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Warner Bros. Family Entertainment was the family film and children's entertainment label of Warner Bros. Entertainment. It released numerous theatrical (or direct-to-video) family films and children and family television series.

History

The division was founded in 1992 to produce more family-friendly films. The first theatrical film released under the Family Entertainment label was Dennis the Menace, released in the summer of 1993. The film proved to be a huge hit at the box office, grossing over $50 million at the domestic box office despite receiving negative reviews from critics. Following it was Free Willy, which was also released in the summer of 1993 and would also be a huge box office hit, grossing over $75 million domestically.

Other 1993 releases included a live-action film adaptation of the book The Secret Garden, which didn't perform as well as the previous two films but still garnered over $30 million at the domestic box office, and George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. The last 1993 WBFE theatrical release was Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, and it wasn't a success at the box office, getting only $5 million at the box office compared to its $6 million budget, due to a lack of promotion from Warner Bros.

1994 was the worst year for WBFE, where it was home to numerous box-office bombs. In the early part of 1994, Warner released Thumbelina, which was a major box-office bomb. Another 1994 film was a live-action rendition of the book Black Beauty, which was another box-office bomb for the studio, grabbing only nearly $5 million at the box office. Following it was A Troll in Central Park, which garnered less than $1 million at the box office. The last two films in 1994 were Little Giants, which performed better, but only received nearly $20 million domestically and Richie Rich, which was only a minor box-office bomb, grossing over $38 million for its $40 million budget.

In 1995, it brought a live-action rendition of the book A Little Princess, which only got over $10 million in its domestic release. Other films that year included international distribution of The Pebble and the Penguin (MGM holds the US rights to the film), which was a box-office bomb, grossing nearly $4 million, and Born to Be Wild, which also garnered nearly $4 million. However, the biggest success of 1995 for the company was the sequel to Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, which, although not nearly as successful as the first film, was a minor success, garnering over $30 million.

1996 saw WBFE's biggest hit yet, Space Jam, which garnered over $90 million domestically. The following year, the division released Turner Feature Animation's Cats Don't Dance (inherited from Turner Pictures as a result of Time Warner's merger with Turner Broadcasting), which bombed at the box office with over $3 million earned stemming from a lack of promotion. The next 1997 film was a sequel to The Swan Princess, The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain, but it performed poorly at the box office mainly because of a limited theatrical release. The final 1997 film was the third Free Willy film, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, which performed poorly, grossing over $3 million.

In 1998, it released Warner Bros. Animation's Quest for Camelot, which would be a box-office bomb, but grossed more than previous films released by the company, grossing nearly $23 million domestically. In 1999, it brought two more films from Warner Bros. Animation, the poorly performed The King and I, which only grossed nearly $12 million, and Brad Bird's The Iron Giant, which was also a box-office bomb, grossing over $23 million. (The Iron Giant, however, would go on to become a cult classic through video releases and TV airings, and is now hailed as one of the best animated films of all time. Also, despite having WBFE logos in trailers and TV spots, director Brad Bird opted against using the WBFE logo on giant to maintain a sense of seriousness, and instead created a custom Warner Bros. Feature Animation logo, the only film to use said brand.) The only film released under WBFE in 2000 was My Dog Skip, which became the company's first major box-office success in nearly four years, grossing nearly $35 million. Beginning with My Dog Skip, WBFE's later theatrical films used the standard Warner Bros logo (likely because of WBFE's poor box-office track record), and the Family Entertainment logo was only used on foreign films, TV shows, and direct-to-video films from there-on out.

Two more family films were released in 2001 through WBFE. Cats & Dogs was proved to be one of the biggest successes of the company's history, grossing over $200 million worldwide. The next film, Osmosis Jones, was hoped to follow the previous two films in the success line-up, but sadly flopped, only grossing nearly $15 million. It wasn't until 2004 that another film from WBFE was released, Clifford's Really Big Movie, which was another box-office bomb, mainly because of opening under 500 screens, grossing only over $3 million.

Warner Bros. continued to release family films later in the 2000s, but the logo for its Family Entertainment subsidiary was no longer used. The last film to officially be released under the Family Entertainment banner was their first film to be released in Germany and the United Kingdom only, Laura's Star (2004).

WBFE also formerly distributed family entertainment divisions and companies that were related to Warner, such as WarnerVision Entertainment’s KidVision children’s home entertainment division and Rhino Entertainment’s Kid Rhino Home Video division until the early 2000s, when both Kid Rhino and KidVision went defunct and were discontinued.

WBFE also served as the label for children’s and family-friendly entertainment programming that were not made by Warner Bros., but were distributed by the company, such as ALF’s Animated Adventures and the original ThunderCats, as well as TV specials and telefilms including Rankin-Bass’ The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. The label also covered Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, The Yogi Bear Show, and The Smurfs; DC Comics cartoons such as Super Friends, Justice League of America: The Filmation Animated Adventures; and Turner Entertainment cartoons such as The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show and The New Adventures of Gilligan.

The use of WBFE as the opening logo for Warner Bros. Animation productions ceased in 2007, and beginning in 2008, the WB Animation logos have been used at the beginning and ends of shows. The WBFE logo continues to be seen on the various movies and shows under its' name from the 1990s and 2000s, as well as newer prints of the aforementioned inherited and library titles.

WBFE continued operations in Germany until 2009, after releasing Laura's Star and the Mysterious Dragon Nian.

Notable films

Theatrical films

Direct-to-video films

Live-action films

Scooby-Doo

Looney Tunes

Others

Notable television shows

It features an standard Warner Bros. shield with the banner reading "Family Entertainment". Bugs Bunny in a tuxedo, steps out from behind the shield, does a vanna pose, and leans on the banner. Bugs would take a bite from his carrot as the banner shines.

Starting with Quest for Camelot, the shield in now rendered in CGI with the same animation from the Warner Bros. Pictures logo and the animation of Bugs Bunny is reused, except he is animated digitally.

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Theatrical films
The Magic Voyage (UK distribution) | Dennis the Menace | Free Willy | Tom and Jerry: The Movie (home video distribution) | George Balanchine's The Nutcracker | Batman: Mask of the Phantasm | Thumbelina | Black Beauty | A Troll in Central Park | Little Giants | The NeverEnding Story III | Richie Rich | Born to Be Wild | The Pebble and the Penguin (international) | A Little Princess | Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home | The Amazing Panda Adventure | It Takes Two | Gumby: The Movie (German distribution) | The Adventures of Pinocchio (German distribution) | Space Jam | Shiloh | Cats Don't Dance | A Rat's Tale | The Fearless Four | Air Bud (UK distribution) | Wild America | The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain (home video distribution) | Free Willy 3: The Rescue | Pippi Longstocking (home video distribution) | Quest for Camelot | Little Men | The King and I | The Iron Giant | Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season | Pokémon: The First Movie | My Dog Skip | Pokémon: The Movie 2000 | The Scarecrow | Pokémon 3: The Movie | Cats & Dogs | Osmosis Jones | The Little Polar Bear | Scooby-Doo | The Powerpuff Girls Movie | Kangaroo Jack | Looney Tunes: Back in Action | Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed | Clifford's Really Big Movie | Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light | Laura's Star | The Polar Express | Racing Stripes | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Corpse Bride | The Little Polar Bear 2 – The Mysterious Island | The Thief Lord | Saving Shiloh | The Ant Bully | Happy Feet | TMNT | Speed Racer | Star Wars: The Clone Wars | Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock | Laura's Star and the Mysterious Dragon Nian | Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore | Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole | Yogi Bear | Top Cat: The Movie | Dolphin Tale | Happy Feet Two | Laura's Star and the Dream Monsters | The Lego Movie | Dolphin Tale 2 | Max | Storks | The Lego Batman Movie
Direct-to-video films
Live-Action films: Dennis the Menace Strikes Again | Addams Family Reunion | Richie Rich's Christmas Wish | Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective | Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins | Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster | Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove

Scooby-Doo films: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island | Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost | Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders | Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase | Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire | Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico | Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster | Aloha, Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? | Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! | Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur | Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
Looney Tunes films: Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation | Tweety's High-Flying Adventure | Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas | Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run
Other films: The Snow Queen | The Snow Queen's Revenge | The Mighty Kong | Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero | Wakko's Wish | Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip | Millionaire Dogs | The Scarecrow | Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker | Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns | The Little Polar Bear: Lars and the Little Tiger | The Little Polar Bear: The Dream of Flying | The Little Polar Bear: Nanouk's Rescue | Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman | ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico | The Little Polar Bear: A Visitor from the South Pole | Nine Dog Christmas | Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! | Laura's Christmas Star

Notable television shows
Tiny Toon Adventures | Taz-Mania | Batman: The Animated Series | The Plucky Duck Show | The Little Polar Bear | Animaniacs | Free Willy | Freakazoid! | Pinky and the Brain |

The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries | Road Rovers | Superman: The Animated Series | Waynehead | The Legend of Calamity Jane | The New Batman Adventures | The New Batman/Superman Adventures | Histeria! | Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain | Batman Beyond | Detention | Static Shock | Justice League | The Zeta Project | Baby Looney Tunes | Laura's Star | ¡Mucha Lucha! | Ozzy & Drix | What's New, Scooby-Doo? | The Little Polar Bear | Duck Dodgers | Teen Titans | Xiaolin Showdown | The Batman | Justice League Unlimited | Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island | Johnny Test | Firehouse Tales | Krypto the Superdog | Loonatics Unleashed | Legion of Super Heroes | Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! | Tom and Jerry Tales


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