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February 18

February 18, 1933 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Mickey’s Pal Pluto Premieres in Theaters


“Go chase them kittens out of here, or you’ll get thrown out on your ear.”

On February 18, 1933, the Mickey Mouse short film Mickey’s Pal Pluto premiered in theaters. This is one of the few shorts that was later remade, much like the Academy Award winning Silly Symphony The Ugly Duckling. It was remade in 1941 and renamed Lend a Paw which, like The Ugly Duckling, won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The original short was directed by Burt Gillett.

Pluto is outside in the snow, sniffling around, when he finds a sack floating on a patch of ice. He retrieves it and brings it back to Mickey and Minnie, who open it to reveal a sack full of abandoned kittens. The three take the kittens home to dry them off and give them some milk. As Pluto follows the kittens, he is scolded by Mickey and Minnie as they worry that he is hurting them. As Pluto sulks, a devil version of Pluto appears, and tells him he needs to chase the kittens away, or he’ll be sent away. The angel version of Pluto soon appears and warns him not to listen to devil Pluto. Pluto decides to follow the angel’s advice and play nice, but when he tries to get Mickey’s attention, he is ignored. The devil Pluto comes back and tries to persuade him again, especially after Pluto sees the kittens eating his dinner and tearing up his bed.

Mickey sends Pluto outside after accusing him of making a mess

Mickey sends Pluto outside after accusing him of making a mess

A kitten knocks into the goldfish bowl on a nearby pedestal, spilling water on the floor before leaping under the couch. As Pluto chases the kitten, Mickey sees the water and assumes Pluto is to blame. He then rubs Pluto’s face in the water before sending him outside. Minnie then rocks the kittens to sleep, but they escape the crate through a hole in the corner and start tearing up the house again before disappearing under the floorboards. As Pluto sits outside, he is surprised to see the kittens running outside and leaping into the bucket for the well. The kittens get stuck in the well, and Pluto rushes to save them, although devil Pluto tells Pluto to let the kittens drown. Angry, angel Pluto beats up devil Pluto and throws him into the trash. Pluto saves the kittens, but ends up falling down the wall himself. Minnie and Mickey pull the kittens to safety, unaware that Pluto is trapped in the well. When Mickey hears Pluto’s cries, he runs back and quickly saves his pal. Inside, everyone warms themselves by the fire, and Pluto is rewarded with a giant roast chicken for his bravery.


February 17

February 17, 1995 – The Live-Action Feature Film Heavyweights Premieres in Theaters


“I’ve gotta ask you something, something very serious: are you ready for the best damn summer of your life?”

On February 17, 1995, the live-action feature film Heavyweights premiered in theaters. The film was part of a partnership deal Disney had with Caravan Pictures. Although the film was not a box office or critical success, it has since garnered a cult following. The film was written by Steven Brill and Judd Apatow and directed by Brill. It stars Aaron Schwartz as Gerry, Ben Stiller as Tony Perkis, Tom McGowan as Pat, Shaun Weiss as Josh, Kenan Thompson as Roy, Leah Lail as Julie, Paul Feig as Tim, and Tom Hodges as Lars.

The film begins on the last day of school, and overweight teen Gerry has a miserable time getting home: he misses his bus, gets mocked for being unable to throw a baseball over a fence, nearly gets attacked by a dog, and scares small children by drinking all of their lemonade. When he arrives home, he is greeted by his parents and a salesman named Roger Johnson in a strange sort of intervention-type meeting. Mr. Johnson is there to talk about Camp Hope, although Gerry doesn’t want to go to camp. After watching the informational video, Gerry is almost sold on the idea – until he finds that it’s a “fat camp.” Gerry refuses to go, but finds himself on the next flight to the camp. On the plane, he meets fellow camper Roy, who reassures him that Camp Hope is awesome. After getting off the plane, Gerry meets the fellow campers, as well as camp counselor Pat, and starts to realize that camp is going to awesome.

The bus arrives at Camp Hope, with everyone unaware of what danger the summer will bring

The bus arrives at Camp Hope, with everyone unaware of what danger the summer will bring

As they arrive at camp, Gerry is ready for fun and adventure, until he sees a foreboding sign at the gate of a camper shaking his head and looking morose. He soon forgets about it as he gets himself situated. He notices the other campers teasing a counselor named Tim, who Roy explains used to be fat, but has lost the weight; Tim however, has a great sense of humor about it, and nearly embarrasses himself in front of the pretty new nurse, Julie. Julie walks up to Pat and introduces herself, but Pat is nervous in front of her and makes a fool of himself. He helps Gerry take his belongings to the cabin, and tells him that he’s staying in the best cabin in the camp: Chipmunk. Inside, Roy talks to Josh, a godfather-like figure in the camp. Josh gives Gerry the nickname “Captain” thanks to the pair of wings a stewardess gave him, then shows him around the cabin, including where they keep their secret stash of junk food.

The day continues with fun activities, and concludes with a meeting with the Bushkins, the owners of the camp. However, the Bushkins have an important announcement to make: they are no longer the owners of the camp. They sadly say their goodbyes and leave as the new owner introduces himself with a flashy entrance: fitness instructor Tony Perkis. The kids aren’t exactly receptive to his arrival, and the arrival of his staff. Pat is then kicked out of the Chipmunk cabin and replaced by fitness instructor Lars, who tries to bond with the campers, but comes off rather terrifying instead. The morning is no better, as the campers wake up to a strange motivational speech from Tony. The first exercise session with Tony is an unmitigated disaster, with the campers unable to stay upright. The campers also head to their first weigh-in, and are given their weight loss goals. During swimming lessons, Lars tries to hit on Julie, but she politely rebuffs his advances.

Pat greets the head of Camp MVP, and asks him to go easy on the Camp Hope kids

Pat greets the head of Camp MVP, and asks him to go easy on the Camp Hope kids

Tony then sets up a game with the nearby sports camp, Camp MVP, and Tim relays his misgivings. The game is another disaster for Camp Hope, with almost every camper being sent to the nurse. That night, Tony conducts a raid on the cabins to find the secret stashes of junk food. As Tony interrogates Gerry as to who brought the food into the camp, Josh decides to “tell the truth” and humiliates Tony. The next morning, the campers wake up to find Josh gone, and rumors run rampant about the camp, ranging with him being homeless, to being in jail, to being dead. Gerry sends a letter to his grandmother, relaying how the camp has become hell, with the dismantling of the go-carts and other fun activities, as well as the bad food. Tony arranges a dance with the nearby girl’s camp, hoping to humiliate the boys into losing weight. The dance is uncomfortable, with the boys and girls just staring at each other. Pat talks with Julie, and it seems that a romance is budding between the two. When Julie asks him to dance, he nervously responds that he can’t, and walks away. Tim, fed up with the mood of the dance, decides to take matters into his own hands and start dancing, figuring that if he starts dancing, everyone will want to join in. Pat joins in to try and impress Julie, and the boys start dancing just to have fun. The girls then decide to join in, and everyone starts mingling. However, Tony soon calls an end to the dance once he sees everyone having a good time.

Later that night, Gerry sits in one of the broken down go-carts, lamenting his summer. Pat finds him and tries to cheer him up. Gerry admits that he was really excited about the go-carts, as he wanted to be fast for the first time. Pat then pushes Gerry in the go-cart, unaware that Julie is watching him with a smile on her face. As the boys sleep that night, the door suddenly opens, and Josh reappears. Although he first tricks the campers into believing he’s had a lobotomy, he tells them that Tony kicked him out, but as his father is a lawyer, Tony had no choice to bring Josh back. When he finds that Tony took all the junk food, Josh comes up with a plan to steal the food from Tony’s cabin. As the campers raid the cabin, they can’t find the junk food, but instead find all of their letters to their families. After they narrowly escape the cabin, the boys find a fellow camper eating a hamburger in a bathroom stall. They find that there’s a secret food stash in the woods: with the right amount of money, a counselor will go buy the food and drop it in a hollow stump. A few days later, the boys have their midway point weigh-in, and Tony is angered to find that the kids have gained weight. Tony has a minor freak-out in front of the kids, and tells them that they’re heading on a twenty-mile hike the next morning.

As Gerry tries to cheer up Pat, the two come up with separate plans on how to stop Tony

As Gerry tries to cheer up Pat, the two come up with separate plans on how to stop Tony

After Tony humiliates Pat in front of the entire camp, Gerry finds him later and tries to cheer him up. Pat tells Gerry to get the boys through the hike, while Pat, Tim, and Julie will find a way back at camp to stop Tony. The hike begins, and the campers struggle to get through it. As Pat, Tim, and Julie struggle with a plan, they finally get an idea when Kenny the cameraman complains that Tony owes him a lot of money. The boys come up with their own plan to get rid of Tony, and trap him in a pit in the woods. They return to camp victorious, and keep him locked up in the shed. The kids take over the camp, and celebrate with a giant campfire party with all the junk food they can get their hands on. The next morning, however, Pat makes them realize that they really need to learn to take control of themselves before they can take control of the camp. Between fun exercises and healthy cooking classes, the kids start to have fun while becoming healthy. On Parents Day, Gerry greets his parents and shows them around the camp while Nicholas goes to give Tony his meal. Tony tricks Nicholas and gets his way out of the cage during the presentation to the parents. Meanwhile, the parents are shown a video of what has really been going on at camp. The parents are horrified, and wonder why their kids never said anything.

Tony crashes the presentation, and Gerry stands up to him. When Tony threatens Gerry, Gerry’s father punches him. However, after Tony attacks back and tries to do some impressive backflips, he knocks himself out. Tony’s father quickly arrives and takes him home, and offers to close up the camp. The kids protest, and Tony’s father offers to keep the camp open if a responsible adult will be in charge. Pat is the one put in charge, and the camp turns back into the Camp Hope it once was. It is then time for the Apache Relay, the main competition between Camp MPV and Camp Hope, and this year Camp Hope just wants to have fun with it. In the first event, the obstacle course, Camp MPV takes a strong lead, but Camp Hope is able to quickly catch up. In the second event, the Hall of Intelligence, Camp MVP falls far behind, leaving Camp Hope a chance to catch them and move ahead. Gerry prepares for the final event as the driver of the go-cart, and is sent flying through the woods as the Camp MVP player plays dirty. Although he struggles, in the end, Gerry is able to fly over the MVP cart and finish in first place, winning Camp Hope the trophy for the first time in history. Pat then kisses Julie, and the camp celebrates. Gerry then thanks Pat for the “best damn summer of [his] life.”

February 16

February 16, 1964 – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Part II Premieres on Television


“Mutiny among the Scarecrow’s men is a worse danger than the soldiers are.

On February 16, 1964, the Wonderful World of Color Disney anthology episode premiered with the second part of the three-part dramatic story of The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. It was based on the Christopher Syn stories by Russell Thorndike and William Buchanan. Teleplay was done by Robert Westerby, and it was directed by James Neilson. It stars Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Syn/The Scarecrow, George Cole as Mr. Mipps, Michael Hordern as Thomas Bates, Geoffrey Keen as General Pugh, Patrick Wymark as Joseph Ransley, Alan Dobie as Mr. Frank Fragg, Eric Flynn as Lt. Philip Brackenbury, and Sean Scully as John Bates.

After a brief introduction by Walt, the story continues where Part I left off (please see 2013’s February 9th entry for more information). General Pugh is burning houses to the ground looking for the Scarecrow, angering Squire Thomas Banks, as the houses on his land are being burned, with those citizens being terrorized. Pugh strikes a deal with Banks for information: he wants the names of those who couldn’t pay their rent, then inexplicably had the money to pay. Banks gives him the name of one individual, a fellow by the name of Ransley, whom he calls a difficult fellow. Banks arranges to meet with Ransley the next morning, and Ransley arrives to meet Pugh. John intercepts Ransley’s arrival, and once he shows Ransley to the meeting room, he listens in at the door. Pugh questions Ransley, wondering how he was able to pay six months back rent and keep paying rent though his crops are poor and his flock of sheep is dwindling. Pugh accuses Ransley of being a smuggler, but Ransley denies it. Pugh threatens Ransley with jail unless he tells Pugh everything about the Scarecrow and his smuggling ring. To save himself, Ransley offers to find out information that will lead to the Scarecrow’s arrest. Pugh gives him 48 hours, or he will be sent to jail.

John tells Syn about everything he's heard between Pugh and Ransley

John tells Syn about everything he’s heard between Pugh and Ransley

John, having heard all this, rushes off to tell Syn. One traitor, he warns, is enough to get them all hanged. Syn thinks on this, as there is a shipment coming in the next day. Syn does decide that it’s too dangerous for John to ride the next evening, as Pugh is staying at his house, but he is to keep his eyes and ears open for any more information. Syn heads to Ransley’s farm to see how the man is doing, and greets Ransley’s ill mother for a start, and finds that Ransley doesn’t take care of his family. She tells him that she’s grateful to the Scarecrow for saving them, but that Joe, who she knows is one of the Scarecrow’s smugglers, would betray the Scarecrow to save himself. As she and her grandsons are afraid of Ransley, she says they have no choice but to obey him no matter what he decides. She is sent upstairs by Ransley, and Syn talks with Ransley about the Scarecrow. Ransley things that Scarecrow’s men won’t betray him due to fear, but without the fear, they’d gladly betray him. As Syn leaves, he stays in the doorway to hear Ransley’s plans, and secretly follows him and his sons to the Oast house up Knoll Hill. Syn discovers that after Ransley gets his share of the contraband the next night, they’ll take it and leave.

After talking with John and Mipps, Syn decides that the only option is to make an example of Ransley to the other men in his outfit, as mutiny among the men is worse than anything they could imagine. He then pulls John aside to put in place the next part of the plan. Back at the Banks house, Kate Banks talks with Brackenbury, but is soon called away by John, who tells Brackenbury that he overheard a group of smugglers talking about a shipment of brandy coming in, being taken up to the old Oast house on Knoll Hill. John plants the idea in Brackenbury’s head that this is the perfect chance to catch some of the Scarecrow’s men. Brackenbury, who has been dreaming of a chance to prove himself, decides not to tell Pugh and handle this matter himself.

Ransley arrives at the Oast house, unaware of the troops waiting to arrest him

Ransley arrives at the Oast house, unaware of the troops waiting to arrest him

The night of the shipment arrives, and Scarecrow and his men are at their work, with Scarecrow giving out his orders. Ransley soon starts on his betrayal, smiling to himself after the Scarecrow rides off with his right hand man Hellspite. Ransley arrives at Oates house, unaware that Brackenbury and his men are waiting for him. Ransley decides to run for it, but is shot in the shoulder and captured by the king’s men. He is soon taken to court with his sons, and are told that they will not hang them if they confess the name of the Scarecrow. Syn arrives to watch the proceedings, and interrupts with a note that was left at his door: “If the Reverend Dr. Syn speaks for the prisoners on trial, he will answer to the Scarecrow with his own life.” Pugh questions why Syn would receive such a note, and Syn says that he had told Mipps about a point of law concerning this case, which was probably spread by Mipps at the inn. Banks allows the point of law to be heard, and Syn points out that, if the Scarecrow had known about the betrayal, he wouldn’t have wasted twenty kegs of expensive contraband. The kegs are examined and, finding that they contain nothing more than sea water, Ransley and his sons are free to go. Ransley thanks Syn, but Syn warns him that he should get away as far as he can. Pugh then threatens Ransley that he needs to provide proof by that evening, or he will be thrown in jail.

Mipps is sent to watch the prosecutor Fragg, as Syn is suspicious of him. As Fragg enters the inn, a tense silence falls. Mipps starts a conversation with Fragg, telling him that he knows everything about everyone in town and, as a member of the church, is the soul of discretion. Fragg takes the bait, and starts asking Mipps about Ransley. He asks Mipps for a horse that night, with no one knowing about it, and Mipps promises to have it for him at the fork in the sea road. Fragg shows up at Ransley’s and wishes to talk with him, with Mipps and John sneaking in to listen. Fragg offers to help Ransley, so long as Ransley offers to help him. Ransley wants to run, but Fragg offers to help Ransley and give him all the reward money if Ransley gives the names of the men in the Scarecrow’s gang, the signal system, and hiding places for the loot. Ransley, feeling cornered, decides to help Fragg. John and Mipps rush off to tell Syn of this new development. Fragg heads off to talk to Pugh, telling him that he’ll smash the Scarecrow’s gang, although he will need Pugh’s men at standby to protect him. Pugh agrees, but still insults Fragg in the process. Syn knows that Ransley will betray him, and decides to use Ransley as an example once more to those who would not only betray him, but those men who offer blood money for betrayal.

Fragg is ambushed by the Scarecrow's men while waiting for Ransley

Fragg is ambushed by the Scarecrow’s men while waiting for Ransley

Pugh and his men wait at the old monastery, where Fragg asked them to wait, while Fragg waits at the old castle for Ransley. Fragg is ambushed by the Scarecrow and his men, and is captured. Ransley and Fragg are taken to an old barn with the Scarecrow conducting court. Ransley is charged with treachery, with Curlew and Hellspite providing testimony. Ransley’s pockets are emptied, and the list is found, damning Ransley. He is sentenced to hang, and Fragg is forced to watch as the man is hung. Frightened, Fragg flees, and the Scarecrow lets him go. After the men leave, it is revealed that the Scarecrow didn’t really hang Ransley, but tied the rope to a bit of the chair to make Ransley pass out. The Scarecrow tells him that Ransley is dead, and so he must flee and begin a new life, for if his men find that he is alive, they really will kill him. Ransley runs, and Mipps laughs at the ruse they have done. The next morning, a burial service is held for Ransley, and Fragg, on his way back to London, sees the sign stating “Here lies Joseph Ransley, departed this world as the result of an accident, May 17, 1775.” Pugh arrives and tells Syn to leave space in the graveyard for the Scarecrow, and Syn just smiles and tells Pugh to take care of that cold he’s caught.

February 15

February 15, 2005 – The New Walt Disney Records Imprint, Disney Sound, Has its First Release


“They Might Be Giants, here come the ABCs!”

On February 15, 2005, the new Walt Disney Records imprint Disney Sound established itself with its first release. Disney Sound, founded in 2004,’s has a mission to create original music the whole family could enjoy, separate from music that was being released through Disney Pearl and the Walt Disney Records main label. Its first release was the album Here Come the ABCs by the alternative band They Might Be Giants. The album was a success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Children’s Music Chart and being certified Gold by the RIAA.

February 14

February 14, 2010 – The Disney Channel Original Movie StarStruck Premieres


“Oh, you know exactly what you’re doing! In fact, I bet you do it all the time. You give girls that…that look and expect them to fall for you. Well, it’s not working with me, so get over it!”

On February 14, 2010, the Disney Channel Original Movie StarStruck premiered. The premiere had 6 million viewers, and became the Disney Channel’s most-watched original movie premier in the month of February. The movie was directed by Michael Grossman, with story by Barbara Johns. It starred Sterling Knight as Christopher Wilde, Danielle Campbell as Jessica Olson, Brandon Mychal Smith as Stubby, Maggie Castle as Sara, and Chelsea Staub as Alexis.

The film begins with pop star Christopher Wilde giving a performance at the Staples Center to an adoring crowd. In Michigan, fan Sara Olson is watching the concert on television, although her sister Jessica can’t understand her sister’s obsession with the pop star. As the family prepares a trip to California, Sara thinks that Christopher wants to meet her, and Jessica doesn’t want to go thanks to her sister’s obsession. Christopher goes out to party in California with his best friend Stubby, and meets up with his girlfriend Alexis, who gladly poses for the paparazzi. The next morning, Christopher has a meeting a movie producer for a new film role that could really help his career, although the producer thinks that Christopher needs to prove that he’s a serious, committed actor. He needs to keep his face out of the tabloids over the weekend, and the role will be his.

Sara is ecstatic about the opportunity to meet Christopher Wilde, while Jessica is less than thrilled

Sara is ecstatic about the opportunity to meet Christopher Wilde, while Jessica is less than thrilled

The family arrives in California, and Sara convinces her parents that she wants to take Jessica sightseeing, although her real intention is to stalk Christopher Wilde. She finds out that he’s singing at Alexis Bender’s birthday party, and plans to go, but Jessica has to go with her. Jessica only agrees when Sara promises to never talk about Christopher again. They head to the party, and Christopher tries to sneak in without being spotted by the paparazzi, as he promised Alexis he’d sing at her party. Seeing that he’s arrived at the club, Sara manages to sneak inside, as does Christopher, while Jessica waits reluctantly in the car. At midnight, Jessica finally gets annoyed with waiting and decides to go after her sister, and goes down the back alley to find her. As she reaches the stage door, Christopher accidentally hits her with the door as he rushes out. As he begins to panic, he takes her with him to the emergency room to get her checked out, as she appears to have a concussion.

At the hospital, Jessica is declared fine, with every test coming back normal. Jessica is left alone with Christopher, and she is not happy about it. He then has to rush home to meet his parents and the producer, and takes Jessica with him. Jessica is furious with the situation, and the two argue constantly. She is taken to his parents’ party, and he hides her upstairs while he talks with the party guests. He performs a new song at the party, and as Jessica overhears it, she is rather impressed with his talent. After he sings, he is alarmed to see that she has snuck out into the garage. He then takes her home, although once again they bicker the entire time. She lets him know point-blank that she’s not a fan of his, and he is intrigued by this. When they arrive at Jessica’s grandmother’s house, he realizes that the paparazzi have followed him, and she begrudgingly allows him to hide in the garage for the night when he offers her $5,000. The two almost have a moment, but Jessica tells him to stop giving her that look, and runs out, intriguing him more.

Sara and Jessica are sent by their parents to the beach, where Sara keeps her hopes up for a Wilde sighting

Sara and Jessica are sent by their parents to the beach, where Sara keeps her hopes up for a Wilde sighting

The next morning, Jessica is sitting down to have breakfast with her family, when Jessica has to prevent Sara from finding Christopher in the garage. Fortunately, he has already left the garage before he is discovered. Jessica’s grandmother tells them that there’s a story on Christopher on the news, and the gossip reporter states that, after his surprise appearance at the club, he was seen with a different girl later at his house, who may be stealing his heart. Jessica is mortified at this report, calling it slander, although the family has no idea as to why. Jessica and Sara are sent to the beach by their parents, and Jessica is annoyed that Sara is still on the search for Christopher, and stumbles upon him sitting in a chair, sleeping. He explains that he couldn’t go home because of the paparazzi camped outside his house, and Jessica agrees to lend him their car so he can get back. As the paparazzi arrives to find him, he takes her in her grandmother’s car, hitting her in the face in the process. The pair manage to sneak out undetected, and he offers to take her around LA for her troubles.

After a day of exploring, the pair end up lost on a dirt road as they try to avoid the paparazzi, and start bickering again. As they argue, they find themselves stuck in a mud pit, and have to get out of the car to push. The car sinks completely into the mud as they climb out, leaving them stranded in the middle of nowhere. The two have to walk back to the beach, and Jessica is furious, to say the least. Back at the beach, Sara finds the bar that has been left for her, which is Christopher Wilde’s car. As Jessica and Christopher walk, he is concerned as to why she’s so angry. She continues to argue with him, and he explains that he’s done nothing but think about her for two days. He thinks that she likes him, and she lets him have it, telling him that his life isn’t real. He can’t say anything against her accusations, but the two suddenly start playing around in a swamp pond when he tries to lighten the mood. As they dry off, he admits that he wants to stay there where no one can find him, as everybody just wants something from him. She asks him what he really wants to do, and he says that since he doesn’t want to disappoint his fans, he can’t say no. He then says he can be himself around her, and he likes it a lot. She then says that she likes it too. Reluctantly, they realize they have to leave, and he takes her hand as they head out.

Sara ends up at Christopher's house, which means Christopher, and Jessica, are missing.

Sara ends up at Christopher’s house, which means Christopher, and Jessica, are missing

Sara shows up at Christopher’s house with his car, and Stubby realizes that this is not a good thing. Jessica and Christopher finally end up at the beach, and he lets her know that she’s different from everyone he’s ever known, and the two lean in for a kiss, but he stops when he hears some people, thinking it’s the paparazzi. He then tells her that what’s between them ends on the beach, as she can’t tell anyone about their day together. If they get photographed together, he explains, it will get crazy, and he won’t get the movie deal, as she’s just an ordinary girl. This offends her, and she walks away. He offends her further by asking for her camera. He gives her cab fare, and he tells her that he doesn’t want it to end like this, but Jessica’s too hurt to care. After she heads into a phone booth to call for a cab, she spots him being accosted by fans and starts to cry. Unbeknownst to both of them, a member of the paparazzi catches the entire thing on film. As Christopher gets back to work, Stubby notices him viewing photos of his day with Jessica, and Christopher admits that he can’t get her out of her mind. Alexis stops by the studio, and she tells him she can’t understand why he would pick someone not famous before breaking up with him.

Jessica and her family prepare to go home, and her grandmother gives her some good advice before heading out: life has a way of working itself out. Christopher then has a meeting with the producer again, who has found out about Jessica from the tabloid reporters. He tells him that if he wants the movie deal, he needs to make Jessica go away. In a press interview, he claims that she’s just a fan that’s been following him around. Jessica sees the interview, and she’s even more heartbroken. Fed up, Jessica steps outside and confronts the paparazzi, and calls them out on their actions. Christopher watches the interview with Stubby, and Stubby is furious that Christopher has been saying “I don’t have a choice” about everything in his life lately. Taking Stubby’s words to heart, Christopher then shows up to the movie producer’s set, and refuses the offer for the film, not wanting to get it if he has to lie. He then tells his parents that he doesn’t want to do the movie, and wants to start managing his own life, effectively firing them as his managers. Back in Michigan, Jessica overhears Sara’s friend calling Jessica pathetic for making up a story about meeting Christopher Wilde, and Sara throws her friend out for being an idiot. Sara then comforts Jessica, inviting her to the dance with her.

After all of the events, Sara takes Jessica to the dance to cheer her up

After all of the events, Sara takes Jessica to the dance to cheer her up

The two head to the dance, and Jessica thanks Sara for her help, although Sara reverts back to her normal self and has Jessica pretend she doesn’t know her. Jessica is mocked by some student, when the lights go out. In a surprise move, Christopher shows up on stage and calls out Jessica’s name. He then sings a new song as an apology, but she doesn’t feel that it’s enough. The paparazzi shows up, and he admits on camera that he was the one who lied, and admits that he’s crazy about her. Jessica forgives him, and he sends the paparazzi away. Christopher finally meets Sara, and he asks her to go out with him on a real date. She agrees, and the two dance together.

February 13

February 13, 1988 – The Expo Robotics Demonstration Opens in Epcot


“The intricate movements of the robotic arms amazingly performed various programmed tricks.”

On February 13, 1988, the Expo Robotics demonstration opened in Epcot’s Communicore West area. Expo Robotics was an expansion of the already popular Bird and the Robot exhibit in World of Motion’s Transcenter. The demonstration featured several large robotic arms that performed a variety of programmed tricks, including drawing faces of guests and airbrushing Disney characters on t-shirts that were eventually sold. The demonstration also featured lively circus music to create the jolly atmosphere. The attraction eventually closed on October 3, 1993.

February 12

February 12, 2001 – Kelly Ripa Officially Joins the Show Live with Regis and Kelly


“It could only be Kelly. We knew that from her memorable debut onward.” – Co-host Regis Philbin

On February 12, 2001, new co-host Kelly Ripa officially joined ABC’s daytime talk show Live with Regis, which was renamed Live with Regis and Kelly.  Ripa had been picked after a long selection process, where host Regis Philbin spent a year with a handful of potential co-hosts, including the likes of Joy Philbin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Gloria Estefan; Ripa auditioned four months into this search. The combination of Philbin and Ripa gave new life to the show, with an average of 6 million viewers daily, and an increase in younger viewers of 80 percent. After Philbin left the show in late 2011, Ripa remained with the show, and it was renamed Live! with Kelly. Ripa’s new co-host, former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan, was chosen to join the show on September 4, 2012.

February 11

February 11, 1938 – The Donald Duck Short Film Self-Control is Released to Theaters


“When anger rises in your soul, laugh and count to ten, self-control should be your goal, laugh and count to ten!”

On February 11, 1938, the Donald Duck short film Self-Control was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack King.

Donald is lounging in his backyard, swinging in a hammock and singing. A musical philosopher named Uncle Smiley starts talking on the radio about self-control, and Donald eagerly listens. When Uncle Smiley asks if Donald has ever lost his temper, Donald answers that he never has, but Uncle Smiley still gives him a secret how to control his temper: just laugh and count to ten. Donald agrees to follow the advice before settling down to take a nap in his hammock. At that moment, a fly lands on his foot, disturbing him, and he angrily swats at it. He misses and lands on his head, and as his anger rises, he starts to count to ten. His anger subdued, he gets back in his hammock and snores away.

As Donald sleeps, he is unaware of the chicken/caterpillar conflict brewing underneath his hammock

As Donald sleeps, he is unaware of the chicken/caterpillar conflict brewing underneath his hammock

A caterpillar falls from the apple tree his hammock is tied to, and starts crawling around underneath the hammock. A nearby chicken notices the caterpillar, and as she jumps up to catch it, she pokes Donald in the backside with her beak. Donald cries out and nearly loses his temper again, but Uncle Smiley starts singing again about letting his troubles fly away. The caterpillar starts crawling around Donald, and when Donald tries to brush it off, the caterpillar slaps him with his tail. The chicken then leaps on to Donald to catch the caterpillar, and Donald falls to the ground again. He counts to ten, but not all of his anger has disappeared. As Uncle Smiley starts to sing again, Donald tells him off and tries to ignore him. A woodpecker then shows up and lands on the punch bowl of lemonade nearby. Donald wakes to find the bird in his lemonade and tries to shoo him away, but ends up with a lemon slice in his eye. Although he tries to ignore the bird, the woodpecker starts pecking the apple tree, filling Donald’s hammock with apples. Having had enough, Donald fights the woodpecker and grabs a shotgun to shoot it, but to no avail. Tired of Uncle Smiley’s advice, he takes the shotgun and uses it to destroy the radio.

February 10

February 10, 1950 – The Pluto Short Film Pluto and the Gopher Premieres in Theaters


“Pluto! Stop digging in my flowers!”

On February 10, 1950, the Pluto short film Pluto and the Gopher premiered in theaters. It was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

Pluto is lounging in the garden out back, smelling the few flowers there are, when a lump under the ground creeps through, stealing each and every flower. Pluto tries to keep the flowers from being pulled away, when he realizes that he’s caught a gopher. The gopher bites Pluto’s nose before digging underground again, and taunts Pluto as it digs from one area to the next. As Pluto attempts to dig after him, he is caught by Minnie, who less than thrilled to find him digging up her garden. Minnie then takes a flower inside, unaware that the gopher has been carried in the flowerpot. He tries to run outside, but finds himself trapped in the house. As Pluto lounges on the rug, he gets a rude awakening when he finds the gopher again, and mimics the gopher’s earlier taunts as he chases the critter into the air vent. The gopher then hides in a glove and various other household objects, and ends up being sent all through the house before escaping through the dog door. He digs back outside and ties Pluto down by his own ears, with Pluto angrily muttering to himself as the gopher once again enjoys the flowers.

February 9

February 9, 1996 – The Disney Institute Experience Opens at Walt Disney World


“For over two decades Disney Institute has been helping transform organizations through custom solutions grounded the time-tested success and insights from The Walt Disney Company

On February 9, 1996, the learning center The Disney Institute opened at Walt Disney World. Opened by Michael Eisner, the idea of the vacation experience was to provide guests a selection of over 80 interactive programs in eight categories: Entertainment Arts, Performing Arts, Story Arts, Design Arts, Culinary Arts, Lifestyles, Gardening & the Great Outdoors, and Sports & Fitness. The experience was held at the Disney Village, which included facilities for all of the programs, which included animation studios, culinary studios, and a 225-seat amphitheater. By the summer of 2000, the focus of the Disney Institute shifted from casual guests to programs that accommodated corporate offices and guests, teaching professional development. The last guests for the old version of the Disney Institute stayed at the resort on February 11, 2002, and was replaced by the Saratoga Springs Resort, a part of the Disney Vacation Club. Although there is no permanent location for the Disney Institute, it still operates, providing seminars and workshops in the following: Leadership Excellence; Selection, Training, & Engagement; Quality Service; Brand Loyalty; Creativity & Innovation; and Business Excellence.