Mouseketeer Lynn Ready, a member of the Mickey Mouse Club during
the 1956-1957 season, is born in Dallas, Texas. A third season replacement,
he was the only Mouseketeer ever hired whose family wasn't already living in California.
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey and the Seal is released. Directed by Charles A. Nichols, it features the voices of James Macdonald (as Mickey) and Pinto Colvig (as Pluto). Mickey Mouse unwittingly brings home a baby seal from the zoo, but Pluto is the only one who knows it! The short will be nominated for an Academy Award.
Walt Disney writes his annual birthday letter to his sister Ruth (who will
celebrate on December 6). His words include: "I am hoping you will use the enclosed check
for yourself - something that you might particularly like to have and let it be my birthday gift to you."
He goes on to apologize for not being home when Ruth and her son came to visit during the past
summer. Walt writes of his recent trip to Mexico and his Disneyland project.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs
"A Fire Called Jeremiah" (the 10th episode of the eighth season).
Disney's 2005 Sky High, is born in Brooklyn, New York.
Disney Legend Joe Fowler (a retired U.S. Navy Admiral) passes away at age 99 in Orlando, Florida. Retired from Disney since 1978, Fowler oversaw construction of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The dock for the two large ships in Disneyland's Rivers of America, located across from The Haunted Mansion is named Fowler's Harbor. In 1999, one of the ferries that crosses the Seven Seas Lagoon taking guests
from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom was renamed Admiral Joe Fowler in his honor
(it was originally known as the Magic Kingdom).
It is reported that the Walt Disney Internet Group will make popular Disney
characters and songs available on AT&T Wireless phones or the first time in the
United States. (Disney-branded ring tones and graphics were first offered in Japan back in August 2000.)
Disney releases Mickey Mouse in Black & White under
its Walt Disney Treasures banner. The 2-disc DVD collection
contains 34 of the original black & white Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts starting with Steamboat Willie (1928) and ending with Mickey's Service Station (1935). Other Walt Disney Treasures released on this day include The Complete Goofy and Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio.
Lilo & Stitch is released on VHS and DVD for the first time.
There were 737 decorated
trees throughout WDW for the 2009 holiday
Those 737 trees
Writer, voice actor, director, and animator Andrew Stanton is born in Rockport, Massachusetts. Studying character animation at CalArts, he graduated from the school in 1987 and
joined Pixar in January 1990. Stanton was the second animator (John Lasseter being the first) and ninth overall employee hired at the studio. His credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo (which earned his first Academy Award), The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E (his second Oscar win), Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University, Inside Out, Toy Story 4, Onward, and Soul. Stanton made his live-action directing debut with Disney's John Carter (released in 2012) and was executive producer of The Good Dinosaur (2015). Stanton also contributed to such theme park attractions as It's Tough to Be a Bug! and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
Actor Jake T. Austin, best known for his role of Max Russo on Disney Channel's
Wizards of Waverly Place, is born in New York.
Disney's animated feature Pinocchio is released in Eritrea
(a country in Northeast Africa).
Dumbo becomes the third "Walt Disney Classic" to be released on video.
Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day
"We're not supervised. We're sort of allowed, like an independent filmmaker, to do what we want. You don't get that freedom anywhere else. And this is the only studio outside of Disney, when Walt Disney ran it, where an artist runs the whole place. Here, it's John Lasseter, and that trickles down." -Andrew Stanton
A Holiday Merry Mixer for Disney Vacation Club Members takes place near the
entrance of Epcot by the International Gateway area. A favorite yearly event, the Holiday
Merry Mixer will also take place December 10, 17, and 24.
Filming for the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade begins at Walt Disney
World with American Idol winner Kris Allen and Yanni. The annual Disney Parks Christmas
Day Parade (renamed this year from the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade) is taped at both U.S.
Actor Bruno Campos, the voice of Prince Naveen in Disney's 2009 The Princess
and the Frog, is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (TV fans know him for his roles of Diego on the
NBC sitcom Jesse; as attorney Joe Rivera in the Showtime series Leap Years; and for his recurring guest role as
Dr. Eddie Dorset on ER. In 2004, he joined the cast of Nip/Tuck playing plastic surgeon Quentin Costa.)
Cheer Force One, Walt Disney World’s Mickey Mouse-shaped balloon, topped off
with a Santa Claus cap, takes to the Florida skies to help celebrate the holidays.
The Disney Channel airs the Disney Channel Premiere Film Goodbye, Miss 4th of July. The story of a Greek immigrant family who settles in Montgomery, West Virginia, in 1910, it stars Louis Gossett, Jr., Chris Sarandon, Chantal Contouri, and Chynna Phillips.
Filming for Disney's televised Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade takes place at
Walt Disney World with host Ryan Seacrest and singer Mariah Carey.
In an email statement, Disney announces that Ben Sherwood will succeed David Weston as president of ABC News.
It is announces that the sale by the Walt Disney Company to Filmyard Holdings
LLC of Miramax Films for $663 million (subject to certain adjustments) has been completed. The sale includes 700 film titles, books, development projects, and the "Miramax" name.
Take Two with Phineas and Ferb, a spin-off series from Phineas and Ferb, premieres on Disney Channel. The series revolves around Phineas and Ferb interviewing live action celebrities. This
evening's guest is actor/comedian Jack Black. (Only one season of the series will be produced.)
A groundbreaking and site dedication takes place for Tokyo Disney Resort.
To formally initiate the project, Walt Disney Productions and the Oriental Land Company participate in a solemn
Shinto purification ceremony (or Kiri-Nusa-San-Mai) on the site of the future theme park in Urayasu, just outside of
Actor Gary Sinise hosts Disneyland's Candleight Processional. The annual event started 53 years ago by Walt Disney
as a way of thanking organizations around the community. The ceremony
features a reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity interspersed with
Christmas carols sung by the choir accompanied by a full orchestra, bell ringers,
and Disneyland’s Herald Trumpeters sitting atop the Main Street Railroad
Station. Sinise narrates two performances on this evening and two more
performances the following day. (Sinise appears in the Epcot attraction
ASIFA-Hollywood announces the nominations for the 40th annual Annie Awards.
Nominees include Pixar's Brave and Disney's Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph. To be held Saturday,
February 2, 2013 at UCLA'S Royce Hall, special laurels will be handed out to Disney's Mark Henn, who will
receive the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in animation, and Howard Green, Disney's VP of
studio communications, who will receive the June Foray Award for charitable contributions to the industry.
A 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in
Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights.
The nominations for the 46th annual Annie Awards are announced.
Among the Disney and Pixar nominations-
-Best Animated Feature: Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks The Internet
-Best Animated Special Production: Mary Poppins Returns
-Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks The Internet
-Character Animation in a Live Action Production: Christopher Robin, Mary Poppins Returns and
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
-Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure
-Character Design in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns
and Ralph Breaks The Internet
-Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: Disney Mickey Mouse, Eddie Trigueros;
episode: "Feed the Birds"
-Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2, Brad Bird and
Ralph Breaks The Internet, Rich Moore and Phil Johnston
-Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: Disney Mickey Mouse, Christopher Willis and
Tangled: The Series, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Kevin Kliesch
-Music in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2, Michael Giacchino and
Ralph Breaks The Internet, Henry Jackman, Alan Menken, Phil Johnston, Tom MacDougall, Dan Reynolds
-Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: Disney Mickey Mouse
-Production Design in an Animated Feature Production: Mary Poppins Returns
-Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: Big Hero 6: The Series and Disney Mickey Mouse
-Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns and
Ralph Breaks The Internet
-Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2, Holly Hunter and
Ralph Breaks The Internet, Sarah Silverman
-Writing in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks The Internet
-Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production: Big Hero 6: The Series
-Editorial in an Animated Feature Production: Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks The Internet
Among the three who will receive the Winsor McCay Award, is
animator, art director, & storyboard artist Ralph Eggleston (best known for his work at Pixar).
Nominations for the 35th Annie Awards are announced. Nominees include-
-Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille (Pixar)
-Best Animated Short Subject: Your Friend the Rat (PIxar) and How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (Disney)
-Best Animated Television Production: Kim Possible (Disney)
-Best Animated Television Production for Children: Little Einsteins (Disney Channel)
-Best Animated Video Game: Ratatouille (THQ, Inc.)
-Animated Effects: Jon Reisch – Ratatouille
-Character Animation in a Feature Production: Michal Makarewicz – Ratatouille
-Directing in a Television Production: Howy Parkins – "The Emperor's New School Musical" (The Emperor's New School)
-Directing in a Feature Production: Brad Bird – Ratatouille
-Music in a Feature Production: Michael Giacchino – Ratatouille, Danny Elfman, Rufus Wainwright and Rob Thomas –
Meet the Robinsons, and Amy Powers, Russ DeSalvo and Jeff Danna – Disney Princess Enchanted Tales
-Storyboarding in a Television Production: Aldin Baroza – "London Calling" (The Replacements) and
Roy Meurin – "Good Night to Pooh" (My Friends Tigger & Pooh)
-Storyboarding in a Feature Production: Ted Mathot – Ratatouille and Don Hall – Meet the Robinsons
-Voice Acting in a Television Production: Eartha Kitt – Yzma – "The Emperor's New School Musical"
(The Emperor's New School)
-Voice Acting in a Feature Production:Ian Holm – Skinner – Ratatouille, Janeane Garofalo – Colette Tatou – Ratatouille,
and Patton Oswalt – Remy – Ratatouille
-Writing in a Feature Production: Brad Bird – Ratatouille
Actor Steven Culp is born in San Diego, California. Best known for his role of Rex Van de Kamp
on ABC's Desperate Housewives, his film credits include James and the Giant Peach (1996) as the voice of James' Father, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) as Senator Scudder.
Andrea Romano, a casting director, voice director, and voice actress is born on Long Island, New York. Although the bulk of her work has been with Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros., her Disney credits include DuckTales, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
Actress Madeline Kahn passes away at age 57 in New York City. She was the voice of Gypsy in the 1998 A Bug's Life. She'll be best remembered for her roles in the films What's Up, Doc? (1972), Young Frankenstein (1974), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), and her Academy Award–nominated roles in Paper Moon (1973) and Blazing Saddles (1974).
One Day at Disney, a documentary film produced by Disney Publishing Worldwide and Endeavor Content, is exclusively streamed on Disney+. The feature length film will be followed by 52 additional short segments, released as a series of episodes weekly on Disney+. The documentary follows employees across the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company, taking a look at a day in the life of their jobs.
Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United, a direct to video animated film by Marvel Animation, is released. It is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
Actress Keegan Connor Tracy is born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She played Sheila in the Hollywood Pictures road film Duets (2000) before going on to play Blue Fairy / Mother Superior in 36 episodes of
Once Upon a Time (2011-18). Disney Channel fans know her as Queen Belle in all three Descendants films.
Actor, film producer and writer Ethan Sandler is born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He can be heard in Disney's 2007 computer-animated film Meet the Robinsons as DOR-15 (Doris), Uncle Fritz, Aunt Petunia, Uncle Dimitri, Uncle Spike, Cousin Laszlo, CEO of InventCo.
Disney announces it will be shutting down Radio Disney in early 2021. Since 1996, the network has been a go-to music destination for preteens and helped jump-start the careers of Disney Channel stars like Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. The move is part of Disney’s increasing focus on its streaming platform, Disney+, and its television channels.
As of this day, December 3rd will now be known as 'Walt Disney World Day' in Orange County, Florida. Orange County and Orlando city leaders make the proclamation on this Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank in honor of the theme park giant's 50th anniversary. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse also make a special appearance at the event. (Through Disney Harvest, Disney collects and distributes more than 823,000 pounds of prepared, unserved food annually and supports Second Harvest serving more than 40 area non-profits.)
Actress Daryl Hannah is born in Chicago, Illinois. She played the mermaid Madison in Ron Howard's fantasy-romantic comedy Splash (1984), Disney's Touchstone Pictures very first release. Hannah won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for the role of a mermaid who falls in love with a man who she saved from drowning 20 years earlier. She also played Lizzie, Tim's innocent, good-natured camera operator, in the science-fiction comedy My Favorite Martian.