Walt Disney Records' Disneymania, featuring classic Disney songs performed by acts like 'N SYNC, Usher, Aaron Carter, Hilary Duff, and Christina Aguilera, is released in the U.S.
Disney also releases its 2001 blockbuster Monsters, Inc., on a
2-disc special edition DVD and VHS. It features an all-new animated short Mike's New Car, created exclusively for this release.
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, a new sitcom from
Touchstone/ABC debuts. Based on the self-improvement book of the same name, the series stars John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our
Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America."
Today is Constitution Day
Actor-comedian-singer & composer Jerry Colona, the voice of March Hare in Disney's
1951 Alice in Wonderland, is born Gerardo Luigi Colonna in Boston,
Massachusetts. Remembered best as the zaniest of Bob Hope's sidekicks on Hope's popular radio shows
and films of the 1940s and 1950s, Colona also lent his voice to Disney's 1950 The Brave Engineer (as the
narrator) and the 1946 Make Mine Music (narrating the Casey At Bat segment).
Disney Legend & camera effects artist Bob Broughton is
born Berkeley, California. First beginning his career with Disney in
1937 in the mailroom, he shortly thereafter moved into the camera department.
He worked on nearly every motion picture from Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs to The Black Hole (in 1979). Broughton also helped Dick Van Dyke
dance with animated penguins in Mary Poppins by using Color Traveling Matte Composite
Cinematography, an award-winning technology that combines live-action and animated actors.
Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film Rickety Gin is shipped to New York
distributor M. Winkler. It will be released December 12, 1927 along with a second Oswald short,
Empty Socks (the first Disney "Christmas" themed short).
Actor and photographer Roddy McDowall, the voice of Mr. Soil in the 1998 A Bug's Life, is born in London, England. His Disney live-action credits include the 1965 That Darn Cat!, the
1967 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, and the 1979 The Black Hole as the voice of V.I.N.CENT.
(Sci-fi fans know McDowall best for his role of Cornelius in the Planet of the Apes series of films.)
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon The Whoopee Party is released. Directed by Wilfred
Jackson, Mickey and his pals throw a wild party - that includes roast chickens and lamps coming to life
and joining in the chaos. The police are summoned to quiet things down ... but end up joining in themselves!
Actor Bruce Spence, the voice of Chum in the 2003
Finding Nemo, is born in Auckland, New Zealand.
Actor John Ritter (best known for his role of Jack Tripper on the late-1970s hit sitcom
Three's Company) is born in Burbank, California. He appeared in the 1971 Disney live-action film
The Barefoot Executive, and several Disney television specials including Mickey's 60th Birthday, The Disney-MGM
Studios Theme Park Grand Opening, and Walt Disney World Christmas Parade. Ritter also starred in the ABC/Walt
Disney Studio sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, until his untimely death in 2003.
(John was the son of country music singer and movie actor Tex Ritter; the voice of Big Al, an audio-animatronic
bear at the Country Bear Jamboree attraction in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort.)
The ABC-TV series Walt Disney Presents airs for the last time. The following week the series will be called Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color ... and air on NBC.
A Golden Horsehose Revue Reunion takes place at the Wells Fargo Theater in California. Performers Wally Boag, Fulton Burley, and Betty Taylor (who all starred in the popular Disneyland stage show) appear.
Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida takes place at the Alliance Theatre in
Atlanta, Georgia. (Officially opening October 7, the show will run through November 8.)
Sterling Holloway (the future voice of Winnie the Pooh) signs his first
contract with the Walt Disney Music Company. The agreement ensures him star status on
all recordings (unlike many of his contemporaries who perform uncredited).
Kevin Broady, 44, of Brea, California, posts a time of 1:11:31 to lead the field of
more than 9,700 participants en route to victory in the inaugural Disneyland Half
Marathon in Anaheim. Broady, a former Disneyland Cast Member, finishes just a
minute and a half over Benjamin Gomez Gutierrez, 30, of Jalostotitlan, Mexico,
who finishes second with 1:13:04!
The year 1787 over the
entrance to The Hall of
Presidents (at Walt Disney
World) refers to the date the
United States Constitution
Disney's pop group The Party release their second album In The Meantime, In Between Time on Hollywood Records. The group consists of Disney Channel Mouseketeers.
The new sitcom Home Improvement, starring comedian Tim Allen,
debuts on ABC-TV. The show centers on the daily trials and tribulations of Tim Taylor, a TV show host
raising three mischeivous boys with help from his loyal co-host, patient wife, and genius neighbor. Based
on Allen's stand-up comedy, the show will be one of the highest-rated sitcoms for almost the entire decade.
Among the cast ... is Jonathan Taylor Thomas - playing Randy, one of Allen's sons. He will later be the voice
of young Simba in Disney's animated feature The Lion King. The series will launch Allen's acting career
which will include supplying the voice for Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear!
A tribute to and a celebration of Pixar's Joe Ranft (who passed away
August 16) is held for a few hundred guests at the Emeryville studio.
"Joe was the Dean Martin to John Lasseter's Frank Sinatra in the Pixar Rat Pack." -actress Bonnie Hunt
Imagineer Rolly Crump and comedic actor Tim Conway are among the 11 inducted
Mr. 3000, a sports comedy film starring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett, is released. Distributed by Touchstone Pictures and Dimension Films, the film tells the story of a retired Major
League Baseball player who makes a comeback at age 47 in order to attain 3,000 hits.
The United States Constitution was
September 17, 1787
"This is a big loss for us here at Pixar. But we're here to celebrate Joe, his life, his creativity, his heart.
The impact he made goes way beyond the credits of the films he's worked on." -John Lasseter
2004 Disney Legends inducted
Home Improvement debuts on ABC-TV
Mia Talerico, who plays Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan, the title character of the Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie, is born in Santa Barbara, California.
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort kicks off (through October 31). Over in
Frontierland, Rancho del Zocalo honors Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) with traditional
skeleton figures on display until November 2 (which is Day of the Dead - a holiday
celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans living in the U.S. and Canada.).
"I had one of the best jobs anyone could have, with a one-of-a-kind organization and incredibly talented people." -Bob Broughton
Trade publication The Licensing Letter releases its second annual list of the best-
selling licensed entertainment character merchandise, based on 2011 retail sales in
North America. Disney Princess comes in at No. 1, earning $1.6 billion in North American retail sales and $3
"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only
safeguard of our liberties." -Abraham Lincoln
Disney Vacation Club, the time-share arm of the Walt Disney Co., announces
that it is building new units at Disney World's Polynesian Resort, the 42-year-old,
tropically themed hotel on the Magic Kingdom monorail line. The Polynesian will become Disney Vacation Club's 13th property and its ninth at Disney World.