Modern animation in the United States from 1989 to 2004 is referred to as the renaissance age of American animation (or Silver Age of American animation). During this period, many large American entertainment companies reformed and reinvigorated their animation departments, following a dark age during the 1970s to mid 1980s. During this time the United States had a profound effect on animation worldwide.
Many companies originating in the golden age of American animation experienced newfound critical and commercial success. During the Disney Renaissance, The Walt Disney Company went back to producing critically and commercially successful animated films based on well known stories, just as Walt Disney had done during his lifetime. Disney also began producing successful animated television shows, a first for the company, which led to the creation and launch of Disney Channel. Warner Bros. produced highly successful animated television series inspired by their classic Looney Tunes cartoo