Disney's Phil of the Future (which has aired on the Disney Channel in
the U.S. since June 2004) debuts in Canada on the Family Channel.
The Incredibles is nominated for best movie of the year by the Producers
Guild of America. (Animated features are seldom given this honor.)
Animator, director, writer and Disney Legend Jack Hannah is born in Arizona. At the
Walt Disney Studios he started as an inbetweener and clean-up artist on many early Mickey, Donald and Silly
Symphony cartoons. Hannah also helped Carl Barks (the man who drew the comic book adventures of Donald
Duck) create his first two comic book stories. Hannah later directed some 94 Disney animated shorts including Donald's Day Off, Bootle Beetle, and Hook, Lion and Sinker. He retired in 1959, and spent a number
of years creating and then heading the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.
Al Taliaferro (future Disney Legend) is hired at the Disney Studios on Hyperion
Avenue in California, as an animator. A month later he will move on to the comic strip department;
lettering the Mickey Mouse strips. In February 1938 he will begin working on the Donald Duck daily newspaper
strips - co-creating a number of characters, including Huey, Dewey and Louie, Bolivar, and Grandma Duck.
Disney's 26th Silly Symphony film The Bird Store is completed. Directed by Wilfred Jackson (who played an important role in synchronizing sound to the movements of animated characters) the film will be released January 16.
The Silly Symphony short The Tortoise and the Hare - a retelling of Aesop's fable
directed by Wilfred Jackson - is released. (It will win an Academy Award for Best Short Cartoon.)
Also released is the Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Man Friday. Directed by David Hand,
Mickey is on a desert island where he encounters a native named Friday.
The Disneyland television series presents part 1 of Disney's 1950 live-action adventure film Treasure Island. This adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is Disney's first all live-action feature.
The eighth and final installment of "My Dad, Walt Disney," by Diane Disney Miller as
told to Pete Martin (a "celebrity friendly" writer) appears in the Saturday Evening Post.
The 8 articles will later be expanded into a hardcover book in 1957 by Henry Holt entitled "The Story of Walt Disney."
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 1 of "The Ballad of Hector the Stowaway Dog."
The Biscuit Barrel, a shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion at EPCOT Center, closes.
First opened with the rest of the park in 1982, it will become The Country Manor.
Atlanta Braves spring training tickets go on sale at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex. This will be the team's 5th season of spring training at Disney's Florida complex, which includes a 15-game home schedule starting in mid-February.
Cinderella's Gala Feast, a character buffet at the Grand Floridian's 1900
Park Fare (located in Walt Disney World) officially welcomes guests.
Television's animated family The Simpsons visit a Florida
theme park called EFCOT.
The 2003 Annie Award nominations, presented by the International Animated Film Society, are announced. Disney nominees include Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo (with multiple nominations), Brother Bear, Jungle Book 2, 101 Dalmatians II, Destino, Piglet's Big Movie, and Stitch! The Movie. (Winners will be announced on February 7th.)
Disney's 1977 animated feature The Rescuers and the new short Pluto
Gets the Paper: Bubble Gum are released together on video.
In Autumn of 1998,
Cinderella Castle's lighting system was upgraded at
Disney World. It now has the power to illuminate in some
16 million colors!
A stage version of High School Musical premieres in Minneapolis at the Children's Theater Company's Cargill Stage. It is the first professional version of the show to ever be staged.
Annie nominations announced.
Disney World announces that it will offer free five-day multi-park passes to members of the U.S. military. Both active and retired military personnel are eligible for the “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute” promotion, which will run through December 23, 2009.
The Tortoise and the Hare released
Hayao Miyazaki, prominent filmmaker of many popular animated
feature films, is born in Tokyo, Japan. While Miyazaki's films have long
enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown
to the West until Disney's Miramax released his 1997 film, Princess Mononoke.
American fans also know his Howl's Moving Castle (distributed by Buena Vista
Entertainment in the U.S.) and the Oscar-winning Spirited Way (distributed by Walt
Disney Pictures in the U.S.).
"All during the early years of my youth, and a long time before I had given a career any thought, the Public Library has always held a tremendous interest for me. Needless to say, any book that offered information on drawing was likely to be found listed on my card, and over-due books were the chief reason for my usually depleted bank account." -Walt Disney (1937)
The Goofy short Tiger Trouble - directed by Jack Kinney - is released. It's tiger hunting time in Africa with Goofy as a reluctant Great White Hunter.
The Goofy short Lion Down is released. Directed by Jack Kinney, Goofy plans a relaxing day at rest ... but a mountain lion puts an end to that!
At the People's Choice Awards, Toy Story 3 wins Favorite Family Movie and
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is awarded Favorite Family TV Movie.
Actor Clancy Brown is born in Urbana, Ohio. His Disney voice credits include American Dragon: Jake Long, Recess: School's Out, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea and Phineas and Ferb. (Brown is best known for for his long-running role of Mr. Eugene H. Krabs in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and The Kurgan in the cult classic film Highlander.).
Miyazaki with John Lasseter at "The 13th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation: Hayao Miyazaki" in 2009. Photo by Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.
The Fourth Walt Disney World Marathon
takes place in Florida.
Dick Hooper from Reheny, Ireland, wins with a time of 2:31:19.
Other winners on this day include:
Women’s Overall: Larisa Zyuzko, Novosibirck, Russia, 2:41:13
Men’s Masters: Dave H. Elger, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 2:39:39
Women’s Masters: Mary Hanlon, Tampa, Fla., 2:54:26
Men’s Chair: Saul Mendoza, Col Ramos Milla, Mexico, 1:39:53
Women’s Chair: Chantal Petticlerc, Montreal, Canada 2:09:28
Actor George Reeves (best remembered as TV's Superman) is born in Woolstock, Iowa. He portrayed James Stephen in Disney's 1956 live-action Westward Ho, the Wagons!.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Christine Lawrence-Finney an animator and clean-up supervisor at Walt Disney
Animation Studios in Orlando, Florida, (and the wife of animator Trey Finney) sadly
passes away at age 47. For 15 years she worked on animated features and shorts such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. After the studio closed
in 2004, she and her husband moved to South Carolina to become successful painters.