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June 21

June 21, 1996 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure Stage Show Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

“A cast of medieval puppets and 21 live performers tell the story of the bell ringer Quasimodo in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical Adventure at Disney-MGM Studios.”

On June 21, 1996, the stage show Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure opened at the Backstage Theater in Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios) at Walt Disney World. Based on the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the show promoted the film and was part of Walt Disney World’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The show closed its run on September 28, 2002.

May 27

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May 27, 2016 – The Live Show Frozen – Live at the Hyperion Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

“Delight in the magic of Frozen like never before in an all-new, larger-than-life stage production.”

On May 27, 2016, the live musical show Frozen – Live at the Hyperion premiered at the Hyperion Theater in Disney’s California Adventure Park. The show, based on the animated feature film Frozen, follows the legacy of other animated films becoming live stage shows, such as the show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular. The hour-long show features the musical numbers from the film, complete with intricate costumes and sets, including puppetry for characters Olaf and Sven akin to the puppetry used in the Broadway production of The Lion King. The show was directed by Liesl Tommy.

May 18

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May 18, 2015 – Inside Out Premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

“Hopefully, no matter where you are or what your culture, you can see yourself in this.” – Director and Writer Pete Docter

On May 18, 2015, the 15th Pixar Animated Feature Inside Out premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival as an out-of-competition film. The film was met with much critical success, with many critics, including The Toronto Star’s Peter Howell, saying that it received “double to loudest applause of any other film at the festival.” Attending the festival were director and writer Pete Docter; John Lasseter;  American voice actors Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith; and French voice actors Charlotte Le Bon, Marilou Berry, Gilles Lellouche, and Pierre Niney. The film would premiere in North America a month later on June 19.

April 29

April 29, 1989 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit Wins Four Academy Awards

“But I’m a toon. Toons are supposed to make people laugh.”

On April 29, 1989, the 61st Academy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The combination live-action animation film Who Framed Roger Rabbit was nominated for six competitive awards, and managed to score three: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Visual Effects. The film was also given a special achievement award for the film’s animation director Richard Williams. This was the second animated film to be awarded multiple Academy Awards, with Mary Poppins having been the first.

April 27

April 27, 1999 – The ASCAP Honors Songwriters for Animated Feature Mulan

On April 27, 1999, the 14th annual American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Film and Television Music Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Songwriters Matthew Wilder and David Zippel were among those honored at the ceremony for their work on the animated feature film Mulan in the Top Box Office Films category; their song “Reflection” would go on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

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 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