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December 2

December 2, 1988 – Disney Acquires KHJ Television Station

On December 2, 1988, The Walt Disney Company finished their acquisition of the Los Angeles-based television station KHJ. The station, originally owned by RKO, had been made available due to corporate issues; Disney had to purchase the license from Fidelity Television, while purchasing the intellectual property from RKO. Once Disney purchased the station, the call letters were changed to KCAL, and was eventually changed to K-CAL 9 in the mid-90s. The station ran Disney’s syndicated animated series, such as the lineup of the Disney Afternoon, as well as investing in other family-oriented series. Disney would eventually sell K-CAL 9 to CBS on February 14, 2002.

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November 30

November 30, 2010 – Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey Celebrate Launch of Epic Mickey Game

“The ballroom posed some difficult challenges for Jennifer, but similar to Mickey, she rose above them and came out a hero.”

On November 30, 2010, recent Dancing with the Stars contestants Kyle Massey and winner Jennifer Grey were on hand to celebrate the release of the new Epic Mickey video game at the Disney Store in Times Square. The pair were on hand when the store opened at 7:00 AM to meet fans for a handshake and photo, and provide copies of the new game. Massey is known as a Disney Channel star, having worked on popular shows such as That’s So Raven and Corey in the House. Grey is an actress, known for her roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing. Guests were also able to meet game designer Warren Spector, and those that waited in the early hours were kept warm with special Mickey Mouse gloves and ears, as well as given breakfast from Epic Mickey-themed food trucks.

November 27

November 27, 1986 – The Animated Television Special Disney’s Fluppy Dogs Premieres on ABC

“A mythical beast able to speak like humans.”

On November 27, 1986, the hour-long animated television special Disney’s Fluppy Dogs premiered on ABC. It was intended to be the pilot for a new Disney animated series, in the same vein as The Wuzzles and Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Unfortunately, this special was the week’s lowest-ranked program, and the intended series was cancelled. The special was written by Haskell Barkin and Bruce Talkington, and directed by Fred Wolf. It starred Carl Steven as Jamie Bingham, Jessica Pennington as Claire, Marshall Efron as Stanley, Susan Blu as Tippi and Bink, Lorenzo Music as Ozzie, Hal Smith as Dink and Hamish, and Michael Rye as Wagstaff.

The special begins with the five Fluppy Dogs traveling alongside a dangerous cliffside, and use a magical key to open a door to escape. They end up in a beautiful garden, but quickly find themselves in danger. They open another door and find themselves in a grocery store, causing chaos before finding themselves outside on the street. As they flee, they get the attention of J.J. Wagstaff, a businessman who is intrigued that the dogs can talk. Though they try to escape, the dogs are soon captured and are taken to the pound. The five realize that they need to start acting like regular dogs in order to be saved, and Stanley, the leader of the Fluppy Dogs, gets himself adopted in order to come back and save the others.

Jamie is saved by the quick thinking of Stanley, and is amazed at his new dog’s skills.

It’s revealed that Wagstaff collects exotic animals and keeps them locked in cages in his office; he discovers that the dogs he saw were Fluppies, and gets his assistant Hamish to accompany him to capture the Fluppies. Meanwhile, a kid named Jamie comes home, excited to meet the dog that his mom picked out for his birthday. Although initially disappointed at the dog’s size, he takes Stanley for a walk to “get to know him.” Stanley escapes the leash and heads back to the pound, with Jamie in pursuit. Both end up in a construction site, and when Jamie ends up stuck, Stanley manages to save him. Jamie is astounded at Stanley’s actions, and Stanley opens up to Jamie about his friends. He says that they have a mythical key that opens doors to other dimensions, but the problem is that they may never end up back home.

Jamie offers to use his birthday money to get the other Fluffy Dogs to get out of the pound, but can only afford one: Tippi. Jamie’s mom tells him that they can’t keep another dog, and offers the solution of giving Tippi to Jamie’s neighbor Claire so that the dogs can be neighbors. Claire gladly takes Tippi in. Unfortunately, Wagstaff realizes that the Fluppies are at the pound, and uses his connections to get the others. Stanley tells Jamie that they’ll have to break in to get the other Fluppies, even though Jamie is against it. Stanley makes Jamie promise that he’ll never tell anyone about the existence of Fluppies, and that they left home for the sake of adventure. As Jamie scratches Stanley’s head, magic dust flies out, and Jamie’s bed goes flying across the night sky. As the bed careens around the sky, Jamie scratches Stanley’s head again and gets control of the bed again. The pair stop to pick up Tippi before they head to the pound, but not before Claire sees them, and Jamie makes her promise not to say anything. Tippi and Stanley break in, but Jamie sees Wagstaff with the pound staff and tries to warn Stanley. The five Fluppies manage to make a break for it, pursued by Wagstaff, but manage to get away.

Jamie says goodbye to the Fluppies as they set off to find their door.

The next day, Tippie confides in Claire, admitting that she wants to go home. Jamie wakes up and quickly hides Ozzie, Bink, and Dink from his mom, and says goodbye to Stanley as they find a way for the Fluppies to get home. Stanley promises that they will always be friends, no matter what happens. However, the Fluppies head to Jamie’s school to ask for his help to find the next door. The group sneaks into the sewer to find the way to the door. The group manages to find the door, but a torrent of water comes rushing out, sweeping them away. Jamie heads home to find Claire, and asks for her help. Wagstaff is frustrated with his lack of progress in finding the Fluppies, and decides to advertise on television a $1,000 reward for handing over a Fluppy.

The Fluppies find a door in Jamie’s basement, and once they open it, they find a beautiful garden – and a giant creature running through it. Unfortunately, although the creature is nice, they are unable to return him to the door. Attracted to flowers, the creature runs towards Jamie’s flower-patterned couch, but is terrified by everything in the house. The Fluppies help Jamie and Claire clean up the house after capturing the creature; unfortunately, Jamie is in trouble with his mom for cutting class. Jamie then sees the ad by Wagstaff, and goes down to warn the others. Ozzie, Dink, and Bink set out to find another door, and manage to find the door that will lead them home. The lights attract the attention of Wagstaff, and as he sets out to capture the Fluppies, the trio rush home to Stanley and Tippi. Wagstaff manages to capture Ozzie and takes him back to his mansion. Dink and Bink make it back to Jamie’s house, and tell Stanley about what happened. Stanley, realizing that they’ve caused Jamie enough trouble, have Claire help them rescue Ozzie. Jamie uses the creature to help take himself, Bink, and Dink to Wagstaff’s mansion to help.

Wagstaff threatens Ozzie to start talking and prove that he is, indeed, a mythical Fluppy.

Wagstaff threatens Ozzie to get him to talk and prove that he is a Fluppy, but his threats are interrupted by the arrival of Claire. Wagstaff is prepared for their arrival, and manages to capture Stanley and Tippi. Jamie arrives and demands that Wagstaff lets the Fluppies go, but he threatens Jamie and Claire. Stanley convinces Wagstaff to let the kids say goodbye, and asks Jamie for “one last scratch.” Jamie and Claire scratch the heads of Stanley and Tippi, and magic is released throughout the house, destroying it as it takes off in flight. The house takes the group to the library, the location of the door back to the Fluppie’s own world. Unfortunately, the key flickers ominously, but manages to let the Fluppies go back home. Stanley tells Jamie that he should come with them, but Jamie can’t go. Stanley and Jamie share a tearful goodbye, and as they head into their own world, Wagstaff follows. The door closes, leaving Wagstaff and Hamish trapped in the Fluppies’ world.

A few months later, Claire and Jamie have become good friends, and reminisce about times with the Fluppies, when Stanley and crew arrive back in their world. Jamie sees a door open, and many Fluppies running out. Asking Stanley why they’re all entering this world, Stanley answers with one word: adventure.

November 20

November 20, 2017 – The Animated Series Big Hero 6: The Series Premieres on Disney X D

“We didn’t set out to be superheroes, but sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned.”

On November 20, 2017, the animated series Big Hero 6: The Series premiered on Disney X D. The series is based on, and follows, the events of the animated feature film Big Hero 6, and features a majority of the cast reprising their roles, as well as a switch from computer animation to traditional hand-drawn animation. This first episode was a 47-minute episode, entitled “Baymax Returns,” reintroducing the characters to the audience, and introducing a new villain: Obake. This was the only episode to exclusively air on Disney X D, as the program was moved to Disney Channel in 2018 for its formal premiere. The series stars Ryan Potter as Hiro, Scott Adsit as Baymax, Jamie Chung as Go Go, Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon, Khary Payton as Wasabi, Brooks Wheelan as Fred, and Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass.

November 13

November 13, 2012 -The Cast of Newsies Performs on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All Stars

“Wrongs will be righted, if we’re united, let us seize the day!”

On November 13, 2012, the cast of the Broadway musical Newsies performed the song “Seize the Day” on the hit ABC competition show Dancing with the Stars: All Stars. Based on the 1992 film, the Broadway musical officially premiered on March 29, 2012; this was the third time the cast of a Disney musical performed on the television program. The cast at the time of filming this episode featured Corey Cott as Jack Kelley, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie.

November 6

November 6, 2012 – Disney Announces $16.8 Million Raised for Hurricane Sandy Relief

“Today, join us for a day of giving on ABC.”

On November 6, 2012, Disney/ABC Television Group announced that they had raised over $16.8 million for those devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The proceeds came from what Disney called the “Day of Giving,” where ABC programs asked viewers to give what they could to those impacted by the hurricane; this “Day of Giving” was accompanied by efforts through the Disney Store and DisneyStore.com. American Red Cross public service announcements were also broadcast throughout the day.

October 28

October 28, 1992 – The ABC Television Series Laurie Hill Airs Last Episode

On October 28, 1992, the final episode of the ABC television sitcom Laurie Hill aired before the series was cancelled. Created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the series centered around pediatrician Laurie Hill, who was fiercely dedicated to her work and her family, and trying to balance the expectations and demands of both. Unfortunately, the series never seemed to take off on the network, and was cancelled after only five episodes of the ten episode order had aired, leaving the rest of the season still unaired as of 2018. The series was notable for being one of the earliest roles of Ellen DeGeneres, who would go on to have her own successful show by the same creators, starting in 1994. The series starred DeLane Matthews as Dr. Laurie Hill, Robert Clohessy as Jeff Hill, Eric Lloyd as Leo Hill, Ellen DeGeneres as Nancy MacIntyre, Kurt Fuller as Dr. Spencer Kramer, Joseph Maher as Dr. Walter Wiseman, and Doris Belack as Beverly Fielder.