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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.

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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.

April 23

April 23, 2015 – Doc McStuffins Wins Peabody Award

“Charming, sweet and gently humorous, this animated series, featuring an African-American physician’s daughter who attends to damaged stuffed animals and other broken toys, allays children’s fears about doctor visits even as it promotes medicine as a profession.”

On April 23, 2015 ,the 74th Peabody Awards were held, and the Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins won the award in the Children/Youth category. The show has won several accolades in addition to this, including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – Good Morning, Mickey Premieres on The Disney Channel

“Good morning, and good morning, Mickey, we’re gonna get up and on our way.”

On April 18, 1983, the original program Good Morning, Mickey premiered on The Disney Channel. The show was a compilation of the classic short films that accompanied films in the golden age of animation. The show mostly featured Mickey, but appearances were made by the other classic Disney characters, including Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale. After 80 episodes, the show was replaced by the show Mickey Mouse Tracks in 1992.

February 20

February 20, 2011 – The First TV Spot for Cars 2 Premieres During Daytona 500

“When you’re in over your headlights, only friends can be trusted.”

On February 20, 2011, the first television promotional advertisement for Pixar’s newest animated feature film, Cars 2, premiered during the broadcast of the Daytona 500. The spot gave viewers a glimpse of the action in the international feature, and introduces the character Finn McMissile, voiced by actor Michael Caine. The spot also heavily featured the character Mater, voiced by comedian Larry the Cable Guy. It was then announced that the film would be released on June 24th of that year.