The death of a (Foxy) icon

William Fox and Walt Disney

Sadly, the Walt Disney Company has decided to rename the iconic 20th Century Fox Studios, apparently to avoid confusion with Fox Corporation, which is now a separate entity. The new name is simply 20th Century Studios (and Searchlight Pictures). Ironically, the death of the classic name means the rebirth of the original name, 20th Century Studios, which disappeared in 1935 when it merged with Fox Studios, founded by William Fox.

For more on this rewriting of history, see this Variety article. And for my original thoughts on the Disney deal back in 2017, see this post.

The original logo (before the 1935 merger with Fox)

In related (fake) news, Disney has renamed its 1981 animated classic The Fox and the Hound. The new name: Hound.

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