The 76th Academy Awards are held at the Kodak Theatre in
Hollywood, California. Screenplay writer & director Andrew Stanton is awarded an
Oscar (Best Animated Feature Film) for Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo. Although nominated for Best Sound, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is edged out by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Howard Shore's original score for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King beats out Thomas Newman's Finding Nemo score.
Today is Leap Day
A leap year is a year in which one extra day has been inserted at the end of February. Leap years are needed
to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth's revolutions around the sun.
The next Leap Year will be in 2024.
Singer/actress/TV celebrity Dinah Shore (whose voice can be heard
in Disney's 1946 Make Mine Music and 1947
Fun and Fancy Free) is born in Winchester, Tennessee.
Disney is awarded an Oscar (Short Subjects, Cartoon) for the Silly Symphony short The Ugly Duckling at the 1939 Academy Awards (held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles).
The Disneyland television series airs a look at Disneyland's Adventureland via the Jungle Cruise attraction. Also presented is a look at the nature film
Disney's An Extremely Goofy Movie makes its home-video premiere. It features the voice of Bill Farmer as Goofy.
During World War II,
93 percent of Disney Studios' output was under
to benefit the
ESPN The Weekend kicks off at Disney World.
Meanwhile over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, a giraffe is born. Makena,
which means “Happy One” in Swahili, weighs in at 118 pounds, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Makena
is the first calf for her mother, 4-year-old Malaika, who was also born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Science fiction and fantasy author Tim Powers is born in Buffalo, New York. His
1987 novel On Stranger Tides was adapted into Disney's 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
(the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series).
Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney
World in Florida open at 6 a.m. in celebration of Leap Day. A 24-hour event
dubbed "One More Disney Day," this is the first time in Disney's history that both parks operate for
24 hours at the same time. To commemorate the event, Disney hands out special Mickey ear hats
to the first 2,000 guests who enter the parks. The event runs until 6 a.m. on March 1.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a Leap Day event aimed at helping guests learn more about frogs, toads and other amphibians takes place at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
"The Road to Cars Land," a sneak preview of the plans for Cars Land, featuring a model of the land, scale models of some of the new ride vehicles, and sketches & early concept art, debuts at Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure park.
Actor Alex Rocco is born Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Known for his gravelly voice, his Disney credits include Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) as Quinn, A Bug's Life (1998) as the voice of Thorny, and The Country Bears (2002) as Rip. (Rocco is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Moe Greene in the 1972 The Godfather.)
Onward, a computer-animated urban fantasy film
produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney
Pictures, opens in limited release in the United States.
Set in a fantastical world, where the populace once had magic, two
teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, receive a wizard's staff
as a prearranged gift from their father, who died before Ian was born and when Barley was too young to remember him. The staff came with a spell that will bring him back for only 24 hours, so his sons can meet him. Prompted by Barley, Ian uses the spell, only to end up with just his father's legs. This causes the brothers to go on a quest for a way to bring back the rest of their father before the time is up. Featuring the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, Onward will open nationwide March 6.
As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve, the Oriental Land Company announces for the safety of Guests and Cast Members, that the Tokyo Disney Resort will be closed from February 29th through March 15th. This is the first closure of the resort since Typhoon Hagibis last year, and the first long-term closure since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.