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June 5

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June 5, 1998 – Mulan Premieres at the Hollywood Bowl

“We wanted to get the message of the movie out there first, before you start selling it as an ancillary product.” – Disney Feature Animation President Peter Schneider

On June 5, 1998, Disney’s newest animated feature film Mulan premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in California. The premiere had little fanfare compared to past animated features Pocahontas, which premiered in Central Park, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which had a parade in New Orleans. The cast of the film, including Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan) and George Takei (voice of First Ancestor), as well as pop band 98 Degrees, were on hand for the film premiere.

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May 13

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May 13, 2009 – Pixar’s Feature Film Up Premieres at Cannes Film Festival

“The Cannes film festival gets off to the most sublime flying start tonight with Up, an enchanting animation by Pete Docter from the Disney/Pixar studio, presented in ultra hi-tech digital 3D.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

On May 13, 2009, the newest Pixar feature film Up held its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The film kicked off the festival, and was the first time that an animated feature film kicked off the international film festival. Later within the festival, the character Dug, the talking dog, would win the coveted Palm Dog award, which is awarded to the best performance by a canine in a film, either live or animated.

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May 12, 2017 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has World Premiere at Shanghai Disney Resort

“In the shadow of Disney’s newest theme park that opened last year, hundreds of ‘Pirates’ fans lined up to catch a glimpse of stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Javier Bardem ahead of an afternoon viewing.”

On May 12, 2017, the world premiere of the newest film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was held at the new Shanghai Disney Resort. This was the first time that a Hollywood film had a premiere in mainland China, and Shanghai Disney was an interesting choice due to the park’s inclusion of Disney’s first pirate-themed park. Hundreds of fans of the films were on hand to celebrate the premiere and to see of the stars of the film, particularly Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Javier Bardem.

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.

March 6

March 6, 2011 – Mars Needs Moms Has Red Carpet Premiere at El Capitan Theater

On March 6, 2011, the Walt Disney Pictures 3D motion-capture film Mars Needs Moms had its red carpet premiere at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theater. The premiere was attended by the stars of film, including Seth Green and Joan Cusack; also in attendance was Berkeley Breathed, the author of the book upon which the movie was based; Disney Channel stars Mitchel Musso, Jake T. Austin, and Adam Irigoyen; and producer Robert Zemeckis, among others. The film was generally released five days later.

December 10

December 10, 2016 – The Star Wars Film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Premieres

“The force is strong with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” according to early reactions from the film’s premiere Saturday night in Los Angeles.” – The Daily News

On December 10, 2016, the first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had its red carpet premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film’s premiere took place six days before its wide release across the United States. Cast and crew form the film were on hand for the premiere, along with celebrity fans of the Star Wars franchise such as writer/director Kevin Smith, actor Terry Crews, and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

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.