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Character of the Month

Disney Character of the month. Each month we spotlight another great Disney character. Giving you the Birthdate, little known facts, movie listings, famous quotes and vintage photos of the character.

COTM…Alice in Wonderland

July 1, 2014
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It seems that anything Walt Disney put his hand to turns into a success. This is most evident in his animated feature films, starting in 1937 with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Then known as “Disney’s Folly” because no one believed people would sit for an hour and a half to watch an...
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COTM…Dumbo…

June 1, 2014
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Disney is the world leader in family movies, beginning with the classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937 to the present. And throughout the years he has produced many which stand out among fans and critics alike, but the one animated classic that most consider his “Zenith” is Dumbo, the story of...
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COTM…Scrooge McDuck

May 1, 2014
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Scrooge McDuck is perhaps the best-know figure in the Donald Duck universe next to Donald himself and nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. He was created by Carl Barks and first appeared in the 1947 story “Christmas on Bear Mountain” published by Dell comics in December of that year. Barks had originally intended him to...
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COTM…Tarzan…

April 1, 2014
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The Character of Tarzan was born in a novel written by American Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, which first appeared in the magazine, “All Story Magazine” in 1912 and later in book form in 1914. The basic plot is the story of John Clayton who is born to a marooned couple from England, John and...
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COTM…The Three Little Pigs…

March 1, 2014
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 The fable of the three little pigs has been told for centuries. It has become familiar to millions since Walt Disney re-told the story in his successful 1933 animated cartoon. Walt kept true to the story in most ways, but he toned down some of the violence a bit from the original tale. Because...
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COTM-Aladdin

February 1, 2014
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Anyone who has heard or read stories from the classic collection of tales from “One Thousand and one Arabian Nights” has certainly heard the tale of Aladdin.  This originates from a Middle-Eastern folk tale. The basic plot is that of a poverty-stricken young man named Aladdin who is engaged by a sorcerer to retrieve...
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Character of the Month…The Little Mermaid..

January 2, 2014
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Ariel is the main character in the 1989 Disney Movie “The Little Mermaid”.  She is the sixteen year old daughter of the Sea King Triton. King Triton is very protective of her and her six older sisters.  Ariel has become unhappy with her life under the sea and is very curious about the human...
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COTM…The Absent-Minded Professor…Ned Brainard

December 1, 2013
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In 1961 Walt Disney Pictures released one of its most popular and beloved movies, “The Absent-Minded Professor” based on a short story by writer Samuel W. Taylor titled “A situation of Gravity” The premise of the Absent-Minded Professor, a brilliant, mild mannered scientist who is constantly forgetting the time of day, appointments and in...
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COTM…Zorro

November 1, 2013
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  Walt Disney’s Zorro was taken from a fictional character created by writer Johnston McCulley in 1919. The character lived in old California during the Spanish Colonial era, and he was a savior and hero to the poor people of the land, living under the harsh Spanish rule. He defended the people from the...
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COTM-The Phantom Blot…

October 1, 2013
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Most fans when asked who Mickey’s biggest antagonist is, answer “Peg Leg Pete”, or just “Pete.  But Mickey had his share of others, notable one named the “Phantom Blot”. The Blot made his debut in the Floyd Gottfredson’s story “Mickey Mouse outwits the Phantom Blot” This was published in the Mickey Mouse Comic  Strip...
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COTM…Rapunzel

September 1, 2013
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The character of Rapunzel is a German fairy tale published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm. This story by the brothers is a variation of the fairy tale that was first written in 1698 by the French novelist and poet Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force. Her story was called Persinette, and in the...
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COTM…Hercules

August 1, 2013
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Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek demigod Heracles, the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. Both cultures admired his strength, courage and ingenuity; his iconographic attributes were the club and Lion skin. In the Disney tale, Hercules is the full child of Zeus and Hera, born on Mt. Olympus with all...
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COTM-Chicken Little

July 1, 2013
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This famous story of a chicken who believes the sky is falling because of being hit on the head by an acorn is re-told by Disney’s 46th animated feature film entitled “Chicken Little” What makes this feature unique is that it is the first CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) film that Disney produced without Pixar....
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COTM…Dick Van Dyke

June 1, 2013
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Dick Van Dyke, America’s iconic funny man from the 1960’s and 1970’s is best known and remembered by legions of Disney fans as “Bert” from Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins”, perhaps one of Walt’s most popular and beloved films. Based on a series of books by P.L. Travers,  Mary Poppins received a total of 13...
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COTM…Country Bears

May 1, 2013
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Some of the most loveable characters developed by Walt Disney are those cuddly bears who sing in the popular attraction “Country Bear Jamboree” at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.  But the bears did not start out for that attraction in the beginning. At the time in the mid ‘60s Walt Was developing a...
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April 2013 – Frank L. Baum

April 1, 2013
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With Disney’s new movie, “Oz, The Great and Powerful” set to hit the silver screen, I cannot think of a better subject to talk about than the author of these iconic tales of the “Magical land of Oz” For many people who were weaned on the 1939   MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz” starring...
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March 2013 – Cruella De Vil

March 1, 2013
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On January 21st, 1961 the Walt Disney Company released its seventeenth animated feature, “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”. The story was taken from a 1956 book by English playwright and novelist Dodie Smith. As with many of the films taken from stories and fairy tales, the Disney version is slightly changed. Even the title...
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February 2013 – Chicken Little

February 1, 2013
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This famous story of a chicken who believes the sky is falling because of being hit on the head by an acorn is re-told by Disney’s 46th animated feature film entitled “Chicken Little” What makes this feature unique is that it is the first CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) film that Disney produced without Pixar....
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January 2013 – Chernabog

January 1, 2013
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All great yarns have three basic ingredients…Storyline, Protagonist and Villain. The melding of these makes for a great read and the better developed, the better the tale. Walt Disney, perhaps one of history’s greatest storytellers knew this better than most. His stable of heroes and villains are legendary and combined with that remarkable Disney...
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December 2012 – Roy O. Disney

December 1, 2012
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ROY AND WALT

Of all the characters, Artisans, and friends that Walt Disney had amassed over his long, successful career, none was more important than his own brother, Roy O. Disney. The bond these two men developed over their lifetimes helped shaped the Disney Empire and even their own personal lives. Roy Oliver Disney was the third...
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November 2012 – Stitch

November 1, 2012
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November 2012 – Stitch

Stitch, whose real name is Genetic Experiment 626, is that ferocious, troublemaking alien that evil genius Dr. Jumba Jookiba created out of the genes of the galaxy’s strongest and most fearsome creatures. Dr. Jookiba is known for his evil genetic experiments and he created Experiment 626 to cause chaos and trouble across the galaxy....
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October 2012 – Bambi

October 1, 2012
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Bambi is the fifth animated cartoon feature Disney produced and was released to theaters on August 13th, 1942. This poignant tale of a young fawn coming of age is universally considered as one of Walt Disney’s most charming films. The feature was taken from the 1923 book “Bambi, A Life in the Woods” by...
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September 2012 – Annette Funicello

September 1, 2012
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 57 years since the debut of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. On October 3rd, 1955 this children’s variety show ushered millions of kids into the world of Walt Disney, including myself. It was a staple on our TV and I’m not ashamed to say I was there...
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August 2012 – Tinker Bell

August 1, 2012
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Walt Disney has left us with some of the world’s most beloved characters. We all know Mickey Mouse, the character that started it all, but next to Mickey, one of the most beloved and recognized is Tinker Bell. Tink, as she is sometimes called, has become the symbol of “Disney Magic” ever since her...
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July 2012 – Bill “Sully” Sullivan

July 1, 2012
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For those not in the know, William “Sully” Sullivan began his tenure with Disney on July 27th, 1955. At the time he was employed by Northrop Aircraft Corporation, but after viewing the historic opening day ceremonies of Disneyland’s official opening on Sunday, July 17th, he was hooked. After applying for a job the following...
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June 2012 – Mary Blair

June 1, 2012
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For all Disney fans who love the classic attraction “It’s a small World” and many of the beautiful murals and artwork seen around the parks, you can thank gifted artist Mary Blair.  Mary was credited with introducing the Modern and the “Cartoon Modern” style art forms to Walt Disney and the studios. The Cartoon...
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May 2012 – Kay Kamen

May 1, 2012
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We all love those Disney Souvenirs. No matter where you look, you’ll find Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and every other character everywhere in the parks. In addition, there are treasures from Disney animated and live action movies and all items in between. Any article with the Disney moniker is fair game. And they are not...
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April 2012 – Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse

April 1, 2012
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  Everyone knows Donald’s three nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and to a lesser extent, girlfriend Daisy’s nieces April, May and June (1st appearance in the Donald comic book story, “Flip Decision” 1953) and many know Minnie’s nieces (Although she has an inconsistent list of nieces, but it is definitely known she has two)...
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March 2012 – Jim Henson

March 1, 2012
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Everyone knows the Muppets. This group of fuzzy, goggle-eyed puppets has been delighting audiences worldwide since even before the debut of the Muppet show in 1976.  The Muppets were “born” when Jim and his future wife Jane Nebel created a five minute puppet show on a Washington TV station called “Sam and Friends” Famous...
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February 2012 – Marc Davis

February 1, 2012
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Walt Disney was noted for his many quotes; one famous line he quipped… “We allow no geniuses around our Studio.” Walt himself was one of the 20th century’s greatest; his many talents included voice actor, entertainer, film producer, director, animator and most important, visionary.  Many of the hundreds of talented artists, story men and...
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