DISNEY'S ANIMATED VOICES, ETC.
The Criteria for DISNEY ANIMATED MOVIES that I use is right here:
- Disney, Inc.
- Walter E. Disney and Roy O.
Disney formed the Disney Brothers Studio on October
Since then, it has undergone several name changes, including this one
the most recent. Of course, it's subsidiaries, such as Walt
Disney Home Video and Buena Vista International (among others) are
- Touchstone Pictures - Created in 1984, Touchstone
Pictures was created to allow Disney to produce non-G-rated movies, and
get away with it. The first film released under this company was Splash,
on March 9, 1984.
- Hollywood Pictures
- Created on February 1, 1989 in order to help cope with the heavy load
of pictures that Touchstone was dealing with. Arachnophobia is the
first movie released, on July 18, 1990.
- Miramax Films
- On June 30, 1993, Disney purchased this art-house company
- Dimension Films
- This is Miramax's genre
- DiC Entertainment, L.P.
- ABC/Capital Cities, Inc.
owned this animation production company when Disney acquired it on July 31, 1995. However, on November 17,
DiC bought itself out from under Disney, and became its own independent
non-Disney related company.
- Jumbo Pictures, Inc.
- Disney bought this company
on February 29, 1996 in order to acquire its hit TV show, Doug.
- Fox Family Worldwide
- Purchased on October 24, 2001, Disney received as part of the deal:
Fox Family Channel, currently available in more than 80 million U.S. homes. A cable channel that is
available to almost all cable subscribers rarely comes on the market. The
Family Channel has a low share of the crucial 18-to-49-year-old
audience, but Disney is expected to try to raise ratings in part by adding
Disney shows and re-airing some of its most popular ABC programs
rerunning the late-night Nightline news show early the next day, for
example. It's not an untested strategy: Disney's SoapNet cable channel has
done well by re-airing daytime soaps at night. Fox Kids International
channels in about 50 countries in Latin America and Europe. This would give Disney
another 34 million cable subscribers abroad and a big presence in
international basic cable - its Disney international
channels are premium cable. The Saban Entertainment library of about 6,500 half-hour
TV show episodes, which include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Digimon,
Goosebumps and Spiderman."
"As part of the transaction,
Disney will acquire the Fox Family Channel, a fully distributed
cable channel reaching 81 million U.S. homes; Saban Entertainment Inc.,
a production, distribution and merchandising company with one of the
world's largest libraries of children's programs at over 6,500 half hours;
a 76% interest in Fox Kids Europe (Amsterdam Exchange: FKE), which
has dedicated cable and satellite channels reaching 25 million subscribers
in 54 countries and 15 languages; and Fox Kids Latin America, the
second most widely distributed satellite/cable network in the
region. Excluded from the transaction is the Fox Kids Network, a
leading children's broadcast television network in the U.S. News Corp.
will separately acquire Haim Saban's interest in this asset. Terms
were not disclosed."
Animation - Disney has since changed the
company name of Saban to Sensation Animation,
that of Fox Family to ABC Family,
and that of Saban International N.V. to BVS International N.V..
- Studio Ghibli
- While Disney has never had
any ownership into this company, they did purchase an interest in Ghibli
productions. The copyright credit in these
movies usually includes a group of
companies listed by their companies' initials, one of which is either for
Disney or Buena Vista Home Distribution.
- The Baby Einstein Company
- On November 6, 2001, Disney acquired the Baby Einstein
company; "The Walt Disney Company has acquired The Baby Einstein Company,
the award-winning creator of highly innovative media products, toys and
books for babies and toddlers, it was announced today by Disney President
and Chief Operating Officer Robert A. Iger. The Baby Einstein Company,
founded in 1996, develops and sells products that expose babies to various
forms of human expression -- language, poetry, music, art and science --
through ways that are nurturing and fun. The company's product range
includes videotapes, DVDs and CDs. In addition, the company launched a new
collection of books and toys this fall, with partners Disney Publishing
Worldwide and Hasbro Inc. Baby Einstein's products are available worldwide
through numerous retail channels, including specialty stores, mass
merchants, mail order and on-line.
"The acquisition of Baby Einstein
provides The Walt Disney Company with another high quality brand franchise
which serves one of our core customer segments -- families with small
children," said Iger.
"We are particularly excited about extending from
the 'Baby' series brand into a
'Little' series that will appeal to
pre-schoolers. We view this acquisition as a core element of our
company-wide learning initiative for children." The
"Little" product line
is scheduled to launch in late 2002. Baby Einstein's founder, Julie Aigner-Clark, mother of two, who formerly taught English and art, and her
husband, William Clark, will serve as consultants to Disney.
Einstein broke new ground in coming to market with stimulating media
products for the baby and toddler crowd, and our success has been
tremendous," said Aigner-Clark.
"We're thrilled to be putting our grass
roots brand in the hands of The Walt Disney Company, and to watch our
grow up." The Baby Einstein Company and its products have won numerous
awards from major family and retail magazines and from educational foundations.
Awards include the prestigious Video Magic Award presented annually by
Parenting Magazine and the Video of the Year Award from Child Magazine.
The firm's newest video titles,
"Neighborhood Animals" and
are winners of Parenting Magazine's
"Best Videos of 2001" Awards and join
other favorites such as the
"Baby Einstein," "Baby Mozart,”
"Baby Van Gogh"
and "Baby Shakespeare" videos. The company is based in Lone Tree, Colo.
For a movie
to be included on the list, it needs to be owned or jointly owned by
Disney, or a subsidiary. For this, I check the credits. If it's
copyrighted to a Disney company, it goes on the list. I used to count
some exceptions to this rule, but rather than subjectively include movies based
on opinion, this rule brings it right down to the fact: Does Disney hold
copyright (i.e. ownership)?
seems to have his or her own criteria for what constitutes
For me to include a movie on this list, at a movie has to fit one of the
- Entirely animated in any medium
And The Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas,
- Animated characters interacting
with a live-action world (ex. Pete's Dragon, Dinosaur)
- Live-Action characters
interacting in an animated world with animated characters (ex. Tron, Bedknobs
- A mixture of segments, some animated,
some live-action (ex. Saludos
Amigos, Belle's Tales Of Friendship)
to be animation in every feature film that is original and new to that feature
film. This means that it is not entirely comprised of animation from
other feature films. (Thus eliminating such films as Music Land, which
contained only scenes previously released in Melody Time and Make Mine Music). However, films with new
animation linking segments of old animation together (such as The Many Adventures Of Winnie
The Pooh and Inspector Gadget: Gadget's
Greatest Gadgets) and films entirely edited out of old animation that
has not appeared in movie format before (such as Siegfried
& Roy: Masters Of The Impossible and Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken)
seem that the defining factor in the term
'movie', is length.
Unfortunately, a Feature Length Film is a sketchy thing to define. Saludos Amigos is only
43 minutes, but is considered by Disney to be a Disney Classic
Masterpiece. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy Award
people) won't consider a movie for its Best Animated Feature Award unless it is
70 minutes in length or more (yet a Documentary Feature needs to be longer than
only 40 minutes - go figure). Usually, I use 60 minutes as the magic
number, except where Disney themselves makes an exception.
also be noted that the term "Movie"
implies that it has either been Theatrically released, or is a Direct-To-Video
release fitting the above requirements. This implies that a television
show in its entirety is not a movie, but the same program could be edited to
become a movie. I am
beginning to include made-for-television movies that are shown as movies on
television, ie. all in one sitting. If a television series airs a
four-part-r on four different days, it doesn't count; but if they show all four
episodes in a row without title and end credits in between, then it's a movie.
Agree or disagree with my terms? Let me know!
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