Welcome to our first edition of a new weekly segment we are calling, “This Week in Disney History”!
This week in Disney History:
March 24th, 1901:
The legendary Ub Iwerks was born in Kansas City, Missouri. That’s right, Missouri. Ub’s birth name, ‘Ube Ert Iwwerks’ is of Dutch origin, but he was born here in the US. Ub was Walt’s right hand man in the beginning, animating the first Mickey Mouse silent cartoon “Plane Crazy” on his own. Later, he would develop many special effects used in “Song of the South”, and “Mary Poppins”.
Another event on March 24th, 1972:
Disneyland’s version of “Country Bear Jamboree” opened! As a kid, I don’t think I appreciated the awesomeness that was Country Bear. As always with Disney, the animatronics were on point, although the show was a little long, if I recall. The attraction closed in September 2009, but you can still see a few familiar faces if you look around while riding “The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”!
March 25th, 1996:
John Lasseter accepts the Academy Award for Special Achievement for his “inspired leadership of the Disney/Pixar team resulting in the first full-length computer animated film.” Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz win Best Song for “Colors of the Wind”, as well as Original Musical or Comedy Score for “Pocahontas”, beating Randy Newman in both categories who was nominated for his score for “Toy Story”.
March 26th, 2000:
Phil Collins wins the Oscar for Best Song for “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan. “Always.”
March 27th, 1901:
Carl Barks was born in Merrill, Oregon. Carl would eventually draw Donald Duck comic books for three decades, invent Duckburg, and many of it’s inhabitants such as: Scrooge McDuck & Gladstone Gander. He was lovingly referred to as “The Duck Man”.
March 28th, 1987:
The first Disney Store opens in the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, CA. It’s first retail store outside of a theme park or resort. Thus, causing us all to continue to happily give Disney all of our money at all times.
That’s it for “This Week in Disney History”! Check in every Tuesday to see a new edition!