January 29

January 29, 1959 — Sleeping Beauty is released.

Sleeping Beauty has become one of the most popular animated films of all time, thanks to its witty characters, charming music, and simply stunning art. It wasn’t always as well-perceived, however. Keep reading to learn about the troubles in the animation studio and in the box office when Sleeping Beauty premiered!

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November 27

November 27, 2013 — Frozen is released.

Frozen, released in 2013, is hands down one of the most influential and successful films that Disney has ever released. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”, it was released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, making it the 53rd Disney animated feature film. Keep reading to learn about one of the best Disney films of all time!

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November 7

November 7, 2014 — Big Hero 6 is released.

Big Hero 6 is an American 3D computer-animated superhero film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th Disney animated feature film, and the 7th since Lasseter and Catmull were hired after the Pixar merge. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, this film is loosely based on a superhero team from Marvel Comics. Keep reading to learn all about the Marvel influence in this film!

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November 5

November 5, 2004 — The Incredibles is released.

GUYS. I LOVE TODAY. The Incredibles is one of those family movie staples in my house — my little brother looked exactly like Dash when he was little, which always gave our family the opportunity to pretend we were the Parrs. I actually talked to my mom today about how silly we were to never dress up as them for Halloween…. We even had a much younger sibling!

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October 30

October 30, 2012 — Agreement to purchase Lucasfilm, Ltd. is announced.

The purchase of Lucasfilm, Ltd. by Disney is one of the most talked-about acquisitions this generation has ever seen. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, which Lucasfilm are most known for (as well as their famous special effects, sound, and computer animation), have such huge followings, that the news of this brought out so many emotions in so many people. No matter how you felt, though, you have to admit that this was one of the best moves that either company has ever made.

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October 23

October 23, 1941 — Dumbo is released.

Dumbo was the fourth Disney animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The story was based on a children’s book written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, which was actually a prototype for Roll-A-Book, a storytelling display device similar to a panorama. The book was 8 drawings and a few lines of text, but caught the attention of Kay Kamen, the head of merchandise licensing at Disney Studios. Kamen brought the idea to Walt’s attention in 1939 by showing him the prototype of Roll-A-Book, wanting to turn it into an animated short film. Walt loved the heartfelt story and purchased the rights to it immediately.

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October 18

October 18, 1967 — The Jungle Book is released.

The Jungle Book is a classic Disney animated film that we all know and love, whether it’s from the fun characters or the even more fun songs. Produced by Walt Disney Productions, it is a loose adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is the 19th animated Disney film. It was the last film that Walt Disney personally worked on before he died in 1966, and is also one of the last films in the Silver Age of Animation. There is a ton of history in the making of this movie, so stick around to learn more!

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October 16

October 16, 1923 — Walt signs a contract with M.J. Winkler to produce a series of “Alice Comedies”, and the Disney company officially begins, known as “The Disney Brothers Studio”.

Today is a VERY IMPORTANT DAY! 95 years ago today, the “Disney Brothers Studio” was founded when Walt signed a contract with M.J. Winkler to produce his “Alice Comedies”. Today is considered to be the beginning of Disney as we know it, so noticing and honoring today is one of the most important things us as Disney fans can do! Learn more about today’s history below!

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