November 26 - Toy Story 2 is the #1 movie in North America

On this day in 1999, Toy Story 2 finished its opening weekend in the theaters as the number 1 movie in the continent as it grossed $57,388,839 over the three day period. The movie would go on to become the third highest grossing film of 1999, and at the time became the second highest grossing animated film in history (Lion King).

The movie kept many of the same characters from the original Toy Story, while adding John Cusack and Kelsey Grammer who voiced the roles of Jessie and Stinky Pete, respectively. The movie was met with huge critical acclaim and is considered one of the best Disney-Pixar films of all time.

After it's run in theaters, Toy Story 2 would go on to make over $485 million worldwide, far surpassing the original movie.




November 20 - Issac Hayes hits #1 with "Theme from Shaft"

Who is the man that would risk his neck
For his brother man?
SHAFT!
Can you dig it?

You better dig it! As on this day 39 years ago, Issac Hayes hit the top of the US Charts with his iconic theme song for the hit movie "Shaft". Much like the movie, the song was a huge success as it also peaked at #4 in the UK and won a Grammy Award for "Best Original Film Score".

The song was used again for the 2000 remake of Shaft which starred actor Samuel L. Jackson. Aside from the Shaft series, the theme song has been used in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "The Simpsons", "Sesame Street", and many other hit TV shows.

Perhaps the songs greatest accomplishment is that many people believe that the song is more iconic than the movie itself. We find it tough to argue that!

Shaft? You damn right.




November 10 - Sesame Street Debuts on PBS

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?

Chances are if you grew up anywhere near a TV over the last 41 years, you can tell me exactly how to get to Sesame Street. The iconic children's program has produced over 4200 episodes and has introduced us to classic characters such as "Oscar the Grouch", "Cookie Monster", and "Elmo" just to name a few. The show has won eight Grammy Awards and 118 Emmy Awards--the most ever for a children's show.

American puppeteer, Caroll Spinney, has been with Sesame Street since 1969, as he plays both Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird.

In 2008, it was reported that approx. 77 million Americans had watched the show as a child, and 95% of all American preschoolers had watched the show before they were three years old.





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