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March 24

March 24, 2014 – Disney Buys Maker Studios

“Mickey Mouse became a YouTube giant on Monday.”

On March 24, 2014, the Walt Disney Company announced that it had completed a deal to acquire the YouTube-based video supplier Maker Studios for $500 million. The acquisition deal also includes a stipulation that Disney would pay an additional $450 million if the aggressive growth targets are met. Disney’s acquisition was mainly about expanding its distribution and programming channels, as Maker manages over 50,000 YouTube channels, including Epic Rap Battles of History and PewDiePew. There were concerns over the acquisition, as analysts believe that Maker operates in the red due to its proceeds coming from ads across their channels. However, Disney will operate the studio under the financial area of the company until it is ready to serve the other business units.

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September 10

September 10, 1990 – The Two Hour Programming Block The Disney Afternoon Premieres

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“There’s so much to do, get it ready just for you, everybody’s busy bringing you a Disney afternoon!”

On September 10, 1990, the two-hour programming block The Disney Afternoon premiered. Overall, the block began with four separate series: Duck Tales, The Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, and Tale Spin. Gummi Bears had already premiered on NBC in 1985 and was very successful; Ducktales had also premiered on NBC in 1987, and was quickly syndicated, along with Chip ‘n’ Dale. Tale Spin was the only program in the block that had premiered on The Disney Channel, and became syndicated once it joined the Disney Afternoon block. The block ran from 1990 until 1997, with several line-up changes every year, with new shows including Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Aladdin, Gargoyles, Quack Pack, The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa, Mighty Ducks, and The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show. The popularity of the shows in the block led to an attraction in Disneyland, and several pieces of media, including a soundtrack album.

September 8

September 8, 1995 – The Animated Series The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa Premieres on The Disney Afternoon

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“Here’s your grub: I hope you choke. Augh! I mean, I’m Timon and I’ll be your waiter!”

On September 8, 1995, the animated series The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa premiered as part of the Disney Afternoon programming block. Based on the characters from the hit 1994 animated feature film, the show was about their adventures in various settings. The show ran for three seasons, with 85 full episodes. The show starred Nathan Lane, Kevin Schon, and Quinton Flynn as Timon (split in various episodes), and Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa.

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The first half episode, “Boara Boara,” begins with Timon and Pumbaa being washed up on the shore of an island, although they were hoping to end up in a snowy place for a ski vacation. They decide to make the best of it and enjoy the beach. Unfortunately, they aren’t alone, as a tribe in the island has decided to take Pumbaa to make them their meal. Timon panics when he can’t find his friend, while Pumbaa is being served up to the king of the tribe. The King, however, beats his henchmen when they realize that Pumbaa resembles their god. Timon braves through the jungle to find his friend, and is irritated to find his friend being revered. When he attempts to take Pumbaa away, the tribe captures Timon and takes him to the volcano as a sacrifice, although Timon mistakes it as them making him King. When they reach the top of the volcano, Timon is thrown into the lava, and barely manages to make it out alive, and begs the tribe to keep him alive, offering to do anything. The anything he ends up doing though is serving Pumbaa hand and foot. After a while, Pumbaa is asked to make fire for the tribe, but is soon revealed as an imposter. Timon and Pumbaa attempt to escape, when they decide instead to distract the tribe with a samba. In the end, the tribe members decide to leave, and Timon and Pumbaa head back to the beach, where they discover that developers have taken over.

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The second half, “Saskatchewan Catch,” begins with Timon and Pumbaa bug hunting in a forest for the best-tasting bug in the universe: the Saskatchewan Sky-High Beetle. Timon is just about to catch it when he falls from his perch and lands on a branch. A flying squirrel falls from a height and hits Timon, and the two fall to the ground. Pumbaa then states that Timon has fallen sixteen times, and maybe they could use some help. Pumbaa suggests that they get the help of the flying squirrel, and Timon tries to butter her up to help her. She promises to help them, only if they help her get the affections of another flying squirrel. Timon sets to work in getting the male squirrel’s attention, but to no avail. They are finally able to capture the male squirrel, and they trick him into having dinner with the female squirrel. He is taken with her on first sight, and the romance between them begins to bloom. However, Timon disagrees with the male’s take on love, as the male squirrel wants to give up all of his freedom to be with woman. In the end, although they get the lovers together, they are unable to get the bugs that they wanted, as the squirrels fly off into the night together.

March 23

March 23, 2012 – The Cable Channel Disney Junior Premieres

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“Where the Magic Begins!”

On March 23, 2012, the cable channel Disney Junior premiered. It was announced that it would take the place of the Disney-ABC Television Group owned channel SOAPnet, although the failing channel still ran alongside Disney Junior until the end of 2013. Disney Junior was created as a separate channel for preschoolers and families, replacing the Playhouse Disney programming block on the Disney Channel. The channel premiered with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode “Mickey’s Big Surprise,” and its initial lineup also included Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Doc McStuffins. The channel is available on most television providers, and is available in various countries worldwide. Alongside the channel, there are three different services with the Disney Junior name: Disney Junior HD, Disney Junior on Demand, and WATCH Disney Junior, a streaming service.