Today in 1995, Disney and Pixar's first collaboration, Toy Story, was released. The film was a massive critical and commercial success, much to the surprise of those involved with its production, including Steve Jobs. The film went through several massive rewrites, most notably is the fact that Woody was originally a tyrannical, villainous ventriloquist dummy. The film holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has spawned numerous (and, mostly, equally successful and well-received) sequels.
Today in 1940, Disney's masterpiece film Fantasia had its first screening at New York City's Broadway Theater. The film is comprised of several classical music pieces by different composers (Beethoven, Bach, and Tchaikovsky, among others) set to various styles of animation. Over 1,000 artists and technicians worked on the film's animation. The music was performed by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Fantasia has gone on to become one of the most successful and acclaimed animated films of all time.
Today in 1930, Ub Iwerks released Fiddlesticks, his first animated feature since leaving Disney. Fiddlesticks, starring Flip the Frog, was the first cartoon to be released in color and feature sound throughout.