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November 16

November 16, 1997 – Hercules Wins Four Annie Awards

On November 16, 1997, the 25th Annie Awards were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. At this ceremony, the Disney animated feature film Hercules walked away with four wins out of six nominations, winning for Best Achievement in Directing for Ron Clements and John Musker; Best Achievement in Producing for Alice Dewey, Ron Clements, and John Musker; Best Achievement in Effects Animation, and Best Achievement in Character Animation. While nominated for Best Animated Feature, the film lost out to Turner Feature Animation’s Cats Don’t Dance. Disney also scored a win for Aladdin and the King of Thieves as Best Animated Video Production.

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November 13

November 13, 1940 – Fantasia Has World Premiere at the Broadway Theater

Fantasia was not simply a film or a concert. Instead, it was a hybrid, a selection of great orchestral works conducted by Leopold Stokowski, played by the Philadelphia Orchestra and illustrated by Walt Disney.”

On November 13, 1940, the animated feature film Fantasia had its world premiere at the Broadway Theater in New York City. This premiere was substantial in showing the evolution of Disney animation, as the film premiered twelve years after the official debut of the first Mickey Mouse short film, Steamboat Willie. This premiere was part of a roadshow held to promote the film, along with an exclusive sound system called Fantasound. Proceeds from the opening night went toward the British War Relief Society, as England was then embroiled in World War II. There was great demand from viewers to see the film, and the film would eventually run at the Broadway for forty-nine weeks.

October 31

October 31, 1955 – The Scamp Daily Comic Strip Begins

On October 31, 1955, the first Scamp daily comic was published. Scamp was the offspring of the characters Lady and Tramp from the animated feature film Lady and the Tramp, and began being featured in the Treasury of Classic Tales Lady and the Tramp comic starting July 10; it was soon decided that Scamp was popular enough to lead his own daily comic. The comic was drawn by Dick Moores, with Ward Greene, script writer for the animated film and author of the short story “Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog” on which the film was based, providing the text and story. Greene would also go on to write a novelization of the film that was released two years before the film was released. The Scamp comic would run until June 19, 1988.

September 16

September 16, 1997 – The Soundtrack for The Jungle Book is Reissued Through Walt Disney Records

“That’s why a bear can rest at ease with just the bare necessities of life.”

On September 16, 1997, the soundtrack for the animated feature film The Jungle Book was reissued through Walt Disney Records. Along with the songs and score from the film, the reissue also includes an interview with the Sherman Brothers, demo versions of songs not used in the final version of the film, and two songs that were originally featured on the album’s original release in 1969.

August 24

August 24, 1942 – Saludos Amigos Has Premiere in Rio de Janeiro

“Saludos amigos, a fond greeting to you!”

On August 24, 1942, the sixth animated feature film, and the first package film by the Walt Disney Studios, Saludos Amigos, premiered in Rio de Janeiro. The film was an output of a goodwill ambassador tour Walt and his animators took of various Latin American countries. The countries featured in Saludos Amigos are Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil, and includes a new main character in José  Carioca, a Brazilian parrot. The premiere featured a Portuguese version of the film, with the name of the film changed to Alo Amigos. The film was very popular in Latin America, and opened in the United States six months later.

 

 

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.