The annual meeting of shareholders of The Walt Disney Company
is held at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut at 10:00 a.m.
Disney's Technicolor feature Fantasia opens at the Apollo Theater in
Chicago, Illinois. The film, featuring eight animated segments synchronized to pieces of classical music, first premiered last November 1940 in New York City. A total of thirteen roadshow versions of Fantasia are being held across the United States. Exhibited in the form of a "limited-run roadshow attraction," the theaters are equipped with Fantasound, a pioneering stereophonic surround sound system.
Actor, musician & playwright Jeff Daniels is born in Athens, Georgia. He's appeared in
such live-action Disney films as the 1999 My Favorite Martian as Tim O'Hara, the 1996 101
Dalmatians as Roger, and the 1990 Arachnophobia as Doctor Ross Jennings. (Film fans also know him from
the features Dumb and Dumber, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Terms of Endearment.)
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Texas John Slaughter: Apache Friendship,"
the 11th of a 17-part miniseries starring Tom Tryon. Based upon an actual historical figure, Texas
Ranger John Slaughter, the serial has been running since 1958.
Walt Disney Presents airs part 1 of the 1956 film "Westward Ho, The Wagons!" About the adventures of a group of pioneers as their wagon train crosses the West in 1846, it features Fess Parker, Kathleen Crowley, David Stollery, Sebastian Cabot, George Reeves and Doreen Tracy.
An article titled "Florida's Disney World Aims at '70 Opening" by C. E. Wright appears in the Sunday New York Times.
NBC-TV airs the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color episode, The Boy Who Flew with Condors. A true-life adventure of Chris Jury, a California teenager who goes from admiring the endangered
condors' flight to sailing sky-high with them, it is narrated by Leslie Nielsen.
Mickey Mouse is welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. (The touring mouse will visit 30 cities in 30 days.)
Episode 10 of Mickey Mouse Works airs on ABC-TV. The program features the shorts
"Goofy's Radio," "Car Washers" (with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy), and "Pluto's Seal Deal."
The Disney short Hello Aloha is released by RKO. Directed by Jack Kinney, this
cartoon finds Goofy (voiced by Pinto Colvig) living out the working-man's dream of walking away from his
job and moving to a tropical island paradise.
Engineers Week, an event to raise public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to our quality of life and the importance of math, science and
technical literacy, begins at Epcot's Innoventions West on this Presidents' Day.
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"I never said, 'I'm going to be a big star.' I said, 'I'm going to be a good actor.'
And that took the pressure off." -Jeff Daniels
Academy Award nominations are announced with Disney receiving 2:
"The Bare Necessities" (from The Jungle Book) - Best Music, Song
The Happiest Millionaire - Best Costume Design
The 40th Academy Awards will take place April 10.
Disney animator and film director Hamilton Luske passes away at age 64 in Bel Air,
California. First joining the studios in 1931, his directing credits included Pinocchio, Fantasia, The Reluctant
Dragon, Saludos Amigos, Make Mine Music, So Dear to My Heart, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins.
In 1965, he won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for directing the animated sequence in Mary Poppins.
Keller's Jungle Killers, a circus act in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus tent, opens at Disneyland. The act features George Keller, a college professor-turned-lion tamer who has previously performed with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus! Keller's Jungke Killers include African lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, jaguars, black panthers and even a cheetah. Keller will continue his show at Disneyland through September. Originally a popular college professor of visual arts at Bloomsburg Teachers College in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, Keller's interest in show business started back in 1939 when he ran a Jungle Farm sideshow in his spare time.
Disney's Mickey Mouse short Pluto and the Armadillo, directed by Clyde Geronomi, is
released. Mickey's pal Pluto befriends an armadillo while on a South American trip. Originally planned to be part of The
Three Caballeros, it was developed from the South America Disney "Good Neighbor" trip.
Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Records join forces with Hot Topic, KIIS-FM,
MySpace and musical artists from the upcoming album "Almost Alice" for an ultimate
fan event celebrating this Spring’s most anticipated 3D feature Alice in Wonderland. The
star-studded concert event takes place at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Central Courtyard; featuring five musical
acts, a visit from director Tim Burton, and an appearance by the film's star Johnny Depp.
Disneyland announces that Michael Jackson's 3D film Captain EO will return to the park
on Tuesday, February 23. The first showing of the 18-minute movie is set for 10 a.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomes its newest family member when a baby gorilla is
born to first-time mother, Kashata. The new baby (unnamed at this time) is the third gorilla born at DAK as
part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan.
Rudy Larriva, animator and director from the 1940s to the 1980s, passes away in California, at age 94. Larriva worked at a number of studios, including Format Films, Filmation, Walt Disney Productions, UPA, and most notably Warner Bros. At Disney he worked on Song of the South and Melody Time. He is credited as the animation director for the opening credits of the television series The Twilight Zone (1959-60).
Disney announces it has bought the Colorado-based Kerpoof Studios, a creator of
online tools which allows kids to use computers to make artwork, create short films,
and write stories.
Singer Kelly Clarkson, in the midst of a North American tour, visits Walt Disney World.
First rising to fame as the winner of the first season of American Idol in 2002, in July 2004 Clarkson's single
"Breakaway" was first released by Walt Disney Records as the first single of The Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack. In February 2009 she took part in the grand opening of Disney's American Idol attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The nominations for the 46th Academy Awards are announced.
"Love," from Disney's animated Robin Hood (written by George Bruns &
Floyd Huddleston) is nominated for Best Song. Oscar night is April 2.
The nominations for the 64th Academy Awards are announced.
-Best Picture: Beauty and the Beast (Don Hahn, producer)
-Best Original Score: Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken)
-Best Original Song: "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken & Howard Ashman)
"Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken; Lyrics by Howard Ashman)
"Belle" from Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken & Howard Ashman)
-Best Sound: Beauty and the Beast (Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson & Doc Kane)
Television producer and screenwriter Dan Fogelman is born in River Vale, New Jersey. His writing credits include the animated films Cars, Bolt, Tangled, and Cars 2. Fogelman also created
the 2012 television sitcom The Neighbors, which aired on ABC from September 2012 to April 2014.
Actress Millie Bobby Brown is born in Marbella, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. Her ABC television credits include episodes of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (as Young Alice), Modern Family, and Grey's Anatomy. (Brown rose to prominence for her role as Eleven in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things, for which
she received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.)
Loud, the debut EP by pop rock band R5, is released through Hollywood Records.
The band features Ross Lynch (on lead vocals/rhythm guitar) from Disney Channel's Austin and Ally.
The 2001 Disney/Pixar animated Monsters, Inc. is released to 3D Blu-ray.
Actress Ophelia Lovibond is born in London, England. She is known for her roles as Carina in
the film Guardians of the Galaxy and Patty in the Disney+ film Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
Actress Jessica Tuck is born in New York City. Best known as Megan Gordon Harrison on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, her Disney voice credits include The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998) and The Brave
Little Toaster to the Rescue (1999) as Chris. Tuck's film credits also include Wild Hogs (2007), High School Musical 2
(2007), High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (2011), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
Frank Tashlin, animator, cartoonist, children's writer, illustrator, screenwriter, and film director, is born Francis Fredrick von Taschlein in Weehawken, New Jersey. Best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated shorts for Warner Bros., he worked for a short time at Disney. In January 1939, he began working at the Walt Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue. For the next 2 years he toiled on stories and gags for various films.
The 59th British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, take place. Best Makeup and Hair is awarded to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Howard Berger, Greg Nicotero and Nikki Gooley.
The neo-Western drama film Nomadland, distributed by Searchlight Pictures (a division of Walt Disney Studios), is released in the U.S. Directed, written, edited, and produced by Chloé Zhao, it is based on the 2017 non-fiction book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century" by Jessica Bruder. About a widow who leaves home to travel around the American West living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad, it stars Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells, and Peter Spears.
Flora & Ulysses, a superhero comedy film, debuts on Disney+. It tells the story of an imaginative and creative 10-year old cynic named Flora who never could have predicted that her little squirrel would be born anew as a superhero and have the uncanny knack for helping her and the lovable but broken people in her life. Based on the children's novel of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, the film features Matilda Lawler as Flora Buckman, Alyson Hannigan as Phyllis Buckman (a romance novelist), and Ben Schwartz as George Buckman (a struggling comic book writer).
Hong Kong Disneyland reopens. In honor of Hong Kong Disneyland’s 15th Anniversary, guests will now be able to experience the new Castle of Magical Dreams, the re-imagined centerpiece of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and attend the special celebration of the resort’s anniversary.
Actress and voice actress Florence Gill passes away at age 87 in California. For 20 years, she played hens, including Clara Cluck, in Disney animated films. Gill's credits included such shorts as Orphan's Benefit, The Wise Little Hen, Cock o' the Walk, Mickey's Grand Opera, and Mother Pluto. She also played Clara Cluck on the 1938 radio show The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air.
The 2nd EPCOT International Festival of the Arts comes to an end.