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October 31

October 31, 1936 – The Silly Symphony The Country Cousin is Released to Theaters


“Come to the city and live in splendor with me.”

October 31, 1936, the Silly Symphony The Country Cousin was released to theaters. It would go on to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 9th Academy Awards. The short was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

The short begins with Abner Countrymouse receiving an invitation from his cousin Monty Citymouse, asking him to live in the city. Abner, taking Monty up on his offer, walks the railroad tracks and arrives at Monty’s place, with Monty quickly – but quietly – showing him around. Right away, Abner nearly gets caught in a mousetrap, but Monty saves him before showing him a spread of the finest foods laid out. Abner enthusiastically eats away, but Monty has to continue shushing the poor country bumpkin. After eating a spoonful of hot mustard, Abner rushes around and drinks some champagne to cool down his mouth, getting painfully drunk in the process and hiccupping. He tries to pull himself together, much to the annoyance of Monty, but ends up losing his umbrella in some toast points and knocking the entire stack down. Abner then ends up in a drunken fight with his reflection in a gelatin mold; although he decides to walk away from the fight, he slips on some butter on a plate and spins wildly around, breaking pieces of china as he spins out of control and taking his cousin with him. The two luckily do not garner the attention of the house cat, who is sleeping soundly, until Abner, with his drunken bravado, decides to kick the cat. Monty flees the scene, while Abner runs outside and ends up on the dangerous streets. After dodging feet and cars, Abner decides city life isn’t worth it for him, and he runs back to his country home.


October 30

October 30, 1930 – The Silly Symphony Winter is Released to Theaters


On October 30, 1930, the Silly Symphony Winter was released to theaters. It was the last of a series of shorts dedicated to the seasons. It was directed by Burt Gillett.

It’s a blustery winter’s night, and a wolf howls into the wind. Three bears are sleeping under a giant rock formation, and the trees dance while the snow falls around them. A quartet of birds sing as they are perched on a reindeer’s antlers, and fly away as the reindeer gets up to go ice skating. Several other woodland creatures appear to dance in the snow, and one cub starts playing pranks on a sleeping bear. Unfortunately, the bear wakes up, but then starts to dance himself. A moose joins in the fun, braying loudly before joining a group of animals that are waiting for the Weather Prophet, Mr. Groundhog, to emerge from his house. He finally steps outside, covering his eyes, and looks around, unable to see his shadow. The animals dance at this news, when the sun suddenly shines, and the groundhog is spooked by his shadow. The shadow disappears once the sun is hidden by the clouds again, and another large storm brews, sending all the animals back to their homes as fast as can be.

October 29

October 29, 2007 – Disney Legend Fulton Burley is Honored at the Golden Horseshoe Revue


“Is everybody happy?”

On October 29, 2007, a special show of the Golden Horseshoe Revue was held to honor Disney Legend and actor Fulton Burley, who had passed away earlier that year on May 7th. Burley had been a member of the Golden Horseshoe for 25 years, and was also known for voicing the Irish parrot Michael in the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction; he was honored as a Disney Legend in 1995 for his work in Disneyland. Several well-known performers were on hand to celebrate Burley’s life and talent, including Dick Hardwick, Jay Meyer, and Wally Boag.

October 28

October 28, 2009 – The Development of the Video Game Epic Mickey is Announced

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“I want to bring [Mickey’s] personality to the forefront, place him in a daunting world and connect his spirited character with the video game players worldwide.” – Warren Spector, Creative Director and Vice President of Junction Point

On October 28, 2009, the newly acquired Junction Point game development studio announced the creation of a new game that would take the classic “forgotten” characters and the return of Mickey Mouse’s old personality. The game, Epic Mickey, places the mouse in an area called the Wasteland, a ruined world that was cared for by Disney’s first creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The game is of significant importance to Disney, as this is the first appearance of Oswald since Walt Disney lost rights to the character back in 1928. The game would go on to be released in November of 2010.

October 27

October 27, 2008 – The Pixar Short Series Cars Toons Premieres on Toon Disney


“If I’m lyin’, I’m cryin’.”

On October 27, 2008, the Pixar short series called Cars Toons premiered on Toon Disney. Featuring the characters from the Pixar series Cars, mostly with the breakout character Mater, the series is shown in small segments on Toon Disney, Disney Channel, and ABC Family; a few of these shorts have been released theatrically, or have been included in DVD/Blu-Ray releases of Pixar films. The series has had fifteen episodes to date, including “Rescue Squad Mater,” “Tokyo Mater,” and “The Radiator Springs 500 ½.”

October 26

October 26, 1945 – The Donald Duck Short Film Cured Duck is Released to Theaters


“Temper, temper, shame on you! You never see me lose my temper, do you?”

On October 26, 1945, the Donald Duck short film Cured Duck was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack King, with story by Roy Williams.

Donald is walking down the street with a cigar, blowing smoke hearts as he heads to Daisy’s house. She gets herself ready as she sees him approach, although she is less than happy about his cigar smoke. He tries to open the window for her, and is angered when it is sealed shut. He throws a tantrum, breaking all of her belongings. Having had enough, she admonishes him for his temper, and gives him an ultimatum: she won’t go out with him again until he controls his temper. Donald dejectedly walks away, and comes across a newspaper ad for a mail-order temper cure. His package soon arrives, and enclosed is an insult machine from the Tootsberry Institute of Temperism, which tells him that if Donald can withstand its insults for ten minutes and still control his temper, he will be cured. The machines is really rough with Donald, and loses it after 30 seconds. The tests get more and more rough, but finally, Donald is able to pass the test and receive his certificate. He jumps in his car and drives back to Daisy’s, and she tests him with opening the window again, and although he has problems, he manages to get the window open and doesn’t lose his temper after all the mishaps. When she shows up with a new hat, he laughs at the ridiculousness of it, and she loses her temper, beating him over the head with a broom.


October 25

October 25, 1998 – The Disney Channel Original Series The Famous Jett Jackson Premieres


“Hey, I’m just trying to live my life as a normal kid, but people still see me as the famous Jett Jackson.”

On October 25, 1998, the Disney Channel Original Series The Famous Jett Jackson premiered. The series was a joint production between Disney and the Canadian production company AAC Kids. The plot revolved around actor Jett Jackson who, although a talented and successful teen actor, misses his normal life in North Carolina. He goes back to live with his father while the production of his hit show Silverstone is relocated to his hometown, and has several adventures with his friends J.B. and Kayla. The show was well-received during its run, but was cancelled after 65 episodes, as was the standard for Disney programming during the 1990s and early 2000s. The series ended with a Disney Channel Original Film in 2001. It was created by Fracaswell Hyman, and starred Lee Thompson Young as Jett, Ryan Sommers Baum as J.B. Halliburton, Kerry Duff as Kayla West, Gordon Greene as Woodrick Jackson, Montrose Hagins as Miz Coretta, and Melanie Nicholls-King as Jules Jackson.

October 24

October 24, 1929 – The Silly Symphony Springtime is Released to Theaters


On October 24, 1929, the Silly Symphony Springtime was released to theaters. It was the first in a series of Silly Symphonies about the seasons, followed by Summer (January 16, 1930), Autumn (February 15, 1930), and Winter (October 30, 1930). Springtime was directed by Walt Disney.

The flowers, trees, and bugs are all dancing around, enjoying the fair spring weather. A crow comes along and eats a dancing caterpillar, dancing away itself back to its nest, where his sweetheart is waiting. Her babies hatch and start dancing around the nest. Suddenly, a large storm develops, and one tree is seen taking a bath in the rain when he is struck by lightning. The storm quickly passes, and two grasshoppers are seen playing leapfrog when they are eaten by a frog. The frog jumps from lily pad to lily pad, with another frog playing a tune on the backs of turtles. A spider jumps down from his web and dances on a nearby log before using his web as a harp. Three frogs begin dancing on a log, croaking with the music, when a nearby crane spies them and stalks its way over. It attempts to eat the frogs, when they jump inside each other like nesting dolls and flee, but the crane eats them all and jumps away happily, although he falls into a large puddle, splashing water onto the screen.

October 23

October 23, 1930 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Picnic Premieres in Theaters


“Sure, you can bring your Little Rover.”

On October 23, 1930, the Mickey Mouse short film The Picnic premiered in theaters. It features a dog that looks like Pluto, playing the part of Little Rover; Pluto would not become Pluto until the 1931 short film The Moose Hunt. The Picnic was directed by Burt Gillett.

Mickey is driving to Minnie’s whistling “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo” as he goes. Minnie calls out to him when he arrives, and calls out for her dog “Little Rover,” who is a rather large dog and jumps on Mickey upon seeing him. Mickey ties him to the back of the car, and they all head off to their picnic. Little Rover decides he’d rather chase after some rabbits and pulls the car with him as he pursues them. As he runs off, Mickey and Minnie decide to set up their picnic near a creek, and Mickey starts up the Victrola before asking Minnie to dance to “In the Good Ol’ Summertime.” Many animals also decide to dance to the music while stealing the picnic food, with Mickey and Minnie unaware as they continue to dance. Little Rover continues to search for the rabbits, and before they all know it, a large storm arrives. Mickey packs up what little remains of the picnic and heads to the car, driving as best he can in the rain. He has Little Rover act as a windshield wiper while he continues to drive,

October 22

October 22, 1991 – The 1991 Class of Disney Legends is Inducted


“Disney Legends honor the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic.”

On October 22, 1991, the 1991 class of Disney Legends was inducted, giving nine talented men and women the distinction from all ranges of Disney. They included Ken Anderson (Animation and Imagineering), Julie Andrews (Film), Carl Barks (Animation and Publishing), Mary Blair (Animation and Imagineering), Claude Coats (Animation and Imagineering), Don DaGradi (Animation and Film), Sterling Holloway (Voice), Fess Parker (Film and Television), and Bill Walsh (Film & Television). Blair, DaGradi, and Walsh were awarded posthumously.