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February 29

February 29, 2004 – Finding Nemo Wins Best Animated Feature Academy Award

Andrew Stanton, winner for Best Animated Feature for "Finding Nemo" The 76th Annual Academy Awards - Deadline Photo Room The Kodak Theater Hollywood, California United States February 29, 2004 Photo by Jeff Vespa/ To license this image (2318862), contact WireImage: +1 212-686-8900 (tel) +1 212-686-8901 (fax) (e-mail) (web site)

Finding Nemo would have never been possible if it wasn’t for the extraordinary filmmaking environment created at Pixar Animation Studios by John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and Steve Jobs.” – Director Andrew Stanton

On February 29, 2004, the 76th Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for four different awards, Pixar’s fifth animated feature scored a win for Best Animated Feature, beating out Disney’s Brother Bear and the French animated feature Les Triplettes de Belleville. This was director Andrew Stanton’s first Academy Award for his work at Pixar. Finding Nemo’s other nominations included Best Original Score for Thomas Newman, Best Sound Editing for Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers, and Best Original Screenplay for Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, and David Reynolds.


February 28

February 28, 2003 – The Attraction Test the Limits Lab Opens in Innoventions

Test the Limits Lab

“UL is a welcome addition to Innoventions and their commitment to public safety echoes our own.” – Brad Rex, Vice President of Epcot

On February 28, 2003, the new interactive attraction hosted by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. called Test the Limits Lab opened in Ecpot’s Innoventions area. The area hosted five exhibits for kids to test, acting in the role of an engineer to test products in an effort to teach guests about product safety. The exhibits included tests on firefighters’ helmets and television screens. The attraction closed on January 6, 2015.

February 27

February 27, 2011 – Toy Story 3 Wins Two Academy Awards

Oscar®-winning producer Lee Unkrich, winner for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year for work on “Toy Story 3," poses backstage during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.

“I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but thank you to the Academy.” – Director Lee Unkrich

On February 27, 2011, the 83rd Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Pixar’s eleventh animated feature film Toy Story 3 was nominated in five categories, including Best Picture, making it the third animated feature in history to do so, and the second Pixar animated feature to be nominated in this category. The film would go on to win two awards: Best Animated Feature, beating out How to Train Your Dragon, and The Illusionist; and Best Original Song for Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together.”

February 26

February 26, 2012 – The Muppets’ “Man or Muppet” Wins Best Original Song Academy Award


“I grew up in New Zealand watching the Muppets on TV; never dreamed I’d get to work with them.” – Writer Bret McKenzie

On February 26, 2012, the 84th Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood and Highland Center Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The song “Man or Muppet” from the 2011 live-action film The Muppets scored the win for Best Original Song, beating out the other nominee “Real in Rio” from the animated feature Rio. The song is the third Muppet song nominated for an Academy Award, with “Rainbow Connection” and “The First Time It Happens” being the other two; “Man or Muppet” is the first of these songs to win the Academy Award, and is the twelfth Best Original Song for the Disney Studios. The song was written by Bret McKenzie, known as half of the duo The Flying Conchords.

February 25

February 25, 2005 – Disney Sells the Mighty Ducks Hockey Team


“We are confident that Henry and Susan Samueli will bring continued success to the Ducks and we will remain among the biggest fans of the team going forward.” – Michael Eisner

On February 25, 2005, Disney sold the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim hockey team to Broadcom Corporation co-founder Henry Samueli and his wife Susan. The team was originally founded by Disney in 1993, named after the hit 1992 film The Mighty Ducks, and Disney had tried to sell the team since 2002. In 2004, when the NHL’s labor dispute led to a lockout of the 2004-2005 season, Disney tried to sell again at well below the franchise’s original price. Samueli bought the team for $75 million, and promised to keep the Ducks in Orange County, California. The team would late be renamed the Anaheim Ducks.

February 24

February 24, 1993 – Beauty and the Beast Wins Five Grammy Awards

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“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.”

On February 24, 1993, the Grammy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Out of seven nominations, the soundtrack to the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast won five awards that night. The soundtrack itself won the award for Best Album for Children, as well as Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. The pop version of the song “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson won two awards: Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo With Vocal, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television; composer Richard S. Kaufman took home the last Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

February 23

February 23, 1964 – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Part III Premieres on Television


“Do you trust me? All of you? Or will you stand forward now, and say that you’re afraid?”

On February 23, 1964, the Wonderful World of Color Disney anthology episode premiered with the third and final part of the three-part dramatic story of The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. It was based on the Christopher Syn stories by Russell Thorndike and William Buchanan. Teleplay was done by Robert Westerby, and it was directed by James Neilson. It stars Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Syn/The Scarecrow, George Cole as Mr. Mipps, Michael Hordern as Thomas Banks, Geoffrey Keen as General Pugh, Eric Flynn as Lt. Philip Brackenbury, and Sean Scully as John Banks.

The episode begins with General Pugh reporting to the King, sadly informing him that the whole countryside protects the Scarecrow. The King is furious with Pugh’s incompetence, but Pugh asks for just one more month to capture the Scarecrow. The King reluctantly complies. Meanwhile, Dr. Syn is working on ideas with Mr. Mipps when a stranger appears at the door. The stranger, sent by Mother Hathaway, is American Simon Bates, branded a traitor for preaching sedition. Syn can’t hide him in his church, but sends him to the local inn for safekeeping. Later, as Syn is visiting the Banks residence, another stranger is seen fleeing from the British troops and hiding in the Bates’ yard. Pugh enters the house and informs them all of a house-to-house search for the fugitive. John walks Syn out afterwards, and the pair spy another man running into the stables. Syn alerts the deserter that he’s there to help, not to harm, and realizes that the stranger is none other than John’s brother Harry, who had been missing for years. Harry has deserted from the Navy, and cannot go inside, as he will surely be captured. Things get worse for the Banks, as Kate’s beau Lt. Brackenbury’s proposal for marriage is shot down by Kate’s father Sir Thomas Banks.

Harry is surprised to find that John brought their father

Harry is surprised to find that John brought their father to see him

In the stables, Harry is ranting about the horrible Navy conditions, when Thomas is brought in by John. Upon seeing his son, he embraces him, and is shocked to hear what had happened to him the past four years. Syn offers to take care of Harry while Thomas and John must deal with Brackenbury. Syn manages to take Harry to hide in the church’s crypt, and are soon joined by Simon Bates and Mipps. The two fugitives are sent to a barn with a hidden stable underground to hide, while Mipps and Syn work on the next plan for the Scarecrow. Unfortunately, the barn has a pair of soldiers inside, and Harry and Bates are apprehended and taken to Dover Castle. Realizing the danger that everyone is in, Syn decides to go to Dover to see what he can find out. Syn and Banks talk to Pugh, and find that the two men are to be tortured. They find an unlikely ally in Brackenbury, which Syn believes will work in his favor. Syn then heads to the prison and witnesses six men being captured for the Navy’s service. Harry and Bates are brought in, obviously tortured, and Syn asks to be alone with the prisoners to pray. As the prisoners pray, he gets an idea using the naval picket free every last man.

John is concerned about his brother, and Syn isn’t sure himself if he can get the men to escape, but comes up with a wild idea and makes a copy of the jailer’s key in the remaining wax from a nearby candle. He has Mipps arrange a meeting held by the Scarecrow for that night, as time is of the essence. The Scarecrow’s men wait in the barn, and the Scarecrow changes the recent plan to capture the ship and steal the men from Dover Castle. The men agree to help, and the plan is quickly set in motion, with Syn and John playing themselves this time. They first head to Mrs. Waggett’s Inn to capture the Navy men to steal their uniforms. The Scarecrow’s men then enter Dover Castle as a Naval Picket, with Brackenbury assisting once he recognizes John, though he makes John wait outside. Syn, leading the group, convinces Brackenbury to assist him in freeing the prisoners. Inside the cell, Syn gives the men orders, and as they prepare, they are almost caught by the jailer. The group finally manages to make it outside, but are caught by General Pugh. John manages to save them from being caught, and the men all make it out alive.

Kate and Thomas are captured by the Scarecrow's men

Kate and Thomas are captured by the Scarecrow’s men

At the Banks estate, Hellspite appears with a few men to gather Thomas and Kate, as the Scarecrow needs them as hostages. At the ship, John says his farewells to his brother, and the men head to the ship while John and Syn become Curlew and Scarecrow. Scarecrow has asked for Thomas and Kate to come to give Harry their goodbyes before he and the other men set sail for America. Brackenbury is later questioned by Pugh, who is furious. Brackenbury has already covered his bases by submitting reports to the Admiral and above, which will surely call for Pugh’s dismissal. In the end, Thomas and Syn drink to the Scarecrow, while Brackenbury has resigned his commission and is allowed to wed Kate.

February 22

February 22, 1954 – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is Featured in LIFE Magazine

Disney Life

“We are delighted that Mr. Disney has seen fit to treat Jules Verne with the proper reverence in his new film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

On February 22, 1954, LIFE Magazine featured Disney’s newest live-action adventure as a cover story. The article takes readers behind the scenes of the upcoming film, interviewing several actor-divers, cameramen, and directors, and featured a several-page picture spread of underwater work to create the film.

February 21

February 21, 2001 – Aida and Toy Story 2 Win Grammy Awards


“When somebody loved me, everything was beautiful.”

On February 21, 2001, the 43rd Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, which Randy Newman took home the award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for the song “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2. In addition to these soundtrack awards, the band Riders in the Sky won Best Musical Album for Children for their album Woody’s Roundup: A Rootin’ Tootin’ Collection of Woody’s Favorite Songs, which was a compilation of Western songs inspired by the fictional show Woody’s Roundup from Toy Story 2.

February 20

February 20, 1928 – The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Short Film Africa Before Dark is Released

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On February 20, 1928, the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Africa Before Dark was released to theaters. The short, the thirteenth Oswald creation, was originally thought to be a lost film. In 2009, a full 33mm nitrate copy of the film was located in the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. After being restored by the Walt Disney Animation Studios, was unveiled at a special screening, along with the located short Poor Papa, with score by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on June 13, 2015.