Disney History – February 7

This Day in Disney History February 7


Disney Donald Duck Comic Strip 1938-1940

1938: The First Daily Donald Duck Comic Strip is Released

From D23:
One of the most popular of the Disney cartoon characters, he made his debut in the Silly Symphony, The Wise Little Hen, on June 9, 1934. His fiery temper endeared him to audiences, and in the 1940s he took over for Mickey Mouse in the number of cartoons reaching the theaters. A daily Donald Duck newspaper comic strip began on February 7, 1938.
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Disney Pinocchio - 1940
Theatrical release poster

1940: Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” premieres in New York City

From D23:
Pinocchio premiered in New York on February 7, 1940. The film required the talents of 750 artists, including animators, assistants, inbetweeners, layout artists, background painters, special-effects animators, and inkers and painters, who produced more than 2 million drawings and used some 1,500 shades of paint for the Technicolor production. 

The film cost $2.6 million in 1940, but using the same techniques and processes, it would cost well over $100 million today.
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From Wikipedia:
Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy dramedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Pinocchio became the first animated motion picture to win a competitive Academy Award; winning two for Best Music, Original Score and for Best Music, Original Song for its signature timeless, classic song “When You Wish upon a Star”.
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