Disney Movies

Walt Disney Image Logo

[1] Walt Disney Image Logo

HISTORY

In 1928, Disney created its first attempt at a motion picture called Steamboat Willie, which introduced the infamous Mickey Mouse. Later, in 1934, Walt Disney informed his animators of his intentions of creating the first ever Disney original movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was released three years later, in 1937. This movie was an extreme success and became the highest grossing film of its time until the release of Gone with The Wind. Later on, numerous other successes were released such as Cinderella (1950), Treasure Island (1950), Mary Poppins (1964), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and The Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994).

Over the years, Disney grew to become a worldwide success, and eventually, in 200, named Robert A. Iger the Walt Disney Studios president, and reached the $25 billion revenue threshold for the first time. He later became chief executive in 2005. Since then, Disney Movies has expanded into a wide scope of entertainment, reaching audiences of all ages. [27]

KEY EXECUTIVES

Sean Bailey President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Productions

[2] Sean Bailey
President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Productions

Alan Horn Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios

[3] Alan Horn
Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios

Robert A. Iger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

[4] Robert A. Iger
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

FINANCIALS

The 2015 Fiscal Year financial report for Disney has shown extraordinary success throughout the past year. Star Wars The Force Awakens has become the highest grossing movie in the history of the United States and has earned over $1.7 billion world wide. They are anticipating the sequel, Rogue One, to exceed expectations in 2016 and 2017. In fact, Disney Movies has already begun work on Episode VIII for its release in 2017.[5]

IN THEATRES

Zootopia

Zootopia 2016 Release: March 4, 2016 Rated: PG

[6] Zootopia 2016
Release: March 4, 2016
Rated: PG

The Disney original movie, Zootopia, directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush,[7] did profoundly well in the Box Office opening weekend. Opening at number 1 on the weekend of March 4th, 2016, this movie earned an opening weekend gross of $75,063,401 domestically. Including international gross, Zootopia made a cumulative amount of $891,331,606.[8] The majority of the target audience was children, however, as a result of its popular cast, including, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba, attracted an older audience between the ranges of 18-24.[9] The success of this movie has exceeded all expectations, breaking the record of Disney’s best ever opening for Disney animation as well as managing to dethrone The Lorax from being the record holder of the highest grossing animated movie. [10]

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book Release: April 15, 2016 Rated: PG

[11]The Jungle Book
Release: April 15, 2016
Rated: PG

This live-action remake of Disney’s classical animation of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, has just hit theatres this past weekend and has surpassed its budget with flying colors. Opening this past weekend on April 15th, 2016, The Jungle Book has earned a gross domestically of $147,054426. Including international gross of $246,700,000, the movie made its budget of $175,000,000 in its first week.[12] The Jungle Book has especially done well internationally because of its original success as an animated movie. In Germany, the movie has pulled $5.6 million its opening weekend, the best a Disney movie has done in Germany since the release of Alice in Wonderland in 2010. Despite this fact, however, the original Jungle Book had Germany in awe and captivated the audience more than this new remake, with the original 1967 movie captivating the audience more than any other movie released. [13] Aside from its successful income in Germany, The Jungle Book has reached a gross of $64 million in China, and in third place, $24.6 million in India, being India’s highest grossing Hollywood film in history.[14]

COMING FUTURE RELEASES

Alice Through The Looking Glass Release Date: May 27, 2016 Rated: PG

[15]Alice Through The Looking Glass
Release: May 27, 2016
Rated: PG

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Coming May 27, 2016, Alice Through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin, revolves around Alice returning to Wonderland to go on a journey back in time to save the Mad Hatter. When she awakens in Wonderland, she must travel to a new world to retrieve a magical sceptre that can stop the evil Lord of Time from turing Wonderland into a lifeless world. She must also stop the plans of putting the Queen of Hearts back on the throne. Starring celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman and Helen Bonham Carter, this movie will be attracting audiences of all ages. In addition, this movie is the last movie Alan Rickman worked on before passing this past January. [16][17]

Finding Dory

Finding Dory Release Date: June 17, 2016 Rated: PG

[18] Finding Dory
Release: June 17, 2016
Rated: PG

Finding Dory, starring Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, revolves around the return of Dory to her loving friends, and the discovery of the true meaning of friendship and family on her quest to find her mother and father. Disney has not released any further information about the description of the movie to its fans. [19] This movie has been creating some major discussions about the expectations of the presentation of the movie, especially in the Arab world. Egyptians specifically are concerned that Disney will be presenting this movie in an Arabic dialect as opposed to an easy Egyptian dialect favoured by most. In fact, a petition has been growing online called “Return the Egyptian Dialect to Disney movies” where they are asking Disney to reconsider its decision to proceed with a standard Arabic dialect. This is campaign is not the first to voice this issue. In 2014, when Disney released Frozen in an Arabic dialect instead of Egyptian, many made similar calls of concern on the issue. Questions were raised as to why Disney continued dubbing its movies into 41 different languages, yet ceased to continue dubbing in the Egyptian dialect in favour of the modern standard Arabic. Disney has accommodated the different dialects of Spanish, Portuguese and French, yet stopped accommodating the different dialects of Arabic. [20]

LATER RELEASES

Moana Release Date: November 23, 2016 Rated: Not Yet Rated

[21] Moana
Release: November 23, 2016
Rated: Not Yet Rated

Pete's Dragon Release: August 12, 2016 Rated: Not Yet Rated

[22] Pete’s Dragon
Release: August 12, 2016
Rated: Not Yet Rated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rogue One Release: December 16, 2016 Rated: Not Yet Rated

[28] Rogue One
Release: December 16, 2016
Rated: Not Yet Rated

The BFG Release: July 1, 2016 Rated: Not Yet Rated

[23] The BFG
Release: July 1, 2016
Rated: Not Yet Rated

 

MAJOR NEWS

Paper Magician Series Author: Charlie Holmberg

[24] Paper Magician Series
Author: Charlie Holmberg

Earlier this week it was announced that Disney just purchased the movie rights to the “Paper Magician” Series written by the Utah based author, Charlie N. Holmberg. Allison Shearmur, the producer of The Hunger Games, and Disney’s Cinderella and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is on board to work on and produce the story. Holmberg is quite excited to see where the story will go from now on. It is up to Disney to decide her part in the process, however, Holmberg seems on board for the steps Disney sees fit to take. [25] The Paper Magician, an adult historical fantasy, revolves around a nineteen year old paper magician, Ceony Twill, who is working to save the life of her love interest and teacher, Emery Thane. [26]

 

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