Warner Bros. Studios is one of the most famous film and television company in the world. You may not realise it but if you have watched TV or films most of your life then you will have grown up with many of the films this production company have brought to us. They brought us some of the earliest cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Sylvester and Tweety. These characters were the start of the animation film world we love and know today.
The name goes back to the four founding Warner brothers, Harry, Jack, Sam and Albert. The three eldest brothers began in the movie theatre business with a movie projector. They showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The first theatre they opened was called the Cascade in 1903 based in Pennsylvania.
The earliest films were made back in the 1910s and 1920’s. They have made hundreds of films and in a way helped shape the movie industry we see today. The original studio was built on a plot of farmland in 1926. Soon they built Brownstone Street which was renamed Ashley Boulevard in 2002, and New York Street, which are now two of the oldest and most-used exterior sets. This enabled them to churn out far more movies. By the time the 1930’s arrived they were making a lot more films and business was serious booming. They constructed nine new soundstages which are all still in use today.
The 1940’s brought us Casablanca and Yankee Doodle Dandy. They also added three more soundstages and an exterior residential set which again is still in use today. The street was used in East of Eden with James Dean and John Wayne in The Shootist.
Their success continued in the 1950’s and 60’s with hits such as Rebel Without a Cause, My Fair Lady and Bonnie and Clyde. In the 1970’s some of their most popular productions include Superman, Every Which Way but Loose Boulevard Nights, and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The 80’s brought us more Superman films and the Lethal Weapon and Police Academy films.
In 2001, Warner Bros and their parent company Time Warner Inc. merged with America Online Inc. This made them the world’s foremost media and Communications Companies.
Recently they have had great success with the Harry potter movie Franchises which shattered many box office records and launched a cultural phenomenon. Just last year Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 became the biggest opening of all time smashing the box office records. Slumdog Millionaire won eight Academy Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globes. The list of films and awards each film has one is endless.
The future of Warner Bros. Studio looks rosy, it seems whatever they put their hand to they succeed. There will be more box office records broken and awards won. Long may they prosper.