Disney's Finding Nemo is released to DVD in a
2-disc Collector's Edition and to VHS.
"Goodbye (Part 1)," the first new episode of the Touchstone/ABC sitcom
8 Simple Rules, since the sudden death of actor John Ritter, airs.
In its second season, the first 3 episodes had already been filmed prior to Ritter's sudden death on
September 11, 2003.
Ben Sharpsteen, Disney Legend, animator, and the co-director of many Disney films
including Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo, is born in Tacoma, Washington.
Chicken Little opens in theaters. A computer-generated imagery animated film, it was created
in-house at Walt Disney Feature Animation's main headquarters in Burbank, California. Loosely based on
the fable "The Sky Is Falling," the film's voice cast includes Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Garry
Marshall, Don Knotts, Fred Willard, and Catherine O'Hara.
Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, the second voice of Epcot's Spaceship Earth, is
born in St. Joseph, Missouri. He also appeared in the 1981 TV special Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
and the 1989 broadcast of the opening of Disney-MGM Studios. Cronkite appeared and narrated Back To
Neverland a film about animation featuring Robin Williams and Disney’s Animators that was originally shown in
Disney-MGM Studios at Disney World. To promote TRON’s 1982 release, Cronkite recorded a segment about the
film’s cutting-edge special effects for his science-related summer series Universe. (Best known as anchorman for
the CBS Evening News for 19 years, Cronkite was often cited as "the most trusted man in America.")
Actor Art Carney, best known for his role of Ed Norton on TV's classic sitcom The
Honeymooners, is born in Mount Vernon, New York. His Disney credits include the
1976 TV special Christmas in Disneyland and the 1985 Disney Channel Premiere Film The Blue Yonder.
Red Cross volunteer Walt Disney returns to Camp Scott after recuperating at home
from influenza. (An influenza epidemic will soon spread throughout the world.) Camp Scott is a Red Cross
training facility located near the University of Chicago. Upon arrival though, Walt is sent by train to Camp King in Connecticut, to await transport to France. He will be part of Company A of the Automotive and Mechanical
Section. (The world war will end before Walt ever reaches France.)
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Donald's Golf Game is released. Directed by Jack King, Donald needs silence to concentrate on his golf game, but his nephews (who have been pressed into duty as caddies) have noisy plans of their own!
Daisy Duck makes her first appearance in print in the
Donald Duck Sunday strip - drawn by Al Taliaferro.
Disney releases the Pluto short Sheep Dog. Pluto must protect his sheep against hungry coyotes!
The Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Talent Round-Up Day.
Also shown is the first episode of The Adventures of Spin and Marty serial.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of "Sammy, the Way-Out Seal."
Disney's Five Mile Creek (a live-action television series about a stagecoach line in
the wilds of 19th Century Australia) debuts on the Disney Channel with two
episodes - "Making Tracks" and "Horses for Courses."
The American Teacher Awards is first aired on Disney Channel.
Disney Legend & original Imagineer Roger Broggie passes away. Born in 1908, he joined
the Disney Studios as a precision machinist in 1939. A 50-year veteran of the Disney Company, Broggie's
mechanical ability touched many Disneyland and World's Fair attractions. Broggie built everything from steam
engine trains to electronic robots that could sing and dance.
The first Walt Disney Gallery opens at MainPlace in Santa Ana, California.
The staff of Disney Magazine don their Mary Poppins outfits for the East
Coast premiere of the film's sing-along at the Northampton Film Festival.
The sixty-fourth episode of Disney's Recess, "Kurst the Not So Bad/League
of Randalls" premieres on UPN and in syndication.
The ABC Soap Opera Bistro at Disney's California Adventure (opened since February 2001) closes.
Disney: The Music Behind The Magic - a 2-day event including seminars and
rare artifacts - begins at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.
The design of Walt Disney World's
is based on
Del Coronado Hotel
(pictured right) -
the largest beach
resort on the North American
Actor John Vickery, the original Scar in Disney's Broadway musical The Lion King, is born in Alameda, California. (Sci-fi fans know him for his Star Trek role of Rusot.)
Linda Gary, one of the most popular voice-over artists in the modern era of animation, is
born in California. Among her credits are Disney's Darkwing Duck, DuckTales and TaleSpin. (The bulk of Gary's work was with the Filmation Studio -
voicing characters in several TV series such as Web Woman and The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!)
This time the sky really is falling.
It is reported that Brooke Tansley, who started her run in Disney's Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast on September 14th,
will continue as Belle through May 1. Tansley was originally scheduled to depart in January.
The Hollywood Holly-Day Parade debuts at Disney-MGM Studios.
Walt Disney World Eyes & Ears reports on a new resort -
Cypress Point Lodge will be a medium-sized hotel facility, located on the south shore of Bay Lake near our Fort
Wilderness Campground Resort. Encompassing 550 rooms and 50 log cabins on the beach, Cypress Point Lodge
will offer a romantic notion of a turn-of-the-century hunting lodge secluded in a deep forest. Neither the trees
nor the buildings dominate the entire area; but blend together in a natural harmony.. One can almost hear the
crackling fireplace and feel the large wooden beams offer a haven of security and comfort.
This hotel will never be built ... but years later the Wilderness Lodge will.
"Can Do Machine Works / Mechanical Wonders / Live Steam Engines / Magical Illusions / Cameras / Roger Broggie, Shopmaster / Advisor to the Magic Makers"
-Roger Broggie's Disneyland window on Main Street USA
It is reported that The Walt Disney Company has gotten the green light from Chinese authorities to build one of its theme parks in Shanghai.
"Walt and I shared the same hometown of Kansas City, and went to the same elementary school. Although a generation separated us, he
became an early hero of mine. There were many who saw a resemblance betwen us. Not that he would have approved, by an means, but I
once impersonated him." -Walter Cronkite
Today is Use Your Common Sense Day
Will Rogers, a cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social
commentator and motion picture actor, is born William Penn
Adair Rogers in what is today Oklahoma.
Rogers loved the sport of polo, and it was on the polo fields of Hollywood where he met
and became friends with Walt Disney. Before making Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
Disney considered a production of Rip Van Winkle that would have had a live-action Will
Rogers interacting with animated characters. Disney even went as far as sending
animators, including Grim Natwick, Art Babbitt, and Bill Tytla, to Rogers' Santa Monica ranch to sketch
him in action. Disney was also planning on using a caricature of Rogers in the 1936 animated short Mickey’s Polo
Team. Unfortunately, Rogers died tragically in an airplane accident in August 1935 at the age of 55, resulting in his
caricature being removed.
Many years later, the character of Will Rogers was considered for one of 3 Audio-Animatronic hosts for the Epcot
attraction, The American Adventure. Along with Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, Rogers would have been the
spokesman for the 20th century (or 1900s) portion of the show. Imagineers designed an Audio-Animatronics
figure that can actually spin a rope and Will Rogers Jr., the son of Rogers, supplied the voice of his famous
father! Unfortunately Rogers was dropped as a host before The American Adventure premiered, but he does appear
briefly in the "Early 20th Century" segment of the show (pictured above).
Jennings Osborne's lights arrive on Walt Disney World property for the very first time.
Trucked in from Osborne's home in Arkansas (in four 18-wheel Mayflower Moving Vans), three teams of
technicians will work 'round the clock for three weeks straight to get the lights up along Residential Street at
Disney-MGM Studios. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will officially premiere on November 24.
The sixty-first episode of Disney's Recess, "The Principals of Golf/All the Principal's
Men" premieres on ABC-TV. Martin Mull guests stars as the voice of Principal Paul Prickly in "The
Principals of Golf."
The animated comedy adventure Planes: Fire & Rescue lands on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand
platforms. A follow-up to last year's Planes, the voice cast includes Dane Cook as Dusty Crophopper and Ed Harris as Blade Ranger.
It is reported that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has received federal permission to
fly drones over its theme parks. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a waiver recently allowing Disney to use drones through November 2020. Disney will fly drones for entertainment purposes, including
The film Doctor Strange, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt
Disney Studios Motion Pictures, is released in the U.S. World premiering last October
in Hong Kong, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as neurosurgeon Stephen Strange.
Jean-Jacques Perrey, co-composer of the "Baroque Hoedown," which was made
famous when it was first used for Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade, dies
at age 87 in Switzerland. The French native was an early pioneer of electronic music as one of the first
musicians to use the Moog synthesizer. Perrey's music has been used for versions of the parade at Disney parks
around the world, and it can be heard in parts of the music for Disneyland’s "Paint the Night" parade as well.