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February 27

February 27, 2011 – Toy Story 3 Wins Two Academy Awards

Oscar®-winning producer Lee Unkrich, winner for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year for work on “Toy Story 3," poses backstage during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.

“I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but thank you to the Academy.” – Director Lee Unkrich

On February 27, 2011, the 83rd Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Pixar’s eleventh animated feature film Toy Story 3 was nominated in five categories, including Best Picture, making it the third animated feature in history to do so, and the second Pixar animated feature to be nominated in this category. The film would go on to win two awards: Best Animated Feature, beating out How to Train Your Dragon, and The Illusionist; and Best Original Song for Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together.”

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February 26

February 26, 2012 – The Muppets’ “Man or Muppet” Wins Best Original Song Academy Award

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“I grew up in New Zealand watching the Muppets on TV; never dreamed I’d get to work with them.” – Writer Bret McKenzie

On February 26, 2012, the 84th Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood and Highland Center Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The song “Man or Muppet” from the 2011 live-action film The Muppets scored the win for Best Original Song, beating out the other nominee “Real in Rio” from the animated feature Rio. The song is the third Muppet song nominated for an Academy Award, with “Rainbow Connection” and “The First Time It Happens” being the other two; “Man or Muppet” is the first of these songs to win the Academy Award, and is the twelfth Best Original Song for the Disney Studios. The song was written by Bret McKenzie, known as half of the duo The Flying Conchords.

September 19

September 19, 1989 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Inducted in the National Film Registry

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“The National Film Registry selects 25 films each year showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.”

On September 19, 1989, the first 25 films to be inducted in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The Registry, established the previous year thanks to the National Film Preservation Act, works to conserve works that establish America’s film heritage. The public nominated up to 1,000 films for inclusion, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs being the only animated narrative feature on the list. Several Disney and Pixar films have followed suit, including Fantasia in 1990, Pinocchio in 1994, Beauty and the Beast in 2002, Toy Story in 2005, and Bambi in 2011.

June 6

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June 6, 2012 – The Short Film Paperman Premieres at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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“A single young man in mid-century New York chances upon a beautiful young woman. Will he see her again?”

On June 6, 2012, the short film Paperman premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The short was a minimalistic film that was a blend of 2D and CG animation in a new blend where the CG enhanced the 2D animation rather than the other way around. The short was met with critical acclaim at the festival, and would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Short Film. It was directed by John Kahrs, with story by Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer, and score by Christophe Beck.

The short begins with a man waiting for his train, when a paper belonging to a young woman hits his shoulder. The two wait silently, and when another train passes, one of the man’s papers flies into the face of the woman, leaving a lipstick stain on the sheet. After they share a laugh, the man watches the young woman head the other way on her train. He sits at his desk at work, despondent, when he sees her in an office across the street. Trying to get her attention, he decides to make paper airplanes out of his paperwork, with many near misses. Eventually, he runs out of paper, leaving only the sheet with the lipstick mark available. Seeing that it is his last chance, he turns the sheet into a plane, but the wind whips it out of his hand before he can send it flying her direction. He decides to chase after her, but loses her in the street. He finds the airplane with the lipstick, and angrily throws it across town. The plane comes across all the other paper airplanes, and gathers them together in a whirlwind. The planes find the man and follow him before attaching themselves to him. They carry him across town to the train station, while the lipstick plane finds the girl and has her follow it to the train station. The man and woman are reunited at the train station from that morning, and are seen having a date in the credits.

June 2

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June 2, 2003 – The Short Film Destino Premieres at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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“It is a little different…for us, but I’m enormously proud that we’ve done this because it is about who we are as artists, how long our history is and how long we respect it.” – Roy E. Disney

On June 2, 2003, the special short feature Destino kicked off the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film was a long time in the making, beginning as a collaboration between Walt Disney and artist Salvador Dali in 1946. Although storyboarded for eight months, the film was mysteriously stopped and never brought to the light of day again, until Roy Disney championed its completion in 2002. The film was finished at Disney Studio France, which then garnered the attention of Annecy’s artistic directors. Complications arose in the completion of the project, as the contract between Disney and Dali stipulated that Disney possessed the storyboards, but didn’t own any aspect of the project until the movie was made. Using a portfolio of 80 sketches and a 15-second film reel. The completed short is a mix of 2D and CG animation, with the CG being used to replicate Dali’s “plastic” style. The film would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. The story for the film was developed by Dali and John Hench, and features the song “Destino,” written by Armando Dominiguez. The song was performed by Dora Luz.

May 17

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May 17, 2002 – The Pixar Short Film Mike’s New Car is Released at the El Capitan Theater

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“Three little words, Sulley: six wheel drive!”

On May 17, 2002, the Pixar short film Mike’s New Car was released exclusively at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, California, in order to qualify for Academy Award consideration. The short, featuring characters Mike and Sulley from the hit animated feature Monsters, Inc., would go on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, but would lose out to Eric Armstrong’s The ChubbChubbs! It was written by Pete Docter, Jeff Pidgeon, Roger L. Gould, and Rob Gibbs, and was directed by Docter and Gould. Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprised their roles as Mike and Sulley.

The short begins with Mike taking Sulley to see his new car. Sulley is unimpressed, though Mike is super excited. When they enter the car, Sulley appears to have a hard time fitting inside, but Mike tells him that his seat is adjustable, and Sulley spends a good moment having fun adjusting his seat, much to Mike’s annoyance. As Mike starts the car, something starts beeping, and Mike realizes that they need to fasten their seatbelts. Unfortunately, Mike’s seat belt doesn’t seem to cooperate, and he ends up throwing himself outside the car. Mike tells Sulley to push the button, but as the dashboard is made up almost entirely of buttons, Sulley hits one at random, which opens the hood. As Mike goes to shut it, he ends up inside the working gears within the hood. Sulley manages to help him get out, and Mike gets back in the car, but more problems arise when Mike starts hitting buttons at random while trying to turn off the wipers. Mike finally turns off the car, and when Sulley adjusts the mirror, he accidentally pulls it off. Mike then pushes Sulley out of the car, and Mike crashes the car as he tries to go in reverse. In the end, Mike laments the loss of his old car.

March 25

March 25, 1947 – Singer, Songwriter, and Disney Legend Sir Elton John is Born

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“I sat there with a line of lyrics that began, ‘When I was a young warthog,’ and I thought, ‘Has it come to this?’”

On March 25, 1947, Sir Elton John (born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight) was born in Pinner, Middlesex, England. As a young boy, John showed great promise for music, being able to play the piano starting at the age of three. After taking formal lessons at the age of seven, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 11. A keen composer, John met lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967, and the two collaborated on several hit songs for other artists. John’s first album Empty Sky was released in 1969, but it was the second album Elton John in 1970 that established John as an artist with the top ten hit single “Your Song.” Between the years 1970 and 1982, Elton had 30 hits under his belt from 15 albums. In the early 1990s, John was asked to work with lyricist Tim Rice (known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Weber) for a new Disney animated feature, The Lion King. The film was a smashing success, with John and Rice earning three Academy Award nominations for “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” with the latter winning the award. In 1997, the film was then translated to the Broadway stage, with most of the songs intact. John and Rice collaborated again for Disney with the creation of the 2000 Broadway Musical Aida, which would go on to win three Tony Awards, including Best Original Musical Score. John has continued to stay busy in many areas, including theater, charity, and of course, music. He was knighted in 1998 to become Sir Elton John, CBE, for his humanitarian efforts in fighting against AIDS, and was further honored in 2004 with a Kennedy Center Honor. He was honored as a Disney Legend in 2006.

March 10

March 10, 1938 – Disney Wins Two Academy Awards for The Old Mill and the Multiplane Camera

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On March 10, 1938, the 10th Academy Awards were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Disney’s groundbreaking short film The Old Mill, which was the first use of the multiplane camera and features realistic depictions of nature, won the Academy Award for Best Short Film, beating Paramount’s Color Classic Educated Fish and Columbia’s The Little Match Girl. The use of the multiplane on this short served as a testing ground for work on the feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Creators of the multiplane camera were further honored at this ceremony by winning a special Academy Scientific and Technical Award

March 6

March 6, 2004 – The Animated Short Film Lorenzo Premieres at the Florida Film Festival

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“The five-minute short possesses a look that’s strikingly original: a moving painting that digitally captures the loose, dry, rough texture of a brushstroke.” – Bill Desowitz, Animation World Network

On March 6, 2004, the animated short film Lorenzo premiered at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. The short film would later be released alongside the live-action film Raising Helen, and would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. The story was originally proposed by Disney Legend Joe Grant during the production of Fantasia; it was revived by Mike Gabriel, who was given the short to work on after being removed from the project that would become Home on the Range. A new software called Sable was created by Dan Teece to capture the brushstroke style Gabriel used when drawing the titular cat character. The plot of the short film follows the cat Lorenzo, whose tail is cursed by a black cat named Molly to dance several ballroom styles with its owner.

 

January 23

January 23, 1942 – The Donald Duck Wartime Propaganda Short Film The New Spirit is Delivered

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“Oh boy! Taxes to beat the Axis!”

On January 23, 1942, the Donald Duck wartime propaganda film The New Spirit was delivered to the Treasury Department under the support of the War Activities Committee. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson and Ben Sharpsteen. This was the first propaganda film for the US Government by the studio since the country’s entry into World War II, and the Treasury Department hoped that Disney could provide a start of the new Revenue Act of 1942 and apply the funds directly to the war effort. The Department paid $40000 for the film, asking for a very short time frame to have the film ready no later than February 15. Although there was concern about using Donald Duck for the short film, Walt had argued that using Donald was similar to MGM using Clark Gable, and Department Secretary Morgenthau agreed. Donald was seen as a cathartic character for most Americans, and his anger and patriotism resonated with a public still reeling from Pearl Harbor.

While Morgenthau was excited about the film, Congress voted to eliminate the $80,000 appropriation the Treasury had submitted to pay for the film and its marketing, as many anti-Roosevelt members thought it was a waste of money and nearly marked Walt as a war profiteer. Fortunately for the studio, The New Spirit resonated with audiences, and was hailed by the media as “an excellent bit of persuasion,” as written by the Chicago Herald-American. A survey was conducted, and 37% of those that had seen the short said it had an effect on how willing they were to pay their taxes, with further members of the audience praising the film and criticizing Congress for its failure to pay the Studio. The New Spirit was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary at the 15th Academy Awards.

Donald is ready and willing to do whatever it takes to win the war

Donald is ready and willing to do whatever it takes to win the war

The song “Yankee Doodle Spirit” is playing on the radio, with Donald dancing to its patriotic rhythm. As he listens to the radio program, Donald quickly readies himself for the threat of war. The radio announcer declares that there is something Donald can do for the war effort, and Donald states he will do anything. When Donald hears that the best thing he can do is pay his income tax, at first he is dismayed. The announcer goes on to say that his income tax is vital to the war effort, as the taxes pay for supplies for the troops to beat the Axis Powers. A new simplified form is presented, which is really all that Donald will need, along with a pen, ink, and a blotter. Donald fills out the form, and finds that he owes $13 for his taxes. He is so excited to pay his taxes that he races across the country to Washington DC to pay them in person. The announcer continues with what the taxes will be used for: factories that will make the ammunition and weapons for the soldiers, planes, and battleships.