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Donald Duck celebrates his fiftieth birthday.

The Carl Barks Library Volume 1

Another Rainbow begins publishing the Carl Barks Library.

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Notable events

Theatrical releases

Date Film
January 27 Never Cry Wolf
March 9 Splash (Touchstone Pictures, the first feature-length film released under that name)
Pete's Dragon (re-issue)
July 27 The Jungle Book (re-issue)
September 28 Country (Touchstone Pictures)
December 21 Pinocchio (re-issue)

Shorts

Date Film
July 25 The Adventures of André & Wally B.
August Fitness and Me: Why Exercise?
August 1 Donald's Fire Survival Plan (remake version)
Harold and His Amazing Green Plants
December 14 Frankenweenie
Unknown Lights! Cameras! Fractions!

Television

Theme park happenings

Comics

VHS releases

Business

  • Michael Eisner is hired as the CEO of the company. Eisner had previously worked as the head of ABC and then of Paramount Pictures. Eisner would eventually bring ABC under Disney's ownership. Eisner is most often credited with the company's turnaround in the late 1980s and early 1990s and, ironically, its subsequent downfall in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Eisner would leave the company in 2005.
  • This was the first year in Disney history where no feature films were released from the Disney studio, which could be because of the change in ownership.
  • December - Walt Disney Television Animation is founded.

People

Births

Deaths

Artists joined

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