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Walt Disney Pictures (also known simply as Disney, otherwise known as Disney Live-Action & Animation) is an American-based film studio part of The Walt Disney Studios. It is known not only for mainly producing animated feature films, but also live-action features.

Walt Disney Pictures was established as a division of Walt Disney Productions (now The Walt Disney Company) on April 1, 1983, and the first film to bear the "Walt Disney Pictures" banner was Never Cry Wolf in 1983. Prior to that, "Walt Disney Productions" was the credit used for the company's live action films, with its very first one, Treasure Island, making its theatrical premiere in 1950. The first Disney film to be shot in widescreen was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, released in 1954. The first Disney animated film to be shot in widescreen was Lady and the Tramp, released in 1955.

It includes films produced by other Disney divisions under Walt Disney Pictures including Walt Disney Animation Studios (since 1986), Pixar (since 1995), and Lucasfilm (since 2012). Additionally, it includes distribution of films produced by The Walt Disney Studios under the Walt Disney Pictures banner, although not involved in co-productions with the aforementioned labels, including Marvel Studios; 20th Century Studios; Regency Enterprises; and Searchlight Pictures (international only) with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures currently handling distribution. Between 2019 and 2020, Walt Disney Pictures handling distribution of Pathe's productions in the UK, such as Judy and Misbehaviour under the film studio's distribution deal through 20th Century Studios. The latter expired and transferred back to Warner Bros on June 30, 2021 after ten years.

PG-13-rated films under the Walt Disney Pictures banner[]

While the banner maintains a family friendly image, generally releasing G and PG rated films, some of the films under the Walt Disney Pictures banner received a PG-13 rating from the MPA for more mature content, something Touchstone Pictures was capable of doing until its closure in 2016 (with its operations ceasing on December 21, 2017):

The first PG-13 rated film released by Walt Disney Pictures was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Additionally, Tales from Earthsea, a Studio Ghibli film, is the first and so far only animated film released by Walt Disney Pictures to receive the rating.[1] The rights to that film was reverted Hamilton is notable for being the first Walt Disney Pictures film to contain some strong language, although two instances of it were censored to avoid an R rating.[2] The 2020 live-action remake of Mulan was the first live-action Disney remake to receive a PG-13 rating, with Cruella later following suit.

In the UK, Disney films are rated by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as U, PG, and either 12 for home video releases, or 12A for theatrical releases.

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  1. Spiegel, Josh (May 27, 2020). "The long, ugly history between Disney and Studio Ghibli". polygon.com.
  2. Bjornson, Greta (June 22, 2020). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How 'Hamilton' Will Be Censored on Disney+". Decider.com.

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