Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
Alan Alexander Milne, author and creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, is born in London, England. Credited as A. A. Milne, he was also known for his various children's poems and his adaptation
of Kenneth Grahame's novel The Wind in the Willows for the stage as Toad of Toad Hall. Milne always
acknowledged that it was his wife, Daphne, and his young son, Christopher Robin, who inspired him.
Although a noted writer (primarily as a playwright) Pooh overshadowed all of Milne's work.
Actor David Stollery, Marty Markham on Disney's Spin and Marty TV serial, is
born in Los Angeles, California. The Adventures of Spin and Marty was one of the most successful segments of the 1950s ABC-TV series Mickey Mouse Club. Stollery was named a Disney Legend in 2006.
The Disneyland television series airs "A Tribute to Joel Chandler
Harris" (the author whose work inspired Song of the South).
Ken-L-Land, a pet care facility (sponsored by Quaker Oats Ken-L-Ration Division)
located outside the Disneyland main gate, opens for business.
Brandy Brown, a member of the Disney Channel's The All New
Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Alabama.
Actor Derek Richardson, the voice of Lanny for Disney's Prep &
Landing holiday television specials, is born in New York.
Junius Matthews, the voice of Rabbit for Disney's Winnie the Pooh from 1966 to
1977, passes away in Los Angeles, California. He also provided the voice of Archimedes the Owl
in Disney's 1963 The Sword in the Stone.
The television series The Wonderful World of Disney airs the episode
"Great Moments in Disney Animation."
Eastern Airlines, the official airline of Walt Disney World during the 1970s, officially shuts down. Just before Walt Disney World opened in 1971, Eastern established service at
Orlando International and became the official airline of Walt Disney World (through June 1987). Starting in June
1972, Eastern sponsored the Tomorrowland attraction "If You Had Wings."
Eastern was one of the "Big Four" domestic airlines created by the Spoils Conferences of 1930, and was
headed by World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker in its early years. It had a near monopoly in air travel
between New York and Florida for decades.
Walt Disney Pictures releases the adventure drama White Fang. Directed by Randal Kleiser, and starring Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Seymour Cassel, it is based on Jack London's 1906
novel "White Fang." It tells the story of a friendship between a young Klondike gold prospector named Jack and
a wolfdog called White Fang.
Beauty and the Beast wins a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture - Comedy/Musical
(the first animated feature to do so). The animated feature also wins for Best Original Score (by Alan
Menken) and Best Original Song "Beauty and the Beast" (written by Menken & Howard Ashman).
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences votes to award director/writer John Lasseter a Special Achievement Award for his contribution to the film Toy Story.
At Disneyland Paris, the Carnival Castle is officially unveiled for the park's 5th anniversary year. The theme is inspired by Disney's current animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Disney's comedy Snow Dogs starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. opens in theaters.
Gooding plays a Miami dentist named Ted who inherits a team of sled dogs in Alaska. The film features
veteran actor James Coburn as Thunder Jack, a premiere sled-dogger who wants Ted's pack for himself.
Disney designers meet with the director of the Kennedy Space Center at
Cape Canaveral to discuss a proposed Space Pavilion in Epcot. The
pavilion (expected to open late 2002 or early 2003) will feature interactive exhibits, shows, and the
brand new e-ticket ride, Mission: SPACE.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Double Teamed first airs as does the
Lizzie McGuire episode "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah".
Donald Applecore, a Disney short featuring Donald Duck and Chip 'n' Dale,
is released. Directed by Jack Hannah, this short finds Donald an apple farmer trying to save his crop from two mischievous chipmunks.
Legendary actor-singer-comedian Danny Kaye, the host
of the 1982 television program EPCOT Center: The
Opening Celebration, is born David Daniel Kaminsky in
Brooklyn, New York. (Popular in films for his bravura performances of
patter songs and for children's favorites such as The Inch Worm and The Ugly
Duckling, Kaye was also the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF.)
As a youngster A.A. Milne had a teacher named H.G. Wells
(who went on to write
such classics as
The War of the Worlds and
The Time Machine).
Today is Winnie the Pooh Day
Although nominated for a Golden Globe, "Go The Distance" (written by Alan Menken and Dave Zippel from Disney's Hercules) is edged out by "My Heart Will Go On" (from Titanic) for Best Original Song - Motion Picture.
AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movies — 10th Anniversary Edition is announced. Disney's 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs comes in at #34 and Pixar's Toy Story at #99.
Singer Jay Mayer passes away in California. Disneyland fans knew him for his 13
years in the Golden Horseshoe Revue and as one of the singing busts in the
Haunted Mansion attraction. (Mayer appeared in countless television shows with people such as Ed
Sullivan, Danny Kaye, Frank Sinatra, & Bing Crosby, and sang in the chorus of such films as The Sound of
Music and Bye Bye Birdie.)
Buena Vista generally releases the Disney feature Superdad to theaters. A comedy
directed by Vincent McEveety, the film stars Bob Crane as a worried father who feels his daughter Wendy
(played by Cathleen Cody) is hanging out with the wrong crowd. Superdad also features Kurt Russell,
Barbara Rush, Joe Flynn, Dick Van Patten, and Bruno Kirby.
Buena Vista generally releases Disney's
live-action comedy Son of Flubber to theaters (two days after its debut). Starring Fred MacMurray, the film has
the distinction of being the first sequel produced by Disney.
It is reported that Disney's feature film adaptation John Carter of Mars (based on
This film marks the live-action directing debut of Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo and WALL•E fame) and
is based on the first story to feature John Carter, A Princess of Mars, which was first published as a novel in 1917.
Film star Cary Grant is born Archibald Alexander Leach in Bristol, England.
He narrated Disneyland's Candlelight Ceremony in 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1978. In December 1972 Grant narrated Disney World's Christmas Candlelight Processional for the first and only time. (With his distinctive yet not quite placeable Mid-Atlantic accent, Grant was noted as perhaps the foremost exemplar of the debonair leading man.)
The second episode of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs for the first time. Tueday's lesson is about self-control, and Donald Duck learns to control his temper in the cartoon short Self Control. Musical features include the theme park favorite "It's A Small World" and pieces from the classic Fantasia. The Mouseketeers dance with teddy bears and clowns while singing "Merry Go-Round" in the Talent Showcase.
When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber
derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help!
Fred MacMurray ... Prof. Ned Brainard
Nancy Olson ... Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brainard
Keenan Wynn ... Alonzo P. Hawk
Tommy Kirk ... Biff Hawk
Ed Wynn ... A.J. Allen
In front of an auditorium packed with local and international press, Disney executives
unveil details on a new and improved Fantasyland at Walt Disney World, which is
scheduled to be completed by 2013. The biggest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom,
planned attractions include Castle of the Beast, Princess Fairytale Hall, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little
Mermaid, The Sound of the Calliope, Storybook Circus and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Much of the press are
in town for the next day's champagne christening of Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Dream.
Nominees for the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards are announced with
Toy Story 3 earning three for Animated Film, Adapted Screenplay and Special Visual
Effects. The awards will be presented on Sunday, February 13 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
Flights of Fantasy Parade in Hong Kong Disneyland premieres as part of the park's
"Celebration in the Air" (marking the park's 5th anniversary).
Actor, screenwriter, and composer Jason Segel is born in Los Angeles, California.
He co-wrote the screenplay and starred in the 2011 comedy The Muppets.
So Weird, a new mideason replacement, debuts its first two episodes on the Disney Channel. The series centers around teenage girl Fiona Phillips (Cara DeLizia) who tours with her rock star
mom (Mackenzie Phillips), encountering paranormal activity along the way.
Actor Karan Brar is born in Redmond, Washington. Disney Channel fans know him best for his
role of Ravi Ross in both sitcoms Jessie and Bunk'd. He also supplied the voice of Prince Zandar in 4 episodes
of the animated Sofia the First.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Nick Arciniaga wins the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra
Nevada Corporation at the Disneyland Resort. The Fountain Valley, California,
native makes the jump to hyperspace to win with a time of 1:08:13! Jennifer Berry, 34, of Denver, blasts
across the finish line as the female winner with a personal record of 1:22:34.
On this same day, the animated television series Star vs. the Forces of Evil debuts on Disney XD. It is the first Disney XD series created by a woman, Daron Nefcy, and the third overall for Disney Television Animation. It follows the adventures of Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), the young turbulent heir to
the royal throne in the dimension of Mewni, who is sent to Earth so she can complete her education and learn to be
a worthy princess.
Animator, screenwriter, and voice actor Bob Peterson is born in Wooster, Ohio.
Hired at Pixar in 1994 as an animator for commercials, he later became an animator on the ground-breaking film
Toy Story. His long list of credits include A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Up (which he co-directed
and supplied the voice for Dug).
The superhero thriller Glass is released. Security guard David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis) uses
his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Although distributed in the U.S. by Universal Pictures, the film is also released on this day by Disney's
Buena Vista International in international territories.
Director, film editor, screenwriter, and animator Lee Unkrich announces he is leaving Pixar and the film industry to spend time with his family. Responsible for some of the studio's
most beloved (and profitable) films of the last few years - Toy Story 3 and Coco, Unkrich first joined Pixar in 1994.
A new high-energy projection/fireworks show called "Mickey's Mix Magic" premieres at
Disneyland in honor of Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday celebration..