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February 21

February 21, 2004 – Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical Has Premiere at Fantasyland Theater

“Live on stage at Disneyland!”

On February 21, 2004, the elaborate stage show Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical had a premiere at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater, two days before its official opening. It was the most elaborate stage production to be held at that theater at the time, and was produced exclusively for the park. The musical ran until 2006 when it was replaced by the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire. The show was free with park admission. It was directed by Eric Schaeffer, with the show adapted by Norman Allen and Darrah Cloud. It originally starred Anne Warren as Snow White, Stuart Ambrose as the Prince, Elizabeth Wardland as the Queen, Lisa Wolpe as the Hag, and featured the voice of Patrick Stewart as the Magic Mirror.

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February 10

February 10, 2015 – Walt Disney Records Releases The Legacy Collection: Pinocchio

“I had strings but now I’m free, there are no strings on me!”

On February 10, 2015, the sixth entry into Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection, featuring the music of Pinocchio, was released. This two-disc edition, released to coincide with the animated feature film’s 75th anniversary, featured the film’s full soundtrack, as well as three recordings of songs cut from the film, and five songs sung by Cliff Edwards (playing Jiminy Cricket) featured in The Mickey Mouse Club television series.

January 29

January 29, 1996 – The Lion King Soundtrack Wins American Music Award

“’Til we find our place on the path unwinding, in the circle, the circle of life.”

On January 29, 1996, the 23rd American Music Awards (AMAs) were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. At this ceremony, the soundtrack for the animated feature film The Lion King won for Favorite Soundtrack, beating out the soundtracks for Dangerous Minds and Forrest Gump. This was the second win for the album, as it won the previous year for Favorite Pop/Rock Album; as the AMAs are voted on by the public, this second award showcased the soundtrack’s immense popularity and impact. This year was the first year that the category for Top Soundtrack (then known as Favorite Soundtrack) was awarded.

January 28

January 28, 2018 – “How Far I’ll Go” From Moana Wins Grammy Award

“If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me one day I’ll know, if I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go.”

On January 28, 2018, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The music from the animated feature film Moana was nominated for two awards (Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Best Song Written for Visual Media), and walked away with one: Best Song Written for Visual Media for “How Far I’ll Go,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

January 17

January 17, 2003 – The Stage Show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular Officially Debuts in Disney California Adventure

“Must I yearn forever to be free?”

On January 17, 2003, the Broadway-style stage show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular made its officially debut on January 17, 2003, at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater. Based on the hit 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, this stage show would become a precursor to the hit Broadway musical. The show generally follows the plot of the film; however, composer Alan Menken added one new song for the show: “To Be Free,” a song for Jasmine. “To Be Free” is a reworked song that was originally created as a ballad for Genie, but was inevitably cut from the film. The show ended its run on January 10, 2016, and was replaced by Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.

January 14

January 14, 1938 – The New York Daily News Publishes Review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“The entire audience seemed to fall under the magic spell which Walt Disney and his staff of clever magicians wove with great artistry on the screen.”

On January 14, 1938, the day after the animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had its East Coast premiere at Radio City Music Hall, Kate Cameron of the New York Daily News published a glittering review alongside an image of Snow White and her bird friends chasing the hag out of the Dwarfs’ cottage. The review was simply glowing, calling the audience “spellbound,” while noting that mostly adults attended the screening and were enraptured with the animated performances. The review also notes the music as “excellent,” the adaptation as “delightful,” and the voices having been selected “judiciously.” The film was awarded four stars for children, and four stars for adults.

January 3

January 3, 2015 – Walt Disney Records Releases The Legacy Collection: Fantasia

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Fantasia celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the film.”

On January 3, 2015, to celebrate the film’s 75th anniversary, Walt Disney Records released the album compilation The Legacy Collection: Fantasia. This was a four-disc collectible edition features the original, remastered score from the animated feature film, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, as well as a digital re-recording by Irwin Kostal. Bonus features include the score for the deleted segment “Clair de Lune,” and readings of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Peter and the Wolf” by Sterling Holloway. The physical disc included a booklet with liner notes about the film, as well as lithographs of artwork to promote the release by Disney artist Lorelay Bove. The release of the legacy collection was the fifth release, and the first to kick off 2015.