This Day in Disney History February 17
1934: The Mickey Mouse Cartoon “Camping Out” is Released
On this day in 1934, Mickey and Minnie took to the great outdoors in the early black-and-white cartoon short Camping Out. Joined by Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow, the gang finds themselves under attack by an excessive swarm of mosquitoes and teams up in an effort to get the pests to bug off.
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2004: Disney acquires the Muppets properties and Bear in the Big Blue House
From The Jim Henson Company:
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and The Jim Henson Company today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Disney will acquire the beloved “Muppets” and “Bear in the Big Blue House” properties from Henson.
The transaction includes all Muppet assets, including the Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal characters, the Muppet film and television library, and all associated copyrights and trademarks, as well as all the “Bear in the Big Blue House” characters, television library, copyrights and trademarks.
2006: The Disney Family Drama Adventure “Eight Below” is Released
From Disney Movies:
Stranded in Antarctica during the most unforgiving winter on the planet, Jerry’s beloved sled dogs must learn to survive together until Jerry – who will stop at nothing – rescues them. A thrilling tale of incredible friendship between eight amazing sled dogs and their guide.
It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs. It was released theatrically on February 17, 2006, by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States. The film is set in Antarctica, but was filmed in Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, and British Columbia, Canada. The film received positive reviews from critics and it earned $120.4 million on a $40 million budget.