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December 2

December 2, 2010 – Toy Story 3 Wins National Board of Review Award

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“The National Board of Review comprises film professionals, educators, historians, and students.”

On December 2, 2010, Pixar’s 11th animated feature Toy Story 3 had another accolade to add to its collection when it was awarded as Best Animated Feature by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. The film was also named as one of the top ten films of the year, alongside The King’s Speech and The Fighter. The Toy Story 3 win was Pixar’s fifth consecutive award from the organization, having dominated the category since its founding seven years prior. The awards for the films were to be handed out at the annual gala in January, 2011.

November 20

November 20, 1993 – The Dedication Ceremony for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza is Held in Disney-MGM Studios

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“Stroll through this outdoor exhibit featuring bronze busts of beloved TV legends.”

On November 20, 1993, a dedication ceremony was held in Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios) to honor the installation of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza. Mirroring the hall of fame located in California, the area features busts of trailblazers and icons in the field of television that have been honored with the award, ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Lucille Ball, and of course featuring Walt Disney. The exhibit is outdoors, and open from park open to close.

October 29

October 29, 1966 – Walt Disney is Awarded by the American Forestry Association

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“…for outstanding service in conservation of American resources.”

On October 29, 1966, Walt Disney was awarded the American Forestry Association award in Williamsburg, Virginia, for his service in American conservation. Throughout the years, Walt had done much to call attention to the conservation of nature, including allowing the use of Bambi to be used on posters warning the dangers of forest fires. At the awards banquet, Walt ignored his prepared speech and focused instead on an extemporaneous monologue about his love of nature.

May 12

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May 12, 1993 – Walt Disney is Posthumously Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians

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“Walter Elias Disney was a film and animation pioneer and innovator whose achievements sparked the imagination of people throughout the world.”

On May 12, 1993, Walt Disney was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, located in the Missouri House of Representative. This award honors those from the state of Missouri who have made an impact on the world. Although born in Chicago, Illinois, Disney always considered Missouri, his home; Marceline was where Disney discovered his loves of drawing and trains, and Kansas City’s Electric Park was an inspiration for the look of Disneyland. Disney joins the likes of Scott Joplin, Harry Truman, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Disney is honored by a bronze bust, sculpted by William J. Williams.

February 5

February 5, 2013 – Brave Wins Four Awards at the 11th Annual VES Awards

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“Each year, we put a spotlight on artists’ acheivements in visual effects that today more than ever define the experience of going to the cinema.” – Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society

On February 5, 2013, the 11th Annual Visual Effect Society (VES) Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Brave tied with Life of Pi as the most honored films of the evening, each winning four awards. Brave’s awards included Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture for Mark Andrews, Steve May, Katherine Sarafian, and Bill Wise; Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture for Travis Hathaway, Olivier Soares, Peter Sumanaseni, and Brian Tindall for the design of Merida; Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture for Tim Best, Steve Pilcher, Inigo Quilez, and Andrew Whittock’s design of the forest; and Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture for Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Michael K. O’Brien, and Bill Watral.

November 17

November 17, 2008 – The Sherman Brothers are Awarded the National Medal of Arts

“[The Sherman Brothers’] music has helped bring joy to millions.”

On November 17, 2008, the Sherman Brothers were awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush, which is the highest honor the United States has for artists. The brothers were awarded thanks to their long-spanning career, which includes two Academy Awards. They began their association with Disney in 1960, after being noticed for the songs they wrote for Disney star Annette Funicello, writing over 200 songs for Disney films, television shows, and attractions in the park. Outside of their Disney work, the brothers have composed scores for films and Broadway musicals, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Over Here!. The brothers were honored along with creator of comic-book franchises Stan Lee, actress Olivia de Havilland, jazz pianist Hank Jones, and sculptor Jesus Moroles.

November 10

November 10, 2010 – Alan Menken is Awarded a Star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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“Back then there was a genuine outreach on the part of Disney…to work with theater people. I didn’t know it at the time, but Michael Eisner was a theater major in college.”

On November 10, 2010, composer and pianist Alan Menken was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Through his work with Disney starting in the late 1980s, Menken has been awarded eight Academy Awards, with 18 overall nominations, as well as 10 Grammy awards. His star is placed near the Disney owned El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. As his award was well-timed with the release of the Disney film Tangled, voice of Rapunzel Mandy Moore was on hand at the ceremony, as was Richard Sherman, well-known Disney composer and songwriter.

May 2

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May 2, 2009 – John Lasseter is Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University

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“Never let anyone kill your dreams.”

On May 2, 2009, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, gave the commencement address at the Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, California. Lasseter was also presented an Honorary Doctorate degree for his work in the field of computer animation. Lasseter had started his education there, as it was the alma mater of his parents and siblings, but transferred to the California Institute of the Arts to pursue his dream of becoming an animator. In his speech, he encouraged the almost 500 graduates to never let anyone destroy their dreams.

April 11

April 11, 2006 – Winnie the Pooh Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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“For eighty years Winnie the Pooh has been making wishes come true by taking young people from every country around the world and culture to his magical world of entertainment and imagination.” – Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger.

On April 11, 2006, Winnie the Pooh received the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This celebration tied in to the 80th anniversary of the publication of the first Winnie the Pooh story in the London Evening News. Winnie the Pooh was joined in his celebration by Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore, along with Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, who gave a speech at the event. Winnie the Pooh is among a handful of animated characters selected for this honor, with others including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Snow White.

April 4

April 4, 1960 – Ub Iwerks Wins a Technical Achievement Award

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“To Ub Iwerks of Walt Disney Prods. for the design of an improved optical printer for special effects and matte shots.”

On April 4, 1960, the 32nd Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood, Califomia. Having rejoined the Disney Studios in 1940 in a technical capacity, Ub Iwerks was awarded a Class III Technical Achievement Award for the design of an improved optical printer for special effects. This printer would be adapted for the creation of the sodium traveling matte process in 1956. This traveling matte process helped revolutionize the combination of live-action and animation, using a three-strip Technicolor camera and specially designed prism, and won Ub another Technical Achievement Award at the 37th Academy Awards in 1965.