Today is Veterans Day in the U.S.
In 1926, a government resolution was issued to make November 11 a day of thanksgiving and prayer. It was made a legal holiday in 1938 & called Armistice Day. Following World War II, the name was changed to Veterans Day.
The 11th annual ABC Super Soap Weekend kicks off at Disney-MGM Studios.
The 3-day Festival of the Masters at the Downtown Disney Marketplace
in Florida, begins.
Bard's Glendale Theater in Los Angeles, California previews Disney's Alice comedy
film Alice on the Farm. (It will be released the following January.)
Dayton, Ohio. Winters appeared on the TV special The Grand Opening of Walt
wildness on TV, the big screen and records, Winters' film credits include It's a Mad, Mad,
Mad, Mad World and The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. He even
appeared in The Twilight Zone episode "A Game of Pool" - playing a dramatic role!
In March 1965, Winters hosted his own NBC television special titled "Jonathan and the Movies." A satirical documentary about the film industry, in one segment Winters played Captain Bligh in a spoof on the film Mutiny on the Bounty. It was filmed on board the S.S. Columbia at Disneyland!
Disney releases the 3D short Working for Peanuts featuring Donald Duck and
Chip 'n' Dale. Directed by Jack Hannah, Chip and Dale discover a new source of food - peanuts - as
long as they can get them away from an elephant named Dolores guarded by zookeeper Donald.
Disney's animated Peter Pan is released in Mexico.
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Talent Round-Up Day.
Walt Disney appears as a mystery guest on the TV game show
successes of Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions.
Actress Demi Moore, the voice of Esmeralda in Disney's 1996 animated release
The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its 2002 sequel, is born in Roswell, New Mexico.
A new 90,000-square-foot convention center opened adjacent to Disney World's Contemporary Resort. The state-of-the-art center is connected by an enclosed
second floor walkway to the original convention space in the main hotel.
Touchstone releases the film Billy Bathgate starring Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman,
Loren Dean, Bruce Willis, and Steven Hill. Young Billy, a streetwise kid from Bathgate Avenue in the
Bronx, is convinced that success will come to him only if he is able to join mobster Dutch Schultz’s gang. Starting out
as a flunky for the crime ring, he soon graduates to trusted confidant only to find danger as his mentor’s power and
control wane. In an underworld populated by ruthless characters, it takes all of Billy’s wits to survive and to save the
life of Drew Preston, with whom he has his first love interest.
The Disney animated feature Aladdin - featuring the
voice of Robin Williams and the song "Whole New World" - has its world premiere.
About a street-smart young thief in the mythical city of Agrabah who meets and falls in love with the Sultan's
beautiful daughter named Jasmine, it will become the highest-grossing animated film up to that time. (Aladdin
will win Academy Awards for Best Song - "A Whole New World" and Best Original Score.)
Disney announces plans to build an amusement park called Disney's America
with a history theme somewhere west of Washington, D.C. (The project will
eventually be cancelled.)
The Annie Awards are presented in Los Angeles, California. Disney's Pocahontas
takes home 4 awards including one for Best Animated Feature. Among the Winsor McCay
winners are animator/teacher Jules Engel (who worked early in his career at Disney and later helped develop such
cartoon characters as Mr. Magoo) and Vance Gerry (a celebrated Disney writer and layout artist).
Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (a followup to the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast) is released direct-to-video. During a holiday party held at the Beast's castle, maître d' Lumière and Majordomo Cogsworth get into an argument over who "saved" last Christmas. This prompts Mrs. Potts to tell a story about the previous season. The voice cast features Robby Benson (Beast), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Jerry Orbach (Lumière), David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts), Paul Reubens (Fife), Bernadette Peters (Angelique), and Tim Curry (Forte).
Walt Disney Records releases the soundtrack to Flubber, featuring the music of
The 28th Annual Annie Awards ceremony (the highest honor given for excellence
in animation) takes place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Disney's An Extremely
Goofy Movie, Toy Story 2, Mickey Mouseworks, and Fantasia/2000 all take home awards. Although nominated,
Disney's Recess loses out for Best Animated Television Program (Daytime) to Mickey Mouse Works! April
Winchell, the voice of Miss Finster, is nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a
Female Performer in an Animated Television Show for the Disney Recess episode "A Great State Fair", but loses
to Christine Cavanaugh (the voice of Dexter for the Dexter's Laboratory TV film, "Dexter's Ego Trip").
Coincidentally, Cavanaugh also did voices for Recess!
The touring version of Disney's musical Aida comes to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. (The show will run until January 5.)
In honor of Veterans' Day, a special Flag Retreat is held at Disneyland. Cast
Members who are also Veterans of the Armed Forces are invited to participate. Also on hand are the United
States Army Southern California Recruiting Battalion and Grand Marshals from the Anaheim Veterans of
Foreign Wars & the American Legion Post. The Disneyland Band provides the music as the American and
Californian flags are lowered and folded.
Starting on this day "Disney's Wildfire Heroes Salute," offers firefighters,
law enforcement and rescue personnel (who battled the recent Southern California
wildfires) an opportunity to enjoy complimentary, three-day admission into
Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.The special salute will run through March 31, 2004.
On this day the President of the United States signs into law a list of resolutions, and
bills that rename federal facilities. Among the bills: H.R. 1610, Walt Disney Post
Office Building, Marceline, Missouri. (A ceremony renaming the Marceline post office will be held
Disneyland's real live Christmas tree is officially revealed. The tree, which stands in Town Square, is decorated with 5,000 golden ornaments in honor of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
The final animation is completed for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -
which is scheduled to open in a little more than a month!
The idea of adapting the Aladdin story as a Disney animated musical was
first proposed by songwriter Howard Ashman in 1988.
Disney's Broadway production The Lion King was to celebrate its 10th
anniversary with a gala performance at the Minskoff Theatre. But due to a strike by
Local One, the stagehands union, most Broadway shows, including TLK, go dark for a second day.
Disney's Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast transfers to its new home, the
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The musical first opened at the Palace Theatre April 18, 1994.
Voice actress and voice-over teacher Mary Kay Bergman passes away at age 38 (just hours after contributing to a radio show celebrating Disneyland's 45th anniversary) in California. Growing up around the corner from the home of Adriana Caselotti, the original voice of Snow White, Bergman got her first professional acting job at age 16. Her Disney credits included Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Toy Story 2, and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. Throughout her career, Bergman performed voice work for over 400 television commercials and voiced over 100 cartoon, film, and video game characters.
Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks opens at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
A combination of live-action and animation, it is based upon the books The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become
a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and Bonfires and Broomsticks by author Mary Norton. (The film will be released in
Actor David DeLuise is born to actor/comedian Dom DeLuise and actress Carol
Arthur, in Burbank, California. He played Jerry Russo, the family patriarch and former wizard, on the
Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-2012). DeLuise also supplied the voice of Dancer
for Disney's 2009 animated television special Prep & Landing.
The day before the premiere of Disney's Song of the South, a parade is held in
Atlanta with Walt himself, the governor of Georgia, and William B. Hartsfield the
mayor of Atlanta. There are bands, floats, and some of the characters from the film. A luncheon at the
Capital Club and a tea at the Wren's Nest follows.
Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, three dreams and they all could come true.
The Santa Clause, released by Walt Disney Pictures &
Hollywood Pictures and starring Tim Allen, debuts in
theaters. A fantasy-comedy, Allen plays Scott Calvin, an ordinary man,
who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve -
knocking him unconscious. When he and his young son Charlie finish
Santa's trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns he
must become the new Santa and ... convince those he loves that he is
indeed, Father Christmas. The cast includes Judge Reinhold, Wendy
Crewson, David Krumholtz, Peter Boyle, and Eric Lloyd.
Disney releases Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh on DVD. Originally aired on
television in 3 parts, it features Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Syn (a kindly country vicar in 18th-century England).
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams, originally part of the Happiest Homecoming on Earth
(celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland) runs for the last time. Celebrating the
dreams of Disney characters, the parade has been running at Disneyland since May 2005.
Best of Hilary Duff, the first greatest hits album by recording artist Hilary Duff, is
released by Hollywood Records.
The Santa Clause released
Ernest Saves Christmas, a Touchstone Pictures comedy film directed by John
R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney, is released. Bumbling Ernest helps Santa Claus as
he searches for his successor. It is the third film to feature Varney as Ernest P. Worrell.
The 31st animated feature in the
Walt Disney Animated Classics series,
it is based on the Arab folktale of
Aladdin and the magic lamp
from One Thousand and One
Nights (a collection of stories).
"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it." -Jonathan Winters
Oscar organizers announce that a record 20 animated films have been submitted for Academy Awards. Among the films vying for the 2009 best animated feature film are Disney-Pixar's Up, Disney's A Christmas Carol, The Princess and the Frog, and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. The Oscars for 2009 will be given out on March 7, 2010.
Disneyland's "Zorro Days," featuring the cast of Disney's popular
ABC-TV series, returns to the park for the 5th and final time.
The 3-day event includes parades and live performances in Frontierland.
Actor, writer, producer, and film director Stanley Tucci is born in Peekskill, New York. His credits include Swing Vote, Captain America: The First Avenger, Muppets Most Wanted, and the live-action Beauty and the Beast.
Today is also Rememberance Day in Canada
The PGA TOUR returns to the Walt Disney World Resort for the 40th consecutive year. The Fall Series event is held at Disney’s Palm and Magnolia golf courses, and features some of the world’s top golfers playing in one of the resort’s longest-running traditions. (Initially held as the Walt Disney World Open Invitational, Jack Nicklaus claimed the first three titles, including the inaugural event in December 1971 less than three months after the resort opened.)
In the spirit of 11/11/11, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings marries 11 couples from eleven different cities at Walt Disney World.
The 36th Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels® kicks off for three days at
Downtown Disney, Florida.
The Disneyland Resort marks an exiciting milestone when their newest
nighttime spectacular, World of Color, celebrates its 1,000th performance!
It has been running since June 2010 at Disney California Adventure.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming premieres. Based on the novel by Robin
Palmer, it stars Sarah Hyland (from ABC's Modern Family) and Matt Prokop. Dylan Schoenfield (Hyland),
Woodlands Academy's top girl, accidentally drops her fashionable and very expensive handbag into the mall
fountain. She is surprised when film geek Josh Rosen (Prokop) retrieves it for her. However, in exchange for him
rescuing her bag, Dylan has to agree to be the subject of Josh's documentary. She hopes the film will help her
campaign to become Blossom Queen and claims that winning is her main goal in life.
Pro golfer Charlie Beljan wins his first PGA TOUR tournament at Walt
Disney World. By winning the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, he joins Tiger Woods
and Jack Nicklaus in the fraternity of eight players to win this tournament the first time they played at WDW.
Beljan finishes 16-under 272 and earns $846,000.
The final episode of the animated The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes airs.
Running on Disney XD since 2010, it will be replaced with a new series titled Avengers Assemble.
Brad Bird’s highly-anticipated film "Tomorrowland" begins shooting scenes at Walt
Disney World. Film crews descend upon the classic Carousel of Progress attraction in the Magic Kingdom
to shoot interiors with some of the movie’s stars. Starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, the film is set
for a May 2015 release.
The 44th People's Choice Awards are held in Santa Monica, California. Among the winners:
-The Movie of 2018: Avengers: Infinity War
-The Action Movie of 2018: Avengers: Infinity War
-The Family Movie of 2018: Incredibles 2
-The Male Movie Star of 2018: Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
-The Female Movie Star of 2018: Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Infinity War
-The Action Movie Star of 2018: Danai Gurira – Black Panther
Disney animator Fred Spencer is killed in an automobile accident in California. He is 34.
First joining Walt Disney Productions in 1931, he worked on several early Mickey Mouse cartoons. In 1932 he began independently producing a two-tier Mickey Mouse comic strip, even though he was not connected with the comics department at Disney. The studio approved the project and the strip appeared in the national DeMolay newsletter. (Spencer was a member of DeMolay International and later would receive the prestigious Legion of Honor award.) The character Donald Duck was introduced at Disney in 1934, and Spencer began to focus more on Donald than on Mickey. In 1935 Spencer wrote an analysis of Donald which served as the standard for writing for, drawing, and animating the character. Spencer's model sheets included in the report feature a redesigned version of Donald that was shorter and rounder – largely identical to his appearance today. He also included remarks on Donald's personality and mannerisms. Spencer helped animate seven Disney short films as well as the studio's first feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Today Spencer’s name is not exactly unknown, but he rarely receives the recognition he deserves as a shaping force in Donald Duck.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, a direct sequel to the Kingdom Hearts game, is released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan. Chain of Memories is touted as a bridge between the two PlayStation 2 titles, introducing and previewing plot elements that will be explored in the next game (Kingdom Hearts II).