February 6, 1943: The first of the 1940s package films arrives in Saludos Amigos. The Latin-America-inspired production features four segments: Lake TiticacaPedroEl Gaucho Goofy, and Aquarela do Brasil. It netted Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Best Score, and Best Song in the title track.

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Sheet music from the final segment of Disney’s first wartime package film


February 3, 1945: Donald takes the lead in the second of the Latin-American-based films, The Three Caballeros. The four short films included are The Cold-Blooded PenguinThe Flying GauchitoBaia, and La Pinata. The production was nominated for Best Sound and Best Score.

War Bond

War bond featuring Jose Carioca alongside many other beloved Disney stars


April 20, 1946: Make Mine Music is released, a feature consisting of ten shorts: The Martins and the CoysBlue BayouAll the Cats Join InWithout YouCasey at the BatTwo SilhouettesPeter and the WolfAfter You’ve GoneJohnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet, and The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met. It is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film not to receive any formal recognition from the Academy.

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Disneyland Records release of one of the most popular segments of the film


September 27, 1947: The second animated feature to include Mickey Mouse, Fun and Fancy Free debuts. The story of Bongo, a lovable escaped circus bear, is followed by the re-worked fairy tale Mickey and the Beanstalk.

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This song appears in the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment


May 27, 1948: The third music-centered feature (after Fantasia and Make Mine Music), Melody Time, opens in theaters. The following seven story segments are included: Once Upon a WintertimeBumble BoogieThe Legend of Johnny AppleseedLittle TootTreesBlame It on the Samba, and Pecos Bill.

Melody Time

Sheet music for the film’s title track


October 5, 1949: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, last of the Wartime-Era package films, hits screens across the country. As the title indicates, the feature includes two stories: The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

1955 July Library Card

Master animator Walt Stanchfield, as pictured on this Walt Disney Studio Library checkout card from 1955, began his storied career with The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad


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