Animator and technical genius Ubbe Ert Iwwerks (also known as Ub
Iwerks), passes away at age 70 in Burbank, California. First meeting Walt
Disney in 1919, Iwerks contributed to many of the early Mickey Mouse classics like Plane
Crazy, Steamboat Willie, and Gallopin' Gaucho. He also invented the first multiplane
camera in 1933, a device that used four layers of flat artwork before a horizontal camera to
give animation depth. Iwerks built the device out of parts from an old Chevrolet automobile!
Radio Disney debuts on the Music Choice network, which allows digital cable
and satellite TV homes and cable-modem subscribers to hear the popular
family station in digital quality.
Touchstone Pictures releases the historical adventure film King Arthur. A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the film stars Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, and Mads
"Iwerks is Screwy spelled backwards"
-animator Chuck Jones
(who as a youth worked for Ub Iwerks' studio)
Paul Winkler, the first to establish Disney's presence in
France through publishing, is born in Budapest, Hungary.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey Steps Out is released. Directed by Burt Gillett,
Mickey and his pal Pluto are all dressed up to call on Minnie ... but an alley cat disrupts their afternoon.
Drummer, singer & actor Ringo Starr is born Richard Starkey
in Liverpool, England. First gaining worldwide fame in the 1960s as the
drummer for The Beatles, his recording of "When You Wish Upon A Star" can be
heard on the 1988 release STAY AWAKE Various Interpretations of Music from
Vintage Disney Films. Starr's 1974 hit "You're Sixteen" was originally written by
Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman (of Disney songwriting fame). Ringo
visited Disneyland with his family back in 1970 and in 1992 Disney Channel
aired the special "Ringo Starr Going Home" in celebration of his 52nd birthday.
Olympic ice skating champion Michelle Kwan is born in Torrance, California. Her Disney credits include the television specials Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music of Disney's Mulan, Disney's Greatest Hits on Ice, and Michelle Kwan: Princess on Ice. She also supplied the voice of the Shopkeeper in Disney's animated Mulan II and appeared as herself in the 2005 live-action film Ice Princess.
Kwan is a two-time Olympic medalist, a five-time World champion and a nine-time U.S. champion.
Disneyland's monorail begins operating in one direction only - due to
the construction of Disney's California Adventure.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast plays its 1,762 performance on Broadway.
This breaks the previous record, making it the longest running show ever at the Palace Theater in
New York City!
Voice actresses June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Tweety Bird's Granny, and many Disney animated characters - such as Lucifer in Cinderella - receives her star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
The Disney Ambassador Hotel (located at The Tokyo Disney Resort) opens.
Disney's The Kid starring Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, and Lily Tomlin is released.
Willis stars as Russ Duritz, a successful image consultant whose life is suddenly turned upside down when he magically meets Rusty, Russ himself as an 8-year-old kid. Rusty is a sweet, but slightly geeky, awkward little kid
who painfully reminds Russ of everything he hated about himself when he was a kid. The cast also includes Emily Mortimer, Chi McBride, Jean Smart, and Melissa McCarthy.
Disneyland foreman and attractions host Chuck Abbott passes away in Utah. A 36-year
veteran of the park (and a member of Club 55 - a group of original Disneyland Cast Members), he worked directly
with Walt Disney during the planning and construction of Pirates of the Caribbean. In 1969, Abbott was named
"Foreman of the Year" at the Matterhorn. In 1977, he was foreman for the opening of Space Mountain, and returned
to the Matterhorn for the big rehab and reopening of the attraction in 1978. During the course of his career, he also
served as foreman of the Submarine Voyage, Jungle Cruise, Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland, and many
other attractions. In 1987, Abbott conceived and initiated the Cast Member seeing-eye dog fund, which became
a highly successful volunteer group. Abbott will be named a Disney Legend in 2005
(a first for an hourly theme park Cast Member).
The equestrian sports film Seabiscuit is released through Spyglass Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Touchstone Pictures. Based on the best-selling non-fiction book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" by Laura Hillenbrand, the film is loosely based on the life and racing career of
Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked Thoroughbred race horse. It stars Tobey Maguire as John "Red" Pollard, a Canadian horse racing jockey best known for riding Seabiscuit; the top money winning racehorse up to the 1940s.
The cast includes Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens, and William H. Macy.
Disney's newest feature film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens in theaters the same day the attraction Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens at Disney
World's Magic Kingdom. Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbosa (characters from the Pirates of the
Caribbean feature films) have been added to the popular Florida attraction. Disney Imagineers have also
enhanced the attraction experience with an all-new dynamic digital sound design. The second Pirates film,
Dead Man's Chest finds Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) racing to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his
soul to Jones' service. The film also feaures Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann.
Disney's animated feature Peter Pan is released in Argentina.
was modeled after the
first vessel to successfully circumnavigate the globe.
Disney's live-action comedy feature Gus, about a football-
kicking mule and his trainer, is released. The California Atoms are in
last place with no hope of moving up, until the team's mascot Gus becomes the
team's kicker and they start winning! But when two ex-cons are hired to kidnap
Gus ... there's chaos on the gridiron. The film features Edward Asner, Don Knotts,
Gary Grimes, Tim Conway, Dick Van Patten, Bob Crane, Tom Bosley, and football
great Johnny Unitas.
Summer Magic, a live-action Disney feature starring Hayley Mills, Burl Ives,
and Dorothy McGuire, is released. Set in the early 20th century, the film centers around middle-aged
widow Margaret Carey (played by McGuire) and her three children, who must bid farewell to their life of luxury in the
big city and move to a small country town. (Mills will receive a Golden Globe nomination for her role of Nancy.)
Disney sound engineer William Garity films activities in the Disney Studio as
publicity for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (to be used by RKO).
Actress-singer Roz Ryan, the voice of Thalia, Muse of Comedy in both Disney's
animated feature Hercules and TV series Hercules, is born in Detroit, Michigan.
Her Disney credits also include episodes of Kim Possible and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
The Promenade Gifts shop and Restaurant Hokusai both open in Tokyo Disneyland.
Actor Ross Aaron Malinger is born in California. He provided the original voice of T.J. Detweiler on
the Disney animated series Recess. His Disney credits also include Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco as
the voice of Spike.
The Disney Channel airs the comedy Ernest Goes to Splash Mountain starring
Jim Varney. Ernest Goes To Splash Mountain chronicles the adventures of Ernest P. Worrell who trains as America's first "Splashtranaut" destined to become the very first person to conquer the Disneyland mountain.
When constructed in 1958,
it was the first three-masted
windjammer to have been
built in the United States in
more than 100 years.
Meet Me at Disneyland (a limited TV series broadcast live on KTTV directly from the
Anaheim park) airs episode 5 "There’s Something about a Band." The show opens with
scenes of Disneyland to tunes performed by the Disneyland Band. Several musical and comedy segments follow
as host Johnny Jacobs mingles with the crowd and talks to park guests about their home towns. Special celebrity
guests include The Osmond Brothers, Owen Pope, "Big Fred", and The Vonnair Sisters. Meet Me at Disneyland
is designed to boost park attendance during the summer weeknights.
Disney's Aladdin The New Stage Musical has its world-premiere in Seattle at the
5th Avenue Theatre. Running through July 31, the new stage adaptation incorporates the Oscar-
winning songs from the 1992 animated film, penned by composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman
and Tim Rice. The pilot production is being used to launch the new two-act version as a licensable property
for professional and amateur organizations through Music Theatre International, which handles rights for
Disney Theatrical titles.
Dick Jones, the voice of of Pinocchio in the classic 1940 animated
Disney film, dies at 87. Appearing in more than 100 films and television shows in his long career,
he is best known by far for the role in which he was not seen on screen. At about 10, when he was known
as Dickie, Jones was chosen by Walt Disney to be the voice of Pinocchio. He was named a Disney Legend in 2000.
Disney's Now You See Him, Now You Don’t premieres in Edmonton, Canada.
Medfield College student Dexter Riley comes up with a lab experiment that produces fantastic results... invisibility!
Starring Kurt Russell, Joyce Menges, Joe Flynn, and Cesar Romero, the film will be generally released 5 days later.
Season 2 of the animated television series The Lion Guard premieres with the episode "Babysitter Bunga." Based on Disney's 1994 blockbuster film The Lion King, it is the second television series
to be based on The Lion King, the first being Timon & Pumbaa.