were all cancelled, among other projects.[1][9] A few days later, it was announced that DisneyToon Studios would no longer produce future sequels to Disney animated films, but will instead focus on spin-offs and original films.[10]

Following conflicts over the new direction for the division, as well as complications relating to the production of Tinker Bell (2008), the debut film of Disney Fairies franchise, the previous president of the studio, Sharon Morill, moved to a new position in the company.[9]


The following is a list of films produced by DisneyToon Studios.

# Title Release type Release date
1 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Theatrical[3] August 3, 1990
2 The Return of Jafar Direct-to-video[6] May 20, 1994
3 A Goofy Movie Theatrical April 7, 1995
4 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Direct-to-video August 13, 1996
5 Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin Direct-to-video August 5, 1997
6 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Direct-to-video[7] November 11, 1997
7 Belle's Magical World Direct-to-video February 17, 1998
8 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Direct-to-video[7] August 25, 1998
9 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Direct-to-video[7] October 27, 1998
10 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Direct-to-video November 9, 1999
11 Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving Direct-to-video November 9, 1999
12 The Tigger Movie Theatrical February 11, 2000
13 An Extremely Goofy Movie Direct-to-video February 29, 2000
14 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Direct-to-video September 19, 2000
15 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Direct-to-video February 27, 2001
16 Return to Never Land Theatrical February 15, 2002
17 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Direct-to-video[7] February 26, 2002
18 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Direct-to-video March 19, 2002
19 Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Direct-to-video November 12, 2002
20 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Direct-to-video January 21, 2003
21 The Jungle Book 2 Theatrical February 14, 2003
22 Piglet's Big Movie Theatrical March 21, 2003
23 Atlantis: Milo's Return Direct-to-video May 20, 2003
24 The Lion King 1½ Direct-to-video February 10, 2004
25 Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo Direct-to-video March 9, 2004
26 Mickey · Donald · Goofy: The Three Musketeers Direct-to-video August 17, 2004
27 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Direct-to-video November 9, 2004
28 Mulan II Direct-to-video February 1, 2005
29 Pooh's Heffalump Movie Theatrical February 11, 2005
30 Tarzan II Direct-to-video June 14, 2005
31 Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Direct-to-video August 30, 2005
32 Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Direct-to-video September 13, 2005
33 Kronk's New Groove Direct-to-video December 13, 2005
34 Bambi II Theatrical February 7, 2006
35 Brother Bear 2 Direct-to-video August 29, 2006
36 The Fox and the Hound 2 Direct-to-video December 12, 2006
37 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Direct-to-video February 6, 2007
38 Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Direct-to-video September 4, 2007
39 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Direct-to-video August 26, 2008
40 Tinker Bell Direct-to-video[9] October 28, 2008
41 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Direct-to-video October 27, 2009
42 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Direct-to-video September 21, 2010
43 Pixie Hollow Games Television special November 18, 2011
44 Secret of the Wings Theatrical (limited release)[11] October 23, 2012
45 Planes Theatrical August 9, 2013[11]
46 The Pirate Fairy[11] Theatrical (limited release) April 1, 2014[12][13][14][15]
In production or development
47 Planes: Fire & Rescue Theatrical July 18, 2014[16]
48 Legend of the NeverBeast[11] Direct-to-video Spring 2015[14]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Tipton, Janelle (April 1, 2014). "Disneytoon Executive on the Animation Studio Behind 'The Pirate Fairy' and 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'". Disney Post. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Harrington, Richard (August 7, 1990). "‘DuckTales: The Movie’". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Baisley, Sarah (June 16, 2003). "DisneyToon Studios Builds Slate Under New Name and Homes for Needy". Animation World Network. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "DisneyToon Studios: Job Description". The Walt Disney Company. DisneyToon Studios. Retrieved 11 August 2013. "Disneytoon Studios is a part of Walt Disney Animation Studios..." 
  6. ^ a b Strike, Joe (March 28, 2005). "Disney’s Animation Cash Crop — Direct-to-Video Sequels". AnimationWorld. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Hoffman, Ilene (November 1997). "Buena Vista Home Entertainment: A Very Lucky Accident Indeed". Animation World Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Grimm, Nick (July 27, 2005). "Disney cans Australian animation operation". Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Hill, Jim (June 20, 2007). "Say "So Long !" to direct-to-video sequels : DisneyToon Studios tunes out Sharon Morrill". Jim Hill Media. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ Hayes, Dade (2008-04-08). "Disney unveils animation slate - Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  11. ^ a b c d Zahed, Ramin (December 26, 2012). "Disney's 'Planes' to Take Off in Theaters in August". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Liu, Ed (June 13, 2012). "Disney Delays "Planes" to Fall 2013, "Quest for the Queen" to Spring 2014". Toon Zone. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
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  14. ^ a b "D23 Expo: New Art From the Upcoming Disney, Pixar and Disneytoon Movies". ComingSoon.net. August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ Beck, Jerry (December 5, 2013). "FIRST LOOK: Disneytoon Studios' "The Pirate Fairy"". Animation Scoop. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike (June 13, 2013). "More Disney Release Dates: Two New Marvel Pics, ‘Alexander’, ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’, ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Planes’ Sequel Slotted". Deadline. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 

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