Disney Television Animation
Disney Television Animation (formerly the "Walt Disney Pictures Television Animation Group" and "Walt Disney Television Animation") was formed in 1984 originally as the animated production arm of Walt Disney Television. Originally at the beginning of the end credits of any series, it currently uses both an in-credit text and on some series, an in-credit logo at the end of the credits, it used either the Walt Disney Television and/or Buena Vista Television/Buena Vista International logos. It was not until 2003 that it unveiled its own animated logo at the end of every show. Currently, it's the animation division of Disney Channel since 2005, who also produces programs for Disney XD (formerly Toon Disney and Jetix) and Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney). In 2009, the name "Walt" was stripped from its television division, renaming it to its current name.
1st Logo (September 14, 1985- )
Logo: This is not really a logo, only an in-credit text. At the end of the show, we see:
... but starting in 1987, the text was read as:
... this would usually then be followed by the Walt Disney Television logo of the time. Starting in 2003, this will be followed by the company's respective on-screen logo. (see below for descriptions)
- This would later become an in-credit logo when the words "WALT DiSNEY" is in the actual trademark script font. During the later years, a copyright stamp for "Disney Enterprises, Inc." is added below the text or logo at the end of the credits.
- Starting in 1994, VHS tapes of The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh use an updated text that looks thinner compared to the original version that would be the main font for the rest of the credits as well. Some DVD releases have the updated text, too.
- Starting in 2011, the name "Walt" was retired from the text reading as:
... again with the word "DiSNEY" in its corporate font and a copyright stamp for "Disney Enterprises, Inc." below.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
- It's seen intact on all Disney cartoons starting with Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears and Wuzzles. DVDs, Disney+, and iTunes airings of older Disney shows have this credit intact. Although the show no longer reruns on television at the moment but streams on Disney+, the New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh variant is the easiest find.
- The updated text version is common and can be found on VHS tapes of said show from 1994-2001 and some DVD releases.
- The original text version was fairly common back when it reran on the Disney Channel starting in 2000, but since 2006, it's now rare.
- As mentioned above, the updated text usually replaces the original text because those tapes contained episode segments from the actual half-hour long episodes starting in 1994. However, the 10 volumes of The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh that were released from 1989-1992 retain the credits, and believe it or not, there are two episodes of said show as bonus features on Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo (specifically "Honey For a Bunny" and "Trap As Trap Can") and still retain the credits, because both segment episodes came from a single episode.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (1995-1997)
Logo: On a black background, we see the words "Produced by" in red zoom in. As it gets bigger it cross fades into the Walt Disney castle logo, in which the bottom half is obscured by the dark colors of the background. The text "WALT DISNEY" in its familiar signature font in white is seen, and the text "Television Animation" in red and in the same font as the words "Produced by".
FX/SFX: The words "Produced by" zooming in, and the cross fade into the Walt Disney castle.
Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.
Availability: Long extinct. Seen before the credits of 1995-1997 episodes of The Disney Afternoon.
Editor's Note: None.
3rd Logo (November 28, 2003-November 6, 2016)
Nickname: "Disney Castle"
- Pre-2006 international prints would have "Distributed by Buena Vista International, Inc." cross-fading in.
- Beginning in 2011, the text simply reads "Disney Television Animation", with the word "Disney" being off-center.
- On Tron: Uprising, the logo from Tron: Legacy is used, except that the word "WALT" is dropped, and "TELEVISION ANIMATION" replaces "PICTURES".
- From the logo's debut until around 2008 (for most shows), the "TELEVISION ANIMATION" text fades in before going on to the normal animation. This variant was still used on Phineas and Ferb episodes until 2011.
- An extended variant exists with the 2011 logo starting at the flash of light from the movie logo.
- On Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, the logo is seen over the credits for some bizarre reason.
- On Disney+ prints of Quack Pack, the 2003 variant is zoomed further back, despite the fact that Disney already had a 4:3 variation.
FX/SFX: The animation is cleaner than its television and movie counterparts.
- Usually the closing theme of the show.
- Sometimes, the long 1988 Walt Disney Television logo theme is heard. It is hardly heard in America, while pre-2007 non-USA prints have the music. With the retirement of the Buena Vista International (Television) logos, it is now equally rare overseas on newer shows.
- In 2008, there is a redone version of the 1988 fanfare.
- On the Gravity Falls episode "Fight Fighters", a Game Boy-like chime plays over the logo.
- On the Gravity Falls episode "Carpet Diem", we hear a soundclip of Soos (who, in the episode proper, was showing Dipper a "break room" that was just an electrical panel with only a smidgen of space) going "Ow! Wait, wait..."
- On the Phineas and Ferb episode "Tip of the Day", after the episode's song "A-G-L-E-T", Candace says "It doesn't matter!"
- On the Phineas and Ferb episode "Rollercoaster: The Musical!", as Major Monogram was starting to sing, the logo appears, then he yells "Oh, come on!"
- On the Phineas and Ferb episode "Act Your Age", Dan Povenmire (the creator of the show) shouts at Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (the co-creator of the show) to get a grip.
Availability: No longer current, but still common.
- It made its first appearance on Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time. It was also seen on Disney cartoons airing on Disney XD and Disney Channel and cartoons formerly aired on ABC Kids (now "Litton's Weekend Adventure").
- This logo was officially replaced with the next logo in 2014, but it was still used on Phineas and Ferb episodes until February 20, 2015, and post-2014 episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse until its finale on November 6, 2016.
- This was also seen on "The OWCA Files" aired on November 9, 2015. This also plastered the WDT logo when Disney XD aired The Legend of Tarzan from 2009 until 2012.
- The original version is hard to find as it was only seen on Standard Definition prints of their shows and starting around early 2010, Disney replaced those prints with updated HD prints which uses the shorter version, but it can be seen on some episodes of Lilo and Stitch: The Series on Disney XD USA because of the fact the episodes was displayed in SD.
- Some shows on Disney+ plaster this with newer logos, while others keep the logo intact.
Editor's Note: This is well-known among fans of Phineas and Ferb and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
4th Logo (January 3, 2014- )
Logo: On a white background, the Paul Rudish design for Mickey Mouse (as seen on the new shorts of the same name) is seen next to the text that reads "DISNEY Television Animation", with "DISNEY" on top of "Television Animation". Mickey seems to be in a walking pose.
Trivia: Disney Television Animation's rival, Warner Bros. Animation, also debuted a new logo in Summer 2014, which coincidentally has the exact same theme: both logos are static and have a nostalgic feel to them. Even though WBA introduced an animated logo later that year, Disney continues to use this logo.
Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme of the show.
Availability: Common. Seen on newer episodes of Disney Television Animation shows, such as Mickey Mouse and Gravity Falls, as well as new shows like The 7D. It made its first appearance on the Season 3 premiere of Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Editor's Note: This logo is considered a favorite among the fans of any modern show from this company, including shows like Gravity Falls, Big City Greens, Amphibia, The Owl House, the 2013 incarnation of Mickey Mouse, among others.