|Type||Division within Disney Animation Studios|
|Headquarters||Glendale, CA, USA|
|Key people||Ed Catmull (President)
John Lasseter (CCO)
|Parent||Walt Disney Animation Studios
(The Walt Disney Studios)
DisneyToon Studios, original Disney Movietoons, is an United States animation studio which creates direct-to-video (and occasional theatrical) animated feature films, short films and TV specials. The studio is a division of Walt Disney Animation Studios, with both being part of The Walt Disney Studios. The studio has produced 60 films, beginning with DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990), and most recently with Secret of the Wings (2012).
Their 61st feature, Planes, is currently in production and set for release on August 9, 2013.
Disney MovieToons' first feature production was in 1990 with DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp with animation from Disney Animation France. 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.
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).
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.
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. 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.
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.
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||August 3, 1990|
|2||The Return of Jafar||DTV||May 20, 1994|
|3||Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken||DTV, Wrap-around||February 3, 1995|
|4||A Goofy Movie||Theatrical||April 7, 1995|
|5||Aladdin and the King of Thieves||DTV||August 13, 1996|
|6||Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off||DTV, Wrap-around animation||April 8, 1997|
|7||Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin||DTV||August 5, 1997|
|8||Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas||DTV||November 11, 1997|
|9||Belle's Magical World||DTV, Wrap-around animation||February 17, 1998|
|10||Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World||DTV||August 25, 1998|
|11||The Lion King II: Simba's Pride||DTV||October 27, 1998|
|12||Hercules: Zero to Hero||DTV, Wrap-around animation||August 17, 1999|
|13||Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas||DTV, Wrap-around animation||November 9, 1999|
|14||Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving||DTV, Wrap-around animation||November 9, 1999|
|15||The Tigger Movie||Theatrical||February 11, 2000|
|16||An Extremely Goofy Movie||DTV, Wrap-around animation||February 29, 2000|
|17||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||DTV, Wrap-around animation||August 8, 2000|
|18||The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea||DTV||September 19, 2000|
|19||Recess: School's Out||Theatrical||February 16, 2001|
|20||Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||DTV||February 27, 2001|
|21||Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse||DTV, Wrap-around animation||November 6, 2001|
|22||Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street||DTV, Wrap-around animation||November 6, 2001|
|22||Return to Never Land||Theatrical||February 15, 2002|
|23||Cinderella II: Dreams Come True||DTV||February 26, 2002|
|24||The Hunchback of Notre Dame II||DTV, Wrap-around animation||March 19, 2002|
|25||Tarzan & Jane||DTV, Wrap-around animation||July 23, 2002|
|26||Mickey's House of Villains||DTV, Wrap-around animation||September 3, 2002|
|27||Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year||DTV, Wrap-around animation||November 5, 2002|
|28||101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||DTV||January 21, 2003|
|29||The Jungle Book 2||Theatrical||February 14, 2003|
|31||Piglet's Big Movie||Theatrical||March 21, 2003|
|32||Atlantis: Milo's Return||DTV, Wrap-around animation||May 20, 2003|
|33||Stitch! The Movie||DTV, Wrap-around animation||August 26, 2003|
|34||Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade||DTV, Wrap-around animation||December 9, 2003|
|35||Recess: All Growed Down||DTV, Wrap-around animation||December 9, 2003|
|36||Teacher's Pet||Theatrical||January 16, 2004|
|37||The Lion King 1½||DTV||February 10, 2004|
|38||Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo||DTV||March 9, 2004|
|39||Mickey · Donald · Goofy: The Three Musketeers||DTV||August 17, 2004|
|40||Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas||DTV||November 9, 2004|
|41||Mulan II||DTV||November 3, 2004|
|42||Pooh's Heffalump Movie||Theatrical||February 11, 2005|
|43||Tarzan II||DTV||June 14, 2005|
|44||Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch||DTV||August 30, 2005|
|45||Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie||DTV||September 13, 2005|
|46||Once Upon a Halloween||DTV||September 27, 2005|
|47||Kronk's New Groove||DTV||December 13, 2005|
|48||Bambi II||Theatrical||February 7, 2006|
|49||Leroy & Stitch||DTV, Wrap-around animation||June 27, 2006|
|50||Brother Bear 2||DTV||August 29, 2006|
|51||The Fox and the Hound 2||DTV||December 12, 2006|
|52||Cinderella III: A Twist in Time||DTV||February 6, 2007|
|53||Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams||DTV||September 4, 2007|
|54||The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning||DTV||August 26, 2008|
|55||Tinker Bell||DTV||October 28, 2008|
|56||Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure||DTV||October 27, 2009|
|57||Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue||DTV||September 21, 2010|
|58||Pixie Hollow Games||DTV||November 19, 2011|
|59||Secret of the Wings||DTV||October 23, 2012|
|In production or development|
|60||Planes||Theatrical||August 9, 2013|
|61||Quest for the Queen||DTV||Spring 2014|
|62||Planes: Fire & Rescue||Theatrical||July 18, 2014|
|The Legend of the Neverbeast|
- Baisley, Sarah (June 21, 2007). "DisneyToon Studios Prexy Morrill Steps Down". Animation World Network. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- Harrington, Richard (August 7, 1990). "‘DuckTales: The Movie’". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
- Strike, Joe (March 28, 2005). "Disney’s Animation Cash Crop — Direct-to-Video Sequels". AnimationWorld. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- Hoffman, Ilene (November 1997). "Buena Vista Home Entertainment: A Very Lucky Accident Indeed". Animation World Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- Baisley, Sarah (June 16, 2003). "DisneyToon Studios Builds Slate Under New Name and Homes for Needy". Animation World Network. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- Grimm, Nick (July 27, 2005). "Disney cans Australian animation operation". Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- 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.
- Hayes, Dade (2008-04-08). "Disney unveils animation slate - Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
- Zahed, Ramin (December 26, 2012). "Disney's 'Planes' to Take Off in Theaters in August". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
- Liu, Ed (June 13, 2012). "Disney Delays "Planes" to Fall 2013, "Quest for the Queen" to Spring 2014". Toon Zone. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- 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.