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June 30

June 30, 1945 – The Educational Short Film Cleanliness Brings Health is Delivered


“This is the story of two families: one of them happy, one of them sad; one of them clean, the other, careless.”

On June 30, 1945, the educational short film Cleanliness Brings Health was delivered to the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs.

The short introduces two families: one clean, happy, and healthy, the other careless, sick, and unhappy. The audience sees how the Clean family lives, and how they make sure everything is kept clean, including their dishes, food, and livestock. The father works in the corn field with his son, and all three members of the family are happy. The Careless family is seen doing several things that cause them to be constantly ill, including cooking on the floor and letting their livestock roam free. The son is seen on the ground with stomach cramps, and he goes into the corn field to relieve himself, although this causes his illness to spread through the crops and the dirt. The Clean family also has a problem with stomach cramps, but they create a simple latrine rather than use the old custom of going into the corn fields. The Clean family also washes themselves and their clothes to continue their health. Finally, the narrator reminds the audience that “cleanliness brings health and happiness.”


June 29

June 29, 1951 – The Goofy Short Film Tomorrow We Diet is Released to Theaters


“Eat, drink, and be merry, and tomorrow, we diet!”

On June 29, 1951, the Goofy short film Tomorrow We Diet was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Milt Schaffer and Dick Kinney.

The short begins with Goofy pulling out several dishes from the refrigerator and scarfing them down all at once. After his meal, he passes by the mirror and admires his reflection. His reflection, however, has some choice words for him. Goofy argues that he’s as fit as a fiddle, but the reflection points out that he’s as fit as a bass fiddle. Although Goofy has several images of his younger, fitter days, he’s gained several pounds since then, and rips the seam of his pants as he struggles to put them on. The tailor has to take his awning to create a striped suit for Goofy, and when he enters a cab, he is heavy enough to cause the tires to pop. There are several instances of Goofy’s weight causing problems for him and those around him, including breaking two stools at the local café and crashing the elevator.

Goofy unloads the fridge of its contents, but is soon scolded by his reflection

Goofy unloads the fridge of its contents, but is soon scolded by his reflection

Goofy soon arrives home with a book called “Easy Ways to Reduce,” and the mirror taunts him to touch his toes. The moment the reflection mentions eating, however, Goofy is already digging around in the fridge. The mirror tells him what he cannot eat, leaving him with a solitary carrot. But then, Goofy decides to just leave the table altogether, but heads back to the fridge once again. His mind is obsessed with food, and his attempts at maintaining a diet are thwarted by his mind demanding he eat. His reflection compliments him on his willpower before they both go to sleep, but Goofy soon heads to the fridge in his sleep to eat. He is shocked, however, to find that all the food is gone; his reflection has taken all the food and enjoyed a good meal, proclaiming that tomorrow, they will diet.

June 28

June 28, 1988 – The Walt Disney World Restaurant Narcoossee’s Opens in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa


“Slip away to this elegant waterfront retreat for exquisite seafood specialties and spectacular views of Seven Seas Lagoon.”

On June 28, 1988, the signature dining restaurant Narcoossee’s opened its doors from its location in Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The restaurant’s menu serves a selection of seafood and steak, including whole-steamed Maine lobster, one of Narcoossee’s famous delicacies. The restaurant features a business casual dress code, requesting that guests do not wear tank tops, swim suits, and shirts with offensive language or graphics. Guests are given a view of the Magic Kingdom, and in the evening, are able to view the Wishes fireworks show from their table; the restaurant plays the music for the show to give guests the experience of the show while they dine.


June 27

June 27, 1930 – The Silly Symphony Arctic Antics is Released to Theaters


On June 27, 1930, the Silly Symphony Arctic Antics was released to theaters. It was directed by Ub Iwerks.

A polar bear cub is dancing about between the back of a polar bear and sheets of ice, followed by a parade of other polar bears and seals. One polar bear cub uses its tail to drive him forward on a sheet of ice like a speedboat. A walrus is seen chasing a fish, who jumps about, teasing it. A group of seals clap as they watch a female do a balancing act and dance with a fish, while another seal uses a walrus to create music before being chased off by the walrus, who wishes to sing instead. The seals applaud the walrus’ efforts before a troop of penguins marches on the scene, waddling in unison. One small penguin falls through the ice, but manages to quickly rejoin the group before they whistle their marching tune behind a large iceberg.

June 26

June 26, 1909 – Animator, Member of Disney’s Nine Old Men, Director, and Disney Legend Wolfgang “Woolie” Reitherman is Born


“I just felt [animation] was a twentieth century art form, probably the most unique of anything that had appeared on the art horizon for decades since perspective. I was just fascinated because you could move those things. You can’t move a painting.”

On June 26, 1909, Wolfgang Reitherman was born in Munich, Germany. His family moved to California when Reitherman was an infant. Fascinated with airplanes from a young age, he attended the Pasadena Junior College to study aircraft engineering, and later got a job at Douglas Aircraft as a draftsman. Reitherman changed his career path in 1931 to study his other passion of art, enrolling in the Chouinard Art Institute, studying watercolor. As fate would have it, Reitherman met an instructor who taught at the Disney Studios, and in 1933, Reitherman joined the company in the animation department. When World War II began, Reitherman served in the Air Force, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his services in Africa, China, India, and the South Pacific. He returned to the studio after the war, and contributed to more than 30 Disney short films throughout his career, including Water Babies and Donald in Mathmagic Land. Reitherman also contributed to several feature animated films, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Reitherman’s first foray into directing came with the animated feature film Sleeping Beauty. In 1961, Reitherman was named co-director of the film One Hundred and One Dalmatians alongside Hamilton Luske and Clyde Geronimi. In 1963, Reitherman was named the director of the film The Sword in the Stone, a first for an animator in the studio’s history. He would continue to serve as an animator of Disney features, which include The Jungle Book, The Arisocats, Robin Hood, and the cartoon feature Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. A trademark in Reitherman’s films was the reuse of animation, as evidenced in Robin Hood’s “Phoney King of England” scene, which borrowed heavily from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In 1981, Reitherman retired from the Disney Studios, having dedicated nearly 50 years of his life. Unfortunately, Reitherman died in a car accident on May 22, 1985, in Burbank, California. As a tribute to his life and his work at Disney, he was honored as a Disney Legend in 1989.

June 25

June 25, 1969 – The Walt Disney Educational Materials Co. is Incorporated

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“Building thinkers every day.”

On June 25, 1969, the Walt Disney Company production asset The Walt Disney Educational Materials Company was incorporated. The company went through several name changes, finally settling on Disney Educational Productions, a moniker they still use today. For over 60 years, the company has provided educators with Disney educational films and materials, with several being nominated and/or awarded with honors from several organizations. The company’s materials fall under five main categories: Disneynature, Social Studies, Language & Arts, Math & Science, and Health & Safety; a sixth category is listed with all programs containing scientist Bill Nye.

June 24

June 24, 2011 – The Pixar Short Film Hawaiian Vacation is Released to Theaters


“Eh, I should have seen this coming.”

On June 24, 2011, the Pixar short film Hawaiian Vacation was released to theaters alongside the full-length animated feature Cars 2. The short is part of the Toy Story Toons series which includes the characters from the hit Toy Story franchise in an all-new adventure; it was filmed in CinemaScope and was released in 3D and IMAX versions. It was directed by Gary Rydstrom, and features the voice talents of Jodi Benson as Barbie, Michael Keaton as Ken, Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex, and John Ratzenberger as Hamm.

The short begins at the beginning of Bonnie’s winter break, and Woody has called a meeting with the toys to discuss what will happen when Bonnie flies off to Hawaii. Everyone lays out their vacation plans: Trixie and Rex have set up profiles for an online role playing game; Buttercup, Hamm, and Chuckles are playing cards; Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are spending the week together (although Mr. Potato Head makes sure he can still play cards with the trio); and the aliens audition for Mr. Pricklepants’ new show. Bonnie soon arrives back in her room, grabs her suitcase, and quickly departs. Unfortunately, she left behind her backpack, where Barbie and Ken were stowed away, hoping to go to Hawaii. They actually think they’re in Hawaii, and think Woody and the gang have joined them there. When Woody breaks the news to Ken and Barbie that they’re in Bonnie’s bedroom, Ken does not take the news well.

Ken looks out the window in despair as Bonnie heads off to Hawaii without him and Barbie

Ken looks out the window in despair as Bonnie heads off to Hawaii without him and Barbie

Barbie lets the others know that Ken had spent months planning this vacation, including where they would have their very first kiss, although Ken doesn’t know that she knows. Woody is touched by Ken’s surprise for Barbie, and decides to help them have the perfect “Hawaii vacation” in Bonnie’s bedroom. Every toy plays a part in the plan (which includes the return of Spanish Buzz). When it comes time for the kiss, Woody and the gang sets up the beach for the pair, but Barbie decides to take Ken outside in the snow. The two walk off together, and fall off the deck into the snow. There’s a moment of silence before Hamm declares that he’ll go get the shovel.

June 23

June 23, 1999 – The Adventureland Attraction Tarzan’s Treehouse Opens in Disneyland


“Tour Tarzan’s jungle home – built aloft in an 80-foot tall tree – and see what it’s like to live on the wild side!”

On June 23, 1999, the Adventureland attraction Tarzan’s Treehouse opened in Disneyland. It replaced the Swiss Family Treehouse that has been in Disneyland since 1962, and was based on the 1999 animated feature film. To recreate the feel of the film, the staircase was rebuilt to resemble parts of a shipwreck, and the houses include scenes from the life of the title character. At the top of the attraction, guests are able to view all of Adventureland; at the base of the attraction, an area is set up for children to play and interact. The attraction was also recreated at Hong Kong Disneyland, and opened on September 12, 2005.

June 22

June 22, 1920 – Voice Actor and Disney Legend Paul Frees is Born


“Color has its harmony and just like I have said: red, yellow, green, red, blue, blue, blue, red, purple, green, blue, purple, red, red!”

On June 22, 1920, Solomon Hersh Frees was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as a radio actor, but his career was put on hold when he was drafted during World War II, and fought in the D-Day landings at Normandy, France. Injured in battle, he was sent back to the United States to recover; after the war, he attended the Chouinard Art Institute, but left to take care of his ailing first wife and returned to his radio career. He quickly became busy, working on such series as Escape and Gunsmoke. Frees was a major player during the Golden Age of Animation, asked to work for the major studios to include Disney, UPA, Jay Ward Productions, and Hanna-Barbera, just to name a few. For Disney, Frees’ unusual four-octave range allowed him to play parts ranging from the Ghost Host in the Haunted Mansion to his most well-known role of zany Professor Ludwig von Drake, who appeared in eighteen episodes of the Disney anthology series. Frees did a plethora of voices for Disneyland, including the narration for Adventure Thru Inner Space, as well as several of the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean. As Ludwig von Drake, Frees recorded several songs on the Disneyland Records label, including “The Spectrum Song.” During the 1960s and 1970s, it was near impossible to not hear Frees’ voice on a program. Frees continued to be active as a voice actor until his unfortunate death of heart failure at the age of 66. In 2006, Frees was honored as a Disney Legend.

June 21

June 21, 1961 – The Live-Action Film The Parent Trap is Released to Theaters


“The nerve of her! Coming here with your face!”

On June 21, 1961, the live-action feature film The Parent Trap was released to theaters. It was based on the German children’s book Das doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kästner. The film is well-known for its use of split-screen shots to help create the illusion of twins, both played by Hayley Mills. The special effects were credited to Ub Iwerks, who was well known at this time for his technical innovations. The movie also includes three songs by famed songwriting duo the Sherman Brothers: “The Parent Trap” sung by Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands (who were filming Babes in Toyland at the time); “For Now, For Always” performed by Maureen O’Hara; and “Let’s Get Together” performed by Hayley Mills (with a short version heard at the camp dance by Annette Funicello). The film was quite successful on its release, and even more successful in its rerelease to theaters in 1968. The film was also nominated for two Academy Awards: Sound, and Film Editing. Although set in Boston and California, the film was mostly shot in California, with scenes at Mitch’s ranch filmed at the Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon. The film was adapted and directed by David Swift, who would go on to write the screenplay for the 1998 remake of the film. The original film stars Hayley Mills as Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick, Maureen O’Hara as Margaret McKendrick, Brian Keith as Mitch Evers, Joanna Barnes as Vicky Robinson, and Una Merkel as Verbena.

The film begins with Sharon McKendrick arriving at Camp Inch from her home in Boston. She is soon taken to her cabin and meets her bunkmates Betsy and Ursula. They soon make their way to the mess hall for lunch, where Sharon soon bumps into a girl who looks exactly like her. At lunch, a camp dance is announced with Thunderhead Boys’ Camp, much to the excitement of the girls. Miss Inch, the owner of the camp, declares that girls who get enough demerits will not be allowed to attend. Later on, Sharon comes across the girl again, and when the girl (named Susan) mocks her, war begins between Sharon and Susan, including their bunkmates. Susan and her friends decide to trash Sharon’s cabin; the untidiness keeps them from the dance. Sharon, Betsy, and Ursula watch angrily as the dance goes on, and Ursula comes up with an idea. As Susan steps onto the deck with her date, the girls cut the back of her dress off, exposing her underwear. Susan’s friends try to cover her up, and bring her outside. The war comes to a head where the two girls attack each other, and the fight heads inside where they knock over the records, and ruin all of the food. The two are then given their punishment: they will spend the rest of the summer together, beginning with rooming in the isolation cabin named “Serendipity.”

One stormy day, the girls bond and discover that they really are identical twin sisters

One stormy day, the girls bond and discover that they really are identical twin sisters

One stormy day, Susan is hanging pictures when a large gust of wind blows her pictures across the floor. When Sharon helps her, Susan thanks her sincerely, and the two begin to talk. They share stories of their home lives, and when Sharon sees a picture of Susan’s father, she suddenly gets goosebumps. She puts the pieces together, and shows Susan a picture of her mother. Susan asks why Sharon has a picture of her mother, and the two finally realize that they are sisters. Later, the two speculate why their parents split up, although they can’t understand why they would want to have broken up. Suddenly, Susan gets an idea: the two would switch places to meet the other parent. Sharon believes that if they switch, they’ll have to be unswitched, and they’ll bring their parents back together. They start teaching each other about their lives, and by the time the summer ends, they’re ready to switch.

Susan soon arrives in Boston, and is greeted warmly by her grandfather. She then meets her mother, Margaret, and is quite in shock when she does. Margaret makes comments on her daughter’s seemingly odd behavior, as it seems like “Sharon” had never seen her before, before finishing getting ready for her various meetings. Susan tricks her mother into staying home from her meetings, and the two go for a picnic in a park. Susan then asks for information on her father, and finds out information about their first date at a restaurant called Martinelli’s and the song they consider “their song.” Meanwhile, Sharon arrives in California and meets her father, Mitch, for the first time. Although initially nervous and flustered, she soon starts asking him a barrage of questions. He then attempt to have a serious talk with her, but doesn’t get very far. Sharon then meets ranch hand Hecky and housekeeper Verbena, with the latter thinking that something is very different with her. Her suspicions are further aroused when Susan’s dog Andromeda acts rather antagonistic towards Sharon. Sharon hears a strange woman’s voice when she enters the house, and acts Verbena about the woman she saw. Verbena doesn’t like the woman, and doesn’t hesitate to let Sharon know.

Sharon meets Vicky for the first time, though she realizes this gives her a huge problem with the plan

Sharon meets Vicky for the first time, though she realizes this gives her a huge problem with the plan

Sharon finally meets Vicky, Mitch’s young paramour, and a gold-digger to boot. Sharon tries to drive Vicky away, claiming that Mitch likes to “play the field,” although Vicky isn’t convinced. At three in the morning, Boston time, Susan waits for Sharon’s phone call. Sharon tries to warn Susan about Vicky, but Susan doesn’t listen and orders Sharon to bust up the relationship between Vicky and Mitch, as she refuses to give up her time with her mother. The next day, Mitch tries to tell Sharon that he wants to marry Vicky, although Sharon starts asking questions about her mother. Mitch tries to brush off her questions, thinking she wants the “sex talk.” She quickly changes the subject, trying to get him to talk about her mother instead, but he’s so flustered that he goes back to his golf game. They spend the rest of the day together, and Mitch finally gets the nerve to talk about marrying Vicky. Sharon storms off before he can get the words out and starts talking to herself, but Verbena overhears and starts questioning the girl. Sharon finally admits that she’s Sharon, not Susan, and Verbena promises to keep it a secret.

Mitch once again tries to talk to Sharon, but Sharon doesn’t take the news well. Vicky offers to have a talk with her one on one, and while the talk begins calmly, when Sharon points out that Vicky wants to marry Mitch for his money, Vicky becomes antagonistic. Later that night, Sharon sends a telegram to Susan, asking her to wait for her call again at 3 AM. When the two talk, Susan’s grandfather listens into the call, and corners Susan when she leaves the study. Revealing that he knows everything, Susan admits everything. Finally at the breakfast table the next morning, she admits the truth to everyone. Margaret is overcome with emotion for seeing Susan for the first time in over a decade, and the two talk about what really happened between Margaret and Mitch. Margaret and Susan pack to go to California, and Margaret’s father surreptitiously convinces her to change her look to keep up with the times in his way of helping Susan and Sharon’s plan on getting their parents back together.

Mitch is surprised to find Margaret in his house, and in his bathrobe

Mitch is surprised to find Margaret in his house, and in his bathrobe

Susan and Margaret soon arrive in California, and Sharon breaks the news to them about Mitch’s engagement, which visibly upsets Margaret, although she tries her best to cover it up. When Mitch returns, he starts chewing out Susan, with Susan catching on to how Sharon had been acting around the house. Soon after, Vicky, her mother Edna, and the Reverend Dr. Mosby arrive to talk with Mitch and see the house. Mitch goes upstairs to shower, leaving Susan to play hostess. He is unaware that Margaret has just used his bathroom to take a shower, and she slips out before he enters, wearing his bathrobe. Susan grabs Margaret so she can take a glimpse of Vicky. When Mitch finally goes downstairs, he spies Margaret running around outside, and is shocked enough that he trips over a table and drops the drinks he’s holding. When he takes the group on a tour of the outside, he spies Margaret again, and trips into the outdoor pond. He is pulled out of the water and heads inside to confront Margaret and Susan.

When Mitch gets inside, the two have a polite reunion before they start arguing loudly. Mitch is interrupted by Susan, and he suddenly realizes that Susan and Sharon are in his house. Margaret tells him of their plan to switch places, and he is thrilled that he was able to meet Sharon for the first time in years. Margaret sends the two girls away so she and Mitch can talk alone. Mitch is angry that Margaret would show up now of all times, but Margaret starts acting coy. The two then start arguing again, and she threatens to punch him, and when he starts manhandling her, she punches him in the eye. When she tries to study his eye, the Reverend walks in, and Mitch quickly tries to explain the situation, although he introduces Margaret as his wife. The Reverend takes a shine to Margaret, and seems to find humor in the entire situation. Margaret then decides to go change into something a little more comfortable than Mitch’s bathrobe; while away, Vicky informs Mitch that she is not at all thrilled with the situation and demands that she not stay the night.

The girls recreate their parents' first date and entertain them with a floor show

The girls recreate their parents’ first date and entertain them with a floor show

Edna and Vicky soon make an excuse to leave, uncomfortable with Margaret’s appearance. Later, Susan, Sharon, and Verbina convince Hecky to help them with the next step of their plan: recreating the first date. Mitch goes out onto the patio, as instructed, and sees the setup. When Margaret arrives, the two sit down and have a terse interaction. However, they stop talking when the girls step out to perform a song for the couple. After their show, they leave the couple alone to have dinner. Margaret then tells Mitch that the girls are trying to recreate their first date, including their first song. Mitch starts reminiscing about their fights in their marriage, stating that they wouldn’t have lasted anyway, and that it was a mistake in the beginning, which upsets Margaret. The two argue again, and Margaret starts to storm off, but she stops herself. She lets him know that she’s leaving in the morning with Sharon, and sincerely wishes him the best with his marriage with Vicky.

The next day, the twins have come up with a new plan: they come down the stairs in matching outfits, with no one able to tell them apart. They inform their parents that neither girl is going back to Boston, they’re all going on the campout together, and will let them know which is Susan and which is Sharon when they get back. Vicky is furious that Mitch is going off with Margaret, and Margaret agrees. She then suggests that Vicky goes in Margaret’s place. The girls are angry about this development, and Vicky isn’t thrilled either. While hiking up to the campsite, the girls play a prank of Vicky with a lizard on top of a water bottle. She threatens the girls when Mitch isn’t listening, so they decide to up the ante with their pranks. Vicky is miserable the entire time, although she says she’ll stick it out. Although Mitch lectures the girls on playing pranks, he secretly finds them hilarious. That night, the girls play one last prank, mimicking the prank that Susan played on Sharon when they first met. Vicky wakes up to find two bear cubs licking the honey on her feet, and starts trashing the campsite due to anger. She then slaps one of the twins, and decides not to marry Mitch after all, with Hecky driving her back to civilization.

After coming back to the ranch, Mitch finally realizes how much he missed Margaret, and how much he still loves her

After coming back to the ranch, Mitch finally realizes how much he missed Margaret, and how much he still loves her

The group goes back to the ranch, and Margaret asks Mitch what happened to Vicky. The girls apologize to Mitch about what they did to Vicky, then leave to let the two adults talk. Mitch suddenly realizes that he still has feelings for Margaret and, finding that the two are alone, he goes upstairs to shave and put on a nice outfit. He brings up a bottle of wine and turns on some nice music, and the mood turns to the romantic. He tells her that he misses the wet stockings she used to hang in the shower, his razor being dull from her use, her hairpins, and more of the little things about her. He then admits that he misses her, and they kiss. Meanwhile, upstairs, Susan shares a dream she had with Susan of their future: the remarriage of their mother and father.