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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 16

August 16, 1999 – The Game Show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Premieres on ABC

“Starting tonight, and every night for the next two weeks, join us from New York City as we play Who Wants to Be a Millionaire!”

On August 16, 1999, the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire premiered on ABC, running every night for two weeks. The show, based on an British game show, was hosted by Regis Philbin and became a nationwide craze, with as many as 15 million viewers watching the show after the show’s first week. This show also spawned a Disney park attraction in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, with both opening in 2001. The success of the show helped ABC fix its flagging spot as one of the top three networks. The show was brought back November 7 through November 21, and then brought back as a prime-time series on June 27, 2002.

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 3

August 3, 2012 – The Special Studio DC: Almost Live Premieres on Disney Channel

“Dylan, Cole, take five. Pepe, Rizzo, take a hike!”

On August 3, 2012, the special variety show Studio DC: Almost Live premiered on Disney Channel. The special featured The Muppets alongside a variety of Disney Channel stars, including stars of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Jokes were interspersed throughout the program referencing other Disney Channel shows and Muppet ventures. A second special premiered on October 5, 2008; neither episode has been released on home video in the United States.

June 5

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June 5, 2011 – The Disney Channel Comedy Series So Random! Premieres

“So Random: it’s a party, get down!”

On June 5, 2011, the Disney Channel comedy series So Random! premiered. The series was originally a show-within-a-show for the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, but became a show on its own when lead actress Demi Lovato announced she would not return for Sonny with a Chance’s third season. The show is reminiscent of old comedy sketch shows in its set up, although it adds the element of the cast members playing their characters from the original Sonny with a Chance show. Musical guests were also featured on the show, with artists ranging from Andy Grammer to Colbie Caillat. The show starred Tiffany Thornton as Tawni Hart, Sterling Knight as Chad Dylan Cooper, Brandon Mychal Smith as Nico Harris, Doug Brochu as Grady Mitchell, and Allisyn Ashley Arm as Zora Lancaster. The show lasted one season with 26 episodes.

June 3

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June 3, 2007 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Wins Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards

“This is the man who did it all right here, Johnny Depp. Without him, we wouldn’t be here.” – Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

On June 3, 2007, the 2007 MTV Movie Awards were held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. The Disney live-action feature Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest scored two awards at the ceremony, including Best Movie; it beat out other blockbusters 300, Blades of Glory, Borat, and Little Miss Sunshine. Johnny Depp was also awarded Best Performance for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the film, beating the likes of Beyonce for Dreamgirls and Gerard Butler for 300.