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October 21

October 21, 2003 – The Soundtrack to the Animated Feature Brother Bear is Released Through Walt Disney Records

Brother Bear Soundtrack

“Tell everybody I’m on my way, new friends and places to see…”

On October 21, 2003, the soundtrack to Disney’s 44th Animated Feature Brother Bear was released to theaters. The soundtrack featured a score by Mark Mancina and Phil Collins, and original songs by Collins. Besides Collins, the album features performances by Tina Turner, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Oren Waters, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Oren Waters, and the Bulgarian Women’s Choir. One song, “Welcome,” was used as the theme song for the Disneyland parade Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams. The album peaked at number 52 on the Billboard 200, while the song “Look Through My Eyes” charted at the number 5 position on the Adult Contemporary chart.

October 20

October 20, 1983 – The Featurette Mickey’s Christmas Carol Premieres in England

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“Merry Christmas, Uncle Scrooge!”

On October 20, 1983, the special Mickey Mouse featurette Mickey’s Christmas Carol premiered in England. The featurette was Mickey’s first film appearance since the 1953’s short film The Simple Things. This British premiere had the featurette paired with a re-release of the animated feature film The Jungle Book. It was based on the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film. The short was written by Burny Mattinson, Tony L. Marino, Ed Gombert, Don Griffith, Alan Young, and Alan Dinehart; it was directed by Mattinson. The featurette starred Alan Young as Scrooge, Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse, Clarence Nash as Donald, Hal Smith as Goofy, Eddie Carroll as Jiminy Cricket, and Will Ryan as Willie the Giant and Pete.

October 19

October 19, 1955 – The Disney Anthology Episode “The Story of the Silly Symphony” Airs

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“Next week, Walt Disney brings you ‘The Story of the Silly Symphony.’”

On October 19, 1955, the episode of Disneyland entitled “The Story of the Silly Symphony” aired on ABC. The episode covered some of the more popular entries in the Silly Symphony line, including The Practical Pig, Three Orphan Kittens, Little Hiawatha, and The Old Mill, as well as the special short film Ferdinand the Bull. The episode was directed by Clyde Geronimi and written by Bill Peet. It is one of a select few episodes to cover the Silly Symphony line.

October 18

October 18, 1926 – The Alice Comedy Alice the Fire Fighter is Released to Theaters

Alice the Fire Fighter

On October 18, 1926, the Alice Comedy Alice the Fire Fighter was released to theaters. It was the 35th Alice Comedy produced, and starred Margie Gay as Alice.

The fire bell sounds as a large fire ravages a hotel downtown. Inside the fire station, the fire fighters are sound asleep, until the bell quickly gets them moving in droves. Everyone sets off, while the hotel is evacuated quickly, and Alice heads to the scene as the fire chief. The crew arrives in comedic fashion to find one person stuck at the top of the hotel. They are able to rescue those that are stuck, but find another problem with putting out the fire, as the hose isn’t long enough. Julius gets exhausted trying to put out the fire by the bucketful, and there is another person stuck in the burning building. Two firefighters attempt to catch him with a trampoline, but they miss. Alice hears the cry of another woman stuck on the top floor, but she is rescued by a fire fighter that falls in love with her.

October 17

October 17, 2009 – The Disney Doorway to Dreams Store opens in New York

Doorway to Dreams

“Disney Doorway to Dreams gives us a chance to reach one of the top markets for our rapidly growing membership base and help Roosevelt Field visitors discover the many benefits of becoming a Disney Vacation Club member family.” – DVC President Jim Lewis

On October 17, 2009, the Disney Doorway to Dreams store opened in Long Island, New York at the Roosevelt Field Mall. Similar to the store of the same name in Chicago, the store educated and enticed potential Disney Vacation Club Members, with interactive features for adults and children alike. Information was provided for over 500 vacation locations across the globe, including the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The store closed on November 3, 2012.

October 16

October 16, 1923 – The Walt Disney Company Officially Starts

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“The first of this series, the title of which has been changed…is now in production and in all probability I will have this subject to you by December 15th.”

On October 16, 1923, the Walt Disney Company was officially started after Walt and Roy Disney signed a distribution contract with film distributor Margaret Winkler. The deal was for six Alice Comedies, priced at about $1,500 each (about $21,000 in 2015), plus six further comedies at $1,800 each (about $25,000 in 2015), as well as the option for two more series. Winkler, who had been interested in the Alice Comedies since seeing the then-unfinished short film Alice’s Wonderland, requested that the little girl in the short (Virginia Davis) be in the upcoming films; Walt was able to convince Davis’ parents to move the family to California from Kansas City. The signing of the contract has been named as the official start of the Disney we know and love today.

October 15

October 15, 1932 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Touchdown Mickey is Released to Theaters

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“Mickey made a touchdown! Oh, what a game, what a game!”

On October 15, 1932, the Mickey Mouse short film Touchdown Mickey was released to theaters. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

It’s a tough football game between Mickey’s Manglers and the Alley Cats, but Mickey manages to scramble across the field to score a touchdown with three minutes left in play. Mickey’s team is down by one touchdown, and the crowd is going wild for the action. Goofy is the radio announcer, though a bit unintelligible. The game stars up again, and the Alley Cats take the ball close to the goal posts, though it is so revealed that they are not above cheating. Luckily, one of Mickey’s players gets the ball and passes it off to Mickey, who manages to score again, thanks to the help of an unwitting Pluto. When the Manglers kick-off, Mickey stays attached to the ball, and makes a break for the goal. He ends up with his head stuck in a cleat, and runs the wrong way, but is quickly directed back the correct way. Though he manages to get far downt he field with help from his teammate, he soon loses the ball again, and nearly gets knocked out. The last few seconds are intense, but the Manglers are able to pull off a strong finish, with Mickey taking the ball from the hands of the Alley Cats after a series of mishaps, and take it in for the final touchdown. Mickey is hailed as a hero, and gives Minnie a kiss as he is carried on the crowd’s shoulders.

October 14

October 14, 1949 – The Donald Duck Short Film The Greener Yard is Released to Theaters

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“It was a paradise all right, just full of fancy foods.”

On October 14, 1949, the Donald Duck short film The Greener Yard was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Bill Berg and Milt Banta.

The story begins next to the yard of Donald Duck, where Bootle Beetle is preparing a meal for his son. His son is upset that they’re having beans again for dinner, and Bootle Beetle warns him that the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence. In Donald’s yard, Donald is feeding his birds, which Bootle Beetle calls a land of plenty – except for beetles. He then recalls a story from his youth when he travels to Donald’s yard to savor the foods in the garden. Unfortunately, he doesn’t realize that Donald is coming to work in his garden, and is caught unawares. Donald tries to smash Bootle Beetle, but the beetle ends up escaping into the hose. Donald manages to get him out of the hose, but knocks himself out on a tree branch in the process. Donald rouses and chases him across the yard, as do the chickens, but the resourceful beetle manages to save himself from being eaten. Two birds run off with Bootle Beetle, and he manages to slip out of their grasp as they argue who will eat him. He falls into his home, and relays that there is no place like home. His son rushes to gratefully eat his beans, but when he hears the clucking of chicken, he looks up in surprise to find his father has stolen some watermelon from Donald’s yard for dessert.

October 13

October 13, 2008 – The 22nd Disney Legends Ceremonies Are Held

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“Collectively, this group has enchanted millions, young and old around the world and it is a privilege to pay tribute to them today.”

On October 13, 2008, eleven new inductees were honored at the 22nd Disney Legends ceremonies. Held in the Disney Legends Plaza in Burbank, the Legends in attendance participated in a hand-print ceremony, with their bronzed prints being hung in the plaza. The ceremony was overseen by Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, with inductees including Barbara Walters, Frank Gifford, Wayne Allwine (voice of Mickey Mouse), Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse), Bob Booth (Imagineer), Neil Gallagher (Imagineer), Toshio Kagami (Director, Chairman, and CEO of the Oriental Land Company), Burny Mattinson (animator), Walt Peregoy (animator), Dorothea Redmond (Imagineer), and Oliver Wallace (musician).

October 12

October 12, 1911 – Producer, Member of Board of Directors, and Disney Legend Bill Anderson is Born

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“Family entertainment should be fun; life is melodramatic enough.”

On October 12, 1911, William Hillyard Anderson was born in Smithfield, Utah. Originally wanting to be an actor, Anderson moved to Los Angeles in 1929, scoring minor radio roles while working as a regional sales manager at a subsidiary of Ford. However, with the scarcity of casting calls, he went to study pre-law at Compton Junior College and the University of Southern California while working at Firestone Rubber Company. In 1943, as studios were committed to the war effort, Anderson was hired by the Disney Studios in the production control department. He was soon chosen to oversee the reorganization of the ink and paint department, which then led into a job as the assistant to the Studio’s production manager. Anderson was then named the Studio’s production manager in 1951, and in 1956, he became the Vice President of Studio Operations. Anderson’s projects were numerous, including being the associate producer of such well-beloved classics as Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Apple Dumpling Gang. His producer projects in television included Zorro and The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. He was named to the Board of Directors in 1960, and in 1966, after Walt Disney passed away, Anderson served on the board of Disney Studio producers who helped keep the studio afloat. Anderson retired in 1984, and in 1997, he passed away from a cerebral hemorrhage. In 2004, he was honored as a Disney Legend for his work in Disney production.