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Monthly Archives: November 2018

November 23

November 23, 1993 – The Final Album by The Party is Released Through Hollywood Records

On November 23, 1993, the farewell album by the pop group The Party, titled The Party’s Over…Thanks for Coming, was released through Hollywood Records. The band was comprised of five members of the Mickey Mouse Club: Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno, and Damon Pampolina; they had released three albums up to this point to lukewarm sales. This farewell album was a compilation of outtakes from the recording sessions for the Free album, as well as songs that had been previously recorded yet unreleased.

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November 22

November 22, 2016 – The Restaurant Camp Woodchuck Kitchen Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

アメリカ河を眺めながら、キャンプ気分でお食事が楽しめるレストラン”

On November 22, 2016, the quick service restaurant Camp Woodchuck Kitchen opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Westernland area. The name is based on the Junior Woodchuck group of which Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie were members, and is themed like an American summer camp; the restaurant is also located where guests are able to watch the canoes on the Rivers of America. The restaurant’s menu features waffle sandwiches, smoked turkey legs, and hot ginger lemonade.

November 21

November 21, 1978 – The Library of Congress Holds the Exhibit Building a Better Mouse

“…a ground-breaking popular culture exhibition on display at the Library…”

On November 21, 1978, the exhibition Building a Better Mouse kicked off at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Running until January 30, 1979, the exhibit celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday as well as “fifty years of animation,” as it was advertised. It was curated by animation historian J. Michael Barrier, and featured over 120 items, ranging from production art, to merchandise, to books; these items were from a variety of sources, including the Disney Archives and materials already in the hands of the Library of Congress.

November 20

November 20, 2017 – The Animated Series Big Hero 6: The Series Premieres on Disney X D

“We didn’t set out to be superheroes, but sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned.”

On November 20, 2017, the animated series Big Hero 6: The Series premiered on Disney X D. The series is based on, and follows, the events of the animated feature film Big Hero 6, and features a majority of the cast reprising their roles, as well as a switch from computer animation to traditional hand-drawn animation. This first episode was a 47-minute episode, entitled “Baymax Returns,” reintroducing the characters to the audience, and introducing a new villain: Obake. This was the only episode to exclusively air on Disney X D, as the program was moved to Disney Channel in 2018 for its formal premiere. The series stars Ryan Potter as Hiro, Scott Adsit as Baymax, Jamie Chung as Go Go, Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon, Khary Payton as Wasabi, Brooks Wheelan as Fred, and Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass.

November 19

November 19, 2007 – The Film Enchanted Has US Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City

Enchanted is in many ways an homage to classic Disney films, beginning as an animated tale then turns into a live-action musical.”

On November 19, 2007, the US premiere of the film Enchanted was held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. The film had its world premiere in London, England on October 20; it would be generally released to theaters on November 21, 2007. Attending the premiere were the stars of the film, including Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and Idina Menzel, as well as producer Barry Josephson, singer Carrie Underwood, and Disney CEO Bob Iger and wife Willow Bay.

November 18

November 18, 2016 – The Restaurant PizzeRizzo Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking Muppet.”

On November 18, 2016, the quick-service restaurant PizzeRizzo opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Taking the place of the Pizza Planet Arcade, the restaurant is designed like a New York City pizzeria with a Muppet theme; the proprietor of the restaurant is Muppet character Rizzo the Rat. The menu includes various kinds of single-serve pizzas, a meatball sub, and an antipasto salad.

November 17

November 17, 2002 – The Animated Feature Treasure Planet Premieres at the Cinerama Dome Theater

“Everyone should be able to relate to Jim. He’s somebody that can’t figure out these things that are special about him, he can’t figure out how to make it work for him, and I think everyone’s been in that position; I know I have.” – Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, voice of Jim Hawkins in Treasure Planet

On November 17, 2002, 43rd animated feature film Treasure Planet had its world premiere at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Hollywood, California. Those involved with the film attended the premiere, including directors/writers Ron Clements and John Musker, songwriter John Rzeznik, animators Glen Keane and John Ripa, and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Hyde Pierce. Other celebrities that attended the premiere included Melissa Joan Hart, Daveigh Chase, and John Ripa. The film would go on to be generally released November 27, and was released in regular and IMAX formats simultaneously.