Walt Disney ships his 2nd Alice Comedy, Alice Hunting in Africa,
to M.J. Winkler Productions - a distributor in New York.
The new animated series American Dragon: Jake Long debuts on Disney Channel
with the episode "Old School Training." Dante Basco supplies the voice for Jake Long.
Actor Charles Aidman, who portrayed Mark Twain in the 1981 TV special Walt
Disney: One Man's Dream, is born in Frankfort, Indiana. His Disneyland television
credits also include the episodes "Secrets of Pirates Inn" and "Menace on the Mountain."
While Walt is in New York, animator Ub Iwerks informs Roy O. Disney that he wishes to leave the Disney Company as soon as possible. Roy is stunned, but offers Ub $5,000 for his 20% share of the company. Unbeknownst to Roy at this time, is the fact that Iwerks has been lured away by film distributor Pat Powers. Powers wants Iwerks to start an animation studio of his own. Meanwhile Walt is in New York actually confronting Powers over royalty money for Mickey shorts due to the Disney Studios!
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon The Mad Doctor, directed by David Hand, is
released. Mickey dreams that Pluto has been captured by an evil scientist who hopes to graft his head onto a
hen's body. A spoof of the horror films made by Universal, it will be considered too frightening for children by the
Animator Ollie Johnston is hired at $17 a week by the Disney Studio. He will start work 2 days later as an in-betweener and eventually go on to become one of Walt's "Nine Old Men".
Disney animators begin work on "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (a segment that will be
used for the 1940 feature Fantasia). It is based on a 1797 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and
the Paul Dukas orchestral music L'apprenti sorcier. (Fantasia will popularize Goethe's story to a worldwide audience.)
Actor, director and singer Robby Benson - the voice of the Beast in Disney's animated
Beauty and The Beast - is born in Dallas, Texas. (He is probably best known for starring in films such as Ice Castles, Ode to Billy Joe, The Chosen, Tribute, Harry and Son, and One on One.)
The Dairy Bar in Tomorrowland, sponsored by The American Dairy Association, opens in Disneyland. It features exhibits about farming techniques of the future, the prospect of flying milkmen delivering milk straight to the front door and how happy, contented cows produce better milk. Guests can also enjoy an ice-cold glass of the milk "at the bar."
Actor Michael Wincott, the voice of Skroopf in Disney's 2002 animated feature
Treasure Planet, is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He also portrayed Captain Rochefort in
The Three Musketeers, a 1993 version of the classic story from Walt Disney Pictures and Caravan Pictures.
Disney's animated short Goliath II is released. It is the first Disney film to be fully animated using the new Xerox process for transferring the pencil drawings to cels (a few scenes of Sleeping Beauty had also used this technique). Narrated by Sterling Holloway, Goliath II tells the story of a miniature elephant who tries everything to impress his father, the biggest elephant of them all. It will earn an Academy Award nomination.
Also released in theaters is the live-action Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks With a Circus and the short Gala Day at Disneyland (featuring a look back at the summer of 1959 when Disneyland opened its first three "E" Ticket Attractions). Based on a children's book of the same title by James Otis Kaler, Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks With
a Circus tells the story of an orphaned boy named Toby (played by Kevin Corcoran) who runs away to join
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
airs part 1 of "Sancho, the Homing Steer."
"Disneyland: From the Pirates of the Caribbean to the World of Tomorrow" airs on the NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
The television special "Fifty Happy Years" (to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Walt Disney Company) airs.
Ilana Miller, a member of the 90's TV series
The All New Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Ontario, Canada.
The Walt Disney Company acquires the Wrather Corporation, whose assets include
the Disneyland Hotel, near Disneyland. At this time Wrather's assets also includes the RMS Queen
Mary and Hughes H-4 Hercules (the "Spruce Goose") in Long Beach, as well as the rights to The Lone Ranger and
the Lassie TV series.
The 52nd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1994, are
presented at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California. The Lion King is awarded for Best Picture -
Comedy/Musical. The animated feature also wins for Best Original Score (by Hans Zimmer) and for Best Original Song
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (written by Elton John & Time Rice).
Disney World's Epcot movie Symbiosis is replaced with the live
action/animated movie Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable at the
Harvest Theater (located in The Land pavilion). The new film explains the
many dangers facing the environment, as well as people's responsibility for preserving it.
Disneyland's 40th Anniversary Collector Series Cards are handed out
for the very first time at the Anaheim park. The card "1955 - Disneyland Park
Opening Day" is distributed to all visitors. Over the next 40 days (through March 2), 40
different cards will be handed out, each representing a different Disneyland event. On the
41st day, a special Indiana Jones Adventure card will be issued to commemorate the
attraction's opening. The first 5000 people to buy or renew their annual passports in 1995
receive the complete set.
The huge parking lot directly in front of Disneyland's Main Street entrance (in use
since 1955) closes permanently. Now most guests will park in a massive new parking structure.
Due to rotting wood, the original entrance of the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland is removed.
Singing legend, songwriter and actress Peggy Lee passes away at the age 81 at her
Bel Air, California home. She wrote the lyrics (to Sonny Burke's music) and supplied many of the
voices (Darling, Si, Am & Peg) for Disney's Lady and the Tramp. The film also features her singing voice on "He's a
Tramp", "La La Lu", "The Siamese Cat Song", and "What Is a Baby?". (With a craeer spanning seven decades, Lee
appeared in such features as the 1952 The Jazz Singer and the 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues - for which she received
an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. "Fever," a signature song for Lee, was nominated for
Record of the Year at the 1959 Grammy Awards.)
Disney releases 101 Dalmatians II - Patch's London Adventure to home video and DVD. It features the voices of Barry Bostwick, Jason Alexander, and Martin Short.
ABC-TV airs the special
New Kids on the Block at Walt Disney World - Wildest Dreams.
Disney's original Freaky Friday, starring Barbara Harris, Jodie Foster, and
John Astin is generally released. Based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers, a mother and
daughter switch personalities on Friday the 13th and get a taste of what each others lives are like.
(The film has been playing in select cities since December 1976.)
The fifth episode of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs for the first time.
Friday, is Showtime with the Mouseketeers at Disneyland. Mouseketeer Lisa Whelchel and speicla guest Kenia
Hernandez (from Garden Grove, California) sing a duet. Singing/dancing twins Christine and Cheryl Gilbert from
Jamul, California, perform and Goofy stars in the Mousekartoon all about the art of dancing, How to Dance.
Freaky Friday has been adapted
three times by the Walt Disney
Company into films with similar
plots. The original 1976 version
was released on this day. A
Disney television version was
made in 1995, starring Shelley
Long and Gaby Hoffmann. The
2003 remake starred Jamie Lee
Curtis and a coherent Lindsay Lohan.
Although nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical at the
Golden Globe Awards, Toy Story is edged out by Babe. "Colors of the Wind,"
written by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz from Pocahontas wins Best Original Song - Motion
Picture (beating out Randy Newman's "You Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story).
At the Golden Globe Awards, "My Funny Friend and Me" (written by Sting & David Hartley for The Emperor's New Groove) loses to Bob Dylan's "Things Have Changed" (from Wonder Boys) for Best Original Song - Motion Picture.
The Lion King wins 3 Golden Globes
"Colors of the Wind" wins Golden Globe
The formal announcement of the new $10,000 Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim is disclosed to the press nationwide. The hotel will be developed by Wrather-Alvarez Hotels, Inc., and designed by the architectual firm of Pereira and Luckman. (Although it is hoped the hotel will be ready for an
August 15 opening ... due to labor strikes the Disneyland Hotel will open October 5, 1955 instead.) "Retire? Not on your life. I have no plans to stop singing. What are you going to do when you love music? It's a terrible disease. You can't stop." -Peggy Lee (1920-2002)
How freaky would it be if you turned into your mother?
Celebration in the Air - a year-long celebration marking Hong Kong Disneyland
Resort's 5th year milestone - begins.
The 964-foot-long Disney Wonder arrives at its new home the Port of Los Angeles.
Disney Cruise Line will call the Port of L.A. home for the next two years, offering seven-night cruises
to the Mexican Riviera through April. It will then reposition to Vancouver and sail to Alaska from May -September.
Over on the East Coast, a special sail-away ceremony is held when Disney Cruise
Line leaders led by President Karl Holz presents Boys & Girls Clubs of Central
Florida with a check for $750,000 to kick off a two-night "Benefit Preview Cruise"
aboard the newest ship the Disney Dream.
"Her wonderful talent should be studied by all vocalists; her regal presence is pure elegance and charm." -Frank Sinatra
CBS-TV airs the hour-long special Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary. Dean Jones and Michele Lee play a husband and wife who are
visiting Disney World along with their son and daughter, played by Ricky Schroder and Dana Plato.
This day's Official Bulletin of the New York World's Fair (Vol. 2, No. 1) states that "the Ford Motor Company is revealing exterior design and architectural styling features for its pavilion at the Fair." The article goes on to explain that the Ford Pavilion's show, exhibit and entertainment features, including the ride fantasy, are being created by Walt Disney and designed by W.E.D. Enterprises, Inc.
As part of Limited Time Magic, Disney World guests have an opportunity to meet
characters not typically spotted at the Magic Kingdom. From this day until January 27, such
classic Disney characters as Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and the cast of the animated Robin Hood, will
take part in "Long Lost Friends Week."
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
A special send-off celebration takes place at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida
for Minnie Mouse. Mickey's favorite girl is headed to California where she will be receiving a star on
Hollywood's Walk of Fame the following day (January 22). Her star will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m.
in celebration of her 90th anniversary.