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The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Walt Disney or simply Disney (/ˈdɪzni/), (common metonym: Mouse, also Mouse House) is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It is the world's largest independent media conglomerate in terms of revenue, ahead of NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia which are owned by telecommunications giants Comcast and AT&T respectively.

The company was founded on October 16, 1923 by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio; it also operated under the names The Walt Disney Studio and Walt Disney Productions before officially changing its name to The Walt Disney Company in 1986. The company established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks.

Since the 1980s, Disney has created and acquired corporate divisions in order to market more mature content than is typically associated with its flagship family-oriented brands. The company is known for its film studio The Walt Disney Studios, which is one of the largest and best-known studios in American cinema. Disney's other main divisions are Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, Disney Media Networks, and Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E Networks, and Freeform; publishing, merchandising, music, and theater divisions; and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a group of 14 theme parks around the world. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1991. Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 and is the signature mascot and emblem for Disney and one of the world's most recognizable characters.

On December 14, 2017, Disney announced an agreement to acquire 21st Century Fox for $52 billion. The bid was later increased to $71 billion on June 20, 2018 in the wake of Comcast's $65 billion bid for Fox.

Similarities in feature animation

Disney and Universal Studios have shown a strong resemblance in the animation market such as:

  • Both are competitors in the theme park market.
  • Both operate two feature animation units (Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar for Disney) and (Universal Animation Studios and Illumination for Universal) whose feature films achieved critical and box office successes.
  • Both did not release a 2014 animated film by one of their animation studios (Pixar for Disney and Illumination for Universal).
  • Both enjoy success with animated films.
  • Both Disney and Universal have released three animated films in each other year (e.g; for Universal, 2015 saw the releases of Paradoria, Minions and Luna & Zak, and for Disney, 2016 saw the releases of Zootopia, Finding Dory and Moana).
  • Both released 2014 animated films that feature a young protagonist (Gabriel Garza for Universal's Gabriel Garza 2 and Hiro Hamada for Disney's Big Hero 6).
  • Disney and Universal have 2015 and 2016 that mark the first time that each of their two animation studios had released two films in the same year; 2015 marked the first year for Pixar and Universal Animation to release two films (Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur for Pixar) and (Paradoria and Luna & Zak for Universal) in a year and the next year 2016 marked the first time that Disney Animation and Illumination released two films (Zootopia and Moana for Disney) and (The Secret Life of Pets and Sing for Illumination) in the same year.
  • Both released 2016 animated films that take place in a modern world of anthropomorphic animals (Zootopia for Disney and Sing for Universal/Illumination).
  • Both released 2018 animated films (sequels) that take place in the internet (Computeropolis: The Deep Web for Universal and Ralph Breaks the Internet for Disney).

Analogy

Year Universal Disney
Universal Animation Illumination Disney Animation Pixar
1995 N/A Pocahontas Toy Story
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame N/A
1997 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal N/A Hercules
1998 N/A Mulan A Bug's Life
1999 Galaxion Tarzan Toy Story 2
Paint World Fantasia 2000
2000 N/A Dinosaur N/A
The Emperor's New Groove
2001 Mistress Masham's Repose N/A Atlantis: The Lost Empire Monsters, Inc.
2002 Me & Mobo Lilo & Stitch N/A
Treasure Planet
2003 Magina Brother Bear Finding Nemo
2004 Computeropolis Home on the Range The Incredibles
2005 M.I.S.S.I.O.N. Chicken Little N/A
2006 BJ and Wally N/A Cars
2007 Computeropolis 2 Meet the Robinsons Ratatouille
2008 Swapped Bolt WALL-E
2009 Woo La La The Princess and the Frog Up
2010 Computeropolis 3 Despicable Me Tangled Toy Story 3
2011 Gabriel Garza Hop Winnie the Pooh Cars 2
2012 Plucky Chicken The Lorax Wreck-It Ralph Brave
2013 Quest Despicable Me 2 Frozen Monsters University
2014 Gabriel Garza 2 N/A Big Hero 6 N/A
2015 Paradoria Minions N/A Inside Out
Luna & Zak The Good Dinosaur
2016 Imagimals The Secret Life of Pets Zootopia Finding Dory
Sing Moana
2017 Gabriel Garza 3 Despicable Me 3 N/A Cars 3
Lix Coco
2018 Computeropolis: The Deep Web The Grinch Ralph Breaks the Internet Incredibles 2
2019 Paradoria 2: Enchanted Realm The Secret Life of Pets 2 Frozen 2 Toy Story 4
2020 Luna & Zak: Level Two Minions 2 Untitled Disney Animation films Untitled Pixar films
Sing 2
2021 Earth Farm Untitled Illumination films
Computeropolis 5
2022 Hyper
2023 Untitled Universal Animation films N/A

Sorted by release date, budget, gross, and ratings

Released

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s) Budget Gross RT MC
1 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal September 26, 1997 N/A UAS Universal City $65 million $324 million 81% 64
2 Galaxion July 2, 1999 $80 million $96 million 60% 56
3 Paint World December 25, 1999 Gingo Animation Gingo Animation $48 million $452 million 94% 69
4 Mistress Masham's Repose March 16, 2001 N/A UAS Universal City $55 million $280 million 75% 67
5 Me & Mobo September 27, 2002 $80 million $106 million 77% 75
6 Magina March 7, 2003 $55 million $78 million 63% 57
7 Computeropolis July 2, 2004 $65 million $687 million 89% 91
8 M.I.S.S.I.O.N. July 1, 2005 $78 million $293 million 84% 76
9 BJ and Wally July 7, 2006 Gingo Animation $74 million $486 million 53% 51
10 Computeropolis 2 July 6, 2007 N/A $77 million $953 million 84% 80
11 Swapped July 2, 2008 $70 million $376 million 51% 49
12 Woo La La March 13, 2009 $81 million $532 million 95% 81
13 Computeropolis 3 March 5, 2010 $85 million $783 million 43% 57
14 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Illumination Mac Guff $70 million $543 million 81% 72
15 Hop[S] April 1, 2011 Rhythm & Hues Studios $63 million $184 million 25% 41
16 Gabriel Garza July 8, 2011 Gingo Animation UAS Universal City $85 million $645 million 94% 72
17 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax March 2, 2012 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff $70 million $348 million 53% 46
18 Plucky Chicken July 27, 2012 N/A UAS Universal City $82 million $426 million 59% 51
19 Quest March 1, 2013 $97 million $524 million 97% 89
20 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff $76 million $970 million 73% 62
21 Gabriel Garza 2 July 2, 2014 Gingo Animation UAS Universal City $99 million $895 million 96% 84
22 Paradoria March 6, 2015 N/A $103 million $1.126 billion 98% 87
23 Minions July 10, 2015 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff $74 million $1.159 billion 56% 56
24 Luna & Zak December 11, 2015 N/A UAS Universal City $103 million $624 million 74% 69
25 The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff $75 million $875 million 61
26 Imagimals September 9, 2016 Gingo Animation UAS Universal City $101 million $1.018 billion 78% 57
27 Sing December 21, 2016 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff $75 million $632 million 73% 59
28 Gabriel Garza 3 March 3, 2017 Gingo Animation UAS Universal City $110 million $812 million 79% 70
29 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff $80 million $1.033 billion 59% 49
30 Lix December 8, 2017 N/A UAS Universal City $110 million $838 million 97% 80
31 Computeropolis: The Deep Web May 4, 2018 $200 million $1.133 billion 50% 59
32 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch November 9, 2018 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff $75 million $78.7 million 55% 50
SCombines live-action with animation.

Upcoming

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s)
33 Paradoria 2: Enchanted Realm March 22, 2019 N/A UAS Universal City
34 The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff
35 Luna & Zak: Level Two February 21, 2020 N/A UAS Universal City
36 Minions 2 July 3, 2020 Illumination Illumination Mac Guff
37 Sing 2 December 25, 2020
38 Earth Farm February 19, 2021 Lord Miller Productions UAS Universal City
39 Computeropolis 5 May 21, 2021 N/A
40 Untitled film July 2, 2021 Illumination TBA
41 Hyper February 25, 2022 SpectreVision UAS Universal City
42 Untitled films July 1, 2022 Illumination TBA
43 December 21, 2022
44 February 24, 2023 N/A UAS Universal City
45 June 30, 2023 Illumination TBA
46 December 20, 2023 N/A UAS Universal City

Released

Note: Only the films starting with the Disney Renaissance era are counted in this section.
# Title Release date Animation service(s) Budget Gross RT MC
1 The Little Mermaid November 17, 1989 WDAS Burbank $40 million $211 million 92% N/A
2 The Rescuers Down Under November 16, 1990 $37.9 million $47 million 68%
3 Beauty and the Beast November 22, 1991 $25 million $425 million 94% 95
4 Aladdin November 25, 1992 $28 million $504 million N/A
5 The Lion King June 24, 1994 $45 million $968 million 92% 83
6 Pocahontas June 23, 1995 $55 million $346 million 56% 58
7 Toy Story November 22, 1995 Pixar $30 million $373 million 100% 95
8 The Hunchback of Notre Dame June 21, 1996 WDAS Burbank $100 million $325 million 73% N/A
9 Hercules June 27, 1997 $85 million $252 million 83%
10 Mulan June 19, 1998 WDAS Florida $90 million $304 million 86% 71
11 A Bug's Life November 25, 1998 Pixar $120 million $363 million 92% 77
12 Tarzan June 18, 1999 WDAS Florida $130 million $448 million 88% 79
13 Toy Story 2 November 24, 1999 Pixar $90 million $497 million 100% 88
14 Fantasia 2000[S] December 17, 1999 WDAS Burbank $80 million $90 million 82% 59
15 Dinosaur[S] May 19, 2000 The Secret Lab $127.5 million $349 million 65% 56
16 The Emperor's New Groove December 15, 2000 WDAS Florida $100 million $169 million 85% 70
17 Atlantis: The Lost Empire June 15, 2001 $120 million $186 million 49% 52
18 Monsters, Inc. November 2, 2001 Pixar $115 million $525 million 96% 78
19 Lilo & Stitch June 21, 2002 WDAS Florida $80 million $273 million 86% 73
20 Treasure Planet November 27, 2002 WDAS Burbank $140 million $109 million 69% 60
21 Finding Nemo May 30, 2003 Pixar $94 million $867 million 99% 90
22 Brother Bear November 1, 2003 WDAS Florida $128 million $250 million 38% 48
23 Home on the Range April 2, 2004 WDAS Burbank $110 million $104 million 54% 50
24 The Incredibles November 5, 2004 Pixar $92 million $633 million 97% 90
25 Chicken Little November 4, 2005 WDAS Burbank $150 million $314 million 36% 48
26 Cars June 9, 2006 Pixar $120 million $462 million 74% 73
27 Meet the Robinsons March 30, 2007 WDAS Burbank N/A $169 million 66% 61
28 Ratatouille June 29, 2007 Pixar $150 million $620 million 96% 96
29 WALL-E[S] June 27, 2008 $180 million $533 million 94
30 Bolt November 21, 2008 WDAS Burbank $150 million $310 million 89% 67
31 Up May 29, 2009 Pixar $175 million $735 million 98% 88
32 The Princess and the Frog December 11, 2009 WDAS Burbank $105 million $267 million 85% 73
33 Toy Story 3 June 18, 2010 Pixar $200 million $1.067 billion 99% 92
34 Tangled November 24, 2010 WDAS Burbank $260 million $591 million 89% 71
35 Cars 2 June 24, 2011 Pixar $200 million $562 million 39% 57
36 Winnie the Pooh[S] July 15, 2011 WDAS Burbank $30 million $45 million 90% 74
37 Brave June 22, 2012 Pixar $185 million $540 million 78% 69
38 Wreck-It Ralph November 2, 2012 WDAS Burbank $165 million $471 million 86% 72
39 Monsters University June 21, 2013 Pixar $200 million $744 million 78% 65
40 Frozen November 22, 2013 WDAS Burbank $150 million $1.276 billion 89% 74
41 Big Hero 6 November 7, 2014 $165 million $657 million
42 Inside Out June 19, 2015 Pixar $175 million $857 million 98% 94
43 The Good Dinosaur November 25, 2015 $175–200 million $332 million 77% 66
44 Zootopia March 4, 2016 WDAS Burbank $150 million $1.023 billion 98% 78
45 Finding Dory June 17, 2016 Pixar $200 million $1.028 billion 94% 77
46 Moana November 23, 2016 WDAS Burbank $150 million $643 million 96% 81
47 Cars 3 June 16, 2017 Pixar $175 million $383 million 68% 57
48 Coco November 22, 2017 $175–200 million $807 million 97% 81
49 Incredibles 2 June 15, 2018 $200 million $1.050 billion 94% 80
50 Ralph Breaks the Internet November 21, 2018 WDAS Burbank $175 million $18.5 million 86% 71
SCombines live-action with animation.

Upcoming

# Title Release date Animation service(s)
51 Toy Story 4 June 21, 2019 Pixar
52 Frozen 2 November 22, 2019 WDAS Burbank
53 Untitled films March 6, 2020 Pixar
54 June 19, 2020
55 November 25, 2020 WDAS Burbank
56 June 18, 2021 Pixar
57 November 24, 2021 WDAS Burbank
58 March 18, 2022 Pixar
59 June 17, 2022
60 November 23, 2022 WDAS Burbank

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