The Walt Disney Company

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Name: The Walt Disney Company
Date(s): 1923-present
Profit/Nonprofit: Profit
Country based in: United States of America
Focus: Media and entertainment
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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[citation needed] of movies throughout its existence. See the Wikipedia article for more.

During the early 1990s Pixar joined Disney and made CGI films such as Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.

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.[citation needed] 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.[1]

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.

Disney RPF is an RPF fandom that focuses primarily on actors and musicians that appear on the Disney Channel and in associated films.

Donaldism is a European fandom inspired by Donald Duck and Duck Universe Disney comics.

Well-known Disney movies

Copyright enforcement and legislation lobbying

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Status as a conglomerate, discussions of monopoly

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Anti-fandom, rivalries with other fandoms

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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.[citation needed]


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.


  1. ^ See the Copyright Term Extension Act article on Wikipedia for more detail. (Accessed August 25, 2010)