Entertainment news anchor Brooke Anderson announces the Best Animated Feature Film winner Ratatouille at The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards Announcement at the Beverly Hilton in California. (Due to the on-going WGA strike, no formal ceremony takes place.)
Brazil's Adriano Bastos races to his fourth straight victory in the 15th
Walt Disney World Marathon, easily winning in 2 hours, 20 minutes,
56 seconds. John Garton of Voorhees, New Jersey, comes in second in 2:35:02, and Lance Jones of Saranac, Michigan, finished third in 2:37:57. In the women's race, St. Petersburg runner Melanie Peters
races to victory in 2:47:29. Sonja Friend-Uhl of West Palm Beach, Florida, finishes second in 2:49:25.
Other 2008 winners (over the last two days) include:
Men’s Masters: Luiz Tavares, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2:46:58
Women’s Masters: Sherri Ellerby, Dana Point, Calif., 3:14:53
Men’s Chair: Saul Mendoza, Wimberley, Texas, 1:43:56
Women’s Chair: Jacqui Kapinowski, Point Pleasant, N.J., 2:45:05
Men’s Half: Chad Johnson, Rochester, Mich., 1:06:53
Women’s Half: Kim Pawelek, Jacksonville, Fla., 1:18:07
Men’s Half Chair: David Toellner, Reston, Va., 1:31:08
Women’s Half Chair: Jacqui Kapinowski, Point Pleasant, N.J., 1:23:43
Guitarist-vocalist-composer Trevor Rabin is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He's
written music for such Disney films as Remember the Titans, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Race to Witch
Mountain, G-Force and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. His composition "Titans Spirit" from Remember the Titans has been
frequently featured in NBC's closing montage and credits for their Olympics coverage. Rabin also composed the
music for Epcot's Mission: SPACE. (Music fans may remember him as a member of the progressive rock group Yes
Walt Disney Pictures releases the film Glory Road. An American sports film
directed by James Gartner, Glory Road is based on a true story about the 1966 NCAA Men's
Division I Basketball Championship, in which the late Don Haskins (played by Josh Lucas) head coach of the Texas Western College led a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.
Disney Legend Antonio Bertini is born in Milan, Italy. First joining Disney in 1960, he worked as a sales representative in character merchandising for the Italian marketplace.
The first Mickey Mouse comic strip is published in the New York Mirror and
other Randolph Hearst-owned newspapers throughout the country. The strip
(licensed by King Features Syndicate) is written by Walt Disney himself, drawn by Ub Iwerks and inked
by Win Smith. The first week or so of the strip will feature a loose adaptation of the animated short
Plane Crazy. (Later Floyd Gottfredson will take over the Mickey strip and draw it for 45 years.)
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon The China Shop is released. Directed by
Wilfred Jackson, when the "Ye Olde China Shop" closes, the china pieces come to life and dance!
Released the same day is Shanghaied, a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Directed by
Bert Gillett, Mickey and Minnie are captured on Pete's pirate ship, but fight their way to freedom
against a whole crew of identical, bulldog roughnecks!
Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has its New York premiere at the Radio City Music Hall. The first Disney film to ever debut at the famous theater, it will run for 5 weeks.
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Donald's Lucky Day is released. Directed by Jack King, mail carrier Donald has to avoid a number of bad luck omens because it's Friday the 13th!
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the voice of Princess Atta in Disney's 1998 A Bug's Life,
is born in New York City. She also supplied the voice of Rochelle, a racing plane in Pixar's 2013
Planes and appeared in Gepetto, Disney's 2000 made-for-television remake of Pinocchio, playing the Blue Fairy.
(Louis-Dreyfus is best known for her roles on both hit series Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine.)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs "Little Dog Lost."
Actor Keith Coogan, who stars in Disney's 1989 Cheetah and is the voice of Young
Tod in Disney's 1981 The Fox and the Hound, is born in Palm Springs, California.
(Movie fans may recognize him as Kenny in the 1991 comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.)
Keith is the grandson of actor Jackie Coogan!
Disney Legend and Imagineer Ken Anderson passes away in La Canada-Flintridge, California. Often referred to as Walt Disney's "Jack of All Trades," Anderson worked as
an architect, artist, animator, storyteller and designer.
Disney's House of Mouse (narrated by comedy veteran John Cleese)
debuts on ABC-TV with the episode "The Stolen Cartoons."
House of Mouse is a series centering on a nightclub-type theater, where Mickey
Mouse himself emcees. Stars of every Disney film ever made are seated in the audience, often becoming part
of the show themselves! Wanting to shut down the House of Mouse and kick out Mickey and his crew, Pete
steals this day's cartoons! The high-energy "House of Mouse" opening title theme is written, produced, and performed by rocker Brian Setzer.
Actor Orlando Bloom - known for his role of Will Turner in all 3 of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean feature films - is born in Kent, England.
Johnny and the Sprites, a new half-hour musical series, debuts on Disney Channel.
Created for, produced by, and starring John Tartaglia, the show had first premiered back in 2005 as 5-minute long
episodes. This series follows Johnny T, a songwriter who moves into a house inhabited by little magical creatures called sprites. (Tartaglia was the last to play the role of Lumière in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast.)
Tony Award-winning actor, comedian, director, and drama teacher Charles Nelson Reilly is born in the Bronx, New York. He was the voice of King Midas in Disney's TV series Hercules, and the voice of Dutch Sparkle in Goof Troop. He also hosted the premiere episode of The Mouse Factory in February 1972. (Reilly was best known for his comedic roles in movies, children's television, and as a panelist on the game show Match Game.)
In February 1986, an additional
150 rooms were added to Disney
World's Golf Resort and its name
was changed to the Disney Inn.
Located near the Magic Kingdom
and just southwest of the
Polynesian Resort, today it is
known as Shades of Green - a
United States Department of
Actor Patrick Dempsey is born in Lewiston, Maine. Known for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd ("McDreamy") on the ABC-TV drama Grey's Anatomy, he portrayed Robert "Rob" Philip in Disney's 2007 feature Enchanted. His credits also include Touchstone Pictures' Can't Buy Me Love and Hollywood Pictures' Run.
Snow White premieres in New York
First Mickey Mouse comic strip
"I write for what I think is best for the film. In the case of "Remember the Titans", an orchestral score seemed appropriate. Given the choice, I would say I love writing orchestral scores most. Jerry Bruckheimer told me recently that "Remember the Titans" is his most licensed score, which is very flattering." -Trevor Rabin
"Ken Anderson generated a lot of those original storylines in the late 1950s before the team that went on to do the Haunted Mansion were
even on the scene. And elements of those stories work their way into the urban legends, you know the sea captain the bride, he killed her
on their wedding night all that stuff. A lot of those elements did have their basis in legitimate stories and I all the original treatments at
home. You know so I could see the progression and some of the treatments were literally only weeks apart when Ken worked on these.
And you know we never throw anything away at Imagineering, ideas never die so to speak." -Imagineer Jason Surrell
The Disney Studio delivers an animated film to the National Film Board of Canada titled All Together. Featuring Mickey Mouse and all his pals, it encourages the purchase of war bonds to finance the ongoing world war.
Pixar's Brad Lewis (co-director) and Jay Shuster (art director) preview Cars 2 at the
AutoWeek Design Forum in a dual keynote address that offers insights into the
impressive depth and creativity behind the film. Cars 2 will be released in June.
Although it's been up-and-running since December 1989, the grand opening
and official dedication of Star Tours takes place on this day at Disney-MGM. A motion simulator attraction, the ride is based on the successful Star Wars film series created by George Lucas. The queue area is inspired by Return of the Jedi, with Imperial forces invading the Ewok village on the forest moon of Endor.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies premieres on Disney Channel. The film
(featuring an ensemble cast of Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Stefanie Scott, Nick Robinson, and Mary Mouser) follows three
pairs of friends that go from friends to enemies and back again.
Beauty and the Beast 3D is released to theaters for a limited time.
The comedy-drama Beaches, starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, and
distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, is generally released. First premiering in New York last
December, the film tells the story of two friends from different backgrounds, whose friendship spans 30 years.
Directed by Garry Marshall, Beaches features the theme song "Wind Beneath My Wings" (sung by Midler)
which will later win two Grammy Awards.
The 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon takes place in Florida.
Adriano Bastos, 34, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, leaps over the finish line in 2 hours, 21 minutes,
16 seconds, clinching his eighth Disney marathon title and beating out two-time reigning champ
Fredison Costa. Costa, from Piedade, Brazil, finishes 16 seconds behind Bastos. Renee High, 31, of
Virginia Beach, Virginia, wins her second consecutive title in 2:48:30, three seconds faster than
last year! A record total of more than 25,000 runners participate in the 26.2-mile race.
The Golden Globe Awards are handed out in Los Angeles, California.
Disney-Pixar's Brave is named Best Animated Feature and Daniel Day-Lewis is awarded Best Performance by an
Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for Lincoln.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Actress Ruth Wilson is born in England. She portrayed Margaret Goff (the
mother of writer P.L. Travers) in Disney's 2013 release Saving Mr. Banks.
Tony Award-winning actor Brian Bedford passes away at age 80 in Santa Barbara, California. Disney fans know him best as the voice of Robin Hood for the 1973 animated feature Robin Hood.
Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Philip Sweet, and Jimi
Westbrook) surprise high school students at a Disney Performing Arts workshop held
at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall (in Florida). Part of Give a Note
Foundation’s 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, the superstar Country quartet share their musical experiences with
the Ohio students from Wadsworth High School.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off on this day with live performances by
Disney Broadway stars. Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland perform songs from Disney’s "Beauty and the
Beast," "Tarzan," "Mary Poppins" and "The Little Mermaid" on January 13-16 and 20-23. The Festival of the Arts will
be provided on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through February 20.
Disney World's Animal Kingdom welcomes the first hippo to be born at the park in 13 years. The baby Nile hippopotamus is born around 10 p.m. The birth is the result of a breeding between Tuma and
her chosen mate Henry, who are part of the Species Survival Plan, overseen by the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums. Because the Nile hippopotamus is considered a vulnerable species with its population declining in the wild, the birth marks an important contribution to the worldwide conservation. Guests may be able to view Tuma and her
new baby while onboard the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction.