Disneynature is an independent film label of The Walt Disney Company, founded on April 21, 2008 as a division of The Walt Disney Studios. Its releases consist of a series of independent nature documentary films. Headquartered in Paris, it is the only Disney subsidiary not headquartered in the United States.
Disney veteran Jean-Francois Camilleri, who has served as senior vice president and general manager for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France is the head of the new unit. Disneynature is based in France, where Camilleri and his team oversees the initiation, development and acquisition of high quality feature projects.
The first film released domestically under the new label was the American version of Earth, from award-winning British producer/director Alastair Fothergill, whose credits include the landmark Planet Earth series for the BBC and The Discovery Channel and The Blue Planet. Earth, produced by BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media and co-directed by Mark Linfield, was released in cinemas internationally in 2007. It premiered in the U.S. on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.
The first new production to be released by Disneynature was announced to be The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos. The world premiere of the film took place in Bordeaux, France on October 26, 2008, and was released internationally throughout 2009.
|Film||Year||Budget||Worldwide Gross||Production Studio||Release Date|
BBC Natural History Unit
US April 22, 2009
France 2 Cinema
US April 22, 2010
|The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos||
Natural Light Films
US April 22, 2011
|Wings of Life|
US April 16, 2013
|Born in China|
|Diving with Dolphins|
|In the Footsteps of Elephant|
|Life on the Edge|
The music for the Disneynature logo was composed by Mark Mancina who recorded his score at the Sony Scoring Stage on March 21, 2008 with the Hollywood Studio Symphony, conducted by Don Harper.
- Earth is the only Disneynature film that is currently missing on Disney+. It is very likely that Disney no longer holds the American distribution rights to the film due to it being an acquisition from BBC Worldwide, who produced the film.
- True-Life Adventures - Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning nature film series, and the first nature film series produced by Disney.