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June 30

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

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“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.”

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June 29

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

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“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

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“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

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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

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“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

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“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.