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Disney Television Animation
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Founded December 1984 (as Walt Disney Pictures Television Animation Group)
President Robert Iger
Notable Works Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Kim Possible
House of Mouse
Phineas and Ferb
Fish Hooks

Disney Television Animation is the animated television production studio of The Walt Disney Company. It was formed in 1984 as Walt Disney Pictures Television Animation Group, and went by the name Walt Disney Television Animation from 1987-2011.

As of 2014 it produces all animated shows airing on Disney Channel and several animated shows on Disney XD and Disney Junior.



Ironically, Walt Disney refused to do original animation made for television because he knew it was economically impossible to produce animated theatrical-quality material in television programs on the constraints of time and budget allowances, so all pre-1985 TV animation projects were wrap-around segments made in order to bridge the gaps together on the existing theatrical material. It was not until 1985 that the studio finally relented and they successfully gambled with substantially higher budgeted productions which proved profitable ventures that raised the standard for the TV medium.

In 1987 the studio had its first success with DuckTales, leading the way into the 1990s where the two hour syndicated program block The Disney Afternoon introduced shows like Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin and Timon and Pumbaa.

Following the cancellation of The Disney Afternoon in 1997, the main vehicle for the studios new productions became Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC, with some shows also airing at its spinoff UPN block Disney's One Too (established 1999), which aired booth weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

In 2002 Disney effectively changed their business strategy to exclusively premiere new shows and episodes on its own cable channels: Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.

Although it originally functioned as a department within Walt Disney Television for nearly two decades, it has operated separately since 2003, when Walt Disney Television ceased operations.


Pre-The Disney Afternoon

Name From To Network Notes
Wuzzles 1985 1985 CBS
Fluppy Dogs 1986 1986 ABC One hour pilot/special only.
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 1988 1991 Disney Channel/ABC 4 more holiday themed episodes produced 1991-1999.

The Disney Afternoon

Name From To Network Notes
Adventures of the Gummi Bears 1985 1991 NBC/ABC/DTA
DuckTales 1987 1990 SYN/DTA
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 1989 1990 Disney Channel/SYN/DTA
TaleSpin 1990 1991 Disney Channel/DTA
Darkwing Duck 1991 1992 Disney Channel/DTA/ABC
Goof Troop 1992 1993 Disney Channel/DTA/ABC
Bonkers 1993 1994 Disney Channel/DTA
Aladdin 1994 1995 Disney Channel/DTA/CBS
Gargoyles 1994 1997 DTA/ABC
The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show 1995 1995 DTA
Timon and Pumbaa 1995 1999 DTA/CBS/Toon Disney
Quack Pack 1996 1996 DTA
Mighty Ducks 1996 1997 DTA/ABC

Additional 1990s CBS Saturday morning line up

Name From To Network Notes
 Raw Toonage 1992 1992 CBS
 The Little Mermaid 1992 1994 CBS
 Marsupilami 1993 1993 CBS

Disney's One Saturday Morning/One Too

Name From To Network Notes
Jungle Cubs 1996 1997 ABC
Doug (seasons 5-7) 1996 1999 ABC/SYN First four seasons produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Nightmare Ned 1997 1997 ABC
101 Dalmatians 1997 1998 ABC/SYN
Pepper Ann 1997 2001 ABC/UPN
Recess 1997 2001 ABC/UPN
Hercules 1998 1999 ABC/SYN
Mickey Mouse Works 1999 2000 ABC
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 2001 ABC/UPN
Teacher's Pet 2000 2002 ABC/Toon Disney
The Weekenders 2000 2004 ABC/UPN/Toon Disney
House of Mouse 2001 2003 ABC/Toon Disney
The Legend of Tarzan 2001 2003 UPN
Lloyd in Space 2001 2004 ABC/Toon Disney
Fillmore! 2002 2004 ABC/Toon Disney
Teamo Supremo 2002 2004 ABC/Toon Disney

Disney Channel original series

Name From To Notes
Kim Possible 2002 2007
Team Atlantis 2003 2003 Reworked as DVD-film Atlantis: Milo's Return
Lilo and Stitch: The Series 2003 2006
Dave the Barbarian 2004 2005
Brandy and Mr. Whiskers 2004 2006
The Buzz on Maggie 2005 2006
American Dragon: Jake Long 2005 2007
The Emperor's New School 2006 2008
The Replacements 2006 2009
Phineas and Ferb 2007 2015 also airing on Disney XD
Fish Hooks 2010 2014
Gravity Falls 2012 ongoing also airing on Disney XD
Wander Over Yonder 2013 ongoing also airing on Disney XD
Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015 also airing on Disney XD

Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior original series

Name From To Notes
PB&J Otter 1998 2000
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2006 ongoing
My Friends Tigger & Pooh 2007 2010
Special Agent Oso 2009 2012
Jake and the Never Land Pirates 2011 ongoing
Sofia the First 2013 ongoing
The Lion Guard 2016 ongoing

Disney XD original series

Name From To Notes
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 2010 2012
Motorcity 2012 2013
Tron: Uprising 2012 2013
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja 2012 ongoing
The 7D 2014 ongoing
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero 2014 ongoing
Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015 ongoing
Pickle & Peanut 2015 ongoing

Short subject series

Name From To Network Notes
Shorty McShorts' Shorts 2006 2007 Disney Channel
Take Two with Phineas and Ferb 2010 2011 Disney Channel
Dipper´s Guide to the Unexplained 2013 ongoing Disney Channel
Mickey Mouse 2013 ongoing Disney Channel

Broadcast primetime series

Name From To Network Notes
Clerks 2000 2000 ABC

Fanon Animated series

Name From To Network Notes
A Kind of Magic 2006 2009 Disney Channel France Under Licensed only
Zip Zip 2015 Ongoing Disney Channel Asia Uncredited, Co-produced with France's GO-N Productions