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June 30

June 30, 1950 – The Goofy Short Film Motor Mania is Released to Theaters

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“Truly, the average man is a creature of strange and unorthodox habits.”

On June 30, 1950, the Goofy short film Motor Mania was released to theaters. Since its release, it has become a favorite of many a driver’s education course. The short was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

The short begins with a look of the average man, namely the specific average man named Mr. Walker. Walker is considered a kind, considerate man, until he gets behind the wheel of his automobile, where he becomes Mr. Wheeler instead. This Jekyll and Hyde story shows how an average man becomes a monster while driving on the highway. Wheeler holds up traffic while enjoying the sunshine, and throws a tantrum when he sits at the signal. He then competes in a road race, but ends up crashing his car into a stoplight. Wheeler continues to be a public menace, with more misfortune befalling him. When Wheeler turns back into Walker and becomes a pedestrian, he finds that many people treat him with disdain and send him flying back onto the sidewalk. Walker reads a newspaper that declares that accidents are multiplying, and once he is back in his car, he becomes Mr. Wheeler again, although he damages his car severely, needing a tow.

June 29

June 29, 1974 – The Tomorrowland Attraction America Sings Opens in Disneyland

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“Yankee Doodle! Yes folks, that was America’s first popular song, and that’s what this show is all about: America’s music.”

On June 29, 1974, the attraction America Sings opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, occupying the carousel theater that held GE’s Carousel of Progress after it moved to Walt Disney World. The attraction introduced to the audience the history of American music, using 100 characters to illustrate the sounds of four different eras. It was hosted by a character called Sam the Eagle, who had a variation of the song “Yankee Doodle” before each area. Sam had an owl as a co-host and a weasel as a frequent interrupting guest. The attraction closed on April 10, 1988, and many of the characters were transferred to the Riverboat scene in Splash Mountain.

June 28

June 28, 1946 – The Donald Duck Short Film Donald’s Double Trouble is Released to Theaters

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“Oh, the kiss? Don’t worry – it’s beginning to work like a charm, for you.”

On June 28, 1946, the Donald Duck short film Donald’s Double Trouble was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack King, with story by Roy Williams.

Donald is being lectured by Daisy over the phone, who breaks up with him. Donald, utterly destroyed, walks down the street dejected when he meets a duck that could be his twin, only speaking like Ronald Coleman. Donald struck with a plan to have the double stand in for him and help win her back for him. The double refuses, even when Donald offers him money. However, he agrees once he sees the picture of Daisy, and falls head over heels for her. Donald leads him to Daisy’s house, and the double charms Daisy off her feet. Donald soon realizes that he could lose Daisy to the smitten double, and his anger nearly gets the best of him. He follows the pair to the amusement park “for an evening of frivolity,” and starts counting the kisses and hugs between the double and Daisy. The double spots Donald spying on them, and tries to prevent Daisy from knowing the ruse. Donald spies them heading on the tunnel of love, he begs the double not to go on the ride. Finally, Donald beats up the double inside, only to come out with him on the other side, having accidentally beaten up Daisy instead. The two flee the park to escape Daisy’s wrath.

June 27

June 27, 1997 – The Hercules “Zero to Hero” Victory Parade Begins in Disney-MGM Studios

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“When the Hercules – Zero to Hero Victory Parade rolled into Disney’s Hollywood Studios…it once and for all answered the question, ‘Who put the ‘glad’ in ‘gladiator’?’”

On June 27, 1997, the Hercules “Zero to Hero” Victory Parade began its run in the Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Hollywood Studios). The 14-minute parade promoted the 1997 animated feature film Hercules, featuring the characters of Hercules, Meg, the Muses, Phil, and Hades. A similar parade called the Hercules Victory Parade began in Disneyland on the same day. The parade ran until 1998, which was then replaced with a parade for the film Mulan.

June 26

June 26, 1989 – The Delta Dreamflight Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

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“The attraction also featured visions of the aircrafts of the future.”

On June 26, 1989, the Delta Dreamflight Tomorrowland attraction opened in the Magic Kingdom. The attraction replaced If You Could Fly, being a redesigned version of the attraction that took guests through a whimsical look at the history of aviation. The attraction, sponsored by Delta Airlines, had guests boarding Omnimovers to take them through several scenes depicting important moments in flight history. In 1996, Delta ceased sponsorship of the attraction, and in 1998, it was closed. It was soon replaced with Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

June 25

June 25, 1980 – Mickey Mouse Disco Compilation Project is Released

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“He’s got style, he’s got flare, got two left feet, but he doesn’t care.”

On June 25, 1980, the cartoon compilation Mickey Mouse Disco was released on the Disney Channel. It was a music video containing clips from vintage Disney short films, accompanied by music from the 1979 album of the same name. Shorts used included Symphony Hour, Mickey’s Delayed Date, Clock Cleaners, Thru the Mirror, Mr. Duck Steps Out, How to Dance, The Three Caballeros, and Mickey’s Birthday Party. The five tracks from the album that were used were “Mousetrap,” “Disco Mickey Mouse,” “Macho Duck,” “Watch Out for Goofy,” and “Welcome to Rio.” The success of the program led to the creation of DTV music videos, matching classic clips with contemporary music. It was directed by Riley Thompson, with classic shorts directed by Dave Hand, Charles Nichols, Jack King, Ben Sharpsteen, Jack Kinney, and Norman Ferguson.

June 24

June 24, 1955 – The Special Short Film Aquarela do Brasil is Released to Theaters

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“What happened? Where am I?”

On June 24, 1955, the special short film Aquarela do Brasil was released to theaters. It was a segment from the 1943 animated feature film Saludos Amigos, featuring the characters Donald Duck and José Carioca. It features the samba piece Tico-Tico no Fubá; it also features the titular song, written by Ary Barroso, and featuring the vocals of Aloysio Oliveira. It also features José Oliveira as Carioca.

It starts with a blank piece of paper, with an artist drawing a simple paiting of Brazil, when he splashes it with blue paint to create a waterfall. The colors continue to be added in intensity, creating singing flowers and sambaing flamingos. Many fantastic elements of Brazil are painted with the artist’s magical paintbrush. One of the flowers soon turns into Donald Duck, who sees the paintbrush paint a strange character. He takes some paint from the character’s bow tie and draws his own character, but is punished by the paintbrush, pushing him into a giant puddle. He then meets the completed character, José Carioca, who is overjoyed to meet Donald. Unfortunately, Donald doesn’t speak any Portuguese, and José is too excited to notice, but he finally switches to English, asking Donald to go see the town. José starts dancing, and Donald tries to join in, with the pair dancing through the painting. The two stop at a café, where Donald is given something he thinks is soda, but causes him to spurt out fire. José declares that Donald has the gist of the samba, and the samba begins. The pair head to several clubs within Brazil as the segment comes to a close.

June 23

June 23, 1989 – The Roger Rabbit Short Film Tummy Trouble is Released to Theaters

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“Don’t worry about a thing! I’ve learned my lesson! I’m a reformed rabbit! A better bunny! A happy hare!”

On June 23, 1989, the Roger Rabbit short film Tummy Trouble was released to theaters. It was the first short Disney had worked on in 24 years, and featured the characters from the hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Tummy Trouble was the first in a series of three Roger Rabbit shorts, with a fourth one planned but cancelled. A Hidden Mickey can also be found in this short film. The animation was directed by Rob Minkoff, with the live action directed by Frank Marshall. It starred Charles Fleischer as Roger, April Winchell as Mom and Baby Herman, Lou Hirsch as Baby Herman, and Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit.

The short begins with Uncle Roger being asked to take care of Baby Herman again, though he is warned to not mess things up like the previous time. After his mother leaves, Baby Herman starts wailing and throwing a tantrum, but Roger is prepared with a baby rattle. Unfortunately for Roger, Baby Herman swallows the rattle, and Roger screams out to call 911. At the hospital, Roger cries out that he wished this tragedy had befallen him. He then gives a hungry Baby Herman his bottle, and when Roger burps him, several things pop out, including the kitchen sink. The rattle then pops out, but Roger ends up swallowing it by accident. Baby Herman starts to cry, but is cheered up when Roger starts dancing, as the rattle shakes inside. Roger, instead of Baby Herman, is wheeled into surgery to remove the rattle. Meanwhile, Jessica is walking down the hall with a cart full of bottles, and Baby Herman follows her, hoping to retrieve a bottle. He then starts chasing one that has slipped from her cart and bounces down the hallway.

Roger tries to dodge his surgeons, but finds himself quickly captured. They pull out a chainsaw to cut him open, but soon leave for lunch. Baby Herman enters the room, still chasing a bottle, when he gets distracted by what he thinks is a giant bottle, but is really a large surgical laser. Baby Herman ends up causing more chaos within the room, sending hypodermic needles flying across the room and sending the pair flying across the hall into an elevator shaft. Baby Herman manages to save himself (though does accidentally swallow the rattle again) while Roger is crushed by the elevator. When looking for Herman again, the pair are caught on the rocketing laser, and fly into a pile of highly flammable chemical tanks. The pair are blasted into the sky, and the pair are both free of the rattle. Roger is ecstatic – until he sees the hospital bill. Even worse, Baby Herman swallows that rattle again. The short ends with Jessica taking Roger home to play a game of patty-cake.

June 22

June 22, 2009 – The ABC Family Series Make it Or Break It Premieres

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“It’s so weird: all this work and it can be all over in one weekend.”

On June 22, 2009, the drama series Make It or Break It premiered on ABC Family. Inspired by the comedy-drama film Stick It, the series revolved around four elite gymnasts who wished to make it to the Olympics. The series lasted for three seasons with 48 episodes. It was created by Holly Sorensen, and starred Chelsea Hobbs as Emily Kmetko, Ayla Kell as Payson Keeler, Josie Loren as Kaylie Cruz, and Cassie Scerbo as Lauren Tanner.

The pilot episode begins at the Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Training Center (also known as the Rock), where several Olympic hopeful gymnasts are arriving. Best friends Payson, Kaylie, and Lauren are preparing to head to their last Nationals, though Kaylie and Lauren are looking forward to life after competing. The top three gymnasts will be heading to Nationals, with the three girls eyeing the spots. A last minute competitor named Emily joins the race, giving the three girls some anxiety, particularly Lauren. Kaylie attempts to be nice to Emily, while Lauren is rather snippy. Lauren attempts to turn Kaylie and Payson against Emily, but Kaylie and Payson would rather pay attention to their own work. Emily has a scholarship to attend The Rock, and is nervous about maintaining it. Each girl has their own troubles to work with, with each dealing with the pressure to win a spot at Nationals.

Emily starts the long trek home from The Rock when her mom forgets to pick her up

Emily starts the long trek home from The Rock when her mom forgets to pick her up

Emily ends up walking home from the Rock, and accidentally finds Kaylie making out with fellow gymnast Carter, which is a violation of the rules of the Rock. When Emily arrives home, she finds that her mother has forgotten about the National Tryouts, but Emily is able to smooth things over. Carter drives Kaylie home and wants to tell her father about their relationship, but Kaylie refuses as they should focus on Nationals. Lauren arrives at Kaylie’s, and says that her father will “take care of Emily,” making sure that she will not qualify for the team. Emily arrives at her new job to pick up her uniform, and ends up having to work a shift, keeping her late at the restaurant. She ends up making friends with fellow employee Razor, although he seems to have an immediate crush on her. The next morning, Emily oversleeps and rushes to make it to the trials. She barely manages to make it, but arrives just in time.

The competition begins, and Emily holding her own against the other three girls, though she still holds in fourth place. Lauren, known as “Queen of the Beam,” heads up to do her routine, but falls off the beam at the start, costing her some serious points. Realizing that Emily deserves a shot at top three, Payson starts cheering Emily on, with everyone joining her. Emily nails her beam routine, and nails her position in top three, crushing Lauren. Lauren decides to sabotage Emily’s vault routine, especially knowing that Emily is afraid of the vault. Unaware of the sabotage, Emily takes off, and injures herself badly on the vault. Emily doesn’t want to go to the hospital, but she is taken to rest in the back. Emily’s mom wants her to give up on her dream, but Emily refuses to quit. She is allowed to have her second vault, and sets the board herself to prevent another injury. She nails the vault, and manages to win her shot at Nationals. Lauren is hurt that she lost her spot, and decides to get it another way: by spilling the details of Kaylie’s verboten relationship with Carter. However, Emily defends Kaylie, covering for her. In the end, Lauren’s father, who funds the Rock, goes to the coach and blackmails him into taking Lauren and a few other girls to the Denver club. This leaves Kaylie, Payson, and Emily with no coach, and no hope before Nationals.

June 21

June 21, 1930 – The Silly Symphony Frolicking Fish is Released to Theaters

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On June 21, 1930, the Silly Symphony Frolicking Fish was released to theaters. It was directed by Burt Gillett.

The short begins at the bottom of the sea, with several different kinds of fish roaming the sea floor. One fish uses an anchor as its personal playground, while another group of fish dance around a treasure chest, unaware that it is occupied by an octopus. It jumps out and attempts to capture the fish, but is unable to capture a single one. The octopus spies on a group of sea creatures dancing and playing makeshift instruments, when a group of fish decide to bounce around on bubbles. They pass by the octopus, who takes great joy in popping the bubbles one by one. He manages to capture one poor fish caught in a bubble, but the fish is able to escape, just barely. The fish saves itself by dropping an anchor on the octopus’ head, knocking the ink out of him.