WED Enterprises, first created in December 1952 to oversee the design of Disneyland, is renamed Walt Disney Imagineering. The term "Imagineering" is a portmanteau word that combines "imagination" and "engineering." The term was coined by Richard F. Sailer in an article titled "BRAINSTORMING IS IMAGINation enginEERING" which was written for the National Carbon Company Management Magazine in 1957. The term was adopted by Disney.
Disney's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, starring Lindsay Lohen, is released
to theaters. Based on the teen book of the same name by writer Dyan Sheldon, Lohan plays a teenage girl
named Lola who dreams of being a Broadway star. Convinced that her home city revolves around her life ...
Lola finds herself competing for attention when her family packs up and moves to the suburbs.
(The role of Lola was first offered to Hilary Duff.)
Disney Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner appears as
a guest on CNN's Larry King Live.
Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit silent cartoon Africa Before Dark - in which Oswald is a big game hunter - is released.
It is directed by Walt Disney and animated by Ub Iwerks.
Actress-dancer-singer Sandy Duncan, the voice of Vixey in Disney's The Fox and
the Hound, is born in Henderson, Texas. Her Disney credits include the 1971 comedy feature The
Christmas in Disneyland, and the 1978 feature The Cat From Outer Space. (Known for her pixie cut blonde
hairdo and her perky demeanor, Duncan's most prominent roles include the title role in the Broadway production
of Peter Pan and Sandy Hogan on the hit sitcom The Hogan Family.)
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Elfago Baca: The Griswold Murder."
Elfago Baca (played by Robert Loggia), a gunslinger-turned-lawyer defends British-born rancher Cecil
Cunningham (Patrick Knowles), who has been accused of murdering land baron Drew Griswold. It is the 6th
episode of a ten-part mini-series about a real-life gunman, lawman, lawyer, and politician of the American wild west.
Disney's animated short Aquamania, featuring Goofy, is released. Mr. X (Goofy) buys a boat and
inadvertantly enters a water skiing race. With the unexperienced Goofy, Jr. driving ... chaos is sure to follow.
(It will be nominated for an Academy Award.)
"Beyond Witch Mountain" (a TV movie/pilot for a proposed series) airs on television.
Based on the 1975 Disney live-action film Escape to Witch Mountain, it stars Eddie Albert (returning to play Jason O'Day
from the original movie), Tracey Gold and Andy Freeman. After news of a boy's amazing abilities surfaces, Tony and
Tia (Freeman and Gold) are sent to go find him knowing that the boy (played by Kirk Cameron) must be from their world!
Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck for over 50 years, passes at age
80 of leukemia in California. Supplying the voice for some 120 shorts and features, starting with The Wise Little Hen in 1934, the last film to feature Nash's famous voice was Mickey's Christmas Carol, released in 1983.
In addition to Donald's voice, Nash also voiced Daisy
Duck (in her earliest appearances), as well as
Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.
For the last two years of his life, Nash continued to
provide Donald's voice for commercials, promos and
other miscellaneous projects, while training Disney
animator Tony Anselmo to take up the voice of the
famous duck. The tombstone of the grave he will
share with his wife Margaret (who will pass in 1993 -
the same year Clarence is named a Disney Legend) will depict a carving of Donald and Daisy Duck holding hands.
AT&T and The Walt Disney Company announces the latest project in
their 35-year association: the launch of the Indiana Jones Adventure,
Disneyland's exciting new thrill ride.
The ABC-TV sitcom Roseanne debuts part 1 of "We're Going to Disney World." The Conner family decides to throw caution to the wind by spending Dan's last paycheck from the shop on a vacation to Disney World.
The streets of Downtown Disney Pleasure Island are transformed into
the French Quarter for a special five-night Mardi Gras celebration.
Downtown Disney Pleasure Island presents The Gap Band performing on the West End Stage.
It is reported that a brand new tombstone has been placed in the graveyard at
the entrance to Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion. The tombstone, the last
one you will see when entering the attraction, is dedicated to Leota.
Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper of the syndicated television show "Ebert &
Roeper" host the third annual Film Festival at sea aboard the Disney Wonder.
Some 8,300 acres of the 30,000 plus acres at Walt Disney World is designated as a permanent wildlife conservation area ... it will never be developed.
Disney Channel kicks off the fourth season of That's So Raven with the episode "Raven, Sydney, and the Man" (the 79th episode overall).
The 33rd Grammy Awards are held at Radio City Music Hall. Best Recording
for Children goes to The Little Mermaid—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,
written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
In Memory of Clarence Nash (1904-1985)
Walt Disney Imagineering born
Walt Disney Productions releases The Aristocats (the twentieth
animated feature in the Disney animated features canon) in Brazil.
Disney holds an action analysis class for his animators. It is taught by Don Graham (an artist and
drawing instructor from the Chouinard Art Institute) and includes a lecture on timing by animator Dick Huemer.
Among the first graduating class of Chouinard, Graham studied and painted landscapes until 1930 when he was hired by
Mrs. Chouinard as life drawing instructor. Graham's education as a drawing teacher truly began while attempting to solve
some of the problems inherent to the new animation process. Thanks to the interest of Disney, Graham spent ten years
attempting to solve these problems in the analysis of action.
"Words were written out for me phonetically. I learned to quack in French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Japanese, Chinese and German." -Clarence Nash (the original voice of Donald Duck)
The Disney short Moose Hunters, directed by Ben Sharpsteen, is released. Mickey Mouse,
Donald Duck and Goofy head out into the woods to hunt. But when Mickey lures one moose using a bush disguise,
and the others lure another with a female moose decoy ... there's trouble when the two mighty moose meet!
The first TV spot for Pixar's upcoming Cars 2 airs during the broadcast of the
NASCAR Daytona 500. The computer-animated 3-D film, a sequel to the 2006 Cars, is
scheduled for release on June 24.
DEAR SWEET LEOTA
BELOVED BY ALL
IN REGIONS BEYOND
NOW BUT HAVING
IBM celebrates National Engineers Week by welcoming science teachers and a
group of Orlando high school students to the grand opening of its new THINK
exhibit at Disney's Epcot theme park. The event at the Epcot Innoventions pavilion is the
ceremonial unveiling of an exhibit that opened in January which is related to an earlier exhibit IBM hosted at
Lincoln Center in 2011, the tech giant's centennial year. It features a gesture-controlled video wall, filled with
images visitors can control as they walk past; a movie on the history of science and technology (in which big
data analytics play a starring role as the wave of the future); and an array of over sized touchscreen columns
for exploring topics in science and technology.
McFarland, USA, a live-action sports drama based on the true story of a Latin high
school track team from McFarland, California, is released. Starring Kevin Costner, the film is
produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mayhem Pictures.