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Walt Disney Pictures, Inc. is an American film production company and a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, owned by The Walt Disney Company. The subsidiary is based at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, and is the main producer of live-action feature films within the Walt Disney Studios unit.[2] It took on its current name in 1983. Today, in conjunction with the other units of Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Pictures is classified as one of Hollywood's "Big Six" film studios.[3][4] Animated films such as those produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios are also released under this brand.

Walt Disney Pictures, Inc.[1]
Subsidiary
Industry Film
Founded March 1, 1950; 67 years ago (1950-03-01)
Founder Walt Disney
Roy O. Disney
Headquarters
, United States
Key people
Sean Bailey (president, production)[2]
Products Motion pictures
Parent The Walt Disney Studios
(The Walt Disney Company)
Website waltdisneystudios.com

Pirates of the Caribbean is the studio's most successful franchise, with two of its sequels, released in 2006 and 2011, earning over $1 billion in worldwide box office gross.[5]

Nearly all of Walt Disney Pictures' releases are distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, through home media platforms via Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and through television syndication by Disney–ABC Domestic Television.

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BackgroundEdit

The studio's predecessor (and the modern-day The Walt Disney Company's as a whole) was founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, by filmmaker Walt Disney and his business partner and brother, Roy, in 1923.

The creation of Mickey Mouse and subsequent short films and merchandise generated revenue for the studio which was renamed as The Walt Disney Studio at the Hyperion Studio in 1926.[6] In 1929, it was renamed again to Walt Disney Productions. The studio's streak of success continued in the 1930s, culminating with the 1937 release of the first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which became a huge financial success.[7] With the profits from Snow White, Walt relocated to a third studio in Burbank, California.[8]

In the 1940s, Disney began experimenting with full-length live-action films, with the introduction of hybrid live action-animated films such as The Reluctant Dragon (1941) and Song of the South (1946).[9] That same decade, the studio began producing nature documentaries with the release of Seal Island (1948), the first of the True-Life Adventures series and a subsequent Academy Award winner for Best Live-Action Short Film.[10][11]

HistoryEdit

Walt Disney Productions had its first fully live-action film in 1950 with the release of Treasure Island, considered by Disney to be the official conception for what would eventually evolve into the modern-day Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.[12] By 1953, the company ended their agreements with such third-party distributors as RKO Radio Pictures and United Artists and formed their own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution.[13]

The Walt Disney Productions in April 1983 incorporated its film division as Walt Disney Pictures, Inc. and brought on Richard Berger as the subsidiary's president.[1] Touchstone Films was started by Berger and Disney CEO Ron W. Miller in February 1984 as a label for their PG-rated films with an expected half of Disney's movies yearly slate, 3 to 4 films, would be released under the label.[14] Berger was pushed out as a new CEO was appointed for Walt Disney Productions later in 1984, as Michael Eisner brought his own film studio chair, Jeffrey Katzenberg and film studio president, Richard H. Frank.[15] The Walt Disney Studio was effect formed under the Walt Disney Pictures corporate form with start of Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures divisions within that unit on February 15, 1984 and February 1, 1989 respectively.[16]

Touchstone Films banner was used by then new Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the 1984–85 television season with the short lived western, Wildside. The next TV season, Touchstone produced a hit with The Golden Girls.[17]

David Hoberman was promoted to president of production, Walt Disney Pictures in April 1988.[18] In April 1994, Hoberman was promoted to president of motion pictures at Walt Disney Studios and was replaced as Disney President by David Vogel.[19] Vogel added the position of Hollywood Pictures in 1997, then was promoted in 1998 to head up all live action motion picture units as president of Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group.[20]

After two movies-based-on-ride by other Disney units,[21][22][23] Walt Disney Pictures selected it as a source of a line of films[24] starting with The Country Bears in 2002 and two in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and The Haunted Mansion. Pirates of the Caribbean launched a film series and made the ride into a franchise.[21] After four Pirates sequels, the franchise took in more than $5.4 billion worldwide.[25] So, the corporation was looking for addition of the ride adaptations.[5]

Walt Disney Pictures had pioneered the live-action remakes of animated films created by Walt Disney Animation Studios,[26] with a live-action adaptation of One Hundred and One Dalmatians released in 1996.[27] In 2010, Disney released Alice in Wonderland, an adaptation of the 1951 animated film of the same name that became the second $1 billion-grossing film in the studio's history. The film began a trend of live-action fantasy genre films being green-lit. Concurrently, Disney was not having stable commercial success with PG-13 tentpole films outside of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, with films such as John Carter (2012) and The Lone Ranger (2013) becoming major box office bombs. With sister units Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm successfully targeting the male market, the studio saw this as its niche. With the success of Maleficent (2014) and Cinderella (2015), the studio announced a whole series of live-action adaptations of animated films as being in early stages.[27] The Jungle Book (2016) cemented this trend with a global near billion-dollar box office.[2] Some adaptations are sequels to existing adaptations, origin stories and prequels. Disney had announced development of 18 of these films by July 2016.[27] Disney identified this line as Disney Fairy Tale in its enlarged slate announcement on October 8, 2015 with four scheduled without titles attached.[28]

Disney Pictures took another push at additional adaptations in the 2010s. Another Haunted Mansion film was in the works with Guillermo del Toro as of August 2012.[24] Mr. Toad's Wild Ride ride film in the works at Disney Pictures by January 2013.[29] Tomorrowland, first to be loosely based on a theme park area,[30] was announced in January 2013 for a December 2014 release.[24] It's A Small World was added to the list of known projects in April 2014.[31] Tower of Terror was being given a theatrical treatment by John August under producer Jim Whitaker in October 2015, while the long under development Jungle Cruise gained an actor.[32]

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Until 1985, instead of a traditional production logo, the opening credits of Disney films used to feature a title card that read "Walt Disney Presents", and later, "Walt Disney Productions Presents".

Beginning with the release of The Black Cauldron in 1985, Walt Disney Pictures introduced its fantasy castle logo.[33] The logo was created by Walt Disney Feature Animation in traditional animation and featured a white Sleeping Beauty Castle design against a blue background, with the studio's name and underscored by "When You Wish Upon A Star".[34] This logo and variations was seen before all films until 2006.

In 2006, the logo was updated with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest at the behest of then-Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook and studio marketing president Oren Aviv.[34] Designed by Disney animation director Mike Gabriel and producer Baker Bloodworth, the modernized logo was created completely in computer animation by Weta Digital and featured a redesigned 3D Waltograph typography. The final rendering of the logo was done by Cameron Smith and Cyrese Parrish.[35] In addition, the revamped logo includes visual references to Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Cinderella, and its redesigned castle incorporates elements from both Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella Castle, as well as Walt Disney's family crest. Mark Mancina wrote a new composition and arrangement of "When You Wish Upon A Star" to accompany the 2006 logo.[34] Beginning with the release of The Muppets in 2011, the words "Walt" and "Pictures" were dropped from the branding.[36]

FilmographyEdit

The studio's first live-action film was Treasure Island (1950). The studio has released one film that has received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination, Mary Poppins (1964).[37]

Highest-grossing filmsEdit

Walt Disney Pictures has produced four films that have grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), and Beauty and the Beast (2017).[2]

Highest-grossing films in North America[38]
Rank Title Year Box office gross
(millions)
1 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $498.8
2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $423.3
3 The Jungle Book 2016 $364.0
4 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $334.2
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $309.4
6 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $291.7
7 Maleficent 2014 $241.4
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $241.1
9 Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 $234.9
10 National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 $220.0
11 Cinderella 2015 $201.1
12 National Treasure 2004 $173.0
13 Tron: Legacy 2010 $172.0
14 The Santa Clause 1994 $144.8
15 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 $141.6
16 The Santa Clause 2 2002 $139.2
17 A Christmas Carol 2009 $137.8
18 101 Dalmatians 1996 $136.1
19 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989 $130.7
20 Into the Woods 2014 $128.0
21 Enchanted 2007 $127.8
22 G-Force 2009 $119.4
23 Remember the Titans 2000 $115.6
24 The Pacifier 2005 $113.0
25 Freaky Friday 2003 $110.2
Highest-grossing films worldwide
Rank Title Year Box office gross
(millions)
1 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $1,223.0
2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $1,066.2
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $1,045.7
4 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $1,025.5
5 The Jungle Book 2016 $964.1
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $963.4
7 Maleficent 2014 $758.4
8 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $745.0
9 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 $654.3
10 Cinderella 2015 $542.7
11 Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 $493.3
12 National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 $457.3
13 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 $419.6
14 Tron: Legacy 2010 $400.0
15 National Treasure 2004 $347.5
16 Enchanted 2007 $340.4
17 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 $336.3
18 A Christmas Carol 2009 $325.2
19 101 Dalmatians 1996 $320.6
20 Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 $299.4
21 G-Force 2009 $292.8
22 John Carter 2012 $284.1
23 The Lone Ranger 2013 $260.5
24 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989 $222.7
25 Into the Woods 2014 $213.1

—Includes theatrical reissue(s).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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