The Wonderful World of Disney airs the television movie
Sounder (a remake of the 1972 classic).
Award winning star of stage and screen Michael Crawford, whose CD The Disney
Album was released in September 2001, is born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
Crawford starred in the 1981 Disney comedy/adventure film Condorman, playing an eccentric American comic book
writer and illustrator named Woody Wilkins who is asked by his friend at the CIA to help a Russian woman to defect
while acting out the fantasy of bringing his comic book creation, Condorman, to life. (A "Condorman toy" appears in the 2011 Pixar animated short Small Fry.) Playing the role of Cornelius Hackl in the 1969 musical feature Hello, Dolly!, archive footage of Crawford in the film was later used in Pixar's 2008 WALL-E. (With a career that spans over four
decades, Crawford is known both in and out of Britain for originating the title role in The
Phantom of the Opera.)
The Disney film So Dear to My Heart, starring Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten, and Burl Ives is released. The combination live- action and animated film tells the story of Jeremiah a determined country boy who adopts a mischievous black lamb named Danny. (It is one of only two films
to be released by the Disney Studios in 1949.) One of the film's song "Lavender Blue" (written by
Eliot Daniel & Larry Morey) will be nominated for an Academy Award. Another titled "County Fair" has
been written by Mel Tormé.
The Disneyland television series presents "Monsters of the Deep." Walt
Disney takes a look at the history of legendary monsters which include the giant octopus from his 20,000
Leagues Under the Sea film.
Teacher-turned-major league baseball pitcher Jim Morris is born in
Brownwood, Texas. His story was the subject of Disney's 2002 release
The Rookie (starring Dennis Quaid).
Recreacres, Incorporated (which was formed to help buy up property
for the Walt Disney World Resort) changes its name to Buena Vista
Land Company, Incorporated. (It will eventually be known as Walt Disney World Hospitality and Recreation Corporation.)
Disney Legend Adriana Caselotti, who supplied the voice and
personality to Walt Disney's first feature-length cartoon heroine, Snow
White, dies at her home in Los Angeles, California, following a battle
with cancer. She is 80. Caselotti was 19 when she became the voice of the title
character in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In November 1972
she guest-starred on an episode of The Julie Andrews Hour saluting the music of Walt Disney,
singing "I'm Wishing" and "Someday My Prince Will Come" with Andrews.
"We really feel as if we've lost a member of the family. Adriana played such an important part in
our history and became the true embodiment of that wonderful character." -Roy E. Disney
In Beverly Hills, California, the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony is held. Tonight's big winner is Evita (a film adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of the same name) distributed by Disney's Hollywood Pictures. Starring Madonna as Eva Perón, the films wins Best Film, Musical or Comedy, Best Actress, Musical or Comedy, and Best Original Song -"You Must Love Me."
A special celebration and preview of Disney California Adventure park
is held from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. The event includes a scavenger hunt through
Disney's newest park and a panel discussion with Imagineers and artists who created Disney
Lizzie McGuire, a half-hour series mixing live-action and animation starring
Hilary Duff, debuts on the Disney Channel with the episode "Picture Day."
(Disney's on-air promos identifies this episode as the premiere of a new series, even though a
sneak preview of the episode "Rumors" had been aired the week before.)
Disney's Saturday Morning Movies continues at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theater
(in Hollywood) with the showing of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Also featured are Disney shorts, sing-a-longs, contests, and live organ music. Guests are invited to dress
up as their favorite Disney character from the film.
Disney's Chip 'n Dale short Chicken in the Rough, featuring the voices of James Macdonald and Dessie Flynn, is released.
"I know my voice will never die."
-Adriana Caselotti (1916-1997) the voice of Snow White
Lillian Bounds from Idaho (future wife of Walt Disney) starts working at the
Disney Studio in Hollywood. She will work for Disney as an ink & paint girl making fifteen dollars
a week. Lillian has been recommended by her sister's friend - who is also an employee. She has taken the
job because it is within walking distance of her older sister Hazel's house (where she is currently living) and doesn't require her to spend bus fare!
The only other noted film work
Adriana Caselotti did following her
premiere as Snow White was an
uncredited role in The Wizard of Oz,
as the voice of Juliet during the
"If I Only had a Heart".
Disney Channel airs the Hannah Montana episode "School Bully" for the first time.
Actress Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced star best known for her role as Bob
Newhart's sardonic wife on television's long-running "The Bob Newhart Show,"
passes away at age 70 in Los Angeles, California. Her Disney credits included the live-
action features The Shaggy D.A., The Ugly Dachshund, Blackbeard's Ghost, and The Adventures of Bullwhip
Griffin. Pleshette also supplied the voice for Zira in the animated The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
"Lip Service" the 25th episode of Cory in the House debuts on Disney Channel.
Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire debuts
Disney Legend Robert C. "Bob" Broughton passes at the age of 91. He was a camera effects artist for Disney whose career began with the 1937 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Broughton
worked on nearly every Disney motion picture until 1979's The Black Hole. (On the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds, he provided the effects of the fluttering, menacing birds when Hitchcock contracted out the special effects work to Disney!)
Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future, a concert honoring military families, takes place at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. and airs on Disney Channel. The event is designed to entertain the kids and young adults in an opportunity to include young people in the historic inauguration of Barack Obama (which will take place the next day). Among the evening's performers: Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato.
The Mid-Winter Snow Carnival - dedicated to Mickey Mouse - continues at
Lake Arrowhead, California. Walt Disney himself attends on this day and awards a Mickey Mouse
doll to young Mildred Chanter, winner of the "Mickey Mouse" snowman building contest!
(Years later Disney's The Parent Trap will be filmed at Lake Arrowhead.)
"I didn't have enough money to pay her, so I married her instead." -Walt Disney
Eleven-year-old Adam Carr of Tampa, Florida is announced the winner of the Walt
Disney Company's "Mission Patch Design Challenge." The contest (a partnership between
NASA and Disney) invited elementary school students to design an emblem for the 12-inch Buzz Lightyear's 468-
day stay aboard the orbiting International Space Station in 2008. Carr's blue and yellow design features a hand-
drawn and colored depiction of the cartoon character soaring forward from the space station as the trail from the
STS-124 and STS-128 orbiters that took him to and from space create the patch's border. Adam wins a three-day, two-night vacation to Walt Disney World Resort as well as a special tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. His design will be made into a patch and flown in space.
It is reported that Disney’s first resort in Hawaii has been named Aulani, a Disney
Resort & Spa. The 21-acre resort, which is scheduled to open in fall of 2011, will have 360 hotel rooms and
481 Disney Vacation Club villas. Aulani means "the place that speaks for the great ones" or "the place that speaks
with deep messages."
The Visual Effects Society announces the nominees for the 8th Annual VES Awards
ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in over twenty categories of
film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Among the nominations -
Prep and Landing for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture and Disney's Up Disney/Pixar's
for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
The third episode of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs for the first time.
On Surprise Day, anything can happen (and usually does) as two special guests - Annette Funicello and
Tim Considine - join the Mouseketeers!
The Disney Dream is officially
christened at Port Canaveral,
Florida. The special ceremony
includes a helicopter hoisting a 16-foot
"champagne bottle" across the bow of
the new ship and a performance by
Academy Award and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (whose career began as a performer on the Disney Wonder ship in 2003). Some 3,000 people witness the Disney Dream ceremony in-person while countless others watch its broadcast live over the Internet. The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream sails its maiden voyage out of Port Canaveral on January 26.
C.V. Wood, Jr., Disneyland's original vice president and general manager, resigns.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Disneyland hosts the 2014 Tinkerbell Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile race starting
in the Disney California Adventure Park at 5 a.m. Melissa Hernandez of Oxnard, California, is
the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 1:25:40. Andrew O'Bannon of Lake Forest, California, leads
in the men's category with a time of 1:24:48.
Toy Story Pizza Planet Arcade closes at Disney's Hollywood Studios. A combination
counter service restaurant and game arcade, it was inspired by Pizza Planet from the first Toy Story film.
Production begins on Toy Story, the first full-length feature film created by the
pioneering Pixar Animation Studios. Originally a branch of the filmmaker George Lucas’s visual
effects company, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Pixar had signed an agreement back in 1991 with the Walt Disney Company to develop, produce and distribute up to three animated feature films. Toy Story will be the first
collaboration with Disney and the first feature-length animated film that will be completely computer generated. It will be released in November 1995.