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January 31

January 31, 2006 – The Compilation Album Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 8 is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“I’m strange, and I like it, that’s just the way I am.”

On January 31, 2006, the eighth volume of the compilation series Radio Disney Jams was released through Walt Disney Records. The album not only featured songs that had heavy airplay on Radio Disney, but also those songs that were used to promote Disney Channel programming and Disney animated feature films. Included in the track listing were Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne, Shake a Tail Feather by The Cheetah Girls, and Just The Way I Am by Skye Sweetnam. The album would go on to peak at number 70 on the Billboard 200 chart.


January 30

January 30, 1971 – Disneyland Hosts Two-Day Alice in Wonderland Days Event


“Meet Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Walrus and pose for pictures with them at Alpine Gardens…”

On January 30, 1971, Disneyland hosted the two-day event Alice in Wonderland Days. The event was a celebration of all things Alice in Wonderland, complete with two parades that traveled from Main Street U.S.A. to the it’s a small world attraction in Fantasyland. Special photo ops were also available with characters Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and the Walrus, held in the Alpine Gardens area between Tomorrowland and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

January 29

January 29, 1920 – Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks Find Advertisement for Artists at the Kansas City Slide Company


“Cartoon and wash drawings first class man wanted”

On January 29, 1920, an ad was placed in the Kansas City Star by the Kansas City Slide, asking for a man to do cartoons and wash drawings. The ad was spotted by Ub Iwerks, who discussed it with his friend Walt Disney, and the pair agreed that Walt should apply for the position. The pair were still working on establishing their own business, and Walt had only wanted to find a part-time position, but was encouraged by Ub to accept the $40 a week full-time job when it was offered. Although Ub had assured Walt that he could maintain their business while Walt worked at the Kansas City Slide Company, Ub did not possess the salesmanship that Walt had, and the business quickly crumbled; fortunately, Walt was able to convince his boss to hire Ub as well, and the pair would work at the company for a little over two years.

January 28

January 28, 1942 – The Federal Government Releases Press Statement About Disney-Designed Emblem

“…the four freedoms pledged in the Atlantic Charter and later by the United Nations are freedom of speech and expression, freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”

On January 28, 1942, the Federal Government released a press statement about the Disney-designed emblem for the Department of Agriculture. Created by Disney artist Hank Porter, the emblem featured an eagle flying over a cargo ship, and was meant to be added to labels to signify that the food came from the United States, particularly when sent overseas through the Lend-Lease program. The emblem found itself on cans of lima beans, canned meat, and packed apples.

January 27

January 27, 1998 – The Compilation Album Winnie the Pooh: Friends Forever is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“You’ve got a friend.”

On January 27, 1998, the compilation album Winnie the Pooh: Friends Forever was released through Walt Disney Records. The album featured several original songs about friendship inspired by the Winnie the Pooh series, featuring artists such as Mark Lennon, Nancy Bryan, and the cast of Winnie the Pooh. This album is one of many compilation albums released for the Winnie the Pooh franchise, and features songs with strong Celtic and acoustic influences.

January 26

January 26, 2011 – The Disney Dream Sets Off on Maiden Voyage


“Let your imagination set sail.”

On January 26, 2011, the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream, set off on its maiden voyage, a week after its christening. The ship, at the time, was the biggest in the fleet, with 1,250 staterooms, 14 decks, and a ship length of 1,115 feet. The maiden voyage had the Disney Dream traveling to Nassau, the Bahamas, and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.

January 25

January 25, 2011 – Disney Scores 13 Academy Award Nominations


“Only a handful of sequels have ever been nominated so we really didn’t think the best picture nomination was in the cards for us. The fact that we did get nominated in that category makes us very, very proud.”

On January 25, 2011, the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The Walt Disney Company managed to secure 13 nominations, with Toy Story 3 receiving five (Best Picture, Best Animated Feature Film, Adapted Screenplay, Original Song, and Sound Editing), the Pixar short Day and Night receiving one (Best Animated Short Film), Tangled receiving one (Best Original Song), Alice in Wonderland receiving three (Achievement in Costume Design, Art Direction, and Achievement in Visual Effects), TRON: Legacy receiving one (Achievement in Sound Editing), Iron Man 2 receiving one (Achievement in Visual Effects), and The Tempest receiving one (Achievement in Costume Design). In the end, Disney would walk away with four: Best Animated Feature for Toy Story 3, Best Original Song for “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, and Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design for Alice in Wonderland.

January 24

January 24, 2000 – Robert Iger is Named President of The Walt Disney Company

“Bob Iger is recognized as a leader in the communications and entertainment industries. I believe his experience and expertise will prove instrumental in helping to guide our company to seize new opportunities.” – Disney CEO Michael Eisner

On January 24, 2000, Robert Iger was named as the President of the Walt Disney Company, filling the spot left open after Michael Ovitz left in 1996. Iger had started his career with ABC in 1974 and rose through the ranks to become the President and COO in 1994. After ABC’s merger with Disney, Iger remained the head of ABC before switching in 1999 to the President of Disney’s International Operations. Along with his promotion to the number 2 executive position within the company, Iger was also appointed to the board of directors.

January 23

January 23, 2004 – The Animated Series Dave the Barbarian Premieres on Disney Channel


“They aren’t the greatest heroes, but they’re the only ones we’ve got.”

On January 23, 2004, the animated series Dave the Barbarian premiered on the Disney Channel. The series was about siblings Dave, Candy, and Fang, who are left to protect the kingdom of Udrogoth while their parents are away fighting evil; the siblings, however, leave much to be desired. The series ran for one season with 21 episodes, with its last episode airing on January 22, 2005. It was created by Doug Langdale, and starred Danny Cooksey as Dave, Erica Luttrell as Candy, Tress MacNeille as Fang, Kevin Michael Richardson as Uncle Oswidge, Jeff Bennett as the Narrator, Estelle Harris as Lula the Magic Sword, Frank Welker as Faffy, and Paul Rugg as The Dark Lord Chuckles and the Silly Piggy.

January 22

January 22, 2008 – Pixar’s Ratatouille Receives Five Academy Award Nominations

“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.”

On January 22, 2008, the nominations for the 80th Academy Awards were announced. Pixar’s eighth animated feature Ratatouille wound up with five nominations: Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Animated feature. With these five nominations, Ratatouille held the record for most nominations for a computer animated feature film; this record would be surpassed later in 2008 by WALL-E, earning six nominations. In the end, Ratatouille would go on to win only one Academy Award: Best Animated Feature.