At the 77th annual Academy Awards, Disney/Pixar's
The Incredibles wins Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (beating out
Shark Tale and Shrek 2). Director Brad Bird accepts the award. Michael Silvers and Randy Thorn
also win Oscars for Achievement in Sound Editing for their contributions to The Incredibles.
Disney's Lorenzo, although nominated for Best Animated Short, is edged out by Ryan. The Miramax Film Finding
Neverland is awarded Best Original Score.
Edward Brophy, the voice of Timothy Q. Mouse in Disney's 1941 classic Dumbo, is born in New York City.
An Oscar (Short Subjects, Cartoons) is won for the Disney film The
Tortoise and the Hare at the 7th Academy Awards, held at the
Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Actor Bill Hunter, the voice of the Dentist in the 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Australia.
"When You Wish Upon a Star" - written by Leigh Harline and
Ned Washington - from Disney's Pinocchio, is awarded an Oscar for Best Song at the 13th Academy Awards. Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and Ned Washington also take home Oscar for Best Music (Original Score) for their work on Pinocchio. This is the first year that sealed envelopes are used to keep secret the names of the winners - which leads to the now famous phrase: "May I have the Envelope, please."
The Disneyland television series airs "The Crisler Story / Prowlers of the Everglades."
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "The Adventures of Chip 'N' Dale."
When Walt leaves a message on his tape recorder explaining that he is unable to be there personally,
Chip 'n' Dale fill in as hosts of this week's episode.
Louis Armstrong and his 7-piece band record 3 songs in a New York City studio for his upcoming LP Disney Songs the Satchmo Way. This day's session includes "Bout Time," "The Bare Necessities," and "Ten Feet Off The Ground." Produced by Tutti Camarata for Disneyland Records, the album's remaining tunes will be cut in March.
Singer and character actor James Patrick O'Malley passes
away in San Juan Capistrano, California at the age of 80.
Using the stage name J. Pat O'Malley, he appeared in dozens of films and
television shows (and even on the Broadway stage) during the 1940s–1970s.
His vast Disney credits include both animated films and live-action television
programs. O'Malley also contributed to the Pirates of the Caribbean park
attraction in several roles - including the original voice of the Pirate Captain
dunking the magistrate into the well!
Tokyo Disneyland welcomes its 40-millionth guest.
Movie star Elizabeth Taylor takes over Disneyland for a private after-hours 60th birthday
bash. The exclusive party, for a 1,000 of her friends, is held in Fantasyland.
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan skips the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer (partly due to security concerns) so she can begin her multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Walt Disney World.
Michael Eisner and filmmaker George Lucas are on hand at Disneyland for the official dedication of the park's newest attraction, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye. (Although the attraction had its grand opening ceremonies the day before, Indiana Jones won't open to the public untl March 3.)
The ABC-TV sitcom Roseanne debuts part 2 of a Disney-theme episode titled "Disney World War II."
Disney releases the straight-to-video sequel Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (featuring the voices of Alyssa Milano, Mickey Rooney, and Bronson Pinchot) on video and DVD.
Disney releases the CDs Disney's Greatest Hits, Vol 1 and Disney's Greatest Hits, Vol 2. The collections includes performances by such recording artists as Phil Collins and Randy Newman.
The Atlanta Braves open their 2003 spring schedule with an exhibition game against Georgia Tech at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida. This begins the Braves 6th season of spring training at the 200-acre sports complex.
Hong Kong Disneyland announces plans to add 3 new attractions. The Tomorrowland expansion will include Autopia, Stitch Encounter, and the UFO Zone.
Muppet Mobile Lab, featuring interactive Audio-Animatronic Muppet characters, is tested at Disney's California Adventure.
The Incredibles was written and
developed by Brad Bird, former
director of The Simpsons and
previously best known for
directing the animated movie
The Iron Giant.
The Spanish-language edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -
Blanca Nieves y los Siete Enanos, is unveiled at the Carthay Circle Theater
in Hollywood, California. (This is the same theater that premiered the film in December 1937.)
The Atlanta Braves play their first exhibition game of the season at
Champion Stadium in Disney's Wide World of Sports. The Braves
win 8-0 over the University of Georgia.
The Incredibles wins Oscars
Shawn Johnson, a 2008 Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast, visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (At 17, she is the youngest celebrity to ever compete on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars.") Johnson is at Disney World for the "ESPN The Weekend," a special event through March 1.
"The Magical Music of Walt Disney - Omaha Symphony Pops Concert" kicks off 3-days of performances at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Nebraska Medical Center, the concert features beloved songs from Walt Disney movies and Broadway shows.
Disney Legend Dorothea Holt Redmond, an illustrator and production designer who worked with Walt Disney to design a private apartment in Disneyland's New Orleans Square, passes away at age 98. Born in 1910, Redmond broke ground in 1938 as the first woman to invade the "heretofore exclusively male field" of motion-picture production design (at David O. Selznick's studio).
She also worked closely with Alfred Hitchcock on such features as Rear Window and The Man Who Knew Too Much. In 1964, she joined what is now known as Walt Disney Imagineering and helped envision elements of Disneyland. She also designed Fantasyland at Disney World, as well as portions of Main Street and the mosaic murals in the archway of Cinderella Castle.
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is released in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film stars the American Pop trio Kevin,
Joe and Nick Jonas, also known as the Jonas Brothers, in their big screen debut.
"We make films that we ourselves would want to see and then hope that other people would want to see it. If you try to analyze audiences or think there's some sophisticated recipe for success, then I think you are doomed. You're making it too complicated." -Brad Bird
O'Malley's Disney credits:
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Alice in Wonderland
The Adventures of Spin and Marty
The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty
The New Adventures of Spin and Marty
The Swamp Fox
The Saga of Windwagon Smith
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Son of Flubber
The Jungle Book
Rebecca Luker, who originated the Broadway role of Winifred Banks in the stage musical Mary Poppins (starting in 2006), gives her final performance.
Nominations are announced for the 33rd Annual Academy Awards:
Goliath II - Short Subjects, Cartoons
Islands of the Sea - Short Subjects, Live-Action Subjects
The Horse with the Flying Tail - Documentary, Features
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are presented at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Toy Story 3 (nominated in 5 categories including Best Picture) takes home Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film
(Lee Unkrich, director) and Original Song ("We Belong Together"; music and lyrics by Randy Newman).
"Oh boy. I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but thank you to the Academy. I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for
the vision of three incredible guys. John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and Steve Jobs, the founders of Pixar Animation Studios,
which by the way, is the most awesome place on the planet to make movies." -Lee Unkrich
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland wins Art Direction (Robert Stromberg - Production Design; Karen O'Hara - Set Decoration) and Costume Design (Colleen Atwood).
The Atlanta Braves lose to the New York Mets 5-4, in the first spring training game of 2011 at Champion Stadium in Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney appears on Bob Hope's Radio Program (along with Marlon Brando, Robert Surtees, Judy Holiday, Stanley Kramer, James Stewart, Joseph Mankewitz and Bette Davis).
Daily Variety runs the story "Walt Disney Weeps as He Gets Oscar." At last night's Academy
Awards, Walt was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He found it difficult to speak and was only able to say with great emotion: "I want to thank everybody here. This is a vote of confidence from the whole industry."
A new sitcom, Lab Rats premieres on Disney XD. A young teen named Leo
accidentally discovers bionic teenagers with bionic powers!
Mary Louise Whitham Eastman, a color model supervisor at Disney who worked on
films like Fantasia and Bambi, passes away at age 97. She married Disney artist Phil (P.D.)
Eastman in April 1941, and both of them left during the Disney strike that began in May 1941.
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (also known as simply Burn Hollywood Burn), a mockumentary comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller (using the Alan Smithee pseudonym), written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Eric Idle as the protagonist - a director named Alan Smithee, is released to U.S. theaters. The film follows Smithee as he
steals the negatives to his latest film and goes on the run. With a cast that includes Ryan O'Neal, Coolio, and
Richard Deni, the film also features cameos by Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jackie Chan. A
Hollywood Pictures/Cinergi Pictures production, the film is distributed by Buena Vista Pictures.
Touchstone Pictures releases Krippendorf's Tribe, a film adaptation of Frank Parkin's novel of the same name. After squandering his grant money, despondent and recently widowed anthropologist James Krippendorf - played by Richard Dreyfuss - must produce hard evidence of the existence of
a heretofore undiscovered New Guinea tribe. The cast includes Jenna Elfman, Natasha Lyonne, Lily Tomlin,
Stephen Root, Mila Kunis, and David Ogden Stiers.
Roland Fargo "Rolly" Crump, an animator and designer noted particularly for his work
as a Disney Imagineer, is born in Alhambra, California. First joining Walt Disney Studios in 1952,
he worked as an inbetweener, before becoming an assistant animator on movies like Peter Pan, Lady and the
Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. In 1959, Crump joined WED Enterprises (later Walt
Disney Imagineering) and became a designer of some of Disneyland's attractions and shops, including The Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room and Adventureland Bazaar. He was also responsible for designing many of the
Disney attractions at the 1964 New York World's Fair, including It's a Small World and in particular the Tower of the
Four Winds marquee. Crump later contributed to early designs of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida,
and worked on designs for NBC's Disney on Parade in 1970, before leaving Disney to work on outside projects including Busch Gardens, the ABC Wildlife Preserve in Maryland, and Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus World.
He returned to work for Disney in 1976, designing the Land and Wonders of Life pavilions at the Epcot Center, before leaving again in 1981 to design the proposed Cousteau Ocean Center in Norfolk, Virginia, and to set up his own
business, the Mariposa Design Group, which developed projects in Oman, Las Vegas, Denver and elsewhere.
Crump returned to Disney one last time in 1992, as executive designer at Imagineering. He retired from Disney four years later, and was named a Disney Legened in 2004. His autobiography "It’s Kind of a Cute Story" was published in 2012.