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Division of Walt Disney Studios
Industry Film
Genre Natural documentary films
Founded April 21, 2008
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
Jean-Francois Camilleri
Products Motion pictures
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Parent The Walt Disney Studios
Website nature.disney.com

Disneynature is an independent film label of The Walt Disney Studios.[1] Founded on April 21, 2008, its releases consist of independent nature documentary films[1] and is headquartered in Paris, France.

In 2012, a Disney Nature TV pay cable channel was launched in France and is currently carried by France Telecom.[2]


Disney veteran Jean-Francois Camilleri, who has served as senior vice president and general manager for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France is the head of the new unit. Disneynature is based in France, where Camilleri and his team oversees the initiation, development and acquisition of high quality feature projects.

The first film released domestically under the new label was the American version of Earth, from award-winning British producer/director Alastair Fothergill, whose credits include the landmark Planet Earth series for BBC and Discovery Channel and The Blue Planet. Earth, produced by BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media and co-directed by Mark Linfield, was released in cinemas internationally in 2007. It premiered in the U.S. on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

The first new production to be released by Disneynature was announced to be The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.[3] The world premiere of the film took place in Bordeaux, France on October 26, 2008, and was released internationally throughout 2009.

Disneynature was the official sponsor for the 2009 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.[citation needed]


Film Year Narrator (US) Budget Worldwide Gross Production Studio
James Earl Jones
$43,000,000 (estimated)[4]
BBC Natural History Unit
BBC Worldwide
Greenlight Media
Discovery Channel
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
Mariella Frostrup
Kudos Pictures
Pierce Brosnan
$80,000,000 (estimated)
Participant Media
France 3 Cinema
France 2 Cinema
Wings of Life
Meryl Streep
Blacklight Films
African Cats
Samuel L. Jackson
Tim Allen
Jane Goodall Institute
John C. Reilly
Bearsar Productions
Monkey Kingdom[6]
Tina Fey
Crazy Ape Productions
Silverback Films
Born in China[7]
Jo Frost
Shanghai Media Group


The logo of Disneynature is an iceberg that resembles Sleeping Beauty Castle, a structure that also serves as the logo for Walt Disney Pictures.

The music for the Disneynature logo was composed by Mark Mancina who recorded his score at the Sony Scoring Stage on March 21, 2008 with the Hollywood Studio Symphony, conducted by Don Harper.

See also[edit]

  • True-Life Adventures – Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning nature film series, and the first nature film series produced by Disney.


  1. ^ a b Eller, Claudia; Dawn C. Chmielewski (April 22, 2008). "Disney gets back to nature". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "TV Channel: Disney Nature TV". MAVISE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Disney Launches New Film Label – Disneynature" (PDF). Disneynature website. Retrieved April 21, 2008. 
  4. ^ About Earth at IMDb
  5. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=95230
  6. ^ "Focus Sets Stephen Hawking Pic ‘Theory Of Everything’ For November; Disneynature Dates ‘Monkey Kingdom’ For 2015". Deadline Hollywood. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Disney Expands Relationship With China's Shanghai Media Group". Variety. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 

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