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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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August 24

August 24, 1942 – Saludos Amigos Has Premiere in Rio de Janeiro

“Saludos amigos, a fond greeting to you!”

On August 24, 1942, the sixth animated feature film, and the first package film by the Walt Disney Studios, Saludos Amigos, premiered in Rio de Janeiro. The film was an output of a goodwill ambassador tour Walt and his animators took of various Latin American countries. The countries featured in Saludos Amigos are Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil, and includes a new main character in José  Carioca, a Brazilian parrot. The premiere featured a Portuguese version of the film, with the name of the film changed to Alo Amigos. The film was very popular in Latin America, and opened in the United States six months later.

 

 

May 9

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May 9, 2015 – The World Premiere for Tomorrowland is Held in Disneyland

“Are you excited to come in and see the movie?”

On May 9, 2015, a special world premiere for the new live-action feature film Tomorrowland was held in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The “blue carpet” premiere featured a variety of stars, including actor and star of the film George Clooney, director Brad Bird, and Disney Legend Richard Sherman. A special afterparty was held in the Tomorrowland section of the park after the film premiere, attended by several of the stars and Disney CEO Bob Iger. The film was generally released to audiences on May 22.

February 9

February 9, 2003 – The Jungle Book 2 Premieres at the El Capitan Theatre

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On February 9, 2003, the animated film The Jungle Book 2 had a special premiere at the El Capitan Theatre, the Disney-owned theatre that hosts premieres of Walt Disney Studios films. The film would go on to be released across the country on February 14, 2003. It was the third animated sequel to be released theatrically, following 1990’s The Rescuers Down Under and 2002’s Return to Neverland; like the latter, however, it is not considered a Disney Animated Feature Film. The premiere featured voice actors Haley Joel Osment, John Goodman, Mae Whitman, and Connor Funk, as well as director Steve Trenbirth, producers Chris Chase and Mary Thorne, and a myriad of celebrities, including Melanie Griffith and Marilu Henner.

November 11

November 11, 1946 – Walt Disney Appears in Armistice Day Parade in Georgia

“Out of the past of every nation has come its folklore: simple tales handed down from generation to generation and made immortal by such names as Aesop, the brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson.”

On November 11, 1946, an Armistice Day parade was held in Atlanta, Georgia; Walt Disney made a special appearance in the parade, as he was there to promote his upcoming film Song of the South, which was to premiere the next day. Disney had worked extensively with the family of author Joel Chandler Harris, original author of the Uncle Remus Stories, since he acquired the rights in 1939, and had visited Atlanta often to get a feel for the area where the stories were set. The parade featured several floats and bands, as well as representations of the characters from the upcoming film.

June 12

June 12, 1999 – Tarzan Premieres at the El Capitan Theatre

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“…Walt Disney Pictures’ exciting new animated feature Tarzan takes moviegoers on an imaginative fun-filled jungle excursion unlike any other.”

On June 12, 1999, Disney’s 37th animated feature Tarzan premiered at the El Capitan Theatre, one week before its general United States release. The theatre had just undergone some drastic renovations, including the new Wurlitzer organ. The presentation of the film included a 20-minute live show, as well as a performance by singer/songwriter Phil Collins. Celebrities at the event included Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, and Brian Blessed.

June 10

June 10, 2012 – The Pixar Animated Feature Brave Premieres at the Seattle International Film Festival

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” I am Merida, firstborn descendant of Clan Dunbroch.”

On June 10, 2012, the Pixar animated feature Brave made its debut at the Seattle International Film Festival, weeks before its general United States release. The film was listed as one of the five special presentations at the festival, along with Diaz, The Last Reef 3D, People Like Us, and Trishna.