That Darn Cat

OHHHH, D.C.! – That Darn Cat! Turns 55!

By Holly Brobst, Walt Disney Archives

This December we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite Disney films, That Darn Cat!

A 1965 “cops and robber” comedy from Walt Disney Productions, the film was produced by the inimitable trio of Walt Disney, Bill Walsh, and Ron Miller. Studio stalwart Robert Stevenson directed the star-studded…

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Willow

Enter the World of Willow

By Francesca Scrimgeour, Walt Disney Archives

“Absolutely, under no condition, whatsoever, is anyone in this family to fall in love with that baby!” Those were some of Willow Ufgood’s famous last words before embarking on a most remarkable adventure to protect little Elora Danan from the evil sorceress, Queen Bavmorda. As the story of Willow’s epic…

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Mickey Mouse

Party Like It’s 1953!

By Rebecca Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

Inspired by the Mickey Mouse compilation film Mickey’s Birthday Party, which was itself released to celebrate Mickey’s 25th anniversary in 1953, Walt Disney Productions released this fun pamphlet for families. This vintage publication, sponsored by Weather-Bird Shoes, is full of ideas, games, and directions for a…

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Fantasia

Fantasia at 80: Exploring the Composers and Their Music

By Katie Strobel, Walt Disney Archives

Fantasia (1940) celebrates its 80th anniversary on November 13, 2020, and is remembered to this day for its beautiful marriage of images to music. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences even honored conductor Leopold Stokowski and his associates with a Special Award for creating this new form of visualized music….

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the Mark of Zorro

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the 20th Century Fox film The Mark of Zorro!

By Christina Pappous, Walt Disney Archives

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the 20th Century Fox film The Mark of Zorro (1940), directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Tyrone Power as Don Diego Vega and his masked alter ego, El Zorro! Set during the days of Spanish California, The Mark of Zorro tells the story of the title character’s fight against the…

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Mickey Mouse Book

Celebrating 90 Years: Music From The First Disney Book

By Katie Strobel, Walt Disney Archives

Mickey Mouse Book, published by Bibo and Lang in 1930, was the first Disney book. Along with being sold to the public, the book was also distributed to theaters that hosted Mickey Mouse Clubs and was given to the members. It begins with a story and a board game, both created by the publisher’s own 11-year-old daughter,…

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A Haunted Mansion Tale

Original Story by: Ken Anderson

Compiled and Edited By: Amy Opoka, Walt Disney Archives

In early 1957, Walt Disney asked Imagineer and story artist Ken Anderson to come up with a haunted house experience for Disneyland. Ken conceived multiple early concepts for what would become the Haunted Mansion attraction, and pitched them to Walt Disney. Getting into the…

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Young Frankenstein

“It’s Pronounced Fronkensteen”; A Look Inside the Making of Mel Brooks’ Hilarious Satire Young Frankenstein

By Heather Hoffman, Walt Disney Archives

With Halloween just around the corner, it is the perfect time to grab a cozy blanket, a big bowl of popcorn, and settle in to watch some classic spooky movies. If you’re a fan of suspenseful melodrama mixed with comedic satire, one classic film that should definitely be on your watchlist this season is Young…

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Blackbeard's Ghost

Kree Kruh Vergo Gebba Kalto Kree: Conjuring a Portrait of Captain Blackbeard

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

The spooky and lighthearted Disney classic Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) is perfect for a ghastly October viewing. The film focuses on the dead, yet still mischievous pirate Captain Blackbeard, played by legendary actor Peter Ustinov, who is trapped in limbo until he performs a good deed. Accidentally conjured by unsuspecting…

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The Fly

What’s the Buzz — A look at The Fly

By Cesar Gallegos, Walt Disney Archives

To help celebrate the Halloween season, let’s take a look back at a classic science fiction tale of transformation, The Fly. This 20th Century Fox film from 1958 starred David Hedison, Patricia Owens, and notable horror and science fiction actor, Vincent Price. Adapted from George Langelaan’s short story of the same name,…

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