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April 20

April 20, 2012 – The Disneynature Film Chimpanzee is Released to Theaters

“For Oscar, every day is an adventure.”

On April 20, 2012, the sixth entry in the Disneynature film line, Chimpanzee, was released to theaters. The film follows the story of a young chimpanzee named Oscar who, after his close-knit tribe is attached by a rival gang of chimps, has to fend for himself in the forest. This film was notable for being the first documented footage of chimpanzees committing acts of altruism. The film was directed by Alistair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, and narrated by Tim Allen. Principal photography was done in the jungles of Uganda and the Ivory Coast.

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April 18

April 18, 1983 – The Disney Channel Show Mousercise Premieres

“Come on everybody and Mousercize, Mickey’s Mousercize!”

On April 18, 1983, the aerobics show Mousercise premiered on Disney Channel. The show was modeled after the popular exercise programs of the time and was based on an exercise album released by Disneyland Records in 1982. It featured Kellyn Plasschaert as the main instructor, and Steve Stark as a facilitator on a discussion on health and safety. The show ran for 60 episodes.

April 16

April 16, 2013 – The Disneynature Film Wings of Life is Released on Blu-Ray

“A beautiful love story in danger.”

On April 16, 2013, the fourth Disneynature film Wings of Life was released on Blu-Ray, after a week-long engagement at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The film was originally released in France on March 16, 2011, under the title Pollen, and released in the United Kingdom as Hidden Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth. Produced by Blacklight Films, this French-American film takes a look at pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, and how they keep the ecosystem stable. The film was directed by Louie Schwartzberg, with the American version narrated by Meryl Streep.

April 5

April 5, 2013 – The Disneynature Film Wings of Life Begins Limited Run at Chinese Theater

“A beautiful love story in danger.”

On April 5, 2013, the fourth Disneynature film, Wings of Life, was released in a one-week engagement at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Produced by Blacklight Films, this French-American film takes a look at pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, and how they keep the ecosystem stable. This theatrical engagement was a promotional showing before the film was released on Blu-Ray on April 16, 2013. The film also had releases in France (as Pollen) and the United Kingdom (as Hidden Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth). The film was directed by Louie Schwartzberg, and was narrated by Meryl Streep.

April 4

April 4, 1938 – Life Magazine Features Article on Snow White Model Marjorie Belcher

“Miss Belcher was the model – a real-life Snow White who enacted all the scenes of the story, so that animators could study her expressions and poses.”

On April 4, 1938, the newest issue of Life Magazine was released, and featured a special article about Marjorie Belcher, the live-action model for the character of Snow White. Belcher’s performance wasn’t seen by moviegoers, but this piece publicized her acting skills, particularly as she was seen acting several scenes. The article notes that the hardest scene to make was the “running through the forest scene,” with several pictures showing Belcher running fearfully in a field. Photos were also seen of Belcher’s co-star and model for Prince Charming, Louis Hightower.

March 5

March 5, 1995 – The Santa Clause Wins at the People’s Choice Awards

On March 5, 1995, the 21st People’s Choice Awards were held at Universal Studios Hollywood, California. The holiday comedy film The Santa Clause went home with two awards that night: Favorite Comedy Motion Picture, and Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture for Tim Allen. Allen would go on to win again that night for his work on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, with the show winning Favorite TV Comedy and Favorite Male TV Performer for Allen.

February 25

February 25, 2010 – Alice in Wonderland Holds Royal World Premiere in London

“The long trip down the rabbit hole otherwise known as the promotional tour for Alice in Wonderland is just getting underway – check out what the stars wore to the London premiere…”

On February 25, 2010, the live action feature film Alice in Wonderland premiered at the Leicester Square Odeon cinema in central London. Though the film cast and fans were greeted by a torrential downpour, many turned out to Leicester Square to see the area transformed into Wonderland, complete with a green carpet (rather than the traditional red). Most of the stars were in attendance, including Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were on hand to see the film and greet the cast; the film also served as a fundraiser for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. The film would go on to have its general release on March 5, 2010.