Disney releases Howl's Moving Castle (already a hit in Japan) to U.S. theaters. An
animated love story set in a fantasy world, the feature is directed by Hayao Miyazaki and has been dubbed into
English by Pixar's Peter Docter.
The fifth (of 6) Star Wars Weekends begins at Disney-MGM Studios.
Celebrity guests include Amy Allen and Matthew Wood.
Composer Igor Stravinsky is born in Russia. His composition The Rite of Spring
can be heard in Disney's 1940 Fantasia. (Classical music lovers who know the pieces used in
Fantasia are sometimes offended by the cuts that were taken. The cuts in The Rite of Spring angered
Stravinsky - the only composer living at the time whose work was represented in the film!)
William Banks Levy becomes Disney's representative in England. He is authorized to license Mickey and Minnie Mouse character merchandising.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Mechanical Man, directed by Wilfred
Jackson and featuring the music of Leigh Harline, is released. Mickey's builds a robot named
Champ who's going to win Mickey a prize by fighting Beppo the Gorilla, the Kongo Killer!
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Polar Trappers is released. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, the short features the voices of Pinto Colvig (as Goofy) and Clarence Nash (as Donald).
Singer-songwriter, arranger & producer Barry Manilow is born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York. He will go on to co-write the musical score for Disney's 1988 animated feature Oliver and Company - in particular the song "Perfect Isn't Easy." (Manilow's career achievements include sales of more than 76 million records worldwide!)
Valerie Suldo (from New Brunswick, New Jersey) becomes the 100-millionth
guest to enter Disneyland - at 11:13 in the morning! The 22-year-old is accompanied by her
sister and brother-in-law from San Diego. Valerie's arrival is announced by Disneyland's Director of Marketing
Jack Lindquist during a ceremony in front of Town Square Station. Among the gifts commemorating her
historic visit; a Silver Pass good for admission to Disneyland and (the new) Disney World for a party of four.
The Main Street Electric Parade kicks off at Disneyland for the very first time.
Jason Minor, a member of the 90's TV show The All New Mickey Mouse
Club, and part of the country act Shiloh, is born in Maryland.
A touring exhibition of design art - from the Walt Disney Imagineering archives -
called Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance is
displayed at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
Disney Channel's new comedy series Even Stevens debuts as does the
Disney Channel Original Movie Stepsister from Planet Weird.
Following the life of the Stevens family, who live in suburban Sacramento, California, Even Stevens
mainly focuses on the clashing personalities of its two younger siblings, Ren (Christy Carlson
Romano) and Louis (Shia LaBeouf). The series will run for a total of three seasons and 65 episodes.
Stepsister from Planet Weird tells the story of a teenager named Megan (Courtnee Draper) whose
life is disrupted when her mother falls in love with and marries an alien ... who also has a daughter!
Authentic memorabilia from the Estate of Elvis Presley and exclusive VIP
vacation experiences to Elvis Week in Memphis, commemorating the 25th
anniversary of Elvis' death, are auctioned at Disney Auctions (presented by E-
Bay) from this day through July 4. The auction surrounds the June 21 nationwide
release of Disney's Lilo & Stitch, an animated comedy with an exuberant lead
character named Lilo, who is crazy for Elvis and his music.
Raven opens the First Annual 'School's Out!' Radio Disney
Music Festival at Morey's Piers in New Jersey.
Walt's resident instructor between 1932-1941, teaching such young animators as Marc Davis and Ollie Johnston.
In 1950 Walt Disney asked Graham to investigate the possibilities of making films on various aspects of art.
Dividing his time between Disney and Chouinard Art Institute, his research intended as a film
eventually ended up as a book, "The Art of Animation" (by Bob Thomas, Walt Disney Productions 1958) a major
treatise on the development of animation in America.
Songwriter Sammy Fain's contribution
to Peter Pan include the songs
"The Second Star to the Right,"
"You Can Fly!,"
"What Makes the Red Man Red?,"
"Your Mother and Mine," and
"The Elegant Captain Hook."
Walt Disney Pictures releases Benji the Hunted in theaters.
Forest Of No Return - Hal Willner Presents The Vintage Disney Songbook takes
place at London's South Bank Centre. A host of rockers including Shane McGowan
(formerly of The Pogues) and Nick Cave team up to perform a concert featuring the
music of Disney.
Academy Award-winning composer & Songwriter Hall of Famer Sammy Fain is
born Samuel Feinberg in New York City. He contributed to the song scores for such Walt
Disney animated films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and The Rescuers (his final
film credit). One of his most popular Disney songs - "Once Upon A Dream" (co-written with Jack Lawrence
for Sleeping Beauty) was based on a theme by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Fain is probably best known for
his Oscar-winning song "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," co-written with Paul Francis.
Singer-songwriter Terry Gilkyson (a name not well remembered today
but very influential in the world of pop and folk music) is born Hamilton
Henry Gilkyson in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Known for his group Terry Gilkyson
and the Easy Riders, their version of "Marianne" was a million seller. In the 60's Gilkyson left the
group and began working on movies for Walt Disney Studios. He wrote music for Swiss Family
Robinson, The Aristocats, and The Moon-Spinners, along with the television program The
Wonderful World Of Disney. In 1968 he received an Academy Award nomination for writing "The
Bear Necessities" for The Jungle Book (the film's only song not written by the Sherman Brothers).
Songwriter/pianist Gene de Paul is born in New York City. His music can
be heard in such Disney features as So Dear to My Heart, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad,
and Alice in Wonderland. (He's best known for the song "Teach Me Tonight," written with Sammy Cahn.)
Disney sends a team of artists to China to gather info for an upcoming new
animated feature based on The Legend of Mulan (first suggested by children's
author Robert San Souci). Over the next 2 weeks, the team will visit Datong, Luoyang, Xian, Jiayuguan,
Dunhuang, and Guilin,
Fireworks, dancing and parachuting sky divers welcome Toy Story Mania to Disney’s California Adventure at the attraction's official grand opening in Paradise Pier. The
interactive attraction opens after three years of design and construction (the same Toy Story ride opened in Walt
Disney World last May). The ride's line features a large Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure that interacts
with guests through pre-recorded snippets of dialogue performed by comedian Don Rickles, who voiced the
character in the Toy Story films. The sophisticated figure can identify people in the audience, sing and tell jokes!
The soundtrack to Disney Channel's made-for-TV movie "Camp Rock," starring the Jonas Brothers, is released on Disney Records.
AFIs 10 Top 10 airs on CBS-TV. American Film Institute presents America's 10
greatest films in 10 classic genres. Among the winners is Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
at the #1 spot in the animation category. Other Disney classics in the animation genre include Pinocchio (at #2), Bambi (at #3), The Lion King (at #4), Fantasia (at #5), Toy Story (at #6), Beauty and the Beast (at #7), Cinderella (at #9), and Finding Nemo (at #10).
Toy Story Mania Disneyland grand opening
"Who out there can't hear me? Raise your hand." -Mr. Potato Head
Disneyland Grad Nite '65 takes place from 11PM til 5AM.
"It's by far the biggest thing that's ever happened to me!"
John Henry "Professor" Pepper, a British scientist and inventor who toured the
English-speaking world with his scientific demonstrations, is born in London,
England. He is primarily remembered for co-developing the projection technique known as Pepper's ghost,
building a large-scale version of the concept by Henry Dircks (an English engineer). Pepper's ghost is an
illusionary technique used in theaters, haunted houses, and dark rides .... such as Disney's Haunted Mansion.
Using plate glass and special lighting techniques, it can make objects seem to appear or disappear, to
become transparent, or to make one object morph into another. In the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland/Disney
World,the glass is vertical rather than angled, reflecting animated props below and above the viewer that
create the appearance of three-dimensional, translucent "ghosts" which appear to be dancing through the
ballroom and interacting with props in the physical ballroom. The scene in the Haunted Mansion where
hitchhiking ghosts join you for a ride in your car uses a slight twist on the illusion. In this case a half-silvered
sheet of glass (two-way mirror) is between you and the ghost, which is in front a black background. The
ghost is illuminatedby a spotlight and is mounted on a track synchronized to move at the same speed as
your ride car. In this case you are seeing the actual image of the "ghost" but your image is the reflection.
The effect is a ghost riding along with you in your Doombuggy!
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