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June 10

June 10, 1958 – The People and Places Featurette Wales is Released to Theaters

On June 10, 1958, the People & Places Featurette Wales was released to theaters. It was the eleventh featurette in the series to be released, and was filmed in CinemaScope. Directed by Geoffrey Foot, the featurette takes a look at the country of Wales, including its rich history and folklore, along with its factories and natural resources.

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May 8

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May 8, 2009 – The Collaboration Film Trail of the Panda is Released in China

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“High in the mountains of the Sichuan province of China, a ten year old mute orphan boy, Lu, rescues a lost panda cub separated from its mother.”

On May 8, 2009, the second collaboration film between Disney and Chinese filmmakers, entitled Trail of the Panda, was released in China; it premiered in Chengdu on April 27. The film was set and filmed in the Sichuan Province, and features Daichi Harashima as ten-year-old Lu, a mute orphan who befriends lost panda cub Pang Pang and helps him find his way home. The film was eventually released on home video in the United States on September 6, 2011.

April 19

April 19, 2005 – The First Disney Films are Released on PSP

On April 19, 2005, two films from the Disney catalog were made available on the new Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform. The two films were Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Miramax’s Kill Bill Vol 1. The PSP includes a special Universal Media Disc drive that can play movies and games. Three other titles were announced to be released on the platform: National Treasure, Reign of Fire, and Hero.

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.

March 5

March 5, 2013 – The Soundtrack for Oz the Great and Powerful is Released through Walt Disney Records

“[Elfman is] able to create a sweeping gigantic sound that can really describe a tremendous scale and help us create this very unique world that Frank Baum wrote about, the land of Oz.” – Director Sam Raimi

On March 5, 2013, the soundtrack for the live action feature film Oz the Great and Powerful was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack is comprised of the score to the film, composed by Danny Elfman. The soundtrack was released in both digital and physical formats, with the digital releases featured on iTunes and Amazon.

February 9

February 9. 2009 – Disney Announces Distribution Deal with DreamWorks

“Disney is the birthplace of animation and has always been as close to the worldwide audience as any company ever has.” – Director Steven Spielberg

On February 9, 2009, Disney announced that they would enter in a long-term distribution deal with DreamWorks studio. The original deal DreamWorks was with Universal, but the plan fell through when DreamWorks had asked for cash to finance their movies under their contract with Reliance BIG Entertainment. Under the Disney deal, Disney agreed to market at least six of the films created under DreamWorks’ agreement with Reliance, a Bollywood producer.  The deal did not include the DreamWorks Animation company. The first film released under this deal was the film I Am Number Four, which was released under the Touchstone Banner on February 18, 2011.

January 7

January 7, 2001 – The Disney Channel Original Series Totally Hoops Premieres

Totally Hoops is really a mosaic about teenage life told through the eyes of these fiercely determined, uniquely talented girls.” – Gary Marsh, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for Disney Channel

On January 7, 2001, the Disney Channel Original Series Totally Hoops premiered. It was a reality program that focused on the lives of the eleven girls of the Lady Hoopsters basketball team from Dayton, Ohio. The team moved through this series from the tryouts to the state championships, and finally to the national tournament. The only season had 16 episodes.