This Day in Disney History March 25
1954: “Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom” Wins Oscar for Best Short Subject Cartoon
The first Disney cartoon to be filmed and released in widescreen CinemaScope, Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom won the 1954 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). In 1994, it was voted #29 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.
1964: “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones” is Released
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones is a 1964 Walt Disney production starring Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello. Kirk plays a college student who experiments with mind-reading and hypnotism, leading to run-ins with a local judge. Funicello plays his girlfriend (and sings the film’s title song written by brothers Robert and Richard Sherman). This film led to a 1965 sequel called The Monkey’s Uncle.
Do you know what I’m thinking? If you were Merlin Jones, you would! That’s because the scientific genius from Medvale College invented a device that can read minds in The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, which was released on this day in 1964. Starring Disney Legends Tommy Kirk as Merlin and Annette Funicello as his girlfriend Jennifer, this film that’s filled with ESP and hypnotism was intended to be a two-part story for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Probably not due to ESP, Walt had a prediction that it would be better to release this film theatrically.
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1969: President Nixon presents Lillian Disney with a special gold medal honoring Walt Disney
Pixar’s “Toy Story” original song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was also nominated.
“Colors of the Wind” is a song first performed by American recording artist Vanessa Williams. It was written by lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken for Walt Disney Pictures’ thirty-third animated feature film Pocahontas (1995). The film’s theme song, “Colors of the Wind” was originally recorded by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas. Williams’ rendition of the song was released as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack on March 23, 1995. A pop ballad, the song’s lyrics speak of respecting nature and living in harmony with the Earth’s creatures.