Epcot's 10th Annual International Food and Wine Festival comes to an end.
It is reported that Chicken Little is the top film in U.S. and Canadian
theaters for the second week in a row with about $32 million in sales.
Scottish novelist, essayist, and poet Robert Louis Stevenson is born in
Edinburgh, Scotland. Disney's 1950 adventure film Treasure Island was based on Stevenson's 1883 novel about buccaneers and buried gold. Disney's 1960 live-action film Kidnapped was based on Stevenson's 1886 historical fiction adventure novel. Stevenson's "Treasure Island" was also later the inspiration for Disney's 2002 animated feature Treasure Planet. Also among his best-known written works ... "The Strange Case
of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and "The Ebb Tide." Director Robert Stevenson who directed Kidnapped and such other Disney films as Mary Poppins, That Darn Cat, and Old Yeller, was a direct descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson!
Actress Hermione Baddeley is born in Shropshire, England.
Her Disney credits include Mary Poppins (as Ellen), The Adventures of Bullwhip
Griffin (as Miss Irene Chesney), The Happiest Millionaire (as Mrs. Worth), and The Aristocats (as the voice of Madame Adelaide Bonfamille - the owner of Duchess and her kittens). Fans of the classic TV sitcom Bewitched may remember Baddeley as Samantha's beloved childhood nanny Elspeth.
Disney Legend Armand Bigle is born in Paris, France. He became known as Disney's "Godfather of Europe" for opening up new merchandising territories in that continent (beginning in 1949).
Actor, director & producer Garry Marshall, the voice of Buck Cluck in the 2005
feature Chicken Little, is born in New York City. Marshall directed both The Princess Diaries and
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement live-action features and appeared in Race to Witch Mountain.
Marshall also directed the 1990 live-action feature Pretty Woman, distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. (He
was the executive producer of the 1970s hit sitcoms Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and The Odd Couple.)
Disney's 3rd feature film, Fantasia premieres at New York's
Broadway Theater (formerly known as the Colony where
Steamboat Willie debuted). The film introduces stereophonic
sound to the motion picture via a special sound system
dubbed "Fantasound" - which literally vibrates the theater's
seats! In attendance at the gala premiere are socialites Mrs. Henry F. DuPont,
Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. (Although a triumphant premiere, Fantasia will not be appreciated for many years ...
until its re-release in the 1970s makes it a hit.)
Actress Whoopi Goldberg, the voice of Shenzi the Hyena in both Disney's The
Lion King and The Lion King 1 1/2, is born in New York City. She also starred in
Touchstone Pictures' 1992 comedy Sister Act.
The Disneyland TV series airs the episode "To the South Pole for Science."
Directed by Winston Hibler, it is the last in a trio of Disneyland episodes commemorating Operation
Deepfreeze, Antarctica's contribution to the International Geophysical Year of November 1956 to
February 1957. During this period five naval bases have been established, with the Disney camera
crew living and working along with the United States' Navy Task Force 43, and dutifully recording all
scientific findings made by the military personnel.
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Elfago Baca: Move Along, Mustangers."
It is the 7th of a 10-part mini-series starring Robert Loggia as a gun-slinger-turned-lawyer. This episode features
a young James Coburn in a supporting role.
Walt Disney Presents airs "Donald's Silver Anniversary."
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs
"A Ranger's Guide to Nature" on NBC-TV.
A special Amtrak train carrying Mickey Mouse (and animator Ward
Kimball) leaves Los Angeles for a 5-day trip to New York.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast (featuring the voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, and Angela Lansbury) premieres at the
El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, production of the
film took three and a half years and required the talents of almost 600 animators, artists, and technicians!
Amsterdam Theater in New York City. The cast album is also released at the theater
and in the tri-state area. In previews since October 15, The Lion King musical had first debuted in Minneapolis
last July. This evening's cast includes Jason Raize as Simba, John Vickery as Scar, Samuel E. Wright as
Mufasa, Heather Headley as Nala, Tsidii Le Loka as Rafiki, and Max Casella as Timon. The musical will win 6
Tony Awards and 8 Drama Desk Awards. Celebrities attending tonight's performance include Elton John (who
has written the show's music), Julie Andrews, Rosie O'Donnell and Mary Tyler Moore.
At the 26th Annual Annie Awards (the highest honor given for excellence in
animation) Disney's Mulan wins 10 awards. Among the winners of the Winsor McCay Award
is Eyvind Earle, who painted backgrounds for such Disney features as Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp.
I'll Be Home for Christmas, a holiday-themed film starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas
as a college student who has hardly ever been home for Christmas, is released
through Walt Disney Pictures.
Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 2 premieres at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood,
California. In attendance are Tim Allen (the voice of Buzz Lightyear), Tom Hanks (the voice of Woody), Riders
in the Sky (performers of the "Woody Roundup" theme song), Estelle Harris (the voice of Mrs. Potato Head),
Wayne Knight (the voice of Al), Robert Goulet (the singing voice of Wheezy) and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
The thirty-second episode of Disney's Recess, "That Stinking Feeling/My Funny
Valentines" premiere on ABC-TV. Although considered the show's Valentine's Day special, "My Funny
Valentine" airs on this day.
Disney's live-action 102 Dalmatians (starring Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil) has
its world premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
David de Vries replaces Bryan Batt as Lumiere, and Steve Lavner (making
his Broadway debut) takes over as Lefou from Brad Aspel in Disney's
Broadway show Beauty and the Beast. David de Vries had previously
played the role of Lumiere on Broadway, on tour and in Canada.
The Tony-winning Disney musical, The Lion King, celebrates six sold-out
years at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. The New York production has played 2,532performances!
U.S. President Bush speaks to supporters during a $2,000-a- ticket luncheon at the
Disney Grand Floridian Resort in Florida. (It is his 17th visit to Florida since taking office.)
Stars from the ABC Daytime dramas join the fun at the 9th annual
ABC Super Soap Weekend in the Disney-MGM Studios.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights makes its
seasonal debut at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.
Actress-dancer-singer Monique Coleman is born in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Her Disney Channel credits include High School Musical and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
Actor/comedian Steve Zahn is born in Marshall, Minnesota. His Disney voice credits include
Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little (as the Runt of the Litter) and an episode of Phineas and Ferb. Movie fans
will recognize him from such features as National Security, Riding in Cars with Boys, and That Thing You Do!
The 1883 novel Treasure Island,
written by Robert Louis
Stevenson, was released as a
feature film by Disney in 1950.
The famous novel was also the
inspiration for Disney's
Pirates of the Caribbean theme
park attraction and later the
series of blockbuster films.
The television special Mickey's 60th Birthday, combining live action/original
animation and library animation, airs on The Magical World of Disney on NBC.
Fantasia is thought to be the first American film to be released with no credits at all shown onscreen (not
even the customary "Walt Disney presents") other than the film's title, the words "Color by Technicolor",
and the words "Distributed by RKO Pictures". The written credits at the end of the film were added for
the 1990 50th anniversary edition.
Disneyland kicks off "Disney's Wildfire Heroes Salute" to express appreciation for the heroic efforts of the emergency workers battling the latest Southern California wildfires. Starting this day (and running through February 2008) Southern California firefighters, law
enforcement and rescue personnel can enjoy complimentary, three-day "Park Hopper" admission into Disneyland
and Disney's California Adventure parks!
"What you're going to see on the screen are the designs and pictures and stories that music inspired in the minds and imaginations of a group of artists."
The most beautiful love story ever told.
It is reported that Verizon and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts will team up to provide
visitors with information on the theme parks through their wireless devices.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Aristocats (the twentieth
animated feature in the Disney animated features canon) in Italy.
Fantasia premieres in NY City
Animator Chuck Jones ends his very short tenure at the Disney Studios. He is returning to
Warner Brothers and will later start his own animation studio. (Today Oscar-winning Jones is best remembered for
his work at Warner on such memorable characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig.)
The Lion King opens on Broadway
Donald Duck's 50th Birthday, a CBS television special is broadcast on
The Magical World of Disney. Donald is shown in both animated and costumed form, interacting with emcee Dick Van Dyke and such guests as Edward Asner, Cloris Leachman and
John Ritter. The special also features the music of John Debney and Disney veteran Paul J. Smith.
The 34th Festival of the Masters, a free open-air art festival featuring nearly 150 award-winning artists, kicks off for three days at Downtown Disney, Florida.
Voice actor, producer, writer, comedian and composer Will Ryan is born in
San Francisco, California. First voicing Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore after the
death of original voice Junius Matthews, Ryan went on to provided the voice of Rabbit, Tigger, as well
as Eeyore for Disney Channel's long-running series Welcome to Pooh Corner. He also provided the
voice of Barnaby the Dog on the popular series Dumbo's Circus (starting in 1985) and Willie the Giant for
both TV series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and House of Mouse.
"I have created some of my best work while sitting on a bench at Disneyland. Over the last 40 years, I have gone with my family to Disneyland dozens of times. But I have always brought along a small bag of work so when I inevitably get tired, I can sit on a nice quiet bench in Fantasyland or Tomorrowland and read or write." -Garry Marshall
Disney's landmark musical event, The Lion King celebrates 13 years on Broadway!
The show continues to reign as a cultural phenomenon and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its 1997 Broadway premiere, 17 global productions have been seen by more than 54 million people.
The Tony Award-winning Disney musical The Lion King celebrates 14
years on Broadway. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of
Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only six productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more both on Broadway (in NY City) and in the West End (in London).
In celebration of The Lion King's 15th Anniversary, "Good Morning America"
broadcasts live from the Minskoff theatre, for the first time ever. The coverage begins at
8:30 a.m. ET, featuring multiple teasers from the stage and a pre-taped segment, ending with a live
performance of "Circle of Life."
The cast of Newsies make their west coast debut performing "Seize the Day"
on ABC-TV's "Dancing with the Stars."
Today is Treasure Island Day.
Disneyland Resort launches its Holiday season with a ceremonial lighting of "it’s a small
world" Holiday.The Gallardo family from La Habra in Orange County, has the honor of turning on the lights.
Leon Russell, the long-haired, scratchy-voiced pianist, guitarist, songwriter and
bandleader who moved from playing countless recording sessions to making hits
on his own, dies in Nashville at age 74. His version of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
(written by Bob Dylan) can be heard in Disney's 2000 release Remember the Titans.
Film director, writer, producer, and art director Don Chaffey passes away at age 73 in New Zealand. His Disney film credits included the Greyfriars Bobby (1961), The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963), Ride a Wild Pony (1975) and Pete's Dragon (1977).