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March 24

March 24, 1950 – The Donald Duck Short Film Crazy Over Daisy is Released to Theaters

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“Oh, you poor little darlings! Was Donald mean to you?”

On March 24, 1950, the Donald Duck short film Crazy Over Daisy was released to theaters. The short is similar to the Mickey Mouse short film The Nifty Nineties, being set in the early 1900s, and features cameos of Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie. The short was directed by Jack Hannah.

The short begins with Donald riding a penny-farthing to Daisy’s house, passing Goofy driving an ice truck, and Mickey and Minnie in their car. As he passes through the park, Chip, who has been relaxing in a tree, spies Donald passing by and calls for Dale. The pair spot Donald and make fun of him before following him. They mock Donald as he continues to ride the penny-farthing, and the teasing continues to go back and forth. Dale then gets an idea to tie Donald’s hands to the handlebars, and Donald goes careening through the park. When he finally frees himself, he sees that the chipmunks have released a cannonball to chase him down a hill, which Donald frantically tries to escape. The cannonball flattens Donald’s vehicle to nothing more than a rail, and Donald chases them around the park, taking them home and building a new penny-farthing – with Chip and Dale spinning within the wheels like hamsters. When Donald arrives at Daisy’s, Daisy chastises him for being so cruel to the chipmunks, and takes the pair inside, leaving Donald all alone outside.

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March 23

March 23, 1950 – Bobby Driscoll Wins the Academy Juvenile Award

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“[The award] goes to the little boy whose performance in The Window and So Dear to My Heart enchanted movie-goers and critics alike, Bobby Driscoll.” – Presenter Donald O’Connor

On March 23, 1950, the 22nd Academy Awards were held at the Royal Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. For his work in the Disney film So Dear to My Heart, as well as the RKO film The Window, Bobby Driscoll was awarded with the Academy Juvenile Award as the best juvenile actor of 1949. So Dear to My Heart was Driscoll’s second film for the Disney Studios, and he had received several positive reviews for his role as Jeremiah Kincaid. He was the ninth recipient of the award, joining actors such as Mickey Rooney and Shirley Temple.

March 22

March 22, 2005 – The Updated Soundtrack to the Animated Series Kim Possible is Released

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“Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me.”

On March 22, 2005, the soundtrack to the hit animated series Kim Possible was re-released through Walt Disney Records. An updated version of the original 2003 album, this version contained remixes of the theme song “Call Me, Beep Me! (The Kim Possible Song)” by Christina Milian, as well as a combination of songs from and inspired by the show. The artists featured include Disney artist (and voice of title character) Christy Carlson Romano, pop artist Aaron Carter, and band Smash Mouth.

March 21

March 21, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice in the Alps is Released to Theaters

Alice Comedies

On March 21, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice in the Alps was released to theaters. The short film was the 46th film released in this title, and the 30th Alice Comedy starring Margie Gay as Alice. The short has since become a lost film. The short has Alice traversing the Swiss Alps with Julius, ice skating and mountain-climbing.

March 20

March 20, 1970 – Actress, Voice of Jasmine, and Disney Legend Linda Larkin is Born

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“When I see the way that little girls respond to Jasmine, I know what’s exciting about her to them. She’s not a victim. She’s not sheltered. She’s got spirit, and she has power, and I think it’s really great to be the voice of this character that is strong.”

On March 20, 1970, Linda Larking was born in Alaska; soon after her birth, she and her family moved to Duluth, Minnesota. While the family moved around the state, Larkin developed an interest in the performing arts, especially ballet. After graduating high school, she moved to New York to attend Hofstra University, and continued to book jobs dancing and, after a shift in her major, acting. In 1989, while visiting a friend in Los Angeles, Larkin ended up scoring a movie role – her first big break. This led to acting gigs on popular television shows, and finally, her biggest break of all: the voice of Princess Jasmine from the Disney animated feature Aladdin. Since that film, Larkin has still been involved as the voice of Jasmine, voicing her in animated sequels, the television series, and video games featuring her character. She was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2011.

March 19

March 19, 1953 – The True-Life Adventure Short Film Water Birds Wins the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel

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“In any case, Walt fought his way through all the Oscars in his living room to our stage tonight.”

On March 19, 1953, the 25th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California, as well as the NBC International Theater in New York City. It was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be broadcast on television, as well as held on two coasts simultaneously. The short film documentary Water Birds from Disney’s True-Life Adventures series was nominated for, and won, the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel. The short won against the films Bridge of Time, Devil Take Us, and Thar She Blows! This awards ceremony was also special for the added Disney fact that Walt was asked to present the award for the musical categories.

March 18

March 18, 1933 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Mickey’s Mellerdrammer is Released to Theaters

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“Let’s hide in Uncle Tom’s cabin!”

On March 18, 1933, the Mickey Mouse short film Mickey’s Mellerdrammer premiered in theaters. The subject matter is somewhat controversial, as it has Mickey and friends putting on a production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It’s important to remember that this short is a reflection of the attitudes of the 1930s, and the play was the most well-known play in this time. The short was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Mickey and his friends are putting on a production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, with Mickey as Uncle Tom and Topsy, Minnie as Eva, Clarabelle Cow as Eliza, and Horace Horsecollar as Simon; the cast is also joined by fifty bloodthirsty bloodhounds. The theater is packed, and the cast quickly prepares themselves, with comic ways of applying their costumes. The play begins with a rousing musical number, with Horace and Goofy helping with sound effects and props. The audience boos the villain, Simon, as he enters on stage, while Mickey does a quick costume change to become Uncle Tom. His performance is well-received, but the play is interrupted when Horace uses his whip to accidentally pull Goofy on stage. When the play resumes, the audience starts throwing rotten fruits and veggies at poor Horace. The next scene is quite an affair, with Clarabelle playing Eliza and crossing the ice. Mickey and Minnie help dress several dogs as bloodhounds, though they attempt to dress one cat up as well. The cat rushes the stage, and the dogs chase after it, destroying the set and musical instruments of the orchestra. The audience cracks up, and Mickey quickly pulls the curtain. Minnie and Mickey head out for their bows, while Horace is pelted with rotten fruits and vegetables again.