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June 20

June 20, 1936 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Moving Day is Released to Theaters

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“Too late! I’m selling your furniture, see?”

On June 20, 1936, the Mickey Mouse short film Moving Day was released to theaters. This short is one of the many that showcased all three leading Disney stars, although was credited only to Mickey. Goofy sings a snippet of his theme song, “The World Owes Me a Living.” The short was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, and stars Walt Disney as Mickey, Clarence Nash as Donald, Pinto Colvig as Goofy, and Billy Bletcher as Pete.

Mickey and Donald are pacing the floor nervously, staring at their calendar as it announces that their rent is six months overdue. As they pace, a loud knocking and ringing of their doorbell alerts the duo, and they run to hide. Finally, Mickey screws up the courage to open the door, and Sheriff Pete bursts in, holding a notice to dispossess. Mickey and Donald stutter that they’ll get the money to pay it, but Pete tells them that it’s too late, then uses Donald’s bill to light his match for his cigar. After Pete leaves, Donald throws a tantrum, but leaps to hide in an umbrella when someone knocks on the door. Outside, the knocking is just Pete nailing a sign to the house with his bare hands, announcing that there will be a sheriff’s sale of everything inside that day.

Goofy arrives as the ice delivery man

Goofy arrives as the ice delivery man

On the other side of the house, the ice delivery man Goofy pulls up in his truck and attempts to bring in a block of ice. When he calls out that he’s here, Mickey and Donald immediately shush him, and then decide they need to pack everything in a hurry and move. Mickey has trouble with over-packing a suitcase, and Goofy battles a piano that refuses to stay on his truck. Goofy and the piano chase each other around the house, with the piano purposefully trying to escape. Meanwhile, Mickey and Donald frantically pack, and when Donald shoves a plunger into a pipe to stop the air from escaping, the air builds up and sends the plunger flying onto Donald’s tail. Donald hears the plunger handle knocking against the floor and is confused by the sound, but once he sees the stuck plunger, he tries in vain to remove it. After finding himself attached to a cord on the ceiling, he finally gets unstuck from the plunger, but lands in a fishbowl. The plunger then lands itself on Donald’s head.

Goofy continues to tease the piano, which finally flies in and sends him flying into the refrigerator. He is undettered by this, however, and sits in the fridge door, enjoying a large piece of watermelon. Donald, at the same time, has managed to remove the plunger from his head, but is still stuck fast to the fishbowl. He uses a pair of suspenders to try and free himself, and when he does, he is sent flying into the pipe he tried to stop up with the plunger. After being filled with air, Donald flies around the house, crashing into Mickey’s packed suitcase, along with many other fragile items. Pete hears the commotion from outside the house and hurriedly enters, angrily demanding the trio to sit down. The three are blown into the wall from the force of Pete’s voice, causing the gas from the pipe to grow in intensity. When Pete tries to light his match for his cigar, the house explodes, leaving Pete stuck in the bathtub. Although Donald laughs at the sheriff’s predicament, he throws a tantrum when he finds that, once again, the plunger is stuck to his tail.

June 19

June 19, 1957 – The Live Action Feature Film Johnny Tremain is Released to Theaters

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“To the youth of the world…in whose spirit and courage rests the hope of eventual freedom for all mankind…”

On June 19, 1957, the live action feature film Johnny Tremain was released to theaters. The film was based on the 1944 Newberry Medal winning book by Esther Forbes. Originally, the story was set to be a serial on the Disneyland anthology (much like The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh), but due to mounting production costs, Walt Disney decided to make it a feature film instead; it was aired on television the following year in two parts: The Boston Tea Party and The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Sharon Disney, Walt’s daughter, has a small part in the film. It was directed by Robert Stevenson, who would go on to be one of Disney’s main directors in the 60s and 70s. The film stars Hal Stalmaster as Johnny Tremain, Luana Patten as Cilla Lapham, Dick Beymer as Rab Silsbee, Jeff York as James Otis, and Sebastian Cabot as Jonathan Lyte.

Set in Boston, July 1773, the film tells the story of young Johnny Tremain, who is an apprentice for the silversmith Mr. Lapham. A wealthy landowner named Jonathan Lyte enters the shop and asks Lapham to fix a broken teapot by Monday, but Lapham feels he is unable to fix the piece. Tremain convinces Lyte to let Lapham fix the piece, then works on convincing Lapham that he can fix the piece himself. Lapham tries and fails to recreate the handle of the piece, but Tremain refuses to give up. When Lapham’s granddaughter Cilla asks why Tremain is so concerned with this particular commission, he confesses a secret: he is related of the wealthy Mr. Lyte, and shows her his mother’s christening cup. He confides that he promised his mother that he will never tell Lyte of their relation, unless he is in dire need.

Tremain (R) goes to see Paul Revere for help, finding him at the printing press where his friend Silsbee works

Tremain (R) goes to see Paul Revere for help, finding him at the printing press where his friend Silsbee works

The next day, Tremain goes looking for his friend, Paul Revere, to ask for help in making the handle. Revere is at the printers, where Tremain learns about plans for preventing tea from entering the Boston harbor from his friend Rab Silsbee. Revere tells Tremain how to fix the handle, and Tremain sets to work. He ignores the Sabbath to keep working, and badly burns his hand, making him unable to apprentice anymore. He runs into Silsbee again as he and a few others are at the docks, preventing the tea from being brought onto Boston shores. Lapham, saddened that Tremain can no longer apprentice, offers a chance for Tremain to remain under his roof, but Tremain, very proud, refuses, as he feels he can’t earn his keep. He searches around town for work, but no one is willing to hire a boy with a disabled hand. As he sits, dejected, he runs across Mr. Lyte, and confesses his relation to him, showing him the christening cup. Lyte asks Tremain to bring the cup to his house that night, but when he does, Lyte has Tremain arrested for stealing the cup.

As Tremain sits in jail, he is visited by Revere and Silsbee, who bring a lawyer named John Quincy Adams to defend him at his trial, as they believe he is innocent. During the trial, Lyte tries to make an example of Tremain, disliking those young men that are against the King and his taxes. Adams does a good job of exposing Lyte’s prejudice, then calls Cilla to the stand as a witness. Cilla proves that Tremain did not steal the christening cup, though Lyte tries to make Cilla out to be some sort of villain as well. The judge finds Tremain innocent, and Tremain tells Silsbee that he will do anything to repay him for his help. Silsbee has an idea for Tremain to ride his uncle’s horse Goblin, as no one has been able to handle the easily spooked horse. Tremain is able to keep the horse calm, and is hired as the new horse boy. Silsbee also reveals to Tremain about a group called the Sons of Liberty, and that Tremain will also be tasked to deliver messages to and from the group.

Tremain and Silsbee discuss what they've heard with members of the Sons of Liberty

Tremain and Silsbee discuss what they’ve heard with members of the Sons of Liberty

Tremain takes to his work quickly, and is soon able to observe one of the meetings for the Sons of Liberty. At this meeting, the members tell Tremain and Silsbee that they are attending another meeting about a shipment of tea that has been kept in port for 20 days, and will soon be seized and sold at auction by the governor. Tremain is then tasked to give a signal should he hears the phrase, “this meeting can do nothing more to save the country.” While Tremain waits in the church for the possible phrase, Silsbee is outside with other men, dressed as Native Americans, waiting near the ship. After the governor’s response arrives, the phrase is uttered, and Tremain heads out to sound the alarm. The men dressed as Native Americans set out, and the Boston Tea Party is launched. On the ship, Tremain stares out at the water, wishing he had two good hands to help. Dr. Warre, nthe town surgeon, reminds him that, any time he wishes to come by, he can repair his hand. The tea is dumped into the ocean, and the men head to the Liberty Tree after cleaning up the ship, hanging lanterns and posting signs.

The time then turns to the spring of 1775, and Dr. Warren has been called in to meet the Governor, and reads a newspaper that contains a speech by a prominent member of the House of Commons in England, demanding that the British leave Boston. The governor is not impressed, and refuses to open the ports until the tea that was dumped into the harbor has been paid in full. Meanwhile, Tremaine is sent over to the Lyte household, with Lyte telling him that he is moving back to England. Lyte shows himself to be a Loyalist, but is unable to sway Tremain. Finding that Tremain is a firm Patriot, Lyte informs him that he was going to adopt him into the family and take him to England to live, but Tremain tells him flatly that he would have wasted his time and returns the christening cup. Many young men and women gather with Silsbee, and plan to help Dr. Warren as best they can by finding out what the governor is planning to do. Silsbee reveals that the men old enough to carry guns have been requested to go to Lexington to join the Minutemen, and Tremain is dismayed to be asked to stay behind to watch the moves of the Redcoats. Cilla is rather happy that Tremain is kept out of danger.

Tremain is able to get news of the British army's whereabouts from a disgruntled soldier

Tremain is able to get news of the British army’s whereabouts from a disgruntled soldier

Back at the Laphams, a Redcoat is angered by how long it will take to repair his flask, and Tremain uses this opportunity to ask questions about where the soldiers are going, and finds they are off to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tremain runs to tell Dr. Warren and the other Sons of Liberty, and the Patriots are able to prepare themselves at Portsmouth before the Redcoats arrive. The governor then finds that the Patriots are able to get enough arms and gunpowder to prepare themselves for any battle. The Redcoats then group together as a force to take down the Patriots, as they think that a bunch of farmers and mechanics can’t take on the British army. Cilla gets a job at a local tavern to get intelligence on the next moves the British plan to make, and by sheer luck, happens to get a copy of the governor’s latest order, although she is dismayed to find that everyone else already had a copy. A late meeting of the Sons of Liberty is called, with every single person called, as it may be the last meeting. The young men are then sent to Lexington to fight. Again, Tremain is upset that he can’t fight with the others, but Dr. Warren reassures him that he is of better use in Boston.

The last meeting of the Sons of Liberty is called to order, with the main conversation being an inevitable war. Many believe that the colonists should only go to war if war is made against them. The conclusion, thanks to a speech by Mr. Otis, is that they should go to war for the rights of men, all men. A little while later, Tremain is seen writing in the old printing house, with his hand fully repaired, thanks to Dr. Warren, and overhears the plan to find out how the British are coming using lanterns in the chapel steeple: one if by land, and two if by sea. Tremain and Cilla find out from the stable boy at the tavern that the British plan to travel by sea to get to Concorde. Tremain, pursued by British soldiers, runs to the church to make sure two lanterns are hanging as signal for Paul Revere, who soon takes off to warn everyone that the British are coming. Tremain soon sets off for Lexington, giving the worried Cilla a kiss before he goes.

The militia gathers in Lexington Green for the first battle of the Revolutionary War

The militia gathers in Lexington Green for the first battle of the Revolutionary War

It’s April 19, 1775, and the militia is ready at Lexington Green. Tremain is reunited with Silsbee, and stands with him as they watch the Redcoats approach. The militia is ordered not to fire unless fired upon, and the British are ordered not to fire until given an order. A shot is fired, although neither side knows by whom, and the British begin shooting the militia men, killing several before the militia flees. War has begun in the colonies, and all of the able bodied Patriots gather to fight. Tremain and Silsbee catch up with the other men to head to Northbridge, where the British are trying to cut off the Patriots from reaching Concorde. Although the British fire a warning shot, it doesn’t deter the Patriots. They win the battle at the bridge, and continue to fight the British as they march on Concorde. The beaten British troops head back to Boston, informing the governor that they should not have underestimated the Patriots. The governor responds gravely that they have experienced more than defeat; they have been vanquished by an idea: a belief in human rights.

At the militia camp, Cilla finds Tremain lying on a hay bale, and, thinking he is gravely wounded, rushes to his side. He looks up in surprise and reassures her that he’s just tired after chasing redcoats all day. He tries to give her a kiss, but they are interrupted by Silsbee asking for help putting a log on the fire. Cilla then says that she’s glad it’s all over, but Mr. Otis says that it’s not over, it’s all just beginning. The camera pans out to show all of the militia camps surrounding Boston, with all of the Patriots at the ready to give their lives for liberty.

June 18

June 18, 1999 – The 37th Animated Feature Film Tarzan is Generally Released

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“Somewhere, something is calling for you. Two worlds: one family.”

On June 18, 1999, Disney’s 37th Animated Feature Film Tarzan was released generally to theaters. The film was based on Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Glen Keane, animator for adult Tarzan, designed the character after watching his son perform skateboarding stunts and by watching extreme sports, giving the character a feel of “surfing” through the jungle. For the jungle, a new 3D painting and rendering technique was created for film, called Deep Canvas. This technique allows animators to create a computer animated background that still has the feel of a traditional painted background; it was awarded a special Academy Award in 2003. The songs for the film were written and performed by singer-songwriter Phil Collins, with score by Mark Mancina. Collins’ song “You’ll Be in My Heart” won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best Original Song. The film overall was a critical and financial success, and was the last film of the Disney Renaissance to have a box office impact. The screenplay was written by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, and Noni White, and was directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima. It stars Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan, Minnie Driver as Jane, Glenn Close as Kala, Lance Henriksen as Kerchak, Brian Blessed as Clayton, Nigel Hawthorne as Professor Porter, Rosie O’Donnell as Terk, and Wayne Knight as Tantor.

There’s been a shipwreck, but a couple and their young child have been able to make it out alive. They look to the jungle as a place of safety in their small boat, and sail towards it. In the jungle, a gorilla couple is also enjoying family time with their baby. The scenes switch between the two families as they work on creating homes for themselves. One night, the baby gorilla wakes up and goes after a frog to play with it, unaware that the leopardess Sabor is nearby and on the prowl. The baby is unable to escape, and is viciously attacked and killed by Sabor. As the gorillas migrate, the mother, Kala, sadly trails behind, until she hears the sound of a baby cry, and takes off in its direction. She comes across the tree house that the human family has built, and opens the door to find that Sabor has killed the parents inside. She hears the baby cry from its crib, and finds that he has not been harmed. Kala takes to the child, and adopts him as her own. However, she soon discovers that Sabor never left the house, and runs to escape, the baby still in her hands. Sabor chases the baby after Kala accidentally drops him into netting nearby, but they manage to escape, and Kala brings the baby back to her herd.

Kala tells Kerchak her intentions of adopting the baby as her own, but he refuses to accept the child

Kala tells Kerchak her intentions of adopting the baby as her own, but he refuses to accept the child

When Kala joins the herd, she declares that she will be the baby’s mother, although her mate Kerchak refuses to accept him. He begrudgingly accepts that Kala will raise him, but tells her that he will never acknowledge him as his son. Kala decides to call the baby Tarzan. The years pass, and Tarzan has grown into a willful child, who still has a hard time fitting in with the herd. Although he is friends with another gorilla named Terk, the other children want nothing to do with what they call the “hairless wonder.” The kids play a prank on him, telling him he can play with them if he retrieves a hair from an elephant and, desperate to fit in, goes to get one, but nearly ends up stomped to death by the elephants. He accidentally starts a stampede that breaks through where the gorillas are nesting, incurring the wrath of Kerchak. Saddened that Kerchak believes that Tarzan will never fit in with the herd, he runs away. Kala finds him later, and tells him that they are family, as their hearts are exactly the same. With renewed vigor, Tarzan is determined to prove his worth to the family.

After adapting to everything in the jungle, Tarzan grows into a strong man, able to hold his own against anything. One day, Tarzan senses something nearby, and narrowly escapes when Sabor breaks through. Kerchak tries to defend the family against Sabor, and Tarzan assists him by taking on the leopardess. In the end, Tarzan manages to kill Sabor, and the whole herd cheers. It looks like Kerchak is about to accept Tarzan as a member of the herd, when a strange sound pierces through the jungle. Kerchak informs everyone they need to move, but Tarzan goes off to explore the strange sound. He comes across a trio of people, and studies them carefully: a trigger-happy guide named Mr. Clayton, Professor Porter, and his daughter, Jane. Jane takes a moment to draw a baby baboon, but is soon chased by the baby’s entire herd. Tarzan soon jumps in to save her. She is rather frightened by Tarzan, but soon discovers that he is rather gentle and nothing to fear. He introduces himself, and starts mimicking her, quickly picking up English. He then helps take her back to her camp.

Tarzan and Kerchak clash over the idea of whether the humans are dangerous or not

Tarzan and Kerchak clash over the idea of whether the humans are dangerous or not

Terk, elephant friend Tantor, and other members of the herd go looking for Tarzan, and come across the camp set up by the Professor and Clayton. The group starts trashing the camp, but are soon chased away by an angry Kerchak. The Professor and Clayton return to the camp after Tarzan leaves with the frightened herd, and Jane relays the story of how Tarzan saved her to her companions. Back at the nest, Kerchak decrees that no one is to go near the strangers, and gets into an argument with Tarzan, as Tarzan does not believe Jane to be dangerous. Tarzan is furious, wondering why Kala never told him that there were creatures that looked like him. Jane tells her father about Tarzan, and Tarzan soon returns to the camp to see her. Jane then decides to teach Tarzan about the world outside of the jungle, while Clayton wishes to use Tarzan to find the gorillas. Tarzan and Jane grow closer, and Jane asks if Tarzan will take them to the gorillas, but he refuses, as he wishes to obey Kerchak. Unfortunately, the ship soon arrives to take the professor and Jane back to England, and Jane asks Tarzan to come with her. Tarzan says he can’t, and asks her to stay. Clayton then takes advantage of Tarzan’s feelings for Jane, and has Tarzan take them to see the gorillas, as Clayton says Jane will wish to stay if she sees them.

Terk and Tantor keep Kerchak occupied as Tarzan takes Jane to the camp. Unfortunately, Kerchak arrives to find the group there, and attacks Clayton. Tarzan saves them from Kerchak, but also alienates himself from the family in the process. Kala finally reveals the truth about Tarzan’s parents, and leaves him to make up his mind about if he should stay in the jungle or go with Jane. In the end, Tarzan decides to go back to England with Jane, much to the sorrow of Kala. As the humans head to the ship, Clayton reveals his true intentions of capturing all of the gorillas, with Jane and the professor trapped in cages to prevent them from stopping Clayon’s plan. Terk and Tantor, hearing Tarzan’s cry for help, set out to rescue their friend. In the jungle, Kerchak and the herd sense danger, and as he tries to protect the herd, he is soon captured. As the herd is trapped in cages and tied down by ropes, Tarzan appears in the mist, bringing with him a whole herd of jungle animals to free the herd. Kerchak asks in surprise that Tarzan came back, and Tarzan tells him that he came home. As Clayton tries to shoot Tarzan, Kerchak takes the bullet. Angered, Tarzan fights Clayton, destroying his gun. As Clayton tries to attack Tarzan with his knife, he is caught in the vines, and dies by hanging as a vine stays wrapped around his neck. Tarzan returns to the herd to fine Kerchak dying. Kerchak finally accepts Tarzan as his son, and asks that Tarzan take care of the family from then on.

Jane, deciding to stay, is welcomed into the family

Jane, deciding to stay, is welcomed into the family

Jane still has to return to England, and the two say goodbye on the beach. Jane is heartbroken with having to leave Tarzan behind, and her father tells her that she needs to stay. Realizing that with Tarzan is where she belongs, she returns to the beach and embraces Tarzan. The Professor decides he wishes to stay as well, and the two effectively join the family.

June 17

June 17, 1972 – The Main Street Electrical Parade Begins its Run in Disneyland

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“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination, in thousands of sparkling lights, and electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds: the Main Street Electrical Parade!”

On June 17, 1972, the Main Street Electrical Parade began its run in Disneyland. Originally a summer parade, the lights were dimmed throughout the park as a half a million tiny lights on floats traveled from “it’s a small world” down Main Street to the Town Square. Synthesizer music was used for the parade, with the music a variation of a piece called the “Baroque Hoedown,” with well-known Disney songs woven throughout. The parade was replaced in 1975 with the America on Parade celebrating America’s bicentennial, but returned in 1977 with an new version; an “Honor America” float was then added to the parade in 1979. The parade ended its run in Disneyland on November 25, 1996, with huge crowds lining the street to wish it farewell. In 1999, the floats were sent to Walt Disney World in Florida for their version of the parade, but were sent back in 2001, as Disneyland began the parade again through Disney’s California Adventure under the new name Disney’s Electrical Parade. This newer version of the parade ended its run on April 18, 2010, and was once again sent to Walt Disney World, where it currently still runs.

June 16

June 16, 2006 – The Disney Channel Original Movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Premieres

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“Just because you don’t miss it, doesn’t mean it isn’t missing.”

On June 16, 2006, the Disney Channel Original Movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior premiered. The film garnered 5.7 million viewers on its premiere, making it the fifth highest viewed Disney Channel Original Movie, as well as breaking viewing records in Japan, the United Kingdom, and Europe. It was also the second Disney Channel Original Movie to be released on iTunes, and the first to air on the Disney owned ABC Family. The film overall received good reviews, with many praising lead actress Brenda Song as the title character. It was mostly filmed in Auckland, New Zealand, with excutive producer for the Power Rangers series Koichi Sakamoto acting as the action unit director; many actors that have been in the Power Rangers series were also featured in the film. The film was written by Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio, Lydia Look, and Mark Seabrooks. It was directed by John Laing, and stars Brenda Song as Wendy Wu, Shin Koyamada as Shen, Ellen Woglom as Jessica, and Tsai Chin as Grandma Wu.

The film begins in Mongolia, where soldiers are training in a courtyard. One soldier in particular named Shen is able to best all the others, when he is called forward to take on the task of defeating an ancient evil, and is sent to retrieve an ancient warrior in California. Meanwhile, Wendy Wu is sitting in class, not paying attention as usual, and dreams of being Homecoming Queen. She is competing against a girl named Jessica, and is angry that she may lose the crown. Little by little, Wendy is displaying fighting skills, which begins to frighten her. Shen arrives in California and begins his search.

Shen arrives at Wendy's house and tries to tell her of her destiny as the yin warrior

Shen arrives at Wendy’s house and tries to tell her of her destiny as the yin warrior

Late that night, at the Civic Museum in Fair Springs, California, a mysterious package is delivered and taken to the archives where the artifacts for the Chinese exhibit are being held. The box glows ominously, killing a nearby flower. Shen, meanwhile, arrives at Wendy’s house, and when Wendy opens the door, she is scared by his proclamation that she is a warrior named Miaozhen, a warrior born in the Wei Dynasty, sworn to defeat evil. She begins to fight him, displaying her innate skills of being an ancient warrior, and manages to send him away. As this occurs, the item inside the strange box at the museum begins to cast a spell before it escapes, possessing a security guard. It recognizes Wendy from the picture on her mother’s desk, and possesses Wendy’s brother Peter when he comes to deliver a pizza. Shen, waiting outside Wendy’s house, spies Peter returning home, and senses an evil spirit within him. He infiltrates the house to protect her, fighting Peter while Wendy sleeps, oblivious. After Peter is defeated, the evil creature possesses the family dog instead.

The next morning, Wendy wakes up to discover a protective necklace around her neck, and removes it, thinking it to be a joke by her brother. Shen keeps a close watch on the house as everyone leaves for their day. He enters the house and finds Wendy’s grandmother holding the necklace, asking if Wendy is the warrior, and then asks him to protect her. Shen promises he will, then runs after her, demanding that she wear the necklace for protection and warns her that she is in danger. During a soccer match, Wendy once again shows her innate skills, while her dog enters the school, looking for her. The principal is soon possessed by the evil spirit. Shen finally catches up with Wendy and tries to explain everything. Wendy is rather rattled by what he says, and doesn’t wish to start training. He tells her friends that he is her cousin from China, and wishes to keep it a secret. Shen continues to guard her, whether she likes it or not, and Wendy’s grandmother makes sure Wendy wears the necklace, certain that her granddaughter will be a great warrior.

Wendy feels that her life is falling apart since Shen arrived

Wendy feels that her life is falling apart since Shen arrived

Shen arrives at the school the next day, preventing the principal from attacking Wendy, with the spirit soon possessing her history teacher, Mr. Medina. Meanwhile, Wendy’s nemesis Jessica has made it her mission to prevent Wendy from being Homecoming Queen, including disqualifying her from the nominations altogether. Dismayed, Wendy believes there is no way to pass her history class. Shen offers to help her with passing her history midterm on China, only if she wears the medallion. She finally agrees, just as Mr. Medina is about to attack Wendy. The spirit soon moved on to a janitor. Wendy and Shen begin to train, with Wendy not taking it as seriously as she should. She finally understands, and begins to meditate everywhere, even at school. She then passes the midterm with an A, and is able to focus her mind and begin her training, although she goes back to her homecoming campaign, leaving Shen dismayed.

Later, Wendy asks her grandmother if she misses China, and her grandmother responds that she does, recalling memories of the village where she grew up, including a story of a young female yin warrior named Miaozhen. She then reveals that her own mother was a yin warrior, and Wendy needs to accept the honor. The family then meets Shen, who pretends to be a distant relative of Wendy’s grandmother. He offers to help Wendy’s mother with her terracotta warrior exhibit, and she gratefully accepts. He then wins over the rest of the family, except for Wendy’s father, who suddenly gets moody. Wendy then takes Shen to the mall for her own kind of training: dressing Shen like an American teenager. Late that night, Wendy’s mom and dad talk, with Wendy’s dad feeling guilty that he’s turned his back on his Chinese heritage. The two decide to incorporate more of their Chinese heritage into their lives.

The two open up to each other, with Wendy dismayed to find that Shen must die in battle

The two open up to each other, with Wendy dismayed to find that Shen must die in battle

Wendy soon discovers that she’s growing bored of her boyfriend Austin, and discovers she’s developing feelings for Shen. Shen warns Wendy that she will need to train harder than any of the past yin warriors to defeat the evil spirit, as it grows stronger and stronger each 90-year cycle. The two then discuss their lives, and Wendy admits that she doesn’t love her boyfriend, and is only with him because everyone says they look good together. As the two bond, Shen reveals that he will die during the battle, that it is his destiny to sacrifice himself to save Wendy, as it has been over the thousands of years he has been reincarnated. She is dismayed by this, but he has no regrets. Wendy then brings him to a party to act like a teenager, and is upset by the attention he gets, as she wants to spend time with him. She breaks up with Austin, and watches as Shen impresses everyone at the party. When a girl kisses him, however, she storms out of the party and tosses aside the medallion, unaware that her best friend Tory is now possessed by the evil spirit. She confesses everything to Tory, but Tory attempts to attack Wendy, until Shen steps in to save her. Tory is then knocked into the pool, and Shen and Wendy leave to continue training. The evil spirit then possesses Jessica through Jessica’s camera.

At training, Shen lets Wendy know they’ve reached the final part of her training, where she will be trained by five ancient masters: the tiger, the snake, the leopard, the crane, and the dragon. Shen reveals he is the dragon, which is the last lesson, and they begin training with the snake, who is Shen’s master from the temple. Wendy doesn’t feel comfortable beating up an old man, so Shen has the spirits of the ancient masters possess her teachers from school, starting with her gym teacher Coach Gibbs as the snake. Her principal becomes the leopard, teacher Mr. Tobias becomes the crane, and her history teacher Mr. Medina becomes the tiger. Wendy completes her lessons, and Shen informs her that she’s now become a yin warrior. Soon after, Wendy finds out that she’s been named Homecoming Queen, but thanks Shen sincerely for his help and invites him to homecoming as her date. He refuses, and she remembers that he has to die in battle, which will occur the next day during homecoming. She is upset that he didn’t tell her that it would occur during the homecoming event, and walks away from him.

Jessica, possessed, awakens the terra cotta soldiers

Jessica, possessed, awakens the terracotta soldiers

Jessica, possessed by the evil spirit, brings the terracotta soldiers to life as its army. Wendy’s grandmother presents her with a fighting outfit, and is dismayed to find that Wendy is going to homecoming rather than battle evil. Shen goes to battle the evil spirit by himself, but doesn’t have enough strength to do it on his own. As she leaves for homecoming, the ancient masters arrive to take her to the fight, but she still refuses to go, until they tell her that Shen has gone on his own to fight. Wendy finally shows up with the masters and saves Shen before she fights Jessica. As she fights, her grandmother shows up and presents Wendy with her great-grandmother’s fighting robes, which Wendy quickly dons. The terracotta soldiers are soon destroyed by the masters, leaving Wendy alone with Jessica. The spirit soon leaves Jessica, but the battle isn’t over, as it creates a new form from the broken terracotta soldiers. Shen attempts to battle the evil spirit, as does Wendy, but he is too strong for either of them. Shen attempts to sacrifice himself, but Wendy refuses to let him die, using everything she’s learned to keep Shen alive. The two then fight together, defeating the evil spirit once and for all. As the legend ends, the masters reveal that this is Shen’s last life, and he can stay with Wendy, and the couple run off together.

June 15

June 15, 1967 – Club 33 Opens in New Orleans Square at Disneyland

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“Envisioned by Walt Disney, who drew inspiration from the executive lounges at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the club opened in 1967 and has since held a place of mystery and legend among Disneyland park guests.”

On June 15, 1967, the private membership restaurant Club 33 opened in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. The restaurant was founded as a way for Walt Disney to attract new sponsors, having been inspired by the executive lounges seen at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Walt and Lillian Disney traveled to New Orleans with designer Emile Kuri, and picked out several antiques that are featured in the restaurant. The name is derived from the club’s location: 33 Royal Street, New Orleans Square. The club has exclusive membership and a long waiting list, with new membership opportunities being offered rarely. Inside, the exclusive club contains two dining rooms and several areas, furnished in elegant themes ranging from the Victorian-age style to First Empire style. The menu for the restaurant changes due to season, as well as special events. A version of this exclusive club also exists in Tokyo Disneyland.

June 14

June 14, 1895 – Singer, Voice Actor, and Disney Legend Cliff Edwards is Born

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“Cliff Edwards, otherwise known as Ukelele Ike, is the voice, and really the character, of Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio.” – Daniel Goldmark, Music Professor at Case Western Reserve University

On June 14, 1895, Clifton A. Edwards was born in Hannibal, Missouri. After leaving school at age 14, Edwards began his career as a singer in saloons, teaching himself how to play the ukulele, as many places didn’t have a working piano. This skill earned him the nickname “Ukelele Ike,” and he got his big break in 1918, where he and Bob Carleton wrote and performed a song that became a hit in vaudeville. In 1919, Edwards began making phonograph records, and soon became one of the most popular singers of the 1920s. After catching the attention of Irving Thalberg, Edwards was hired by MGM to star in the early talking films. Edwards’ best known role came in 1940, when he starred as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the Disney animated film Pinocchio and sang one of the most recognized songs of his career, “When You Wish Upon a Star.” He would go on to  voice the lead crow in Dumbo. Edwards battled with alcoholism and drug addiction later in his life, and spent his days around the Disney studios, entertaining the animators with stories about vaudeville. He passed away in 1971 due to cardiac arrest. Disney honored Edwards as a Disney Legend in 2000.

June 13

June 13, 1953 – Actor and Disney Legend Tim Allen is Born

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“However, in the end, Buzz [Lightyear] is really who I like to be. It’s a character I developed with John Lasseter.”

On June 13, 1953, Tim Allen, born as Timothy Alan Dick, was born in Denver, Colorado. He attended Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan; after high school, he graduated from Western Michigan University in 1974 with a degree in communications. He began his career in stand-up comedy in 1975, when he was dared to participate in a comedy night at a club in Detroit, which lead to appearances in commercials and cable comedy shows. He moved to Los Angeles to work at The Comedy Store, and in 1991, Allen made his big break in the ABC television sitcom Home Improvement, which ran for eight seasons. In 1994, Allen starred in the film The Santa Clause, which became a box office hit. In 1995, he voiced the character Buzz Lightyear in the Pixar blockbuster Toy Story, and would continue to voice the character in each film of the trilogy. Allen starred in several films for Disney, including the other two films in the Santa Clause trilogy, Jungle 2 Jungle, and The Shaggy Dog. He named a Disney Legend in 1999 for his work with Pixar, Disney, and ABC. Currently, Allen stars in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing as Mike Baxter.

June 12

June 12, 1942 – The Donald Duck Short Film Donald’s Garden Premieres in Theaters

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“Exasperating, isn’t it?”

On June 12, 1942, the Donald Duck short film Donald’s Garden premiered in theaters. It was directed by Dick Lundy.

Donald is seen singing while taking care of his prize-winning watermelons. As he goes to get more water from the pump, he seems to misplace the watering can while the water barely comes out from the pipe. When he moves the can closer, the water then pours out, missing the can once again. He moves the can again, and begins to pump out water with vigor, which pushes the can to the edge of the platform. Donald tries to stop the can from falling, but is too late. Angered, he tries again, but the water refuses to come out from the pump. He declares that he’ll show the pump this time, but the water refuses to fill his can, which ends with Donald getting his bill stuck in the pipe, water coming out of his nostrils. He threatens to tear the pump into pieces, and sticks the can right on the pump’s pipe. The pump explodes with water, but does fill the can. Unfortunately, the can breaks, leaving Donald holding nothing but the handle.

The gopher devours Donald's radishes, including the picture of the crop

The gopher devours Donald’s radishes, including the picture of the crop

The water falls into a hole in the ground, and a nearby gopher pops out of his hole, choking. He dries himself off and angrily walks around until he bumps into a sign for radishes in Donald’s garden. Suddenly hungry, he crawls underground and begins to pull down the radish crop to eat. The gopher then moves to the onions, but dislikes the taste of them. He spies the watermelon and starts to pull a good one away, but is unable to pull it through his hole. Quickly enlarging the hole, he is able to pull away the watermelon crop. Unfortunately, Donald is also harvesting the crop at the other end, and soon finds that his crop is being stolen. He attempts to pull back the crop, and finds the gopher, catching him in his hat. The gopher manages to escape, and Donald is pulled into the hole when trying to retrieve his crop. The gopher traps Donald with the watermelon vine, and decides to take the rest of Donald’s crops. He smiles with satisfaction as he polishes every single last vegetable.

June 11

June 11, 1928 – The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Short Film Sky Scrappers is Released to Theaters

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On June 11, 1928, the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Sky Scrappers was released to theaters. This was the twenty-first Oswald short that was done by Disney. There are several similarities between this short and the 1933 Mickey Mouse short Building a Building.

Oswald and many others are hard at work at a construction site, with Oswald using his strength to carry a barrel of water up several stories. When lunch is announced, he drops the bucket, only to have it fall on his head, soaking him and his lunch. Just then, his girlfriend Ortensia rides by with her box lunches, and offers one to Oswald, who blushes and pays her. He then opens the lunch and enjoys a hot dog, while Ortensia is pleased that someone is enjoying her lunches. As she does this, however, a hungry dog begins to eat the contents of her carrier.

As Oswald and Ortensia kiss, the foreman uses a hook to pull Ortensia away

As Oswald and Ortensia kiss, the foreman uses a hook to pull Ortensia away

The foreman spots the two lovebirds below, and decides that he wants Ortensia to himself, so he uses a hook to pull Ortensia away and bring her to his perch. Ortensia dismisses his advances, and Oswald quickly climbs the rope to her rescue, only to have the rope be disconnected from the top, sending him falling to the ground. Undeterred, Oswald finds another rope and pulls himself to the top, and fights the foreman for Ortensia’s honor. Ortensia watches from the sidelines, and while it looks like the foreman may have Oswald beat, Oswald manages to win it in the end, and he and Ortensia end the short with a kiss.