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September 18

September 18, 1986 – The Film Attraction Captain EO Premieres in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland

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“We are here to change the world.”

On September 18, 1986, the film attraction Captain EO premiered in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. This was the second opening of the film, as it originally opened in Walt Disney World’s Epcot on September 12 of the same year. This film, a musical science-fiction adventure, replaced the Magic Journeys 3D film, and had a budget of almost $24 million. The film is considered one of the first 4D films, meaning that it not only uses the 3D film technique, but adds another dimension with in-theater effects, including lasers and smoke. The plot involves Captain EO and his crew of space creatures who battle the Supreme Leader and her army of darkness using the power of music and dance. Lead actor Michael Jackson wrote two songs for the film: “Another Part of Me” (which would later appear on the album Bad), and “We Are Here to Change the World.” The movie closed on September 1, 1996; it reopened on July 1, 2010, to honor the legacy of Michael Jackson after his death, and closed again on June 30, 2014. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, written by Rusty Lemorande, and executively produced by George Lucas. The film starred Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston, and Dick Shawn.

September 17

September 17, 2002 – The Video Game Kingdom Hearts is Released in the United States through Square Enix and Disney Interactive

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“You never know who you’ll run into next.”

On September 17, 2002, the action video game Kingdom Hearts was released in the United States, after a release in Japan on March 28th. Created through a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios, the game features the characters from the famous Final Fantasy series of games and The World Ends with You Square Enix game in an elaborate crossover. The game is set in a special Disney universe, where Sora must travel to different character worlds, accompanied by Donald and Goofy, to fight against Ansem and his army of evil beings known as the Heartless. Upon release, the game received positive reviews in the United States and Japan, with over 20 million copies sold. The theme song for the game was “Hikari” by Japanese recording artist Hikaru Utada, with an English version of the song, “Simple and Clean” released for Western Audiences. Other pieces of media, including comic books and a soundtrack album, were also released thanks to the game’s popularity. The game has since spawned a number of sequels, with more titles forthcoming.

September 16

September 16, 1991 – The Live Show Muppets on Location: Days of Swine and Roses Begins in Disney-MGM Studios

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“We can watch it all develop, starring everybody and me!”

On September 16, 1991, the live show Muppets on Location: Days of Swine and Roses began its run in Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios. The show ran behind the area of the Muppet*Vision 3D attraction, and ran until January 23, 1994. Featuring a plot about the Muppets filming a movie, the characters included favorites Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Bean Bunny, and the Electric Mayhem. The characters would interact with the audience during the show, signing autographs and helping amp up audience participation.

September 15

September 15, 1944 – The Goofy Short Film How to Play Football is Released to Theaters

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“To the spectator, football may appear rather rough at times, but in reality, it’s a character-building game.”

On September 15, 1944, the Goofy short film How to Play Football was released to theaters. It was seventh of the popular “How To” series that Goofy became known for. The short was directed by Jack Kinney.

The short opens with the narrator listing everything one needs for football: “a college covered with ivy; a coliseum or stadium filled to overflowing with a 100,000 rabid, wildly cheering fans; great armies of vendors; managers; mascots; photographers; sportswriters; doctors; elaborate brass bands; assorted coaches; old grads; scores of Annie Oakleys; and two teams resplendent in brilliant uniforms.” After these elements are put together, the narrator tries to explain the object of the game, but is drowned out by the crowd. The game starts, and the camera tries to follow the players, but can only show the backs of the spectators. The first touchdown is scored by Taxidermy Tech against Anthropology A&M, and the star quarterback is taken out to be saved, as he is Taxidermy’s star player. The next play begins, with many well-placed puns and wordplay. The injured players are soon carted off the field, though their injuries are chalked up to “character-building.” For the next play, a foul is called for unnecessary roughness, but after Taxidermy kicks the ball, everyone seems to fumble about before Anthropology A&M is able to accidentally score a touchdown.

The game gets rather rough after Taxidermy Tech scores the first touchdown

The game gets rather rough after Taxidermy Tech scores the first touchdown

The score is 7 to 6, but A&M is able to score another touchdown, although their final kick doesn’t exactly go over the goalpost, giving A&M a score of 12.5 at the half. In the locker room, the coach for Tech surveys his weary and wounded players, and changes his moods every split second to supposedly rally their spirits. He sends in his star quarterback, who is able to make a touchdown before he is viciously sacked. The coach tries to revive his star, and they send him back in for one final play, although he makes his way around the field in a dazed stupor. By sheer luck, he manages to make the final touchdown, giving Tech the win with 13 to 12.5. The coach is seen driven mad by the game, and is tied in a straight jacket after the game is over.

September 14

September 14, 2012 – The Pixar Short Film Partysaurus Rex Premieres in Theaters

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“Yeah, you’re in the right place baby! Cause when the water’s high, the party’s fly!”

On September 14, 2012, the Pixar short film Partysaurus Rex premiered in theaters as the opening short for Finding Nemo 3D. It was the third short in the Toy Story Toons series, which show the characters from the Toy Story series of films in new adventures after the events of the third film, Toy Story 3. It was written and directed by Mark Walsh, and starred Wallace Shawn as Rex, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Corey Burton as Capn Suds, Tony Cox and Don Fullilove as Chuck E. Duck, Emily Hahn as Bonnie, and Lori Alan as Bonnie’s Mom.

The shot begins at Bonnie’s house, where the toys are trying to break the record for largest bubble, when Rex walks in and bursts it without noticing, much to their annoyance. He continues to clumsily knock everyone over, with the toys calling him a buzzkill and a party pooper. The toys then hear Bonnie’s mother call out for bath time, and Bonnie asks to bring a toy; hearing this, all the toys but Rex scatter, and Rex is taken to the bathtub. Bonnie makes Rex the new villain in her bathtime saga, and after she gets out of the tub, the toys rejoice Rex’s appearance. When they ask him his name, Rex, still embarrassed about being called a “party pooper,” creates a new nickname for himself: Partysaurus Rex.

Rex turns on the water to start the party for the bath toys, earning his name "Partysaurus Rex"

Rex turns on the water to start the party for the bath toys, earning his name “Partysaurus Rex”

The excitement soon ends when the water is gone from the tub, as the toys explain that they need water to move, and they can’t turn the water on themselves. Rex realizes that he can turn the water on, and he starts the party once again. Still haunted by the “party pooper” moniker, Rex amps up the party, and the tub party becomes a rave. The water level soon hits the overflow drain, but Rex covers it up, pretending not to be concerned about flooding the house. Unfortunately, his anxieties soon hit him, and when he tries to stop the water, he accidentally pulls off the tap, and loses the drain. He finally pulls the lever on the tap, stopping the water, much to the bath toys’ sadness. Rex doesn’t realize, however, that he’s activated the shower, and the party continues in full force. The water starts to overflow, and the toys excitedly go over the top. Meanwhile, Buzz and the gang have come to check on Rex, when the door bursts open and they are swept away with the water and the ongoing party. The plumber is called soon after, and the toys are drying themselves off, unable to believe Rex’s story about being a “Partysaurus.” One of the lawn toys appears in the window, asking Rex to hook them up like he did with the bath toys. Rex dons his party hat and goes off to start another party.

September 13

September 13, 1997 – The Animated Series Pepper Ann Premieres on Disney’s One Saturday Morning

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“Pepper Ann, Pepper Ann, much too cool for seventh grade, no one’s cooler than Pepper Ann!”

On September 13, 1997, the animated series Pepper Ann premiered on Disney’s One Saturday Morning cartoon programming block on ABC. The show was based on a comic strip for YM magazine designed by the show’s creator, Sue Rose. The series lasted for five seasons, with 65 episodes in total. It starred Kathleen Wilhoite as Pepper Ann, Clea Lewis as Nicky, Danny Cooksey as Milo, April Winchell as Lydia, and Pam Segall as Moose.

The first episode, “Ziterella,” begins at Hazelnut Middle School, where Pepper Ann is struggling to close her overstuffed locker. Nicky and Milo ask if Pepper Ann is ready for the yearbook photo, as every year, Pepper Ann takes a horrible photo. She has no worries this year, as she’s perfected her look for the year. Unfortunately, she realizes that she’s got a zit right in the middle of her forehead, ruining her chances of a good photo. Nicky and Milo tell her that it’s not noticeable, but Pepper Ann continues to let her imagination run away with her, imagining a worst case scenario where she can only get a low wage job in the future. She asks her mom Lydia to buy her the pimple cream, but Lydia doesn’t seem to notice. Lydia asks her to go to Abe’s Mall to buy the cream and some film, but Pepper Ann refuses to go to what she calls the “Abys-mall,” as only geeks and old people shop there. In the end, she decides to go there, although she seems to run into everyone from school on the way there.

Having no other choice, Pepper Ann sneaks into Abe's Mall wearing a disguise

Having no other choice, Pepper Ann sneaks into Abe’s Mall wearing a disguise

Pepper Ann finally makes her way to Abe’s Mall, and sneaks inside wearing a disguise. Unfortunately, the pimple cream refuses to be rung up, and she dives across the cash register thanks to her embarrassment. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that the photographer is taking the last picture of the day of Pinkeye Pete, a student constantly struggling with conjunctivitis. She arrives home to find her friends have been kidnapped by her mother for a photo shoot. The next day, Pepper Ann’s pimple has disappeared, but the photographer has to cancel thanks to a severe case of pinkeye. In class, Pepper Ann’s secret about going to Abe’s Mall is out, as their teacher announces that she saw her there. When she gets home, she finds that Abe’s Mall is on television being promoted by her favorite band as the “coolest shopping place in the colonies,” and there’s a shot of Pepper Ann shopping there. The next day at school, she’s touted by the other students as “fashion forward,” and gets the attention of popular eighth-grader Craig Bean. Unfortunately, her good mood is soon ruined when she finds out who is taking the yearbook photos: her mother.

September 12

September 12, 1941 – The Donald Duck Short Film Old MacDonald Duck is Released to Theaters

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“Let’s see…eenie meenie miney mo, okay, missy, here we go.”

On September 12, 1941, the Donald Duck short film Old MacDonald Duck was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack King.

It’s a sunny day on Donald’s farm, and he is happily feeding the animals and singing “Old MacDonald,” with the animals accompanying him. He calls out for his cow Clementine, but she seems to be nowhere to be found. He finally spies her up a tree, eating leaves, and she gracefully jumps down to meet him. He sits down to milk her, and all is going well until a fly lands on Clementine’s nose. She accidentally whacks Donald with her tail, and although he is initially irritated, he resumes work until the fly lands on his own beak. After slapping it away, he tries to pull his hat down over his head, but the fly finds its way in and bugs him. He is interrupted to the point where he loses focus, and ends up milking into his hat, sitting on his pail, and wearing his stool as his hat. The fly continues to mock him, so Donald uses Clementine’s udder to shoot milk at the bug. The bug is terrified, but manages to safely get away. The bug seeks the ultimate revenge, and tricks Clementine into wrapping her tail around Donald’s neck before swishing him around to rid herself of the fly, and ends up dumping poor Donald into the milk bucket. The fly then bites the cow to make her kick Donald into the barn, with tools falling all over him. The fly laughs himself silly over his triumph.

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