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THIS WEEK IN DISNEY HISTORY: Week of January 22

by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard

January 22, 2008 – Disney/ Pixar’s film Ratatouille received 5 nominations for the 80th Academy Awards

Did you know?

At that time, Ratatouille‘s five nominations was the most ever received for a Disney/ Pixar computer animated film, beating out Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, which all held four nominations.

Other Notable Disney Dates:

Jan 22, 2009 – Tickets for the Haunted Mansion’s 40th anniversary celebration in Disneyland sells out in 10 minutes. The event took place on September 9, 2009 and cost up to $475 a ticket.

January 23, 1999 – Cirque de Soleil opens in Downtown Disney

January 23, 2000 – Phil Collins wins a Golden Globe for best original song in a motion picture for “You’ll Be in My Heart”, from the movie, Tarzan

January 24, 2000 – Robert Iger is appointed as president and C.O.O. of Disney

January 24, 2006 – Disney acquires Pixar Animation Studios

January 25, 1961 – One Hundred and One Dalmatians is released

January 26, 1972 – Debut of the TV series, The Mouse Factory

January 27, 1996 - WDW Speedway holds its first Indy 200 car race

January 27, 2004 – The film, Finding Nemo, receives four nominations for an Oscar Award for: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Sound Editing

January 28, 1946 – The Three Caballeros is nominated for an Oscar Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and science for Sound Recording, Music and Scoring of a Musical Picture

Question of the week?

What are the five categories in which Ratatouille was nominated by the Academy? Which category did it win?

Last Week’s Question: What type of work did Lillian Bounds do at the Disney Studio?

Last Week’s Answer: She worked as an ink artist painting cels, making $15 a week. Possibly Lillian’s most famous contribution to Walt Disney’s legacy was the naming of his most famous animated character, Mickey Mouse. Walt came up with the idea of “Mortimer Mouse” while traveling by train from New York to Los Angeles. When Walt shared his new idea with his wife she responded with, “Not Mortimer. It’s too formal. How about Mickey?”



Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati,  Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm.  Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.