This Day in Disney History January 24th
1941: The cartoon short “Pluto’s Playmate” was released
From Disney ARL: (Animation Research Library)
An unwelcome seal becomes “Pluto’s Playmate” in this short, directed by Norm Ferguson (who was and is considered the master of Pluto character animation), and released on the 24th of January 1941 through R-K-O Pictures.
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Do you like Pluto Cartoons?
Pluto’s Playmate and others are available to own on:
Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto, Volume One
1993: Mickey’s Toontown opens at Disneyland park
Mickey’s Toontown, a whimsical suburb of Fantasyland, opened its gates to become the first new “land” added to Disneyland in 20 years (since Bear Country in 1972, which later became Critter Country with the opening of Splash Mountain). Inside the gates of this inviting little town, guests found two main areas: Downtown Toontown and Mickey’s Neighborhood.
The opening of Mickey’s Toontown kicked off a yearlong Toon celebration, which culminated when the Cab Co. opened its doors and guests were able to solve the mystery of Jessica Rabbit’s abduction in Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.
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From Disney Parks Blog:
…we’re looking back at photos from the grand opening celebration attended by media from all over the world and some of Hollywood’s top talent including Robin Williams, Sally Field and Steven Spielberg.
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Mickey’s Toontown opened in Disneyland on January 24, 1993. The area is themed to the Toontown seen in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and resembles a set from a Max Fleischer cartoon. The buildings are stylized and colorful. There are several attractions involving classic cartoon characters, such as the houses of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and a small children’s coaster. There are a few interactive gags. Compared to other Disneyland areas however, there are few large or technically complex rides or shows, and the houses themselves appeal primarily as playhouses for small children.
2007: The Seas with Nemo & Friends opened at Epcot
The Seas with Nemo & Friends (formerly The Living Seas) is a saltwater aquarium and a dark ride in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. The attraction is themed as an underwater exploration base, with several exhibits devoted to oceanic study.
Guests board “Clamobiles” and venture into the sea to join Marlin, Dory, and other characters from the film Finding Nemo, as they search for Nemo who has gotten lost again. Guests first journey through a coral reef where they find Marlin, a clownfish, searching for Nemo.
2007: “Finding Nemo – The Musical” officially opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Based on the hit animated movie, this must-“sea” adventure makes a splash with spectacular music and stunning theatrical puppetry.
In this 40-minute show, original songs bring the big, blue world to life, along with extraordinary puppets and vibrant sets that plunge you right into the depths of Nemo’s fin-tastic terrain. Performed on a stage flanked by big bubbles, the musical numbers shimmer with wondrous underwater effects created with innovative lighting, dynamic props and animated projections.
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