Disney in 1930 | Everything that Happened

Last Updated on: February 18th, 2024

Disney 1930 Movies ShowsThe Walt Disney Company has a rich and lengthy history with decades of amazing movies, shows and park experiences. To commemorate Disney’s 100th birthday this year, I am spotlighting the company’s history year by year in this new ‘Disney by the Years’ series.

Here is a quick rundown of everything that happened in the world of Disney in the year 1930. I hope you find this lookback in time helpful and entertaining.

Disney 1930 Company Headlines:

Beyond movies, a few other notable headlines for the Disney Company in 1930 included:

  • The publication of the first Mickey Mouse comic strip in the New York Mirror.
  • The first Mickey Mouse Clubs are established.

The theme of 1930 was the company pushing Mickey Mouse across every medium. The character was very young, but his popularity was growing rapidly and Walt and Roy were looking for ways to capitalize as much as possible.

Disney 1930 Movies Headlines:

In 1930, Disney was still seven years from its first major theatrical release, but the company did release a number of Silly Symphony shorts to theaters during the year. These included:

  • Arctic Antics
  • Autumn
  • Cannibal Capers
  • Fiddling Around
  • Frolicking Fish
  • Midnight in a Toyshop
  • Minnie’s Yoo Hoo
  • Monkey Melodies
  • Night
  • Pioneer Days
  • Playful Pan
  • Summer
  • The Barnyard Concert
  • The Cactus Kid
  • The Chain Gang
  • The Fire Fighters
  • The Gorilla Mystery
  • The Picnic
  • The Shindig
  • Winter

A few iconic Disney characters made their first appearances in 1930 such as Pluto (in The Chain Gang), Mortimer Mouse (The Barnyard Concert) and Clarabelle Cow (Mickey Mouse comic strip).

That’s all for 1930. Stay tuned for in-depth looks at additional years in the very near future!

About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.