Chris Miller, Walt Disney's grandson, is born in Monterey County, California.
The first Donald Duck Sunday page is published. Like the daily strips, the Sunday pages are written by Bob Karp and drawn by Al Taliaferro, and distributed by King Features. (An ambitious Taliaferro had flown to New York on his own to convince King Features to introduce a Donald Duck Sunday strip!)
Walt Disney World begins placing motion-sickness bags in the
capsules of their newest Epcot attraction, Mission:SPACE. It is the
first time Disney has put motion-sickness bags on any of its thrill rides.
Ernest Howard Shepard, who brought A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh and friends to life with his enchanting and captivating drawings, is born in St John's Wood, London, England (only a five-minute walk from the birthplace of Milne). Often referred to as E. H. Shepard, he was also known for his human-like animal illustrations for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Mary Shepard, his daughter, was famous for her illustrations for P. L. Travers' Mary Poppins.
Author Mary Norton is born in London, England. Her novels The Magic Bed-Knob (her very first
book) published in 1943 and its 1947 sequel Bonfires and Broomsticks were the basis for the 1971 Disney
live-action feature Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
Actor George J. Lewis is born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He played
the role of Alejandro in Disney's 1950s Zorro TV series.
Actor Harold Gould, who portrayed the grandpa in Disney's 2003 Freaky
Friday and supplied the voice of Old Denahi in Disney's 2003 animated
Brother Bear, is born in Schenectady, New York. Gould's Disney credits also include the 1997
television version of The Love Bug, the 1990s series Dinosaurs and the 1975 feature The Strongest Man in the
World. TV fans will recognize him as Martin Morgenstern from the 1970s sitcoms Rhoda and The Mary Tyler
Moore Show, and as Miles Webber on The Golden Girls - a Touchstone Television production.
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Santa's Workshop,
directed by Wilfred Jackson, is released.
Disney's 9-minute Donald Duck cartoon Donald's Ostrich, directed by Jack King and
written by Carl Barks, is released. When an ostrich gets free of her shipping crate and swallows
everything in sight, train station agent Donald Duck is in for a hectic day.
Child actor Tommy Kirk is born in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides
taking part in TV's Mickey Mouse Club he appeared in such Disney
films as Old Yeller, Babes in Toyland, and Son of Flubber.
Chad Stuart, the voice of Flaps (one of the four singing vultures) in
Disney's 1967 The Jungle Book, is born in England. (Stuart
is best known as half of the 60s singing duo Chad and Jeremy.)
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, the voice of Tug in Disney's 2003 Brother
Bear, is born in Chicago, Illinois. (Movie fans may recall him for his role
of John Coffey in the 1999 The Green Mile.)
Actress/singer Nia Peeples, who appeared in the 1997 TV movie Tower of
Terror (based on the Disney World attraction) is born in Hollywood, California.
The television series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "Kids is Kids."
Academy Award-winning composer Leigh Harline passes away in Long
Beach, California at age 62. First joining Disney in 1932, his best known Disney tune
"When You Wish Upon A Star" was originally used in Pinocchio. Together with Frank Churchill,
Larry Morey, and Paul J. Smith, Harline was also responsible for such songs as "Whistle While
You Work," "Heigh Ho," and "Some Day My Prince Will Come."
Disney's short It's Tough to Be a Bird (a mix of animation and live-action)
flies into theaters. Directed by Ward Kimball and featuring zany, fast paced montages and
over-the-top humor, a red bird (appropriately named M.C. Bird) explains how winged creatures
have contributed to human culture. The voice cast includes the singing voice of comedian Ruth
Buzzi and the narration of Richard Bakalyan, with music by George Bruns. (It will win the
Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons.)
The Wonderful World of Disney airs "Christmas at Walt Disney World."
The holiday special features Shields & Yarnell, Danielle Spencer, Avery Schreiber, and Phyllis Diller.
Actress & singer Raven-Symoné, the star of Disney Channel's That's So
Raven, is born in Atlanta, Georgia. She's portrayed Galleria Garibaldi on The Cheetah
Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2, and supplies the voice for Monique in Disney's animated series Kim Possible.
Raven is also the voice of Iridessa for such releases as Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. In
2008, she co-starred in Walt Disney Pictures' comedy College Road Trip. (TV fans may remember her as Olivia,
the youngest, on the hit series The Cosby Show.)
EPCOT's Listen to the Land re-opens as Living with the Land with a new
narration, music, and opening & ending scenes.
The Test Track Preview Center at Epcot closes.
(Nine days later Test Track will open.)
The Emperor's New Groove - Disney's newest animated feature -
has its world premiere. It will be generally released 5 days later.
Walt Disney Records releases Dog Songs - in celebration of Walt Disney
Pictures' live action 101 Dalmatians. It features performances by such artists as
Lobo, Patti Page, The Monkees, Harry Nilsson, and Dr. John.
For the holiday season,
Disneyland dresses up
the classic it’s a small
world ride, adding
lights and seasonal songs. Twenty employees work
for 17 days,
10 to 12 hours
a day to
Disney Channel airs "Neander-Phil," the seventeenth Phil of the Future episode, for the first time.
"I love the projects I've done there (Disney) and the people. It's been a wonderful experience. I've loved
it all, but I had the best time on That's So Raven." -Raven-Symoné
An official agreement is signed between the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region government and the Walt Disney Company regarding the building and
operating of Hong Kong Disneyland.
A rare 1932 Mickey Mouse Christmas card signed by Walt Disney sells at auction in
Illinois for $13,987. The card - addressed to Chicagoan Henry Scherping - features the original version of
Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with a note written less than a month after the cartoonist received his first Oscar.
Walt Disney sent out dozens of these Christmas cards, but this is the first one to ever surface.
Touchstone Pictures/Miramax Films releases the comedy-drama The Tempest.
Actor and Disney fan Neil Patrick Harris (currently known for his
role of Barney on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother") narrates Epcot's
Candlelight Processional. His third time at Candlelight and his first since 2008,
he will also appear Decemeber 11 & 12.
An Action Analysis Class conducted by Don Graham takes place at the Disney Studio. The featured speaker for this evening is Bill Tytla who gives a talk to those artists presently
assigned to in-betweening and cleanup work on Snow White.
Voice actor Greggory "Gregg" Berger is born in St. Louis, Missouri. Best known for his
iconic role as Odie the dog from the Garfield franchise, his Disney credits include House of Mouse, Kingdom
Hearts II (video game), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game), Mickey's Once Upon a
Christmas, Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving and Recess.
Nearly 500 Disney Parks Blog readers preview the upcoming Disney film, "Saving
Mr. Banks," at the Disneyland Resort. Before the screening, guests are treated to a practically
perfect party, complete with a costume contest, visits from Mary Poppins and Bert, and a special presentation
by Disney historian Stacia Martin. "Saving Mr. Banks" opens in theaters December 20.
Actors Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna,
Alan Tudyk, and Donnie Yen attend The World Premiere of Lucasfilm's highly
anticipated Star Wars adventure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the Pantages
Theatre in Hollywood, California. Rogue One, the first of Walt Disney’s planned Star Wars
standalone titles, will officially open in theaters Friday, December 16.