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February 28

February 28, 2006 – Lady and the Tramp is Released on 2-Disc Special Edition DVD

“Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, filled with memorable music and purebred fun, now shines like never before with an all-new digital restoration!”

On February 28, 2006, the animated feature film Lady and the Tramp was released on a 50th anniversary edition two-disc DVD; this marked the film’s first time being released on DVD. This was the sixth release in the Disney Platinum Edition line. The film was digitally restored, and several bonuses were included on the release, including a making-of documentary, the original 1943 storyboard version of the film, deleted sequences, and DVD games made for the release.

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February 27

February 27, 1942 – The Daily Variety Runs Article “Walt Disney Weeps as He Gets Oscar”

“I want to thank everybody here. This is a vote of confidence from the whole industry.”

On February 27, 1942, the Daily Variety ran an article entitled “Walt Disney Weeps as He Gets Oscar,” recounting how Disney received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award the night before at the Academy Awards. The award itself is not an annual award, but awarded periodically to those individuals that brought high quality work to the motion picture industry. Disney was the fourth person to win the award, and he was emotional upon winning, as this seemed to be validation from the film industry for his then-relatively small body of work in animation (which included short films and only four animated feature films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo). This award was particularly special for Disney, as the film Fantasia had not done as well as hoped at the box office, and while Disney called it “a [mistake] but it was an honest one,” he was still lauded by the presenter as presenting a new and novel way to educate the public about classical music. Thalberg’s widow Norma Shearer was at the ceremony and gave Disney a kiss after he returned to his seat.

February 26

February 26, 1991 – The Prairie Outpost and Supply Opens in Frontierland

On February 26, 1991, the specialty shop Prairie Outpost and Supply opened in Frontierland of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. The shop sells snacks and candy, as well as special baked goods and Disney’s famous character apples.

February 25

February 25, 2010 – Alice in Wonderland Holds Royal World Premiere in London

“The long trip down the rabbit hole otherwise known as the promotional tour for Alice in Wonderland is just getting underway – check out what the stars wore to the London premiere…”

On February 25, 2010, the live action feature film Alice in Wonderland premiered at the Leicester Square Odeon cinema in central London. Though the film cast and fans were greeted by a torrential downpour, many turned out to Leicester Square to see the area transformed into Wonderland, complete with a green carpet (rather than the traditional red). Most of the stars were in attendance, including Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were on hand to see the film and greet the cast; the film also served as a fundraiser for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. The film would go on to have its general release on March 5, 2010.

February 24

February 24, 1985 – Disney Clothiers Opens in Walt Disney World

On February 24, 1985, the clothing store Disney Clothiers opened on Main Street of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. A version of this store also opened in Disneyland a month later, while the Disneyland Paris version opened on April 12, 1992. The store specializes in apparel for guests of all ages, as well as a variety of accessories.

February 23

February 23, 2004 – Fortune Magazine Reports: Disney is America’s Most Admired Entertainment Company

“That other entertainment industry executives recognized this by voting Disney No. 1 in our industry is a tribute to the hard work of our incredible creative and dedicated cast members and employees.” – Michael Eisner, Disney Chairman and CEO

On February 23, 2004, Fortune Magazine published a list of America’s Most Admired Companies, with The Walt Disney Company taking the number one spot. This list was based on a survey of top members of the entertainment industry, including executives, directors, and securities analysts. 2003 had been a year of growth for the company, particularly through investments in live action films (such as the first installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series), as well as the continued success of their partner studio Pixar (which released Finding Nemo in that year). Stocks also rose 43% during the calendar year.

January 22

February 22, 2004 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Wins Screen Actors Guild Award

On February 22, 2004, the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California, honoring achievements in film and television. Johnny Depp was awarded for his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Depp won against such actors as Peter Dinklage, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, and Sean Penn.