Disney Channel was originally planned to launch in 1989 in the United Kingdom on the newly launched Sky satellite television service. It would have used the American version's then-current second logo (see below). However, due to an apparent dispute, the original launch was postponed. Sky Television filed a lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company for not launching the channel on the original date, and then the launch was moved to October 1995.
On 1 October 1995, Disney Channel UK was officially launched. Its first logo was the same as Disney Channel USA. Its idents were created by Lambie-Nairn.
The idents were used in tandem with the next logo until August 1997.
On March 1997, Disney Channel France was launched and it received their first facelift, using a splat logo that was adopted in the UK in July. The idents mainly use red and blue colors on irregularly shaped objects that form the logo.
On 1 September 1999, Disney Channel in the UK received a brand overhaul as the channel adopted a new circle-based logo, with three symmetrical ellipses forming the iconic Mickey Mouse head shape. Along with the logo change, a new ident set, created by French design company GÉDÉON alongside several other animation studios, was introduced on the same day. The branding was carried over to other Disney Channel international networks in the following months.
On 15 March 2003, Disney Channel internationally adopted the same logo as Disney Channel US that was used from 2002. The idents and graphics were created by Razorfish and CA Square. In 2007, the 'hip' look was replaced by new idents and bumpers which feature a ribbon that twirls around the screen before transforming to the 2002 logo.
In 2010, Disney Channel internationally introduced the smartphone app logo, which was previously introduced in the U.S. at the time.
On 1 July 2014, Disney Channel rolled out its current logo in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Oceania, which originated from the German channel in January and has already since adopted by the US network on 24 May. Since then, more countries have adopted the logo.
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