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A Brief History of the Walt Disney Company

The ups and downs of popular entertainment giants

With several international theme parks, world-class animation studios, dozens of business franchises, and one of the largest film studios in the world, Disney has become one of the greatest media brands in history. This short Disney retrospective covers the origins and evolution of the entertainment industry titans.

Disney Brothers Animation Studio

The Walt Disney Company began as a joint venture between Walt Disney and his brother Roy. The company, then called Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios, was founded on October 16, 1923. Within three years, the company produced two films and purchased a Hollywood studio, but distribution rights issues nearly brought the company to a standstill.

The birth of Mickey Mouse in 1928 changed everything. At the time, Disney released many other famous characters like Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck, which together formed the basis of a company that went far beyond cartoons and is now much expanded. Today, many major studios, broadcasters, and intellectual property rights are under the Disney umbrella, including Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, ABC, Pixar Animation Studios, and ESPN.

1930’s Disney

In 1932, the Disney Company won its first Oscar for Best Cartoon, for “Silly Symphony”, an animated short series. In 1934, Disney began production of its first feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Released in 1937, it became the highest-grossing film of its time. However, due to the huge production cost, Disney’s sequel came with difficulties. World War II completely halted the production of Disney films because Disney poured its technology into the war effort by producing propaganda films for the US government.

Disney after World War II

Television show The Mickey Mouse Club, c.  1957

After the war, it was difficult for the company to resume where it left off, but 1950 marked a turning point with the production of Disney’s first live-action film, Treasure Island, and another animated film. Cinderella.” Disney also released several TV series during this decade. In 1955, “The Mickey Mouse Club” made its national television debut.

The same year marked another milestone for Disney. Disneyland, Disney’s first theme park, opened in California. The company became popular and survived the death of its legendary founder, Walt Disney, in 1966. After Walt’s death, Roy Disney took over management of the company, which management took over in 1971.

In the decades that followed, the company took advantage of merchandising opportunities, continued to produce feature films, and built more theme parks around the world, including Tokyo Disneyland, Disney’s first international theme park in 1983. During this period, the company eventually recovered from takeover attempts and when Michael D. Eisner became chairman in 1984, returning to a successful path.

Cable television and media acquisitions

Since the 1980s, Disney has expanded its reach into a wider market, starting with the Disney Channel on cable TV. The company has established several sub-divisions and studios, including: B. Touchstone Pictures makes movies away from the usual family-oriented rates and has a broader foothold in the entertainment industry. Eisner and managing partner Frank Wells have proven to be a successful team leading Disney into a new century.

In 2005, Bob Iger assumed the role of CEO at Eisner. In 2006, Disney acquired Pixar as it began to focus on digital animation. Pixar has previously produced hit films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of Disney, continues to win prestigious awards for films such as Moana and Coco.

After being appointed chairman in 2009, Iger sold Miramax Studios and downsized Touchstone Pictures, returning the company’s focus to family-focused products. Roy Disney, the last member of the Disney family to work for the company, died on December 16, 2009.

Also in 2009, the company acquired Marvel Entertainment, giving Disney rights to dozens of superhero franchises such as Iron Man and Deadpool. In late 2012, Disney began acquiring Lucasfilm, which included rights to the Star Wars franchise.

Disney in the Digital Age

Disney continued its digital expansion in 2014 with the 2017 acquisition of YouTube content creator Maker Studios, which became the Disney Digital Network. Disney plans to launch its own digital streaming network at the end of 2019. The network allows subscribers to watch movies and shows when they want, just like Netflix and Hulu.


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A Brief History of the Walt Disney Company

The ups and downs of the beloved entertainment giant

With multiple international theme parks, a world-class animation studio, dozens of business franchises, and one of the biggest movie studios in the world, Disney has become one of the most massive media brands of all time. This brief Disney retrospective covers the origin and evolution of the entertainment industry titan.

The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio

The Walt Disney Company began as a joint venture between Walt Disney and his brother, Roy. The company, then called the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, started on October 16, 1923. Within three years, the company had produced two movies and purchased a studio in Hollywood, but pitfalls in distribution rights nearly sank the company.

The creation of Mickey Mouse in 1928 changed everything.​ Around that time, Disney launched many other famous characters, such as Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck, which together became the foundation of a company that has now branched out well beyond animation. Today, many big studios, TV stations, and intellectual properties, including Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, ABC, Pixar Animation Studios, and ESPN, fall under the Disney umbrella.

1930s Disney

By 1932, the Disney Company won its first Academy Award for Best Cartoon, thanks to “Silly Symphony,” a series of animated short films. In 1934, Disney started production on its first full-length feature film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” It was released in 1937 and became the highest-grossing film of its time. However, the massive production expenses created difficulties for Disney’s next few animated films. World War II halted the production of Disney movies altogether as the company contributed its skills to the war effort by producing propaganda films for the U.S. government.

Post-World War II Disney

 
After the war, the company found it difficult to pick up where it had left off, but 1950 proved to be a turning point, thanks to the production of Disney’s first live-action film, “Treasure Island,” and another animated film, “Cinderella.” Disney also launched several television series during this decade. In 1955, “The Mickey Mouse Club” made its debut to a national TV audience.

That same year marked another landmark moment for Disney: the opening of the first Disney theme park, Disneyland, in California. The company continued to rise in popularity and survived the death of its iconic founder, Walt Disney, in 1966. Following Walt’s passing, Roy Disney took over the supervision of the company and was succeeded by an executive team in 1971.

In the following decades, the company took advantage of merchandising opportunities, continued producing feature films, and constructed additional theme parks around the globe, including Disney’s first international theme park, Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. During this time, the company endured takeover attempts, but it eventually recovered and got back on a successful path when Michael D. Eisner became its chairman in 1984.

Cable TV and Media Acquisitions

Since the 1980s, Disney has expanded its influence over a wider market, beginning with the debut of the Disney Channel on cable TV. The company established several subdivisions and studios, such as Touchstone Pictures, to produce films outside its standard family-oriented fare and gain an even broader footing in the entertainment industry. Eisner and executive partner Frank Wells proved to be a successful team to lead Disney into the new century.

In 2005, Bob Iger took over the CEO role from Eisner. In 2006, Disney purchased Pixar as it began to focus on digital animation. Pixar had previously produced film hits such as “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” and “The Incredibles.” Under the Disney umbrella, Pixar Animation Studios has continued earning prestigious awards for movies like “Moana” and “Coco.”

After becoming chairman in 2009, Iger steered the company’s focus back to more family-oriented products as it sold Miramax Studios and downsized Touchstone Pictures. Roy Disney, the last member of the Disney family active in the company, died on December 16, 2009.

Also in 2009, the company acquired Marvel Entertainment, which gave Disney the rights to dozens of superhero franchises such as “Iron Man” and “Deadpool.” In late 2012, Disney began its acquisition of Lucasfilm, which included rights to the “Star Wars” franchise.

Disney in the Digital Age

Disney continued its digital expansion in 2014 by acquiring YouTube content producer Maker Studios, which became the Disney Digital Network in 2017. Disney plans to launch its own digital streaming network in late 2019. The network will enable subscribers to watch movies and shows whenever they want, similar to Netflix and Hulu.

#History #Walt #Disney #Company

A Brief History of the Walt Disney Company

The ups and downs of the beloved entertainment giant

With multiple international theme parks, a world-class animation studio, dozens of business franchises, and one of the biggest movie studios in the world, Disney has become one of the most massive media brands of all time. This brief Disney retrospective covers the origin and evolution of the entertainment industry titan.

The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio

The Walt Disney Company began as a joint venture between Walt Disney and his brother, Roy. The company, then called the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, started on October 16, 1923. Within three years, the company had produced two movies and purchased a studio in Hollywood, but pitfalls in distribution rights nearly sank the company.

The creation of Mickey Mouse in 1928 changed everything.​ Around that time, Disney launched many other famous characters, such as Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck, which together became the foundation of a company that has now branched out well beyond animation. Today, many big studios, TV stations, and intellectual properties, including Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, ABC, Pixar Animation Studios, and ESPN, fall under the Disney umbrella.

1930s Disney

By 1932, the Disney Company won its first Academy Award for Best Cartoon, thanks to “Silly Symphony,” a series of animated short films. In 1934, Disney started production on its first full-length feature film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” It was released in 1937 and became the highest-grossing film of its time. However, the massive production expenses created difficulties for Disney’s next few animated films. World War II halted the production of Disney movies altogether as the company contributed its skills to the war effort by producing propaganda films for the U.S. government.

Post-World War II Disney

 
After the war, the company found it difficult to pick up where it had left off, but 1950 proved to be a turning point, thanks to the production of Disney’s first live-action film, “Treasure Island,” and another animated film, “Cinderella.” Disney also launched several television series during this decade. In 1955, “The Mickey Mouse Club” made its debut to a national TV audience.

That same year marked another landmark moment for Disney: the opening of the first Disney theme park, Disneyland, in California. The company continued to rise in popularity and survived the death of its iconic founder, Walt Disney, in 1966. Following Walt’s passing, Roy Disney took over the supervision of the company and was succeeded by an executive team in 1971.

In the following decades, the company took advantage of merchandising opportunities, continued producing feature films, and constructed additional theme parks around the globe, including Disney’s first international theme park, Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. During this time, the company endured takeover attempts, but it eventually recovered and got back on a successful path when Michael D. Eisner became its chairman in 1984.

Cable TV and Media Acquisitions

Since the 1980s, Disney has expanded its influence over a wider market, beginning with the debut of the Disney Channel on cable TV. The company established several subdivisions and studios, such as Touchstone Pictures, to produce films outside its standard family-oriented fare and gain an even broader footing in the entertainment industry. Eisner and executive partner Frank Wells proved to be a successful team to lead Disney into the new century.

In 2005, Bob Iger took over the CEO role from Eisner. In 2006, Disney purchased Pixar as it began to focus on digital animation. Pixar had previously produced film hits such as “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” and “The Incredibles.” Under the Disney umbrella, Pixar Animation Studios has continued earning prestigious awards for movies like “Moana” and “Coco.”

After becoming chairman in 2009, Iger steered the company’s focus back to more family-oriented products as it sold Miramax Studios and downsized Touchstone Pictures. Roy Disney, the last member of the Disney family active in the company, died on December 16, 2009.

Also in 2009, the company acquired Marvel Entertainment, which gave Disney the rights to dozens of superhero franchises such as “Iron Man” and “Deadpool.” In late 2012, Disney began its acquisition of Lucasfilm, which included rights to the “Star Wars” franchise.

Disney in the Digital Age

Disney continued its digital expansion in 2014 by acquiring YouTube content producer Maker Studios, which became the Disney Digital Network in 2017. Disney plans to launch its own digital streaming network in late 2019. The network will enable subscribers to watch movies and shows whenever they want, similar to Netflix and Hulu.

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