This Week in Disney History: July 30-August 5

There’s always a great, big, beautiful tomorrow at The Walt Disney Company, because every day is tied to a milestone in the heritage and rich history of a company that has been entertaining millions of people every year. Published every week, this interesting series features highlights from all the divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Let's see what happened this week:


This week:
Silly Symphony cartoon “Flowers and Trees” was released on July 30, 1932. Directed by Burt Gillett, the 29th Silly Symphony is indeed a landmark in Disney animation. Originally begun as a black-and-white cartoon, the work was scrapped at great cost, and the cartoon was made in color at Walt Disney’s insistence, for he believed color could greatly enhance animation. He signed a two-year agreement with Technicolor giving him sole rights to the process for animated shorts, and a great head start over all of the other cartoon producers in Hollywood. Very soon all the Disney cartoons would be in color. Disney’s faith in the process not only enhanced the quality of his films, but helped make Technicolor a respected standard in the film industry. The cartoon later won an Academy Award for Best Cartoon. The film was re-released in two Academy Award specials in 1937 and 1967, and as part of Milestones in Animation (1973).

July 30
1932 – The Silly Symphony cartoon “Just Dogs” was released
1948 – Donald Duck cartoon “The Trial of Donald Duck” was released
1993 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril opened in Adventureland at Disneyland Paris
1998 – Disney Magic, the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, set out on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral
1999 – “Runaway Bride” was released by Touchstone Pictures and Paramount

July 31
1955 – Fantasyland attraction Casey Jr. Circus Train opened at Disneyland
1994 – “The Whipping Boy” aired on Disney Channel
2015 – Television series “Bunk’d” premiered on Disney Channel
2015 – Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” debuted on television
2017 – The 700 millionth guest visited Tokyo Disneyland, which originally opened in 1983

Aug. 1
1924 – Alice Comedy “Alice the Peacemaker” was released by Winkler Pictures
1936 – Mickey Mouse cartoon “Mickey’s Circus” was released
1941 – Donald Duck cartoon “Truant Officer Donald” was released in Technicolor and later nominated for an Academy Award
1953 – “The New Neighbor,” a Donald Duck cartoon directed by Jack Hannah was released
1958 – Special cartoon featurette “Paul Bunyan” was released
1997 – Coronado Springs Resort opened at Walt Disney World Resort
2007 – Disney acquires “Club Penguin,” the online virtual world for kids ages 6 to 14
2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy was released in theaters

Aug. 2
2002 – Touchstone Pictures film “Signs,” directed by M. Night Shyamalan was released

Aug. 3
1935 – Mickey’s Fire Brigade, a Mickey Mouse cartoon directed by Ben Sharpsteen was released
1990 – DuckTales: the Movie, Treasure of the Lost Lamp was released as a Disney Movietoon
2001 – “The Princess Diaries” film was released
2007 – “Underdog” was released by Walt Disney Pictures in association with Spyglass Entertainment
2014 – Four Seasons Resort Orlando hotel, Residence Club, opened as part of the Golden Oak residential community at Walt Disney World

Aug. 4 
2000 – “Coyote Ugly” was released as a film produced by Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer films
2009 – Bay Lake Tower opens at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Aug. 5
1967 – Adventure Thru Inner Space opens at Disneyland Park
1997 – “Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin” is released direct-to-video
1992 – The 400 millionth Guest visits the Walt Disney World Resort
2011 – “Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension” premieres on Disney Channel

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