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->''"[[{{Leitmotif}} Dadada da dadadada da / thump thump]]"''

Universal Studios is one of the six major American movie studios. Its main motion picture production/distribution arm is called Universal Pictures. Universal Pictures is the second longest-lived Hollywood studio; Viacom-owned Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures is the oldest by a month (although Universal's predecessor -- the Independent Moving Pictures Company -- still predates Paramount by about a year). Universal's headquarters, Universal City, was one of the first purpose-built studio lots ever built, and is now a major tourist attraction as well as a working studio. Universal is [[VanityPlate symbolized]] [[IconicLogo by an image of a globe.]]

Universal has gone through several owners through the years; it narrowly avoided bankruptcy in the 1930s, merged with International Pictures in the 1940s, was bought out by Decca Records in 1952, then fell on hard times again and sold Universal City to talent agency MCA (whose Revue Studios TV production division was a huge success at the time, and needed the space) in 1958. MCA came back for the rest in 1962. After pretty much inventing the modern blockbuster with ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' in 1975, as well as producing a whole list of classic TV shows during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, MCA sold itself to Panasonic in 1990, but Panasonic (which didn't particularly like working with Hollywood and expected more stable profits) sold the company back off in 1997; it also dropped the MCA name at this time. During this time, their ''Creator/ActionPack'' was an effort at creating a broadcast network that ended up little more than a syndication package for ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. After several more odd trades (including selling Universal TV and the USANetwork to Barry Diller, then turning around and buying them back a few years later), Universal ended up in the hands of French conglomerate Vivendi SA, who, in an effort to stem financial debt, then sold 80% stock in the studios, theme parks, cable networks (USA, Creator/SciFiChannel and the now-defunct Trio) and Universal TV to General Electric in 2004, where they were combined with the Creator/{{NBC}} properties to form NBC Universal, which GE sold more than half of their stock (51%) in 2011 to [=Comcast=], after purchasing Vivendi's remaining stock (20%). Universal Music Group is still owned by Vivendi.

Universal established a reputation in the 1930s and 1940s for [[UniversalHorror the production of horror films]]. Most of the "classic" movie monsters, such as {{Dracula}}, FrankensteinsMonster, the WolfMan, the {{Mummy}}, TheInvisibleMan, the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein, [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1943 The Phantom of the Opera]] and the [[Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon Gill Man]], are best known in their Universal incarnations. Another mainstay in this period was the ComedyDuo, Creator/AbbottAndCostello, with both franchises combining in the late 1940s onward. In addition, Universal was the primary distributor of Creator/WalterLantz's cartoons such as WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker. Its "art house" subsidiary, Focus Features, is responsible for acclaimed films such as ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'' and ''Film/{{Milk}}''.

Formerly the worldwide home entertainment distributor of Creator/DreamWorks films, from 1997 to 2005.

Not to be confused with Ride/UniversalStudios, the parks based on the studio's properties.

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!!Films produced include:
[[index]]
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' (with Creator/PolygramFilmedEntertainment)
* ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'' (with Creator/ColumbiaPictures)
* ''Literature/AboutABoy''
* ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''
* ''Film/AmericanPie''
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''
* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''
* ''Film/AnimalHouse''
* ''Theatre/AnneOfTheThousandDays''
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}''
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture''
* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}: The Legend Reborn''
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''
* ''Film/TheBourneSeries''
* ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' (with Spyglass Entertainment)
** ''Film/EvanAlmighty''
* ''[[Film/TheBurbs The 'Burbs]]''
* ''Film/CapeFear'' (both versions)
* ''Film/{{Casino}}''
* ''Film/CatPeople'' (the 1982 remake)
* ''Film/{{Charade}}''
* ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''
* ''Film/ChildsPlay 2''
** ''Film/ChildsPlay 3''
** ''Bride of Chucky''
* ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon''
* ''Film/CryFreedom''
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' (done by its fully-owned animated subsidiary Creator/IlluminationEntertainment and its first [[AllCGICartoon CGI]] feature)
** ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2''
* ''Film/DoctorDetroit''
* ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'' (1931)
** ''Film/DraculasDaughter''
** ''Film/SonOfDracula''
* ''Film/{{Dracula|1979}}'' (1979)
* ''Film/DragMeToHell''
* ''Film/{{Duel}}''
* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' (the third and fourth films were co-produced by Creator/RelativityMedia)
* ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''
* ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''
* ''Film/FieldOfDreams''
* ''Film/FlashGordon''
* ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}''
** ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''
** ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein''
* ''Film/FrostNixon''
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}} II: The Golden Army'' (with Creator/RelativityMedia)
* ''Film/{{Hop}}''
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}''
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' (with The Weinstein Company)
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}''
** ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}''
** ''Film/Jaws3D''
** ''Film/JawsTheRevenge''
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark''
** ''Film/JurassicPark''
** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''
** ''Film/JurassicParkIII''
* ''Film/KickAss''
* ''Film/KingKong''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''
* ''Film/LostInTranslation''
* ''MammaMia''
* ''Film/ManOfTheYear''
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' (with Creator/DreamWorks)
* ''Film/{{Midway}}''
* ''Film/{{Milk}}''
* ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest''
* ''Film/TheMoneyPit''
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' (with Creator/RelativityMedia)
** ''Film/TheScorpionKing''
* ''Film/{{Munich}}'' (with Creator/DreamWorks and Alliance Films)
* ''Film/MyManGodfrey''
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: TheMovie''
* ''Film/{{Nighthawks}}''
* ''Film/OctoberSky''
* ''Film/PatchAdams''
* ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925''
** ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943''
* ''Film/PillowTalk''
* ''Film/PrimaryColors''
* ''Film/PublicEnemies''
* ''Film/TheRundown'' (aka ''Welcome to the Jungle'', done with Creator/ColumbiaPictures)
* ''Film/{{Saboteur}}''
* ''Film/ScentOfAWoman''
* ''Film/SchindlersList''
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}''[[note]]It had to be called ''Serenity'' because Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox wouldn't allow Creator/JossWhedon to use the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' name, even though they had unilaterally canned the show nearly three years prior.[[/note]]
* ''Film/SheWolfOfLondon''
* ''Film/SlapShot''
* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''
* ''Film/TheSting''
* ''Film/{{Ted}}''
* ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''
* ''Film/ThisIslandEarth''
* ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''
* ''Film/ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar''
* ''Film/TrafficInSouls''
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}''
* ''Film/{{U571}}''
* ''Film/UncleBuck''
* ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''
* ''Film/WerewolfOfLondon''
* ''Film/{{The Wolf Man|1941}}''
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty''

!!LiveActionTV Series produced by Universal:
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
* ''Series/TheATeam'' (with Creator/StephenJCannell Productions)
* ''Series/AdamTwelve''
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents''
* ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones''
* ''Series/AmazingStories''
* ''Series/AmericanDreams'' (a co-production with Creator/{{NBC}})
* ''Series/AmericanGothic''
* ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica''
** ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic''
** ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
** ''Series/{{Caprica}}''
* ''Series/TheBionicWoman''
* ''Series/BlackSheepSquadron''
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine''
* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''
* ''Series/{{Community}}''
* ''Series/CrossingJordan''
* ''Series/DreamOn''
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (1966-70)
* ''Series/{{Emergency}}''
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}''
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''
* ''Series/{{House}}''
* ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''
* ''Series/{{Ironside}}''
* ''Series/ItTakesAThief1968''
* ''Series/{{Kings}}''
* ''Series/KnightRider''
** ''Series/TeamKnightRider''
* ''Series/{{Kojak}}''
* ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre''
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''
** ''Series/LawAndOrder''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderLA''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''
* ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''
* ''Series/MagnumPI''
* ''McHalesNavy''
* ''Series/MiamiVice''
* ''Series/MisfitsOfScience''
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' (a co-production with Touchstone)
* ''Series/TheMunsters''
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote''
* ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie''
** ''Series/{{Banacek}}''
** ''Series/{{Columbo}}''
** ''Series/HecRamsey''
** ''Series/McCloud''
** ''McMillanAndWife''
* ''Series/NightGallery''
* ''Series/NorthernExposure''
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster''
* ''Series/QuantumLeap''
* ''Series/{{Quincy}}''
* ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''
* ''Series/SeaquestDSV''
* ''Series/SimonAndSimon''
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}''
* ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''
* ''Series/{{Stingray 1985}}''
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}''
* ''Series/WagonTrain''
* ''Series/WhizKids''
* ''Series/WillAndGrace''
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''

!!AnimatedSeries produced by Universal Cartoon/Animation Studios
* ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture: The Animated Series''
* ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterForce''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel's American Tails]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker''
[[/index]]
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