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Brian: You're banning straight-to-video Disney films?
Stewie: Absolutely! I mean, look at this: Aladdin IV: Jafar May Need Glasses!
Family Guy, "Lois Kills Stewie"

Disneytoon Studios was one of Disney's animated studios. It was established in 2003 to produce Disney's Direct-to-Video sequels, though the studio technically dates back to the 1990s under the name "Disney MovieToons" and then "Disney Video Premiere".

The studio's first work was DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp in 1990, however in 1994 they began working on what they are best known for: Direct-to-Videonote  sequels. Disneytoon has worked on dozens of Disney Animated Canon sequels, prequels, and interquels over the years. On top of that, they are also known for their Classic Disney Shorts-related films and their Winnie-the-Pooh films.

However, in 2007, new head honcho John Lasseter cancelled all of the direct-to-video projects that were in development—namely sequels to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo, Pinocchio, The Aristocats, Chicken Little, and Meet the Robinsons, along with the upcoming Disney's Dwarfs and Disney Princess Enchanted Tales. Tinker Bell and The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning were also put on hold for a while, as the studio shifted from Disney sequels and spinoffs to Disney Fairies and Planes.


In June 2018, Disney announced that they would be shutting down Disneytoon effective immediately, resulting in an untitled project dated for April 19, 2019, believed to be a third Planes movie, being cancelled. The closure was due to the continued decline of the direct-to-video market, Lasseter's unceremonious departure following allegations of sexual misconduct and later the arrival of Blue Sky Studios as a third animation brand for Disney (alongside their main feature animation division and Pixar) through its buyout of 20th Century Fox, in turn rendering Disneytoon redundant.

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An asterix (*) denotes films with a theatrical release

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    Classic Disney Characters Films 

    Disney Animated Canon Direct-to-Video Sequels 

    Winnie the Pooh 

    Disney Fairies 
  • Tinker Bell (October 28, 2008)
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (October 27, 2009)
  • Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (September 21, 2010)
  • Secret of the Wings (October 23, 2012)*
  • The Pirate Fairy (April 1, 2014)*
  • Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (March 3, 2015)*


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Tropes common in Disneytoon Studios works:

  • Animation Bump: Most of the studios early sequels were a clear downgrade from the company's mainstream works, with almost television episode level quality and budget. As the studio was reworked and animation transitioned to digital however, a lot of projects became far more polished and better at replicating the original films.
  • Art Shift: The animation quality and even the art style of their films is all over the place due to the various sub studios they were outsourced too, though the later films at least try to have a style of art and movement consistent with the look of the 90's/early 2000s Disney features.
  • Breakout Character: A lot of Disneytoon's projects shifted Character Focus compared to the original films, giving more development to what were originally minor bit players. The Winnie The Pooh projects in particular gave Tigger, Piglet and Roo all individual films as the central character.
  • Canon Discontinuity: With very few exceptions, the direct-to-video sequels are not considered canonical by Disneynote  and their characters are sparingly referenced officially. Most don't even appear in merchandise.
  • Compilation Movie: A few of the films are this, usually because they are actually shorts from cancelled cartoon series cobbled together into a film.
  • Failed Pilot Episode: Infamously, three of the sequels (Belle's Magical World, Cinderella II and Atlantis: Milo's Return) are nothing more than thinly veiled compilation movies stitched together from leftover episodes made for aborted Disney TV cartoons.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Used in The Lion King II with Simba, The Little Mermaid II with Ariel, and Lady and the Tramp 2 with Tramp.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Sometimes it's due to an Adaptation Dye-Job or being Off-Model, but character designs in the DAC sequels often differ from in the original films.
  • Interquel: Several of the sequels actually take place in the Time Skips of the original films, including both Beauty and the Beast sequel movies, Hercules Zero To Hero, Tarzan II, Bambi II, and The Fox and the Hound 2. The Lion King 1½ is a prequel, interquel, and Perspective Flip rolled into one, and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is an interquel by proxy of having been released while Lilo & Stitch: The Series was still airing, with Disney explicitly stating that it takes place before that show's pilot movie.
  • Lighter and Softer: In general, the direct-to-video sequels tend to be softer and even more family-friendly than the originals. There are exceptions though, such as Cinderella III and The Lion King II, which are just as dark if not darker than the originals. Nearly all their Winnie the Pooh works also dealt with far more emotional and distressing plots than the Disney Animated Canon instalments.
  • Mission-Pack Sequel: One common critique of the sequels is that several of them are midquel or side stories that either have little to no relevance to the stories of their predecessors and add little of anything significant or fresh to those films worlds or lore. Some, like The Little Mermaid II, Return to Never Land and The Jungle Book 2 take it as far as outright rehashing their original film. Cinderella 2 and Belle's Magical World are probably the most infamous instances of this, and other films like The Fox and the Hound 2, Kronk's New Groove and even Bambi II get chided for being this. With this in mind, it's no surprise that when the sequels got parodied in shows like SNL and Family Guy, the biggest potshot taken is often that it was entirely pointless from a story standpoint to make sequels to films whose stories were designed to be self-contained and standalone in the first place.
  • Mythology Gag: Some of the sequels take notes from already existent spin-off or even the material the original films were adapted from. Scamp's name and character from Lady and the Tramp 2 were derived from some Disney tie-in books and comics, same for Thumper's sister in Bambi II. The latter also reworks odd scenes from the original novel that weren't adapted in the original film.
  • Off-Model: Due to a combo of tight budgets and deadlines while using substudios designed to churn out TV animation to superficially imitate what Disney was doing in their main animated movies in the 90s, the drawing and animation quality of their films is generally subpar, especially the movies that are just TV episodes stitched together into pseudo-features. Some of their later films alleviated this by trying to beef up their animation quality, but they still seldom reached the same standards as Disney's mainline animated features.
  • Overtook the Series: To make these sequels feel even more forced, many of the original movies were based on centuries-old fairy tales and books that never had sequels made by the original creators, Disney pretty much decided to tell us what happened after the happily ever after.
    • The original 101 Dalmatians book did get a sequel, but Disney did not adapt it for the animated sequel or the live-action sequel. Disneytoons also ignored the sequel instalments to both The Jungle Book and Bambi original novels in favour of their own story material, though parts of their Winnie the Pooh films did roughly adapt elements from the original books.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot:
    • The Return of Jafar, the first of the direct-to-video sequels, wasn't even planned as a movie—it was originally made as the first batch of episodes for the then-upcoming Aladdin TV series, but was recut into a feature-length direct-to-video film on orders from then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner.
    • Inverted with Tarzan & Jane, which is made up of three unaired episodes of Disney's The Legend of Tarzan TV series stitched together into a pseudo feature, but it came out after the series debuted and was still on the air.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The direct-to-video films are prone to bringing in new characters who weren't mentioned in the original film but apparently are well-known to the cast. The amount of sequels and prequels that don't do this can be counted on one hand; Lilo & Stitch 2, in particular, not only introduces no new major characters whatsoever, but actually features less of the ones that appeared in the first film.
  • Same Plot Sequel: This is common for many Disneytoon Studios sequels:
    • In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Ariel's daughter Melody goes through pretty much the same plot as her mother in The Little Mermaid, only with the land and the sea inverted this time: teenage girl wants to live in the other element, overprotective parent stops her from doing so, she rebels and makes a deal with a power-hungry sea witch.
    • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is technically a midquel; it expands on the events that happened during the song "Something There" in the original Beauty and the Beast. Ultimately it tells exactly the same story: Belle is captured by the Beast, and they eventually soften up to each other and fall in love.
    • Return to Never Land is a sequel to Peter Pan, and uses many of the same plot elements: a child (this time only one instead of three) ends up in Never Land, teams up with Peter Pan and gets pursued by Captain Hook. Hook is still pursued by a hungry beast this time, except it's an octopus rather than a crocodile.
    • The Jungle Book 2, the sequel to The Jungle Book, still revolves around the dilemma whether Mowgli belongs to the jungle or the man-village, and Baloo still wants him to live in the jungle with him. Meanwhile, Shere Khan still pursues Mowgli to kill him.
  • Spin-Offspring: Several of the sequels are based on the offspring of the original film's protagonists.
  • Stock Footage: Hercules: Zero to Hero is probably the most phoned-in of all the sequels, since its merely three episodes of the 90's cartoon series stitched together into a pseudo-feature—even its Framing Device is directly reused from an episode in the series, albiet repurposed in context.


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