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

Contents

1 Background 2 History 3 Logo 4 Filmography

4.1 Highest-grossing films

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Background[edit] See also: The Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Company § Corporate history The studio's predecessor (and the modern-day The Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Company's as a whole) was founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, by filmmaker Walt Disney
Walt Disney
and his business partner and brother, Roy, in 1923. The creation of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
and subsequent short films and merchandise generated revenue for the studio which was renamed as The Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Studio at the Hyperion Studio in 1926.[6] In 1929, it was renamed again to Walt Disney
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 becomes 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
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
Academy Award
winner for Best Live-Action Short Film.[10][11] History[edit] Walt Disney
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
Walt Disney
Pictures and Walt Disney
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
United Artists
and formed their own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution.[13] The division was incorporated as Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Pictures on April 1, 1983 to diversify film subjects and expand audiences for their film releases.[14] In April 1983, Richard Berger
Richard Berger
was hired by Disney CEO Ron W. Miller as film president. Touchstone Films was started by Miller in February 1984 as a label for their PG-rated films with an expected half of Disney's yearly 6-to-8-movie slate, which would be released under the label.[15] Berger was pushed out as a new CEO was appointed for Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Productions later in 1984, as Michael Eisner brought his own film chief, Jeffrey Katzenberg.[16] Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
were formed within that unit on February 15, 1984 and February 1, 1989 respectively.[17] The Touchstone Films banner was used by then new Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the 1984–85 television season with the short lived western, Wildside. In the next season, Touchstone produced a hit in The Golden Girls.[18] David Hoberman was promoted to president of production at Walt Disney Pictures in April 1988.[19] In April 1994, Hoberman was promoted to president of motion pictures at Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Studios and was replaced as Disney president by David Vogel.[20] Vogel added the position of Hollywood Pictures
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.[21] After two movies-based-on-ride by other Disney units,[22][23][24] Walt Disney Pictures selected it as a source of a line of films[25] starting with The Country Bears
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
Pirates of the Caribbean
launched a film series and made the ride into a franchise.[22] After four Pirates sequels, the franchise took in more than $5.4 billion worldwide.[26] So, the corporation was looking for addition of the ride adaptations.[5] Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Pictures has pioneered the live-action remakes of animated films created by Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Animation Studios,[27] with a live-action adaptation of One Hundred and One Dalmatians
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
released in 1996.[28] In 2010, Disney released Alice in Wonderland, an adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Through the Looking-Glass
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
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
Marvel Studios
and Lucasfilm
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.[28] 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.[28] Disney identified this line as Disney Fairy Tale in its enlarged slate announcement on October 8, 2015 with four scheduled without titles attached.[29] Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Pictures took another push at additional adaptations in the 2010s. Another Haunted Mansion film was in the works with Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
as of August 2012.[25] Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
ride film in the works at Disney Pictures by January 2013.[30] Tomorrowland, first to be loosely based on a theme park area,[31] was announced in January 2013 for a December 2014 release.[25] It's A Small World was added to the list of known projects in April 2014.[32] 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
Jungle Cruise
gained an actor.[33] Logo[edit] 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
Walt Disney
Productions Presents". In Never Cry Wolf, and the pre-release versions of Splash, it showed a light blue rectangle with the name " Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Pictures" and featured a white outline rectangle framing on a black screen. Beginning with the release of The Black Cauldron in 1985, Walt Disney Pictures introduced its fantasy castle logo.[34] The logo was created by Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Feature Animation in traditional animation and featured a white Sleeping Beauty Castle
Sleeping Beauty Castle
design against a blue background, with the studio's name and underscored by "When You Wish Upon A Star".[35] A short rendition of the logo was used as a closing logo as well as the movie Return to Oz, although the film was months before The Black Cauldron was released. Beginning with Dinosaur (2000), an alternative logo featuring an orange castle and logo against a black background, was occasionally presented with darker tone and live-action films like The Watcher in the Woods, Condorman, Night Crossing, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. 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
Walt Disney
Studios chairman Dick Cook and studio marketing president Oren Aviv.[35] Designed by Disney animation director Mike Gabriel and producer Baker Bloodworth, the modernized logo was created completely in computer animation by Weta Digital
Weta Digital
and featured a redesigned 3D Waltograph typography. The final rendering of the logo was done by Cameron Smith and Cyrese Parrish.[36] 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.[35] Beginning with the release of The Muppets in 2011, the sequence was modified to truncate the "Walt Disney Pictures" branding to "Disney".[37] Filmography[edit] Main article: List of Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Pictures films The studio's first live-action film was Treasure Island (1950). Animated films produced by Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Animation Studios and Pixar
Pixar
are also released by Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Pictures. The studio has released four films that have received an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture nomination: Mary Poppins (1964), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009), and Toy Story 3 (2010).[38] Highest-grossing films[edit] Walt Disney
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] and has released four animated films that have reached that milestone: Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
(2010), Frozen (2013), Zootopia, and Finding Dory (both 2016).

Highest-grossing films in North America[39]

Rank Title Year Box office gross

1 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $504,014,165

2 Finding Dory 2016 $486,131,416

3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $423,315,812

4 The Lion King
The Lion King
‡ 1994 $422,783,777

5 Toy Story 3 2010 $415,004,880

6 Frozen 2013 $400,738,009

7 Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
‡ 2003 $380,843,261

8 The Jungle Book 2016 $364,001,123

9 Inside Out 2015 $356,002,827

10 Zootopia 2016 $341,268,248

11 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $334,191,110

12 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $309,420,425

13 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 $305,413,918

14 Up 2009 $293,004,164

15 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $291,710,957

16 Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc.
‡ 2001 $289,916,256

17 Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2
‡ 1999 $276,554,625

18 Monsters University 2013 $268,492,764

19 The Incredibles 2004 $261,441,092

20 Moana 2016 $247,650,255

21 Cars 2006 $244,082,982

22 Maleficent 2014 $241,410,378

23 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $241,071,802

24 Brave 2012 $237,283,207

25 Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 $234,911,825

Highest-grossing films worldwide

Rank Title Year Box office gross

1 Frozen 2013 $1,279,852,693

2 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $1,263,521,126

3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $1,066,179,725

4 Toy Story 3 2010 $1,063,171,911

5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $1,045,713,802

6 Finding Dory 2016 $1,025,473,532

7 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $1,025,467,110

8 Zootopia 2016 $1,023,641,447

9 The Lion King
The Lion King
‡ 1994 $968,483,777

10 The Jungle Book 2016 $964,062,422

11 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $963,420,425

12 Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
‡ 2003 $940,335,536

13 Inside Out 2015 $851,175,046

14 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2017 $791,726,541

15 Maleficent 2014 $758,410,378

16 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $745,013,115

17 Monsters University 2013 $744,229,437

18 Up 2009 $735,099,082

19 Big Hero 6 2014 $657,827,828

20 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 $654,264,015

21 Moana 2016 $643,034,466

22 The Incredibles 2004 $633,019,734

23 Coco 2017 $592,794,936

24 Tangled
Tangled
‡ 2010 $591,794,936

25 Cars 2 2011 $577,110,557

‡—Includes theatrical reissue(s). See also[edit]

Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Studios (division) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Television

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