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The Walt Disney Company, commonly nicknamed Disney, is one of the largest entertainment and media companies in the world. It was started in 1923 by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Oliver Disney, as the Disney Brothers . Cartoon Studio It had the name of  Walt Disney Productions from 1937 to 1985.
Disney Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of the company; the name is found in many of its franchises.
The current chairman and CEO is
Bob Iger since 2005.
The company's main units are
Studio Entertainment, Parks and Resorts, Media Networks and Consumer Products.
This unit, also called the
Walt Disney Studios, is headed by Chairman Dick Cook. It consists of:
One of the Studios' largest assets lies in
Walt Disney Feature Animation, which has made a successful string of animated movies for almost seven decades. Because of failures with most of their recent additions, it has changed its focus from traditional hand-drawn to CGI movies. Pixar, its biggest rival (also owned by Disney), dominates the latter industry.
Worldwide, Disney has eleven theme parks (as of April
Disney once owned the
sports teams, the Angels ( baseball) and the Mighty Ducks ( ice hockey), both based in Anaheim, California. They are now the property of other people.
ABC television network, which Disney bought in 1996, serves as the centre of this unit. Cable television channels within it include Disney Channel, Toon Disney, ABC Family, ESPN and SOAPnet.It also partly owns Lifetime, A&E and E!.
Buena Vista Television, responsible for the syndication of many Disney series, produces some of its own as well: , Who Wants to Be a Millionaire , and Live with Regis and Kelly . Ebert & Roeper
Merchandising and licensing within the company are overseen in this division. Disney Publishing Worldwide, part of this unit, has Disney Press, Disney Editions and Hyperion Books as its brands.
It once owned the
Disney Store shopping chain until 2004. Jim Henson's Muppets have taken its place since then.
1925: First appearance of
Pegleg Pete cartoons, Alice Solves the Puzzle 1928: First
Mickey Mouse cartoons, Plane Crazy 1928: First appearance of
Minnie Mouse cartoons, Plane Crazy 1928: First Mickey Mouse episode,
Plane Crazy 1929: Start of the
: Silly Symphonies The Skeleton Dance 1929: First Silly Symphony episode,
The Skeleton Dance;; 1930: First appearance of
Pluto cartoon, The Chain Gang 1932: First appearance of
Goofy cartoon, ( Mickey's Revue Columbia Pictures Studios) 1932: First full-colour cartoon,
Flowers and Trees 1933: First appearance of
Fifi the Peke cartoons, Puppy Love 1933: First Donald Duck Theme Music #1,
The Steeplechase 1933: First
Pluto's Devil cartoons, Mickey's Pal Pluto 1933: First
Pluto's Angel cartoons, Mickey's Pal Pluto 1934: First Walt Disney segment,
The Hot Choco-Late Soldiers 1934: First
Donald Duck cartoon, The Wise Little Hen 1937: First
Daisy Duck cartoons, Don Donald 1937: First Donald Duck episode,
Don Donald 1937: First
Pluto, Jr. cartoons. Pluto's Quin-Puplets 1937: First full-length animated movie,
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1938: First
Huey, Dewey and Louie cartoons, Donald's Nephews 1939: First Goofy episode,
Goofy and Wilbur 1939: First Mickey Mouse Theme #1,
The Standard Parade 1940: First appearance of
Figaro cartoons, Pinocchio 1940: First Pluto episode,
Bone Trouble 1940: First Donald Duck Theme #2,
Window Cleaners 1940: First Goofy Theme #1,
Goofy's Glider 1940: First Pluto #1,
Private Parate 1940: Studio moves to
Burbank, California 1941: First Winnie the Pooh character Gopher,
Canine Caddy 1942: First
P.J. cartoons, Bellboy Donald 1943: First
Scrooge McDuck cartoons, The Spirit of '43 1943: First
Chip 'n' Dale cartoons, Private Pluto 1944: First Pluto Theme #2,
Springtime for Pluto 1945: First
Dutch cartoons, Canine Casanova 1946: Much argued-over
Song of the South 's debut 1947: First Pluto Theme #3,
Pluto's Housewarming 1947: First Donald Duck Theme #3,
Donald's Dilemma 1947: First Mickey Mouse #2,
Mickey's Delayed Date 1950: First Goofy Theme #2,
Motor Mania 1954:
Walt Disney anthology series starts 1955:
Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California 1955: First
widescreen cartoon, Lady and the Tramp 1966:
Walt Disney dies; his brother Roy takes over 1967: Last animated movie from producer Walt Disney,
The Jungle Book 1971:
Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida 1979:
Don Bluth and friends leave the studio 1979:
, Disney's first The Black Hole PG movie, is a failure with critics 1980: First home
video: Dumbo 1981: Disney's last traditionally animated movie:
The Fox and the Hound 1983:
Disney Channel is launched 1984:
Touchstone Pictures starts with Splash 1985: Disney's first animated movie to use
computer animation: The Black Cauldron 1989:
brings new life in the The Little Mermaid animation division as well as the genre; studio gets its first Oscar in eighteen years for this movie 1990:
Hollywood Pictures starts with Arachnophobia 1991:
becomes the first animated movie to be nominated for Beauty and the Beast Best Picture 1995: First
Pixar movie, Toy Story 2003:
becomes studio's first family movie with a rating of Pirates of the Caribbean PG-13 2004:
is Disney's last traditionally animated movie to use CAPS Home on the Range 2005: Disneyland celebrates fiftieth
birthday 2005: First self-made
CGI movie, Chicken Little 2009: Disney buys comic book publisher
Marvel Comics for 4 billion US dollars. 2012: Disney buys movie studio
Lucasfilm for 4 billion US dollars.