Touchstone Pictures

Touchstone Pictures New label created at the Disney Studio by Ron Miller for films that had more mature themes than the standard “Disney” film; the first film to be released as a Touchstone Picture was Splash in 1984. Eventually Touchstone would have its own production personnel, and when the number of films being released greatly increased, another label, Hollywood Pictures, was established to spread out the work. The Touchstone logo is meant to imply a high standard or quality of film–a hallmark of Disney entertainment–from the very first frame. The famous “streak” was created using a Japanese calligraphy brush, painted across an oval, which represents the physical “touchstone,” a tool traditionally used to test the quality of precious metals. For a list of films made by Touchstone Pictures, see Features.