DuckTales Volume 1, a 3-disc box containing the first 27 episodes of the animated
TV series, is released to DVD. Also released to DVD is Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
Volume 1 Box Set.
President George W. Bush announces the recipients of the 2005 National Medal of
Arts. Among the ten winners is Disney Legend Ollie Johnston. He will be the first animator to receive the award since its founding in 1985! (The medals will be presented November 10.)
It is reported that Walt Disney Co. has signed a 12-year marketing agreement with
technology giant Siemens AG that includes rights for Siemens to sponsor a number
of attractions at Walt Disney World. Siemens, one of the largest electronics and engineering
companies in the world, will have its brand on the Epcot icon, "SpaceShip Earth," the nighttime Epcot fireworks
show, "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth," as well as new attractions that will be incorporated into Innoventions.
Legendary stage actress Lucille La Verne, the voice of both the Wicked Queen & her alter ego in Disney's 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is born in Tennessee. She was also the Disney artists' model for the old crone that the Queen transforms herself into in order to give Snow White the poisoned apple.
Character actor Joe Flynn, the voice of Mr. Snoops in Disney's 1977
animated release The Rescuers, is born in Youngstown, Ohio.
His live-action credits include The Love Bug (1968) as Havershaw, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970) as
Dean Higgins, The Barefoot Execuitve (1971) as Francis X. Wilbanks, The Million Dollar Duck (1971) as Finley
Hooper, Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1973) reprising his role of Dean Higgins, Superdad (1973) as Cyrus
Hershberger, and The Strongest Man in the World (1975) playing Dean Higgins for the third and final time. Flynn
was one of many celebrities who attended Disney World's official dedication in 1971 and later hosted a 1972
episode of The Mouse Factory. (TV fans will known him for his comedic role of Captain Wallace "Leadbottom"
Binghamton on the classic 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy.)
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Bonnie Raitt, whose version of "Baby Mine" appears on the 1988 CD STAY AWAKE Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films, is born in Burbank, California. She also contributed the song "Will The Sun Ever Shine Again?" to the 2004
film Home on the Range, and was the singing voice of Trixie St. Claire in the 2002 The Country Bears.
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Guest Star Day. "The Misfit,"
the third episode of The Adventures of Spin and Marty serial is featured.
Doctors at St. Joseph hospital in California perform surgery on Walt Disney. On this morning, surgeons find his left lung to be cancerous and remove it. His oversized lymph nodes are an indication that Walt does not have long to live. (After two weeks of post-operative care he will be released from the hospital.)
Disney's 21st animated feature film Robin Hood is released
in theaters. The film features the voices of Brian Bedford (as Robin Hood-a fox), Phil Harris (as Little
John) and Andy Devine (as Friar Tuck-a badger). Some 350,000 drawings were made for the production,
with over 100,000 painted cels and 800 painted backgrounds. (It will earn an Academy Award nomination
for the song "Love" written by George Bruns and Floyd Huddleston.)
Vice president of Walt Disney World (since 1977) and Disney Legend Bob Allen
passes away. He first began working for Disney in 1955, as a ride operator at Disneyland.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs the television movie "A Knight in Camelot."
The Disney direct-to-video Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving is released.
The forty-second episode of Disney's Recess, "Gus and Misdemeanors/A
Science Fair to Remember" premieres on UPN and in syndication.
The 27th Annual Festival of the Masters (a 3-day showcase of art, culture and cuisine) kicks off in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney.
Tokyo Disneyland (which now includes Tokyo DisneySea)
welcomes its 300-millionth visitor, Mrs. Yoko Kusunoki!
In Florida, the ABC Super Soap Weekend kicks off at Disney-MGM Studios.
The Haunted Mansion 3D GhostVision Tour comes to Detroit,
Michigan's Oakland Mall for 2 days to celebrate the release of Disney's
newest feature film Haunted Mansion.
It is reported that The Incredibles - which opened in theaters on Friday November 5 - has taken $70.7 million in its first weekend in the U.S. (This beats Disney/Pixar's previous record of $70.3 million for Finding Nemo.)
Walt Disney Records releases Christmas In The Americas.
Deutsche Grammophon releases the album
Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra: Salute To Disney.
Disney's Haunted Mansion movie was not the
first attempt to tie a feature film to the
attraction. In the early 1990s, when Jeffrey
Katzenberg was head of the Disney Studios,
he wanted to produce movies based on
theme park attractions. A Haunted Mansion
script was commissioned ... but it languished
Meet Robin Hood and his MERRY MENagerie!
Jonas Brothers tape their spot at Disneyland in California for the 2008 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade (to air on television December 25).
Little John: "You know somethin', Robin. I was just wonderin', are we good guys or bad guys?
You know, I mean, uh? Our robbin' the rich to feed the poor."
Robin Hood: "Rob? Tsk tsk tsk. That's a naughty word. We never rob. We just sort of borrow a bit from
those who can afford it."
Little John: "Borrow? Boy, are we in debt."
John Lasseter (the mastermind behind Pixar classics like Toy Story and Cars) along with his wife and family are featured during an afternoon performance of Disneyland's "Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!" along the banks of the Rivers of America. Disney randomly selects guests to participate in each performance by waving flags, playing musical instruments, or holding props. Lasseter, who is the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is also the executive producer of the newest animated feature The Princess and the Frog,
Also at Disneyland, Stevie Wonder films a segment for the annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, performing the song, "That's What Christmas Means to Me."
On this evening, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the
Magic Kingdom both kick off for the first time this season at Walt Disney World.
Although running since September, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has an official opening in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. A mine train roller coaster located in
Frontierland, it is the second one of its kind (as a Big Thunder Mountain first opened in Disneyland in 1979).
Today is World Urbanism Day
Walt Disney World presents Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the
Magic Kingdom for the first time this season.
ABC-TV premieres the ninth episode of Disney's Recess, "The Box/The Trial."
Thor: The Dark World (also known as Thor 2) is released to theaters. Produced by
Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the sequel to 2011's Thor. Thor, the Mighty Avenger, fights to restore order across the cosmos, but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith
returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman
as Jane Foster (an astrophysicist and Thor's love interest), and Tom Hiddleston as Loki (Thor's adoptive brother and nemesis).
The Wind Rises, a Japanese animated film from Hayao Miyazaki, is released under the Touchstone Pictures label for Academy Award consideration in New York and
Los Angeles (in Japanese with English subtitles). A fictional look at the life of Jiro Hirikoshi, who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II, the film was originally released in Japan on July 20, 2013 under the title Kaze Tachinu.
In his first attempt at running a half marathon, Chris Sorrick of Tampa, Florida,
races away with the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on this Saturday night at
Walt Disney World Resort! With a winning time of 1:17:39, Sorrick, 21, finishes more than a minute
ahead of second-place finisher Cliff Gerber of East Brunswick, New Jersey (1:18:55). Jenn Berry of Denver,
Colorado, is the first female finisher with a time of 1:27:59. The second runDisney night race this year, the
event began at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and weaved through Disney’s Animal Kingdom and
Disney’s Hollywood Studios before finishing at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Walt Disney's 75-year old feature Fantasia returns to theaters nationwide for a
strictly limited engagement beginning on this day.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom takes place for the
first time this season at Walt Disney World. The first of 20 selected nights through
December 18, the annual event features complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, snow flurries on
Main Street, U.S.A., and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Animation director John Musker is born in Chicago, Illinois. Musker co-wrote and co-directed
(along with Ron Clements) seven feature films throughout his 41-year career at the House of Mouse, including
The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog, and Moana. In March 2018, Musker
announced his retirement from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Touchstone Pictures releases the crime thriller Ransom, directed by Ron Howard.
Through a life of hard work, airline owner Tom Mullen has amassed a great deal of wealth. When a group of criminals want a piece of his cash, they kidnap his son for a $2 million ransom. The film stars Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, and Donnie Wahlberg.
Actor Charles Tyner, who portrayed Merle in Disney's 1977 Pete's Dragon, passes at age 92. (First appearing on Broadway in 1959 with film star Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth, Tyner's film credits included Cool Hand Luke, The Longest Yard, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.)
Actress & producer Alfre Woodard is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her Disney credits include The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (as the voice of Maisie the Cat), Dinosaur (as the voice of Plio), Captain America: Civil War (as Miriam Sharpe), and the photorealistic computer animated remake of The Lion King (as Sarabi, Mufasa's mate and Simba's mother). Television fans will recognize Woodard from such series as Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, The Practice, and Desperate Housewives.