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October 29

October 29, 2007 – Disney Legend Fulton Burley is Honored at the Golden Horseshoe Revue

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“Is everybody happy?”

On October 29, 2007, a special show of the Golden Horseshoe Revue was held to honor Disney Legend and actor Fulton Burley, who had passed away earlier that year on May 7th. Burley had been a member of the Golden Horseshoe for 25 years, and was also known for voicing the Irish parrot Michael in the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction; he was honored as a Disney Legend in 1995 for his work in Disneyland. Several well-known performers were on hand to celebrate Burley’s life and talent, including Dick Hardwick, Jay Meyer, and Wally Boag.

October 28

October 28, 2009 – The Development of the Video Game Epic Mickey is Announced

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“I want to bring [Mickey’s] personality to the forefront, place him in a daunting world and connect his spirited character with the video game players worldwide.” – Warren Spector, Creative Director and Vice President of Junction Point

On October 28, 2009, the newly acquired Junction Point game development studio announced the creation of a new game that would take the classic “forgotten” characters and the return of Mickey Mouse’s old personality. The game, Epic Mickey, places the mouse in an area called the Wasteland, a ruined world that was cared for by Disney’s first creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The game is of significant importance to Disney, as this is the first appearance of Oswald since Walt Disney lost rights to the character back in 1928. The game would go on to be released in November of 2010.

October 27

October 27, 2008 – The Pixar Short Series Cars Toons Premieres on Toon Disney

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“If I’m lyin’, I’m cryin’.”

On October 27, 2008, the Pixar short series called Cars Toons premiered on Toon Disney. Featuring the characters from the Pixar series Cars, mostly with the breakout character Mater, the series is shown in small segments on Toon Disney, Disney Channel, and ABC Family; a few of these shorts have been released theatrically, or have been included in DVD/Blu-Ray releases of Pixar films. The series has had fifteen episodes to date, including “Rescue Squad Mater,” “Tokyo Mater,” and “The Radiator Springs 500 ½.”

October 26

October 26, 1945 – The Donald Duck Short Film Cured Duck is Released to Theaters

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“Temper, temper, shame on you! You never see me lose my temper, do you?”

On October 26, 1945, the Donald Duck short film Cured Duck was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack King, with story by Roy Williams.

Donald is walking down the street with a cigar, blowing smoke hearts as he heads to Daisy’s house. She gets herself ready as she sees him approach, although she is less than happy about his cigar smoke. He tries to open the window for her, and is angered when it is sealed shut. He throws a tantrum, breaking all of her belongings. Having had enough, she admonishes him for his temper, and gives him an ultimatum: she won’t go out with him again until he controls his temper. Donald dejectedly walks away, and comes across a newspaper ad for a mail-order temper cure. His package soon arrives, and enclosed is an insult machine from the Tootsberry Institute of Temperism, which tells him that if Donald can withstand its insults for ten minutes and still control his temper, he will be cured. The machines is really rough with Donald, and loses it after 30 seconds. The tests get more and more rough, but finally, Donald is able to pass the test and receive his certificate. He jumps in his car and drives back to Daisy’s, and she tests him with opening the window again, and although he has problems, he manages to get the window open and doesn’t lose his temper after all the mishaps. When she shows up with a new hat, he laughs at the ridiculousness of it, and she loses her temper, beating him over the head with a broom.

 

October 25

October 25, 1998 – The Disney Channel Original Series The Famous Jett Jackson Premieres

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“Hey, I’m just trying to live my life as a normal kid, but people still see me as the famous Jett Jackson.”

On October 25, 1998, the Disney Channel Original Series The Famous Jett Jackson premiered. The series was a joint production between Disney and the Canadian production company AAC Kids. The plot revolved around actor Jett Jackson who, although a talented and successful teen actor, misses his normal life in North Carolina. He goes back to live with his father while the production of his hit show Silverstone is relocated to his hometown, and has several adventures with his friends J.B. and Kayla. The show was well-received during its run, but was cancelled after 65 episodes, as was the standard for Disney programming during the 1990s and early 2000s. The series ended with a Disney Channel Original Film in 2001. It was created by Fracaswell Hyman, and starred Lee Thompson Young as Jett, Ryan Sommers Baum as J.B. Halliburton, Kerry Duff as Kayla West, Gordon Greene as Woodrick Jackson, Montrose Hagins as Miz Coretta, and Melanie Nicholls-King as Jules Jackson.

October 24

October 24, 1929 – The Silly Symphony Springtime is Released to Theaters

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On October 24, 1929, the Silly Symphony Springtime was released to theaters. It was the first in a series of Silly Symphonies about the seasons, followed by Summer (January 16, 1930), Autumn (February 15, 1930), and Winter (October 30, 1930). Springtime was directed by Walt Disney.

The flowers, trees, and bugs are all dancing around, enjoying the fair spring weather. A crow comes along and eats a dancing caterpillar, dancing away itself back to its nest, where his sweetheart is waiting. Her babies hatch and start dancing around the nest. Suddenly, a large storm develops, and one tree is seen taking a bath in the rain when he is struck by lightning. The storm quickly passes, and two grasshoppers are seen playing leapfrog when they are eaten by a frog. The frog jumps from lily pad to lily pad, with another frog playing a tune on the backs of turtles. A spider jumps down from his web and dances on a nearby log before using his web as a harp. Three frogs begin dancing on a log, croaking with the music, when a nearby crane spies them and stalks its way over. It attempts to eat the frogs, when they jump inside each other like nesting dolls and flee, but the crane eats them all and jumps away happily, although he falls into a large puddle, splashing water onto the screen.

October 23

October 23, 1930 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Picnic Premieres in Theaters

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“Sure, you can bring your Little Rover.”

On October 23, 1930, the Mickey Mouse short film The Picnic premiered in theaters. It features a dog that looks like Pluto, playing the part of Little Rover; Pluto would not become Pluto until the 1931 short film The Moose Hunt. The Picnic was directed by Burt Gillett.

Mickey is driving to Minnie’s whistling “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo” as he goes. Minnie calls out to him when he arrives, and calls out for her dog “Little Rover,” who is a rather large dog and jumps on Mickey upon seeing him. Mickey ties him to the back of the car, and they all head off to their picnic. Little Rover decides he’d rather chase after some rabbits and pulls the car with him as he pursues them. As he runs off, Mickey and Minnie decide to set up their picnic near a creek, and Mickey starts up the Victrola before asking Minnie to dance to “In the Good Ol’ Summertime.” Many animals also decide to dance to the music while stealing the picnic food, with Mickey and Minnie unaware as they continue to dance. Little Rover continues to search for the rabbits, and before they all know it, a large storm arrives. Mickey packs up what little remains of the picnic and heads to the car, driving as best he can in the rain. He has Little Rover act as a windshield wiper while he continues to drive,

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