Sometime a company's work load can be quite large, and you don't want your best staff members (Disney's Los Angeles unit, known today as Walt Disney Animation Studios) to waste their time on TV shows when said staff members are best off working on Major Movies, and that's why the other studios are here.
Units of Disney:
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North American Units
Walt Disney Animation Japan
The biggest of the non-North American units, WDAJ was founded by Motoyoshi Tokunaga (an Ex-TMS producer) in 1988 after Disney bought out Pacific Animation Corp. (a studio mostly known for doing Rankin/Bass's ThunderCats and 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 Madhouse, Studio Pierrot or Production I.G. The ones who went with Tokunaga joined him when he formed The Answer Studio.Notable staff in the Japanese unit include Saburo Hashimoto, Shigeru Yamamoto, Sawako Miyamoto, Kazuyoshi Takeuchi, Hiroshi Kawamata, Yukio Okazaki and Tsuguyuki Kubo.See also Tama Productions, Nakamura Productions, and Jade Animation, three studios that were often used by Disney Japan.
Productions by Disney Japan:
Walt Disney Animation Australia
Founded in 1989, the Australian unit 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 Direct-to-Video sequels, a role originally fulfilled by the Japanese unit. The Australian unit came to an end in 2006, due to rising costs for animation in Australia. Its role was once again succeeded by other studios used by Disney like Toon City and Synergy Animation.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.
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