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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.

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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.

September 20

September 20, 1986 – The Television Special Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening Premieres on NBC

“Now, join a galaxy of stars and celebrities as they gather in Disneyland for Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening!”

On September 20, 1986, the television special Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening premiered on NBC. It celebrated the new 3D musical attraction featuring Michael Jackson (which opened September 12, 1986), and featured Patrick Duffy and Justine Bateman as hosts. The special also featured performances by Belinda Carlisle, the Moody Blues, Robert Palmer, and Starship.

The special opens with a parade down Main Street before switching to the commentary by Bateman and Duffy, introducing many celebrities that were in attendance for the world premiere of Captain EO, including producer of the film George Lucas. The show then switches to a behind-the-scenes look of the film, along with an introduction of the characters in the film, including the villain played by Academy Award winning actress Anjelica Huston. The show also shows the complex choreography needed for the film, as it was a musical adventure experience.

September 19

September 19, 1992 – The Animated Series Raw Toonage Premieres on CBS

On September 19, 1992, the animated series Raw Toonage premiered on CBS. The show was a packaged animation block featuring the early versions of Bonkers and Marsupilami. The show also featured a parody music video segment called “Totally Tasteless Video.” Although nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards (Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition), the series only lasted 12 episodes. It featured Jim Cummings as Bonkers, Norman, and Maurice, Jeff Bennett as Jitters, Rodger Bumpass as Grumbles, Nancy Cartwright as Fawn Deer, and Steve Mackall as Marsupilami.

September 18

September 18, 1986 – The Syndicated Series Siskel & Ebert Premieres

“I’m Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.” “And I’m Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune.”

On September 18, 1986, the syndicated movie review program Siskel & Ebert premiered on CBS. Produced by Buena Vista Television, the show was originally called Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. The show had hosts Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert reviewing movies; as the two had different tastes, the show mostly featured arguments between the co-hosts, though the two maintained a strong friendship off-screen. Although Siskel passed away from surgery complications in 1999, the show continued with Ebert and a slew of co-hosts, with Richard Roeper taking over co-hosting duties in 2000, and the show was renamed Ebert & Roeper and the Movies.

September 17

September 17, 1954 – The Special Short Film Once Upon a Wintertime is Released to Theaters

“On the frozen pond folks are swaying, sweetheart, who cares? We’ll have more fun sleighing behind two chestnut mares.”

On September 17, 1954, the special short film Once Upon a Wintertime was released to theaters. The short was originally a segment of the 1948 package film Melody Time; like many of the package film segments, it was shown later as a stand-alone segment to be shown before Disney feature films. The short is narrated in song by singer Frances Langford, with the song written by Bobby Worth and Ray Gilbert.

Set in the 1800s, the short begins with the picture of two lovebirds, transitioning into them sitting in a carriage and traveling through a winter wonderland, with many a pair of animals following their journey, including a pair of rabbits. The pair stop at the nearby pond for skating, and things go well for both the human and rabbit couples. Both males then decide to show off to their mates, but have unintended bad consequences that drive the women away. As the women leave, they wander onto thin ice, and the men race to rescue them from falling down a waterfall on patches of the ice. With help from the carriage horses, some squirrels, and some birds, the women are saved and placed in the arms of their mates. The pairs drive off together, and the short ends back on the portraits of the human couple, with the frame closing as they share a kiss.

September 13

September 13, 1988 – The Television Special Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toon Town Premieres on CBS

“But now, there’s a new toon in town, and his name is Roger Rabbit.”

On September 13, 1988, the television special Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toon Town premiered on CBS. Hosted by Joanna Cassidy, the special took viewers behind the scenes of the hit combination live-action animation film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, featuring interviews with the actors behind the animated characters, the actors in the film, and those involved in creating the special effects, among others. The special also takes viewers behind the backstory of the film’s humble beginnings, and the history of the golden age of animation, ranging from the Walt Disney Studios to MGM Studios. The film also drew inspiration from early short films where animated characters were in the live-action world, and vice-versa. The special was directed by Les Mayfield.