Walt Disney Animation Studios, headquartered in Burbank, California, is an American animation studio which creates animated feature films, short films, and television specials for The Walt Disney Company. Founded on October 16, 1923, it is a unit of The Walt Disney Studios. The studio has produced 53 feature films, beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and its most recent being Frozen.
Originally founded as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio and later incorporated as Walt Disney Productions in 1929, the studio was exclusively dedicated to production of short films until expanding into feature production in 1934. During The Walt Disney Company's corporate restructuring in 1986, the studio officially started operating under the name Walt Disney Feature Animation. It took on its current name in 2006, when it was folded under The Walt Disney Studios alongside Pixar Animation Studios, which was acquired by Disney in the same year.
For much of its existence, the studio was recognized as the premier American animation studio and developed many of the techniques which became standard practices of traditional animation. The studio's catalog of animated features are among Disney's most notable assets, and the stars of its animated shortsâ€”Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Plutoâ€”have gone on to become recognizable figures in popular culture, as well as becoming mascots for The Walt Disney Company as a whole.