At 35, Disney Television Animation Continues to Tell Heartfelt Stories in New and Innovative Ways

The Glendale offices of Disney Television Animation (TVA) are filled with nods to The Walt Disney Company’s rich legacy—from a vintage animator’s desk, which appears to be that of an artist working on Peter Pan; to a wall filled with images of iconic characters from TVA’s incredible history. The studio launched in November 1984 with the debut of the Adventures of the Gummi Bears and a mission to produce special animation for television. Now, 35 years later, TVA is busier than ever, with Elena of Avalor, DuckTales and The Lion Guard among the studio’s many series currently airing on Disney Channels around the world; more than 50 projects in development, such as The Owl House, slated to debut in January 2020, and Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur; and a host of new content that will stream on Disney+, including Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe and original series Monsters At Work.

The creative community of visual storytellers at TVA is comprised of animation veterans and new talent, all of whom celebrate and embrace the magic of Disney through a robust slate of content that is both long-form and short-form, centered around original and heritage characters, and created for a range of platforms. Early TVA series lived only on broadcast and cable TV platforms. Now TVA’s creators can look to digital platforms such as YouTube, the DisneyNOW app and the upcoming Disney+ streaming service for new storytelling opportunities. Meredith Roberts, senior vice president/general manager, TVA, Disney Channels, says that these newer platforms

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