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August 21

August 21, 2011 – Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Live Show Begins

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“Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all!”

On August 21, 2011, the live touring production Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! began its run in Lakeland, Florida. It was a ninety-minute production featuring the characters from the hit Disney Channel Original Series, with actors in costumes playing the parts. The show mostly featured songs from the series, including “Everything’s Better with Perry” and “Summer Belongs to You,” as well as Broadway standards, such as “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story and “One” from A Chorus Line; an original song called “We’re Gonna Put On a Show!” was written just for the production. The production ended after two touring seasons, with its last performance taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 17, 2013.

August 20

August 20, 1928 – First Female Imagineer and Disney Legend Harriet Burns is Born

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“What really earned respect for Harriet Burns was her creative skill…Fred Joerger, Wathel Rogers and Harries became known as the WED Model Shop, the heartbeat of Walt’s design engine for Disneyland and beyond.” – Disney Legend Marty Sklar

On August 20, 1928, Harriet Bruns (née Tapp) was born in San Antonio, Texas. Burns studied art at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and went on to study advanced design at the University of New Mexico. She married William Burns, and in 1953, she, her husband, and their daughter moved to Los Angeles. While there, she found a job at the Dice Display Industries Cooperative Exchange designing props and interiors part-time. In 1955, after the company closed down, she was advised to apply for Disney, and started working there the same year. She began her career at Disney as a prop and set painter for the Mickey Mouse Club; she immediately stood out as the “best-dressed employee,” wearing dresses and high heels while working with saws and sanders alongside the men. Soon after, she moved up the ranks, creating the show’s color styling, and designing the Mouse Clubhouse. While there, Burns worked alongside Fred Joerger, who was a model builder for the Disneyland project.

When WED Enterprises was founded (later to be known as Walt Disney Imagineering), Burns was one of the three employees tapped to be a part of the group, alongside Joerger and Wathel Rogers. One of Burns’ first assignments was the model of Sleeping Beauty Castle, which was soon followed by designs of New Orleans Square, the Haunted Mansion, Storybook Land, and the design of the birds of The Enchanted Tiki Room. Burns also contiributed greatly to the Disney attractions at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, particularly the Carousel of Progress and the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. In 1986, Burns retired from Walt Disney Imagineering, and in 1992, she was honored with a window on Main Street, being the first woman in Disney history to be honored in this way. In 2000, she was further honored as a Disney Legend for her work in Imagineering. She passed away on July 25, 2008, at the age of 79.

August 19

August 19, 1938 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Whalers is Released to Theaters

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“Very distressing. Not a whale in sight. Ho hum.”

On August 19, 1938, the Mickey Mouse short film The Whalers was released to theaters. This is one of the few shorts where Mickey doesn’t have any lines, with the majority of the dialogue performed by Donald and Goofy. It was directed by Dick Huemer.

It’s a fine day at sea, and Donald peeks out from his barrel at the top of the mast, upset that there are no whales around. He soon cheers up when he decides to eat his lunch: a baloney sandwich; unfortunately, a flock of hungry seagulls interrupt Donald’s good mood. He beats them away with a telescope, but fails to notice that a nearby pelican ate his sandwich. Meanwhile, Mickey is on the deck, trying to dump a bucket of water into the ocean, but the water keeps boomeranging back into his bucket. With one final try, he throws the water and the bucket overboard, but the water and bucket still manage to make their way back to Mickey. Finally, Donald calls out to Mickey and Goofy when he spots a whale, with Goofy startled awake and banging his head on the cannon. He quickly loads the harpoon in the cannon and tries to shoot, but the harpoon won’t be fired. As he reaches in to check the wick, he pushes the wick out accidentally, and ends up lighting his own finger.

Goofy unwittingly sits of the barrel of gunpowder, thinking that he was sitting on the bucket of water

Goofy unwittingly sits of the barrel of gunpowder, thinking that he was sitting on the bucket of water

As Goofy tries to light another match, he accidentally sets his own pants on fire; when he goes to the water bucket to put himself out, he ends up sitting on the bucket of gunpowder instead, and is shot into the cannon. As the cannon’s fuse is heading down, Goofy manages to get himself out, but ends up shooting the harpoon into Donald’s barrel. Trying to make up for his mistake, Goofy ends up using the anchor as the harpoon, and shoots it into a glacier, getting himself caught in the rope. Donald rushes to save him, but it’s too late, as Goofy falls inside the spout of the whale. Goofy lights a candle to see his surroundings, which causes the whale to cough. Goofy is soon caught in the spout of the whale, and has to ride the whale while it swims at a ferocious speed. Mickey tries to help capture the whale, but the whale destroys their entire ship. In the end, Goofy proclaims loudly that he caught the whale, holding up a rather irritated fish.

August 18

August 18, 2000 – The Disney Channel Original Movie Quints Premieres

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“You see, this is my story. And yeah, it’s one of those ‘girl finds herself even though she didn’t know she was lost’ stories. But I promise you: it’s not going to be lame, and it’s not going to be boring.”

On August 18, 2000, the Disney Channel Original Movie Quints premiered. It was written by Matthew Weisman and Gregory K. Pincus, and directed by Bill Corcoran. It starred Kimberly J. Brown as Jamie Grover, Daniel Roebuck as Jim Grover, Elizabeth Morehead as Nancy Grover, Shadia Simmons as Zoe, Jake Epstein as Brad, James Kall as Mr. Blackmer, and Vince Corazza as Albert.

The movie begins with Jamie Grover introducing her family, and the story of how her brothers and sisters arrived. Taking the story back to January, she introduces her father, who is going back to college, and her mother, who publishes a small-town paper in Milford. She introduces her life, including her school, although she embellishes quite a bit. Her friend Zoe tries to get Jamie to go to Art Club, but Jamie has to go work on her science project. She has a goal to attend the science magnet school, and relates her pressure to not let her parents down as the only child, and the first of her family to go to college. Her parents are almost smothering her with attention, and poor Jamie can’t stand it anymore, although she understands that her parents just want to best for her.

The spare room is quickly made over into a nursery to house the new arrivals

The spare room is quickly made over into a nursery to house the new arrivals

Later on, she heads home to find her parents rather stressed. They tell her the news that her mom is pregnant, and Jamie is thrilled. Her mother then drops the bombshell: she’s carrying quintuplets. The family quickly sets to work turning the spare room into a nursery, and Jamie reveals that during those months, nothing really changed, save for her mom’s appearance. Finally, the babies are ready to arrive, and Jamie experiences her first bout of being forgotten, as her parents almost forget to take Jamie with them to the hospital. Her siblings were the first quintuplets in the state, and they arrive home to a whole media frenzy. Jamie then shows off the new life with her siblings, who are crying and creating chaos.

Jamie heads to school, completely exhausted. Her friends ask her what she’s going to do with her new freedom, and try to get her to join art club. Her teacher asks her where her heart is, and Jamie can’t answer, as she’s never had to answer that question before. The moment she gets home, Jamie is roped into baby duty, and a baby nurse is hired to help take care of the quints. Not wanting to keep doing baby duty, she decides to join Art Club, although she has no idea what to do. The baby nurse, Fiona, tries to keep everything on schedule, but with all the financial woes and exhaustion, the family is soon falling apart. After a few weeks, Fiona quits, as she can’t handle it anymore, and the parents panic. Jamie volunteers to take care of the kids, although she isn’t exactly sure of how she’ll be able to do so.

The Grover's money troubles are over with the arrival of Albert

The Grover’s money troubles are over with the arrival of Albert

Suddenly, their wishes are answered when Albert Lensley, an agent, appears at their door to give the family free diapers and other gifts if the babies do some advertising and marketing for Cutie Pants Diapers. While Jamie focuses on her life, she realizes that she actually has a real talent for art, and might have to come up with a new plan for her life. Her teacher, Mr. Blackmer, asks her to draw people, and she starts drawing the quints, getting inspiration mostly from her sibling Adam. However, the family is photographed without Jamie, and it is almost as if she’s not part of the family anymore. Mr. Blackmer convinces her that she has enough distance to see the entire situation and point out the details. Her parents finally listen to her when she’s able to correctly identify the baby and the reason she’s crying, while her parents can’t tell at all. Her parents are all caught up in the marketing, forgetting they have five babies instead of just one set of quints.

Later that night, her father comes into Jamie’s room to confess that he’s upset that he can’t tell the babies apart, because he was working so much and not spending time with his family. Her further confesses that he doesn’t know what he’s doing, but Jamie tells him just to love them. Unfortunately, her parents are further sucked in to the quints marketing campaign, and Jamie is completely ignored. Her friend Brad reassures her when they forget to go to her parent-teacher conference, but she’s still angry at them. Her mother suggests that they get Jamie in the national commercial with the quints; unfortunately, Jamie refuses to appear when she’s dressed as a giant diaper. Jamie feels she’s completely forgotten, and accused of being selfish. Her friends and teacher tell her that her future lies with her, and she can make her future great, especially when Mr. Blackmer is going to feature her sketches at the school’s art fair.

Albert brings the Grovers the exciting news about the "Parents of the Year" award

Albert brings the Grovers the exciting news about the “Parents of the Year” award

Jamie announces her good news to her parents, who are thrilled at hearing this. They promise to be there at the gala opening, but Albert arrives with news that they’ve won Parents of the Year, and the dinner is the same night as the art show. Jamie is heartbroken, and heads to school to rip up all of her sketches. Zoe and Brad try to ask her what’s wrong, and she explains that her parents are choosing their awards dinner over her art show. She refuses to go to the art show, but Mr. Blackmer will still showcase her art. One day at school, Mr. Blackmer rushes Jamie to the hospital, where Adam is rather ill. Her parents finally admit that they understand what Jamie meant when the quints were five different babies rather than a unit. Jamie then admits that she wants to follow her own plan for her life, not their parents. Her parents accept her the way she is, and the relationship is mended. After Albert pushes his marketing campaign too far, the Grovers fire him.

Brad and Zoe volunteer to help Jamie take care of the quints while Jamie’s parents head to the gala dinner, although the parents forgot to bring the quints with them. Mr. Blackmer helps to save the day, driving the quints, Jamie, Brad, and Zoe to the dinner. Unfortunately, Mr. Blackmer’s car breaks down on the way there, and the kids quickly board a bus and the subway to get there. The Grovers begin to panic while at the dinner, but Jamie and the quints arrive just in time. The Governor offers to give Jamie a ride anywhere, and she decides to go straight to the art show. At the art show, the winner is Jamie, and she is awarded her first blue ribbon. When she receives the ribbon, she is also surprised by her parents, who wanted to be there for her big moment. In the end, while she is eligible to go to the science magnet school, she decides to go to Milford High for the great art program.

August 17

August 17, 2010 – The Sitcom Melissa & Joey Premieres on ABC Family

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“No we don’t. The urge to set things on fire – we repress.”

On August 17, 2010, the sitcom Melissa & Joey premiered on ABC Family. The story is about Mel Burke, a former wild child turned local politician, who has to take care of her niece and nephew after her brother-in-law and sister are thrown in federal prison. Mel reluctantly hires Joe, a former commodities trader, to become the live-in nanny. The show has received great ratings in its timeslot, and as of this date, has been renewed for a fourth season. The series was created by David Kendall and Bob Young. It stars Melissa Joan Hart as Mel Burke, Joey Lawrence as Joe Longo, Taylor Spreitler as Lennox, and Nick Robinson as Ryder.

The episode begins with Councilperson Mel Burke preparing for a night on the town while watching an earlier press conference. Someone in the conference starts demanding their money back from her brother-in-law, but she coolly shuts him down, with her assistant Rhonda telling her that she “smelled of authority.” Their celebration is cut short when Mel’s niece Lennox asks why angry white men are throwing trash on their lawn. Mel is trying to reach out to her niece, but Lennox is rather reluctant, as is Lennox’s brother Ryder, who expresses his anger in not-so-healthy ways. On Mel’s way out, she and Rhonda get phone calls about Lennox, with Lennox getting suspended. Mel goes to confront Lennox, and Lennox acts rather flippant about the entire thing. Suddenly, the doorbell rings, and Mel runs to meet her date, but meets the man from the press conference instead. He apologizes for interrupting her press conference, but once again asks where her brother-in-law is. Her date arrives, and she pushes the guy away. She then tells her date that, with everything going on, she just can’t go.

Joe tries to convince Mel to give him the job of taking care of her niece and nephew

Joe tries to convince Mel to give him the job of taking care of her niece and nephew

The next day, Mel gets ready for work, when the guy shows back once again. He’s gone through the entire budget and has figured out how to get money for the smaller class sizes and garbage pick-up, and introduces himself as Joe Longo. She is surprised to find out who he is, as he was a commodities trader that helped make her brother-in-law millions, before he lost his job thanks to her brother-in-law’s schemes. He asks for a job, but she says there’s a hiring freeze in the government. He spies her request for a nanny, and asks for the job. He ends up weaseling his way into the job regardless of Mel’s protests, and she rushes off to the job. When she gets home, she finds Joe doing the laundry, and Ryder home working on his homework. Lennox is also missing, even though she should be heading to school to apologize to the principal. Joe finds Lennox on the roof after she posts something on social media, and talks to her. She admits that she’s tired of life being unfair, and he convinces her to at least trust her aunt.

Mel heads down to Lennox’s school, and the principal accuses Mel of being an unfit parent. Lennox interrupts her and apologizes for being late, and then apologizes for her actions. At home that night, Joe helps Ryder with his free throws while waiting for Mel to come home. Mel is still uncertain about Joe being the nanny, as he has several interesting methods of getting to her niece and nephew. After talking with him, she is starting to be convinced that he is the right person for the job, although he is rather hurt when he finds that she’s already hired another nanny, as he thinks that she didn’t believe in him. Mel decides to hire him full-time, taking a chance on him after everything that happened that day.

August 16

August 16, 1930 – The Silly Symphony Midnight in a Toy Shop is Released to Theaters

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“Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.”

On August 16, 1930, the Silly Symphony Midnight in a Toy Shop was released to theaters. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

It’s a windy, snowy day outside Ye Toy Shoppe, and a spider is nearly blown away from his web. He decides to sneak inside the toy shop to keep warm, and when he hears the clock chime midnight, he hides in a box, as he’s startled by the cuckoo. He starts to explore, and is startled several times after running into the toys. Running into the dark, he lights a candle, unaware that he has set it down next to some Chinese firecrackers before he starts playing with a toy piano. Two dolls start dancing around to his melody, and are soon joined by other toys within the shop. The spider continues to play with the toys, much to his own amusement. When he slides from a spinning record, he lands on the candle, and pulls it with him into the box of firecrackers, creating a large explosion within the store. The spider jumps away, and escapes through the keyhole to head back out into the snow.

August 15

August 15, 2003 – The Epcot Attraction Mission: SPACE Opens

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“Fulfill your fantasy of being an astronaut as you dodge meteors, navigate nebulae, and slingshot around the moon.”

On August 15, 2003, the attraction Mission: SPACE opened in Epcot’s Future World area. Guests can choose one of two missions: the Orange Team (intense training), or the Green Team (easy training). After choosing a mission, guests become astronauts, and are placed as part of a 4-cadet crew to explore Mars. After being assigned to one of four roles – navigator, pilot, commander, or engineer – the crew will be given special instructions to initiate during the flight. The attraction itself uses centrifuge technology to create the effects of a shuttle launch. The training video features actor Gary Sinise as the head of the mission. After the mission is over, guests can head to the Simulation Lab to view a genuine NASA Lunar Roving Vehicle, or head to the Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab to play other interactive activities.

August 14

August 14, 1945 – Comedian, Actor, Musician, and Disney Legend Steve Martin is Born

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“I also got to wander around Disneyland to my heart’s content. I could scrounge tickets to rides, sometimes finding them on the ground, sometimes a departing fat cat would slip me his remaining coupons.”

On August 14, 1945, Stephen Glenn Martin was born in Waco, Texas. At a young age, his family moved to California, where he ended up living two miles away from Disneyland. Through his teens, Martin worked in the park, and eventually worked in Merlin’s Magic Shop, selling magic tricks and gag items. He would often watch the work of Disneyland performer Wally Boag, whose comedic timing and style would greatly influence Martin’s own comedic style. He attended California State University, majoring in philosophy, but later transferred to UCLA and switched from philosophy to theater before dropping out of college altogether. His career began in 1967, when he got a writing job for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; his first television appearance was in 1969 on The Steve Allen Show. He would appear on several television shows after this, including The Tonight Show, The Muppet Show, and Saturday Night Live, with the latter gaining high viewership when he made a guest appearance. His numerous comedy albums sold quite well, and he continued his stand-up career until 1981, when he decided to concentrate on his film career. His work with Disney, other than working at Disneyland, includes several film projects, such as Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride II, and an appearance in Fantasia 2000. In 2005, Martin was inducted as a Disney Legend for his work at Disneyland.

August 13

August 13, 1996 – The Direct-to-Video Movie Aladdin and the King of Thieves is Released

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“Knock ’em dead, kid. Seriously.”

On August 13, 1996, the direct-to-video sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves was released. The third and final film in the Aladdin trilogy, the story is based on the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. It was written by Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley, and was directed by Tad Stones. The film stars Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Robin Williams as Genie, John Rhys-Davies as Cassim, Gilbert Gottfried as Iago, Linda Larkin as Jasmine, Jerry Orbach as Sa’luk, and Frank Welker as Abu.

A mysterious man appears near Agrabah, which is preparing itself for a big celebration. He travels through the gates with several camels carrying baskets, which contain some frightening men inside. A merchant stops at the gate to talk to the guard, who reveals that the princess is getting married, although he is not too thrilled about the choice of groom. The merchant reveals himself to be none other than Genie, who is there to help celebrate. Unfortunately, the only thing that’s missing seems to be the groom: Aladdin. Aladdin has gone back to his childhood home to pull out a small box. Genie finds him, and Aladdin reveals that the box includes a dagger that belonged to his father. Aladdin continues to say that he never knew his father, as he had died long ago. Aladdin then reveals his fears about getting married, as he doesn’t feel prepared to raise a family. Genie helps him feel better, and gets him back in time for the wedding.

Jasmine and her father share a tender moment before the wedding

Jasmine and her father share a tender moment before the wedding

The mysterious man from earlier enters the stables with his camels, and gets in an argument with his henchman Sa’luk. The man is there to get something called “the Oracle,” and is certain that it’s there. The wedding soon begins, and the man starts his plan to retrieve the Oracle, freeing all the other men from their baskets. They cause the elephants to stampede the wedding ceremony, and in the confusion, the men make their move. The man looks through the wedding gifts while his men loot the guests, and it is soon revealed that these men are the infamous forty thieves. Aladdin tries to stop the King of Thieves, and the two fight over an object. The rest of the thieves flee under Sa’luk’s orders, and the king manages to escape without the Oracle. While studying it later, Iago asks out loud why the King of Thieves would be interested in that simple object, which responds that it will answer his question. The item, known as the Oracle, reveals itself to be an all-knowing magic being, and answers that the King was looking for the ultimate treasure. She also reveals that she works by the rule of one: one question per person, and one answer. She also reveals to Aladdin that his father is actually alive, and can answer all of his questions about the past.

Aladdin returns to his childhood home once again, troubled by the revelation that his father is, indeed, alive. Jasmine goes to comfort him, and he confesses that he isn’t sure about wanting to know his father, as he is hurt that his father just abandoned him and his mother. Jasmine reassures him that it’s okay to learn about his father, and although Aladdin has reservations, he decides to go and meet his father. Aladdin asks the Oracle where his father is, and is told that Aladdin’s father is trapped within the forty thieves. He decides to go rescue his father, and travels across the desert. He finds that the thieves stop at the edge of a beach, and when he sneaks away to hide, he watches carefully to see the King call out “Open Sesame,” and a large cavern opens for the thieves to enter, parting the water in the process. Aladdin quickly follows them to find an underground city inside. He watches the thieves arguing, and discovers that the King is his father. When Sa’luk tries to attack Cassim, his father, Aladdin rushes in to protect him. He then reveals that he is Cassim’s son, with the dagger serving as proof. Sa’luk then points out that Aladdin is an intruder, and must die. Cassim decides to have Aladdin face “the Challenge,” with Sa’luk volunteering to test him.

Aladdin is taken to the Challenge Area, where he is to fight Sa'luk to the death

Aladdin is taken to the Challenge Area, where he is to fight Sa’luk to the death

Sa’luk and Aladdin are brought to an area to fight to the death. Cassim believes that Aladdin will win, and the fight proceeds. Aladdin fights well in the beginning, but is soon struck by Sa’luk; the fight ends when Aladdin succeeds in kicking Sa’luk off a cliff into the ocean below. The thieves welcome him into the forty thieves, unaware that Sa’luk actually survived his fall. Meanwhile, in Agrabah, Genie does his best to cheer up Jasmine while she waits for Aladdin to return. Aladdin is taken deep into the lair of the forty thieves with Cassim, who reveals that they never hurt the innocent. He then admits the reason he left Aladdin and his mother when Aladdin was a baby: he’s looking for the Hand of Midas, which has the power to turn anything to gold. He wanted to provide for his family everything they deserved. Aladdin tells him that he never wanted gold, he wanted his father, and invites Cassim to his wedding. After Aladdin leaves, Iago convinces Cassim to accept the invitation for the sole purpose of stealing the Oracle to find the Hand of Midas. In Agrabah, Sa’luk plots his revenge for Cassim, and decides to give up the location of the hideout to the royal guards.

Aladdin continues to bond with Cassim, while the guards head to the location of the hideout. Back at the palace, Genie meets Cassim, and helps him look more like a father rather than a thief. Cassim is a hit with Jasmine and the Sultan. However, all the thieves have been arrested, and Sa’luk is angry that Cassim was not one of those arrested. When the Sultan refuses to sentence any of the prisoners due to the wedding, Sa’luk reveals that Aladdin’s father is the King of Thieves, and both should be arrested. The wedding is delayed due to Cassim’s stealing of the Oracle, and he is arrested once he enters the room. When Aladdin finds his father has been arrested, he is disappointed, thinking that this was the only reason his father came with him. Cassim and Iago are sent to the dungeon, for life. To return everything back to the way it was, Aladdin will enter the dungeon dressed as his father, break Cassim out of the dungeon, and get him out of his life forever. His identity is soon revealed, but Cassim saves Aladdin, and the two ride out of Agrabah. While Cassim tells Aladdin that he should run away with him, Aladdin refuses, and decides to take the punishment he deserves.

Cassim returns to a not-so-warm welcome, as his men think he has betrayed them

Cassim returns to a not-so-warm welcome, as his men think he has betrayed them

Back at the forty thieves lair, the remaining thieves are surprised to find Sa’luk alive, and he convinces them that it was Cassim that betrayed them all. The thieves believe him, and decide to go back to their old, ruthless ways, with Sa’luk as the leader. When Cassim comes back to the lair, the men are waiting to kill him. They take him out to sea, and have him ask the Oracle where to find the Vanishing Isle where the Hand of Midas is. Iago slips away and heads back to Agrabah to warn Aladdin about the thieves, and finds that Aladdin has been absolved. Although Aladdin first refuses to go, he is soon convinced by Genie and Jasmine to go and rescue him. As he gets there, the Vanishing Isle appears on the back of a turtle. Cassim and Aladdin enter inside to get the Hand of Midas, although they don’t have much time to get it before the turtle goes back underwater. Although they are able to steal the hand, Sa’luk appears, threatening to kill Aladdin unless he gets the Hand of Midas. To save Aladdin, Cassim throws the hand over, but when Sa’luk touches the bare hand, he turns into gold, and falls into the water as a golden statue. Aladdin retrieves the hand, and he and Cassim struggle to get out of the building on the Isle before the turtle submerges. Aladdin gives Cassim the Hand, but Cassim decides once and for all that he doesn’t need it, and throws it into the ocean. Aladdin returns home to marry Jasmine in front of their friends and family, including Cassim, who watches from the shadows. Cassim and Iago talk, and Cassim decides to head off on his own, and Iago heads off with Cassim. Aladdin and Jasmine wish him farewell as he rides off into the desert.

August 12

August 12, 1941 – The Remade Short Film Orphan’s Benefit is Released to Theaters

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“Who did that? What’s the big idea? Am I mortified! Am I mortified!”

On August 12, 1941, the short film Orphan’s Benefit was released to theaters. It was a remake of the 1934 short film, with updated animation and the added effect of color. The updated short was directed by Riley Thomson.

It’s the night of the orphan’s benefit at Mickey’s Big Show, and all the orphans are brought inside in single file line, presumably well-behaved. Inside, however, they’re causing all sorts of chaos, which stops when Mickey and Donald enter the stage. Mickey introduces Donald, who will recite (an unintelligible version of) “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” His performance is met with much applause, and it gives him enough confidence to move onto his next poem, “Little Boy Blue.” However, he is mocked by one of the orphans, which almost incites a tantrum; Donald starts his poem again, only to be mocked by all the orphans, and has a tantrum. He is then hooked off-stage, much to the amusement of the orphans.

Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Goofy begin their interesting ballet

Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Goofy begin their interesting ballet

Next is the dance number, featuring Clarabelle Cow, Goofy, and Horace Horsecollar. At one point, Horace grabs Clarabelle and spins her about wildly, before throwing her over to Goofy. Her spinning spins him out of control after he grabs her, and he ends up falling on the floor. Goofy attempts to redeem himself after this by doing some acrobatics with Clarabelle, only to have her fall on his head. Momentarily blinded, Goofy grabs her tail and throws her across the room to Horace, who catches her with one finger. When Horace throws Clarabelle back, Goofy is only able to grab her leotard, which she snatches back angrily before hitting Goofy on the head with a hammer. After the act, Donald comes back on stage to mock the orphans, and ends up with a face full of ice cream, before becoming the orphans’ personal punching bag. After this, Mickey and Clara perform a number, with Mickey playing the piano to Clara’s singing. Clara is able to hit the high note in her song after being hit by one of the boys’ slingshots, but she and Mickey take this in stride and take several bows.

Donald returns to the stage once more, starting his poem and waiting for retaliation; seeing none, he discards his brick and recites “Little Boy Blue,” although he has another tantrum when they mock him once more. While throwing his tantrum, the orphans tie random objects to balloons and send them across the stage, with two other orphans hitting the balloons with their slingshots the moment the objects are over Donald’s head.