Walt Disney receives a special Oscar for his classic 83-minute animated film Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the 11th Academy Awards held at the Biltmore Hotel
in Los Angeles, California. Eleven-year-old child star Shirley Temple presents Walt with one statuette and
seven miniature statuettes for "a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new
entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon." (It is film director Frank Capra who has come up with the idea of a
full-sized Oscar statuette with seven smaller ones descending in a row.) Also awarded is the Disney/RKO short
Ferdinand the Bull for Best Short Subject, Cartoon, beating out 4 other animated shorts including Disney's own
Brave Little Tailor! (It is the first Academy Awards show without any official host.)
"Snow White - An Enchanting Musical" begins running at Disneyland. The
live production is the most elaborate stage show to be produced for the
Fortune magazine reports The Walt Disney Company is
America's most admired entertainment company based on a survey of top
entertainment industry executives, directors and securities analysts.
to work at the Disney Studios at 2719 Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood, California. (Les had met Walt while serving him ice cream at a Hollywood confectionary on Vermont Avenue.) Walt warns him "it might be just a temporary job." Les Clark will go on to become the first of Walt's "Nine Old Men" and stay with the Disney Studio for nearly half a century until his retirement in 1975!
Disney's Mickey Mouse short The Band Concert
is released at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City
(the first Mickey cartoon to be shown at the Music Hall).
Also the first official Mickey cartoon in Technicolor, it is directed by
Wilfred Jackson (who will go on to direct such Disney classics as Peter Pan),
and features the animation of such famous names in Disney history as Les
Clark, Jack Kinney, Wolfgang Reitherman and Dick Huemer. (Huemer will
later regard The Band Concert as the most perfect animated short ever
made.) In The Band Concert, Mickey leads his ensemble through a rendition of "The William Tell Overture"
while Donald Duck and a passing tornado interrupt! (The Band Concert will later be the major theme for the
attraction, Silly Symphony Swings at Disney's California Adventure.)
Also released on the same day is the Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Service
Station. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, trouble comes for Mickey and his gang when Pete (in his typical
bully role) drives up to Mickey's service station in his souped-up roadster, demanding that they get rid of the
squeak in his car ... or else!
Disney's second animated feature Pinocchio (which premiered in early February) is generally released in the U.S. Unlike Snow White, it will not initially be a financial success and its release in Europe and Asia will be delayed because of World War II.
Disney's 3rd installment of the 5-part Davy Crockett trilogy
"Davy Crockett At the Alamo" airs on ABC-TV's Disneyland series.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs the 3rd and final episode of "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh."
British rocker Phil Collins wins a Grammy for his work on Disney's Tarzan soundtrack. Instrumental Composition for a Motion Picture
or for Television is awarded to A Bug's Life, composed by Randy Newman.
Mardi Gras at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island begins today in
Florida. (It will run through the 27th.)
Disney Channel airs the Lizzie McGuire episode "Jack of All
Trade" for the first time.
As part of Walt Disney's 100th birthday celebration,
The Disney Gallery (located in New Orleans Square in Disneyland) opens its doors to reveal a special art exhibit featuring 100 images of Mickey Mouse created by former Disney Imagineer Eric Robison.
The exhibit will remain on display through September 8th.
At Walt Disney World, one of the park's longest running shows, Legend of the Lion King, has its final curtain call after more than 75,000 performances.
(A new 20-minute 3-D film called Mickey's PhilharMagic will replace it.)
The premiere screening of Disney's Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is held at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. (It will premiere exclusively on DVD and video on February 26.) Voice-over actresses Jennifer Hale and Russi Taylor and recording artist Brooke Allison are all on hand for the event.
At the 45th Grammy Awards (held in New York City) "If I Didn't Have You" - from Disney's Monster, Inc. written by Randy Newman - wins
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media. Also Monsters, Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites (by Riders in the Sky) wins for Best Musical Album for Children.
Comedy legend Don Rickles (the voice of Toy Story's Mr. Potato Head) visits Walt
Disney Imagineering in Los Angeles. Disney Imagineers have created a sophisticated Audio-
Animatronics figure featuring the voice of Rickles for 'Toy Story Mania!'; an interactive ride-through attraction
that combines 3-D technology and interaction with Disney-Pixar characters. The new attraction is scheduled
to open late in 2008 at Disney World and Disneyland Resort.
The Disneyland episode "Davy Crockett" wins a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Show.
"When he was inside the whale and he sneezed Geppetto out, Walt came up with the line, "Gesundheit."
One of the biggest laughs from the picture; it's that spontaneous stuff that makes all the difference."
Where the Heart Is, a romantic comedy featuring Dabney Coleman and
Uma Thurman, is released by Touchstone Pictures.
Academy Award nominations are announced with Disney receiving 5:
White Wilderness - Documentary, Features
White Wilderness - Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Paul Bunyan - Short Subjects, Cartoons
Grand Canyon - Short Subjects, Live-Action Subjects
Ama Girls - Documentary, Short Subjects
The line for the Michael Jackson film, Captain EO, swells to about 70 people as the sun comes up on the movie’s first day back at Disneyland. About 35 fans had already been in line by 6 a.m. on this day, about 4 hours before the first showing of the return of the 3-D movie at the Tomorrowland theater (where it originally played from 1986 to 1997). Although the park opens at 9:30 a.m., Disney officials allow Jackson fans to line up early on the west side of Disneyland’s main entrance.
Mouseka-alumni Darlene Gillespie and Cubby O'Brien make a special Surprise
Day appearance on episode 28 of The New Mickey Mouse Club. Cubby is featured on
the drums and Darlene sings "Silver Threads and Golden Needles." The new Mouseketeers join the original
"Mice" in the production number "Sing and Dance."
Bill Nye The Science Guy is on hand at Epcot to give presentations in the midst
of Engineers Week (which shines the spotlight on math, science and
engineering, from February 21 to 25).
"I am sure the boys and girls in the whole world are going to be very happy when they find out that the daddy of Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey Mouse, Ferdinand, and all the others is going to get this beautiful statue!" -Shirley Temple
Walt Disney's Oscars, including the special
The Atlanta Braves' 2013 spring training home season kicks off at Champion Stadium
within Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The start of a 17-game home schedule, the Braves lose on this day to the New York Yankees, 8-3.
Three-time Olympian Kim Smith wins the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt
Disney World. Smith sets a course record, shattering the previous mark by nearly six minutes, and crosses
the finish line nearly 15 minutes ahead of everyone else. She runs the 13.1-miles through Epcot and Magic
Kingdom Park in 1:11:49.
Songwriter Robert Lopez is born in New York City. Best known for such musicals as "The Book of
Mormon" and "Avenue Q," he penned the songs featured in the Disney animated feature film, "Frozen." He and his
wife Kristen wrote "Let It Go," which was awarded a Grammy, Oscar, Critic's Choice and Golden Globe! The
songwriting team also wrote seven songs for Disney's 2011 animated release "Winnie the Pooh."
Phil Smith, Walt Disney World's first permanent employee, passes away at age 83.
He was just a few years out of law school when he started working for a mysterious entity acquiring land for what
would become the world's most popular theme-park resort. Lured to the job by Paul Helliwell, of Disney's Miami law
firm in 1965, Smith helped pave the legal path for much of Walt Disney World's development. He retired in the early
1990s as Disney World's senior vice president of administration and support.
"Phil played a significant role in the development of Walt Disney World and his contributions
will long be remembered." -Disney World president George Kalogridis