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December 19

December 19, 2003 – The Short Film Destino is Released to Theaters

“In 1946, two legendary artists began collaboration on a short film. More than half a century later, their creation has finally been completed.”

On December 19, 2003, the animated short feature Destino was released to theaters, months after its well-received debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 2. This short is experimental in nature, having been conceived as a collaboration between Walt Disney and artist Salvador Dali back in 1946. After being storyboarded for eight months, the film was unexpectedly shelved, and wasn’t brought to the studio’s attention until 2002, when Roy E. Disney picked up the project and brought it to completion. 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. It was eventually nominated for the Best Animated Short Academy Award. 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.

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September 27

September 27, 1991 – The Video Simply Mad About the Mouse is Released

“I’ll be safe and you’ll be sorry when the wolf comes through your door.”

On September 27, 1991, the music video Simply Mad About the Mouse was released on home video. This musical compilation featured clips from Disney movies and short films, along with some new animation for this compilation, with updated pieces of Disney music from artists such as Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., and LL Cool J. Songs from the music video range from Pinocchio’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” to “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid. An album of the music from the music video was released on October 1, 1991.

February 4

February 4, 1966 – The Cartoon Featurette Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is Released to Theaters

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“Oh, yes! I’m rumbly in my tumbly. Time for something sweet!”

On February 4, 1966, the cartoon featurette Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree was released to theaters. It was the first Disney animated version of the classic Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne, and was later combined with two other Pooh featurettes to become the 1977 animated feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Although the featurette mostly stays true to the source material, it did veer in the addition of a new character, Gopher, who continually points out that he’s “not in the book, you know.” The featurette also features several musical pieces by the Sherman Brothers. The segment was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, and starred Sebastian Cabot as the narrator, Sterling Holloway as Winnie the Pooh, Bruce Reitherman as Christopher Robin, Ralph Wright as Eeyore, Howard Morris as Gopher, Barbara Luddy as Kanga, Hal Smith as Owl, Junius Matthews as Rabbit, and Clint Howard as Roo.

The featurette begins with Pooh’s clock going off, but Pooh can’t remember why. Pooh finally remembers that it’s time for his stoutness exercises, which he performs with great enthusiasm, until he splits a seam, which he immediately stitches back up. His stomach then makes a noise, and Pooh realizes that it’s time for his favorite sweet treat. Unfortunately for the bear, he is completely out of honey. As he gets his nose stuck in a honey jar, he hears the buzzing of a bee around his head, and follows the bee to the window, seeing the bee enter a tree. Pooh realizes that this must be a honey tree, and climbs the tree. As he nears the bee’s nest, he is unable to get the honey, and falls from a branch, landing in a gorse-bush. He then decides to go to Christopher Robin for help. Christopher Robin is helping Eeyore reattach his tail, with Owl, Kanga, and Roo supervising. Pooh finds the group and asks him for his balloon. When Christopher Robin asks what it’s for, Pooh lets him know of his plan to get the honey from the honey tree.

Pooh dons his disguise, and Christopher Robin lends him the balloon to help him float

Pooh dons his disguise, and Christopher Robin lends him the balloon to help him float

Christopher Robin takes Pooh to a muddy place, where Pooh covers himself in mud to look like a “little black rain cloud.” Christopher Robin hands him the balloon, and Pooh soars towards the bee hive, singing a song about being a rain cloud. He manages to reach inside to take a handful of honey, not realizing that his hand is also covered in bees. When he puts his hand in his mouth, Pooh is startled, but soon spits out all the bees. Angered at the deception, the bees then swarm around Pooh, and as Pooh swings around, he gets his behind stuck in the opening of the hive. The bees laugh, but the ones inside the hive push Pooh out, and he is left holding on to dear life to the balloon, which has been released from its string and is flying around frantically. Finally, the balloon completely deflates, but luckily, Christopher Robin is able to catch Pooh. The bees then plan their next attack, but Christopher Robin and Pooh are able to hide in the mud puddle.

Still on a search for Honey, Pooh stops by Rabbit’s house, hoping Rabbit will share his honey. Rabbit doesn’t want to share his food with Pooh again, but Pooh enters anyway, and Rabbit is stuck offering his food to Pooh again. Pooh eats several jars of Rabbit’s honey before deciding to leave, but gets stuck trying to get out of Rabbit’s house. Rabbit then runs out the back door to go get Christopher Robin to help, and Owl stops by to help. When Owl says that they need an expert, Gopher pops out of the ground, and surveys the situation. Gopher declares that it will take three days to dig Pooh out, before thinking that dynamite is the best way to go, but disappears down a hole. Christopher Robin soon appears and tries to pull Pooh out, but the group then decides that the best thing to do is wait for Pooh to get thin again. Rabbit tries to make the best of the situation by decorating Pooh’s backside as a hunting trophy, which is ruined when Pooh sneezes thanks to the flowers Roo gave him.

Pooh has to wait several days to get thin again, and his friends help him through the wait

Pooh has to wait several days to get thin again, and his friends help him through the wait

Pooh waits days to get thin again, keeping poor Rabbit awake the entire time. Gopher appears again with his lunchbox, which tempts a very hungry Pooh. When Rabbit hears Gopher say he has honey, he races from his house and places a sign in front of Pooh: Don’t Feed the Bear. Finally, one morning, Pooh is able to move, and everyone gathers to pull Pooh out from Rabbit’s house. The group manages to pull Pooh out, and he soars across the Hundred Acre Wood, into the Honey Tree. When they go to find him and pull him out of the tree, Pooh, is satisfied staying stuck in the tree, as he gets to eat all the honey inside.

 

January 6

January 6, 1963 – The Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color Episode “Three Tall Tales” Premieres

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“And here is your host, Walt Disney.”

On January 6, 1963, the Disney anthology series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color premiered the episode “Three Tall Tales.” The episode, hosted by Walt Disney and Ludwig von Drake, begins with an introductory monologue about Baron von Munchausen, a character from German folklore about a man who was famous for telling tall tales. The series then presents three tall tales told through Disney animation: Casey at the Bat (released August 15, 1946, as part of the animated feature Make Mine Music), The Saga of Windwagon Smith (released on March 16, 1961), and Paul Bunyan (released August 1, 1958).

February 17

February 17, 2001 – The House of Mouse Episode “Timon and Pumbaa” Premieres

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“I wish I could be like you. You don’t mind doing everything Mickey tells you, and letting Mickey get all the fame, and the glory, the big bucks, the fancy cars, while you’re stuck being number two…teach me, Donald, how to be a doormat just like you!”

On February 17, 2001, the House of Mouse episode “Timon and Pumbaa” premiered on Toon Disney. This was the fifth episode of the first season of the show, and was directed by Tony Craig and Roberts Gannaway.

Mickey introduces the show, announcing that the special guests for the night are Timon and Pumbaa – much to the chagrin of Simba. Donald is in the lobby greeting guests, and when he says hello to Mushu, the dragon walks right by without a word. Angered, Donald steps on his tail, demanding a response. As Mushu once again brushes him off and leaves, Daisy enters and tells Donald that Timon and Pumbaa want their grubs immediately. When Donald asks why Goofy can’t do it, the scene switches to Goofy in the kitchen, with his head stuck in the sink’s pipes, remarking that they must be clogged. Donald begrudgingly brings Timon and Pumbaa a bucket full of worms, grousing and griping.

Mickey and Minnie watch as Timon and Pumbaa fight over their act

Mickey and Minnie watch as Timon and Pumbaa fight over their act

In the dressing room, Timon and Pumbaa have a fight over what they will do on stage, with Pumbaa insisting on stand-up comedy, and Timon fighting for magic. The two break up, leaving Mickey without an act. Mickey quickly introduces a Pluto short film, entitled “Pluto’s Magic Paws.” In the short, Mickey greets a magician named Magical Mouse, who gives Mickey a ticket to his show. Mickey then enters the dry cleaners, asking the clerk if he mixed up the orders again, and the clerk insists that he didn’t. That night, Mickey leaves Pluto home alone while he takes Minnie to the magic show. Pluto quickly heads to the cans of dog food, hoping to open it, but he is unable to use the can opener. Giving up, he goes over to the television, which plays a variety of shows with the word “cat” in the title. Meanwhile, Mickey’s dry cleaning package opens by itself, revealing a pair of the magician’s magical gloves, which begin to run amok in the house. One of the gloves slips on Pluto’s paw, giving the dog the ability to do things he couldn’t before, like use the can opener and play the piano. Meanwhile at the magic show, the magician is unable to perform any of his tricks without his magical gloves. Pluto continues to use the gloves to impress a female dog down the street, which gets him in trouble with his nemesis, Butch. The gloves make a break for it, with Pluto chasing them, and Butch chasing Pluto. The gloves steal a fire truck to get to their owner, and Magical Mouse is relieved to have his gloves again.

Timon is busy preparing for his magic act, but Mickey tells him that the audience is expecting Timon and Pumbaa. Timon tries to reassure Mickey that it will be okay, but Mickey isn’t so certain. Donald is sent to talk to Pumbaa, who only makes Donald’s temper flare when he “envies” Donald’s willingness to be nothing more than number two to Mickey. When Pumbaa asks Donald’s help in being a doormat, Donald gets an idea to make Donald and Pumbaa an act, which lasts about two seconds.

Mickey uses reverse psychology on Timon to make him go out on stage with Pumbaa

Mickey uses reverse psychology on Timon to make him go out on stage with Pumbaa

The next short is “Mickey to the Rescue,” which begins with Minnie being captured by Pete, and Mickey having to battle all of Pete’s booby traps to reach Minnie and get her out of her cage. After the short, Pumbaa begins his stand-up routine, which is met with a lukewarm reception. Timon remarks that Pumbaa is horrible without him. Mickey tries to use reverse psychology on Timon, but while it seems that Timon won’t go along with it, he does. The act is even worse with Timon doing his magic, but when the two begin insulting each other, the audience begins to laugh and applaud. Mickey breathes a sigh of relief, and Minnie cues the next cartoon.

The last part is a Donald Duck short called “Golf Nut Donald,” where Donald is the janitor at a golf course. Donald spies a trophy given to the golfer with the best score, and decides that the trophy is meant to be his. He plays magnificently, until he gets to the final hole, where the ball is sent flying into Chip and Dale’s tree, which then blocks his shot. Donald chops down the tree quickly, and Chip and Dale decide to get revenge by tampering with his golf ball and using a magnet to make it move away from Donald’s shots. Donald is sent all over the golf course as he tries to hit his ball, with Chip and Dale continuing to play their pranks on him, and finally driving off in his golf cart. In the end, when Donald is finally able to sink his putt, he is given the trophy – for the worst score.

Donald still wishes to be the boss, revealing to Mickey his big plans of changing the name of the club

Donald still wishes to be the boss, revealing to Mickey his big plans of changing the name of the club

The show ends with Timon and Pumbaa patching things up, but Donald is still in a foul mood. Mickey then thanks Donald for being a team player, but Donald still wishes he were the boss, and shows Mickey his plans to name the club “House of Duck.”