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September 30

September 30, 1933 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Steeplechase is Released to Theaters

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“He’s in fine shape, Colonel!”

On September 30, 1933, the Mickey Mouse short film The Steeplechase was released to theaters. It was directed by Burt Gillett.

It’s the day of the big steeple-chase, with a $50,000 prize at stake. Mickey is the jockey for the horse Thunderbolt, and he and Minnie help Thunderbolt’s owner to his seat while the stable boys prepare the horse. As they brush him down, Thunderbolt finds a bottle of liquor in his hay and drinks it down, quickly becoming too drunk to do anything. The stable boys realize that the horse is in no condition to run, and Mickey returns to find the fiasco. Soon, the horn blows, and all the racers must head to the starting line – except for a heartbroken Mickey, knowing that he will break the Colonel’s heart if he doesn’t win. Mickey then gets an idea to dress the stable boys in a horse costume, and off they run, though they are more than a little uncoordinated. Mickey and the boys are dead last, when they come across an angry hornets nest. The hornets attack the trio, and the boys run as fast as they can to avoid further stinging. Thanks to the hornets, however, the trio manages to outrace everyone, and finish in first place. Mickey is celebrated as the winner, though he stutters on his final, heartfelt speech.

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September 29

September 29, 2006 – Annual Passports are Introduced at Hong Kong Disneyland

Magic Access“Enjoy the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort with a Magic Access Membership Card!”

On September 29, 2006, the Annual Passport for Hong Kong Disneyland was introduced. Known as the Magic Access card, guests can purchase one of three levels: Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Each level includes a different amount of park access, up to 20% off of hotel dining, and up to 10% in-park dining and merchandise discounts, among other perks.

September 28

September 28, 1931 – The Silly Symphony The Clock Store Premieres in Theaters

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On September 28, 1931, the Silly Symphony The Clock Store premiered in theaters. It is also known by its copyright title In a Clock Store. One of the pocket-watches has familiar initials on its cover: W.E.D. The short was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

It’s late at night when an old man walks around the town, lighting the lamplights. He whistles a tune as he passes by a nearby clock store. Inside, the clocks are all ticking away, showing various times on their faces. A row of cuckoo clocks go off one after another, as do some alarm clocks, creating a simple melody. Different kinds of clocks and watches dance their own way to their peculiar rhythm, including a beautiful castle clock that features two figures around it hitting chimes, and two dancers on an elegant antique piece. Two alarm clocks end up in a fist fight thanks to the antics of a wall clock, with all the other clocks cheering the fight on. One clock knocks itself out, which the other clock is badly beaten.

September 27

September 27, 2003 – The Animation Art of Ron Clements Exhibit Opens at the Sioux City Arts Center

“I think kids who spend more time by themselves, they tend to use their imaginations more. I wrote stories and drew characters and did things like that.”

On September 27, 2003, the Sioux City Arts Center in Sioux City, Iowa, held its opening night reception for its newest exhibit “The Animation Art of Ron Clements.” The exhibit honored Disney animator and film director Ron Clements, and focused on his (at the time) five main films that he co-directed with John Musker: The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. The stories of these five films are told through storyboards, cels, and sketches.

September 26

September 26, 2006 – The Christmas Album Acoustic Hearts of Winter is Released by Recording Artists Aly & AJ

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“It’s the greatest time of year, and it’s here, help us celebrate it.”

On September 26, 2006, the second studio album by recording duo Aly & AJ was released through Hollywood Records. The album features cover versions of traditional Christmas carols, as well as two original songs by the duo and song writers Antonina Armato and Tim James. The album fared well on the Billboard charts, with the original song “Greatest Time of Year” being used as the promotional song for the live-action film The Santa Clause 3. It peaked at number 78 on the Billboard 200, and overall sold 110,000 copies.

September 25

September 25, 1925 – The Alice Comedy Alice Chops the Suey is Released to Theaters

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“Whee! Chinatown!”

On September 25, 1925, the Alice Comedy Alice Chops the Suey was released to theaters. It was the 22nd Alice Comedy released, and starred Margie Gay as Alice.

The cartoon begins with a live-action animator drawing Julius. Julius is startled when the ink bottle starts shaking, and out jumps Alice. Both watch as the animator continues to draw, and Alice is excited to find that he has drawn Chinatown. Unfortunately, a mysterious figure pops out of the ink bottle, scaring Julius. Alice is snatched while Julius escapes, and is brought to a Chinese restaurant. Julius is quick to pursue her, but is unable to get through the door, which turns into a brick wall. Julius manages to capture one of the captors and steals its clothes so he can sneak in, and is able to run away with Alice still in the bag. He is pursued by several of the captors, but after a few mishaps, including a throwing sword fight, the two manage to make their getaway back into the ink bottle, which is carried away by the animator.

September 24

September 24, 1993 – The Sitcom Boy Meets World Premieres on ABC

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“There’s no gravity in space, Mr. Matthews, therefore astronauts ‘suck up.’ Learn from them.”

On September 24, 1993, the live-action sitcom series Boy Meets World premiered on ABC. The series centered around the life of teenager Corey Matthews, from his early days in sixth grade to his marriage to childhood sweetheart Topanga Lawrence. The series became a staple of ABC’s TGIF programming block lineup, and was nominated for several awards during its run. In 2014, a sequel series that featured several of the original characters premiered on the Disney Channel, known as Girl Meets World. The series eventually ran for 158 episodes in seven seasons. It was created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly, and starred Ben Savage as Corey Matthews, William Daniels as Mr. Feeny, Rider Strong as Shawn Hunter, Danielle Fishel as Topanga Lawrence, Will Friedle as Eric Matthews, William Russ as Alan Matthews, Betsy Randle as Amy Matthews, and Tony Quinn as Jonathan Turner. Trina McGee-Davis would join in season five as Angela Moore, as would Matthew Lawrence as Jack Hunter. Maitland Ward would join the cast in season six as Rachel McGuire.

The pilot episode begins in the cafeteria, where teacher Mr. Feeny finds Corey Matthews getting a candy bar from the vending machine so early in the morning. After exchanging some barbs, Corey sits with his friend Shawn, who warns him that Mr. Feeny will make his whole sixth grade miserable. In class, they act out Romeo and Juliet, but Corey is listening to a baseball game secretly instead of paying attention. Mr. Feeny finds out and confiscates it, and tries to explain the true tragedy of the play. Corey, however, doesn’t understand, and is awarded detention for his insolence. After school, Corey’s brother Eric announces that he’s going on a date on Friday, which means that he won’t go to the baseball game with Corey. Corey is disappointed, and when he goes to tell his dad, he finds that Mr. Feeny, who happens to be his next door neighbor, has already informed his parents about Corey’s detention on Friday. When Corey complains about the game, his parents are happy that Eric is going on a date, which depresses Corey further.

Corey confides in his friends his troubles at home, and how he finds himself now an "orphan."

Corey confides in his friends his troubles at home, and how he finds himself now an “orphan.”

At school the next day, Corey tries to come up with a plan to skip detention to score tickets to the game, and announces that he is now an orphan. That night, he decides to sleep in his treehouse, which gives him a good view of Mr. Feeny’s dining room. He notices that the table is set nicely, but after a phone call, he puts away the other place setting and eats by himself. The next morning, Corey sneaks back in the house to get some clothes, and his mother asks if he still feels abandoned. She explains that “people grow up and priorities change,” and no one is the bad guy in any situation. In detention, Corey tries to talk to Mr. Feeny, but Mr. Feeny ignores him. Corey points out that love leads to nowhere, as love has turned his family against him, and love left Mr. Feeny lonely. Mr. Feeny is frustrated, thinking that Corey hasn’t learned anything from him this entire year, and tries to teach him something that afternoon. He explains that the Matthews family derives its strength from being a family, and that there is nothing higher than achieving love. He then lets a stunned Corey go. Corey heads home and runs into his dad, who is glad his son is back. That evening, Eric comes home, and relates that his date when horribly, as he didn’t know what to do. Corey says that his brother is too cool for a girl, and convinces Eric to ask the girl out again, as “love is worth it.”

September 23

September 23, 1980 – The Frontierland Attraction Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Opens in Walt Disney World

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“Streak through a haunted gold-mining town aboard a rollicking runaway mine train.”

On September 23, 1980, the Frontierland attraction Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park. It was based on the original Disneyland attraction, which opened on September 2, 1979. Unlike the Disneyland version, the Walt Disney World attraction is based on the scenery found in Monument Valley, Utah. The attraction also adds a “haunted” element to the attraction, with a backstory claiming that a supernatural force was awakened when gold was discovered on the mountain in the 1850s.

September 22

September 22, 1950 – The Pluto Short Film Camp Dog Premieres in Theaters

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“Wow!”

On September 22, 1950, the Pluto short film Camp Dog premiered in theaters. This is the fourth and final film that features the coyote Bent-Tail as Pluto’s nemesis, and the third with Bent-Tail’s son Junior. The short was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Milt Schaffer and Dick Kinney.

Bent-Tail and Junior are howling at the moon, when Junior smells something delicious. The pair run down from their perch to find a camper having set up his tent, as well as hanging his food up a tree. As they try to bring the food down, Pluto manages to chase Bent-Tail away, though he misses Junior. Bent-Tail continues to get the food, while Junior sets his sights on eating Pluto. Bent-Tail, however, puts Pluto back in his tent before successfully grabbing the food, though his holding on to the rope sends him up the tall tree branch. After a series of mishaps, the two gather all of the food to make their way out, with Junior once again grabbing Pluto. After putting Pluto back, the two set off, but stop when Bent-Tail accidentally steps in a fire. Pluto wakes up after he is pulled out for a third time, but they manage to fool him before escaping. Pluto finally realizes the ruse, but finds himself trapped in the tent. After he rushes out, he finds himself falling over a cliff into the river below. As Bent-Tail and Junior sit down to eat, they are interrupted by Pluto, who decides to help himself to the meal. Hearing his owner come back from fishing, and seeing the campsite in a shambles, Pluto runs away to join the coyotes in their howling.

September 21

September 21, 1945 – The Goofy Short Film Hockey Homicide is Released to Theaters

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“In no other game is the feeling of competition so keen, affecting both players and spectators alike, turning casual friends into bitter enemies.”

On September 21, 1945, the Goofy short film Hockey Homicide was released to theaters. It features clips from other Disney films, including Pinocchio and How to Play Football. The short was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Bill Berg and Dick Kinney.

One of the biggest hockey games of the season is about to start between the Loose Leafs and the Ant Eaters, and fans are preparing themselves with heat lamps, blankets, and hot water bottles. The game is sold out, with everyone being packed in. There are “a few” changes to the lineup, with the fans scribbling furiously to keep up with the announcer. The rivalry between key players Bertino and Ferguson is fearsome, and referee “Clean Game Kinney” steps out onto the rink just as it heats up, sending the players to the penalty box before the game starts. Kinney sets down the puck, and the players hit the ref instead, sending him flying into the scorebox. At one point, the puck is hit into the stands, replacing one fan’s burger and sending it to replace the puck on the ice, with the goalie eating the “puck.” Bertino and Ferguson get out of the box only to be sent right back. It’s an all-out war on the ice, until the buzzer calls the end of the first period. The second period begins, with Bertino and Ferguson coming out and heading back in the penalty box. Finally, the Ant Eaters manage to score, and there’s another face-off, with another beating of the ref. The game continues, and when the ref is sent flying from one goal to another, all the pucks in his pocket fly out, littering the ice. The players shoot one puck after another in a free-shooting game, with the fans even entering the ice to clobber each other while the players eventually watch the mayhem from the stands.