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September 11

September 11, 1988 – The Final Disney Sunday Movie Premieres

“Good evening, and welcome to classic night on the Disney Sunday Movie.”

On September 11, 1988, the Disney Sunday Movie had its last broadcast on ABC. Running since February 2, 1986, this was the 6th incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series (which began in 1954 as Walt Disney’s Disneyland). Ratings were never strong with this series, as it competed against 60 Minutes and Murder, She Wrote; the program was reduced from two-hours to one to keep it in competition. However, after the cancellation at ABC, NBC picked up the next incarnation: The Magical World of Disney, which would run from 1988 to 1990.

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September 5

September 5, 1988 – Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Begins Airing

On September 5, 1988, the daytime television talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee began airing in syndication. Featuring hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, the pair created an almost “husband and wife” chat show where the hosts bantered about the important topics of the day. This version of the show ended on July 31, 2000, after Gifford left the show; it was rebranded as Live with Regis and Kelly on February 12, 2001, when Kelly Ripa joined the show. When Philbin left the show in 2011, the show became Live! With Kelly.

September 3

September 3, 1990 – The Challengers Premieres on Television

On September 3, 1990, the syndicated game show The Challengers premiered on television. A joint production between Rob Greenberg Productions, Dick Clark Productions, and Disney’s Buena Vista Television. Presented by Dick Clark, the show featured three contestants – one being a returning champion – competing in a sprint round, two rounds of questions, a final challenge, and a bonus ultimate challenge. One of the things that made this show unique is the tie to current events, which necessitated the show being filmed shortly before their airdate. The show was cancelled on August 30, 1991.

August 4

August 4, 1985 – Nine Old Men Animator Ollie Johnston is Profiled on The Disney Family Album

“Just because they’re a bunch of mere pencil drawings, going through these routines and giving these performances, to me, that was real.”

On August 4, 1985, the fifteenth episode of the documentary series The Disney Family Album premiered on the Disney Channel. The series introduced those that had an impact on making Disney the company it became; this episode introduced Nine Old Men member Ollie Johnston, known for his work on animating Thumper from Bambi and the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. The episode focused on his career at Disney, when he started as an apprentice animator on Disney early short films, such as the Academy Award winning The Tortoise and the Hare, leading to his role as an animator and a directing animator on over 24 animated feature films. The episode also focused on his train hobby, one he shared with fellow animator Ward Kimball, as well as Walt Disney, and looked at the backyard railroad he built himself.

July 31

July 31, 1982 – The Television Special Pluto and His Friends Premieres

On July 31, 1982, the 30-minute television special Pluto and His Friends premiered on CBS. It was a shortened version of the Disneyland Anthology Series episode “Pluto’s Day,” and featured four Pluto-centric animated short films: Canine Caddy (released 1941), Bubble Bee (released 1949), Food for Feudin’ (released 1950), and The Simple Things (released 1953). The special was narrated by Gary Owens.

July 15

July 15, 2011 – The Disney Channel Reality Series PrankStars Premieres

“Look at the, look at the look on your face!”

On July 15, 2011, the Disney Channel reality series PrankStars premiered. Hosted by Disney Channel star Mitchel Musso, it featured kids meeting their favorite Disney Channel and music stars through humorous situations planned by their friends and family, with Musso directing the actions of the star from a control center. The show’s stars ranged from Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez to pop music act Allstar Weekend. The show only aired four episodes in the United States before it was cancelled due to Musso’s driving under the influence arrest; the last two episodes aired in the United Kingdom and Latin America.

July 10

July 10, 1993 – The Television Special Disneyland Presents Tales of Toontown Premieres

On July 10, 1993, the television special Disneyland Presents Tales of Toontown premiered on television, distributed by Disney and ABC Domestic Television. The feature was used to promote the newest land in Disneyland, which opened on January 24, 1993. The hour-long special featured Jerry Hawkins as detective Spence Dempsey, who is brought to Toontown by his pal Goofy to discover the cause of the craziness occurring there. Written by Wayne A. Brown, Lisa Cappel, and Robin Mensinger, it starred Ray Johnson as the Gatekeeper, Steve Glaudini as the Toon Docotr, Dave Burkhart as the Planning Commissioner, Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse, Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck, and Bill Farmer as Goofy. It was directed by Bruce Stuart Greenberg.