Disney History – March 17

This Day in Disney History March 17


Disney Goofy Cartoon Goofy and Wilbur - 1939
Original Theatrical Poster

1939: The Goofy Cartoon “Goofy and Wilbur” is released

From D23:
Something goofy happened on this day in 1939, when, after appearing in Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Goofy finally starred in his own cartoon, Goofy and Wilbur. Another goofy bit of trivia is that Goofy and Wilbur is the first time the star was referred to by the name Goofy.
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From Wikipedia:
Goofy and Wilbur is a 1939 cartoon short produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures on March 17, 1939. It was the first cartoon which featured Goofy in his first solo role without Mickey Mouse and/or Donald Duck.
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Walt Disney wins Emmy for

1956: Walt Disney Wins Emmy for Best Producer for “Disneyland” TV Show


Disney The Barefoot Executive 1971

1971: The Disney Comedy “The Barefoot Executive” Premieres

From D23:
Among the many items Chief Archivist Dave Smith packed up in Walt’s office desk after his passing was a document in which Walt stated his strong interest in casting Kurt Russell — Disney’s top teen idol of the ’70s — in Disney films.
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From Wikipedia:
The Barefoot Executive is a live-action Walt Disney Productions film released by Buena Vista Distribution in 1971 starring Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Wally Cox, Heather North and John Ritter (in his film debut), about a pet chimpanzee, named Raffles, who can predict the popularity of television programs. It was one of the “gimmick comedies” (geared towards children with a touch of adult humour for older viewers) Disney was known for in the 1960s and 1970s, and was frequently shown on The Wonderful World of Disney from the late 1970s through the 1980s.
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Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Disneyland
Amy & Ed on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland

2005: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction officially opens at Disneyland

From Disneyland.com:
Based on the Hit Movies
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is an exciting ride into space that continues the epic battle between Buzz Lightyear and Evil Emperor Zurg, as seen in the popular Disney•Pixar Toy Story film series.
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From Disney Parks Blog:
On March 17, 2005, students from Green Elementary School joined Green Army Men and Buzz Lightyear for a special sneak peek of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Did I mention it was St. Patrick’s Day?
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From Wikipedia:
Disneyland’s version of the ride is called Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, like the Magic Kingdom version, also uses infrastructure from previous attractions. The space the ride takes up was first occupied by the Circle-Vision 360° theater. A key difference between Astro Blasters and Space Ranger Spin is that in Astro Blasters, the laser guns can be removed from their mounts to allow for more accurate shooting…
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Disney Beauty and the Beast 2017

2017: The Live Action “Beauty and the Beast” is released

From Wikipedia:
Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, the film is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale. The film stars a British and American ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

On January 19, 2017, it was confirmed by both Disney and Celine Dion – singer of the original 1991 Beauty and the Beast duet song, with singer Peabo Bryson – that Dion would be performing one of the new original songs “How Does a Moment Last Forever” to play over the end titles. Also, Josh Groban being announced to be performing the song “Evermore” on January 26, 2017. The 2017 film features a remake of the 1991 original song Beauty and the Beast recorded as a duet by Ariana Grande and John Legend.
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