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April 20

April 20, 1992 – The Animated Series Goof Troop Premieres on The Disney Channel


“Report to the Goof Troop, and we’ll always stick together, we’re the Goof Troop, best of friends forever.”

On April 20, 1992, the animated series Goof Troop premiered on The Disney Channel as part of the Disney Afternoon. Following in the steps of its predecessors Ducktales and Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, the show features classic Disney characters Goofy and Pegleg Pete in a modern setting. The series went on to be syndicated in September of that year, and ran until August 30, 1996. The series was created by Peter Montgomery, and starred Bill Farmer as Goofy, Jim Cummings as Pete, Dana Hill as Max, Rob Paulsen as P.J., April Winchell as Peg, Nancy Cartwright as Pistol, and Frank Welker as Waffles and Chainsaw.

The first episode, “Axed by Edition,” begins with P.J. freaking out about his math final. Pete has high expectations for P.J., as he refuses to let him fail. P.J. calls out to his best friend Max, who offers to help make P.J. a math genius. Max then rigs a device that will give P.J. his favorite candy bar if he answers correctly, but will also egg him in the face if he answers incorrectly. By morning, P.J. is exhausted and terrified of eggs. He and Max arrive at school for the test, but P.J. seems close to insane, and isn’t sure if he got anything right. Thinking that P.J. only has one day left before his father grounds him for life for flunking, he and Max decide to plan the perfect day, where P.J. can live his life to the fullest. They come up with an extensive list, and plan to skip school to accomplish this. Max helps P.J. look as though he is ill, although Pete believes the illness to the point where he calls the ambulance.

Pete lies in the hospital, terrified that they believe he's really sick

Pete lies in the hospital, terrified that they believe he’s really sick

As Max heads to the hospital to retrieve his pal, Pete nervously listens to the list of tests the doctors wish to run on him. Max manages to distract the doctors and sneak P.J. out. The doctors finally realize that Pete was faking, and inform his father, complete with the wish list P.J. and Max had put together. Pete misunderstands and thinks P.J. is dying, and runs out to beg for forgiveness. Max and P.J. only have three hours to complete his wish list, unaware that they are being followed by Pete. Max and P.J. manage to finish the list, albeit in a truncated manner. Max is able to distract Pete while P.J. finishes his thrill rides in the nearby amusement park, and when the pair finally arrive home, Pete welcomes him with open arms, worried that P.J. is dying. He then gets a call from the doctor to find that P.J. has been faking being sick, and grounds him for life. That night, Pete’s wife Peg brings home P.J. report card, revealing that he got an A in math. Unfortunately, Pete wants to celebrate with everything P.J. wanted to do, which he now finds torturous.

April 19

April 19, 1996 – The Live-Action Feature Film Celtic Pride is Released to Theaters

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“No. The most important thing is that they win. I mean, we’re not talking about kickball here, where there’s absolutely nothing at stake. We’re talking about the National Basketball Association. They have to win.”

On April 19, 1996, the live-action feature film Celtic Pride was released to theaters. The film was a joint production between Hollywood Pictures and Caravan Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. The cast members of the teams were sent to a training camp at Brandeis University before the film started production. The film did not do well on its release, making not even $10 million at the box office. It was written by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn, and directed by Tom DeCerchio. It starred Damon Wayans as Lewis Scott, Daniel Stern as Mike O’Hara, and Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Flaherty.

The film begins with gym teacher Mike O’Hara berating his class about basketball moves, but the kids only want to play with the trampoline. O’Hara is worried about his precious Boston Celtics, to the point where he yells at a kid and makes him cry. His wife Carol stops by, and announces her intention to leave him as she hates his obsession with the Celtics. Meanwhile, O’Hara’s best friend Jimmy Flaherty is out on a plumbing job, but is slacking off to watch the Bruins hockey game. O’Hara and Flaherty get together for dinner, where O’Hara relays the news of his divorce. Flaherty is happy about the news, as the last time O’Hara and his wife broke up, the Celtics won the championship. The two then head to the Celtic’s game, where Flaherty flirts with Susie, the hotdog vendor. The Celtics are playing against the Utah Jazz, which is led by Lewis Scott, an arrogant, self-absorbed player that has made headlines for skipping out on practice. Flaherty and O’Hara have several superstitions, and prepare all of them for the game in the hopes that the Celtics will win.

Flaherty and O'Hara arrive at the game, all decked out in their Celtics gear

Flaherty and O’Hara arrive at the game, all decked out in their Celtics gear

The game begins, and the Celtics are able to hold their own against the Jazz, especially since Scott’s selfish playing is hurting his own team. Although the Celtics look like they will be able to win, bad luck comes in the form of an old friend and possible jinx. The tide quickly turns, and Scott is able to single-handedly win the game for Utah by one point. Despondent, the pair remain in their seats long after the game is over. Flaherty gets a call from a bartender friend that Scott is at a nearby bar, and the pair decides to go teach him a lesson. They come up with a plan to get Scott wasted to the point where he is completely unable to play the next championship game. The pair pretend to hate their precious Celtics, which embarrasses them in front of Larry Bird. The two then set their plan into action, getting Scott increasingly intoxicated. In the end, the three are closing down the bar, creating drinks. They finally head out into the night, with Flaherty and O’Hara struggling to keep Scott upright.

The next morning, Flaherty and O’Hara wake up, shocked to find Scott in O’Hara’s house. They then decide to take some incriminating photos with him wearing Celtics gear before attempting to dump him outside. Scott wakes up before they have a chance to dump him in an alley, and the plans change to become more like a kidnapping. Scott calls out O’Hara as for what he really is: a washed up former high school star. Angry, O’Hara heads out to get some breakfast, though Scott uses the opportunity to try and turn Flaherty against O’Hara, before then berating him for his hobby of collecting sports memorabilia. When O’Hara returns, Flaherty and O’Hara get into a fight, exactly according to Scott’s plan. After talking to their cop friend, O’Hara decides that they need to keep Scott in Flaherty’s home until after the Celtics game against the Jazz, to help the Celtics win. Meanwhile, O’Hara’s soon-to-be-ex and son stop by to drop off some of his belongings, as they think he will live with Flaherty from then on. O’Hara tries to get them out of the apartment, but they manage to find Flaherty and Scott, with Scott tied up and Flaherty holding a gun.

O'Hara's family leaves, disturbed by the kidnapping of Lewis Scott

O’Hara’s family leaves, disturbed by the kidnapping of Lewis Scott

After O’Hara’s family leaves, the two continue keeping Scott hostage, though it’s a tense situation for all. Scott finally manages to escape the pair, and the two chase him across the streets of Boston. Scott can’t seem to catch a break, as everyone hates him for causing the Celtics to lose. They finally manage to recapture him, and start driving around town, planning to keep him in a truck until after the game. Scott tries to convince them to let him go, since he doesn’t want them to go to jail. He then challenges O’Hara to a game of one-on-one, and wins his freedom. He heads to the game, but gives them a proposition: if they root for him at the game, he won’t turn them into the police. O’Hara heads home and explains the situation to his wife and son, and decides to spend some quality time with them before he believes he will go to jail. Flaherty spends his time with his grandmother, and then the pair head to the game, wearing purple and cheering for the Jazz. They convince their friends that they are only pretending to Flaherty is picked to make a free-throw shot at half-time. He makes the shot, and wins $100,000. Flaherty decides to take the fall for the crime, but O’Hara refuses to let that happen.

O’Hara, in an attempt to fire up Scott and not go to jail, cheers for Scott, and Scott begins to play as a team member. The Jazz fire back, and are able to close the gap between the Celtics, leaving one point remaining while the Jazz has the ball for one last shot. The clock runs down, and Scott is able to score the final point for the Jazz, saving Flaherty and O’Hara from prison. In the end, Scott manages to tell the cops that Flaherty and O’Hara are his friends, saving them from being arrested. Seven months later, the pair haven’t learned their lesson, as they head to Deion Sanders’ room, kidnapping him.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – The Disney Channel Begins Broadcasting


“The people at the Disney Channel want you to know that that’s the promise: a commitment to bringing you and your family the kind of quality television you’ll be glad to welcome in to your home.”

On April 18, 1993, the cable network Disney Channel began broadcasting. The channel began with an 18-hour programming block, which became a 24-hour broadcast on December 7, 1986. The channel was chaired by Jim Jimirro, and the leadership and success continued with John Cooke and Anne Sweeney, all of whom helped the channel reach over 35 million subscribers in a little over a decade. Disney Channel’s programming from the beginning has included original programming, classic Disney films and short films, and acquired family programming from other production companies. The concept of the Disney Channel has spread out beyond the United States, reaching countries such as Australia, Brazil, and the Philippines, eventually reaching 163 countries and broadcasting in 32 languages in 2009. An accompanying magazine was also published, known as The Disney Channel Magazine, but was discontinued in 1997.

April 17

April 17, 1957 – The Disneyland Anthology Series Episode “More About the Silly Symphonies” Airs on ABC


“Actually, the Silly Symphonies were started as an experiment. We used them to test and perfect the color and animation techniques we employed later in full-length feature pictures like Cinderella, Snow White, and Fantasia.”

On April 17, 1957, the episode “More About the Silly Symphonies” from the Disneyland anthology series aired on ABC. The episode is a continuation about the Silly Symphony line of short films, with the first episode, “The Story of the Silly Symphony” airing on October 19, 1955. The episode was directed by Clyde Geronimi.

The episode begins with Walt looking through some fanmail, telling the audience that he continually gets asked questions about the Silly Symphonies. He then reads a letter about the Silly Symphony Waterbabies, which was made in 1938; the short film itself was inspired by the 1863 story of the same name by Charles Kingsley. The scene then turns into an animated retelling of Kingsley telling the story he created to his son. The short itself begins to play. This is then followed by Walt reading a letter about the short film The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934), which traces its tale back to ancient times. The history of fables then begins in Ancient China, followed by Egypt, then finishing up with Aesop, before moving in to the 1934 short film. The third short Walt covers is Chanticleer the Rooster, who was heavily featured in the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, as well as the Middle Ages classic Reynard the Fox. The Chanticleer stories inspired the 1938 short film Farmyard Symphony, which soon begins to play. After this, Walt introduces nursery rhymes, citing them as a big source of inspiration for the Silly Symphonies. He shows the audience a tiny book called Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, which contains several well-known verses and rhymes, including Who Killed Cock Robin. Walt then goes into the supposed meaning of the verse, which was meant to have been written about the rise and fall of Sir Robert Walpole. In 1934, Disney created a Silly Symphony based on the verse, satirizing many well-known celebrities of the time. The final Silly Symphony presented is based on Eugene Field’s well known children’s verse Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (originally known as Dutch Lullaby).

April 16

April 16, 2006 – The ABC Drama Series What About Brian Premieres


“I’m going to live my life, I’m doing what I want, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks!”

On April 16, 2006, the ABC drama series What About Brian premiered as a mid-season replacement. The series centers around 32-year-old Brian Davis, navigating life as the last single man in his group of friends, although Brian harbors a secret crush on his best friend, Marjorie. The show also delves into different kinds of love and relationships with the other characters in Brian’s group of friends. The series was the only one renewed for a second season in 2006, but was ultimately cancelled after its second season, ending on March 26, 2007. The series ran for a total of 25 episodes. It was created by Dana Stevens, and starred Barry Watson as Brian, Matthew Davis as Adam, Rick Gomez as Dave, Amanda Detmer as Deena, Rosanna Arquette as Nicole, and Sarah Lancaster as Marjorie.

April 15

April 15, 1932 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Barnyard Olympics is Released to Theaters


“Good luck Mickey, hope you win. Minnie.”

On April 15, 1932, the Mickey Mouse short film Barnyard Olympics was released in theaters, just in time to capitalize on the Olympics being held in Los Angeles, California. The short was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

The Barnyard Olympics are in full swing, with a marching band taking the field and performing. First is a boxing match, but the boxers keep punching the ref until they punch themselves out. The next event is diving, followed by wrestling. Minnie is on the front row of the audience with Clarabelle Cow, while Mickey is prepping for his event with help from Horace Horsecollar. The cross country event begins, with Mickey competing; when he sees Minnie in the audience, he waves at her, but Pete tries to get Minnie’s attention. Fortunately, Minnie only has eyes for Mickey. The race starts, but Pete sabotages Mickey. Mickey races to catch up to the rest, but keeps running into trouble as the race continues, especially with continued sabotage, but he manages to give his best effort anyway. He finally manages to catch up to the Pete, and manages to win the race with a bike on its last legs.

April 14

April 14, 1962 – The First Spring Fling is Held at Disneyland

Spring Fling

“If you were a teen in Southern California during the 1960s, then Disneyland’s Spring Fling was the place to be and be seen.”

On April 14, 1962, the first dance event known as the Spring Fling took place in Disneyland. Teenagers dressed to the nines and came to the park to dance the night away to popular 60s sounds, with the occasional celebrity guest in attendance, including Annette Funicello. The first Spring Fling featured special prizes for guests, including the chance to win a new car, a trip to San Francisco, and Disneyland tickets. Tickets could cost up to $4.40.

April 13

April 13, 1965 – The Score of Mary Poppins Wins a Grammy



On April 13, 1965, the 7th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The smash hit film Mary Poppins walked away with two Grammy Awards: one for Best Recording for Children, and one for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show, awarded to the Sherman Brothers.

April 12

April 12, 1992 – The Maze Attraction Alice’s Curious Labyrinth Opens in Disneyland Paris


“Can you make it to the Queen of Hearts’ Castle?”

On April 12, 1992, the maze attraction Alice’s Curious Labyrinth opened in Disneyland Paris. The giant maze is takes guests on an Alice in Wonderland journey, beginning with an entry through the White Rabbit’s hole and including special areas like the Tulgey Wood. Guests play the part of Alice, encountering characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts’ soldiers around every corner as they work to reach Sleeping Beauty Castle.

April 11

April 11, 2003 – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Attraction Opens in Disneyland


“Travel through Hundred Acre Wood in an oversized beehive and immerse yourself in the stories of Winnie the Pooh.”

On April 11, 2003, the dark ride attraction The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opened in Disneyland’s Critter Country. The attraction is similar to the Walt Disney World version (which opened in 1999), with a few noticeable changes. Guests board giant beehives which takes them through several scenes of the well-beloved stories from the 1977 animated feature film. The attraction features all the characters from the film, and some of the songs, culminating in a four minute ride that is perfect for little kids. After exiting the ride, guests have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Pooh, Eeyore, or Tigger.