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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.

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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.

June 20

June 20, 1941 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Nifty Nineties is Released to Theaters

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“A day in the nineties when grandma was a girl, the horseless carriage was quite the show, grandpa cussed when the thing wouldn’t go…”

On June 20, 1941, the Mickey Mouse short film The Nifty Nineties was released to theaters. This is one of the few shorts that features the appearances of all the “Fab Five,” as well as a special cameo of animators Ward Kimball and Fred Moore. The short was directed by Riley Thomson.

A photo album opens to reveal a picture of Mickey next to his car, and the scene is set in the nineties, where he decides to go for a stroll in the park. There, he meets Minnie, and the two fall in love at first sight. He offers Minnie some candy, and the two head off together for a stroll. They head to a vaudeville show, where they are first entertained by a melodrama called “Father, Dear Father.” The melodrama drives Minnie to tears, and Mickey tries to comfort her. Afterwards, they are delighted by the antics of Fred and Ward: Two Clever Boys from Illinois. Afterwards, the two go on a drive, passing by Goofy riding a penny-farthing, along with Donald, Daisy, and the nephews on their tandem bike. Mickey’s car races at 15 miles per hour through the farmland, and barely makes it up a hill, but spooks a cow on the other side. They crash into the cow, but everyone is able to laugh at the situation.

June 19

June 19, 1957 – The Special Short Film The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A. is Released to Theaters

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“This is the story of a certain city, and what it did about this common curse that plagued the land.”

On June 19, 1957, the special short film The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A was released to theaters. It was directed by Clyde Geronimi, with story by Dick Heumer.

The story begins in Anyburg (population 500), with a horrible traffic problem, with dissatisfaction feedng into the problem. The town was so frustrated, that they placed the automobile on trial for its life. The prosecutor starts laying into the automobile, but the defense tries to calm it down. The prosecutor claims that the car flew through a 20 mph zone and crashed into a restaurant, with the defense having no questions. The sports car is then on trial for guzzling gasoline and burning rubber. Once again, the defense has no questions. Next is a worn out antique car, with the crime of being outdated and broken. Those that build the car and the safety features testify that though they invented several features, he number of automobile accidents continue to rise. Highways were then built, with helpful signs and lines, but the highways were ruined by too many automobiles and their actions. The jury agrees that the automobile must go – until the defense gives his closing remarks. He makes everyone realize that the problem isn’t the automobile, but the man within. The defense makes clear that whatever the automobile is accused of, it’s actually the fault of the driver, not the vehicle. When he finishes, everyone is gone, and the case has been dismissed, with the people admitting guilt and vowing to drive with safety and sanity…which quickly ends.

June 18

June 18, 1954 – The Special Short Film The Martins and the Coys is Released to Theaters

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“Gather round me children and I’ll tell a story of the mountains in the days when guns was law, when two families got disputin’, it was bound to end in shootin’, so just listen and I’ll tell you what I saw.”

On June 18, 1954, the special short film The Martins and the Coys was released to theaters. The short is a segment from the animated feature package film Make Mine Music, and features music by the King’s Men. The segment has not been featured with the film on home release since its initial theatrical run, as it was panned by critics for its overuse of gun violence.

Back in the old days in the mountains, two families were feuding: the Martins, and the Coys. These families tended to solve their disputes through gunfights, being much too trigger happy. One day, a massive fight occurred with many members of both families dying, leaving one member on either side left. The sole Martin, Grace, and the sole Coy, Henry, meet face to face one day, and fall madly in love. The souls of their relatives are furious at this development, especially when Grace and Henry marry, effectively destroying the feud – so they think. However, Henry and Grace still have their feuding ways ingrained in them, and fight day after day, carrying on the feud just like before.

 

June 17

June 17, 1938 – The Donald and Goofy Short Film Polar Trappers is Released to Theaters

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“On polar caps, we set our traps for walrus, bear, and seal. We fill a zoo with caribou – depends on how we feel.

On June 17, 1938, the Donald and Goofy short film Polar Trappers was released to theaters. It is the first of a handful of short films that feature the two characters together. The short was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

Donald and Goofy have set up their own trapping company with the tagline “We bring ‘em back alive.” Goofy is setting up traps while Donald is cooking up some beans within their igloo. Donald is annoyed with eating only beans when he spies a penguin outside. He thinks he can capture the penguin and roast it like a chicken, so he dresses up like a penguin to capture her. Goofy continues to set up a walrus trap, not noticing when a walrus takes his bucket of fish. Goofy then dresses like a walrus to try and capture it, but ends up lost inside a cave full of icicles. Goofy ends up getting trapped in a hole in the cave, and ending up stuck in some ice. He then sneezes, sending all the icicles falling to the ground, dressing him up like the Statue of Liberty. Meanwhile, Donald continues his hunt for the penguin, and wanders into a penguin colony. He uses his flute to herd the penguins, having them march behind him as if he were a pied piper of penguins. A baby penguin continues to get in his way, and Donald continually tricks it to wander another direction, only to have it end up in front of him again. The baby penfuin finds himself alone and lets out a tear, which freezes and rolls down a snowy hill, turning into a giant snowball that chases Donald and Goofy down the slopes and crashes them into their igloo.