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June 13

June 13, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Channel Swim is Released to Theaters

On June 13, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Channel Swim was released to theaters. It was the 52nd Alice Comedy released, and the fifth starring fourth and final Alice actress, Lois Hardwick. Unfortunately, like many of Hardwick’s short films, the film has since been classified as a lost cartoon.

June 11

June 11, 1928 – The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Short Film Poor Papa is Released to Theaters

On June 11, 1928, the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Poor Papa was released to theaters. This was the first Oswald short created, though not the first released (as that honor goes to Trolley Troubles). When it was sent to Universal for review, the character of Oswald was deemed too old and fat, and a new imagining of the lead character was needed. The film was eventually released a year later. The short had been thought of as a lost film for decades, but three copies were found in the United Kingdom. Disney was later able to buy a print and restore the film, releasing it on the Blu-Ray of Pinocchio in 2017.

June 8

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June 8, 2013 – Hungry Hobos is Screened at UCLA’s 24th Silent Film Event

“This cartoon as far as we know hasn’t been seen in over half a century.” – Dave Bossert, Producer, Creative Director, and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios

On June 8, 2013, the 24th Silent Film Event was held at UCLA, with the 1928 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Hungry Hobos touted as the headline of the event. The short film was previously thought to be lost, but a 16-mm print of the movie had been discovered two years prior in a movie vault in England. Since then, Disney has bought the print and restored it extensively, preparing it for this “re-premiere” at UCLA.

May 30

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May 30, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Picnic is Released to Theaters

 

On May 30, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Picnic was released to theaters. It was the 51st Alice Comedy produced, and the fourth to star fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick. Though not considered a lost film, it has not been released on home video.

April 20

April 20, 2010 – Pixar Canada Opens in Vancouver

“Located in beautiful Vancouver BC, Pixar Canada’s mission is to produce animated shorts and television specials, featuring characters from Pixar’s prior films.”

On April 20, 2010, the animation studio Pixar Canada opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The studio, an offshoot of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, was created to focus on Pixar’s short films, including Partysaurus Rex and Small Fry. The idea was to let this studio create the short films that would be packaged with Pixar films, or used in the Disney parks as a way to entertain guests during long wait times. Unfortunately, after only three years, Pixar closed down the studio to focus on its main studio in Emeryville, laying off close to 100 employees. However, Pixar’s interest in opening in Vancouver led to other animation studios setting up their own branch studios there.

April 18

April 18, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Circus Daze Premieres in Theatres

On April 18, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Circus Daze was released to theaters. It was the 48th Alice Comedy produced, and the first to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick.

It’s a fun day at the circus, with the animals preparing for the show. There are plenty of sideshow attractions, including a rubber man. Meanwhile, Alice and Julius are preparing for their act while the circus begins its main show. There’s a mouse that rides a bicycle while riding an elephant, an adept jaguar tamer, and a lion tamer who comically loses his head. Finally, Alice and Julius present their high wire act, where Julius balances a stack of chairs, and Alice, on his nose. Unfortunately, as he shows off by lighting a cigarette, he sets the wire on fire, and the chairs come crashing down one by one, though Julius is able to save Alice with a ladder. The pair lands on the ringmaster, who chases them out of the tent.

April 4

April 4, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Auto Race is Released to Theaters

On April 4, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Auto Race premiered in theaters. It was the 47th Alice Comedy produced, and the 31st to star second Alice actress Margie Gay. The short has since become classified as a lost film.