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.
Kingdom Hearts, an action role-playing video game developed by Square for the PlayStation 2 video game console, is released in North America. The result of a collaboration between Square and The Walt Disney Company, the game combines characters and settings from Disney animated features with those from Square's Final Fantasy series. Kingdom Hearts has already been in release since March 28 in Japan.
"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 That Darn Cat! (1965), The
Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Cat from Outer Space (1978), and
The Black Hole (1979) as the voice of V.I.N.CENT. He also lent his voice to episodes of Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles. (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 sitcomThree'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!
The cast of Home Improvement includes:
-Patricia Richardson as Tim's wife Jill
-Zachery Ty Bryan as Brad
-Taran Noah Smith as Mark
-Earl Hindman as Wilson
-Richard Karn as Al
Actor Mena Massoud is born in Cairo, Egypt (but raised in Canada). He plays the title
role in Disney's 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin.
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.
Zendaya, the eponymous debut studio album by American singer and actress Zendaya, is released by Disney's Hollywood Records.
Hollywood Pictures releases the satirical black comedy Breakfast of Champions, starring Bruce Willis, Albert Finney, Nick Nolte, and Barbara Hershey. A portrait of a
fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters, the story is adapted from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s 1973 novel of the same name.
Season 6 of the ABC-TV sitcom Home Improvement kicks off with the episode "At Sea." Based on the stand-up comedy of Tim Allen, Home Improvement centers on Tim "The Toolman" Taylor
(host of the home-improvement show "Tool Time"') and his wife Jill and their 3 sons.
Actress, director, screenwriter, and singer Anne Bancroft is born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in The Bronx, New York. Perhaps best known as the seductress, Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate (1967), her only Touchstone credit was the 1997 G.I. Jane as Sen. Lillian DeHaven. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film, theatre, and television.
After being removed in July, the Tomorrowland marquee returns at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, with a brand new look.
Actor and filmmaker Paul Feig is born in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He played Mr. Eugene Pool on the ABC sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–97).
Animator, film director and screenwriter Jimmy Hayward is born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His Pixar credits include Toy Story, A Bug;s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc, Mike's New Car, and Finding Nemo.
Legendary comedy entertainer Red Skelton passes away at age 84 in California. Best known as a top radio, film and television star from 1937 to 1971, he appeared on the 1976 TV special Monsanto Night Presents Walt Disney's America on Parade.
Once Upon a Wintertime, an animated musical short from the film Melody Time, is reissued as a stand-alone short. About two romantic lovers, Joe and Jenny on a winter day in 1800s December, it is directed by Hamilton Luske.