History of Disney Animation

Timeline created by Ayden T.
In Film
  • Disney is Created

    Disney is Created
    Disney was created in 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney. They originally called the company Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, but later changed the name to just Disney. Disney was established in Burbank, California. The creation of Disney is the beginning of the most popular animations and movies.
  • Oswald to Mickey

    Oswald to Mickey
    Disney created 26 Oswald cartoons when the cartoons were taken by Charles Mintz who took over their distribution company, and hired away 4 of Disney's primary animators. Walt then doodled a cartoon mouse he name Mortimer, but later renamed by his wife Lillian to Mickey. Walt did not know at the time, that Mickey would become his company's mascot.
  • Steamboat Willie

    Steamboat Willie
    Steamboat Willie is a landmark in the history of animation. It is the first film starring Mickey Mouse to be released with synchronized sound and it threw silent animations into obsolescence and launched an empire of animation with sound.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Snow White was the first full-length animated feature from Walt Disney, which featured a Technicolor treatment. The movie was showcased 6 days after the premiere on the front of the Time Magazine. The animations grossed the 10th highest film of all time.
  • Lady and the Tramp

    Lady and the Tramp
    Lady and the Tramp was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen film process. This was used for shooting widescreen movies that could be screened in theaters. This brought many animations after this one onto the big screen.
  • 101 Dalmatians before Walt's Death

    101 Dalmatians before Walt's Death
    101 Dalmatians was released 5 years before Walt's death in 1966. It was the tenth highest-grossing film of 1961. Walt's death shook the company and many productions in different departments came to a halt, including theme parks, and work on animated productions.
  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book
    The first release since Walt's death was met with success, but the relevancy of music was fading with Rock and Roll becoming the main focus. The swinging jazz music in the movie showed the age of the animators working on the film which faded their edge.
  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid
    The Little mermaid revives the company and becomes an instant success. Bringing all new tropical music to the table and the traditional animation that still shows the Disney animation style.
  • Monster's Inc Computer Animation

    Monster's Inc Computer Animation
    The beginning of Disney's Computer animated films begins with Monster's Inc. Disney laid off most of the employees at the studio, downsizing it to one unit to begin the move to fully computer animated films. After the success of Monster's Inc they knew that computer animation was the way of the future.
  • Paperman combining 2D & 3D

    Paperman combining 2D & 3D
    with computer animation in full swing, Paperman paves a new road with a seamless blend of 2D and 3D animation. The animators used new technology called Meander to blend the 3D look to have more 2D elements and convey a more sketched look.