Walter Catlett, the voice of J. Worthington Foulfellow in the 1940 classic
Pinocchio, is born in San Francisco, California. Catlett also portrayed Colonel Plug in the 1956 Disney film Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. (Originally a vaudeville performer, Catlett supplied the comic relief in such films as Yankee Doodle Dandee, Bringing Up Baby, and Mr. Deed Goes to Town.)
A race car sponsored by Disney & Pixar and driven by 80-year-old film legend Paul
Newman takes part in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, a motor sport event. (Newman,
an accomplished sports car racer, has appeared in five previous Rolex 24s, winning the GTS-1 class and
finishing third overall in 1995.) Newman is the voice of a 1951 Hudson Hornet in Cars, a Disney/Pixar animated
film to be released in 2006. It is Newman's last race as a professional.
It is announced that the Walt Disney Company will open a third Disney hotel
within Tokyo Disney Resort in 2008. The nine-story high hotel will have about 700 guestrooms
and will be larger than either of the park's other two hotels.
Voice actress Janet Waldo - one of the voices of the grandmother in Disney's Carousel of Progress - is born in Grandview, Washington. (The quintessential voice of the swooning, overly dramatic teenager, cartoon fans know Waldo as the voice of Judy Jetson from The Jetsons, Josie from Josie and the Pussycats, and countless other animated television shows.)
Actor William Phipps, the voice of Prince Charming in the
1950 Cinderella, is born in Indiana. Phipps also played the role of
Quentin in Disney's 1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. (In the early
days of 1950s science-fiction, he was one of the first actors to become identified
with the genre, appearing in such features as Invaders from Mars and
The War of the Worlds.)
Disney Legend Bob Allen is born in Corona, California. He began working for Disney in 1955,
as a ride operator at Disneyland (on the Casey Jr. attraction in Fantasyland), and by 1963 advanced to production
coordinator at Disneyland. In 1970, Allen moved to Florida to serve as director of General Services for Walt Disney
World and was later named vice president of its Resorts Division. He was elected chairman of the Walt Disney
World Operating Committee in 1973, and on January 1, 1977, was promoted to vice president of WDW.
Disney's Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is generally released to
and has been playing at New York's Radio City Music Hall since January 13.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "Fantasy on Skis."
Disney's animated short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
is released along with the live-action feature The Ugly Dachshund. Winnie the Pooh
and the Honey Tree is Disney's first animated treatment of the famous children's books written by A.A. Milne. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it features the voices of Sterling Holloway (as Pooh), Wolfgang's
son Bruce Reitherman (as Christopher Robin), and Sebastian Cabot (as the narrator).
The Ugly Dachshund, a comedy starring Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette, tells the story of a
Great Dane who believes he's a dachshund.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs part 2 of "Shadow of Fear."
Pixar Animation Studios announces that it has developed
a proprietary laser recording system called PIXARVISION for converting
digital computer data into images on motion picture film stock with unprecedented quality. The new system was successfully tested on the 1998 animated hit,
A Bug's Life, and will be used to produce Pixar's future animated features including Toy Story 2.
Super Bowl XXXVI MVP Tom Brady of the New England Patriots appears in a gala parade down Hollywood Boulevard at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.
Walt Disney Records releases the CDs "Sing Along With Disney's Princesses"
and "Jungle Book 2: Songs From the Film and Other Jungle Favorites."
The Disney World special ticketed event "This Is Love: A Royal
Knight to Remember" takes place at the Magic Kingdom.
The 33rd Annual Annie Awards are presented at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Disney's Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch wins for Best Home Entertainment Production. Although Chicken Little is nominated, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit takes home the
Annie for Best Animated Feature.
Musician Jimmy Johnson (not to be confused with Disney Legend Jimmy Johnson) is born in Sheffield, Alabama. A member of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section that was attached
to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Johnson's guitar playing can be heard on records by such legends
as Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. One of Disney's most unusual albums, The Sounds of Christmas (1973),
was conceived by Johnson. The album had a sound-effects-laden story on side 1, featuring a small cast and
original songs, told, sung and directed by Disney studio staffer Pete Renaday. The flip side featured the effects by
themselves - reminiscent of the Disney record Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House.
The Disney television series airs the episode Disneyland's 35th Anniversary
Celebration. The special - presented in a series of sketches - features Tony Danza, Michael Eisner,
Charles Fleischer, Kelsey Grammar, Woody Harrelson, and Frank Oz.
At Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Indianapolis Colts' head coach Tony Dungy and
running back Dominic Rhodes take part in the 37th Disney television ad
following their win over the Chicago Bears, 29-17.
Disney consultant Tim Onosko is born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Known as the go-to guy for
the future, Onosko accurately forecasted how technology altered the entertainment landscape. He helped define
Epcot by steering the theme park's designers toward cutting-edge gadgets. Before joining Walt Disney
Imagineering as a consultant in 1987, Onosko was a journalist who covered technology and pop culture. Later in
life he became a filmmaker.
The classic 1951 film The African Queen helped inspire the design of Disneyland's Jungle Cruise attraction.
Disney's Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue premieres in U.S. theaters. Richard Todd stars as Robert Roy MacGregor, a clan leader in 18th century Scotland attempting to lead his fellow countrymen in a
rebellion against the heavy-handed rule of England's King George I.
Stuart Buchanan - the voice of of Humbert the Huntsman in the 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - passes away in Cleveland, Ohio.
Snow White generally released
The Happiest, Dopiest, Grumpiest, Sneeziest movie of the year.
My sincere appreciation to the members of my staff whose loyalty and creative endeavor made possible this
production. -closing credits of "Snow White" in which Walt Disney thanks his staff
"New technologies are giving us new fields, new areas of expression, new tools for expression. Machines are in fact opening
up a remarkable world for people who ... are finding brand new avenues of expression." -Tim Onosko
The article "DISNEY'S LAND: dream, diversify - and never miss an angle" runs in this
day's edition of The Wall Street Journal. The article describes in great detail how the various
divisions of Walt Disney Productions work.
It's Showtime Day on The New Mickey Mouse Club. Multi-talented musician Scotty Plummer from
San Francisco performs. (A highly regarded banjo player who made a name for himself as a youngster in both the
United States and Canada earning the title "Prince of Banjo," Plummer went on to achieve some international fame
through touring as a headline act with Liberace and backing country singer Eddy Arnold.)
TODAY IS WORLD CANCER DAY
At EPCOT Center, Backstage Magic opens in Communicore East in Future World.
Replacing the Astuter Revue, Backstage Magic features computer operator Julie and her graphic sidekick,
I/O (Input/Output). It demonstrates the process of operating the Audio-Animatronics found throughout the Disney parks.
(The show will run through 1993.)
Disney Channel airs "Raging Bully" the 6th episode of Phineas and Ferb for
the first time.
(Set in Africa during World War I, the film
centers on a riverboat captain - played by Humphrey Bogart - who is persuaded by a
strait-laced missionary - Katharine
Hepburn - to use his boat to attack an
The International Animated Film Society gives out its Annie Awards for 2011, hosted
by Patton Oswalt, the voice of Remy in the Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille.
The Disney/Pixar production of Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice snags four awards - in the categories of
storyboarding by Brian Kesinger, character design by Bill Schwab, music by Michael Giacchino and character
animation by Tony Smeed.
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh is honored with an Annie for storyboarding by Jeremy Spears for an animated feature.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates is awarded as the best animated television production for preschoolers.
Quarterback Joe Flacco leads a Super Bowl Victory parade down Walt Disney World's
Main Street, USA. Yesterday he led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Disney begins a 5-month marketing campaign for its newest animated feature Hercules (to be released in June). A promotional traveling tour called Disney's Hercules Mega Mall Tour, it is sponsored by Chevy Venture.