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Animated Logo (March 30, 2007- )

Nickname: "Steamboat Willie"

Logo: On the paper background, the red outline draws in,  then as it progresses, more paper flips drawing more outlines revealing Mickey Mouse wearing a steamboat hat. The paper finishes flipping as an outline of Mickey turns into a shot from the 1928 Wait Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie, and below the picture, the words "WALT DiSNEY" write themselves in the signature corporate font (with a slight modification), with "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fading in underneath.

Variants:

  • In 3D features, there's a slight difference at the opening variant is the "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fades in while it zooms forward to get into the usual position.
  • Starting in December 2007 (on animated shorts), and November 2008 (at the end of its movies), it is shortened. It is nearly completed with Disney's signature writing in and "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fading in early.
    • On the short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, the shorts version is filmed (Due to that short is shot in 35mm).
  • Starting in November 2008 onward, beginning with Bolt, it gave a HD look, which used the same animation.
  • On the Prep & Landing specials and Operation: Secret Santa, it is still.
  • At the beginning of Wreck-It Ralph, it is done in a retro video game style on a black background.

Milestone Variant: On Tangled (The 50th fully-animated feature the studio made) it made a change:

  • Opening: It begins as normal, but the steering wheel of the steamboat draws black before fading to the scene. The big "0" zooms out to enclosed Mickey, before zooming out to reveal "50". The already-formed text, with "ANIMATION STUDIOS" in black,  fades in at the top. The "th" fades in at the top-right of the "0". And the stacked words:

A N I M A T E D
M O T I O N
P I C T U R E

fades in at the bottom.

  • Closing: Same as before, but "0" zooms out faster.

FX/SFX: Mostly CGI.

Cheesy Factor: The "Walt Disney" logo writing in the Disney logo font is kind of choppy, although this may be intentional given that it's an animated signature quickly scribbling itself on the paper.

Music/Sounds: The sound of pages turning followed by a cheerful tune that Mickey's whistling with music in the cartoon.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The animated shorts opening variant has the abridged version of the music.
  • The closing variant is silent.
  • The still logo has the end theme play over it.
  • At the end of The Princess and the Frog, it has the second half of Mickey's whistling, but without music.
  • At the beginning of the commentary of "The Special Edition of" Beauty and the Beast, the logo begins silent, then halfway through the Walt Disney Pictures logo music plays over it. However, the DMA version has the normal music instead.
  • The Wreck-It Ralph variant has an 8-bit version of the abridged version.
  • At the beginning of Frozen, the 2/3 of the opening song, which starts over the preceding Disney logo, carries into this logo in which the 3/3 of the song carries into the opening title sequence.
  • At the end of Zootopia, the animal sounds heard over it and the Disney logo.
  • At the beginning of Moana, the 2/2 of the opening song, which starts over the preceding Disney Logo, carries into this logo, but after the face of the minimal chanting is heard over the black background which leads into the opening.
  • At the end of Moana, the 2/3 of the closing stinger (Which continues from the in-credit logo (See Below)) plays over it and the 3/3 carries to the Disney logo.

Availability: Current. The normal SD version is only seen on Meet the Robinsons, and the HD version can be seen on every Disney animated feature from 2008 onward, most recently Moana, as well as short films, most recently Inner Workings. Also seen on newer prints of Beauty and the Beast (Beginning in 2010) and The Lion King (Beginning in 2011 only on 3D releases only; It is absent on the 2D version).

Scare Factor: None.

In-Credit Notice (November 7, 2014- )

Logo: Just an in-credit notice, whose custom font depends on the movie, reading:

Created and produced at

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Burbank, CA


  • Big Hero 6: The illustration of a blue blimp from the closing credits scrolls up with the white text inside it.
  • Zootopia: It is on the custom font & colors and scrolls up like the rest of the closing credits on the purple background. The background then fades to black.
  • Moana: The usual text in white in their font fades in and out on the black background.

FX/SFX: It varies

Music/Sounds: It varies.

  • The Big Hero 6 version has the closing stinger (Based on its music) playing over it.
  • The Zootopia version has the tail end of the closing credits music which is then followed by sounds of the animals which begins on the fade out and carries to the shortened animated logo (See above) and the Disney logo.
  • The Moana version has the 1/3 of the closing stinger (Based on its music) starts from it and the 2/3 of it carries through the shortened animated logo (See above) and the Disney logo.

Availability: Seen at the tail end of the credits of the studio's films, starting with Big Hero 6.

Scare Factor: None.

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