The Chronicles of Narnia receive Golden Globe nominations for Motion
Picture - Best Original Score and Best Original Song. The 63rd annual
Golden Globe Awards (given by by the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association) will be presented in January 2006.
A special exhibit of more than 50 of Walt Disney’s original World War
II insignia designs has its debut at the National Museum of the United
States Air Force (six miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio).
Kronk's New Groove, a direct-to-video sequel to the 2000 animated
The Emperor's New Groove, is released. (This is veteran voice actor
John Fiedler's final film - as he passed away last June 2005.)
"I thought he (Walt Disney) hired me because I was such a great
singer and dancer. As it turns out, he had heard me in an interview talking about what
was happening to family entertainment. I was decrying the fact that it seemed like no holds were barred anymore in entertainment. ... He knew about the "Van Dyke Show," about our little sitcom, but that's why he called me in, because I said something he agreed with. And I got the part."
-Dick Van Dyke on how he got the role of Bert in Mary Poppins
Emmy Award-winning actor Dick Van Dyke, best known to Disney fans as
Bert the Cockney chimney sweep in the 1964 musical feature Mary Poppins,
is born in West Plains, Missouri. Van Dyke received a Grammy Award in 1964, along with
Julie Andrews, for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins. He hosted such TV specials as Florida's Disney Decade (1981), Donald Duck's 50th Birthday (1984), and Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001). Van
Dyke's Disney credits also include the features Dick Tracy, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., and Never a Dull Moment.
He also took part in Disneyland's annual Christmas Candlelight Procession - in particular Disneyland's 1965
version ... the last Candlelight ceremony that Walt Disney himself attended. A fan of barber shop quartets, Van
Dyke has his own singing group The Vantastix, who performed at the 2011 D23 Expo. (With a career spanning 6 decades, fans know Van Dyke as Rob Petrie from the 1960's TV comedy series The Dick Van Dyke Show, Caractacus Potts in the 1968 feature film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and as Dr. Mark Sloan on the television
series Diagnosis Murder.)
Disney's Alice Comedy Alice's Brown Derby, starring Margie Gay, is released.
Directed by Walt Disney, Julius the cat takes part in a race riding a mechanical horse.
Actor, singer and TV host John Davidson is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
His live-action Disney credits include the musicals The Happiest Millionaire (1967) and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968).
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Guest Star Day with veteran funny man Morey Amsterdam, who in a few years will play the role of Buddy Sorrell on the sitcom
The Dick Van Dyke Show. Many years later Amsterdam will leave his handprints in front of
Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida.
Actor Steve Buscemi, the voices of Wesley in Home on the Range and
Randall Boggs in Monsters, Inc. is born in Brooklyn, New York. He returned to
the role of Randall for the 2013 Monsters University. Buscemi's Touchstone Pictures credits include
the 1988 Armageddon and the 1997 Con Air. Raised in Valley Stream (on Long Island), Buscemi was
a New York City firefighter between 1980-1984. The day after the attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001, he showed up at his old firehouse and volunteered to work at Ground Zero. For the next week he worked
12 hour shifts digging through the rubble in an effort to recover bodies ... anonymously.
(Fans of HBO's Boardwalk Empire know Buscemi for his role of Nucky Thompson.)
Child-actor Johnny Whitaker, who starred in Disney's 1972 Napoleon and Samantha with Jodie Foster, and Snowball Express with Dean Jones, is born in
Van Nuys, California. (TV fans may remember Whitaker for his roles on the 1960s series Family
Affair and the 1970s series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.)
Walt's wife Lily writes his annual birthday letter to sister Ruth. Her opening words include:
"As you have probably surmised things have been a little irregular around here with Walt being ill and so your
birthday remembrance from him is a little late. I know it comes with his best wishes that your day was a nice one
and the hope that you will find something special to get for yourself with this check." Lily writes of her daughters
and grandchildren and assures Ruth that her brother will write as soon as he is back in the office. (Walt will
pass two days later.)
Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, starring Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson,
and Roddy McDowall opens in major U.S. theaters. An apprentice witch, 3 kids and a
cynical con-man search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain during
World War II. The cast also includes veteran British actor Reginald Owen - his final film role. A musical shot
almost entirely on the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California (the castle scenes were shot on location at Corfe
Castle, Dorset, England) the film features live-action and animation. (It will receive 5 Academy Award nominations
- winning one for Best Visual Effects.)
Disney throw its Annual Family Christmas Party for "permanent" employees and
their families at Disneyland.
Disney announces it will begin construction of EPCOT in 1976, instead of 1977 as originally planned.
Christian music performer Steven Curtis Chapman narrates Epcot's Candlelight Processional. (This yearly Epcot event recounts Christ's birth through story and song.)
Nominations are announced for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards.
The Disney/Pixar feature The Incredibles earns one for Best Motion
Picture - Musical or Comedy. It is also announced that Robin Williams (best known
to Disney fans as the voice of the Blue Genie in the 1992 Aladdin) will receive the
Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Winners will be announced in January 2005.)
Because Disney had a spectacular 2006, posting record revenues,
record net income, and record cash flow - The Walt Disney Company
is named SeekingAlpha's Top Media Company of the year.
Young Walt Disney and his
family once lived in
Kansas City (after living in Marceline) in a very small
house at 2706 East Thirty-first Street. Compared to the
large Marceline farmhouse,
the Thirty-first Street home
had only a tiny
vegetable patch -and no
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Fire Chief, directed by Jack King, is released
Donald's fire department, consisting of himself and his nephews, are unable to cope when their own
building goes up in flames!
A special preview of "Disney on Parade," a touring holiday show to debut in Chicago
on Christmas Day, takes place in the Long Beach Arena in California. The preview is for
8,500 underprivileged children in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. Using a mixture of live production,
sound effects, and motion pictures, 100 performers bring "Disney on Parade" to life.
Emmy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer, the voice of Charles
Muntz in the Disney-Pixar animated feature UP, is born in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. Plummer is perhaps best recognized for his role of Captain Georg von
Trapp in the 1965 musical feature The Sound of Music and for the role of John Adams Gates in
the 2004 Walt Disney Pictures release National Treasure.
Touchstone Pictures releases Blaze starring Paul Newman and Lolita Davidovich.
The movie tells the highly-fictionalized story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant Governor of
Louisiana (played by Newman). Brother of assassinated governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long and uncle
of longtime U.S. Senator Russell Long, Earl falls in love with a young stripper named Blaze Starr
(played by Davidovich).
Disney's 1944 animated feature The Three Caballeros is released in the Philippines.
"Mickey was my first introduction to humor and comedy. Mickey's character
was always visually funny to me. He was the good guy." -Dick Van Dyke
You'll beWITCHED! You'll beDAZZLED! You'll be swept into a world of enchantment BEYOND ANYTHING BEFORE!
An exclusive "Pirates Fans First!" event takes place at AMC Downtown Disney 12
theater at the Disneyland Resort. About 500 contest winners are the first to get an exclusive look at the
brand-new trailer for Walt Disney Pictures Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 3D. This is followed with
a group ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction!
In Florida, Mickey Mouse joins a group of VoluntEARS to
deliver nearly 35,000 toys donated by Disney and its
cast members to the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve's Toys for Tots program.
Christmas comes early for some Disney California Adventure
guests when they are treated to a surprise performance by
country singer Brad Paisley in Cars Land.
Paisley's performance is taped for a segment of the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas
Day Parade ABC-TV special (to air December 25). His performance marks
the first time DCA will appear in Disney's annual
TV holiday special.
Disney's Saving Mr. Banks has a limited release on this day to U.S. theaters.
Centering on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film Mary Poppins, the film stars Emma Thompson
as author P. L. Travers and Tom Hanks as filmmaker Walt Disney.
(Saving Mr. Banks will be generally released in the U.S. on December 20.)
Dick Van Dyke celebrates his 90th birthday at Disneyland! The Disney Legend takes part
in a special dedication inside the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and a cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A.
Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host Alan Thicke (best known for his
role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains, which ran
for 7 seasons starting in 1985) passes away at age 69 in Burbank, California.
Thicke co-hosted the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade (now the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade)
with Joan Lunden from 1983 to 1990. In 1987 he starred in the Disney television film Not Quite Human playing the
role of a doctor who creates an android that looks just like a human 17-year-old boy so he may adopt him as his son. In
March 2013, he participated on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, in which he swapped wives with comedian Gilbert Gottfried.