Disney is celebrating 100 years in 2023, and the company is doing so in a very big way to commemorate its centennial! There’s lots in store, including new short film Once Upon a Studio. When is it coming out and where can you watch the production?
The movie will feature 543 characters that we’ll more than likely recognize from more than 85 amazing feature-length and short films we’ve watched through the years, per the Walt Disney Company. Many of the voice actors returned to voice their characters once again. From princes and princesses, heroes and villains, and more, we get to see our favorite animated characters come to life in a new way.
The hand-drawn and CG animation was created to “celebrate 10 decades of storytelling, artistry, and technological achievements.” The short film was directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy, with Yvett Merino and Bradford Simonsen serving as producers on the project. The production features a new rendition of “Feed the Birds” as well, originally sung by Julie Andrews in Marry Poppins.
We’re definitely excited just talking about it! So when is the production making its debut? Where can you watch it? We’ve got the answer for you below. But first, check out the poster!
Disney’s Once Upon a Studio release date (How to watch Disney’s Once Upon a Studio)
Disney’s Once Upon a Studio premieres Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023 on ABC. The short film is only a part of “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disney’s 100th Anniversary Celebration!” event happening on the broadcaster. The night, hosted by Kelly Ripa, begins at 8 p.m. ET with an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos. After that, there will be “exclusive moments” with Ripa, as well as sneak peeks of upcoming Disney projects, per the synopsis. The program of course includes Once Upon a Studio, as well as the broadcast premiere of Encanto! The event runs until 10:30 p.m. ET.
The Walt Disney Company’s exact anniversary is actually the next day, as the Mickey Mouse-led business was founded on Oct. 16, 1923. ABC shared that Disney will celebrate on Oct. 16, 2023 as well with “additional programming across Disney+ and its networks.” But no details have been shared about what those are yet.
The short film takes place at the Walt Disney Animation Studios office in Burbank, California. At the end of the work day when all the artists head home, Mickey and Minnie “step out of a picture on the wall” and gather everyone to take a portrait to commemorate 100 years, per a press release. You can check out a peek at what that’s going to look like in the trailer below!
Disney’s Once Upon a Studio premieres Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023 on ABC.