Disney Legend Fred Joerger, a master model maker who
helped create Disneyland's look by molding three-dimensional
models of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Haunted Mansion,
and other attractions, passes away at age 91. Walt Disney
handpicked Joerger back in 1953 to become one of the first three members of WED
Enterprises (today known as Walt Disney Imagineering) along with Harriett Burns
and Wathel Rogers. Joerger's unusual knack for creating gorgeous rockwork out of plaster led to his reputation as
Imagineering's "resident rock expert." Among his rocky mountain highlights; the huge stones featured on the Jungle
Cruise and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Joerger also built miniature sets
and props for Disney motion pictures, including Mary Poppins, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, and 20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea. The "Here Lies Good Old Fred - A Great Big Rock Fell On His Head" Haunted Mansion tombstone is a
tribute to Joerger!
A young Walt Disney forges his parents' signatures to enlist in the American Ambulance Corps (part of the Red Cross) as an ambulance driver. He changes his birth from 1901 to 1900. (Walt's older brother Roy has been in the Navy since June 1917.) The ongoing World War (or the Great War) is currently being fought in Europe involving all the world's great powers. (At 11 a.m. on November 11 1918; "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month"; a ceasefire will come in to effect ending the war ... about a week before young Walt ever reaches France.)
Walt Disney tells journalist & animation historian John Culhane: "The most important aim of any of the fine arts, is to get a purely emotional response from the beholder."
The Wonderful World of Disney airs part 1 of "The Sky's the Limit" on NBC.
Originally airing in January 1975, a family is thrown into turmoil when a grandson convinces his
grandfather to teach him to fly.
Buena Vista Records/Hollywood Records releases Hilary Duff's second album Metamorphosis - which features the single "So Yesterday."
Thousands of fans, along actor with Kyle Massey of That's So Raven, gather at
Toonfest 2006 held at Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The first official fan fest
dedicated to the family-friendly game - Disney's Toontown Online - features contests, games and a parade.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cost Disney over $1.5 million and nearly bankrupt
Retta Scott, the first woman to receive screen credit as an
animator at Walt Disney Studios, passes away in Foster City,
California. First hired in 1938 and assigned to the Story Department, her stunning
sketches caught the eye of Walt Disney who moved her to the Animation Department.
Scott's Bambi credits include the vicious hunting dogs in the sequence where the dogs
pursue Faline and fight with Bambi. She also contributed to Fantasia, Dumbo, and The
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad and appeared on-screen in the Disney live-action studio tour film The Reluctant Dragon. She was laid-off from Disney during a periodic studio downsizing in late 1941, (partially as a result of the infamous Disney animators' strike in the summer of 1941) but was rehired by the Disney Studio in 1942 to once again work in the Story Department. Scott left Disney in 1946 and moved to the East Coast, where she continued to freelance, illustrating Disney publications such as the Big Golden Book edition of Disney's Cinderella. She will be named a Disney Legend in 2000.
"Retta had an astounding ability to draw powerful animals. She seemed to have a keen understanding of their moods and attitudes." -animator Frank Thomas
Hollywood Records recording artist & actress Hilary Duff co-hosts the
seventh annual Teen Choice Awards, broadcast on FOX-TV.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End wins for Choice Movie: Action Adventure, and High School
Musical 2 scores for Choice TV: Movie.
Disney Channel debuts "First Day of High School," the 75th episode of
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Also premiering - two episodes of As the Bell
Rings (based on Quelli dell'Intervallo, a series that airs in Italy) about the lives of
six friends and their tween issues.
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Michael Jeter is born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Fans of Disney's 1997 Air Bud will recognize him as Norman F. 'Norm' Snively/Clown the Hound. Jeter also appeared in the Touchstone Pictures 1993 comedy Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. (The Polar Express, in which Jeter voiced Smokey and Steamer, was his final film role and the movie was dedicated to him.)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is released on DVD, as is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD. Ariel's Beginning is set before the events of the original Little Mermaid, where all music has been banned from the underwater kingdom of Atlantica by King Triton, and his youngest daughter Ariel attempts to challenge this law.
Disney opens its newest exhibit - a hurricane simulator at Epcot which aims to teach visitors how to better protect their homes ahead of dangerous storms. Meteorologists and emergency management experts are among the first to experience the exhibit in the morning before it is opened to the public later in the afternoon.
Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn, the second book in The Kingdom Keepers series set inside the Walt Disney World Resort, written by Ridley Pearson, is published by Disney Book Group.
Voice actor Don LaFontaine is born in Duluth, Minnesota. During his career, La Fontaine will
record over 5,000 movie trailers and over 350,000 television commercials, network promotions, and video
game trailers. His Disney credits will include the animated series Fillmore! and the feature Meet the Robinsons.
"Guys like Fred (Joerger) were kind of the heroes of the next generation of Imagineers."
-Kevin Rafferty (senior show writer and director at Walt Disney Imagineering)
Yet, the film grossed over eight million dollars internationally
when originally released!
Walt Disney and animator Ward Kimball (both railroad enthusiasts) return to the
Studio after a 10-day trip visiting the Chicago Railroad Fair and Henry Ford's
Greenfield Village. The Railroad Fair in Illinois, an event celebrating 100 years of railroad history west of
Chicago, features locomotives, and various lands including - Vacationland, an Indian Village, a New Orleans section,
a Gold Gulch (frontier section) with a haunted house and opera house, as well as shows and a nightly fireworks
display. Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, features four centuries of historic buildings (moved
from their original locations) and laid out in an old fashioned Main Street design. The Wright Brothers' bicycle shop
and Thomas Edison's laboratory are part of the impressive collection of buildings that Ford has assembled. Walt will
be greatly influenced by what he has experienced on this trip.
(The Chicago Railroad Fair was a one-time event, but Greenfield Village continues to offer visitors a trip
back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past.)
A keel laying ceremony is held for the Disney Dream in Papenburg, Germany,
where the new ship is starting to come to life after a lengthy design phase. The keel
laying ceremony - attended by Donald Duck - is a maritime tradition in which the first block of the ship is lowered
into the building dock. Builders then place a coin under the keel for good luck. The Disney Dream is expected to
set sail in early 2011.
"Retta had been a student at Chouinard’s and she used to go with us on our
drawing trips. She could draw as well as any man. One of the things she did on Bambi was a bunch of hound dogs
which was very powerful and frightening." -animator Marc Davis
Disney's Hollywood Pictures releases the comedy Camp Nowhere starring Jonathan
Jackson, Christopher Lloyd, Melody Kay, Andrew Keegan, Marne Patterson, and
Jessica Alba (in her first film role).
The Goofy cartoon Tennis Racquet is released.
Directed by Jack Kinney, this short features a tennis match between Goofy and Goofy ... complete with Goofy
spectators, a Goofy announcer, and a Goofy groundskeeper tending the court during the match.
In memory of Fred Joerger (1913-2005)
In memory of Retta Scott (1916-1990)
As of today, Toy Story 3 has tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney’s
largest international animated release.
Henry Dircks, an English engineer who is considered to have been the main designer
of the projection technique known as Pepper's ghost, is born in Liverpool, England.
It is named after John Henry Pepper who implemented a working version of the device in 1862. Pepper's ghost is
still used today ... in Disney's Haunted Mansion!
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
The Port of San Diego's 2016-17 cruise season begins on this day with the arrival
of Disney Wonder at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal. The 2,700-passenger Disney Wonder
will board guests for a 14-night voyage through the Panama Canal to Port Canaveral, Florida, with stops in
Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; and Cozumel, Mexico.
The Legacy Collection: Mary Poppins is released on Walt Disney Records, to coincide
with the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins. (The Legacy series commemorates distinct anniversaries
of Disney films and the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, containing newly remastered versions of the original and
expanded soundtrack albums.) The second volume in the series (of 14), this three-disc soundtrack features music
from the 1964 film, fifteen demo recordings by the Sherman Brothers & seven "Lost Chords" recordings, and archival
recordings of story meetings held at the Walt Disney Studios.