Monday, September 8, 2008

1970 Disneyland Doesn't Know Disney History

Man, can you believe how Blogger kept eating my posts every day for three weeks straight!? You believe that, right?

I'll have something for you on September 11, but until then, can somebody tell me what's going on here? Source: Disneyland Line, October 2, 1970:
MICKEY MOUSE WAS 42 years old on September 18. TV coverage of the event (guests singing "Happy Birthday" to him on Main Street) was aired on KABC, Channel 7 in Los Angeles. KPIX (CBS-TV in San Francisco), covered the event also. CBS aired their film coverage nationally. It showed Mickey greeting guests and just being his good, "old" self. Happy Birthday Mickey!


outsidetheberm said...

Yup, add that date to the confusing list we have here of 'official' Mickey birthdays listed over time. Here's a little from the notes we have here: Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford helped Mickey celebrate his fifth birthday on Sept. 30th -- His 7th and 8th seemed to be celebrated on the 28th of September -- Walt once stated that October 1st was Mickey's birthday (based on when production started) -- and also we have a October 28th birthday listed here as well.
It appears that until it became really important (like for Mickey's 50th) they never really pegged the official date in November.
Hope that helps a bit.

Matterhorn1959 said...

The date all depends upon when you want to believe "birth" of a cartoon character. It could be the date production started, the date actual filming of the animation began or the date the film was shown in a theater. This has been debated for years in the animation history field. Outside the Berm has provided the best list of the various dates that I have seen. The Disney company finally decided to use the date of the first showing of the cartoon at the Colony Theater in New York.

Westcot2000 said...

It does seem odd that the date fluctuated as Mickey's birth was redefined.

Hasn't Disneyland had inconsistencies with the number of attractions (e.g. sometimes the Railroad has been four attractions)?

I agree with the current system for characters based on film release date.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Are we talking date of birth or date of conception - LOL!!!

FCG said...

Well, in the 30's Mickey's birthday was often celebrated on a convenient Saturday in fall, when theaters could host a "party" for kids.

It wasn't until sometime after the Archives was founded - which was June 1970, btw - that the date was really established as the release date of Steamboat Willie, November 18th. Sometime apparently after that first fall season.

So, I'd just guess someone somewhere in the company had reference to a piece of art that identified Sept. 18th, from the 30's, and counted that as it.

stevenjared0853 said...

I too am a big fan of Disneyland and also had a grand Disney themed wedding ceremony at a local event space San Francisco. We had hired one of the best planners for our special day and his team truly did an amazing work.

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