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May 1, 1940
Walter E. Disney receives patent #2,201,689 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, for the "art of animation" camera. The multiplane camera allows for a more realistic three-dimensional image as well as depth and richness to the animation.

May 3, 1929
Disney completes the Mickey Mouse film "When the Cat's Away", where Minnie Mouse also appears. This film is a remake of the Alice Comedy film 'Alice Rattled by Rats'.

May 4, 2001
For 4 consecutive weekends beginning on this day, the Disney-MGM Studios joins forces with Lucasfilm Ltd. to present the second annual Star Wars Weekends.


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May 12, 1915
Animator Tony Strobl is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked on "Fantasia," "Dumbo," and "Pinocchio" before being drafted for World War II.

May 12, 1932
Goofy makes his first appearance as Dippy Dawg in the Mickey Mouse film, "Mickey's Revue."

May 12, 1936
Actor/comedian George Carlin is born in New York City. He was the voice of Zugor in "Tarzan II" and Fillmore in "Cars."


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May 14, 1944
Filmmaker George Lucas is born in Modesto, California. His popular "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" adventure movies will be the inspiration for Disney attractions.

May 14, 2004
Starting today, Star Wars characters come to life at Disney's MGM Studios for 5 consecutive weekends.

May 14, 2009
Disney begins its "Friends for Change: Project Green" environmental initiative. A total of 29 Disney Channel stars, including Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez, unite to urge kids to make everyday changes that will ultimately save our planet.

May 15, 2009
The Serengeti storms Las Vegas as the stage version of "The Lion King" kicks off a year-long run at the Mandalay Bay Theater. Disney Theatrical Productions, responsible for this and other Broadway hits like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Mary Poppins," celebrates its 15th anniversary.

May 18, 2003
Disney/Pixar's "Finding Nemo" premieres in Hollywood, California.


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May 19, 1971
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes debut in Disneyland.

May 20, 1973
Walt Disney World's Tom Sawyer Island, the Tom Sawyer Rafts, and the Plaza Swan Boats all first open at the Magic Kingdom.

May 21, 1928
Walt Disney's trademark application for "Mickey Mouse" is filed with the United States Patent Office.

May 23, 1922
Walt Disney incorporates Laugh-O-gram Films, using the remaining assets of Iwwerks-Disney Commercial Artists, and $15,000 from local investors.

May 28, 2009
Destined to win the prestigious "Most Balloons on Screen at Once" Award (in addition to "Most Lovable Characters"), Disney·Pixar's "Up" is released in theaters. It's the Company's 10th collaborative film and features over 10,000 balloons.


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