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Monthly Archives: November 2016

November 20

November 20, 1989 – Minnie Mouse $10 is Added to Disney Dollars

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“Disney Dollars may be spent or collected and saved as souvenirs and are redeemable at any time before or after any period of inactivity.”

On November 20, 1989, a new $10 bill featuring Minnie Mouse was added to the Disney Dollar currency that was used within the Disney Parks. Though Disney Dollars had been circulated since May of 1987, it had only featured the $1 and $5. A $50 bill would be added in 2005 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland; all the dollars were discontinued on May 14, 2016.

November 19

November 19, 1941 – The Wartime Educational Film The Thrifty Pig is Delivered

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“You ought not to sing and dance while there’s danger all about. You should get your houses wolf-proof: bricks like these will keep him out.”

On November 19, 1941, the wartime educational film The Thrifty Pig was delivered to the National Film Board of Canada. It was the first of a series of films created by Disney for this particular project, with the goal of persuading Canadians to invest in war bonds. The short is similar to the Silly Symphony The Three Little Pigs, which was a huge success for the studio upon its release and deemed the perfect story to make the war bond case; this was also the first case of “cartoon recycling” for the studio in order to keep costs down.

Practical Pig is working on his house while his brothers tease him. He warns them that they should make their houses “wolf-proof”, which he is doing with war bonds. His brothers sing that they aren’t afraid of the wolf, and while they do, the wolf – now in Nazi regalia – shows up to try and capture them. He blows down Fifer Pig’s house first, then goes after Fiddler Pig’s house. Fifer and Fiddler Pig escape to Practical Pig’s house, with the wolf hot on their trail. When he tries to blow down Practical Pig’s house, all he does is blow away the top layer to reveal multiple Canadian savings bonds; Practical Pig then uses some extra bond bricks to chase the wolf away. In the end, the pigs all sing about protecting themselves from the wolf by lending their savings. An animated plea for Canadians to do their part to stop the Axis is then presented at the end of the short.

November 18

November 18, 1978 – Mickey Mouse Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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“With his unfailing good cheer, Mickey Mouse appears to be one of the last dependable figures in a world beset by turmoil and confusion.” – Charles Solomon, L.A. Times Reporter

On November 18, 1978, Mickey Mouse was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, becoming the first cartoon character with this distinction. Located on 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Mickey’s star was a culmination of his popularity and his presence as the face of the Walt Disney Company. The honor also coincided with the official announcement from the Disney Archives that November 18, the day that Steamboat Willie first premiered in 1928, would be officially known as Mickey’s birthday.

November 17

November 17, 2011 – Toy Story Land Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

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“And you can experience the feeling of being shrunk to the size of a toy in Andy’s backyard to play with your favorite Toy Story friends.”

On November 17, 2011, the Toy Story themed area Toy Story Land opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. It was the first of three themed areas of the park, with Grizzly Gulch opening in 2012, and Mystic Point opening in 2013. Based on the hit series from Pixar, the area gives guests the feeling of being one of Andy’s toys. There, guests can meet characters Woody and Jessie, join the Toy Soldiers in a “boot camp,” or ride RC on a fast-paced roller coaster ride.

November 16

November 16, 2006 – The Broadway Production of Mary Poppins Premieres at the New Amsterdam Theatre

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“I’m so practically perfect in every way.”

On November 16, 2006, the Broadway production of the hit stage musical Mary Poppins premiered at the Disney-owned New Amsterdam Theatre. Based on the hit Disney film of the same name and the books by P. L. Travers, the show was a joint production by Disney and Cameron Macintosh, and opened on the London stage on September 15, 2004. The Broadway production featured Ashley Brown as Mary, and Gavin Lee as Bert, reprising his role from the London production. The show would go on to be nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Gavin Lee; it would go on to win the Tony for Best Scenic Design. The musical had its last performance on March 3, 2013, after running for six years and 2,619 performances.

November 15

November 15, 1924 – The Alice Comedy Alice Hunting in Africa is Released to Theaters

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“I sincerely believe I have made a great deal of improvement on this subject in the line of humorous situations and I assure you that I will make it a point to inject as many funny gags and comical situations into future productions…”

On November 15, 1924, the Alice Comedy Alice Hunting in Africa premiered in theaters. The short, starring Virginia Davis as Alice, was actually the third Alice Comedy produced, but it was not released due to concerns from the distributor that it wasn’t funny enough. The short would then be released months later as the ninth Alice Comedy. While not a lost film, the film has not been released on home video.

November 14

November 14, 2002 – Kermit the Frog is Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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“And now, as you may know, frogs aren’t usually very comfortable being so close to busy roads. It kind of gives us a run-down feeling. That’s a Fozzie Bear joke.”

On November 14, 2002, Jim Henson’s creation Kermit the Frog was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kermit was given the walk’s 2,208th star, placed in front of the Kodak Theater. On hand for the ceremony was Jane Henson, David Arquette, Steve Whitmire, and president of the Jim Henson Company Charlie Rivkin. Honorary mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant also proclaimed it as Kermit the Frog Day.

November 13

November 13, 1998 – The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

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“Let the banquet begin!”

On November 13, 1998, the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Fantasyland. Themed after the animated feature Alice in Wonderland, the restaurant features Western cuisine, featuring flank steak with a Japanese-style sauce, swordfish steak with a tomato caper sauce, and heart-shaped strawberry mousse. The restaurant is set up buffet-style, making it easy for guests to select their dish for a quick dining service.

November 12

November 12, 1957 – Disney is Added to the New York Stock Exchange

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“Based upon Disney’s returns OTC and on the NYSE, Disney probably has the ‘happiest’ shareholders on Earth.” – Business Insider

On November 12, 1957, the Walt Disney Company’s first stocks were listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock closed at $13.75 on its first day ($118.14 when adjusted for 2016 inflation), and managed to jump to a close of $59.50 in April of 1959 ($493.64 when adjusted for 2016 inflation). Since its introduction in the NYSE, Disney stock has been of the top performers, with an initial $1 investment in 1957 estimating to be worth at least $5000 today.

November 11

November 11, 1946 – Walt Disney Appears in Armistice Day Parade in Georgia

“Out of the past of every nation has come its folklore: simple tales handed down from generation to generation and made immortal by such names as Aesop, the brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson.”

On November 11, 1946, an Armistice Day parade was held in Atlanta, Georgia; Walt Disney made a special appearance in the parade, as he was there to promote his upcoming film Song of the South, which was to premiere the next day. Disney had worked extensively with the family of author Joel Chandler Harris, original author of the Uncle Remus Stories, since he acquired the rights in 1939, and had visited Atlanta often to get a feel for the area where the stories were set. The parade featured several floats and bands, as well as representations of the characters from the upcoming film.