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Movies, commonly known as films or motion pictures, are series of images run through a projector and shown on a screen in a cinema. Here's how the filmmaking process works:

  1. A studio creates ideas for the upcoming film and/or buys the rights for other people's ideas.
  2. The screenplay for that upcoming film is written.
  3. Preparations for the film are made, such as hiring cast and crew members, selecting the locations for the film, and building the sets.
  4. Raw elements of the film are recorded.
  5. The studio will then edit the recorded parts of the film, and include special effects if necessary.
  6. Sound effects and the score (music you hear) are added.
  7. When the film is finished, it will be shown in cinemas, air on television, or get released directly to home video.

Usually during steps 5-6 of the filmmaking process, the public will get to see posters and theatrical trailers advertising the film as a coming attraction. Such advertisements appear about 2-4 months before the film is released. Sometimes, a film can also have a teaser version of those things, which often appear around one year before the film's release date.

The Silent Era (1894-1929)

Before the 1930s, many films released in cinemas back then were silent films, most of them also in black and white, while all others were in Sepia Tone. Films like these would just have music playing in the background, and the characters' voices cannot be heard. However, after the character is finished speaking, his/her dialogue may appear as a title card.

Some notable silent films include Ben-Hur (1925), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), and The Wizard of Oz (1925).

The Sound Era (1929-1950s)

During this era, all films were still presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio and with monaural sound, but now contained hearable dialogue from the characters, thus removing the dialogue's title cards. Within this era, Walt Disney's first feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released on December 21, 1937, became a huge success, and Disney made more films since then.

CinemaScope Era (1953-1967)

Created by 20th Century Fox, the CinemaScope format, allowed films to have an image aspect ratio of up to 2.66:1. One example is Ben-Hur (1959), which was actually made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

Simultaneously, a "Golden Age" for films outside of North America began, mostly in Asian countries.

First Hollywood Era (1968-1984)

In this era, films gradually began to contain more explicit content, such as violence, sex, nudity, language, etc., and at that time, a rating system was established by the Motion Picture Association of America. Some films also began moving the credits from the beginning to the end of themselves, thus renaming them as "end credits".

Second Hollywood era (1985-Present)

During this era, newer films were released with stereophonic or Dolby Surround sound, and on few occasions, older films were re-released in theaters with remastered video and audio. When the 2000s decade began, select films were upgraded into IMAX format, then later to 3D. Until 1989, films designed for family audiences were almost always rated G by the MPAA, when by then, PG-rated movies also gained popularity for families, and due to that rise, since 2009, only one or no G rated films were released in theaters.

Season Notable films (for family audiences)
Season 1 (July 24, 1985–March 31, 1986)
  • Walt Disney: The Black Cauldron, Sleeping Beauty (re-issue)
Season 2 (June 20, 1986–April 30, 1987)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Walt Disney: The Great Mouse Detective, Song of the South (re-issue), Lady and the Tramp (re-issue), The Aristocats (re-issue)
Season 3 (July 17, 1987–March 31, 1988)
  • Walt Disney: Cinderella (re-issue), The Fox and the Hound (re-issue)
Season 4 (July 15, 1988–March 31, 1989)
  • Walt Disney: Bambi (re-issue), Oliver & Company, The Rescuers (re-issue)
  • Universal: The Land Before Time
Season 5 (June 23, 1989–April 30, 1990)
  • Walt Disney: Peter Pan (re-issue), The Little Mermaid
Season 6 (July 6, 1990–March 31, 1991)
  • Walt Disney: The Jungle Book (re-issue), Fantasia (re-issue), The Rescuers Down Under
  • 20th Century Fox: Home Alone
Season 7 (July 12, 1991–April 30, 1992)
  • Walt Disney: 101 Dalmatians (re-issue), Beauty and the Beast, The Great Mouse Detective (re-issue)
  • Universal: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
  • Hook
  • 20th Century Fox: Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
Season 8 (June 26, 1992–April 30, 1993)
Season 9 (June 25, 1993–April 30, 1994)
  • Warner Bros.: Dennis the Menace (first film from Warner Bros. Family Entertainment), Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • Walt Disney: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (re-issue)
  • Universal: We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
Season 10 (May 27, 1994–April 30, 1995)
Season 11 (May 12, 1995–April 30, 1996)
  • Walt Disney: PocahontasToy Story, Oliver & Company (re-issue)
  • Universal: Balto
  • Jumanji (first film of the Columbia TriStar Family Collection)
Season 12 (June 21, 1996–April 30, 1997)
  • Walt Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 101 Dalmatians (live action)
  • Paramount: Harriet the Spy (first film from Nickelodeon Movies)
  • Matilda
  • 20th Century Fox: Star Wars original trilogy (re-issue)
Season 13 (June 27, 1997–April 30, 1998)
  • Walt Disney: Hercules, The Little Mermaid (re-issue)
  • Paramount: Good Burger
  • 20th Century Fox: Anastasia (one of two films from Fox Animation Studios)
Season 14 (May 15, 1998–April 30, 1999)
  • Warner Bros.: Quest for Camelot, The Wizard of Oz (re-issue by Warner Bros.)
  • Walt Disney: Mulan, A Bug's Life
  • Antz (first film from DreamWorks Animation)
  • Paramount: The Rugrats Movie
Season 15 (May 19, 1999–April 30, 2000)
Season 16 (May 19, 2000–April 30, 2001)
Season 17 (May 16, 2001–April 30, 2002)
Season 18 (May 16, 2002–April 30, 2003)
Season 19 (May 30, 2003–April 30, 2004)
  • Paramount: Rugrats Go Wild
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  • Warner Bros.: Looney Tunes: Back in Action
  • Walt Disney: Finding Nemo, Brother Bear, Home on the Range
Season 20 (May 19, 2004–April 30, 2005)
Season 21 (May 19, 2005–April 30, 2006)
Season 22 (May 19, 2006–April 30, 2007)
  • Walt Disney: Cars, Meet the Robinsons
  • Paramount: Charlotte's Web
  • Sony Pictures: Open Season (first film from Sony Pictures Animation)
  • Warner Bros.: Happy Feet
Season 23 (May 18, 2007–April 30, 2008)
  • Shrek the Third
  • Walt Disney: Ratatouille
  • Sony Pictures: Surf's Up
  • Bee Movie
  • 20th Century Fox: Horton Hears a Who!
Season 24 (June 6, 2008–April 30, 2009)
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Walt Disney: WALL-E, Bolt
  • Paramount: Hotel for Dogs
  • Universal: The Tale of Despereaux
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Season 25 (May 29, 2009–April 30, 2010)
Season 26 (May 21, 2010–April 30, 2011)
Season 27 (May 26, 2011–April 30, 2012)
  • Walt Disney: Cars 2, Winnie the Pooh
  • Paramount: Kung Fu Panda 2, The Adventures of Tintin
  • Universal: The Lorax
  • Sony Pictures: The Smurfs, The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Season 28 (June 8, 2012–April 30, 2013)
Season 29 (May 24, 2013–April 30, 2014)
Season 30 (May 30, 2014–April 30, 2015)
  • Walt Disney: Big Hero 6
  • Paramount: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • Sony Pictures: Annie
Season 31 (June 19, 2015–April 30, 2016)
Season 32 (May 20, 2016–April 30, 2017)
Season 33 (May 19, 2017–April 30, 2018)
Season 34 (June 15, 2018–April 30, 2019)
  • Walt Disney: Incredibles 2, Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • Paramount: Wonder Park
  • Universal: The Grinch
  • Sony Pictures: Hotel Transylvania 3
  • 20th Century Fox: Spies in Disguise
  • Warner Bros.: Smallfoot