Sometime a company's work load can be quite large, and you don't want your best staff members (Creator/{{Disney}}'s UsefulNotes/LosAngeles unit, known today as Walt Disney Animation Studios) to waste their time on TV shows when said staff members are best off working on [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Major Movies]], and that's why the other studios are here.
!!Units of Disney:


!!!Los Angeles area units

[[folder: Walt Disney Animation Studios]]
Walt Disney Animation Studios (formerly Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1986-2006) was established in 1923, when Walt Disney moved out to Los Angeles after his Laugh-O-Gram studio went bankrupt and sold his ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies'' to distributor M.J. Winkler. For more information about this unit, see the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts page and the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon page.

Their first studio, the Disney Brothers cartoon Studio opened in 1923 on Kingswell Avenue in Los Angeles. In 1926, the studio, now called the Walt Disney Studio, moved into a larger studio on Hyperion Avenue. In December 1939, the crew began to move into a more spacious studio up in Burbank, a move completed by May 1940. In 1985, the animation crew was ousted from the old building on the studio lot and was moved into some warehouses in Glendale. In 1995, a new feature animation studio (named the Roy E. Disney Animation Building as of 2010) opened in Burbank across the street from the old lot, where the unit is housed today.

[[folder:Disney Television Animation]]
Established in 1984, [[Creator/DisneyTelevisionAnimation Disney Television Animation]] (established as Walt Disney Pictures Television Animation Group) produces Disney's animated television series and specials. It didn't really boom until 1989, when Disney stopped relying on Creator/TMSEntertainment and established various satellite studios around the world.

[[folder:[=DisneyToon=] Studios]]
[=DisneyToon=] Studios was established in 2003, spun off from the DirectToVideo unit within Disney Television Animation established in 1994. This is Disney's DTV unit, producing video (and occasionally theatrical) releases based on famous Disney characters and franchises. See Creator/DisneyToonStudios for more.

!!!Satellite studios
[[folder: Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida]]
Established in 1989, this satellite studio for the feature animation division was housed in the Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) theme park at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]]. The studio was nicknamed "the Fishbowl" because the studio also doubled as an attraction that allowed guests to see the artists in action through windows.

The studio worked on segments from various full-length features, and was the main production facility for ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' and ''Disney/BrotherBear'', as well various shorts, including two cartoons starring Roger Rabbit. The studio closed in January 2004.

* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (1989; ink and paint)
* WesternAnimation/RogerRabbitShorts
** ''Roller Coaster Rabbit'' (1990)
** ''Trail Mix-Up'' (1993)
* ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' (1990; ten minutes of animation)
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' (1990; ten minutes of animation)
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (1991; ten minutes of animation, including the "Be Our Guest" sequence)
* ''Off His Rockers'' (1992)
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (1992; ten minutes of animation)
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (1993, twenty-two minutes of animation, including the "I Just Can't Wait to be King" sequence)
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (1995; eighteen minutes of animation)
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (1996; four minutes of animation)
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (1998)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse Mickey Mouse Works]]'' (1999) -- One short: "How to Haunt a House"
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' (1999)
* ''John Henry'' (2000)
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' (2000) -- Clean-up animation
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (2001)
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' (2002)
* ''Disney/BrotherBear'' (2003)

[[folder: Walt Disney Animation Canada]]
Established in January 1996, Walt Disney Animation Canada operated from two studios in Toronto and Vancouver and co-produced various direct-to-video projects. This venture was short-lived, and the studios closed in Spring 2000; they were originally set to produce ''[[Disney/PeterPan Return to Neverland]]'' (then called ''Peter and Jane''), but with the closure, it was instead given to the Australian unit.

* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'' (with the Australian unit)
* ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'' (layout assistance; uncredited)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse Mickey Mouse Works]]'' -- Some shorts, including the ''Pluto Gets the Paper'' shorts "Street Cleaner" and "Bubble Gum"
* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' (Additional ink and paint)
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' (ith the Australian unit)
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas'' ("A Very Goofy Christmas" and "Gift of the Magi" segments)
* ''Disney/ReturnToNeverLand'' (Their last project; with the Australian unit)
* ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You]]''

[[folder:Walt Disney Animation Japan]]
[=DisneyToon=] Studios Japan, (formerly Walt Disney Animation Japan, Inc.) was the biggest of the non-North American units. The studio was founded by Motoyoshi Tokunaga (an ex-Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} producer) in 1988 after Disney bought out Creator/PacificAnimationCorporation (a studio mostly known for doing Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}}' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''{{WesternAnimation/Silverhawks}}''). However, the studio was shut down in 2004 as Disney was getting rid of their non-CGI animation units (yet the Los Angeles units were saved). After that, most of their staff members went to work for Creator/{{Madhouse}}, Creator/StudioPierrot or Creator/ProductionIG. The ones who went with Tokunaga joined him when he formed Creator/TheAnswerStudio.

Notable staff in the Japanese unit include Saburo Hashimoto, Shigeru Yamamoto, Sawako Miyamoto, Kazuyoshi Takeuchi, Hiroshi Kawamata, Yukio Okazaki and Tsuguyuki Kubo.

See also Creator/TamaProductions, Creator/NakamuraProductions, Creator/JadeAnimation, and Creator/TakahashiProduction, studios that were often used by Disney Japan.
!!!Productions by Disney Japan:
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' (13 episodes) [[labelnote:List]]"Howl Noon", "Southern Fried Cruella", "Rolly's Egg-celent Adventure", "Wild Chick Chase", "Purred it Through The Grapevine", "Alive 'N Chicken", "Prima Doggy", "Treasure of Swamp Island", "Fountain of Youth", "My Fair Chicken", "The Artist Formerly Known As Spot", "Every Crooked Little Nanny", "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move"[[/labelnote]]
* ''101 Dalmatians 2: Patch's London Adventure''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': 17 and a half episodes, replacing Creator/TMSEntertainment.
* ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'': Done with Disney Australia.
* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'': The first of the Disney DirectToVideo sequels, done with the Australia unit. Japan animated the second half of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' (16 episodes) [[labelnote:List]]"Bad Mood Rising", "Getting the Bugs Out", "Mudder's Day", "Strike Up the Sand", "Fowl Weather", "Of Ice and Men", "The Spice is Right", "Power to the Parrot", "Hero With a Thousand Feathers", "Witch Way Did She Go?", "Love at First Sprite", "Vocal Hero", "The Return of Malcho", "That Stinking Feeling"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' (14 episodes) [[labelnote:List]]"Trains, Toons, and Toon Trains", "Tokyo Bonkers", "The Toon That Ate Hollywood", "When the Spirit Moves You", "Hear No Bonkers, See No Bonkers", "Calling All Cars", "Never Cry Pig", "Hamster Houseguest", "The Cheap Sheep Sweep", "Luna-Toons", "Poltertoon", "Hand Over the Dough", "Do Toons Dream of Animated Sheep?", "Cartoon Cornered"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand: The Adventure Begins'' (with Creator/JadeAnimation and Creator/{{Pixar}})
** ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' (2 episodes)[[labelnote:list]]"NOS-4-A2", "Lost in Time"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Replacing Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}}.
* ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'': An aborted TV series that became a direct-to-video movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' (14 episodes, with Atelier Bwca, Creator/StudioJack, Tama and Jade) [[labelnote:List]]"Darkly Dawns the Duck (Part 2)", "Duck Blind", "Can't Bayou Love", "Film Flam", "Negaduck", "Slaves to Fashion", "Calm a Chameleon", "Toys Czar Us", "Dead Duck", "Let's Get Respectable", "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything", "Planet of the Capes", "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet", "Stressed to Kill"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' (14 episodes) [[labelnote:List]] "Awakening, Parts 1, 2, 4 & 5", "The Edge", "Eye of the Beholder", "Leader of The Pack", "The Mirror", "The Price", "Grief", "M.I.A.", "Future tense", The Green", "Hunter's Moon, Parts 2 & 3", "Angels in the Night"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' (5 episodes) [[labelnote:List]]"Winter Blunderland", "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra", "Come Fly With Me", "A Pizza the Action", "Goof Fellas"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}: The series'' (seven episodes, with various additional production facilities) [[labelnote:List]]"Hercules and the King of Thessady", "Hercules and the Driving Test", "Hercules and the Epic Adventure", "Hercules and the Big Sink", "Hercules and the Tapestry of Fate", "Hercules and the Bacchanal", "Hercules and the Poseidon's Cup Adventure"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame 2''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'': The TV series, season 1 and the first half of season 2.
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeysOnceUponAChristmas'': "Stuck on Christmas" segment.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse Mickey MouseWorks]]'': Disney Japan's shorts were also re-broadcast on ''House Of Mouse''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' (one episode)
* ''Disney/MulanII'' (With support by Jade and Creator/WangFilmProductions)
* ''Piglet's Big Movie''
* ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'': With the Canadian unit, Spaff Animation and Creator/CharacterBuilders.
* ''Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin''
* ''Pooh's Heffalump Movie'': Their final production.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'': One short, ''To Catch A Hiccup''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage''
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' (with Creator/HanhoHeungUp, Jade and Tama)
* ''Disney/TheTiggerMovie'': Done with TMS (Telecom unit), Tama and other studios.

[[folder:Walt Disney Television Animation Australia]]
Founded in 1988 by several former Creator/HannaBarbera animators, [=DisneyToon=] Studios Australia (formerly Walt Disney Television Animation Australia Pty. Ltd.) is often known among the animation community for having very cartoonish and expressive animation, which they are still praised for. The studio had a longer life than the Japanese unit; it became the main hub for Disney's DirectToVideo sequels, a role originally fulfilled by the Japanese unit. The Australian unit came to an end in July 2006, due to rising costs for animation in Australia. Its role was once again succeeded by other studios used by Disney like Creator/ToonCity and Creator/SynergyAnimation.

Notable animators in the Australian unit include Bob Baxter, Kevin Peaty, Lianne Hughes, Andrew Collins, Ian Harrowell, Alexs Stadermann, Pieter Lommerse, Ryan O'Loughlin, Bernard Derriman, Robert Mason and Lily Dell.

!!!Productions by Disney Australia:
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' - 8 episodes. [[labelnote:List]]"An Officer and a Gentledog", "Swine Song", "You Slipped a Disc", "Chow About That", "Full Metal Pellet", "Close But No Cigar", "Shrewzle Watch", "Film Fatale"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' - Done with Disney Japan.
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' - 9 episodes. [[labelnote:List]]"Air-Feathered Friends", "Do the Rat Thing", "Never Say Nefir", "Garden of Evil", "Some Enchanted Genie", "Sneeze the Day", "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like", "A Sultan Worth His Salt", "Genie Hunt", "The Lost Ones"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Disney/BambiII''
* ''Disney/BrotherBear2''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' - 12 episodes. [[labelnote:List]]"Going/Gone Bonkers", "In the Bag", "Is Toon For Really Warm?", "Fall Apart Bomb Squad", "In Toons We Trust", "The Day the Toon Stood Still", "Weather or Not", "Basic Spraining", "New Partners on the Block", "I Oughta Be in Toons", "Stay Tooned", "Cereal Surreal"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' - The unit's final production, done with Toon City.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' - 10 episodes. [[labelnote:List]]"Darkly Dawns the Duck (Part 1)", "That Sinking Feeling", "Comic Book Capers", "Fungus Amongus", "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness", "Tiff of the Titans", "Battle of the Brainteasers", "Heavy Mental" (outsourced to Creator/FreelanceAnimatorsNewZealand), "A Brush With Oblivion", "The Merchant of Menace"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' - The episode "Seeing Isn't Believing".
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' - 25 episodes. [[labelnote:List]]"Good Neighbor Goof", "Slightly Dinghy", "You Camp Take It With You", "Unreal Estate", "Midnight Movie Madness", "O RV, I NV U", "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp" (outsourced to Creator/FreelanceAnimatorsNewZealand), "Close Encounters of the Weird Mime", "Where There's Smoke, There's Goof", "Take Me Out of the Ball Game", "Wrecks, Lies and Videotape", "Waste Makes Haste", "Pete's Day at the Races", "Major Goof", "And Baby Makes Three", "A Goof of the People", "Nightmare on Goof Street", "Goofs of a Feather", "As Goof Would Have It", "Partners in Grime", "Great Egg-Spectations", "Three Ring Bind"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' (with Walt Disney France). They handled An Extremely Goofy Movie completely on their own outside of some uncredited layout assistance from the Canada unit.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' (8 episodes)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}: The Series'': Two episodes: "Hercules and the First Day of School" (layouts only; actual animation by Creator/ToonCity) and "Hercules and the Dream Date".
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' - A few ''Mickey's Mouse Works'' shorts.
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook2'' - Done with Toon City.
* ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''[[labelnote:List]]"Splendor in the Mud", "Benny & Clyde/Feather Brains", "Trouble on the Waterfront"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan''
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch''
* ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' - Done with Creator/ToonCity.
* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' - Done with the Canadian unit and Toon City.
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'' - Done with Toon City.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'': Most of the series after season 1, with Hanho and Wang.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack''[[labelnote:List]]"The Really Mighty Ducks", "Island of the Not So Nice", "I.O.U. a U.F.O.", "All Hands on Duck", "Pride Goeth Before the Fall Guy", "Tasty Paste", "Phoniest Home Videos", "Koi Story", "Ready, Aim, Duck!", "Duckleration of Independence", "Snow Place to Hide", "Gator Aid", "Transmission: Impossible", "Leader of the Quack"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Disney/ReturnToNeverLand'' - With the Canadian unit and Wang.
* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' - Done with Disney Japan. Australia animated roughly the first half of the film, while Japan handled the second half.
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' 2 - Done with Toon City
* ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa''[[labelnote:List]]"Boara Boara", "Brazil Nuts", "Never Everglades", "Yukon Con", "French Fried", "Yummy Yummy Yummy", "Stand By Me", "Rafiki's Apprentice", "Mombasa-in-Law", "Back Out in the Outback/Gabon With the Wind", "Going Uruguay", "Let's Serengheti Out of Here/Congo on Like This", "Shake You Djibouti", "Ocean Commotion", "Palm Beached/Jamaica Mistake", "Oregon Astray", "Klondike Con", "Zazu's Off By One Day", "Africa-Dabra", "Scent of the South", "The Man From J.U.N.G.L.E.", "Maine-iacs", "Once Upon a Timon", "Beethoven's Whiff/Bumble in the Jungle/Mind Over Matterhorn" [[/labelnote]]
* ''A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving''
* ''Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You'' (CGI animation)

[[folder:Walt Disney Feature Animation France]]
Walt Disney Feature Animation France (formerly Walt Disney Animation France, S.A.) was established in 1989 when Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi sold their company, Brizzi Films, to Disney. Initially, they were mostly used on the TV shows, but starting in 1995, they became a division of the Feature Animation studio, partially animating most of their features from 1996 to 2003. The studio was shut down in Summer 2003.

!!!Features and shows:
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' -- 3 episodes[[labelnote:List]]"Double Darkwings" (with Hanho Heung Up), "A Duck By Any Other Name" (with Creator/SunwooEntertainment), "In Like Blunt"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Destino''
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' (Their first project)
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''
* ''[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Fantasia 2000]]'' ("Firebird Suite" segment)
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' -- 5 episodes[[labelnote:List]] "Axed By Addition", "To Catch a Goof", "The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy", "Gunfight at the Okie Dokie Corral", "Have Yourself a Goofy Little Christmas"[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' (with the Australian unit)
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook2'' (additional production; with the Australian unit, Tandem Films, Toon City and Spaff Animation)
* ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'' -- One ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} He's Bonkers]]'' short, "Petal to the Metal"
* ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain''
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' -- 6 episodes (with Lapiz Azul S.L.)[[labelnote:List]] "Plunder & Lightning" (Parts 1 & 2), "The Time Bandit", "Pizza Pie in the Sky" (with the UK unit), "The Incredible Shrinking Molly" (with the UK unit), "Bygones"[[/labelnote]]
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too]]''

[[folder: Walt Disney Animation UK Limited]]
This shirt-lived unit was set up in Camden Town, London in 1986 for the animation production of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', using a combination of Disney animators from Burbank, Richard Williamsí associates and animators from all over Europe (many of whom would later join the prestigious Feature Animation unit in Burbank when production wrapped on ''Roger Rabbit'').

* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' (with the France unit)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' -- 1 episode, "April Pooh"
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' 2 episodes (with the France unit), "Pizza Pie in the Sky" and "The Incredible Shrinking Molly"
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (animation)

!!Tropes associated with Walt Disney's various animation units:
* AnimationBump: The Los Angeles, Japan and Australia units are the biggest examples, but all are known for this. This ''is'' [[CaptainObvious Disney]], after all.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Most evident in the episodes animated by the Australian studio, unsurprisingly because of the studio's emphasis on expressive animation and less on remaining completely uniform from scene to scene.
* MediumBlending: The North American units are known for this.
* OffModel:
** ''Return of Jafar'' is frequently accused of this, not so much for the bad animation, but rather the abrupt change in how the movie looks: Around the thirty minute mark, the animation suddenly switches over from the Australia unit to the Japan unit, and remains that way for the rest of the movie. This resulted in ''much'' different looking animation in the second half. (The change occurs when Abis-Mal climbs over the palace walls.)
** ''Gargoyles'''s "Seeing Isn't Believing" is also guilty of this. Though it ''does'' make up for it with its [[AnimationBump fluid animation]].
** As well as the two Creator/FreelanceAnimatorsNewZealand sub-contracted episodes - ''Darkwing Duck's'' "Heavy Mental" and ''Goof Troop's'' "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp".
* SignatureStyle: For the Japanese unit, bouncy characters and crisp linework. For the Australian unit, deranged eyes when a character is angry, very specific mouth movements, and wrinkled faces in certain poses.