Disney officially releases its 42nd animated feature Treasure Planet on
this Thanksgiving Eve. Loosley based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic
novel "Treasure Island," the film has the distinction of being the first
to open in wide release, and in large-format (ie, IMAX) theaters on the same day. The
film also employs a novel technique of hand-drawn 2D traditional animation set atop 3D computer animation.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party debuts for the 2005
holiday season at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
The Food Network airs Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort (hosted by Raven) for the first time.
The Disneyland TV series airs the episode "How to Relax."
Goofy (voiced by Pinto Colvig) explains mankind's eternal desire to relax. Since
prehistoric times, when the caveman discovered his thumb, he unfortunately
discovered work, too, which robbed him of his ability to relax. Goofy attempts to
demonstrate numerous methods for ensuring sufficient time for leisure.
The cast of Disney's Zorro appears (for the third time this year) at
Disneyland. The 4-day event includes a parade and live performances.
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs the episode "A Storm Called Maria."
Based on the book Storm by George R. Stewart (a professor of English at the University of California and an expert of ecological sciences) this episode traces a storm called Maria from its origins in Japan to the coast of California. The first ever ecological novel, the 1941Storm prompted the National Weather Service to use personal names to designate storms!
Walt Disney Presents airs part 2 of "Moochie of Pop Warner Football:
From Ticonderoga to Disneyland." In this concluding episode of Disney's two-part miniseries, the
Peewees football team is set to play in a big title game held at Disneyland. But although Moochie Morgan (played
by Kevin Corcoran) has his heart set on accompanying his teammates to Anaheim ... if he continues to get lousy
grades in his American History class, he'll lose his eligibility. The episode includes a cameo by Walt himself.
at the Music Hall Theatre in Houston, Texas.
Disney's live-action 101 Dalmatians, starring Glenn Close as the villainous Cruella de Vil and Jeff Daniels as Roger, the owner of the 101 dalmatians, is generally released. Unlike
the 1961 animated version, Pongo, Perdita, and the 99 Puppies are all played by real-life dalmatian actors and none of
the animals speak. The film breaks the record for the biggest Thanksgiving Eve opening ever!
NBC-TV airs the one-hour special Walt Disney World Celebrity Circus. The program features such stars as Tony Randall, Allyce Beasley, Lisa Bonet, Tim Conway, Kim Fields, and Jim Varney.
Walt Disney World guests
consume 300,000 cookies and
1,200 gallons of hot coco each
night at Mickey's Very
Bill Nye the Science Guy is born in Washington, D.C. Besides appearing on
an episode of Disney Channel's MMC, Nye acted as a science consultant for the 1997 feature
Flubber. A comedian, TV host, science educator, and mechanical engineer, Nye appears in
Ellen's Energy Adventure in Epcot and provides the voice in the "antiquated" museum
preshow to Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur. Nye also appears in the "Design Lab" of CyberSpace
Mountain inside DisneyQuest at WDW where he refers to himself as "Bill Nye the Coaster Guy."
The final cels for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are painted.
The film's grand premiere is less than a month away.
Disney's first animated feature-length production has required thirty-two animators, 102 assistants, 167 "in-betweeners" (those who filled in bits of action), 20 lay-out artists, 25 artists doing water color backgrounds, 65 effects animators and 158 young women adept at inking and painting.
A giant inflated Buzz Lightyear makes his debut at the 82nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The cast of Broadway's Little Mermaid performs
"Under the Sea" and Miley Cyrus sings the original tune "I Thought I Lost You" onboard Walt Disney's new Bolt float.
It's a Small World at Disneyland decks the halls for the very first time with a special holiday theme.
"It's the suit, isn't it? I should never have listened to that pushy two-headed saleswoman ... this
one said it fit, that one said it was my color, I don't know what to do, I get so flustered."
-Doctor Doppler (Treasure Planet)
Buzz Lightyear visits NY City
Christmas With Walt Disney a film highlighting the life of Walt Disney with a unique composition of clips opens at the Walt Disney Museum in San Francisco, California. Directed by the Don Hahn (producer of The Lion King), the film features clips from different parts
of Walt's life.
Down at Epcot, Isabella Rossellini hosts the first Candleight Processional of the
2009 holiday season.
I'm in the Band, an original comedy series for Disney XD, previews as does
Skyrunners, the very first Disney XD Original Movie.
Walt Disney, his brother Roy and other top Disney officials have a follow-up meeting about the recent plane trip earlier in the month - in which they searched for an ideal location for a new theme park. The group gathers in Conference Room 2E at the Walt Disney headquarters to discuss building a possible resort in Central Florida.
The word famous Harlem Globetrotters bring their mix of hoops and hijinks to Disney World when they play two games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color series features part two of "The Moon-
Spinners" on NBC-TV. First released in theaters in 1964, "The Moon-Spinners" stars Hayley Mills in a
story about a jewel thief hiding on the island of Crete.
The computer animated epic musical fantasy-comedy Frozen, produced by
Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, hits
theaters. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen," it is the
53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Featuring the voices of
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Edie McClurg and Josh Gad, Frozen tells the story of a
fearless, yet optimistic princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged mountain man,
his loyal reindeer, and a hapless snowman (named Olaf) to find her sister, the Snow Queen, whose
icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Frozen is the first feature from Disney Animation with a female director. Jennifer Lee shares directing credit with Chris Buck.
Playing in front of Frozen is the short Get a Horse!, a slapstick animated comedy by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Magic Kingdom Park reaches a milestone in Disney history when the park's final touch point entry system is unveiled at the park ... a moment that signifies that all Walt Disney World Resort park entrances are now turnstile free! The first park to trade turnstiles for touch point entries was Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, which became the first turnstile-free park last February.
Film director, producer, dancer, author, actor, and choreographer Adam Shankman
is born in Los Angeles, California. His Disney credits include George of the Jungle, Inspector
Gadget, Mission to Mars, The Pacifier, and Bedtime Stories. (Shankman was a judge on seasons 3-10 of the
television program So You Think You Can Dance.)