Although in 1989, when Disney switched most of their animation to using digital ink-and-paint animation via CAPS (Computer Animation Production System), this logo (along with Disney-produced animated programs made for TV) still used traditional cel animation, even though two computerized variants were introduced in 1995 and 2000. Even after 1995, this logo still used production cels painted by hand throughout the late 1990s and into the mid-2000s. Disney last used the production cels for this logo in a theatrical trailer for the 2005 movie Chicken Little. The hand-painted cels for this logo looked pretty outdated and cheap by this time.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Journey Of Natty Gann (1985)
One Magic Christmas (1985)
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Cinderella (1950, 1987 reissue)
Oliver & Company (1988)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Roger Rabbit short #1; Tummy Trouble (1989)
Peter Pan (1953, 1989 reissue)
The Rescuers (1977, 1989 reissue)
2nd variant from 1990-2006
3rd variant from 1991-2006
Full open matte.
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
White Fang (1991)
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
101 Dalmatians (1961, 1991 reissue)
The Great Mouse Detective (1986, 1992 reissue)
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The Mighty Ducks (1992) (HD release)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937, 1993 reissue)
As Disney is responsible for the marketing and distribution of all Pixar films, Pixar created a custom-made logo by using the Renderman Software for use for all of their films up till 2007. Randy Newman, well-known composer of the Toy Story films, A Bug's Life, Cars, as well as the Monsters related films, composed a majestic fanfare which then transitions to the Toy Story soundtrack just as the logo fades into the wallpaper of Andy's room. The current Pixar Animation Studios logo took its place in the current prints of Toy Story.
Randy then composed a different version of the fanfare, this time a quicker, shortened version which was first used from A Bug's Life to Finding Nemo.
In 2006, he composed the grander version of the fanfare in celebration of the Disney.Pixar merger as well as Pixar's 20th anniversary solely for Cars. This was done to match the duration of the closing logo. Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, and Ratatouille were the only films to have music playing during the opening logos.
As to date, the current prints of the first two Toy Story films, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Cars had this logo plastered with the current logo (2006 for the first two Toy Story films, 2011 for Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and Cars) while all prints of A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille and the original prints of Cars preserved this logo.
Starting from 2000 until 2006, Disney created a 'Flashlight' logo, in which the "WALT DISNEY PICTURES" appear first. The firework light goes over the glowing arc, lighting up the castle until the end of it. The logo fades afterwards.
While variations of the logo have different color and effects, this variant from Atlantis: The Lost Empire is unique; the logo is in steel, the glowing water ripples illuminates the logo and the fuse light takes place of the fireworks. Ironically, the background (taking place in a submerged ruins of Atlantis) is entirely visible as the entire logo when the fuse arc is lit until the fuse light snuffs out in the end.
In 2006, Walt Disney Pictures started using a new intro with a new CGI animation with a very complex depiction of the Cinderella Castle and its surroundings. It was a clear change from the old blue and white intro with its stylized castle and 2D animation.
The new intro was first used on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which premiered in the United States on July 7, 2006. The first Pixar movie to feature this logo was WALL-E.
If you watch a Disney movie in 3-D and see this logo, the text "WALT DISNEY" (and "PICTURES" fades in) (later "DISNEY") will zoom in.
Starting with the release of The Muppets, "WALT" and "PICTURES" have been removed from the theatrical logo, which was shortened as "Disney". This was used before 2011 as the on-screen logo for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment starting in 2007.
Main production card.
Full open matte.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, 2008 reissue)