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This day in Disney history, Oct 23rd, 1941: Dumbo, had it's world premier at the Broadway Theater in New York City; and in 1953 the Disney short, "Rugged Bear" was released.
First up, Dumbo!
The fourth Walt Disney animated feature, Dumbo, directed by Ben Sharpsteen, is based on the sort by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl. Sixty four wonderful minutes of a baby elephant with gigantic ears who discovers his place in the world. It is a small, intimate, emotionally powerful mother-son tale with terrific songs and characters and outstanding animation—in other words, perfect family entertainment. It will go on to win the Oscar for Best Score for a Musical Film and "BabyMine" (the song that plays during Dumbo's visit to he is mothers cell) will be nominated for Best Song.
To watch the Dumbo trailer:
A fun little extra tidbit- Among those attending the premiere were eighteen soldiers stationed at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, all of whom had worked at the Disney studio. Some of those soldiers are in the photo below, which was taken the night of the premiere.
Have you seen Dumbo? Do you have a favorite scene or song from the movie?
Now on to the short!
Disneys 1953"Rugged Bear" directed by Jack Hannah
Rugged Bear features Humphrey the Bear, voiced by James Macdonald and Donald Duck, voiced by Clarence Nash. Humphrey tries to survive bear hunting season in a peculiar way.
Had you seen this short before?
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Peter Pan closed through May 7
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