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January 31

January 31, 2015 – Disney Wins Twelve Awards at the 42nd Annie Awards


“This was a terrific night with something for everyone. It was fun to take a look back at our history, celebrate and honor what we have accomplished over the past year, and even look forward a little to what is in store for 2015 and beyond.” – ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director Frank Gladstone

On January 31, 2015, the 42nd Annie Awards were held at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall. Out of 38 nominations – many in the same category – Disney was awarded eleven awards, and one special achievement award for the Walt Disney Family Museum. Disney’s 54th animated feature Big Hero 6 was given 7 nominations, winning one for Animated Effects in an Animated Production. The short film Feast was awarded as the Best Animated Short Subject, while Gravity Falls was awarded as Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience. Disney Television Animation did very well at the awards, with Wander Over Yonder winning two and the Mickey Mouse short films winning six. The Walt Disney Family Museum won the Special Achievement Award for “recognizing the unique and significant impact on the art and industry of animation.”


January 30

January 30, 1934 – Executive Vice President for Disney Parks and Disney Legend Bob Matheison is Born


“…Bob has created a rich legacy of quality, integrity, and dedication that will continue to benefit the Walt Disney World resort for many years to come.” – Attractions President Judson Green

On January 30, 1934, Bob Matheison was born in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from USC in 1955, majoring in telecommunications, and joined the Army after graduation. He worked at Fort Hood as the chief of the radio-television branch, which kicked off his career in radio broadcasting. In 1960, Matheison scored a job at Disney through a college friend, and became the sound coordinator for Disneyland; he soon worked his way up to become the manager of Guest Relations, assisting production of broadcasts from the park. In 1965, Walt Disney personally tapped Matheison to work with several attractions set to premiere at the 1965 World’s Fair; he would manage the it’s a small world attraction, along with supervising the technical staff for Magic Skyway, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and the Carousel of Progress. In 1966, Matheison was named the head of the research and development team for the Florida Project (which would eventually become Walt Disney World). While working on this project, he also developed an extensive 13- week training program for executives of the park, which was the forerunner of the Disney Institute corporate training program. In 1969, he was named the director of operations for Disneyland, and took the title to Walt Disney World a year later when sent to set up the new parks operating plan. In 1972, Matheison was promoted to the vice president of operations; in 1984 he was promoted to vice president of Magic Kingdom and EPCOT; in 1987, he reached the position of executive vice president of Walt Disney World. In 1994, after 34 years with the company, Matheison retired. He was honored as a Disney Legend in 1996 for the many hats he wore during his tenure at Disney.

January 29

January 29, 2008 – The Soundtrack to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is Released


“Got a whale of a tale to tell you lads, a whale of a tale or two…”

On January 29, 2008, the digital version of the soundtrack for the live-action feature film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was released through Walt Disney Records. Although two vinyl records were released (one in 1954, the second in 1963 around the film’s re-release), these two records were more like story records rather than a soundtrack; this digital album is the first time the score of the film by Paul J. Smith was released. The soundtrack is 26 tracks long, along with several single versions of the film’s song “Whale of a Tale,” sung by actor Kirk Douglas.

January 28

January 28, 2009 – The Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure Opens in Epcot


“Welcome to Team Possible!”

On January 28, 2009, the interactive attraction Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure opened in Epcot’s World Showcase. Based on the hit Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible, the experience gave guests a chance to become secret agents throughout Epcot, solving cases through the help of a special communication device known as a Kimmunicator. Seven pavilions, each with a different mission, were available for exploring, with each quest taking about an hour to complete. The interactive attraction closed on May 17, 2012, and was replaced by Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure on July 6, 2012.

January 27

January 27, 2004 – The Compilation Album Disneymania 2 is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“Till we find our place on the path unwinding in the circle, the circle of life.”

On January 27, 2004, the second compilation album in the Disneymania series, entitled Disneymania 2, was released through Walt Disney Records. The album, like its predecessor, features pop covers of classic Disney favorites. Artists featured were Disney Channel star Hilary Duff, indie band They Might Be Giants, and the musical group Disney Channel Circle of Stars, which were Disney Channel stars gathered for the purpose of singing Disney covers. Several of the songs were used to promote Disney movies released on DVD or soundtracks for feature films. The album was successful, reaching a peak of 29 on the Billboard 200 chart and being certified gold by the RIAA.

January 26

January 26, 1972 – The Mousse Factory Premieres


“From Walt Disney Productions, Mickey Mouse proudly presents, The Mouse Factory!”

On January 26, 1972, the syndicated television series The Mouse Factory premiered in syndication. The series, produced and directed by Nine Old Men member Ward Kimball, the series featured guest stars covering a variety of topics with classic Disney animated shorts and films to help illustrate the point. Guest hosts included Don Knotts, Annette Funicello, and Kurt Russell. The show lasted two seasons with 43 episodes.

January 25

January 25, 2005 – The Soundtrack to Mulan II is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“Just to be free, like other girls get to be!”

On January 25, 2005, the soundtrack to the direct-to-video animated feature Mulan II was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack features the vocals of Lea Salonga, Judy Kuhn, Beth Blankenship, Mandy Gonzales, Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, and Harvey Fierstein; Salonga, Watanabe, Tondo, and Fierstein reprised their roles from the original Mulan. The soundtrack also features two additional songs: “Here Beside Me” by Hayley Westenra, and “(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls” by British pop girl group Atomic Kitten.

January 24

January 24, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice Foils the Pirates is Released to Theaters


On January 24, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice Foils the Pirates was released to theaters. It was the 42nd Alice Comedy produced, and starred Margie Gay as Alice. The short features Alice being captured by Pete, playing a pirate, who must be saved by Julius. The short has since been declared as a lost cartoon.

January 23

January 23, 1928 – The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Short Film Neck ‘n’ Neck is Released to Theaters


On January 23, 1928, the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Neck ‘n’ Neck was released to theaters. It was the eleventh Oswald cartoon produced, and has since become lost. It was animated by Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising, who would go on to found the Warner Brothers and MGM animation studios. According to a few sketches found in the archives, the short was about a race between Oswald and a police car.

January 22

January 22, 2011 – Darla K. Anderson is Honored at the Annual Producers Guild Awards


“…honoring excellence in motion picture and television production…”

On January 22, 2011, the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards were held in Los Angeles, California. The award, started by the non-profit trade group The Producers Guild of America, honors excellence in movies and films for the year. Darla K. Anderson, a producer for Pixar, took home the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures for Toy Story 3, beating out Despicable Me’s producers John Cohen, Janet Healy, and Christopher Meledandri; as well as How to Train Your Dragon’s producer Bonnie Arnold. Anderson’s work as a producer for Pixar began in 1993, and she has won several awards for producing the studio’s films, including a Golden Satellite Award and a BAFTA.