Ludwig Von Drake and Walt Disney

Did You Know? 8 Genius Facts About Ludwig Von Drake

By Jim Fanning Hello there, you kooky people, you! Are you in for a treat! 60 years ago—on September 24, 1961—the egotistical, erudite, eccentric professor Ludwig Von Drake made his debut on the premiere episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The only major animated character Walt created especially for television, Professor Von Drake …

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Muppet Treasure Island: Did You Know?

By Jim Fanning Muppets ahoy! On February 16, 1996, X marked the spot for pirate zaniness as Muppet Treasure Island sailed into theaters. Treasure and treachery abound in this insanely amusing adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale. Brave Jim Hawkins tangles with legendary pirate Long John Silver as they and some motley Muppet pirates …

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Find Out What Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Captain America Have in Common

By Jim Fanning In the zany tradition of such Disney live-action classics as The Absent-Mind Professor (1961), Honey, I Shrunk The Kids has been earning colossal laughs with its super-sized special effects and anything-but-small thrills for three decades. Released on June 23, 1989, this effects-filled film centers on bumbling inventor Professor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) who …

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Tarzan 20th anniversary

Did You Know? Seven Swinging Facts About Disney’s Tarzan

By Jim Fanning One of the most iconic heroes ever created swung to dynamic new life when Tarzan was released on June 18, 1999. Disney’s 37th animated feature brought the famed ape-man to life as never before through the art of Disney animation. Tarzan follows the extraordinary adventures of an orphaned infant raised by a …

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The Love Bug

Did You Know? 5 High-Speed Facts About The Love Bug

By Jim Fanning Shifting for himself against all odds, that scrappy little speedster Herbie first sped into view 50 years ago when The Love Bug was released on March 13, 1969. This high-octane comedy hit about a Volkswagen “Beetle” with a mind—and heart—of its own is one of Disney’s most popular hits. Through the magic …

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Sleeping Beauty

11 Royal Facts You Might Not Know About Sleeping Beauty

By Jim Fanning Released on January 29, 1959, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is celebrating 60 years of timeless characters, magnificent music of the classical kind, and dazzling animated artistry. One of the most elaborate animated features ever produced, this enchanting epic tells the spellbinding tale of a lovely princess cursed by an evil fairy to …

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So Dear to My Heart

Did You Know? 12 Blue-Ribbon Facts About Walt Disney’s So Dear to My Heart

By Jim Fanning Told through the golden glow of nostalgia, Walt Disney’s So Dear to My Heart celebrates 70 years of humor, music, and animation. Released on January 19, 1949, this heartfelt film is set in 1903, in Fulton Corners, Indiana, where young Jeremiah “Jerry” Kincaid (Disney star Bobby Driscoll) adopts a mischievous black lamb …

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The Sword in the Stone

Did You Know? 10 Wizard Facts About Walt Disney’s The Sword in the Stone

By Jim Fanning Timeless in its humor, music, and classic Disney animation, The Sword in the Stone ascended the throne in 1963 as Walt Disney’s 18th full-length animated feature. A scrawny 12-year-old boy nicknamed Wart, who is in actuality the future King Arthur, sets ancient England on its ear when the mystical but lovably muddled …

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