Universal Studios (also know as Universal Pictures), founded in 1912, is the oldest movie studio in the United States. In May of 2004, the majority shares of the company were sold to a parent of NBC, forming NBC Universal. Universal Studios, however, is still the name of the prod
uction subsidiary. Many movies from Universal have set box-office records, including Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park. The company also runs theme parks in America, Singapore, and Japan. Universal Theme Park in America features a host of rides, hotels, and attractions, the newest one being The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in Orlando, Florida.
Universal Studios produces a wide range of movies, both animated and live action, for kids and adults. The series of movies based on Barbie – including Princess Charm School, Barbie Mariposa, and Princess and the Pauper -- have been popular among girls and tweens. Another G-rated series that’s proven a hit with kids is the Land Before Time movies, which follow the adventures of a group of young dinosaur friends. The characters Ducky, Spike, Littlefoot, and others survive drought and cold, witness a solar eclipse, and learn lessons about life. The family comedy Despicable Me, starring Steve Carrel, and Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristin Stewart and Charlize Theron, are additional kid-friendly movies from Universal.
The studios' more adult-oriented releases include Inglourious Basterds, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lone Survivor.