The Wonderful World of Disney airs
"Meredith Wilson's The Music Man" starring Matthew Broderick
(a 3-hour new presentation of the classic musical).
Ventriloquist, actor & radio performer Edgar Bergen (famous for
his wooden puppet sidekick Charlie McCarthy) is born Edgar
John Berggren in Chicago, Illinois. His Disney credits include the TV shows
Disneyland '59 and One Hour in Wonderland. Bergen also portrayed himself in the 1947 Fun and Fancy Free (narrating the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" segment). That same year Walt Disney himself was a guest on Bergen's popular radio show. Just prior to his death in 1978, Bergen filmed scenes for the 1979 release The Muppet Movie. Although not the
most technically skilled ventriloquist – Charlie McCarthy frequently twitted him for moving his lips – Bergen was loved for
his superb sense of comedic timing. (Edgar Bergen is the father of actress Candice Bergen.)
Newsweek features an article on the Disney Studios and their latest hit
Peter Pan. At the end of the article, it is announced that after the next animated
feature, Lady and the Tramp, that Beauty and the Beast and Walt Kelly's Pogo
the Possum are possibilities for future Disney animated features.
The Disneyland television series presents "Cavalcade of Songs," a look at Disney
music and its importance in film. Guests include singer/songwriter Peggy Lee, songwriter Sonny Burke,
the Mellomen (a vocal group featuring Thurl Ravenscroft), and the Firehouse Five (a musical group made up of
Annette Funicello sings "O Dio Mio" (written by Al Hoffman and Dick
Manning) on TV's American Bandstand. Disney's most popular cast member of the
1950s Mickey Mouse Club, Funicello is still under contract with Disney. Although uncomfortable
being thought of as a singer, she has had a string of hit records. (Songwriter Hoffman co-wrote
much of the music for the 1950 Cinderella.)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh," starring Patrick McGoohan. A three-part miniseries, McGoohan plays Dr. Syn, an 18th
century country priest who leads a rebel band against the King's naval press gangs.
Disney's Mickey's Christmas Carol is nominated for an Academy Award (Short
Film, Animated). It will be edged out by Sundae in New York, a clay-animated film.
Sharon M. Disney Lund, the second daughter of the late Walt Disney, passes away of
complications from cancer at age 56. She had been a director of The Walt Disney Company since 1984
and an officer of Retlaw Enterprises Inc., a successor to the corporation her father organized in 1952 for certain
personal business ventures. (California Institute of the Arts will later rename its school of dance THE SHARON
DISNEY LUND SCHOOL OF DANCE following a gift of $11 million from the Sharon D. Lund Foundation.)
The Disney Channel airs For Our Children: The Concert, the same day Walt Disney
Records releases the album "For Our Children: The Concert." A group of stars and musicians
come together to perform a live concert to benefit The Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The concert
features TV stars Mayim Bialik and Neil Patrick Harris and such musical guests as Melissa Etheridge, Paula Abdul,
Randy Newman and Bobby McFerrin.
Disney commits $500,000 to create GOALS, a program designed to offer
organized athletics, supplementary education and community service to local
Under a drizzly afternoon sky, Mickey Mouse, President of the Disneyland
Resort Cynthia Harriss, the Disneyland Resort Millennium Ambassador
Team of Dorell Mitter and Jennifer Simis, over 600 school children and Disneyland cast
members all gather in front of the Disneyland Main Street Train Station to begin Disneyland's 45th Anniversary celebration. As part of the festivities inaugurating a yearlong celebration
of "45 Years of Magic" at Disneyland, singer-songwriter Kenny Logins makes a special appearance performing his new song "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" from The Tigger Movie.
Disney's Recess: School's Out (based on the cartoon series) is released in theaters.
TJ (voiced by Andrew Lawrence) and his friends must save summer vacation from disappearing forever!
The voice cast includes James Woods, Pamela Segall, Melissa Joan Hart and April Winchell.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Motocrossed, about a girl named Andrea
Carson (played by Alana Austin) who loves motocross, debuts.
The live stage show "Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross" gives its
final performance at Disney-MGM Studios' amphitheater. The show has been
running since May 1990; just prior to the June 1990 Touchstone release of Dick Tracy. (A Disneyland
version of the show ran from June to December of last year.)
Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's live-action feature Bridge to Terabithia, based
on the Katherine Paterson novel, is released. Directed by Gabor Csupo, young Jess Aarons (Josh
Hutcherson) and Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb), both tired of being bullied at school and neglected at home, escape
into the woods where Leslie opens Jess’s mind to the amazing kingdom of Terabithia ... a secret land where they reign
supreme. The film also features Zooey Deschanel, Robert Patrick and Kate Butler.
Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life
is 145 feet tall. It has 45 secondary
branches that lead to 756 tertiary
branches. With 7,891 end branches,
the entire structure is covered with
102,583 manmade leaves, each of
which is more than a foot long!
Disney's President's Day Fastpitch Open kicks off at Disney's Wide World
of Sports in Florida. The 3-day tournament is sanctioned by the Amateur Softball Association of America.
Actor, singer, puppeteer, and dancer John Tartaglia - the last to play the role of Lumiere in Disney's Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast - is born in Maple
Shade, New Jersey. He is also the creator, executive producer, and star of his own television show for
Playhouse Disney entitled Johnny and the Sprites. (Coincidentally, Tartaglia also portrayed Pinocchio ... but
for the Broadway show Shrek, The Musical.)
Actor James Baskett, Uncle Remus in Disney's Song of the South, is
born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Baskett supported himself as an actor, moving from his
home town to New York City where he joined the company of Bill Robinson, better known
as Mr. Bojangles. As Jimmie Baskette, he appeared on Broadway with Louis Armstrong in the
all-black musical revue Hot Chocolates in 1929. In 1945, he auditioned for a bit
part dubbing one of the animals for a new Disney feature based on the Uncle Remus stories.
Walt was so impressed with Baskett's talent, that he hired him on the spot for the lead role of
Uncle Remus - thus making Baskett the first live actor ever hired by Disney to play in a feature
film. The crowning achievement of his career, Baskett won an honorary Academy Award in
1948 for his role of Uncle Remus (after some lobbying by popular Hollywood columnist
Hedda Hopper). This made Baskett not only the first black male to ever win an Oscar, but
also the first actor to win an Academy Award (although an honorary one) for a performance in a Walt Disney film.
Disneyland's 45th Anniversary begins
Disney Channel debuts their newest original TV movie Dadnapped to 4.6 million
viewers. Melissa (played by Emily Osment) has a bad case of sibling rivalry, only her competition is a fictional
character in her father's best-selling novel about a teenage super spy. When her father (George Newbern) is
"dadnapped" by a group of overzealous fans, it's up to Melissa to help him by tapping her inner superhero! Dadnapped
also features Disney Channel favorites David Henrie, Jason Earles, Moisés Arias and Phill Lewis.
"Certainly Edgar Bergen's work with Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd was magic, magic in the real sense. Something happened when Edgar spoke through Charlie, things were said that couldn't be said by ordinary people. It's a way of looking at ourselves and our world in a fresh perspective. That's what theater does and what humor does and what Edgar Bergen did. He left this world a happier place because he was here, and I think that's about the finest thing a person can do with his life." -Muppet creator Jim Henson
Disney's It's Tough To Be A Bird is nominated for an Academy Award in
the Short Subjects, Cartoons category. Directed by Ward Kimball, the film offers a humorous
look at birds and the ways people perceive them. The 42nd Academy Awards will be presented April 7.
Upon California Adventure closing for the day, nearly 300 Cast Members representing
the two parks and the resort hotels participate in the 12th annual Flashback, a
Broadway-style musical at Hyperion Theatre. In honor of the resort’s 55th anniversary, the theme of
this year’s production is "Class of 55." The show (performed over 2 nights) is composed of four mini musicals
themed to Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. (The annual Cast event will raise about
$10,000 for charities that support children.)
Patty Andrews, one-third of the popular singing trio
The Andrews Sisters, is born in Mound, Minnesota. Aside from
frequently playing themselves in movies, the sisters sold over 60 million records
and lent their singing voices to Disney's Make Mine Music (1946) and Melody Time (1948). The trio also cut a version of "I've Got No Strings" (a song first heard in Pinocchio) with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1940.
Episode 23 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs. Mouseketeers Allison and Pop visit the
KMPC radio station in Hollywood, where Gary Owens gives them a tour of the KMPC record library and
newsroom, and invites them to participate in his afternoon radio show. The Mouseka-Movie Special features
Baloo the bear, singing "Bare Necessities" from the animated film Jungle Book.
Comedian Phyllis Diller hosts this day's episode of The Mickey Mouse Factory.
"Spooks and Magic" finds Mickey, Donald and Goofy trying to rid Diller's house of unwanted ghosts!
In Memory of Sharon Disney (1936-1993)
The brand new cruise ship Disney Fantasy sets sail for New York with a
fireworks salute on its first voyage after sea trials in January. The Fantasy was
built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany, the second of two new ships for the
Disney Cruise Line, to be based in Port Canaveral, Florida. The ship will make its inaugural voyage
from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean on March 31.
The series finale of Good Luck Charlie, "Good Bye Charlie," airs on the
Black Panther, a Marvel Studios film based on the Marvel superhero character Black
Panther, is released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film stars Chadwick
Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman,
Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. T'Challa is crowned
king of Wakanda following his father's death, but his sovereignty is challenged by an adversary who plans to abandon
the country's isolationist policies and begin a global revolution.
Zombies, a Disney Channel Original Movie premieres. A zombie named Zed, and Addison a teen cheerleader work together to show the town of Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences
and celebrate what makes them a community. Based on "Zombies & Cheerleaders" by David Light and Joseph Raso,
the film stars Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly.
Touchstone Pictures and Mandeville Films releases the comedy Mr. Wrong starring
Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Pullman. A single and lonely woman finds the seemingly perfect man to date,
but soon regrets it when his deranged and possessive other personality emerges. Distributed by Buena Vista
Pictures, the cast includes Joan Cusack, Dean Stockwell, and Robert Goulet.
Muppet Treasure Island, a musical action adventure comedy film directed by Brian
Henson, produced by Jim Henson Productions, and distributed by Walt Disney
Pictures, is released in theaters. The fifth feature film to star the Muppets, it is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic 1883 novel "Treasure Island." The Muppets, along with Kevin Bishop, Tim Curry, and Billy
Connolly, take to the high seas in search of buried treasure.
Disney's live-action comedy The Ugly Dachshund is released to theaters. Starring Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette, the film tells a story about a Great Dane who believes he's a dachshund. Directed
by Norman Tokar, The Ugly Dachshund had premiered last February 4.
Animator and character designer Harald Siepermann passes away at age 50 in Hamburg,
Germany. His first feature film credit was for the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in which he worked as a
sketch artist. Siepermann continued to work for Walt Disney Animation Studios, focusing on character design, for many
of the Disney's animated features, including Mulan in 1998, Tarzan in 1999, The Emperor's New Groove in 2000,
Treasure Planet in 2002, Brother Bear in 2003, and the 2007 live action film, Enchanted.