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May 18

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May 18, 2015 – Inside Out Premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

“Hopefully, no matter where you are or what your culture, you can see yourself in this.” – Director and Writer Pete Docter

On May 18, 2015, the 15th Pixar Animated Feature Inside Out premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival as an out-of-competition film. The film was met with much critical success, with many critics, including The Toronto Star’s Peter Howell, saying that it received “double to loudest applause of any other film at the festival.” Attending the festival were director and writer Pete Docter; John Lasseter;  American voice actors Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith; and French voice actors Charlotte Le Bon, Marilou Berry, Gilles Lellouche, and Pierre Niney. The film would premiere in North America a month later on June 19.

June 3

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June 3, 2001 – The Disney Animated Feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire Premieres at the El Capitan Theatre

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“Disney’s newest animated feature…is a monumental treat as well as a crafty assemblage of mythologies.”

On June 3, 2001, the 41st Disney animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, a week and a half before its general release across the United States. Special guests at the premiere featured members of the cast and crew, including Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, David Odgen Stiers, producer Don Hahn, and directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale. Other guests included Melissa Joan Hart, Diane Keaton, and Sean Astin. The red carpet began at 1pm, with the screening beginning at 2pm.

February 20

February 20, 2006 – The Final Season of That’s So Raven Premieres

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“Because as soon as you get to like them, you have to leave. And you never see them again.”

On February 20, 2006, the first episode of the final season of the hit Disney Channel series That’s So Raven premiered with the episode “Raven, Sydney, and the Man.” This season was the only season that didn’t feature character Tanya in a starring or guest role, as T’Keyah Crystal Keymah had left the show at the end of season 3. The episode was directed by Rich Correll and written by Marc Warren. It starred Raven-Symone as Raven, Orlando Brown as Eddie, Kyle Massey as Corey, Anneliese van der Pol as Chelsea, Rondell Sheridan as Victor, David Henrie as Larry, and Sydney Park as Sydney.

The episode begins with Chelsea teaching the kids at the community center how whales communicate. It’s then Raven’s turn, who shows the kids her hobby of designing her own clothes. A little girl named Sydney keeps heckling Raven, although Raven is determined to keep her cool. Eddie then steps up and starts rapping, which entertains the kids more than Chelsea’s and Raven’s combined. The kids then have an option to join Eddie to learn how to rap, Chelsea’s whale appreciation club, and Raven’s fashion appreciation club. Only one kid joins Raven’s group – Sydney.

Corey is impressed by the amount of money gifts Larry received

Corey is impressed by the amount of money gifts Larry received

Meanwhile, Corey is attending a bar mitzvah party for his friend Larry, and finds that Larry mostly received gifts of money from his friends and family. Thinking that he can make a lot of money just by turning 13, Corey asks his father Victor for a bar mitzvah. Victor points out an important fact – they’re not Jewish. Corey then decides to call is a “bro-mitzvah,” and Victor finally agrees to throw the party. Back at the community center, Raven is not looking forward to working with Sydney, especially as Sydney keeps making fun of her and showing up late. Raven calls Sydney out on being rude and mean, and Sydney reveals her dream of becoming a comedian. Raven then decides to teach the girl how to be funny without resorting to cheap shots. After working on Sydney’s act, the girl surprises Raven by giving her a hug.

Corey is working with Victor at The Chill Grill to prepare for the “bro-mitzvah.” Raven takes Sydney with her to The Chill Grill, with the two wearing matching outfits. As Sydney leaves for the bathroom, Raven remarks to her family that she’s become the girl’s role model and helping her write her jokes; Raven’s bubble is burst when Corey points out that Raven isn’t funny. Raven argues against him, but changes the subject when she convinces him to at least let Sydney perform jokes at his party. When Sydney comes back, Raven tells her the exciting news, and Sydney starts cracking jokes at the family’s expense. Raven calls her out on being mean again, and Sydney storms out of the restaurant. Back at the community center, Raven looks for Sydney, as the girl has gone missing. Suddenly, Raven has a vision of where Sydney is, and after seeing that the girl will slam the playhouse door in her face, she decides to give up on Sydney, as she feels like she can’t get through to the girl.

Corey takes the stage at his party, excited to see everyone - and their checkbooks

Corey takes the stage at his party, excited to see everyone – and their checkbooks

The day of the party arrives, Victor soon realizes that Corey is only having the party for the gifts of money. Chelsea and Eddie show up late for the party and tell Raven that Sydney is in the playhouse, just as Raven had seen, and won’t come out for anything. It is then revealed that Sydney lives with a foster family, as her parents aren’t around anymore. Sydney’s been bounced around from home to home, and Raven runs to the community center to help her. Raven tries to talk to her, but Sydney refuses. Finally, after Raven reassures her that she cares, Sydney opens up about how she hates meeting new people, as once she gets to like them, she leaves and never sees them again. Raven assures her that she will never leave her, and asks Sydney to trust her.

Raven returns to the party, but is unsure if Sydney will trust her again or show up to the party. Raven then decides to take Sydney’s place in her absence, but Corey is horrified by this. Raven begins the show, but quickly tanks. Corey then goes to count his money, which annoys Victor. Larry then is asked to explain the real meaning of a bar mitzvah, which includes taking more responsibility for his actions. Corey finally realizes that he’s going to have to grow up, and father and son return to the party. Raven’s routine, however, has taken a turn for the bizarre. She is then heckled, with the heckler turning out to be none other than Sydney. Sydney then takes the stage and entertains the crowd. After the party, Corey uses the money he got from the party to buy some new toys for the community center, having learned his lesson about “becoming a man.”

July 26

July 26, 1951 – Alice in Wonderland Premieres at London’s Leicester Square Theater

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“I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”

On July 26, 1951, the world premiere of Walt Disney’s 13th animated feature film Alice in Wonderland took place in London’s Leicester Square Theater. Walt Disney attended the premiere, as did Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice. The film was also due to premiere the same day in New York City, but the date was delayed two days, as it coincided with the release of another adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s work: a feature-length puppet version by French filmmaker Lou Bunin (this film would fail at the box office). Unfortunately, the film was criticized for “Americanizing” a British classic, and was a disappointment on its release, earning only $2.4 million at the box office. Walt Disney would later say that the film failed because the character of Alice had no “heart.” It would find its audience in the 1970s, and became a success on home video.

May 16

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May 16, 2009 – The Disney/Pixar Film Up Has its World Premiere

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“My favorite part of the film is the wonderful montage of just showing a life from early to late, and without words, and I’m really proud of us for doing that sequence.” – Bob Peterson, voice of Dug

On May 16, 2009, the Disney/Pixar film Up had its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Many celebrities were on hand for the celebration, including Jon Voight, Barbara Eden, and several Disney Channel stars. Hollywood Boulevard was cleared for the decorations, which included thousands of balloons, street performers, and an appearance by Carl, Russell, and Dug themselves. The film would go on to have a general release on May 29, 2009.

August 27

August 27, 1964 – The Live-Action and Animated Film Mary Poppins Premieres at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

“We’re looking forward to this [film], because it’s a fine combination when you can get Walt Disney and Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke together. I think it should be a lot of fun.” – Actor James Franciscus.

On August 27, 1964, the film Mary Poppins had its Hollywood premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California. The premiere was broadcast live on Los Angeles television, with a separate radio broadcast of the festivities. The premiere guests were interviewed at the two separate stations. Guests included Maureen O’Hara, James Franciscus, Celeste Holm, Walter Slezack, the cast of the Dick Van Dyke Show, Agnes Moorehead, Annette Funicello and her fiancé Jack Gilardi, Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Carol Lynley, Buddy Ebsen, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller, and Brian Keith, among others. Members of the cast and crew of the film also attended, including director Robert Stevenson, who gave a tribute to CalArts (which had opened a mere three years prior), Reta Shaw (the cook, Mrs. Brill), and co-writer and co-producer Bill Walsh.

The festivities included characters dressed as familiar Disney characters, such as Goofy, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Seven Dwarves. Costumed characters of the penguins, as well as a band of pearlies, were also part of the entertainment, with the penguins dancing with Dick Van Dyke on his arrival. When asked about the film, Van Dyke said, “It’s my third motion picture, but the best one I’ve ever been in, the best one I ever will be in, if I live to be 150 years old. To me, this is the greatest family classic of all time…I’m so proud to be in this picture, I can’t stand it.” Van Dyke, along with Julie Andrews and Walt Disney, were interviewed together near the end of the broadcast, with all three proud of the film and looking forward to premiere.

Dick Van Dyke (L), Julie Andrews, and Walt Disney being interviewed right before the premiere of the film

After the premiere, Technicolor hosted a party for the guests at the parking lot next door to the theater. A radio broadcast was also provided, with every guest interviewed raving about the film, calling it a classic, and stating that the premiere was very reminiscent of the Hollywood premieres of old. Andrews and Van Dyke were proclaimed to be the greatest two new stars of the time.