Disney History – February 6

This Day in Disney History February 6


Disney Saludos Amigos 1943
Original theatrical release poster

1943: “Saludos Amigos” debuts in U.S. Theaters

From D23:
While the film is shorter than a normal feature film, it has always been grouped with the Disney animated classic features. C. O. Slyfield received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound, and additional nominations went to Charles Wolcott and Ned Washington for Best Song (“Saludos Amigos”) and to Edward H. Plumb, Paul J. Smith, and Charles Wolcott for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
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From Wikipedia:
Saludos Amigos (Spanish for Greetings, Friends) is a 1942 American animated package film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. It is the sixth Disney animated feature film and the first of the six package films produced by Walt Disney Productions in the 1940s. Set in Latin America, it is made up of four different segments; Donald Duck stars in two of them and Goofy stars in one. It also features the first appearance of José Carioca, the Brazilian cigar-smoking parrot. Saludos Amigos was popular enough that Walt Disney decided to make another film about Latin America, The Three Caballeros, to be produced two years later. Saludos Amigos premiered in Rio de Janeiro on August 24, 1942. It was released in the United States on February 6, 1943.
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The Walt Disney Company Logo - 1986
The Walt Disney Company Logo – 1986

1986: Walt Disney Productions Changes its Name to The Walt Disney Company

From D23:
…in 1986, the Disney enterprise was once again renamed, this time branding itself as The Walt Disney Company. Referred to internally at Disney as the “tah dah” Mickey, the character was updated to match the more modernized company logo of that time.
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit logo

2006: The Walt Disney Company re-acquires the rights to Walt Disney’s original character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

From Oh My Disney:
On February 6, 2006, in a trade described by film historian Leonard Maltin as something that has “never happened before and never will again”, ABC sports commentator Al Michaels, actual human, was traded from ESPN to NBC for a black-and-white cartoon character—Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
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From Wikipedia:
The deal included the rights to the character and the original 26 short films made by Disney (namely, most of the Oswald films produced from 1927 to 1928). Rights to the Winkler and Lantz/Universal-produced Oswald films are kept by Universal and other related products was not included, and therefore Oswald appears in both Disney releases and in Universal’s Woody Woodpecker and Friends collection.
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2009: “it’s a small world” reopens at Disneyland park with 29 new Disney and Pixar characters

From Disneyland.com:
Some familiar new faces debuted on February 6, 2009 with the addition of dolls representing select Disney and Disney•Pixar characters. Keep an eye out for: Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Aladdin and Jasmine, The Three Caballeros, Ariel and Flounder, Lilo and Stitch, Woody, Bullseye and Jessie
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