Animation Renaissance

The Animation Renaissance was a period of time beginning in the late 80's and ending in the late 90's when American animation saw a resurgence. It generally is considered to begin with the 1989 release of Disney's The Little Mermaid in theaters. Television animation was also part of this renaissance, as animators wished to move away from the limited animation techniques portrayed in the past by studios such as Hanna-Barbara, and create more fluid animation near feature film quality. The television animation renaissance is generally considered to have begun in 1985 with Disney's Gummi Bears, and and includes the animation in the Disney Afternoon block and the Warner Bros. animation beginning with 1990's Tiny Toon Adventures, and continuing into 1992's Batman: The Animated Series and the later Kids' WB block.

Feature Films:

Name Year Company
The Little Mermaid 1989 Disney
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 Disney
Beauty and the Beast 1991 Disney
Aladdin 1992 Disney
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 Warner Bros
The Lion King 1994 Disney
Pocahontas 1995 Disney
Toy Story 1995 Pixar
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 Disney
Hercules 1997 Disney
Antz 1998 DreamWorks
A Bug's Life 1998 Pixar
Mulan 1998 Disney
Tarzan 1999 Disney
Toy Story 2 1999 Pixar

Television Animation:
The Gummi Bears (1985-1991) (Disney)
The Wuzzles (1985-1987) (Disney)
DuckTales (1987-1990) (Disney)
Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers (1989-1990) (Disney)
TaleSpin (1990-1991) (Disney)
Darkwing Duck (1991-1992) (Disney)
Goof Troop (1992-1993) (Disney)
Bonkers (1993-1995) (Disney)
Gargoyles (1994-1997) (Disney)

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