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Oscar Watch 2012

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Studio: Illumination Mac Guff
Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Release Date: March 2
Box Office: $338.9 million [$214 million]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%
Synopsis: The CG animated update of Theodor Geisel’s environmentally minded children’s classic stars Zac Efron as a young boy named Ted bent on saving the disappearing Trufula Trees, Taylor Swift as the girl of his dreams, Danny DeVito as the gruff yet cuddly Lorax, Ed Helms as the mysterious Once-ler, Rob Riggle as the mayor and Betty White as Ted’s grandma.
The Buzz: It’s always a challenge to adapt a well loved picture book as a feature effort; despite the artistic wizardry of French studio Mac Guff and the box office response, critics seemed underwhelmed by the updated Lorax.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Studios: Aardman Animations, Sony Pictures Animation
Director: Peter Lord
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: April 27
Box Office: $121.6 million [$31 million]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%
Synopsis: This mad-cap seafaring adventure stars Hugh Grant as Pirate Captain, who in the course of vying for the Pirate of the Year contest gets tangled up with the likes of Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), Charles Darwin (David Tennant) and other characters. The excellent cast also includes Martin Freeman, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson and even Al Roker as the Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens.
The Buzz: Co-directed by Jeff Newitt and based on the popular books by Gideon Defoe, Pirates was a tour de force of richly detailed stop-motion animation and Brit humor—but after the mania over Oscar winner Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Aardman might have trouble filling its own sizeable shoes.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: June 8
Box Office: $638.8 million [$216.1 million]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%
Synopsis: In the zoosters’ latest escapade, a faulty getaway with the “help” of the penguins finds the critters joining up with a European traveling circus, all the while evading capture by Monaco’s most dogged Animal Control Officer, Chantal DuBois (Frances McDormand). Franchise cast including Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen return along with newcomers Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain and Martin Short as their circus pals.
The Buzz: While the third outing performed very well at the box-office and entertained family audiences, so far none of the franchise’s films have made the final Oscar cut—then again, the popular zoo pals may be overdue in the Academy’s eyes.


Studio: Disney-Pixar
Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: June 22
Box Office: $515.7 million [$233.8 million domestic]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%
Synopsis: As princess of an ancient Scottish kingdom, Merida (Kelly Macdonald) struggles against the expectations of her parents and her plans for her life. When she takes her destiny into her own hands, it threatens the safety of the kingdom as well as those she loves most. The pedigreed cast also includes Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson as the king and queen, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson.
The Buzz: Pixar’s first fairytale sought to break the mold with its strong-willed female protagonist as well as forge new ground in stunningly detailed CG animation; despite accomplishing this, some critics felt Brave lacked the originality of prior Pixar films.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Studio: Blue Sky Studios
Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: July 13
Box Office: $849.9 million [$159.2 million]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%
Synopsis: The fourth installment of the Ice Age saga sees the herd separated by shifting continents, pestered by pirates and desperately trying to reunite families amid the chaos and finding a new home (and a new girlfriend for Diego). Key cast Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Chris Wedge and Keke Palmer are joined by Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Drake, Aziz Ansari, Nicki Minaj and more to round out the cool ensemble.
The Buzz: Despite being the highest-grossing toon of the year (so far) and cracking up audiences, the 3-D CG sequel effort seemed to critics to recycle too much from the previous films; it’s unclear whether the franchise is overdue for a nod or if the first film’s nomination was its best shot.


Studio: LAIKA
Directors: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: August 17
Box Office: $86.5 million [$54.1 million]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%
Synopsis: Norman is an outcast kid shunned by his schoolmates for his strange ability to talk to ghosts. But when an ancient curse unleashes a horde of zombies on his small town of Blithe Hollow, it’s up to him to set things right. Kodi Smitt-McPhee stars with Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elaine Stritch, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Bernard Hill and John Goodman.
The Buzz: LAIKA’s second feature effort, ParaNorman’s original story (penned by Butler) and lovingly hand-crafted stop-motion impressed the critics … except certain conservative outlets who found fault with a reference to a character’s homosexuality in a kid flick—but we like to think (hope?) the Academy is less stuffy.

Hotel Transylvania

Studio: Sony Pictures Animation
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: September 28
Box Office: $57.7 million [$49.6 million]
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 45%
Synopsis: Dracula (Adam Sandler) runs a luxury resort for classic monsters (werewolves, mummies, zombies and the like) and is busy preparing for his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. As the gruesome guests are set to arrive, a normal human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) stumbles onto the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis, much to Drac’s chagrin. The comedic cast is filled out by Kevin James, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Fran Drescher and Jon Lovitz.
The Buzz: Toon fans were keen to check out Tartakovsky’s first feature effort and enjoyed the colorful, cartoony vibe of this kids’ comedy; but the long and tumultuous production may have added to critics’ sense that the plot wasn’t up to snuff for older audiences.


Studio: Tim Burton Productions
Director: Tim Burton
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: October 5
Box Office: TBA
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
Synopsis: When young Victor is inspired to reanimate the body of his beloved dog, Sparky, his classmates follow suit and unleash a chaotic plague of strange creatures on the town of New Holland. Based on Burton’s 1984 live-action short, the film features the voices of Charlie Tahan, Catherina O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Atticus Shaffer, Christopher Lee, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell, James Hiroyuki Liao and Tom Kenny.
The Buzz: With a disappointing opening weekend B.O. (lagging behind Hotel Transylvania, which was in its second week), Disney’s gamble on Burton’s quirky éclat seemed wobbly; critics however praised the artistry of the black-and-white stop-motion film as well as its oddball story—hey, how much did Spirited Away make on its U.S. debut?

Wreck-It Ralph

Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Director: Rich Moore
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: November 2
Box Office: TBA
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: John C. Reilly stars as a disgruntled 8-bit game villain who sets out on a journey across the various videogames in his arcade to prove that he has what it takes to be a hero. The 3-D CG flick also stars Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, a glitchy but cute racing game character; Jack McBrayer as the hero of Ralph’s game Fix-It Felix, Jr.; and Jane Lynch as Sgt. Calhoun, star of an FPS game.
The Buzz: Disneyphiles and gamers alike are psyched to check out Ralph, which will feature cameos from popular game characters; first glimpses reveal a sweeping variety of characters and worlds expertly animated—but only time will tell if this departure from the Disney canon will please the Academy.

Rise of the Guardians

Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Director: Peter Ramsey
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: November 21
Box Office: TBA
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: This colorful, action-packed adaptation of William Joyce’s popular book stars Chris Pine as Jack Frost, who joines up with North (Santa Claus, Alec Baldwin), Bunnymund (Easter Bunny, Hugh Jackman), Tooth (Tooth Fairy, Isla Fisher) and Sandy (Sandman) to restore the faith of children around the world and defeat the wicked Pitch (Jude Law).
The Buzz: DWA’s previous features based on Joyce’s books (Meet the Robinsons, Robots) proved popular with audiences, and this latest 3-D CG effort is creating buzz with its fresh take on classic characters and rich visuals—could this be the Joyce tale that makes it to the Oscars?

The Painting

Studios: Blue Spirit/Be-Films
Director: Jean-François Laguionie
Distributor: GKIDS
Release Date: TBA
Box Office: $183,700 (approx. USD value of French B.O., per AlloCiné)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: Set in the world of a 1930s artist’s atelier, three races of painted beings—the completed Alldunns, partially done Halfies and roughly rendered Sketchies—battle each other for supremacy. Ramo an Alldunn and Claire, the Halfie he loves, join up with inquisitive Lola on a quest to find the artist and discover why he created these contentious races.
The Buzz: Critics responded favorably to this inventive, beautifully crafted tale from Laguionie and co-scripter Anik Le Ray (Eleanor’s Secret) on both sides of the pond—it’s a blessing and a potential curse for Painting that 2012 has been such a strong year for foreign animated features.

From Up on Poppy Hill

Studio: Studio Ghibli
Director: Goro Miyazaki
Distributor: GKIDS
Release Date: TBA
Box Office: $56 million (approx. USD value of Japanese B.O., per Variety)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: Set in 1960s Yokohama, the film follows two high school students who undertake to restore an historic building and save it from demolition, all the while unraveling the mystery of their own connected past. GKIDS has tapped Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza, Anton Yelchin, Beau Bridges, Sarah Bolger, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Emily Osment, Charles Saxton and Alex Wolff as the English language voice cast.
The Buzz: With the pro revamp team of director Gary Rydstrom, writer Karey Kirkpatrick and exec producer Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (all of Arrietty fame) on the case, audiences can expect a fluid translation of this heartfelt teen adventure—but though the Academy loves Ghibli, Goro’s (son of Hayao Miyazaki) last feature effort was a B.O. and critical disappointment.


 Prima Linea Productions
Directors: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie
Distributor: GKIDS
Release Date: TBA
Box Office: $1.7 million (approx. USD value of French B.O., per AlloCiné)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: This expansive film takes viewers on a journey from Sudan to Paris as 10-year-old Maki pursues his beloved pet giraffe Zarafa, who is en route to France as a gift to Charles X from the Pasha of Egypt. Through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow Alps the duo encounter many adventures and odd characters in this charming story of true friendship.
The Buzz: Zarafa has won over festival audiences around the word with its impeccably French 2D artistry and sweet sentimentality—although some have raised their hackles over inaccuracies about the fate of the legendary giraffe; it’ll be up to Academy members to decide whether the art of fiction wins out over the complexities of history when GKIDS launches its qualifying run.

The Rabbi’s Cat

Studio: Autochenille Productions
Directors: Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
Distributor: GKIDS
Release Date: TBA
Box Office to Date: $552,416 (approx. USD value of French B.O., per AlloCiné)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: Based on Sfar’s award-winning comic series, the film centers on a cat living in 1920s Algeria who gains the ability to speak after swallowing a parrot and expresses his desire to convert to Judaism to his Rabbi owner.
The Buzz: While critics have been universally won over by the colorful 2D animation, some were less enchanted by the storytelling in the film translation—but after nabbing the top Annecy Cristal, it’s still a strong contender for Oscar nomination.

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

Studios: Bill and Ben Prod., EPIX
Directors: Bill Jones, Ben Timlett, Jeff Simpson
Distributor: Brainstorm Media
Release Date: November 2
Box Office: TBA
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: Based on Chapman’s fictitious 1980 autobiography, the film is a mélange of completely untrue events from the Brit comedian’s life. Former Python cohorts John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam provide voices, adding to recordings of Chapman reading from the book made shortly before his death in 1989.
The Buzz: Python fans are eager to see how this independent project will turn out, and animation aficionados are piqued by the format which will combine animated “chapters” crafted by over a dozen studios—but has “Project Chapman 3D” generated enough buzz to lure in Academy voters at the end of the year?

The Secret of the Wings

Studio: DisneyToon Studios
Directors: Peggy Holmes, Roberts Gannaway
Distributor: Disney
Release Date: September 3 [Limited]
Box Office to Date: TBA
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: The fourth film in Disney’s popular Tinkerbell home movie franchise sees Tink (Mae Whitman) venture into the forbidden world of the Winter Woods and discovering a mysterious secret about fairies’ wings. Lucy Hale, Lucy Liu, Angela Bartys, Raven-Symone, Megan Hilty, Pamela Adlon, Anjelica Huston, Timothy Dalton and Grey DeLisle star.
The Buzz: While the fairies do gangbusters with their young target home audience, they haven’t managed to conjure up an Academy nod—although Disney may have pushed a theatrical release in part to raise the number of qualifiers, and thus nominees, like they tried with Great Fairy Rescue in 2010.

Arjun: The Warrior Prince

Studios: UTV Motion Pictures, Disney
Director: Arnab Chaudhuri
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: May 25, September 3 [Limited]
Box Office: $19,267 (approx. USD value of Indian B.O., per BollywoodTrade)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: Taken from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata, the film explores the early life of legendary warrior Arjun, his training, the family rivalries for the crown that drive him into exile with his brother and his eventual triumph.
The Buzz: Indian critics widely acknowledged Arjun, with its intriguing CG/toon-shaded animation style, was a big leap forward for the country’s toon industry and it’s been snapped up by festivals—but with such strong competition it might not make much of an impact Stateside.

The Mystical Laws

Studio: Eleven Arts
Director: Isamu Imakake
Distributor: Nikkatsu
Release Date: October 6, 2012
Box Office: TBA
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: In the near future, the newly formed Godom Empire is threatening to take over the world by using advanced technology offered to them by Leika Chan, the mysterious female president of a trading company. The film’s hero, Sho Shishimaru, is the one man who has the “mystical technology” that can stop the Godom Empire. After being hunted down by the Empire, Sho is saved by mysterious Indians monks, who tell him about a prophecy about the rebirth of Buddha. Based on the book by Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku).


Studio: Triggerfish
Director: Wayne Thornley
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Box Office: TBA
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: TBA
Synopsis: On the edge of a majestic waterfall, in the heart of Africa, lies the amazing bird city of Zambezia, led by wise and battle-tested Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy). Our young falcon hero Kai (Jeremy Suarez) leaves his remote outpost against his Father’s (Samuel L. Jackson) wishes to join the prestigious Hurricane defense flyers fiercely trained by Ajax (Jeff Goldblum) to patrol the skies keeping Zambezia safe. Kai’s father goes after him but is captured as the scheming iguana lizard Budzo (Jim Cummings) conspires to attack the sanctuary. Kai and soulmate Zoe (Abigail Breslin) will need to gather all their flying skills along with a big dose of diplomacy to save the city from Budzo’s deadly plot.

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A LONG TIME AGO, when disney films were only re-released every 7 to 8 years, when these films were not out on DVD because there was no DVD, when you could not see the latest film-trailers on youtube and when publications about film in general were rare, there were at least window displays in front of the movie theatres ( the days before they were hidden in shopping malls ). in these small windows the latest films were announced with a big poster as well as a selection of 10 to 20 high-glossy photographs with images from the film. the size of the pictures was about A4 in a very good quality. in some cases they were originally in black/white and had been colored by hand in horrible colors – as you can see below. in case you knew the theatre owner you could get some of those pictures, much…

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digging through boxes and drawers I found some historic ‘ducks’, probably from 1988 / 1989, – ALFRED JODOCUS KWAK. the concept had been developed by dutch entertainer HERMAN VAN VEEN, HARALD SIEPERMANN and myself did all the thousands of drawings for 3 comic books, 4 educational books, the storyboards and style-designs for a 52-episode tv series ( produced in japan ) as well as tons of drawings for the connected merchandise ( about 400 different products available in some bigger stores and QUELLE at that time ). there was no photoshop, it all had to be drawn with steel-nibs and chinese ink on some white sheets called ‘paper’ and colored with extremely life threatening chemicals out of funny looking felt-sticks. I know from my students that these little unknown details have to be explained to a younger generation…

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a ‘merry christmas’ to everybody who is celebrating the event. for this special occasion I want to show you a selection of designs for several animated feature films created over the past fifteen years by some of the best in their field. PAUL FELIX and a few of his many masterful pencil sketches for disney’s MULAN, as well as some of his paintings and drawings for the shelved SNOW QUEEN project. further MARCELO VIGNALI with his beautiful visuals for MULAN and CHEN-YI CHENG’S ancestor group for the ‘mushu’s awakening’ sequence in MULAN. finally two more stunning jungle action scenes for TARZAN by JOHN WATKISS, and some of the amazing layout work for BALTO created by one of the best layout artists, now animator – BOLHEM BOUCHIBA. I hope you enjoy this very special gallery of the masters – happy holidays.

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Paste Magazine thought it would be interesting to celebrate TV cartoon characters, young and old, that they hold dear. The magazine came up with 50 great ones like The Simpsons and Looney Tunes, but also tried to diversify the list. Who made # 1? Find out HERE. Are there any favorite cartoon characters of yours that did not make the cut?

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List of Disney theatrical animated features

Walt Disney Animation Studios

The following is a list of the animated films that were either entirely produced in-house by Walt Disney Productions prior to 1986, or were produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, formerly known as Walt Disney Feature Animation, after 1986.[1]

For advertising purposes, The Walt Disney Company began to affix numbers to each of the films in the late 1980s.[citation needed] Through this method, they could proclaim the film to be “Disney’s X full-length animated film”. When the numbering system was introduced, the group of films included became collectively known as the “Disney Animation Canon.”[citation needed] Many film historians and animation fans refer to them as Disney “classics” or Disney “features”. The numbering system remains today, as recent press releases for such products as the 20th anniversary edition of Oliver & Company,[2] as well as the opening and closing logos and marketing materials for Tangled,[3] still refer to the film’s number.[4] Some foreign numbering systems of Disney Animated Classics exclude Dinosaur and include The Wild.[5] However, The Wild was not produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

# Film Date of original release Notes
1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs December 21, 1937 (premiere)
February 4, 1938
2 Pinocchio February 7, 1940 (premiere)
February 9, 1940
3 Fantasia November 13, 1940 (premiere/roadshow)
January 29, 1941 (RKO roadshow)
January 8, 1942
[note 1][note 2]
4 Dumbo October 23, 1941
5 Bambi August 13, 1942
6 Saludos Amigos August 24, 1942 (premiere)
February 6, 1943
[note 1][note 2]
7 The Three Caballeros December 21, 1944 (premiere)
February 3, 1945
[note 1][note 2]
8 Make Mine Music April 20, 1946 (premiere)
August 15, 1946
[note 1]
9 Fun and Fancy Free September 27, 1947 [note 1][note 2]
10 Melody Time May 27, 1948 [note 1][note 2]
11 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad October 5, 1949 [note 1]
12 Cinderella February 15, 1950 (premiere)
March 4, 1950
13 Alice in Wonderland July 26, 1951
14 Peter Pan February 5, 1953
15 Lady and the Tramp June 16, 1955 (premiere)
June 22, 1955
[note 3]
16 Sleeping Beauty January 29, 1959 [note 4]
17 One Hundred and One Dalmatians January 25, 1961
18 The Sword in the Stone December 25, 1963
19 The Jungle Book October 18, 1967
20 The Aristocats December 24, 1970
21 Robin Hood November 8, 1973
22 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh March 11, 1977 [note 1][note 2]
23 The Rescuers June 22, 1977
24 The Fox and the Hound July 10, 1981
25 The Black Cauldron July 24, 1985 [note 4]
26 The Great Mouse Detective July 2, 1986
27 Oliver & Company November 13, 1988 (premiere)
November 18, 1988
28 The Little Mermaid November 14, 1989 (premiere)
November 17, 1989
29 The Rescuers Down Under November 16, 1990
30 Beauty and the Beast November 13, 1991 [note 5][note 6]
31 Aladdin November 11, 1992
32 The Lion King June 15, 1994 [note 5][note 6]
33 Pocahontas June 16, 1995 (premiere)
June 23, 1995
34 The Hunchback of Notre Dame June 19, 1996 (premiere)
June 21, 1996
35 Hercules June 14, 1997 (premiere)
June 27, 1997
36 Mulan June 5, 1998 (premiere)
June 19, 1998
37 Tarzan June 12, 1999 (premiere)
June 18, 1999
38 Fantasia 2000 December 17, 1999 (premiere)
January 1, 2000
[note 1][note 2][note 5]
39 Dinosaur May 19, 2000 [note 2][note 7]
40 The Emperor’s New Groove December 10, 2000 (premiere)
December 15, 2000
41 Atlantis: The Lost Empire June 3, 2001 (premiere)
June 15, 2001
42 Lilo & Stitch June 16, 2002 (premiere)
June 21, 2002
43 Treasure Planet November 17, 2002 (premiere)
November 27, 2002
[note 5]
44 Brother Bear October 20, 2003 (premiere)
October 24, 2003
45 Home on the Range March 21, 2004 (premiere)
April 2, 2004
46 Chicken Little October 30, 2005 (premiere)
November 4, 2005
[note 6][note 7]
47 Meet the Robinsons March 30, 2007 [note 6][note 7]
48 Bolt November 21, 2008 [note 6][note 7]
49 The Princess and the Frog November 25, 2009 (premiere)
December 11, 2009
50 Tangled November 24, 2010 [note 6][note 7]
51 Winnie the Pooh July 15, 2011 [note 2]
52 Wreck-It Ralph November 2, 2012[6] [note 6][note 7][note 8]
53 Frozen November 27, 2013[7] [note 8]

It has been confirmed that Mickey Mouse and King of the Elves are also in the works.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i These are “package films“, releases made up of two or more short films with bridging sequences. Though some consider the package films to be only the six consecutive package films of the 1940s (numbers 6–11 above), the definition used here also includes both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. Inclusion of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is unique since it contains three previously released featurettes.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i These films contain live-action scenes and/or sequences.
  3. ^ Lady and the Tramp was photographed simultaneously in both the regular Academy format and in CinemaScope. Both versions were released at the same time.
  4. ^ a b These two films were shot in the 70 mm Super Technirama process. Reduced 35 mm CinemaScope-compatible prints were released at the same time as the 70 mm versions.
  5. ^ a b c d These films were released or re-released in IMAX format in addition to their regular theatrical releases.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g These films were also released or re-released in a Disney Digital 3-D limited cinema version.
  7. ^ a b c d e f These films are computer-animation films.
  8. ^ a b Film is not yet released. Release date subject to change.

Films primarily live-action but partially animated

All of the following are live-action films and documentaries films that contain animated scenes or sequences.

# Film Date of original release Notes
1 The Reluctant Dragon June 20, 1941 [note 1]
2 Victory Through Air Power July 17, 1943 [note 1][note 2]
3 Song of the South November 12, 1946
4 So Dear to My Heart November 29, 1948
5 Mary Poppins August 27, 1964
6 Bedknobs and Broomsticks November 11, 1971
7 Pete’s Dragon November 3, 1977
8 Who Framed Roger Rabbit June 21, 1988 (premiere)
June 22, 1988
[note 3]
9 Enchanted November 21, 2007


  1. ^ a b Documentary film
  2. ^ Majority of the film animated, but not for purpose of entertainment
  3. ^ Released through Disney’s Touchstone Pictures label

Other live-action films containing Disney animation

The following are live-action films produced by other studios, that contain animation scenes or sequences produced by Walt Disney.

# Film Date of original release Produced by Notes
1 Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks June 20, 1931 United Artists [note 1]
2 Hollywood Party June 1, 1934[11] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [note 2]
3 Servants’ Entrance September 26, 1934 20th Century Fox [note 3]
4 Cri Cri el grillito cantor December 12, 1963 (Mexico) Producciones Carlos Amador [note 4][note 5]


  1. ^ Contains a sequence starring Mickey Mouse dancing, also stars Douglas Fairbanks
  2. ^ Contains an animated sequence introduced by Mickey Mouse entitled “The Hot-Chocolate Soldiers”
  3. ^ Contains a nightmare sequence produced by Walt Disney
  4. ^ Contains a sequence starring the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
  5. ^ Not released theatrically in the United States

DisneyToon Studios

Main article: DisneyToon Studios

This is the complete list of DisneyToon Studios films which have had a theatrical release.

# Film Date of original release Notes
1 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp August 3, 1990 [note 1]
2 A Goofy Movie April 7, 1995 [note 1]
3 Doug’s 1st Movie March 26, 1999 [note 1][note 2]
4 The Tigger Movie February 11, 2000
5 Recess: School’s Out February 16, 2001 [note 1]
6 Return to Never Land February 15, 2002
7 The Jungle Book 2 February 14, 2003
8 Piglet’s Big Movie March 21, 2003
9 Teacher’s Pet January 16, 2004 [note 1]
10 Pooh’s Heffalump Movie February 11, 2005
11 Bambi II January 26, 2006 (Argentina) [note 3]
12 Tinker Bell September 19, 2008 (Mexico) [note 3]
13 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure September 3, 2009 (Argentina) [note 3]
14 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue August 13, 2010 (UK) [note 3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Produced under the banner Walt Disney Television Animation until 2003
  2. ^ Produced with Jumbo Pictures
  3. ^ a b c d Not released theatrically in the United States

Pixar Animation Studios

Main article: List of Pixar films

Disney now owns Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar has released or will release the following films:

# Film Date of original release Notes
1 Toy Story November 22, 1995 [note 1]
2 A Bug’s Life November 25, 1998
3 Toy Story 2 November 24, 1999 [note 1]
4 Monsters, Inc. November 2, 2001
5 Finding Nemo May 30, 2003
6 The Incredibles November 5, 2004
7 Cars June 9, 2006
8 Ratatouille June 29, 2007
9 WALL-E June 27, 2008 [note 2]
10 Up May 29, 2009 [note 1]
11 Toy Story 3 June 18, 2010 [note 1][note 3]
12 Cars 2 June 24, 2011 [note 1][note 3]
13 Brave June 22, 2012[12] [note 1][note 4]
14 Monsters University June 21, 2013[13] [note 1][note 4]
15 The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside a Young Girl’s Mind (TBA) [14] May 30, 2014 [note 4]
16 The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs (TBA) [15][16] TBA [note 4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Released or re-released in Disney Digital 3-D
  2. ^ Features live-action sequences
  3. ^ a b Released in IMAX 3-D
  4. ^ a b c d Not yet released, tentative release dates

Stop-motion films

The stop-motion makers Henry Selick and Tim Burton have worked on the following stop-motion films made by Disney.

# Film Date of original release Notes
1 The Nightmare Before Christmas October 9, 1993 (premiere)
October 13, 1993
[note 1][note 2][note 3]
2 James and the Giant Peach April 12, 1996 [note 2][note 4]
3 Frankenweenie October 5, 2012[17]
4 Untitled Henry Selick film October 4, 2013[18]


  1. ^ Originally released by Disney through their Touchstone Pictures label
  2. ^ a b Includes animation by Skellington Productions
  3. ^ Released or re-released in a Disney Digital 3-D limited cinema version
  4. ^ Contains live-action shots

ImageMovers Digital

Main article: ImageMovers

The following films were produced by ImageMovers Digital, a film studio run by Robert ZemeckisImageMovers and Disney. Both of the films below are computer animated, and were also released in Disney Digital 3-D versions. Following the poor box office performance of Mars Needs Moms, Disney closed ImageMovers Digital.

# Film Date of original release Notes
1 A Christmas Carol November 6, 2009
2 Mars Needs Moms March 11, 2011

Other animated films distributed by Disney

Unlike the films above that were made by Disney, the films below were only distributed by Disney.

Studio Ghibli

Main article: Studio Ghibli

In 1996, Disney signed a deal with Tokuma Shoten for distribution rights to the theatrical works of Studio Ghibli world-wide (excluding Asia except for Japan and Taiwan and excluding Grave of the Fireflies which was not published by Tokuma), including what then was the most recent film, Princess Mononoke. The deal later grew to include DVD rights and newer Ghibli movies – the English language release of Spirited Away won the 2001, 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Studio Ghibli remains wholly independent of Disney and maintains strict creative control over the handling of the foreign language localization Disney produces.[19] All of the theatrical Ghibli back catalog originally included in the deal have since been released to DVD in North America (except Only Yesterday) and several other countries. The following films were given theatrical releases outside Japan by Disney and subsidiaries:

# Film Date of original release Date of Disney re-release Notes
1 Kiki’s Delivery Service July 29, 1989 May 23, 1998 [note 1]
2 Princess Mononoke July 12, 1997 October 29, 1999 [note 2]
3 Spirited Away July 27, 2001 September 20, 2002
4 The Cat Returns July 19, 2002 May 2, 2003 [note 1]
5 Howl’s Moving Castle November 20, 2004 June 10, 2005
6 Ponyo July 19, 2008 August 14, 2009
7 Tales from Earthsea July 29, 2006 August 13, 2010
8 The Secret World of Arrietty July 17, 2010 February 17, 2012 [note 3]
9 From up on Poppy Hill July 16, 2011 TBA [note 4]


  1. ^ a b Limited premiere and limited distribution
  2. ^ Released by Disney through Miramax Films
  3. ^ Not yet released, tentative release dates
  4. ^ Not yet released, tentative release dates

Animated features produced by outside/third-party studios

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# Film Date of original release Produced by Notes
1 The Brave Little Toaster July 10, 1987 Hyperion Pictures
The Kushner-Locke Company
[note 1]
2 The Thief and the Cobbler (Arabian Knight) August 25, 1995 Richard Williams Productions [note 1][note 2][note 3]
3 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars May 18, 1998 Hyperion Pictures
The Kushner-Locke Company
[note 1]
4 Manuelita February 14, 1999 García Ferré Entertainment
Megatrix S.A.U.
[note 1][note 4]
5 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue May 19, 1999 Hyperion Pictures
The Kushner-Locke Company
[note 1]
6 Pokémon 4Ever October 11, 2002 The Pokémon Company
4Kids Entertainment
[note 1][note 2][note 5]
7 Pokémon Heroes May 16, 2003 The Pokémon Company
4Kids Entertainment
[note 1][note 2][note 5]
8 Valiant August 19, 2005 Vanguard Animation [note 1][note 6]
9 The Wild April 14, 2006 C.O.R.E. Feature Animation [note 6][note 7]
10 Uma Aventura no Tempo February 16, 2007 Miravista
The Walt Disney Company Latin-America Pvt. Ltd.
[note 6][note 7]
11 Roadside Romeo October 24, 2008 Yash Raj Films
The Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd.
[note 6][note 7]
12 Gnomeo & Juliet February 11, 2011 Rocket Pictures
Starz Animation
[note 1][note 6][note 8]


  1. ^ abcdefghi Released by Disney in North America
  2. ^ abc Released by Disney through their Miramax Films company
  3. ^ Released by Disney in Japan
  4. ^ Released by Disney in Argentina
  5. ^ ab Released by Disney in Australia and United Kingdom
  6. ^ abcde Computer animated
  7. ^ abc Released by Disney worldwide
  8. ^ Released through Disney’s Touchstone Pictures label

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