is born in Pasadena, California. Upon graduating from the California Institute of
the Arts, Ranft began his career at Disney where he worked on such features as The Lion King, Beauty
and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, and Oliver & Company. In 1992 he joined Pixar and worked on
the first two Toy Story films, as well as A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Cars. Ranft also supplied
the speaking voices for such characters as Lenny the binoculars in Toy Story, Heimlich the caterpillar in A Bug's
Life, Wheezy the penguin in Toy Story 2 and Jacques the shrimp in Finding Nemo.
(Sadly a car accident in August 2005 cut short his life.)
Disney's film The Love Bug, starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy
Hackett, and Joe Flynn is generally released. Directed by Robert Stevenson, The Love
Bug had debuted last December 1968. A race car driver becomes a champion driving a Volkswagen
Beetle who has a mind of its own! (The film will be the highest grossing in the U.S. during 1969, and lead
to three sequels and a limited TV series. The movie will also enhance the Volkswagen Beetle's image.)
Walt Disney Company directors choose President Robert A. Iger to succeed Chief Executive Michael Eisner
(who will remain at the post until September 30).
Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon reopens with the new attraction the
Crush 'n' Gusher water coaster (which will have an official debut 2 days later).
On a train ride back to California from New York City (with his wife Lillian) Walt Disney
sends his brother and business partner Roy a Western Union telegram that reads:
LEAVING TONITE STOPPING OVER KC ARRIVE HOME SUNDAY MORNING SEVEN
THIRTY DON'T WORRY EVERYTHING OK WILL GIVE DETAILS WHEN ARRIVE
This is in reference to the fact that although the Disney brothers have probably lost their animated creation Oswald the Rabbit to Charles Mintz (a ruthless producer who Walt had been in negotiations with while in NY City) ...
Walt has a new idea for an animated mouse character.
The Tulsa Tribune quotes writer Thornton Wilder as telling a lecture audience, "The two presiding geniuses of the movies are Walt Disney and Charlie Chaplin."
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Woodland Cafe is released.
The first cels for Snow White and Seven Dwarfs are sent to the camera department.
At the 19th Annual Academy Awards (held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles),
the Walt Disney Studio Sound Department wins an Oscar for innovations in locating
noise in sound tracks. Although nominated for Short Subjects, Cartoon - Disney's Squatter's Rights loses to
MGM's The Cat Concerto. (It is the first time the awards are opened to the general public.)
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "Highway to Trouble."
A 1,500-acre spread of the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Polk County, Florida continues to burn after a power line falls and ignites some brush. The fire affects land donated by the Walt Disney Company to The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit environmental group that is attempting to return some of the pastureland there to its original swamp condition.
3,225th performance, making it the tenth longest-running
Broadway show of all time.
The Omnimover vehicles are removed from the closed Horizons attraction in Epcot.
Since the beginning of this month, the building has been emptied in preparation for demolition. (Mission: SPACE
will take its place.)
Writer & animator Ted Sears is born in Massachusetts (though raised
in New York City). In 1931, Walt Disney hired Sears (away from the Max Fleischer organization) to a
long term contract not as an animator but as a senior writer - the Disney company's first. In the twenty-seven
years that followed, Sears' credits included Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, and the
Disneyland television series. He also co-wrote narration for many of Disney's nature films, such as The
Vanishing Prairie and The Living Desert, with Winston Hibler.
Hannah Montana kicks off the new D*Concert Series on
Disney XD. The three month concert series will feature
artists such as High School Musical and the Cheetah Girls.
President Harry S Truman
refused to ride Dumbo the
Flying Elephant at
elephants are a Republican
Party symbol ... and Truman was a Democrat.
Disney's Pinocchio is released in Argentina.
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Cannibal Capers, directed by Burt Gillett,
Disney's live-action Race to Witch Mountain (a "modern re-imagining" of the 1975
Escape to Witch Mountain) is released. Directed by Andy Fickman, the film stars Dwayne Johnson,
Anna Sophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, and Carla Gugino. Making a cameo appearance as a train driver whose
locomotive crashes after it gets caught in "alien crossfire" is Disney chairman Dick Cook. The role is a nod to the fact
that Cook started his career with the company as a monorail and steam locomotive driver at Disneyland in 1970!
A new illuminated "Paradise Pier" sign on the California Screamin' roller coaster
greets guests of Disney's California Adventure for the first time. The sign, installed last night,
reflects the "vintage Disney" themeing that is part of the park's makeover.
Mr. Thorndyke: "What part of Ireland did you say your mother came from?"
Tennessee Steinmetz: "Coney, Ireland."
-The Love Bug
"Perhaps Ted's greatest talent was his own unique brand of humor. It was warm, gentle humor; there was never a barb in it. And his was the key, to Ted's whole personality. He was the kindest man I ever knew. He lived with laughter and without malice." -Winston Hibler
Writer Ridley Pearson is born in Glen Cove, New York. Raised in in Riverside, Connecticut,
he began writing suspense and thriller novels for an adult audience but later branched out by writing adventure
books for children. After his daughter asked him how Peter Pan met Captain Hook, Pearson teamed up with his
long-time friend humorist Dave Barry to co-author Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to Peter Pan. They later produced two further prequels – Peter and the Shadow Thieves and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon. Pearson
has also written four novels set inside the Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida - The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, The Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom
Keepers IV: Power Play.
Carol Farris, the last performer to play Space Girl at Disneyland, is born in Kansas City,
Missouri. In the early years of Disneyland, there were live performers that were associated with particular areas of the
park. Tomorowland featured Space Man and Space Girl who greeted guests. Farris played Space Girl at Disneyland for
approximately a year and a half until late 1965.
"When I think of my time at Disney not one particular thing stands out, it is all remembered as great fun." -Carol Farris
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Cinderella, a live-action romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, and
distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, is released. Inspired by the fairy tale "Cinderella" by
Charles Perrault, it borrows many elements from the 1950 animated film of the same name. Released along
with the feature is the animated short Frozen Fever.