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August 20

August 20, 2016 – D23 Members Celebrate 75th Anniversary of The Reluctant Dragon

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“It was definitely a Disney day to remember, proving you’ll never know what surprises will await at a D23 event.”

On August 20, 2016, the Disney fanclub D23 held an official event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the little-known Disney film The Reluctant Dragon. The film, released in 1941, starred Robert Benchley as himself trying to pitch the titular story at the Walt Disney Studios, and ultimately takes a tour around several areas while trying to find Walt; this gave viewers a chance to see how an animated film gets made, thanks to tours around the Ink and Paint Department and the Sound Effects stage. Almost 400 D23 members were present at the Walt Disney Studios for a viewing of the film, and were able to see several artifacts from the Archives that were present in the film, including the bust of Robert Benchley. Also present for the event were members of the Walt Disney Archives, including director Becky Cline; voice actors Bill Farmer (Goofy) and Bret Iwan (Mickey Mouse); Animation Research Library manager Fox Carney; film producer and director Ted Thomas; Disney historian Les Perkins; Imagineer Tony Baxter; and Steve Vagnini from D23. There were special events on the lot after the screening and presentations, along with autograph sessions with several of the Disney Legends in attendance.

August 10

August 10, 2010 – High School Musical: China Premieres

“For these six friends, anything is possible when you follow your dreams.”

On August 10, 2010, the Chinese version of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, entitled High School Musical: China, was released. Set in an international college in Shanghai, the film follows six students as they compete for a cash prize in an inter-school singing competition. The film was a joint production between Disney, Shanghai Media Group, and Huayi Bros. It starred Zhang Junning, Liu Yanchen, Ma Zihan, Gu Xuan, and Yuan Chengjie.

August 5

August 5, 1997 – The Soundtrack to the Live Action Film Air Bud is Released Through Hollywood Records

“Words mean so little when you look up and smile.”

On August 5, 1997, the soundtrack for the live action feature film Air Bud was released through Disney’s Hollywood Records label. The album is comprised of the score by composer Brahm Wenger, along with two songs featured in the film: “Clair” by Gilbert O’Sullivan, and “Splish Splash” by Jimmy Z.

August 4

August 4, 2008 – The Teaser Trailer for The Princess and the Frog is Released

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“I don’t seem to recall anything in the fairy tale about kissing on the lips.”

On August 4, 2008, the teaser trailer for Disney’s 49th animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog, was released. It was a return to 2D animation for the studio and, as of 2016, was the last 2D animated feature film released by the Walt Disney Studios. The teaser featured the music of Randy Newman, with the vocals of Dr. John, as well as the voice acting of Anika Noni Rose as Tiana and Jim Cummings as Ray. The film was announced to be released in 2009.

June 9

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June 9, 2005 – The Sherman Brothers are Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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“We are looking forward to another terrific and memorable evening where we spotlight the accomplishments of those who have provided us with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives.”

On June 9, 2005, the Sherman Brothers were added as the newest inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The pair was recognized as “incredible children’s film composers” and “one of Disney’s most successful songwriting teams.” Fellow inductees included Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, and Bill Withers. The ceremony took place at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

May 7

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May 7, 1999 – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Has Special Engagement at the El Capitan Theatre

20000“A whale of a tale and it’s all true, I swear by my tattoo.”

On May 7, 1999, a special restored version of the ground-breaking live-action feature 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was shown for a limited engagement at the El Capitan Theatre. The film on its first showing was accompanied by director Richard Fleischer, matte artist Peter Ellenshaw, and Disney historian Scott MacQueen, who talked about the film in detail and introduced the movie to audiences. The limited engagement ran until May 13, with shows scheduled daily at noon, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm.

March 16

March 16, 1911 – Artist, Imagineer, and Disney Legend Harper Goff is Born

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“Walt liked the story-board well enough to have me give an [Audience Reaction Inquiry] to a group of exhibitors who were in town. They were enthusiastic and the rest is history.”

On March 16, 1911, Ralph Harper Goff was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. His family moved to Santa Ana, California, where he would later attend the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Afterwards, he moved to New York where he worked as a magazine illustrator. During World War II, Goff was asked to help design camouflage paint at a research facility at Fort Belvoir. After the war, Goff returned to California to work as a set designer for Warner Brothers, with his work being used in such classics as Casablanca, Sergeant York, and Captain Blood. He moved up the ranks to work as an associate producer and art director. After a chance meeting in London in 1951, Goff was invited by Walt Disney to work at the studio to sketch storyboards for a project, which would later evolve into the live-action feature film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The film would go on to win two Academy Awards: one for art director, and one for special effects. Goff was also instrumental in designing concepts for several pavilions for Epcot’s World Showcase in 1975, including Japan, Italy, and the United Kingdom. He was also known for playing the banjo in the Disney Dixieland jazz band Firehouse Five Plus Two. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1993; the same year, Goff passed away at the age of 81.