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The Wright Brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. From 1905 to 1907, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

Although they never existed during the times of movies, Orville from The Rescuers and his brother, Wilbur from its 1990 sequel were named after them and they were portrayed by the Wilson brothers: Owen (as Wilbur) and Luke (as Orville) in the 2004 Disney live-action movie, Around the World in 80 Days. They were mentioned in an episode of I Didn't Do It.

Role in Around the World in 80 Days

The Wright Brothers are first seen riding their carriage in the desert until they come across a man and a woman screaming for help when they lost one of their carriage wheels and their other friend hadn't returned. Wilbur sarcastically tells the man to "go be crazy someplace else" because he's blocking their path until Orville finally recognizes him as Phileas Fogg, the man planning to travel around the world in 80 days. The Wright Brothers introduce themselves to him and the woman named Monique LaRoche and admit they're his biggest fans and they got a lot of money riding on him to win his bet. Orville then shows Fogg their plans of building their first planes. After Wilbur and Fogg have a small discussion, Fogg finally states that Orville has mastered the cable steering system. Then, Monique asks the brothers if they've seen their missing friend, Passepartout on their way. When they ask if he's the half-naked Chinese guy they saw running around, wearing a cow skull, and singing Frere Jacques, Monique recognizes him as their friend. Then, they say that they found him and that he's in the back of their wagon. Later, the brothers have fixed Fogg's wheel and wish him good luck in winning the bet. Then, the brothers continue their journey to fulfill their dreams of becoming the first men to invent the first models of airplanes.

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