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August 4

August 4, 1985 – Nine Old Men Animator Ollie Johnston is Profiled on The Disney Family Album

“Just because they’re a bunch of mere pencil drawings, going through these routines and giving these performances, to me, that was real.”

On August 4, 1985, the fifteenth episode of the documentary series The Disney Family Album premiered on the Disney Channel. The series introduced those that had an impact on making Disney the company it became; this episode introduced Nine Old Men member Ollie Johnston, known for his work on animating Thumper from Bambi and the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. The episode focused on his career at Disney, when he started as an apprentice animator on Disney early short films, such as the Academy Award winning The Tortoise and the Hare, leading to his role as an animator and a directing animator on over 24 animated feature films. The episode also focused on his train hobby, one he shared with fellow animator Ward Kimball, as well as Walt Disney, and looked at the backyard railroad he built himself.

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July 15

July 15, 2011 – The Disney Channel Reality Series PrankStars Premieres

“Look at the, look at the look on your face!”

On July 15, 2011, the Disney Channel reality series PrankStars premiered. Hosted by Disney Channel star Mitchel Musso, it featured kids meeting their favorite Disney Channel and music stars through humorous situations planned by their friends and family, with Musso directing the actions of the star from a control center. The show’s stars ranged from Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez to pop music act Allstar Weekend. The show only aired four episodes in the United States before it was cancelled due to Musso’s driving under the influence arrest; the last two episodes aired in the United Kingdom and Latin America.

April 26

April 26, 2005 – The Album Disney Channel Hits: Take 2 is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Our spots are different, different colors. We make each other stronger, that ain’t never gonna change.”

On April 26, 2005, the compilation album Disney Channel Hits: Take 2 was released through Walt Disney Records. The album compiled songs from popular Disney Channel shows and Disney Channel Original Movies, including Stuck in the Suburbs, The Cheetah Girls, and Halloweentown High. Artists featured on the album include Hayden Panettiere, Jesse McCartney, and The Cheetah Girls.

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.

December 7

December 7, 1986 – The Disney Channel Starts Broadcasting 24 Hours

“You’re watching Disney Channel.”

On December 7, 1986, the Disney Channel changed its broadcasting hours to a full 24 hours. The channel began broadcasting on April 18, 1983, with an 18-hour programming block, featuring a mix of original programming and outside produced shows and movies. Listed as a premium cable channel, it reached over 35 million subscribers within its first ten years of its run, becoming one of the fastest-growing pay cable channels. The Disney Channel has grown in recent years from the one main channel to a series of 24-hour programming channels.

November 20

November 20, 2007 – The Box Set High School Musical Hits Collection is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Limited edition six disc set perfect for the High School Musical lover in all of us!”

On November 20, 2007, the six disc compilation High School Musical Hits Collection was released through Walt Disney Records. It featured the soundtracks for the two High School Musical films of the time, two karaoke albums, and the CD+DVD version of High School Musical: The Concert. The box set was a limited edition, and has been out of print for several years.

November 4

November 4, 1990 – The American Teacher Awards Begin Airing on The Disney Channel

“[Teachers] are probably the best-educated people in our country, who make the most sacrifices, do the most interesting things and should receive the same kind of adulation others in our society get.” – Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner

On November 4, 1990, the American Teacher Awards were kicked off and began airing on The Disney Channel. The idea originally started from a Disney Channel series The Disney Channel Salutes the American Teacher that aired in 1989. Up to 12 awards are given to deserving teachers across the country, with cash awards totaling $250,000. The nominees are chosen by the Educational Steering Committee, an independent group of representatives from several educational organizations. After the awards are given, the honorees vote together for the Outstanding Teacher; the first Outstanding Teacher was Sylvia Anne Washburn from Toledo, Ohio.