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DAA was started in 1988 at the former Hanna-Barbera overseas studio in St Leonards, Sydney. Initially, Animation Australia worked on various television shows including The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Aladdin, Timon & Pumbaa, and Duck Daze. As staffing increased, the studio moved to Castlereagh Street.
Disney began producing direct-to-video sequels of its Feature Animation productions, the first of which was the Aladdin sequel The Return of Jafar. When Aladdin was selected as a possible candidate as an animated TV series (before the film's release), as with many animated series, the first three episodes were one multi-part story which Disney used as a potential 'family movie special' for the Friday night before the series' premiere. With work handed out to the Australia animation studio, the opening story was instead greenlit for a direct-to-video release. Thus with "Jafar" and its success, the direct-to-video unit started. A second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, provided work to both the Australia and Japanese animation units. The studio also provided animation for the theatrical film A Goofy Movie, in conjunction with Walt Disney Animation France.
Australia was assigned additional film sequels: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, An Extremely Goofy Movie, and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. The company's first feature film was Return to Never Land in 2002 grossing over $100 million worldwide at the box office. In 2005, the studio produced three animated movies: Tarzan II, Lilo & Stitch II and Bambi II.
- A Goofy Movie
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
- An Extremely Goofy Movie
- The Jungle Book II
- Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
- Brother Bear II
- The Return of Jafar
- Return to Never Land
- Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers
- Tarzan II
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
- Bambi II
- Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Baisley, Sarah (July 25, 2005). "Disney to Close Down Australian Animation Studio". Retrieved on 9 March 2013.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Disney to axe Sydney studio" (July 26, 2005). Retrieved on 12 March 2013.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Grimm, Nick (July 27, 2005). "Disney cans Australian animation operation". Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
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