Disney's animated short Three Orphan Kittens wins an
Oscar for Short Subjects, Cartoon at the 8th Annual Academy Awards -
beating out Disney's own Silly Symphony Who Killed Cock Robin? short.
The second annual Garden Design Event at the
Disney Institute in Walt Disney World (offering hands-on experience in all aspects of designing, planting and maintaining a garden) comes to an end after 4 days.
The Newport Symphony Orchestra performs selections from
Disney's 1940 Fantasia during a concert held at the
Newport Performing Arts Center in California.
Vance Gerry, a veteran Disney animation storyman, layout artist, and
visual development artist since 1955, passes away in Pasadena, California,
at age 75. Regarded as one of the most talented and creative story artists in the animation industry, he contributed to such Disney classics as 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Rescuers, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Gerry shifted to visual development and character
design in 1995, and contributed to Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan and Home on the Range.
Up until his death, Gerry continued to work closely with 96-year-old Disney legend Joe Grant and
Burny Mattinson (a 50-year veteran), adapting books and developing original story ideas.
The trio comically referred to their group as the "Geriatricals."
Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit black & white silent short Rival Romeos is released just as Walt has exhausted negotiations with the cartoon's distributor Charles Mintz.
The Mickey Mouse short The Mad Dog, directed by Burt Gillett, is released. When
Pluto swallows soap while being bathed, his soapy slobber makes locals think he's gone mad!
Child actor Eddie Hodges is born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. His Disney credits
include the features Summer Magic (1963) and The Happiest Millionaire (1967) and the anthology
series Johnny Shiloh (which aired in two parts in January 1963).
The first color comic strip of Disney's "Cinderella" is published
in Sunday editions of newspapers.
The Disneyland TV series airs episode 93 - the 5th part of The Saga of
Andy Burnett, "White Man's Medicine."
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "The Coyote's Lament."
The Journey Into Imagination attraction (presented by Kodak) officially opens
at EPCOT's Future World. Located in The Imagination! pavilion, Journey Into Imagination features
the Dreamfinder (the attraction's pilot) who teaches Figment (a small, purple creature with orange steer
horns voiced by Billy Barty) to use his imagination. The ride features the song "One Little Spark,"
composed by the Sherman Brothers. The Imagination! pavilion (featuring the Magic Journeys film) has been
opend since the park's debut on October 1, 1982. (Over the years the attraction will go through different incarnations: Journey into YOUR Imagination in 1999 and Journey into Imagination with Figment in 2002.)
Jim Henson's Secret Life of Toys begins airing on The Disney Channel.
Wheel of Fortune spends Spring Break at Disney-MGM Studios. The popular game show will tape 20 episodes over the next 4 days.
"Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits" airs on ABC-TV.
Disneyland's King Arthur Carrousel reopens after 14 months of
renovation. Among the changes is the addition of a wheelchair-
accessible chariot that seats four and a loading ramp for disabled riders.
Disney Channel airs the That's So Raven episode "To See or Not to See" for the first time.
Touchstone Pictures releases Hidalgo, a film based on the legend of distance rider Frank Hopkins and his horse Hidalgo, a mustang.
At the 78th Annual Academy Awards, Howard Berger & Tami Lane win for Achievement in Makeup for the feature
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
The soundtrack to Disney's animated Oliver & Company is re-released on Walt
Disney Records. First released in 1988, it features performances by Billy Joel ("Why Should I
Worry?"), Huey Lewis ("Once Upon A Time In New York City"), and Bette Midler ("Perfect Isn't Easy").
The Donald Duck short Donald's Diary, also featuring Daisy Duck and Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey & Louie, is released.
Variety reports that a new Disney Channel series called Wizards of Waverly Place is slated for a fall launch. The show centers around a family whose 3 kids are wizards-in-training.
Sterling Holloway, the veteran
vocalist on dozens of Disney
animated projects, was not Walt
Disney's first choice to voice the
character of Winnie the Pooh ...
TV comic George Gobel was
(but he turned it down).
The Golden Globe Awards are presented at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles,
California. Although nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Disney's The Parent Trap,
Hayley Mills is edged out by actress Rosalind Russell for her performance in A Majorty of One. West Side
Story wins for Best Motion Picture - Musical, beating out Disney's Babes in Toyland. Best Motion Picture - Comedy
is also given to A Majority of One, again beating out The Parent Trap.
The Santa Clause is presented a People's Choice Award for
Favorite Comedy Motion Picture.
Actress Samantha Eggar - the voice of Hera, mother of Hercules, in Disney's
animated Hercules - is born in London, England. Her Disney credits also include the 1988 TV episode "Davy Crockett: Rainbow in the Thunder" as Ory Palmer.
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"When this kid started on The Jungle Book back in the sixties, I knew nothing about story. Vance Gerry was my
mentor. An incredible talent, Vance could accomplish more work in one day than most story artists could do it a
week. He was the most easy going, laid back guy I ever worked with. Totally unflappable, Vance could pitch to
the lowest Jr. story guy or to Walt Disney in the same relaxed manner." -Disney Legend Floyd Norman
In Memory of Vance Gerry (1929-2005)
Disney releases the Donald Duck short Drip Dippy Donald, directed by Jack King.
A leaky faucet keeps a very tired Donald up all night!
Actor Matt Lucas, Tweedledee & Tweedledum in Disney's 2010 Alice in Wonderland, is born in London, England.
Disney's fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and presented in 3-D and IMAX 3-D, is released in the United States and the
Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend kicks off at WDW.
It is reported that Disney Channel is developing a Tron based animated series to build on the success of the new Tron Legacy film coming out in December 2010.
Grammy Award-winning jazz great Herbie Hancock performs at the
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.
Touchstone's newest sitcom Where I Live premieres as part of ABC's TGIF lineup. About a Trinidadian-American teenager (played by Doug E. Doug) living in the Harlem section of New York City, it is created and executive produced by Michael Jacobs and Ehrich Van Lowe.
Disney Legend Robert B. Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of
brothers who penned memorable Disney songs for Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book
-- as well as the most-played tune on Earth, "It's a Small World (After All)" -- passes at
the age of 86 in London. Robert and his brother Richard wrote over 150 songs for Disney, including the
soundtracks for such films as The Sword and the Stone, The Parent Trap, Bedknobs and Broomsticks,
The Aristocrats and The Tigger Movie.
Disney releases the digital original motion picture soundtrack for
"Oz The Great and Powerful" featuring the music of composer Danny Elfman.
Road to Avonlea makes its debut on the Disney Channel as Avonlea.
A television series first broadcast in Canada, it is created by Kevin Sullivan and produced by Sullivan Films in
association with CBC and the Disney Channel, with additional funding from Telefilm Canada. The series is set in
the fictional small town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, in the early 20th century and centers on 10-year-old
Montreal heiress Sara Stanley (played by Sarah Polley).
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