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June 5

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June 5, 1998 – Mulan Premieres at the Hollywood Bowl

“We wanted to get the message of the movie out there first, before you start selling it as an ancillary product.” – Disney Feature Animation President Peter Schneider

On June 5, 1998, Disney’s newest animated feature film Mulan premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in California. The premiere had little fanfare compared to past animated features Pocahontas, which premiered in Central Park, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which had a parade in New Orleans. The cast of the film, including Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan) and George Takei (voice of First Ancestor), as well as pop band 98 Degrees, were on hand for the film premiere.

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May 13

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May 13, 2009 – Pixar’s Feature Film Up Premieres at Cannes Film Festival

“The Cannes film festival gets off to the most sublime flying start tonight with Up, an enchanting animation by Pete Docter from the Disney/Pixar studio, presented in ultra hi-tech digital 3D.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

On May 13, 2009, the newest Pixar feature film Up held its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The film kicked off the festival, and was the first time that an animated feature film kicked off the international film festival. Later within the festival, the character Dug, the talking dog, would win the coveted Palm Dog award, which is awarded to the best performance by a canine in a film, either live or animated.

April 20

April 20, 1946 – The Animated Feature Film Make Mine Music Premieres in New York City

“Make mine music and my heart will sing.”

On April 20, 1946, the 8th animated feature film Make Mind Music premiered in New York City. The film was one of the package films that were released during the wartime period; as resources were diverted to training and propaganda films, making a full-length animated feature was impossible. It was decided that, to make much-needed income for the studio, shorter segments would be made and compiled into a feature film. The film featured what Walt affectionately called “ghost stars,” as the voices in the film were well-known stars who were not seen on film, but usually featured in a narration role. The film was eventually released nationwide on August 15, 1946.

February 23

February 23, 2003 – Monsters, Inc. Wins Two Grammy Awards

“You and me together, that’s how it always should be, one without the other don’t mean nothing to me…”

On February 23, 2003, the 45th Grammy Awards were held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Pixar collaborator and musician Randy Newman won an award for his song “If I Didn’t Have You,” featured in the animated feature film Monsters, Inc. The song won for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Monsters, Inc. won again, winning Best Musical Album for Children for the compilation album Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites, with performances by Riders in the Sky.

February 20

February 20, 2011 – The First TV Spot for Cars 2 Premieres During Daytona 500

“When you’re in over your headlights, only friends can be trusted.”

On February 20, 2011, the first television promotional advertisement for Pixar’s newest animated feature film, Cars 2, premiered during the broadcast of the Daytona 500. The spot gave viewers a glimpse of the action in the international feature, and introduces the character Finn McMissile, voiced by actor Michael Caine. The spot also heavily featured the character Mater, voiced by comedian Larry the Cable Guy. It was then announced that the film would be released on June 24th of that year.

February 12

February 12, 2012 – “I See the Light” Wins a Grammy

“If she’s here it’s crystal clear, I’m where I’m meant to go.”

On February 12, 2012, the 54th Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for two awards, the Disney animated feature film Tangled received a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media; it was awarded to Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, songwriters for the song “I See the Light,” performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. The song beat out “Born to Be Somebody” from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, “Christmastime Is Killing Us” from Family Guy, “So Long” from Winnie the Pooh, “Where the River Goes” from Footloose, and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque.

January 30

January 30, 1995 – The Lion King Soundtrack Wins at American Music Awards

“And can you feel the love tonight? It is where we are, it’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer that we got this far.”

On January 30, 1995, the 22nd American Music Awards (AMAs) were held, and were broadcast by ABC. The soundtrack for the animated feature film The Lion King was the winner for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, beating out nominees Mariah Carey (for Music Box) and Counting Crows (for August and Everything After.) It was the only nomination and win for the album at the AMAs, but was amongst its many accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.