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June 19

June 19, 2015 – The Pixar Short Film Lava Premieres in Theaters

“I have a dream I hope will come true, that you’re here with me and I’m here with you.”

On June 19, 2015, the animated short film Lava premiered in theaters alongside the animated feature film Inside Out. Written and directed by James Ford Murphy, the 7-minute short film is a song sung by Kuana Torres Kahele and Napura Greig. The short is about a lonely volcano who watches all the wildlife couples around him and sings a song about his dream to find his mate. He sings every day, hoping somehow he will find love. After many years alone, the volcano is about to become extinct, unaware that an underground volcano has heard him the entire time and has fallen in love with him. She erupts to the surface, ready to meet him. As he has used up all of his lava, he is unable to sing his song to her; as she sings his song back, he is revived, and the two are joined together, singing about their “lava.”

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June 9

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June 9, 2007 – Crush’s Coaster Attraction Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Spin, dive and fight against the current as you get swept up in a whirlpool of adventure.”

On June 9, 2007, the attraction Crush’s Coaster opened in the Toon Studio area of Disneyland Paris. Based on the Pixar film Finding Nemo, guests board a turtle shell before diving into the ocean and reliving the best parts of the film, including the journey through the East Australian Current. Guests also have the opportunity to play a game on their phones while waiting in the queue, where they must catch starfish and avoid obstacles.

May 29

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May 29, 2008 – Buzz Lightyear Will Fly on the Space Shuttle Discovery

“An eighth space ranger won’t have a seat at all. In fact, he will be packed tight inside a box and won’t even get to enjoy the ride up. But it’s nothing veteran spaceman Buzz Lightyear can’t overcome.”

On May 29, 2008, NASA formally announced that a new member would be joining the crew of the space shuttle Discovery: a 12-inch tall figure of Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear. Part of a joint effort between NASA and Disney Parks, Buzz was chosen to help encourage and foster an interest in children the studies of science, technology, and mathematics. The partnership also features an online program called Space Ranger Education Series, which helps teach kids more about the math and science behind space exploration. The Discovery launched into space on May 31.

May 26

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May 26, 2017 – The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters Begins

“Are you ready to see your favorite Disney•Pixar characters LIVE! at one of the most magical places on earth?”

On May 26, 2017, the live concert event The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters began its run in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park. This limited-time concert showing featured a full orchestra performing songs and score pieces from Pixar films, accompanied by character appearances of Woody, Jessie, and the Incredibles, among others. The show was performed at three different times each night, following the performances of Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at the Theater of the Stars.

May 14

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May 14, 2009 – Characters from Up Appear in Hollywood Studios

“Adventure is out there!”

On May 14, 2009, characters from the upcoming Pixar animated feature Up made their first appearance in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park. The characters – Carl Fredericksen, Russell, and Dug – were on hand to greet guests near the Sorcerer’s Hat before moving to their regular location the following day in the Magic of Disney Animation attraction. After the film’s promotions ended, the characters were moved to Animal Kingdom.

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.

February 23

February 23, 2003 – Monsters, Inc. Wins Two Grammy Awards

“You and me together, that’s how it always should be, one without the other don’t mean nothing to me…”

On February 23, 2003, the 45th Grammy Awards were held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Pixar collaborator and musician Randy Newman won an award for his song “If I Didn’t Have You,” featured in the animated feature film Monsters, Inc. The song won for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Monsters, Inc. won again, winning Best Musical Album for Children for the compilation album Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites, with performances by Riders in the Sky.