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November 23

November 23, 2009 – The Soundtrack to The Princess and the Frog is Released Through Walt Disney Records

The Princess and the Frog (Original Songs and Score)

“But I’ve climbed the mountain, I’ve crossed the river, and I’m almost there.”

On November 23, 2009, the soundtrack to the forty-ninth Disney animated feature film The Princess and the Frog was released through Walt Disney records. It was released two days before the limited release of the film, and almost three weeks before the general release of the film. The soundtrack contains the nine songs used in the film, seven pieces of the original score composed by Randy Newman, and the song “Never Knew I Needed” by recording artist Ne-Yo, which was played over the closing credits. Two of the songs used in the film, “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans” were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song; “Down in New Orleans” was also nominated for a Grammy Award. The album peaked at number 80 on the Billboard 200 charts.

November 22

November 22, 1940 – The Goofy Short Film Goofy’s Glider is Released to Theaters


“I’m brave! But I’m careful.”

On November 22, 1940, the Goofy short film Goofy’s Glider was released to theaters. It is the second Goofy short released. The short was directed by Jack Kinney.

The short begins with Goofy voraciously reading a copy of “How to Fly.” He excitedly puts the book away and, believing he can fly, attempts to take off in a homemade glider with his legs sticking out. He starts skipping towards the gate, and breaks into a run. He is unable to takeoff, however, as he flies straight into the gate. He then tries to pull his glider along as if he is flying a kite, and as he climbs up the rope to his glider, the glider sinks lower and lower, until he is submerged into a nearby pond. His next attempt involves Goofy riding a bicycle, and the glider takes off without him. Goofy crashes the bike and attempts to chase after his glider around the barn. The glider snags onto his suspenders, and pulls Goofy up into the air before they both crash into the ground.

Goofy tries again, this time with the catapult method. He climbs into the glider, but not before putting on a parachute pack. He climbs into the glider, and as he lets the catapult go, the glider is left behind while Goofy is catapulted into the air. He jumps down, and counts to ten to pull the string, but reaches the ground before he finishes the count. He then ties rollerskates to his feet, hoping they will give him enough speed to fly with the ramp he has built. He is able to go into the air with his glider, unaware that he is flying upside down. He flies through the barn and crashes, landing in a well. His last attempt involves gasoline, TNT, gunpowder, and a cannon. He is sent speeding through the air, circling around the world. The short ends with everyone singing a flying song along with Goofy.

November 21

November 21, 1994 – The Timekeeper Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland

“It worked! And they laughed at me back at university! Maybe it was because of the tutu.”

On November 21, 1994, the Tomorrowland attraction The Timekeeper opened in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World. It was adapted from the Disneyland Paris attraction Un Voyage à Travers le Temps, and used the Circle-Vision 360° film technique, along with Audio-Animatronics, to tell a narrative. Guests would wait in the lobby and meet the invention known as 9-Eye (voiced by Rhea Perlman). Guests would then enter the theater and meet the Timekeeper (voiced by Robin Williams), an inventor who created a time machine. He then sends 9-Eye back in time to record her experiences in important times of the past. The attraction became a seasonal attraction on April 29, 2001, closing for good on February 26, 2006.

November 20

November 20, 1942 – The Pluto Short Film Pluto at the Zoo is Released to Theaters


On November 20, 1942, the Pluto short film Pluto at the Zoo was released to theaters. It was directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Pluto is walking happily down the street, holding a small bone in his mouth, when he passes by the zoo. He sees a massive bone sitting idle next to a sleeping lion, and his mouth starts to water. Throwing his tiny bone into the trash, he sneaks into the zoo in the hopes of stealing the bone from the lion. As he grabs it, the lion sleepily moves his paw on top of the bone and Pluto, and Pluto struggles to get free with the bone. As he makes a break for it with the bone, he nearly wakes up the lion. Although he avoids waking the lion, he struggles with how to take it out of the cage, until he decides to dig his way out under the wall. Unfortunately, he ends up waking the lion after tunneling out, and escapes into the kangaroo pen.

After the joey steals Pluto's bone, he uses it to attack the dog

After the joey steals Pluto’s bone, he uses it to attack the dog

In the kangaroo pen, Pluto is about to chew on the bone when it suddenly disappears. He suspects the sleeping kangaroo, unaware that it was the joey in her pouch that stole it from him. The joey keeps hitting Pluto with the bone, and he tries to retrieve it while the joey laughs. Pluto accidentally wakes up the kangaroo, and is kicked over the fence – with the bone – into the gorilla cage. Pluto faints at the sight of the gorilla, and the gorilla tries to revive him, but ends up having more fun playing with Pluto, treating him like a toy. Pluto is then sent into the pond nearby, and comes face to face with an alligator. He narrowly escapes being eaten, and runs back inside the zoo so fast that he removes the feathers from a peacock and the stripes from a tiger. In the end, he ends up back in the lion’s cage, and uses the bone to stop the lion from eating him, retrieving his tiny bone from the trash on his way home.

November 19

November 19, 1971 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Officially Opens


“Teeming with such wildlife as deer, ducks, armadillos, and rabbits, the [Fort Wilderness] Resort welcomes you to delight in scenic woodland trails, a white-sand beach, exciting pool areas, rootin’ tootin’ entertainment, and hearty country eats.”

On November 19, 1971, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground officially opened at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. The resort was designed with a rustic theme with cabins built to look like log cabins, and has grown since its opening to 800 campsites with 409 cabins. There are two dinner shows at the resort: the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. At night, guests are entertained with the Campfire Sing-Along with Chip ‘n’ Dale, which includes a special appearance by Chip ‘n’ Dale, who poses for photos and signs autographs with guests. This campfire event includes s’mores and an outdoor movie for children, as well as the Electrical Water Parade. Recreational activities at the resort also include jogging, fishing, biking, swimming, and horseback riding.

November 18

November 18, 1932 – The Short Film Parade of the Award Nominees Premieres at the Academy Awards


On November 18, 1932, the special short film Parade of the Award Nominees premiered at the 5th Academy Awards, held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. This ceremony also introduced short films within the Oscar categories, with Disney’s Flowers and Trees winning the first Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and being the first color winner. Parade of the Award Nominees was created specifically for the banquet, and the first short that showed Mickey Mouse in color. Pluto is also shown in color, but is a grey-ish brown rather than his standard yellow. Disney Legend Joe Grant was hired by the studio to create the caricatures of the actors for the short, and would remain at Disney for over 70 years.

Mickey is seen in a bandleader’s uniform, leading a parade which begins with Minnie holding a sing that says “Parade of the Award Nominees.” After three trumpeting pigs and a percussion set march by, a carpet is rolled out, with Clarabelle Cow throwing flowers on the ground for the actors to walk on. The first actor is Wallace Beery, for his role in The Champ, with costar Jackie Cooper. Following the two is Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt for their roles in The Guardsman, and Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet. Next is Fredric March, who transforms to a hideous monster, as he represents his role as the titular Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Last but not least is Marie Dressler for her role in Emma, who is followed by Pluto, who has “The End” on a flag tied to his tail.

November 17

November 17, 2008 – The Sherman Brothers are Awarded the National Medal of Arts

“[The Sherman Brothers’] music has helped bring joy to millions.”

On November 17, 2008, the Sherman Brothers were awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush, which is the highest honor the United States has for artists. The brothers were awarded thanks to their long-spanning career, which includes two Academy Awards. They began their association with Disney in 1960, after being noticed for the songs they wrote for Disney star Annette Funicello, writing over 200 songs for Disney films, television shows, and attractions in the park. Outside of their Disney work, the brothers have composed scores for films and Broadway musicals, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Over Here!. The brothers were honored along with creator of comic-book franchises Stan Lee, actress Olivia de Havilland, jazz pianist Hank Jones, and sculptor Jesus Moroles.