As part of The Walt Disney Company, Disney Research draws on a legacy of innovation and technology leadership that continues to this day. In 1923, Walt Disney sold his animated/live-action series the Alice Comedies, founded his eponymous company, and launched a succession of firsts: The first cartoon with fully synchronized sound (1928). The first full-color cartoon (1932). The first animated feature film (1937). The first modern theme park (1955).
The Walt Disney Company was also an early leader in entertainment technology development with inventions like the multiplane camera, Audio-Animatronics, Circle-Vision 360°, and Fantasound.
In 2006, The Walt Disney Company acquired Pixar Animation Studios, a move that brought a host of valuable creative and technology assets, including a strong culture of excellence in research. Pixar is a major generator and publisher of world-class research in computer graphics. Its scientists contribute directly to Pixar’s critically acclaimed films, consistently winning multiple technical Academy Awards®. The Pixar acquisition was a source of inspiration for the formation of Disney Research, and continues to influence the way we’re organized and run.
Disney Research is an international network of research labs, with the mission to push the scientific and technological forefront of innovation at The Walt Disney Company.
Disney Research combines the best of academia and industry, by doing both basic and application-driven research. We view publication as a principal mechanism for quality control and encourage engagement with the global research community.
Our research applications are experienced by millions of people. We honor Walt Disney’s legacy by innovating and deploying our innovations on a global scale.
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