Disney movies have been delighting audiences since The Walt Disney Company
formed in 1923, and started producing a series of live-action/animated films
known as the Alice Comedies, which were early versions of Alice In Wonderland.
The Alice Comedies weren't a huge commercial success, but they did provide
a foundation for the creation of Walt Disney's famous and now beloved animated
character, Mickey Mouse, in 1928. Mickey has appeared in dozens of short
and feature-length Disney movies, and continues to be the character most
strongly associated with cartoons and Disney movies.
Building on the success and fame of Mickey Mouse, Disney movies have expanded
from cartoons to include a variety of live action films. Also, once almost
entirely aimed at children, Disney movies now include content and stories
suitable for all members of the family, including teens and adults. Despite
the demographic expansion in its target audience, Disney movies still remain
family-friendly by avoiding the hard-core violence and illicit behaviour
commonly found in other movies. That noted, Disney movies aren't as pure
as they once were, with some films aimed at older audiences including occasional
profanities. Overall, however, Disney movies are still a good, wholesome
choice suitable for most viewers. Numerous awards bestowed upon
Disney movies over the years attest to the continuing story quality and cinematic
craftsmanship audiences have come to expect from Disney films.
Animated Disney movies are being produced at a much greater rate now than
when the company first began releasing its signature, full-length
cartoon films. Vastly increased technology and resources have made it possible
to produce considerably more than a dozen animated Disney movies each year.
Until the mid-1990s, Disney usually released a maximum of two or
three animated movies a year, and often less than that during the company's
early stages. Live-action Disney movies aren't counted in these figures.