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March 6

March 6, 2011 – Mars Needs Moms Has Red Carpet Premiere at El Capitan Theater

On March 6, 2011, the Walt Disney Pictures 3D motion-capture film Mars Needs Moms had its red carpet premiere at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theater. The premiere was attended by the stars of film, including Seth Green and Joan Cusack; also in attendance was Berkeley Breathed, the author of the book upon which the movie was based; Disney Channel stars Mitchel Musso, Jake T. Austin, and Adam Irigoyen; and producer Robert Zemeckis, among others. The film was generally released five days later.

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June 16

June 16, 1984 – The Film Attraction Magic Journeys Premieres in Disneyland

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“Just an ordinary day, all at once you’re on your way to a place that cannot be no one knows what turns the key.”

On June 16, 1984, the 3-D film attraction Magic Journeys opened in Disneyland, first premiering at the Space Stage outdoor area; the area was then replaced with the indoor Magic Eye Theater. The film, considered an impressionistic view of the world through a child’s imagination, first premiered in Walt Disney World on October 1, 1982, with Disneyland being the second park in which the film played. The film stopped showing in Disneyland in 1986, and was replaced by Captain EO.

May 28

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May 28, 1953 – The Special Short Film Adventures in Music: Melody is Released to Theaters

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“Today’s lesson will be about something we really can’t do without.”

On May 28, 1953, the special short film Adventures in Music: Melody was released to theaters. This was to be the first in a series featuring the character Professor Owl teaching his students about principles of music, but only one other short was made (Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom); the character would become best known for beginning the Disney Sing-A-Long videos. Melody was also the first cartoon filmed in 3D, and was shown in Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater as a part of the 3D Jamboree, an attraction that remained fairly popular at the park, although 3D films didn’t really catch on in regular theaters. The short was directed by C. August Nichols and Ward Kimball, with story by Dick Huemer.

All the young birds gather at the school birdhouse, where Professor Owl is waiting to take attendance. He then declares that the lesson for the day will be “melody,” much to the enjoyment of the students. He directs them to the melody of nature, including the bird, the cricket, and the willow tree. He also says that there are only two creatures on earth that can sing: birds, and humans. Using a chart, Professor Owl points out the melodies in each stage of a person’s life. He changes the topic soon after to inspiration, with Suzy Sparrow drawing inspiration from love. Penelope Pinfeather sings her song, inspired by the ocean. Another student sings about trains, while another one sings about cowboys. The Canary Sisters sing a song about motherhood, before the class sings a song all about their inspirations. In conclusion, Professor Owl points out that “beautiful symphonies are often created from simple melodies,” and the short ends with an experimental look at music, featuring the beginning piece, “The Bird and the Cricket and the Willow Tree.”