List of animation studios owned by Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery has owned and operated several animation studios since its founding in February 10, 1972 as WarnerMedia, before merging with Discovery, Inc. in April 8, 2022, including its flagship feature animation studio Warner Bros. Animation through Warner Bros. Entertainment that claims heritage from this original studio.

Warner Bros. Cartoons studio, part of the Old Warner Bros. Studio
Outside of the Williams Street studio.

Besides Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Discovery also presently operates the Warner Animation Group, Cartoon Network Studios, and Williams Street (both through The Cartoon Network, Inc.). This article does not include other animation studios not owned by Warner Bros despite being released by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Full listEdit

Current animation studios
Studio Established Parent unit
1980
Animation: Television & DVD films, short films, specials and television series in hand-drawn, digital, and CGI.


Current animation division of Warner Bros. and successor of Warner Bros. Cartoons.


Units: Warner Bros. Television Animation (1981–2003), Warner Bros. Feature Animation (1994–2004), Warner Bros. Animation VFX (2004–2018)[1]

2013
Animation: Computer generated animated theatrical feature films and short films


Feature film division of Warner Bros.

1994
Warner Bros. Television Studios
Animation: Television series, specials and feature films


Currently an animation division of Warner Bros (operated through Warner Bros. Discovery Networks, formerly Turner Broadcasting System) under The Cartoon Network, Inc. The studio produces original series and films for Cartoon Network. The studio also does some live-action programming for the channel.


Satellite studios: Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe; CN LA Original Productions
Former Satellite studio names: Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe (2007–2017), Cartoon Network Studios Europe (2017–2021).

1994
Warner Bros. Television Studios
Animation: Television series, specials and feature films


Currently an animation division of Warner Bros (operated through Warner Bros. Discovery Networks, formerly Turner Broadcasting System) under The Cartoon Network, Inc. The studio produces live-action and animated series and films for Cartoon Network's programming block Adult Swim.


Former names: Ghost Planet Industries (1994–1999)[Note 1]
Units: Big Pixel Studios, Williams Street Records

2014
Otter Media
(Warner Bros. Discovery Global Streaming & Interactive Entertainment)
Animation: Web series and feature films

Current animation division of Rooster Teeth which part of Otter Media.

Divested or defunct animation studios
Studio Established Status
1933
Defunct in 1969
Animation: Hand-drawn theatrical feature films and short films

The original animation unit of Warner Bros. Originally founded as an independent studio called Harman-Ising Productions in 1926, then renamed to Leon Schlesinger Productions in 1933, it was later sold to WB in 1944. After its closure in 1963, it was briefly reopened in 1967, only to be shut down for good in 1969.


Former names: Leon Schlesinger Productions (1933–1944)

1957
Defunct in 2001
Animation: Theatrical films, direct to video films, short films and television films, television series


The animation studio of Tom and Jerry creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, best known for various television series like The Flintstones, Yogi Bear and Scooby-Doo. Closed in 2001 and absorbed into Warner Bros Animation. Currently exists as an in-name only entity, used for later series and films based on its properties.

1994
Defunct in 2004
Animation: Feature films


The theatrical feature film unit of Warner Bros. Animation. Closed in 2004 after the financial failure of Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

1991
Defunct in 1997
Animation: Feature films


Spun off from the Hanna-Barbera feature animation division in 1991, the studio was later folded into Warner Bros. Feature Animation in 1997.

Warner Bros. Pictures GroupEdit

Warner Bros. Feature AnimationEdit

Warner Bros. Feature Animation, a division of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, opened in 1991 with 360 employees in Burbank, and another 100 employees in London.[2] Warner Bros. placed veteran film producer Max Howard in charge of the new division[3]

ProjectsEdit

Release date Title Notes
November 15, 1996 Space Jam
May 15, 1998 Quest for Camelot
August 6, 1999 The Iron Giant
August 10, 2001 Osmosis Jones
November 14, 2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Warner Animation GroupEdit

The Warner Animation Group (officially abbreviated to WAG) was created in 2013, by Jeff Robinov to create animated theatrical films for Warner Bros. Pictures, and to replace the shuttered Warner Bros. Feature Animation which closed in 2004.

ProjectsEdit

Release date Title Notes
February 7, 2014 The Lego Movie
June 17, 2014 Enter the Ninjago Included with the home media release of The Lego Movie.
January 29, 2016 The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure An attraction at Legoland Florida
September 23, 2016 The Master Short which premiered before the theatrical release of Storks
September 23, 2016 Storks
February 10, 2017 The Lego Batman Movie
September 22, 2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie
September 28, 2018 Smallfoot
February 8, 2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
May 15, 2020 Scoob!
February 26, 2021 Tom & Jerry
July 16, 2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy
July 29, 2022 DC League of Super-Pets

Warner Bros. Television GroupEdit

Warner Bros. AnimationEdit

Warner Bros. CartoonsEdit

Established in 1933, after Harman and Ising who had been creating animated shorts for Warner Bros. since 1927, left for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Warner Bros. Cartoons began creating animated shorts for the company, going on to launch the most famous characters in history, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. The animation studio created dozens of award-winning shorts before shuttering in 1969.

ProjectsEdit

Release date Title Notes
October 11, 1960 The Bugs Bunny Show
March 28, 1964 The Incredible Mr. Limpet

Cartoon Network StudiosEdit

Founded in 1994, Cartoon Network Studios originated as a division of Hanna-Barbera, that focused on producing original programing for Cartoon Network including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and The Powerpuff Girls. Following the merger of Hanna-Barbera's parent, Turner Broadcasting System with Time Warner, the Hanna-Barbera studio was folded into Warner Bros. Animation by its chief executive, Jean MacCurdy.[4] After Hanna-Barbera merged into Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios was resurrected as a separate entity.[4]

Williams StreetEdit

Created in 1994, Williams Street Productions was started by Cartoon Network to produce more adult-targeted serials for the network. Being the main production arm of Adult Swim, the division started as Ghost Planet Industries, named after the home planet of the titular character of their first production, Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Turner EntertainmentEdit

Hanna-Barbera CartoonsEdit

Started in 1957 by Tom and Jerry creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The company went on to create numerous television shows. In 1991, the studio was acquired by Turner Broadcasting System, and began creating media exclusively for Cartoon Network. In 1998 it was moved to the same complex as Warner Bros. Animation, before the two companies were merged in 2001. Hanna-Barbera exists only as a copyright holder to their old properties.

Turner Feature AnimationEdit

Founded in 1994, Turner Feature Animation was created from the feature animation division of Hanna-Barbera. After its first film in 1994, the studio's parent company Turner Entertainment was bought by Time Warner in 1996, and the Turner Feature Animation division was folded into Warner Bros. Feature Animation before the release of their second and final film.[5]

ProjectsEdit

Release date Title Notes
November 23, 1994 The Pagemaster
March 28, 1997 Cats Don't Dance

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Original name for Williams Street, taking its name from the fictional planet from Space Ghost.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Warner Bros. Animation VFX (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)". IMDb.
  2. ^ Lippman, John (September 24, 1996). "Bugs, Michael team up in ultimate commercial movie". The Wall Street Journal. ProQuest 398551210.
  3. ^ Kenyon, Heather (April 1998). "An Afternoon with Max Howard, President, Warner Bros. Feature Animation". Animation World Magazine. Vol. 3, no. 1. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Seibert, Fred (December 18, 2007). "Hanna-Barbera Studios, 1997". Frederator Blogs. Frederator Studios. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  5. ^ "'Cats' Tries to Mix Parody and Nostalgia". Los Angeles Times. March 26, 1997.