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July 30

July 30, 1943 – The Goofy Wartime Short Film Victory Vehicles is Released to Theaters

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“Who needs a limousine that’s always out of gasoline? Hop on your pogo stick and laugh your cares away!”

On July 30, 1943, the Goofy wartime short film Victory Vehicles premiered in theaters. The short takes a humorous look at rationing and shortages during wartime; it also spawned a song “Hop On Your Pogo Stick,” complete with sheet music, which was written by Ned Washington and Oliver Wallace. It also features a small cameo by Pluto in one of the early scenes. The short was directed by Jack Kinney.

The short begins with an explanation of why cars were necessary. When the gasoline and rubber shortage was started, the use of cars was limited significantly. Many citizens created their own versions of transportation, flooding the patent office with their (not-so-bright) ideas. The ideas span a variety of hobbies and work activities to help people get from point A to point B. Suddenly, the solution to this problem is made clear: the pogo stick. We then see Goofy, a defense contractor, heading to work via pogo stick, with a giant smile on his face. The narrator then talks about all the benefits of having pogo sticks instead of cars, and how it works in any condition. The short ends with everyone in town using a variety of pogo sticks.

July 29

July 29, 2005 –Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh Kicks Off United States Tour

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“It’s fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!”

On July 29, 2005, the live-action show Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh kicked off the United States tour with its first show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show featured a storyteller and her “Hunny Helpers” telling stories of the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood, It originally appeared in New Zealand on June 16, 2004.

July 28

July 28, 2010 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates International Year of Biodiversity

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“Biodiversity is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us with food, water, fuel, and the other things necessary for our survival.”

On July 28, 2010, to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity, Disney’s Animal Kingdom held a special celebration at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Special presentations were set up for guests to learn more about the ecosystem, including a meet-and-greet with different animal species, a presentation about agricultural sciences, and a display on the oceans.

July 27

July 27, 1994 – The Disney Live Action Feature Blank Check is Released on VHS

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“This morning, Preston Waters got something that’s going to change his life.”

On July 27, 1994, the live-action Disney feature Blank Check was released on VHS. The film, which had done reasonably well in theaters, was Walt Disney Pictures’ only release through the month of July. The movie has since been released on other formats. It starred Brian Bonsall as Preston Waters, Karen Duffy as Shay Stanley, Miguel Ferrer as Quigley, James Rebhorn as Fred Waters, Tone Loc as Juice, Jayne Atkinson as Sandra Waters, and Michael Lerner as Biderman. The film was directed by Rupert Wainwright.

July 26

July 26, 2005 – The Soundtrack for Sky High is Released Through Hollywood Records

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“I’ll stop the world and melt with you.”

On July 26, 2005, the soundtrack for the live-action film Sky High was released through Hollywood Records. The album is a compilation of covers of popular songs from the 1980s, including “I Melt With You” performed by Bowling for Soup, “Just What I needed” performed by Caleigh Peters, and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” performed by Christian Burns. “I Melt With You” was the only single released to promote the album. The album has received mixed reviews.

July 25

July 25, 2008 – Bolt Across America Fundraiser Kicks Off in New York City

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“I have always been an animal lover and I am a huge believer in what the ASPCA does to help make a difference for animals in need.” – Miley Cyrus

On July 25, 2008, the cross-country fundraising event Bolt Across America kicked off in New York City. The event, promoting Disney’s newest animated feature film Bolt, was held in conjunction with the ASPCA to raise funds and awareness for shelter animals across the United States. Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus, who plays the character Penny in the film, was on hand to kick off the event, which featured four people in giant hamster wheel-like contraptions to roll across the country to raise funds.

July 24

July 24, 2007 – Billy Ray Cyrus’s Debut Album on Walt Disney Records is Released

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“She’s gotta do what she’s gotta do, and I’ve got to like it or not.”

On July 24, 2007, the 10th studio album and debut release through Walt Disney Records for country artist Billy Ray Cyrus was released. The album, titled Home at Last, was the artist’s first release in four years, and his only release on the label. Cyrus was brought to the label when he and his daughter starred on the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana. The album peaked at number 3 on the Top Country Albums chart, 20 on the Billboard 200, and 20 on the Top Comprehensive Albums.

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