ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

The 'Walt Disney Pictures' logo isn't new to anyone, and for the most part we tend to overlook it. But recently Ethan Jones uploaded a fantastic video to Youtube that outlines the evolution of the Disney logo in the last thirty years.

Not only have I not been paying enough attention to these logos to pay respect to the animators who have worked so hard on them, but I've also been missing out on how cool some of these are! Sure, they've caught my eyes over the years, but seeing each animator's creative take on the logo all in one video is pretty cool. Check out Jones' work below:

If seeing the logo evolution unfold through video isn't quite your cup of tea, here are all of the artistic iterations of the 'Walt Disney Pictures' logo below:

1. The Black Cauldron

Prior to The Black Cauldron, Disney films used to be introduced by cards reading "Walt Disney Presents." Any films from before The Black Cauldron that use the familiar logo above had it added after the movies were first released.

2. Toy Story

This logo was used again for all of the Pixar movies up through Ratatouille.

3. I'll Be Home for Christmas

4. Inspector Gadget

5. Dinosaur

This logo has been reused since, largely for live-action movies like the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

6. Recess: School's Out

7. Atlantis: The Lost Empire

8. Snow Dogs

9. Peter Pan II

10. Cinderella II

11. Lilo & Stitch

12. The Country Bears

13. The Jungle Book II

14. Piglet's Big Movie

15. The Lizzie McGuire Movie

16. George of the Jungle II

17. Teacher's Pet

18. Home on the Range

19. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

20. Ice Princess

21. Lilo & Stitch II

22. Chicken Little

23. Bambi II

24. The Shaggy Dog

25. The Wild

26. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Starting in 2006 with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Disney moved from using the standard silhouetted castle to a new, computer-animated logo, and they haven't gone back since.

26. The Santa Clause 3

After the summer of 2006, animators only became more creative and expressive with the Disney logos attached to their films and began making further changes to the new logo.

28. Enchanted

28. Bedtime Stories

29. Race to Witch Mountain

30. Tron: Legacy

31. Prom

32. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

33. The Muppets

In 2011, The Muppets movie was the first to drop the "Walt" and "Pictures" from the logo. The logos since have switched to using just 'Disney.' To be honest, I didn't even notice this change until watching this video!

34. Frankenweenie

35. Oz the Great and Powerful

36. Planes

37. Maleficent

38. Into the Woods

What do you guys think of this evolution of the logo? Do you like the artistic freedoms that animators are allowed today, or do you think the logo should have been left the same? Either way, there's no question that Disney hires some of the best and brightest people around, because the quality never falters.

I guess now we just have to wonder what Disney will do with the Lucasfilm logo for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158). Will they choose leave it alone like they have with Marvel, or decide to put a bit more of their brand on it? I'm excited to find out!

Huge thanks to Ethan Jones for putting so much hard work into this video and helping us all learn more about, and appreciate, some of the Disney animators!


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