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January 26

January 26, 1990 – The Educational Film The Brain and the Nervous System Think Science is Released

“Cerebrum here! Thinking, movement, judgement, problem solving, no problem!”

On January 26, 1990, the educational short film The Brain and the Nervous System Think Science was released as part of the Wonders of Life Series. The eleven-minute film teaches quickly about the functions of the main three parts of the brain. It was written by Jamie Simons and directed by Lina Shanklin, with animation directed by Bob Kurtz.

The film begins with a greeting by Captain Cortex in Cranium Command before he leads them on a tour of the brain, looking at the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brain stem in animated forms. The audience is then taken to a classroom, where a girl named Jessica is fretting over a note she has received from the principal. Her friend Fred inquires what she’s done, but she’s not sure. Another student named Sylvester grabs the note and reads it out loud, informing her that it’s not good. Their teacher comes in and begins their lesson on the brain and the nervous system. Jessica is still distracted from the note, but manages to answer questions on what the cerebrum does. Sylvester is asked about the cerebellum, but is unable to answer, and Fred throws something at him to make a point about how the cerebellum handles balance and coordination. The teacher continues with the brain stem, and then moves into how the brain works with the spinal cord. Jessica finally leaves for her meeting with the principal, her brain working on overload as she walks the hallway. The principal informs her that her project at the science fair won first place, and she will be given an award at a future assembly. She wonders if everyone will think she’s a brain, and when the principal inquires if she is, she smiles, as the pieces of her brain add, “and proud of it, too!”


August 7

August 7, 1989 – The Educational Film Ships is Released

“I was hopin’ to see that big ship. I wanna learn all about ships.”

On August 7, 1989, the first of three educational films in the Goofy’s Field Trips series, titled Ships, was released. It featured Bill Farmer as the voice of Goofy.

The short begins at the Starship Atlantic, which has just begun to board. Two kids are asking a lot of questions about the ship, when they spy Goofy. Magically, the trio are whisked away to the dock, where they meet the cruise director. Brought inside, the cruise director explains her job of coordinating activities for the passengers while showing them around the ship. She also explains the names of the front, back, and sides of the ship. She then takes them to the galley to meet the ship’s cook, who explains he has to cook for over 2,000 people. They meet the captain, who shows the group the radar system, and explains how he works with the ship’s engineers. The group also learns about how the lines keep the ship in place, and how the ship will take off from the shore. The cruise director takes the group to the radio room, where the ship keeps in communication with the shore, the Coast Guard, and other important parties. The group gets a message from Mickey Mouse, telling them to check out the rest of the harbor. Magically they are whisked away to the harbor, where they meet the harbor master. The group learns about all the types of ships in the harbor, and meet the berthing officer. The kids then end up back with their family, and board the ship for their cruise. As they sail away, they spy Goofy sitting at the dock, fishing.

July 27

July 27, 1989 – The Educational Film The United Nations is Released

“Do you see…Mickey Mouse?”

On July 27, 1989, the fourth and final film in the Mickey’s Field Trip series, The United Nations, was released under the Epcot Educational Media label. This 16 minute film gave viewers a chance to take a look at The United Nations complex in New York City.

The film opens with two children walking through New York City, arguing over what they should go see, when they come across Mickey Mouse, who offers a solution: a trip to the United Nations complex. There, they meet Mickey’s friend Kiki from Ghana, who is also a UN guide. Mickey is no stranger to the UN, as he is recognized by the organization as an emissary of goodwill to the children of the world. They view the flags of the countries that are members of the UN before they head inside. Kiki also explains that once they enter the complex, they are in an international zone, which doesn’t belong to one single country. The group then meets other members of the UN to discuss the role of the organization, how they handle conflict, the role of the Security Council, and how they prevent fighting across the world. The group also goes over the roles of the interpreters, who do their best to communicate with the members of the Security Council, before moving to the General Assembly. The group is greeted by the children of the world and act out the voting process for the issues facing the world. The episode ends with the kids ringing the peace bell, hoping that one day there will be world peace.

July 27

July 27, 1989 – The Educational Short Film The United Nations is Released


On July 27, 1989, the short educational film The United Nations was released. Part of the Mickey’s Field Trip series, the live action short had Mickey Mouse guide two children through the United Nations, where they meet several guides from various countries. As the children tour the General Assembly, the Security Council, and UNICEF, they learn about world health, the skills behind translating for the delegates, and how to solve conflicts.

February 5

February 5, 1993 – The Educational Short Film Recycle Rex is Released in California


“Everybody throws out too much stuff! We’re running out of places to put it.”

On February 5, 1993, the educational short film Recycle Rex was released in California, with a general release on February 26. It was a joint production between the California Department of Conservation and the Keep California Beautiful Youth Recycling Education Campaign, along with Walt Disney Educational Productions as the producer. The film won several awards, including a Certificate of Creative Excellence at the U.S. International Film & Video Festival. It was created and designed by David Cutler, written by Irene Mecchi, and directed by Howard E. Baker.

The short begins with some examples of dinosaurs not recycling before showing the newspaper headline: “Field of Dreams to Become Landfill.” At the Field of Dreams, Rex is excited about how the kids can use the field, unaware of its future plans. His friends are also excited, until someone driving the Trash-o-Matic arrives to dump trash all over the field. Rex asks the driver to stop dumping the trash, and although the driver wants to, he can’t, as there’s nowhere else to put the garbage. When the kids volunteer to take the trash back to the “awful wasteful creatures who threw it away,” they are soon ashamed to find that they are those horrible creatures. The trash guy offers them a solution: get rid of their garbage without throwing it away, and the field will remain theirs. Rex asks Tucker to look up the solution in his Book of Everything, and the book tells them to “Close the Loop,” which confuses the kids more. Their friend Bunsen finds a solution to reuse their broken and discarded items to create something new, and the kids take it to town to recycle. While in town, Rex’s friends become hungry and decide to enter a department store, but Rex tries to keep them on track with getting rid of their garbage, not adding to it. Unfortunately, hunger wins out, and the kids run inside. The kids inside realize they have more garbage than ever, and are unsure what to do. Meanwhile, the Stomper Twins try to dump their cans off the End of the World Cliff, but are guided away but a daisy named Rose, as there isn’t much left in the world and they need to recycle. Finally, Rex finds the Recycling Center, and brings his friends with him with a song. The short ends with the kids finally getting their field.