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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.

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April 19

April 19, 2005 – The First Disney Films are Released on PSP

On April 19, 2005, two films from the Disney catalog were made available on the new Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform. The two films were Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Miramax’s Kill Bill Vol 1. The PSP includes a special Universal Media Disc drive that can play movies and games. Three other titles were announced to be released on the platform: National Treasure, Reign of Fire, and Hero.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – Good Morning, Mickey Premieres on The Disney Channel

“Good morning, and good morning, Mickey, we’re gonna get up and on our way.”

On April 18, 1983, the original program Good Morning, Mickey premiered on The Disney Channel. The show was a compilation of the classic short films that accompanied films in the golden age of animation. The show mostly featured Mickey, but appearances were made by the other classic Disney characters, including Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale. After 80 episodes, the show was replaced by the show Mickey Mouse Tracks in 1992.

March 8

March 8, 2013 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Croissant de Triomphe Premieres Online

On March 8, 2013, the first of a new series of Mickey Mouse short films premiered online. The short, entitled Croissant de Triomphe, has Paul Rudish as its executive producer and director, bringing a new art style to the decades-old character. Rudish is known for his work with Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls, both of which are known for their distinctive art style. The shorts, created as a blend of 2D hand-drawn and 3D computer animations, seek to take the classic Disney characters in new adventures worldwide. In the short film, Mickey must deliver a bag full of croissants to Minnie before her café patrons rebel; it also features a brief cameo by Cinderella and her prince.

February 27

February 27, 1935 – The Tortoise and the Hare Wins Academy Award

On February 27, 1935, the 7th Academy Awards were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The short film The Tortoise and the Hare won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoon, beating out Holiday Land by Screen Gems and Jolly Little Elves by Walter Lantz. This was Disney’s third win in the category since its founding in 1934; Disney would dominate this category until 1940.

January 16

January 16, 2011 – Toy Story 3 Wins Best Animated Feature Golden Globe

“Were you two even born when the first Toy Story came out?” – Director Lee Unkrich

On January 16, 2011, the 68th Golden Globes were held at the The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Pixar’s 11th animated feature Toy Story 3 was the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, winning against Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me, DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled. Toy Story 3 would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

January 7

January 7, 2001 – The Disney Channel Original Series Totally Hoops Premieres

Totally Hoops is really a mosaic about teenage life told through the eyes of these fiercely determined, uniquely talented girls.” – Gary Marsh, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for Disney Channel

On January 7, 2001, the Disney Channel Original Series Totally Hoops premiered. It was a reality program that focused on the lives of the eleven girls of the Lady Hoopsters basketball team from Dayton, Ohio. The team moved through this series from the tryouts to the state championships, and finally to the national tournament. The only season had 16 episodes.