Walt Disney Productions France

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

The Walt Disney Company France is the French division of Disney focusing on merchandising, film distribution, licensing, and other activities in that region.

(1965-1980s)

Logo: On a blue/black gradient background, we see the words "DISTRIBUÉ PAR WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS France", with "WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS" in a taller font, and the other words in a smaller font.

Variants:

  • On the French versions of 101 Dalmatians and Robin Hood, the words "WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS" are in a taller and bolder font. "DISTRIBUÉ" is also placed above "PAR."
  • A VHS of Cinderella has this videotaped, possibly as the best possible effort to reverse plaster the Warner Bros. logo that is supposed to have appeared originally on the print used.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or the film's opening music.

Availability: Near extinction, due to most current prints using U.S domestic versions, meaning the regular Buena Vista logo of its time is used instead. Was seen on French prints of Walt Disney productions such as Gus, The Three Caballeros, and The Fox and the Hound among others. The only place to possibly find this is on bootleg copies of films made from various prints (one example is a VHS of The Great Train Robbery). However, this logo has been spotted on some French-Canadian video releases, including a 1991 VHS of Robin Hood, a 1992 VHS of 101 Dalmatians, a 1994 VHS of The Fox and the Hound and a 1997 VHS of Sleeping Beauty, all of which use European French prints. The logo was also seen on the French European VHS and laserdisc editions of Dumbo and Cinderella from 1993 and 1998 respectively. It's believed to have made its first appearance on Mary Poppins. Don't except this logo to appear on most French-Canadian prints of Disney titles as the Buena Vista logo is used.

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