New York City's Museum of Modern Art premieres a new exhibit
called "Pixar: 20 Years of Animation." It is the largest animation show
the museum has ever done, as well as the first time the material has been seen outside of Pixar's
studios in Northern California. The show's run into 2006 coincides with Pixar's 20th anniversary.
An afternoon story meeting takes place at the Disney Studio.
Walt and his staff discuss Sequence 10 of Pinocchio.
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC. Today is Anything Can Happen Day.
The Disneyland television series presents "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates," starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen. The final of the five
Davy Crockett programs, this episode finds Davy and his crew battling pirates.
Disney's first live-action musical feature film Babes in Toyland, starring
Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, and Ed Wynn is released.
Mother Goose Village is celebrating two of its most beloved citizens, lovely Mary Contrary
(Annette Funicello) and handsome Tom Piper (Tommy Sands), who are about to wed—only the
dastardly Barnaby (Ray Bolger; pictured left) seeks to stop their happiness. Directed by Jack Donohue, the film
is based upon Victor Herbert's popular 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland and adapted by Disney songwriter George Bruns specifically for this production. The film’s climax is the rousing “March of the Wooden Soldiers” sequence, in which a miniaturized Tom leads a toy battalion against Barnaby. Ward Kimball (an avid toy collector) has headed the special unit set up for the making of the more than 100 toys created especially for this scene.
Actor Todd Turquand, a member of the 1977-1978 TV series The New Mickey Mouse Club, is born.
Lilly Disney visits her husband Walt at St. Joseph's Hospital (across from his studio)
in Burbank, California. Although Walt is very ill, she is encouraged by the strength he shows. His brother
Roy pays him a visit at night and they talk about company matters, EPCOT, and Disney
World. Walt looks at the ceiling and points out the design of the new Florida park to a teary-eyed Roy. After he
leaves, Walt asks to have his bed raised so he can look toward the nearby Disney Studios. At Roy's
orders, every one of the studio's lights is left on to shine through the night.
Tasha Danner, a member of the Disney Channel's
The All New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Indiana.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs "The Christmas Star." An escaped convict
named Horace McNickle (played by Edward Asner) hides out in a suburban neighborhood and is
befriended by two neighborhood children who think he is the real Santa Claus.
The second official "Toad In" takes place at Walt Disney World's Fantasyland. Supporters of the ill-fated Mr. Toad attraction pass out "Save Mr. Toad" buttons.
After many delays, the first phase of Walt Disney
World's Pop Century Resort (the Classic Years 1950s-
90s) finally opens for business. Located at 1050
Century Drive, the resort is adjacent to the Wide World
of Sports Complex and near Disney-MGM Studios.
Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition DVD is released. Bonus material includes an all-
new animated short hosted by Julie Andrews.
Also released on DVD is The Princess Dairies 2: Royal Engagement.
Disney's newest musical production On The Record comes to the Lousiville
Palace in Kentucky for 6 days.
Toon Disney kicks off its very first "12 Days of Christmas" event.
The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort announces an expansion plan
which will add 3 new attractions for 2007 and 2008. It's A Small World for early 2008, a
brand new parade for Summer 2007, and a New Animation Academy on Mainstreet USA.
Babes in Toyland (released This
Day in 1961) marked the first time Disney’s licensees had the
opportunity to manufacture toys
that were actually seen in a movie.
The Fairy Princess doll played with by Annette Funicello in the "Just a Toy"
number was designed for the film
by Uneeda Doll Co., and 367
other items, including puzzles, puppets,
Colorforms, costumes, and games
were manufactured by 45
in the promotion.
Actress/singer Vanessa Anne Hudgens - Gabriella Montez on Disney Channel's
High School Musical - is born in Salinas, California. She also appeared in 4
episodes of Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
The Little Mermaid is released in Peru.
Disney Family Night at High School Musical takes place at the
Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
MGM releases their version of Babes in Toyland, featuring Laurel & Hardy. Also known as March of the Wooden Soldiers, a scene features the Three Little Pigs and a costumed child dressed like Mickey Mouse! The Hal Roach Studios has obtained permission from Disney to use the characters.
Turner Classic Movies airs an all-new original documentary entitled The Age of
Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury (who played Miss Price in Disney's 1973
Bedknobs and Broomsticks). The documentary - from FitzFilm, Inc. and writer/producer/director Peter
Fitzgerald - follows Disney's history as it ventured beyond its animation legacy to non-animated family features.
Disney's Donald Duck short Bee on Guard is released. Directed by Jack Hannah, Buzz-Buzz the bee must protect his hive against Donald's honey harvesting!
Disney's 1944 animated feature The Three Caballeros is released in West Germany.
"I didn’t have a formal education to speak of. I had only one year of art in night school. But the way to get an
education is to do something. You get yourself into a problem, and you’ll do the research to solve it. I have a
feeling that’s what’s missing in our schools—the tackling of the hard job, then the series of ‘Ahh…I see now
where I was off’. That’s how you learn." -Walt Disney
The happiest, most delightful musical comedy of your lifetime!
The Silly Symphony short Broken Toys, directed by Ben Sharpsteen, is released to theaters. Discarded toys at the city dump, led by a toy sailor, decide to repair themselves!
Buena Vista world premieres the live-action comedy feature film Superdad, directed by Vincent McEveety. Worried father Charlie McReedy (played by Bob Crane) tries to wrest his daughter Wendy (Kathleen Cody) from her childhood sweetheart Bart (Kurt Russell), of whom he disapproves. The cast also includes Barbara Rush, Joe Flynn, Dick Van Patten, and Bruno Kirby (making his on-screen debut).
Disney releases the animated featurette Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Burton.
A parody of and a homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein, this time Victor Frankenstein is a young boy who brings
his pet dog Sparky back to life! (In 2012 Burton will remake this story into a full-length feature.)
Disney and ABC Studios receive a total of nine Golden Globe nominations.
Among the nominations -
Alice in Wonderland:
Best Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical, Best Original Score, &
Best Actor - Comedy or Musical (for Johnny Depp)
Toy Story 3 and Tangled:
both up for Best Animated Feature Film
The 68th Annual Golden Globes, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be televised
Versatile comedian, writer, lyricist, producer and supreme jokester
Morey Amsterdam is born in San Francisco, California. Best known for his
creation of the character Buddy Sorrell in the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1961-1966), Amsterdam appeared in a 1955 episode of Mickey Mouse Club. In 1968 he hosted
a "Family Night" concert featuring Disneyland performers at the Hollywood Bowl and appeared in
Disney's comedy feature The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit (as Charlie Blake). Amsterdam starred in Believe You
Can ... And You Can! a 1983 television special about Disneyland's renovated Fantasyland and later left his
handprints in front of Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Disney-MGM (today known as Disney's Hollywood Studios).
The Other Side of Heaven, a film produced by Academy Award winner Gerald R.
Molen and directed by Mitch Davis, is released by Walt Disney. The movie focuses on a
young man named John H. Groberg (played by Christopher Gorham) and his adventurous experiences and trials
while serving as a missionary in the South Pacific during the 1950s. Anne Hathaway portrays Jean, Groberg's
sweetheart who he has left behind in Idaho.
English-Irish stage and screen actor Peter O'Toole, well known for his role as
British Army officer T. E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic adventure drama film
Lawrence of Arabia (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for
Best Actor), passes away in London at age 81. He played Robin MacGregor in the
1960 Disney film Kidnapped and voiced Anton Ego in the 2007 animated Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille.
Five thousand invited guests experience the Hollywood premiere of Star Wars: The
Force Awakens on this Monday evening. Three theaters; the iconic TCL Chinese (where the
original Star Wars premiered in 1977), the Dolby, and Disney's El Capitan roll out red carpets for the premiere of
the hugely anticipated film. A half-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard is closed to traffic and a giant opaque tent
lines four blocks of the famous thoroughfare. The Force Awakens will open to the public Friday, December 18.
Welsh film and television actor Bernard Fox passes away at age 89 in Van Nuys,
California. He supplied the voices for both Chairman and Doctor Mouse for Disney's 1990 animated feature
The Rescuers Down Under, the follow-up to the 1977 The Rescuers for which he also voiced Mr. Chairman.
Fox's live-action Disney credits include Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and The Million Dollar Duck.
(He was best known for his television roles of Dr. Bombay from Bewitched, and the naive, bumbling Colonel
Crittendon on Hogan's Heroes.)