Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is released on DVD.
Steve Blanchard and Megan McGinnis, the stars of Disney's Broadway hit Beauty
and the Beast, appear at the Lincoln Center tree lighting ceremony in New York
City. They perform a special duet version of the musical's title tune.
Disney's 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure wins a DVD Exclusive Award
for Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles. Finding
Nemo is honored for Best Menu Design, Best Games and Interactivities, and Best
Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers.
Marc Davis begins working as an apprentice animator at the
Walt Disney Studios. He is immediately thrown into 2 weeks of intense
drawing classes - taught by the studio's resident instructor Donald Graham. Davis
will go on to become one of Walt's "Nine Old Men" and create such memorable
Disney characters as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell and Cruella de Vil!
He will later become one of Walt's original Imagineers and ultimately a Disney Legend.
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Talent Round-Up Day.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 1
of "The Mooncussers: Graveyard of Ships." Young Jonathan Feather (played by
Kevin Corcoran) discovers the existence of a group called the Mooncussers - a gang of pirates
who work at night sending out false homing signals to ships at sea. These signals force the ships
to crash on the shore ... where they can be easily looted by the gang!
Disney's live-action feature film That Darn Cat!, starring Hayley Mills
and Dean Jones, is generally released. Based on the book Undercover Cat by
Gordon and Mildred Gordon, the film about bank robbers, a kidnapping and a mischievous cat - is directed by
Robert Stevenson. The cast includes Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, and Frank Gorshin. (Disney will
remake this film in 1997 starring Christina Ricci - with a cameo appearance by Dean Jones!)
Actress-film producer Lucy Liu, the voice of Mei in Disney's Mulan II, is born in Queens, New York. She is also the voice of Silvermist for Disney's Tinker Bell series of animated films.
(Liu began acting in 1989, after auditioning for a role in the University of Michigan's production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year!)
Britney Jean Spears, a member of Disney Channel's
The All New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Kentwood, Louisiana.
Twenty-year-old old Margarita Granados gives birth to a baby girl at Disneyland!
Nine months pregnant, she gives birth while waiting for her husband Juan ... who is riding Space Mountain.
It is only the second birth in Disneyland history.
KCAL (earlier known as KHJ) Channel 9, a television station in Los Angeles, is acquired by Disney.
The Company D Cast Member store opens at Disneyland.
Actor Bob Cummings, who helped host the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955, passes away at the age of 80 in Woodland Hills, California. First achieving stardom in the 1939 Three Smart Girls Grow Up, Cummings went on give memorable performances in such notable dramas as Kings Row and Dial M for Murder. He later began a long career on television starting in 1952 with the comedy My Hero. (Cummings was the godson of airplane co-inventor Orville Wright!)
Disney's live musical production The Lion King opens in Hamburg, Germany.
Disney Channel is launched in Poland with the local TV premiere of The Incredibles.
Walt Disney was so passionate
about trains ... that he built
a 1/8-scale railroad running
through his backyard and
among the rose gardens of
his California home! Walt controlled the track of his
backyard Carolwood Pacific
Railroad from a special barn.
"Santa Claus Lane," the second single from Hilary Duff's debut album
Santa Claus Lane is released (on Buena Vista Records). It is also the theme
song for the new Disney feature film The Santa Clause 2 starring Tim Allen (in release since November).
Today is National Fritters Day
Disney's Mickey Mouse short Haunted House, directed by Walt Disney, is released.
When Mickey takes shelter from a storm inside an old haunted house, he must play the organ for the ghost and
skeleton dance. It is Mickey's first ever encounter with supernatural beings!
"Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience." -Marc Davis
Clarence Charles Nash from Oklahoma joins Disney's studio as employee
number 125. Impressed by Nash's vocal skills, Walt Disney had asked Nash to make an informal audition after
first meeting him in 1932. "Ducky" Nash will be best known for providing the original voice for Donald Duck (as well
as Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie).
Disney releases The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian on DVD and Blu-Ray.
A Walden Media/Walt Disney Pictures production, the film had originally opened in U.S. theaters in May 2008.
It is based on Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia.
Toy Story 3 is named Best Animated Feature by the National Board of Review of
Motion Pictures. This is Pixar's fifth consecutive win in the category, and seventh since the NBR
established the category a decade ago.
It is reported that Disney fanatics Clinton and Lynette Hamblin of Petaluma, California
have purchased the house in Utah modeled after the colorful home featured in the
animated movie Up. They initially looked in California until they saw news reports about the house (officially
recognized as the Up house by Disney last summer) located in the Salt Lake City suburb of Herriman. With a price
tag of $400,000, the Hamblins plan on moving into the home after closing January 4.
The premiere of Disney Channel's holiday movie Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas,
inspired by the series Good Luck Charlie, is watched by 6.9 million viewers.
John Lasseter appears on the Charlie Rose show. His words include:
"Pete Docter, from Monsters, Inc. and Up, is doing a new film that takes place inside of a girl’s mind and it is
about her emotions as characters, and that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen."
The first ever batch of Disney movies to appear on DVD are released.
Among the eight films:
George of the Jungle, Phenomenon, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Rock,
and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Disneyland's Flight to the Moon gets a "boost" when McDonnell Douglas takes over
sponsorship. McDonnell Douglas Chairman James S. McDonnell and 15,000 of the company's employees
descend on Disneyland for McDonnell Douglas Night and the dedication of the attraction in the New Tomorrowland.
" You might say that Tomorrowland is our business and we work in a Magic Kingdom of creativity from which
emerges many contributions to the betterment of mankind." -James S. McDonnell
WestJet and Disney Parks Canada hold an event at the WestJet hangar in
Calgary, Alberta, Canada to unveil the Magic Plane. The iconic Boeing 737 features
Sorcerer Mickey on the tail.