June 20, 1941: The Reluctant Dragon debuts in theaters. The film is predominantly live-action, interspersed with animated segments, taking audiences on a tour of the newly-completed Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.
July 17, 1943: The wartime propaganda film Victory Through Air Power is released. It is the first real educational film ever produced and was influential in shaping such powerful world leaders’ views on military strategy as Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In addition, it picked up an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
November 12, 1946: Another combined live-action-animation film is released in Song of the South. The film receives nominations in two categories: Best Score and Best Song, winning the latter with “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” In addition, James Baskett is honored with a special Academy Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus. The film, however, remains a subject of controversy for its portrayal of slavery in the American South.
The Academy Award winner for Best Song
November 28, 1948: So Dear to My Heart follows the live-action-animation recipe and is nominated for an Academy Award (Best Song: “Lavender Blue”). Bobby Driscoll, who also starred in Song of the South also receives a special Juvenile Award for his role as Jerry Kincaid.
Sheet music for the Oscar-nominated song
August 29, 1964: Walt Disney’s pièce de résistance Mary Poppins is released to the public. It earns a studio-record thirteen Academy Award nominations and is the only film in Walt’s lifetime to get a nod in the Best Picture Category. It takes home the Oscar for Best Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Original Musical Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for the Sherman Brothers’ “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”
Studio fan card featuring the film’s two stars, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke
Dick-Van-Dyke signed print
December 13, 1971: Bedknobs and Broomsticks is released, one week before Roy O. Disney’s death. The film is nominated for five Academy Awards, winning the Oscar for Best Special Visual Effects.
December 16, 1977: Academy-Award-nominated (Best Song in “Candle on the Water” and Best Original Song Score) Pete’s Dragon debuts.
June 22, 1988: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? hits theaters. The ambitious combination-animation-live-action project brings numerous studios’ cartoon characters together for the first time. It is released under the Touchstone imprint in association with Steven Spielberg and directed by Robert Zemeckis and goes on to win four Oscars: Film Editing, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects, and an award for Special Achievement in Animation.
November 21, 2007: Enchanted, a film that satires the classic Disney animated fairy tale, opens nationwide. It receives three Oscar nods in the Best Song category for “Happy Working Song,” “So Close,” and “That’s How You Know.”
December 19, 2018: Sequel Mary Poppins Returns is released nearly fifty-five years after the original.