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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,

October 22

October 22, 1991 – The 1991 Class of Disney Legends is Inducted

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“Disney Legends honor the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic.”

On October 22, 1991, the 1991 class of Disney Legends was inducted, giving nine talented men and women the distinction from all ranges of Disney. They included Ken Anderson (Animation and Imagineering), Julie Andrews (Film), Carl Barks (Animation and Publishing), Mary Blair (Animation and Imagineering), Claude Coats (Animation and Imagineering), Don DaGradi (Animation and Film), Sterling Holloway (Voice), Fess Parker (Film and Television), and Bill Walsh (Film & Television). Blair, DaGradi, and Walsh were awarded posthumously.

October 21

October 21, 1951 – The Goofy Short Film Fathers Are People is Released to Theaters

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“The new father should start immediately sharing the responsibility for the child’s upbringing.”

On October 21, 1951, the Goofy short film Fathers Are People was released to theaters. This was one of several shorts where Goofy is portrayed as everyman George Geef. There is also a Hidden Mickey in this short, found on Junior’s bed. The short was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

The short begins with George entering the waiting room in the hospital with a box of cigars, proudly announcing that he is a father. Soon after, he is seen performing chores around his house, hanging up diapers, collecting milk bottles, preparing bottles for his son, and trying his best to help his wife. In the middle of the night, George goes to feed Junior, and ends up making himself a cocktail before turning off the light. The next morning, it’s time to take the family to Grandmother’s, forgetting one important thing: the baby. A picture diary shows the milestones in Junior’s life, including his first tooth, first step, and first word. One Sunday morning, Junior is seen getting in a fight with a neighborhood kid, with George and the other father fighting over which kid is in the wrong, although the kids just begin to play again. George tries to play with his father, but this “play” wears George out, as Junior is rather rough. George tries to sit and read the paper, although Junior pesters his father, wanting him to play. Junior also disobeys his father, and George tries to use reverse psychology, but to no avail. In the end, George falls on a roller skate, and decides that he’s had enough, and is going to give Junior a paddling. However, Junior is able to weasel out of it by acting cute. George decides that kids aren’t that bad, and wishes he had a million of them. When his wife asks how a tiny sweater she knitted looks, George panics, but relaxes when he realizes that he and his wife may only have the one child after all.

October 20

October 20, 1997 – The Disney Channel Show Bear in the Big Blue House Premieres

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“Howdy from the Big Bear! Want some fun? Here’s where! Just for you, all is new, in the house of blue!”

On October 20, 1997, the Disney Channel show Bear in the Big Blue House premiered. Produced by Jim Henson Productions in association with Disney, the show became a huge hit for the channel, running for five seasons with 118 episodes. The show centered around main character Bear, who lives in a big blue house in the middle of Woodland Valley with his friends Tutter the mouse, Pip and Pop the otters, Ojo the bear cub, Treelo the lemur, Shadow, Luna the Moon, and Ray the Sun. The show spawned several albums, merchandise, and even a live touring show. The characters were acquired by Disney when Disney bought the franchise, along with The Muppets, in 2004.

October 19

October 19, 1989 – The Thrill Attraction Body Wars Opens in Epcot’s Future World

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“A high speed thrill ride into the heart of adventure!”

On October 19, 1989, the thrill ride attraction Body Wars opened in the Wonders of Life Pavilion, then located in the Future World section of the Epcot park. Guests board a shuttle, and in an attempt to rescue Dr. Cynthia Lair from inside a human body, they will be “shrunk” and sent inside on an adventure through several systems in the body, including the cardiovascular and the respiratory systems. Tstarred Tim Matheson as Captain Braddock, Dakin Matthews as Mission Commander, and Elisabeth Shue as Dr. Cynthia Lair. The attraction used the same simulation technology was used on Star Tours. The ride, along with many other attractions in the Wonders of Life Pavilion, was closed on January 1, 2007.

October 18

October 18, 1946 – The Educational Film The Story of Menstruation is Delivered

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“So, as we see now, menstruation is just one routine step in a normal and natural cycle that is going on continuously within the body.”

On October 18, 1946, the educational film The Story of Menstruation was delivered to International Cellucotton Co. (now known as Kimberly-Clark). It was produced through a partnership with Kotex Products. It became a staple of health education classrooms for decades, using animation to depict the changes in a woman’s body through puberty. The film runs about ten minutes.

The film begins with a conversation about glands, namely the pituitary gland, which produces growth hormones. Between the ages of 11 to 17, the pituitary gland sends a new maturing hormone through a woman’s body, particularly to the ovaries. An explanation is given of a woman’s sexual reproduction hormones, and the cycle of an egg. It then goes to describe regularities when it comes to a period, and how timing can go off due to fatigue, catching a cold, or becoming emotionally upset. It reminds girls to keep a calendar for their cycle, and introduces a booklet called “Very Personally Yours,” which was handed out upon viewings of this film. It also dispels any theories that women should not shower or exercise during their period. The booklet also provides exercises to help with cramping, and advises healthy living every day to help keep the body running smoothly.

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