Animator Retta Davidson - one of the few women animators who worked for Walt
Disney Studios during the Golden Age of American animation - is born in Arcadia, California. After graduating from high school in 1939, she joined Disney as an inker and painter (first at the old Hyperion Studio location), where she worked on Pinocchio, Bambi, and Fantasia. In 1941, women who worked in
the Ink and Paint Department were invited to submit drawings in order to be considered for jobs in the Animation Department (as World War II had taken many male animators into the service). Retta was among the 10 chosen.
Often credited as "Redda Davidson," she worked for Disney on and off until her retirement in 1985.
Harper's Bazaar prints an article by Janet Flanner
titled "Boom Shot of Hollywood." Her observations include, "Certainly
the sanest spot in Hollywood is that studio exclusively devoted to the creation of delicate deliriums and lovely lunacies - the fun factory of Mickey Mouse, Miss Minnie and Mr. Walt Disney, Incorporated."
Disney Princess: A Christmas of Enchantment, Disney Channel Holiday, A Very
Playhouse Disney Holiday, and Aliens of the Deep are all released to DVD.
The soundtrack to Chicken Little is released. The CD features
performances by Patti LaBelle & Joss Stone, Barenaked Ladies, and The Cheetah Girls.
Disney's Alice Comedy Alice Gets in Dutch, starring Virginia Davis, is released.
After Alice is caught pulling a prank in class, she's sent to the corner with a dunce's cap, where she quickly grows tired and begins daydreaming.
Disney's short Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip, directed by Clyde Geronimi,
is released. Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt Disney) heads out on vacation via train from
Burbank to Pomona with his buddy Pluto (voiced by Lee Millar).
Tony Award-winning actress/singer Beth Fowler, the original Mrs.
Potts in Disney's stage musical Beauty and the Beast, is born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She also supplied additional voices for the 1998 feature Mulan (plus sang on the film's soundtrack) and appeared in Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (both released by Touchstone Pictures).
Disney's Donald Duck & Goofy cartoon Frank Duck Brings 'Em Back is
released. Directed by Jack Hannah, Goofy is a "wild man of the jungle" and Donald a great white hunter!
In preparation for the Georgia premiere of Song of the South, artists Fred
Moore and Dick Mitchell, along with production expert Frank Bresson and
voice artist Clarence Nash open a "miniature studio" at the Belle Isle Building
Arcade in Atlanta, Georgia. The exhibit includes Moore and Mitchell drawing sketches for visitors,
demonstrations of the animation process, and showings of a preview of the picture and scenes from Disney's 1941 The Reluctant Dragon. (Song of the South will premiere on November 12 at Atlanta's Fox Theater.)
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Guest Star Day
with comedian, singer-songwriter & Disney voice actor Jerry Colonna.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs part 1 of "Snow Bear."
At Disneyland, the Golden Horseshoe Revue (running since 1955) is
renamed the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree. A fresh show but in the same vein as the Revue, the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree features Judi Wallace as Miss Lilly and Gil Christner as Sam, the saloon owner.
"Return of the Shaggy Dog" airs on The Wonderful World of Disney.
The first international Disney Store opens on London's Regent Street.
Disney Magic Productions releases the theme park album Fantasmic!: Good Clashes With Evil.
wildlife species and is bordered by one of the last remaining undeveloped lakes in Central Florida. Located south
of Orlando at the headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem, the 12,000-acre preserve features a 3-mile hiking trail.
The Disney on Ice show Disney on Ice - Jungle Adventures featuring the music and characters from "The Jungle Book", "Tarzan", and "The Lion King," pull into the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, for 4 days.
Disney Theatricals and the coffee company Chock Full o'Nuts had planned to use today's performance of Broadway's Beauty and the Beast to announce their new marketing partnership. But, as with many things in New York, the events of September 11 has changed
that. Instead, the companies contribute 200 tickets to the November 1 show to Ground Zero rescue workers and
TechTV's special, Tech of Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc., premieres on television.
(TechTV is a cable television channel covering technology information, news and entertainment 24 hours a day.)
Disney's The Santa Clause 2 (the sequel to the 1994 film The Santa Clause)
opens in theaters. Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an
end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus! All the principal actors from the first film, including Tim Allen, David Krumholtz,
Eric Lloyd, and Judge Reinhold reprise their roles.
Disney's 44th animated feature Brother Bear (featuring the voices of Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize, Rick Moranis, and Dave Thomas) opens in theaters nationwide. The film, set in a post-ice age North America, tells the story of a boy named Kenai
who has killed a bear in revenge for a battle that he provoked in which his oldest brother was killed. The Spirits, angered by this needless death, change the boy into a bear himself as punishment. Along his adventures as a bear, he meets up with a pair of comical Canadian moose named Rutt and Tuke.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs "Phenomenon II" on ABC-TV.
Disney Magic Productions releases the theme park album Candlelight Processional And Massed Choir Program As Presented At Epcot.
ABC-TV premieres the eighth episode of Disney's Recess,
"The Pest/The Legend of Big Kid"
The demon in Fantasia's
"Night on Bald Mountain"
is named Chernobog,
after the god of evil in
An article titled "Walt Disney's Mechanical Wonderland" by Tom McHugh appears
in Popular Mechanics. It tells of Disneyland's "genius" attractions.
Disney releases Fantasia to video and laserdisc.
"If I could use one word to described Retta Davidson, I think it would be "chipper." She was an upbeat and very funny lady. Retta
always had a joke or funny story to tell, and could keep us kids entertained for hours." -animator/Disney Legend Floyd Norman
Kenai: "Enough with the stories. I don't care about the time you and Binky found the world's
biggest pine cone ever."
Koda: "First of all, his name's Bucky, not Binky. And second, it wasn't a pine cone, it was a pine
nut, and it was huge, even bigger than your fat head."
The Magic Kingdom at Disney World hosts the last Mickey's
Not So Scary Halloween Party of the 2009 season.
Take one creative genius with ideas, engineers with mechanical know-how, a 160-acres orange grove in
Anaheim, Calif., and mix thoroughly with $19,000,000. The result? Disneyland, U. S.A.
Orlando’s Smile Ambassadors, Kyle Post and Stacey Doornbos complete their Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 67 Days of Smiles journey
with a parade at the Magic Kingdom. The New York City duo
serve as Grand Marshalls to commemorate their 67-day journey that
"We knew that Orlando has amazing theme parks and great resorts, but what really surprised us
was the diversity of things to do." -Stacey Doornbos
More than 100 Santas, Mrs. Clauses and Santa's helpers show up at Minneapolis’ Mall of America for a special screening of Disney’s A Christmas Carol.
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lasseter’s star is the 2,453rd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is located at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the historic, Disney-run
El Capitan Theatre.
On this same day, Pixar's Cars 2 is released to DVD.
A meeting is held at Walt Disney Imagineering to discuss Disney's past and
possible future relationship to America's space program. Among the 13 attending are Roy
Disney, Marty Sklar, Ward Kimball and Ray Bradbury. The meeting begins with a retrospect of Disney's early
space-related projects and moves to the more recent with a review of a Space Pavilion concept for EPCOT.
The Walt Disney Company announces a $2 million cash commitment to the
relief and rebuilding efforts for those severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
One million dollars will be donated to the American Red Cross for immediate, critical assistance, and
another $1 million will be designated for organizations working on rebuilding efforts
Tony Baxter, who began his Disney career as a Disneyland host serving ice cream
and went on to help define the modern Disney theme park as an Imagineer, is
honored with a window on Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.
Baxter’s window, located above the Main Street Magic Shop, reads: Main Street Marvels, Tony Baxter, Inventor,
"Imagination is in the Heart of our Creations."
ALADDIN, Disney's new Broadway-bound musical, opens at the
Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. Adapted from the hit film, the stage production
will run through January 5, 2014.
Writer, animation story artist and director Brenda Chapman is born in Beason, Illinois.
She co-directed the Disney/Pixar film Brave, becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best
Animated Feature. Her early credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down
Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Cars, Wall-E, and Up. ( In 1998, she became the first woman to direct
an animated feature from a major studio, DreamWorks Animation's The Prince of Egypt.)