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Monthly Archives: March 2017

March 31

March 31, 2012 – The Avengers-Themed Monorail Debuts in Walt Disney World

“…our partners at Marvel Studios are bringing Marvel’s The Avengers to Walt Disney World Resort this spring!”

On March 31, 2012, the day after the official announcement on the Walt Disney Parks Blog, the newly designed Avengers-themed monorail, affectionately known as the “Avengerail,” debuted in Walt Disney World. Featuring characters played by actors Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), the monorail promoted the film, which was scheduled to be released on May 4, 2012.

March 30

March 30, 1992 – Beauty and the Beast Wins Two Academy Awards

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

On March 30, 1992, the 64th Academy Awards were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including a history-making first time nomination for an animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast managed to score two awards in the music categories: Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. Three songs from the film were nominated for Best Original Song: “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” and the winner, “Beauty and the Beast.” The film won against “When You’re Alone” from Hook and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The score was the winner against scores from Bugsy, The Fisher King, The Prince of Tides, and JFK.

March 29

March 29, 2012 – The Smithsonian Hosts To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian

“Be here when Buzz Lightyear arrives at the National Air and Space Museum!”

On March 29, 2012, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC hosted an event called To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian, celebrating the addition of a special Buzz Lightyear figurine to the museum’s collection. The figurine, presented jointly by NASA and Pixar Animation Studios, was a special guest on the Space Shuttle Discovery that flew to the International Space Station. John Lasseter was on hand for the presentation and a special panel discussion that looked at Buzz’s journey through space. The figurine was then made part of the “Moving Beyond Earth” exhibit.

March 28

March 28, 1910 – Host of The Mickey Mouse Club and Disney Legend Jimmie Dodd is Born

“Why? Because we like you!”

On March 28, 1910, Jimmie Dodd was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gifted with musical talent, Dodd attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville before attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Schouster-Martin School of Dramatics. He supported himself with various music gigs, starting with performing for a radio show in St. Petersburg, Florida. While unable to fight during World War II due to a heart condition, Dodd made his contribution to the war effort through performances with the USO along with wife, dancer Ruth Carroll. It was during his USO stint that he met Jinx Falkenburg, who was instrumental in giving Dodd his first television appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s program; he later appeared on Falkenburg’s own program. Dodd’s career with Disney began in the 1950s, when he was asked by old friend Bill Justice to help compose a song for Disney’s television program. Walt was so impressed with Dodd’s song that he hired Dodd to be the MC for a new children’s program: The Mickey Mouse Club. Dodd not only performed on the show, but wrote several songs for it, including the “Mickey Mouse Club March.” Dodd stayed with the show until its cancellation in 1959, and then accompanied several cast members on a Mickey Mouse Club tour of Australia. On November 10, 1964, Dodd passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii. For his work with The Mickey Mouse Club, Dodd was honored as a Disney Legend in 1992.

March 27

March 27, 2007 – The Soundtrack for Meet the Robinsons is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate.”

On March 27, 2007, the soundtrack for Disney’s 47th animated feature film Meet the Robinsons was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack features popular artists The All-American Rejects, Rufus Wainwright, and Rob Thomas, the latter of which wrote the song “Little Wonders” which was featured during the film’s ending and credits. The band They Might Be Giants were also featured, singing a cover of the Disney Park attraction song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” from the Carousel of Progress. The soundtrack also featured pieces of the original

March 26

March 26, 2000 – “You’ll Be in My Heart” Wins Academy Award

“You’ll be here in my heart, always.”

On March 26, 2000, the 72nd Academy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Recording artist Phil Collins managed to walk away with a win for Best Original Song for the song “You’ll Be in My Heart” from the Disney animated film Tarzan; this was the film’s only nomination and win. The song won against “Blame Canada” from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; “Music of My Heart” from Music of the Heart; “Save Me” from Magnolia; and “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2.

March 25

March 25, 1954 – Walt Disney Wins Four Academy Awards

On March 25, 1954, the 26th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. Walt Disney set a record at this awards ceremony by winning four awards, becoming the most Oscars won in the same year; this record has yet to be broken as of 2017. The awards Disney won include Best Animated Short Film for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom; Best Documentary Feature for The Living Desert; Best Documentary Short for The Alaskan Eskimo; and Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel for Bear Country.