I can’t say I’m fond of it, but a number of people are, and it did launch the film career of one of the most successful comic actors of all time. (And okay, I admit it, there are scenes that make me laugh. Hard.) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective first hit theaters today in 1994.
On a gentler note, Walt Disney pictures gave us its first outing with that silly old bear in 1966, when their short Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day hit theaters in 1966. It later became part of the compilation film, The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh in 1977. The Sherman Brothers — the same guys behind the songs in Mary Poppins — penned the ditties for this one, including the famous opening theme.
And because we’re all about polar opposites here, we also need to mention that the most not-Winnie-the-Pooh song of all time opened today: David Cronenberg’s Videodrome hit theaters in 1983. Long live the new flesh!