Monday, December 11, 2023

Disney Celebrates 100 Years of Magic in New ABC 20/20 Special

ABC is marking the 100th anniversary of the beloved Disney franchise with a once-in-a-lifetime documentary event on 20/20. Disney 100: A Century of Dreams, A Special Edition of 20/20.

The two-hour event will commemorate all the magical moments of Disney's past, present and future, featuring "interviews, rare footage and photos, and never-before-heard stories from those who built the Disney Legend," according to an official release. There's also a new sneak peek at an upcoming new Disney theme park attraction.

Here's 20/20's official description of Disney 100: A Century of Dreams:

Disney 100: A Century of Dreams – A Special Edition of 20/20 takes viewers on a magical journey that started in 1923, featuring a century of stories and experiences that will touch the hearts of audiences everywhere. From the creation of the Disney Brothers Studio to modern beloved brands such as Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox, the core DNA of Disney remains the same: storytelling, creativity, innovation and optimism. The special is a celebration of the countless Disney creators, telling the story behind the story that will astonish even the biggest Disney superfans, and viewers will be treated to an inside look at an all-new Disney attraction.

The documentary chronicles all facets of the storied company — from animation to parks to television to music — spotlighting those who have played essential roles in Disney’s history. Starting with the creation of the iconic character Mickey Mouse and unspooling the story of how Walt Disney’s quest to make the very first feature-length animated film, Snow White, nearly bankrupted the young studio, viewers will learn how unbridled determination and imagination became the cornerstones of the Walt Disney Company.

The special features interviews with Disney CEO Bob Iger, the legendary stars of Disney’s critically acclaimed hit musical film “Mary Poppins” Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and Walt Disney’s grandsons Chris Miller and Walter Miller. Award-winning musical collaborators including songwriter Richard Sherman of the Sherman Brothers, legendary recording artist Elton John, composer Alan Menken and singer/songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda discuss the powerful role of music in Disney’s storytelling. Stars from Disney’s animated feature films including Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle) and Ariana DeBose (Asha, “Wish”) talk about voicing the animated musicals. Additional appearances by 
Disney Legends, experts and more.

ABC will air Disney100: A Century of Dreams – A Special Edition of 20/20 on Thursday, Dec. 14 (9 p.m. ET). It will also stream the next day on Hulu and later this month on Disney+.

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