Walter Catlett, the voice of J. Worthington Foulfellow in the 1940 classic
Pinocchio, is born in San Francisco, California. Catlett also portrayed Colonel Plug in the 1956 Disney film Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. (Originally a vaudeville performer, Catlett supplied the comic relief in such films as Yankee Doodle Dandee, Bringing Up Baby, and Mr. Deed Goes to Town.)
A race car sponsored by Disney & Pixar and driven by 80-year-old film legend Paul
Newman takes part in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, a motor sport event. (Newman,
an accomplished sports car racer, has appeared in five previous Rolex 24s, winning the GTS-1 class and
finishing third overall in 1995.) Newman is the voice of a 1951 Hudson Hornet in Cars, a Disney/Pixar animated
film to be released in 2006. It is Newman's last race as a professional.
It is announced that the Walt Disney Company will open a third Disney hotel
within Tokyo Disney Resort in 2008. The nine-story high hotel will have about 700 guestrooms
and will be larger than either of the park's other two hotels.
Voice actress Janet Waldo - one of the voices of the grandmother in Disney's Carousel of Progress - is born in Grandview, Washington. (The quintessential voice of the swooning, overly dramatic teenager, cartoon fans know Waldo as the voice of Judy Jetson from The Jetsons, Josie from Josie and the Pussycats, and countless other animated television shows.)
Actor William Phipps, the voice of Prince Charming in the
1950 Cinderella, is born in Indiana. Phipps also played the role of
Quentin in Disney's 1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. (In the early
days of 1950s science-fiction, he was one of the first actors to become identified
with the genre, appearing in such features as Invaders from Mars and
The War of the Worlds.)
Disney Legend Bob Allen is born in Corona, California. He began working for Disney in 1955,
as a ride operator at Disneyland (on the Casey Jr. attraction in Fantasyland), and by 1963 advanced to production
coordinator at Disneyland. In 1970, Allen moved to Florida to serve as director of General Services for Walt Disney
World and was later named vice president of its Resorts Division. He was elected chairman of the Walt Disney
World Operating Committee in 1973, and on January 1, 1977, was promoted to vice president of WDW.
Disney's Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is generally released to
and has been playing at New York's Radio City Music Hall since January 13.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "Fantasy on Skis."
Disney's animated short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
premieres along with the live-action feature The Ugly Dachshund. Winnie the Pooh
and the Honey Tree is Disney's first animated treatment of the famous children's books written by A.A. Milne. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it features the voices of Sterling Holloway (as Pooh), Wolfgang's
son Bruce Reitherman (as Christopher Robin), and Sebastian Cabot (as the narrator).
The Ugly Dachshund, a comedy starring Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette, tells the story of a
Great Dane who believes he's a dachshund.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs part 2 of "Shadow of Fear."
Pixar Animation Studios announces that it has developed
a proprietary laser recording system called PIXARVISION for converting
digital computer data into images on motion picture film stock with unprecedented quality. The new system was successfully tested on the 1998 animated hit,
A Bug's Life, and will be used to produce Pixar's future animated features including Toy Story 2.
Super Bowl XXXVI MVP Tom Brady of the New England Patriots appears in a gala parade down Hollywood Boulevard at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.
Walt Disney Records releases the CDs "Sing Along With Disney's Princesses"
and "Jungle Book 2: Songs From the Film and Other Jungle Favorites."
The Disney World special ticketed event "This Is Love: A Royal
Knight to Remember" takes place at the Magic Kingdom.
The 33rd Annual Annie Awards are presented at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Disney's Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch wins for Best Home Entertainment Production. Although Chicken Little is nominated, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit takes home the
Annie for Best Animated Feature.
Musician Jimmy Johnson (not to be confused with Disney Legend Jimmy Johnson) is born in Sheffield, Alabama. A member of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section that was attached
to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Johnson's guitar playing can be heard on records by such legends
as Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. One of Disney's most unusual albums, The Sounds of Christmas (1973),
was conceived by Johnson. The album had a sound-effects-laden story on side 1, featuring a small cast and
original songs, told, sung and directed by Disney studio staffer Pete Renaday. The flip side featured the effects by
themselves - reminiscent of the Disney record Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House.
The Disney television series airs the episode Disneyland's 35th Anniversary
Celebration. The special - presented in a series of sketches - features Tony Danza, Michael Eisner,
Charles Fleischer, Kelsey Grammar, Woody Harrelson, and Frank Oz.
At Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Indianapolis Colts' head coach Tony Dungy and
running back Dominic Rhodes take part in the 37th Disney television ad
following their win over the Chicago Bears, 29-17.
Disney consultant Tim Onosko is born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Known as the go-to guy for the future, Onosko accurately forecasted how technology altered the entertainment landscape. He helped define Epcot by steering the theme park's designers toward cutting-edge gadgets. Before joining Walt Disney Imagineering as a consultant in 1987, Onosko was a journalist who covered technology and pop culture. In 1978 he published a book on amusement parks, "Funland U.S.A.," and wrote about Epcot in a story headlined "Tomorrow Lands" for Omni magazine in 1982. The Omni story invigorated the Imagineers. Later in life Onosko became a filmmaker.
The classic 1951 film The African Queen helped inspire the design of Disneyland's Jungle Cruise attraction.
Stuart Buchanan - the voice of of Humbert the Huntsman in the 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - passes away in Cleveland, Ohio.
Snow White generally released
The Happiest, Dopiest, Grumpiest, Sneeziest movie of the year.
My sincere appreciation to the members of my staff whose loyalty and creative endeavor made possible this
production. -closing credits of "Snow White" in which Walt Disney thanks his staff
"New technologies are giving us new fields, new areas of expression, new tools for expression. Machines are in fact opening
up a remarkable world for people who ... are finding brand new avenues of expression." -Tim Onosko
The article "DISNEY'S LAND: dream, diversify - and never miss an angle" runs in this
day's edition of The Wall Street Journal. The article describes in great detail how the various
divisions of Walt Disney Productions work.
It's Showtime Day on The New Mickey Mouse Club. Multi-talented musician Scotty Plummer from
San Francisco performs. (A highly regarded banjo player who made a name for himself as a youngster in both the
United States and Canada earning the title "Prince of Banjo," Plummer went on to achieve some international fame
through touring as a headline act with Liberace and backing country singer Eddy Arnold.)
TODAY IS WORLD CANCER DAY
At EPCOT Center, Backstage Magic opens in Communicore East in Future World.
Replacing the Astuter Revue, Backstage Magic features computer operator Julie and her graphic sidekick,
I/O (Input/Output). It demonstrates the process of operating the Audio-Animatronics found throughout the Disney parks.
(The show will run through 1993.)
Disney Channel airs "Raging Bully" the 6th episode of Phineas and Ferb for
the first time.
(Set in Africa during World War I, the film
centers on a riverboat captain - played by Humphrey Bogart - who is persuaded by a
strait-laced missionary - Katharine
Hepburn - to use his boat to attack an
The International Animated Film Society gives out its Annie Awards for 2011, hosted
by Patton Oswalt, the voice of Remy in the Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille.
The Disney/Pixar production of Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice snags four awards - in the categories of
storyboarding by Brian Kesinger, character design by Bill Schwab, music by Michael Giacchino and character
animation by Tony Smeed.
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh is honored with an Annie for storyboarding by Jeremy Spears for an animated feature.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates is awarded as the best animated television production for preschoolers.
Quarterback Joe Flacco leads a Super Bowl Victory parade down Walt Disney World's
Main Street, USA. Yesterday he led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Disney begins a 5-month marketing campaign for its newest animated feature Hercules (to be released in June). A promotional traveling tour called Disney's Hercules Mega Mall Tour, it is sponsored by Chevy Venture.
Moments after quarterback Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl LII, the game's MVP shouts "I'm going to Disney World!" (He'll appear in a hero's parade in the Florida resort the following day.)
Actor John Mahoney passes away at age 77 in Chicago, Illinois. Best known for playing the blue-collar patriarch Martin Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, his Disney voice credits include Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo's Return as the voice of Preston B. Whitmore, Papi in Kronk's New Groove, and Tim Tim Tim in Teacher's Pet. Mahoney also appeared in the live-action features Dan in Real Life and Tin Men.
The feature film Gun Shy, co-produced by Disney's Hollywood Pictures and distributed by Disney's Buena Vista Pictures, is released. Liam Neeson plays an undercover DEA agent suffering from anxiety and health problems after a bust gone wrong. The cast includes Oliver Platt, Sandra Bullock, José Zúñiga, and Michael DeLorenzo.
The soundtrack to Gun Shy is released on Hollywood Records. It features an eclectic collection of songs, including World Party's "Is It Too Late," James Brown's "It's a Man's World," and the Push Stars' "Drunk Is Better Than Dead."
The 44th Annual Annie Awards take place at the University of California, Los Angeles's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Among the Disney/Pixar winners-
-Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
-Best Animated Short Subject: Piper
-Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production: Marlon West, Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pierpont,
Ian J. Coony and John M. Kosnik – Moana
-Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production: Andrew R. Jones, Peta Bayley,
Gabriele Zucchelli and Benjamin Jones – The Jungle Book
-Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production: Cory Loftis – Zootopia
-Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Byron Howard and Rich Moore – Zootopia
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy-drama My Father the Hero. Gérard Depardieu
plays a hapless father who falls victim to the romantic mischief-making of his teenage daughter, played by
Katherine Heigl, while holidaying in the Caribbean. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, it is an English-language
remake of the 1991 French film Mon père, ce héros, which also starred Depardieu.
Disney's Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue is released in U.S. theaters. Richard Todd stars as Robert Roy MacGregor, a clan leader in 18th century Scotland attempting to lead his fellow countrymen in a
rebellion against the heavy-handed rule of England's King George I. Directed by Harold French, it is Todd's third Disney movie. The cast includes Glynis Johns (Helen Mary MacGregor), James Robertson Justice (Duke of Argyll), and Finlay Currie (Hamish MacPherson).
Actress Gabrielle Anwar Laleham is born in Surrey, England. She played Lady Rapunzel Tremaine/Victoria Belfrey in the seventh season of ABC-TV's Once Upon a Time.
Innuendo, the fourteenth studio album by the British rock band Queen, is released in the U.S. on Disney's Hollywood Records (and in the U.K. by Parlaphone). It is the band's first album for Hollywood Records. Produced by David Richards and Queen, it will be the band's last album to be released in lead singer Freddie Mercury’s lifetime (as sadly he will pass away in November 1991). It will also be the first Queen album to go Gold in the U.S. since The Works in 1984.
Child actress Pamelyn Ferdin is born in Los Angeles, California. Starting her career in numerous television series, she gained attention for her work as a voice actress supplying the voice of Lucy Van Pelt in the 1969 TV special It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and the 1971 TV special Play It Again, Charlie Brown. She was also featured in the 1968 Walt Disney musical The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, playing Laura Bower (one of the daughters of Calvin Bower - played by Buddy Ebsen). As an adult, Ferdin became an animal rights activist.