The Walt Disney Company
- "Disney" redirects here. For other uses, see Disney (disambiguation).
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The Walt Disney Company, founded in 1923 by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, is an American media conglomerate best known for producing many popular animated films for children. Disney also owns the cable channel Disney Channel, theme parks, Marvel, ABC, and other movie studios, and has produced both animated and live-action television shows in addition to the hundreds of movies throughout its existence. See the Wikipedia article for more.
In 2008, Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment, attaining full ownership of Marvel comic book characters and other properties.
In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm, an acquisition that prompted many Disney/Star Wars gifs expressing Star Wars fans' fears of how the look of future Star Wars films would be affected. Disney's acquisition of Star Wars also led to controversy over the canon status of the Expanded Universe (EU). There is a filksong about this called "When You Wish Upon A Death Star".
In addition to being well known for its movies, Disney is well known (and hated) for the effect it has had on copyright law in the United States. It is associated with the so-called "Mickey Mouse Protection Act" of 1988, for example.
Fandoms Based on Disney Media
There are fandoms for many individual Disney movies; some fans also describe themselves as being part of a general Disney fandom, though sometimes this is another way of describing the fandom of the Disney Princesses franchise.
Well-known Disney movies
- Alice in Wonderland
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Fox and the Hound
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- The Jungle Book
- Lady and the Tramp
- The Little Mermaid
- The Lion King
- Mary Poppins
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians
- Peter Pan
- The Princess and the Frog
- The Rescuers
- Robin Hood
- Sky High
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Splash- first release under the Touchstone Pictures imprint
- The Sword in the Stone
Copyright enforcement and legislation lobbying
Status as a conglomerate, discussions of monopoly
Anti-fandom, rivalries with other fandoms
Disney bought and closed several rival companies, in addition to being explicitly against the creation of derivative fanworks of its works, especially those involving Mickey Mouse. I recently buy p Estudio Blue Sky creator of the River and Ice Age trilogy, closing the studio and laying off many employees soon after to later release Ice Age sequels without a few characters due to copyright issues. Many fans accused the company of monopoly and unfair competition due to this.
Don't Say Gay
It was recently discovered by several people that Disney financially supports the anti-LGBT project "Don't Say Gay", as well as has policies to make the creation of LGBT content unfeasible.
- See the Copyright Term Extension Act article on Wikipedia for more detail. (Accessed August 25, 2010)