The Walt Disney Company

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The Walt Disney Company, commonly referred to as Disney, is an American multinational diversified mass media corporation headquartered in Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California, USA.

The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 by animation pioneer Walter "Walt" Disney, his brother Roy (father of current board member Roy Disney), and Ub Iwerks. Beginning with Pegleg Pete, and expanding to include such characters as the now-forgotten Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney and Iwerks' brainchild Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Dippy Dawg (later Goofy), and Horace Horsecollar, Disney dove into the early 1920's and depression-era animations continuing in the tradition of Felix the Cat. In 1934, Donald Duck was added to the cast, soon joined by his newphews Huey, Dewey, and Louie created by comic strip artist Al Taliaferro, as well as a very long list of characters developed into a whole Duck universe by animator and comic artist Carl Barks, starting with Donald's tightwad Scottish uncle Scrooge McDuck.

Disney established themselves as a major animation presence with their first feature-length film in Technicolor, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Unlike rival Fleischer, which was later absorbed by Paramount, Disney has grown ever larger and more influential over the years. Furry animator Don Bluth started out at Disney before he went on his own, creating furry favorites such as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, or The Land Before Time.

The company is best known for the products of its film studio, the Walt Disney Studios, and today one of the largest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast television network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, A+E Networks, and ABC Family; publishing, merchandising, and theatre divisions; and owns and licenses 14 theme parks around the world. It also has a successful music division. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May 6, 1991. An early and well-known cartoon creation of the company, Mickey Mouse, is a primary symbol of The Walt Disney Company.

Disney and furry[edit]

Bambi, being the first Disney film with an all-animal cast, bears mentioning as an influential film in furry fandom, but 1994's The Lion King stands out bar-none as the most popular. It could not have come at a better time, as the emerging furry fandom was finding its way onto the then-infant graphical internet. Many other Disney films are also known for their influences on Furry Fandom, including The Adventures of Robin Hood (the first Disney animated film with an entirely "funny animal" cast) and the more recent Brother Bear (with its themes of human-to-non-human transformation and animal spirit guides).

Beauty and the Beast could be also be considered of interest to the furry community, as Belle has to fall in love with the prince in his 'beast' form, although she is unaware he is a prince.

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