Disney Animation Australia (DAA), also DisneyToon Studios Australia,[3] was a Disney animation studio located in Sydney, Australia.[1]


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.[2]

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.[4] 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.[2]

Disney Animation Australia was closed in mid-2006 after finishing Brother Bear 2 and Cinderella III.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Baisley, Sarah (July 25, 2005). "Disney to Close Down Australian Animation Studio". Retrieved on 9 March 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Disney to axe Sydney studio" (July 26, 2005). Retrieved on 12 March 2013. 
  3. 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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