Walt Disney Feature Animation is an American animation studio which creates animated features, 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 56 animated features both hand-drawn animation and computer-animation and both old and new, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 to the most recent Moana in late 2016.
For much of its existence, the studio was recognized as the premier American animation studio; it developed many of the techniques, concepts, and principles which became standard practices of both hand-drawn animation and computer-animation. The studio also pioneered the art of storyboarding, which is now a standard technique used in both hand-drawn animation and computer-animation filmmaking. The studio's catalog of animated features are among Disney's most notable assets, and the stars of its animated short films – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto – have gone on to become recognizable figures in popular culture, as well as becoming mascots for The Walt Disney Company as a whole.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, today managed by Edwin Catmull and John Lasseter (who also manage Pixar), continues to produce animated features using both hand-drawn animation and computer-animation techniques.