Disney History – February 23

This Day in Disney History February 23


Disney's Mickey Mouse Cartoon - The Band Concert - 1935
Theatrical release poster featuring Gideon Goat

1935: “The Band Concert” (first Mickey Mouse cartoon in color) and the black-and-white short, “Mickey’s Service Station” debut

From Disney ARL (Animation Research Library):
“The Band Concert” premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York. As the first ever Mickey Mouse short released in color, it was also the first ever Mickey Mouse short to be shown in the Music Hall.

That same day, the black-and-white short, “Mickey’s Service Station,” went into general release… “Mickey’s Service Station” had been Mickey’s last theatrical cinema appearance in black-and-white, until “Get A Horse!” 79 years later.
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Disney Mickey Mouse Cartoon - Mickey's Service Station - 1935

Note: There can be conflicting information on the internet with Disney History. For Example, the official Disney ARL article (above) lists Feb. 23rd as the release date for Mickey’s Service Station. However, the official D23.com and most other sites on the internet list March 16, 1935 as the release date. Which one is actually correct? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell…

The Band Concert – From Wikipedia:
The Band Concert is a 1935 American animated short film produced in 3-strip Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The film was the first Mickey Mouse film produced in color and remains one of the most highly acclaimed of the Disney shorts. The story is about a small music band conducted by Mickey Mouse which struggles through a distraction-filled public performance.
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Mickey’s Service Station – From Wikipedia:
The film, which stars Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as car mechanics, is notable as the first to feature the three characters as a comedy trio. The film was also the final black-and-white appearance of Donald, Goofy, and Pete, and the penultimate animated black-and-white film produced by Disney after Mickey’s Kangaroo which was released later the same year.
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Walt Disney - Shirley Temple - 1939 Oscars Academy Awards
Walt Disney receiving one statuette and seven miniature statuettes from Shirley Temple for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1939: Walt Disney receives a special Academy Award for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

From D23:
On this day at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, the 11th annual Academy Awards® were held. And while neither Walt Disney nor his first film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had been nominated the previous year, on this date in 1939 Walt managed to walk away with much more than just a single Academy Award®.
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From The Walt Disney Family Museum:
In 1939, Walt received a custom-made Oscar statuette for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Honorary Award consisted of one standard Oscar statuette, standing above seven other miniature ones—representing each of the Dwarfs, placed on a stepped, 20- inch long base. Shirley Temple presented this second Honorary Award (he won a total of four in his lifetime)—this by far was the most distinctive award in Academy history.

Twenty-six of Walt’s Academy Awards—including the Honorary Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—are on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum.
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From Wikipedia:
Walt Disney (1901–66) won or received a total of twenty-six Academy Awards, and holds the record for most Academy Awards in history. He won a total of twenty-two competitive Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations, and also holds the records for most wins and most nominations for an individual in history.

Honorary Academy Awards (four total):
1939 (One statuette and seven miniature statuettes on a stepped base) – To Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, “recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.”
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Disney Ferdinand The Bull - 1938
Theatrical release poster

1939: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards Oscar to Disney for “Ferdinand the Bull”

From D23:
The little bull, which did nothing but smell the flowers, did manage to win the hearts of audiences and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and on this day in 1939, the Academy Award® for the best cartoon short went to Ferdinand the Bull.
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2004: Snow White – An Enchanting Musical debuts in Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland park

From D23:
Snow White—An Enchanting New Musical Stage show, a 28-minute adaptation of the film, premiering on February 23, 2004, after a premiere on February 21, at the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland, being the most elaborate stage show to be produced exclusively for that theater.
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From Wikipedia:
Fantasyland Theater, formerly Videopolis, is the name of a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) outdoor amphitheater at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Located in Fantasyland, it functions as a venue for various shows and, in the evenings, as an all-ages dance club. As of 2009, the location was renamed to Fantasyland Theater.

Snow White – An Enchanting Musical ran from 2004-2006
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Michael Jackson Captain EO
Promotional poster for Captain EO

2010: After running at Disneyland from 1986-97, “Captain EO” reopens at Disneyland park

From D23:
Captain EO (film) 3D musical science-fiction adventure film shown in Journey into Imagination at Epcot beginning September 12, 1986 and ending July 6, 1994, and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland on September 18, 1986 and ending April 6, 1997. Captain EO and his crew of mythical space creatures—Hooter, Fuzzball, the Geex, Major Domo, Minor Domo—discover a colorless planet where they are confronted by the Supreme Leader and her forces of darkness.

To honor Michael Jackson after his death in 2009, the film was brought back to Disneyland from Feb. 23, 2010 to Jun. 2014…
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From Disneyland.com:
The 17-minute interactive film stars Michael Jackson as Captain EO on his quest to change the world. With show-stopping musical numbers written by Michael Jackson, and stunning effects orchestrated by executive producer George Lucas and director Francis Ford Coppola, Captain EO is a sight and sound spectacular with an enduring message.
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Captain EO Disneyland Fun Facts from Wikipedia:
Area: Tomorrowland
Status: Operating

Opening dates:
September 18, 1986 (original)
February 23, 2010 (reopening)

Closing date: April 7, 1997
Replaced: Magic Journeys
Replaced by: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
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Disney Princess Half Marathon Walt Disney World 2014
Photo courtesy Disney Parks Blog

2014: Olympian Kim Smith Wins the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World

From Disney Parks Blog:
Smith set a course record, shattering the previous mark by nearly six minutes, and crossed the finish line nearly 15 minutes ahead of everyone else. Smith ran the 13.1-miles through Epcot and Magic Kingdom Park in 1:11:49, easily surpassing the previous course record of 1:17:38 set last year.
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