Disney's Animated Classics

Animated Television Series

Although this history is concerned primarily with Disney's stand-alone shorts and features meant for theatrical or video release, it would be incomplete without a brief discussion of Disney animation on television. Walt Disney knew how to use the media to present his ideas, and television was no exception. The first Disney program on television was a Christmas 1950 special in which Walt promoted the soon-to-be-released animated feature "Alice in Wonderland." Another Christmas special appeared on Christmas 1951. Then, in October 1954, Disney launched his first television series, a variety program called "Disneyland" that aired on the new ABC television network. Each weekly show aired special programming featuring Disneyland attractions or Disney's animated and live-action films. This variety series has since undergone many reincarnations and survives today as "The Wonderful World of Disney." Below are some highlights of Disney on television.

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Movie Clip
1954: Walt Disney on the "Disneyland" show

  • Alice in Wonderland (12/25/1950 Special)
  • Walt Disney Christmas Show (12/25/1951 Special)
  • Disneyland (1954 - 1958 ABC Series)
  • Dateline Disneyland (07/17/1955 Disneyland Opening)
  • Walt Disney Presents (1958 - 1961 ABC Series)
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1961 - 1969 NBC Series)
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (1969 - 1979 NBC Series)
  • Disney's Wonderful World (1979 - 1981 NBC Series)
  • Walt Disney (1981 - 1986 CBS Series)
  • The Disney Channel (04/18/1983 Cable Channel Premieres)
  • The Disney Sunday Movie (1986 - 1988 ABC Series)
  • The Magical World of Disney (1988 - 1997 NBC Series)
  • The Disney Saturday Movie (1989 - 1990 Syndicated)
  • Disney Night at the Movies (1995 - 1997 Syndicated)
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (1997 - 2005 ABC Series - Now airs periodically)
  • Toon Disney (04/18/1998 Cable Channel Premieres)
  • Disney XD (02/13/2009 - Toon Disney becomes Disney XD)
  • Disney Junior (03/23/2012 Cable Channel Premieres)

    Since the Fall of 1985, Disney Television Animation Studios has produced an annual array of animated series that have aired on network television and/or Disney's own cable networks (The Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and others). The earliest of these series were based on fantasy characters developed specifically for the respective series, such as the "Wuzzles," the "Gummi Bears," and the "Fluppy Dogs." Later series were based on established Disney characters, such as Scrooge McDuck, Winnie the Pooh, Chip and Dale, and Goofy. In more recent years, the series have been extensions of Disney's recent "classic" features, such as "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "Tarzan." No less than XX such animated series have been produced since 1985, and many of these are still aired on the Disney cable networks. Below is a partial list of Disney's animated television series.

    Movie Clip 1991 to 1992: "Darkwing Duck" television series

  • Disney's Wuzzles (1985)
  • Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985 - 1991)
  • Disney's Fluppy Dogs (1986 - Pilot Episode Only)
  • Duck Tales (1987 - 1990)
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988 - 1991)
  • Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers (1989 - 1990)

  • TaleSpin (1990 - 1991)
  • Darkwing Duck (1991 - 1992)
  • Goof Troop (1992)
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (1992 - 1994)
  • Raw Toonage (1992)
  • Bonkers (1993 - 1994)
  • Marsupilami (1993)
  • Disney's Aladdin (1994 - 1996)
  • Gargoyles (1994 - 1997)
  • The Snookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1995)
  • The Lion King's Timon and Pumba (1995 - 1998)
  • Quack Pack (1996)
  • The Mighty Ducks (1996 - 1997)
  • Jungle Cubs (1996 - 1997)
  • Brand Spanking New "Doug" (1996 - 1999) (with Jumbo Pictures)
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series (1996 - 1998)
  • Nightmare Ned (1997)
  • Recess (1997 - 2001)
  • Pepper Ann (1997 - 2001)
  • Disney's Hercules (1998 - 1999)
  • PB & J Otter (1998 - 2000) (with Jumbo Pictures)
  • Disney's Mickey Mouse Works (1999 - 2000)
  • The Weekenders (1999 - 2004)

  • Disney's Teacher's Pet (2000 - 2002)
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000 - 2001) (with Pixar Studios)
  • The House of Mouse (2001 - 2003)
  • Lloyd in Space (2001 - 2004) (with Paul & Joe Productions)
  • The Legend of Tarzan (2001 - 2003)
  • The Proud Family (2001 - 2005) (with Jambalaya Studios)
  • Stanley (2001 - 2004) (with Cartoon Pizza)
  • Teamo Supremo (2002 - 2004)
  • Kim Possible (2002 - 2007)
  • Fillmore! (2002 - 2004)
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003 - 2006)
  • JoJo's Circus (2003 - 2007) (with Cartoon Pizza)
  • Dave the Barbarian (2004 - 2005)
  • Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (2004 -2006)
  • Higglytown Heroes (2004 - 2008) (with Wild Brain)
  • American Dragon: Jake Long ( 2005 - 2007)
  • Disney's The Buzz on Maggie (2005 - 2006)
  • The Little Einsteins (2005 - 2009)
  • The Emperor's New School (2006 - 2009)
  • The Replacements (2006 - 2009)
  • Shorty McShorts' Shorts (2006 - 2007) (with Frederator Studios)
  • Bunnytown (2007 - 2009) (with Sesame Workshop)
  • My Friends Tigger and Pooh (2007 - 2010)
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006 - Now)
  • Handy Many (2006 - Now) (with Nelvana)
  • Phineas and Ferb (2007 - Now)
  • Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales (2008 - Now) (with Pixar Studios)
  • Special Agent Oso (2009 - Now)
  • Jungle Junction (20009 - Now) (with Spider Eye Productions)

  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (2010 - Now)
  • Fish Hooks (2010 - Now)
  • Take Two with Phineas and Ferb (2010 - Now) (with Hieroglyphic Productions
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates (2011 - Now)
  • Mickey Mouserersize (2011 - Now)
  • Special Agen Oso: Three Healthy Steps (2011 - Now)
  • A Poem Is... (2011 - Now)
  • Miniie's Bow-Toons (2011 - Now)
  • Doc McStuffins (2012 - Now) (with Brown Bag Films)
  • Gravity Falls (2012 - Now)
  • Motorcity (2012 - Now) (with Titmouse Inc.)
  • Tron: Uprising (2012 - Now) (with Sean Bailey Productions)
  • Sofia the First (2013 - Now)

    Movie Clip 2002 to 2007: "Kim Possible" television series

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