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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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November 11

November 11, 1997 – The Soundtrack for Flubber is Released Through Walt Disney Records

On November 11, 1997, the soundtrack for the live action feature film Flubber was released through Walt Disney Records. The soundtrack primarily featured the score for the film, composed by Danny Elfman, along with the song “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band, which is featured in the film and its trailer.

October 29

October 29, 2005 – Laura Michelle Kelly Plays Final Performance as Mary Poppins

“After [performing in Mary Poppins] for two years in London, I just needed a break.”

On October 29, 2005, after 400 performances, actress Laura Michelle Kelly played her final performance as the titular character in the West End musical Mary Poppins. It was announced that the role would then be portrayed by Scarlet Strallen; Kelly traveled to Singapore to star in a production of A Twist of Fate. Kelly would return to the role of Mary Poppins in October, 2009, this time at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.

October 16

October 16, 2003 – Eleven Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“Today, the Walt Disney Company will celebrate, recognize and reward those who have contributed their creativity and imagination to the Disney heritage in the 2003 Disney Legends ceremony.”

On October 16, 2003, eleven members of Disney history were inducted as Disney Legends. Among those honored were comic publisher Al Taliaferro; Disney representative to New Zealand, Neil Beckett; actor Buddy Hackett; director Richard Fleischer; wife of Disney and supporter of the Disney Company, Edna Disney; advisor and trustee of the California Institute of the Arts, Harrison “Buzz” Price; former Vice President of Engineering, Design, and Production, Orlando Ferrante; composer and co-founder of Disneyland Records, Tutti Camarata; comic strip artist Floyd Gottfredson; voice actress for Cinderella, Ilene Woods; and last but not least, Lillian Disney, who performed many behind-the-scenes acts to keep the company, and her husband’s legacy, alive. Among the eleven honored, only five were alive at the time of the ceremony: Richard Fleischer, Harrison Price, Orlando Ferrante, Tutti Camarata, and Ilene Woods.

September 27

September 27, 1991 – The Video Simply Mad About the Mouse is Released

“I’ll be safe and you’ll be sorry when the wolf comes through your door.”

On September 27, 1991, the music video Simply Mad About the Mouse was released on home video. This musical compilation featured clips from Disney movies and short films, along with some new animation for this compilation, with updated pieces of Disney music from artists such as Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., and LL Cool J. Songs from the music video range from Pinocchio’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” to “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid. An album of the music from the music video was released on October 1, 1991.

September 16

September 16, 1997 – The Soundtrack for The Jungle Book is Reissued Through Walt Disney Records

“That’s why a bear can rest at ease with just the bare necessities of life.”

On September 16, 1997, the soundtrack for the animated feature film The Jungle Book was reissued through Walt Disney Records. Along with the songs and score from the film, the reissue also includes an interview with the Sherman Brothers, demo versions of songs not used in the final version of the film, and two songs that were originally featured on the album’s original release in 1969.

September 1

September 1, 1998 – The Compilation Album Disney’s Greatest Pop Hits: A Decade of Radio Singles is Released through Walt Disney Records

“And can you feel the love tonight? How it’s laid to rest, it’s enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best.”

On September 1, 1998, the compilation album Disney’s Greatest Pop Hits: A Decade of Radio Singles was released through Walt Disney Records. The album features songs from Disney features, with most of them played during the film credits and released on the radio as promotional singles. Artists featured on this album included Elton John, Vanessa Williams, and Donna Summer.