Date: March 1998 - March 2002
   
Description:

In March 1998, Michelle signed an exclusive 4 year deal with Walt Disney Network Television. Under the terms of the agreement Michelle is exclusive to Walt Disney Network Television and ABC to appear in ice skating specials. Four primetime specials starring Michelle are planned over the four years. Michelle said, "I've grown up with Disney. Now to be a part of the Disney family is a dream come true." Paul Villadolid, senior vice president, Specials and Non-Fiction Programming for Walt Disney Network Television, who was instrumental in bringing Michelle to the studio said, "This is the most comprehensive television deal ever signed with a figure skater. Michelle's grace and classic elegance lend themselves perfectly to television. We look forward to producing some wonderful specials with her over the next several years."

   
Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music of Disney's Mulan
   
Description:

In the middle of the Champions on Ice Tour, on May 19, 1998, Michelle debuted an exhibition program to "Reflection", a song from Disney's animated feature, "Mulan." The version that Michelle skated to was not on the soundtrack, but a longer version of the song. At the same time, it was announced that Michelle would star in the first of her primetime specials for ABC, Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music of Disney's Mulan. The show was filmed over 6 days in June. Other skaters in the special were Philippe Candeloro, Michael Weiss, and Elizabeth Punsalan & Jerod Swallow, with a cameo by Michelle's sister, Karen. Along with the skating, clips from the movie were shown, and the actors whose voices were used in the flim spoke a little about the movie. The special was first shown on ABC on Tuesday, June 16, 1998, from 8-9 PM, and received a 4.8 rating, and 9 share, meaning 7 million people watched the special. It was rebroadcast twice on Friday, June 26, at 9 PM, and received a 4.2 rating and 9 share, with 6.7 million people watching. Michelle appeared on a variety of talk shows to promote the special (see below for transcripts.)

   
Songs:

Suite From Mulan
Honor to Us All
Reflection (Lea Salonga version)
A Girl Worth Fighting For
True to Your Heart
Mulan's Decision
The Huns Attack
Blossoms
Reflection (Christina Aguilera version)

   
Articles:

Kwan glides into 'Mulan' role on ice
Kwan studies, skates, debuts in TV special
Michelle Kwan can relate to 'Mulan'

   
Transcripts:

Regis and Kathie Lee (5/18/98)
Good Morning America (5/18/98)
Vibe (6/14/98)
Entertainment Tonight (6/14/98)
LA News (6/15/98)

Mulan : From Legend to Life (6/21/98)
Interview on the CBC version (6/24/98)

   
Screen captures :

Main screen
Diane's screen captures
Richard's screen captures

   
Photos:

4 pictures from Mulan special (warning, long wait)
Cover of IFS magazine
Smiling in her soldier costume
Serious soldier costume
Another in her soldier costume
With Pat Morita, and Philippe
Spiral during Reflections
With Philippe and Michael Weiss
TV Listing for special
Links to Other Photo Pages for ROI
Mulan Photo Gallery

   
Other:

IMDb's listing for ROI
COI Reviews of Michelle's Mulan Program
Fans Comments on Michelle's Mulan Special

   
Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits
   
Description:

Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits, Michelle's second special, was announced in November 1998 and filmed December 18-22. The music used in the special were inspired by Disney's 75 year history of music from live-action and animated films. Oksana Baiul, Ilia Kulik, and Elvis Stojko were also in the special, with appearances by Michelle's sister, Karen. To select the songs that were used in the special, Internet users were able to vote for their favorite Disney songs during the month of November. The top 10 songs were announced for the first time during the special, with Michelle skating to the number one song. A few songs not in the top 10 were also skated to in the special. About the special, Michelle said, "Making this special was an absolute blast! Working with three great champions and skating to some of the most popular songs ever was like a dream come true. People are used to seeing me in serious competitions, but they're going to see a totally different side of me in this special." The special aired on ABC on Friday, March 5, 1999, from 8-9 PM, and received a 6.6 rating, and 12 share, meaning 9.9 million people watched the special.

   
Songs: Top Ten Songs
* means Michelle skated to the song

  1. * Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
  2. * Reflection from Mulan
  3. Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast
  4. * Circle of Life from The Lion King
  5. I'll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan
  6. Love Will Find A Way from The Lion King: Simba's Pride
  7. The Age of Not Believing from Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  8. You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story
  9. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah from Song of the South
  10. * The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book

Other songs Michelle skated to in the special:

Go the Distance from Hercules
He Lives in You from The Lion King: Simba's Pride
Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid
Everybody Wants to Be a Cat from Aristocats
I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book
Friend Like Me from Aladdin
I Put a Spell on You from Hocus Pocus

   
Articles:

NBC Finds Friday Victory Behind "Providence"
Blue Glow (scroll down to "Specials")
A First-Rate February
Production Has Wrapped on `Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits' as the Reigning World Champion Returns to the Ice for Her Second Disney Special
Leg injury to slow Stojko's comeback
Producers Take to the Web for Fan Feedback
Baiul hopes to compete in 2002 Olympics

   
Transcripts:

Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2/16/99)
Donny and Marie (3/5/99)

   
Screen captures :

Jenny's screen captures
Diane's screen captures
figure-skating.com screen captures

   
Photos:

Michelle voting online
Ad for Disney's Greatest Hits
Sitting on seashell
Header for special
In peach and white costume
Group photo from swing number
With Sarah Kawahara
Cover of SF Chronicle TV Week
Cover of June 1999 issue of BOI
Links to Other Photo Pages for the special

   
Other:

Official site for Disney's Greatest Hits
IMDb's listing for Disney's Greatest Hits

   
Michelle Kwan: Princess on Ice
   
Description:

Michelle Kwan: Princess on Ice, Michelle's third special, was announced in the fall of 2000, and was filmed December 16-18. It was thought that the special would feature the different princesses throughout Disney's history, and it did. The special was more "MTV-ish" than the past specials using fancy lighting and camera tricks. Michelle also displayed a wide array of hair styles and costumes. The bands O-Town and SHeDAISY each performed twice in the special. The special aired on Saturday, January 20, 2001 on ABC, from 8-9 PM, and received a 4.6 rating, and 8 share, meaning about 6.7 million people watched the special.

From January 12-22, Disney auctioned off some of the items from the special through ebay. Items include costumes, sketches of costumes, and 6 pairs of skates signed by Michelle. Another auction took place in February.

   
Songs:

Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid
Body Rock by Moby
Liquid Dreams by O-Town
Before Me and You by SHeDAISY
A Whole New World from Aladdin
Dancing with Angels by SHeDAISY
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella

   
Articles:

J Records' First Release Soundscan Charts At #1
TV Guide Fall Preview issue: "Look Sharp!"
Disney presents Michelle Kwan: Princess on Ice
Katarina Witt Sounds Off on Divas

CBS, 'District' Win Saturday
O-Town's Sizzling Debut Album Hits Stores January 23rd
CBS, 'District' Win Saturday

   
Screen captures :

Diane's screen captures

   
Photos:

"Princess on Ice" Logo
Banner Ad for special
With Ilia Kulik from "Before Me and You"
With O-town
With Dorothy Hamill and Katarina Witt
Skating to "Cinderella"
Kiss the Girl
Kiss the Girl promo picture
"A Whole New World"
Links to Other Photo Pages for the special

   
Other:

IMDb's listing for Princess on Ice
Items auctioned by Disney on ebay


Last updated March 6, 2002

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