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August 25

August 25, 2007 – The Live Show Playhouse Disney Live! On Tour Premieres

On August 25, 2007, the live show Playhouse Disney Live! On Tour premiered in Lakeland, Florida. This show featured characters from popular Playhouse Disney shows, including Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The main plot of the show is that Mickey is planning a party for all of his friends, with characters such as Handy Manny and Winnie the Pooh helping in the planning. Once it finished its run, the show was followed by Three Classic Fairy Tales.


August 4

August 4, 2001 – The Live Show The Bear in the Big Blue House Show Closes in Disney-MGM Studios

“Welcome to the Blue House!”

On August 4, 2001, the live show The Bear in the Big Blue House Show had its final performance in Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Hollywood Studios). The show had played for over a year, and featured the characters from the hit kids television show Bear in the Big Blue House singing songs. The show was replaced by Playhouse Disney: Live on Stage, which had segments featuring the cast of Bear in the Big Blue House.

September 16

September 16, 2006 – The Animated Series Handy Manny Premieres on Playhouse Disney


“Hola, Handy Manny’s repair shop, you break it, we fix it!”

On September 16, 2006, the educational animated series Handy Manny premiered on the Playhouse Disney programming block on Disney Channel. The series featured Latino character Manny Garcia, a handyman that works in the multicultural neighborhood of Sheetrock Hills to fix various problems. The show helped teach children problem-solving and conflict resolution skills, as well as basic Spanish words and phrases. The series ran for 113 episodes, and was created by Roger Bollen, Marilyn Sadler, and Rick Gitelson. The series featured Wilmer Valderrama as Manny, Carlos Alazraqui as Felipe, Dee Bradley Baker as Turner, Nike Futterman as Stretch and Squeeze, Tom Kenny as Mr. Lopart and Pat, Kath Soucie as Dusty, Fred Stoller as Rusty, Nancy Truman as Kelly, and Grey DeLisle as Flicker.

July 4

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July 4, 1999 – The Bear in the Big Blue House Show Premieres in Disney-MGM Studios


“I heard all these wonderful voices calling my name!”

On July 4, 1999, the Bear in the Big Blue House Show premiered in the Disney-MGM Studios Park in Walt Disney World. Based on the hit Playhouse Disney show produced by Jim Henson Productions, the show featured the characters of Bear, with his friends Ojo, Treelo, Pip, Pop, Shadow, and Luna. It was housed on Soundstage 5, and the 15-minute show had guests sitting on a carpeted floor. The show ended its run on August 4, 2001, and was replaced with Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage, which included several characters from this show.

May 12

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May 12, 2007 – The Computer Animated Series My Friends Tigger and Pooh Premieres on Disney Channel


“My friends Tigger and Pooh, we’re always there for each other.”

On May 12, 2007, the computer animated series My Friends Tigger and Pooh premiered on the Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney programming block. Based on the hit Winnie the Pooh series by A.A. Milne and popularized in film by Disney, the show features 6-year-old Darby and her dog Buster spending time with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the Hundred Acre Wood. The series ran for three seasons with 87 episodes, along with three direct-to-video films. The series was created by Bobs Gannaway, and starred Chloe Grace Moretz as Darby, Dee Bradley Baker as Buster, Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Travis Oates as Piglet, Peter Cullen as Eeyore, Ken Sansom as Rabbit, Kath Soucie as Kanga, Max Burkholder as Roo, and Oliver Dillon as Lumpy.

October 20

October 20, 1997 – The Disney Channel Show Bear in the Big Blue House Premieres


“Howdy from the Big Bear! Want some fun? Here’s where! Just for you, all is new, in the house of blue!”

On October 20, 1997, the Disney Channel show Bear in the Big Blue House premiered. Produced by Jim Henson Productions in association with Disney, the show became a huge hit for the channel, running for five seasons with 118 episodes. The show centered around main character Bear, who lives in a big blue house in the middle of Woodland Valley with his friends Tutter the mouse, Pip and Pop the otters, Ojo the bear cub, Treelo the lemur, Shadow, Luna the Moon, and Ray the Sun. The show spawned several albums, merchandise, and even a live touring show. The characters were acquired by Disney when Disney bought the franchise, along with The Muppets, in 2004.

May 14

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May 14, 2005 – Kim Possible, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers,  and Rolie Polie Olie Win Awards at the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Creative Arts Ceremony


“The Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Award recipients were chosen by a panel of their peers in 41 categories.”

On May 14, 2005, the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held simultaneously at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City and the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, California. At this ceremony, two Disney Channel shows won awards for Creative Arts: Melissa Ellis and Fil Brown won Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action and Animation for Kim Possible, Rossen Varbanov was awarded for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on the Brandy & Mr. Whiskers episode “The Monkey’s Paw,” and Rolie Polie Olie won for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. Kim Possible had three other nominations, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, while Rolie Polie Olie and Brandy & Mr. Whiskers won in the only categories in which they were nominated.

March 15

March 15, 1998 – The Animated Children’s Series PB&J Otter Premieres on Playhouse Disney


“PB&J! Yay!”

On March 15, 1998, the animated children’s series PB&J Otter premiered on Playhouse Disney, with the first episode comprised of two segments: “Bye, Bye PB&J” and “Babbleberry Day.” The series is about a family of river otters, with three children named Peanut, Jelly, and baby Butter, and their adventures. The series was created by Jim Jinkins (known also for creating the show Doug) and was produced by David Campbell. The show was also produced in a collaboration with the Harvard University Cognitive Studies Group, whose job was to make sure each episode had a positive educational message in its core. The show ran for three seasons with 65 episodes spanning from 1998 through the fall of 2000. Currently, the show is being broadcast in reruns on Disney Junior. The show starred Adam Rose as Peanut, Gina Marie Tortorici as Butter, Jenell Slack as Jelly, Chris Phillips as Ernest Otter, and Gwen Shepherd as Opal Otter.