The Timekeeper, a new attraction featuring a CircleVision 360 film and Audio-Animatronics & special effects, opens in WDW's Tomorrowland. Replacing America the Beautiful, the show features a levitating android called Nine-Eye (the 9 eyes she has represents the 9 cameras
used in filming From Time to Time in the round, thus showing each of her 9 eyes on each one of the 9 movie screens)
who travels back in time while under the complete control of the zany Timekeeper - voiced by Robin Williams.
Over at Epcot, the 3D film Honey, I Shrunk the Audience opens inside Journey into Imagination in Future World. Replacing the Captain EO attraction, it is a spin off of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series starring Rick Moranis as Professor Wayne Szalinski. (The attraction will officially open Nov 24.)
Legendary singer-pianist Dr. John is born Malcolm Rebennack in New Orleans.
He recorded a version of "Cruella DeVil" (for the CD Classic Disney Volume 5) and a duet of "You've Got a Friend in
Me" (for singer Steve Tyrell's Disney Standards CD). Dr. John can also be heard on the soundtrack for The Princess
and the Frog, singing "Down in New Orleans" - written by Randy Newman and nominated for Best Song at the
53rd Grammy Awards. Dr. John also recorded a version of "Bare Necessities" for the 2016 The Jungle Book.
(Beginning in the late 1960s, Rebennack gained fame as a solo artist after adopting the persona of "Dr. John, The
Night Tripper." His act combines New Orleans-style rhythm and blues with psychedelic rock. The winner of five
Grammy awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.)
Mouseketeer Ronnie Steiner is born in Canada.
He joined the Mickey Mouse Club in the first season as a dancer.
The Mickey Mouse cartoon Pluto's Christmas Tree, directed by Jack
Hannah, is released. It is the last time Ruth Clifford voices the character of Minnie Mouse.
The Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Fun With Music Day.
Musical numbers include Roy Williams dressed as the "boy at the dike" singing Roy at the Dike
and Jimmie Dodd dressed as Tom Sawyer (along with a handful of the Mouseketeers) singing
Painting Aunt Polly's Fence.
The Disneyland television series airs the episode "At Home with Donald Duck."
Disney's TV series Zorro airs the 7th episode of the
season titled, "Monastario Sets a Trap."
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs part 1 of "Johnny Tremain."
Absent-Minded Inventors and the Search for Flubber, a half-hour special airs
on ABC-TV. Hosted by Bill Nye, it is a promo for the release of Flubber.
Disney World unveils its holiday lights and decorations with The
Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney-MGM Studios.
(Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne received worldwide attention when he first created the luminous light show for his daughter more than a decade ago.) The glowing bulbs light Residential Street, Washington Square and New York Street in merry holiday displays that include 170 flying angels, two 30-foot-tall carousels, illuminated trees, and 50 lighted Mickey Mouse figures.
The newly redesigned restaurant Avalon Cove debuts at
Disney's California Adventure. Located along the
boardwalk entrance into Paradise Pier,
the restaurant features appearances by Disney characters.
The Lizzie McGuire episode "Just One of the Guys" debuts on Disney
Channel as does the Disney Channel Original Movie Full-Court Miracle.
John Tartaglia and Jonathan Freeman join the Broadway
the role of Cogsworth.
Walt Disney Records releases The Fox and The Hound 2 Soundtrack,
features songs performed by such artists as Reba McEntire, Trisha
Yearwood, Lucas Grabe, and Joel McNeely.
At the 34th Annual American Music Awards, Rascal Flatts performs "Life is
a Highway" (from the Disney/Pixar Cars soundtrack). They also pick up an award
for Favorite Band, Duo or Group. Although nominated for Favorite Album, High School Musical is
edged out by All the Right Reasons by Nickelback.
An ad for War Bonds featuring Disney art appears in an NFL program for a game
between the Pittsburgh Steagles and the Detroit Lions. (The Pittsburgh Steelers have
temporarily merged with the Philadelphia Eagles as team rosters have become depleted by the ongoing
world war.) The art is from the Ave Maria sequence of Disney's Fantasia.
Animator Andy Engman is born Andrew Alfons Engman in Vasa, Finland.
Immigrating to the the Bronx, NY at age 15 from Finland, he went to California in 1937 where he began his 35 year
career as an animator at Walt Disney Studios. He worked at Disney through 1971 on such shorts as Brave Little
Tailor, Donald's Snow Fight and Goofy's Glider and on such classic full-features as Snow White, Fantasia, Make
Mine Music, and The Jungle Book. He won a Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Golden Award in 1985 for his
lifetime contributions to the art of animation.
"Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed guests, and those of you wearing the funny animal hats, welcome!
The reason I've gathered you here today is to witness the exploration of the next great frontier, courtesy of my own incredible time machine." -The Timekeeper
Sculptor, animator, designer, comic book artist, and Disney Imagineer Rubén
Procopio is born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (his family will move to the U.S. when
he is 4). Affiliated with Walt Disney Feature Animation (he trained under Eric Larson, one of Disney's
legendary Nine Old Men), Procopio is credited with restoring the maquette process to feature animation film
production in the early 1980s - influenced by his dad Adolfo Procopio, a 35-year veteran sculptor at Walt Disney
Imagineering. Rubén's extensive Disney credits include The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective,
Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.
Amy Adams (co-star of Disney's Enchanted) and Richard Cook, Chairman of The Walt
Disney Studios, ring the New York Stock Exchange closing bell in New York City.
Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre offers a special engagement of Walt Disney Pictures’
magical new musical-fantasy Enchanted - the same day the film is generally released
in U.S. theaters. A homage to, and a self-parody of, conventional Walt Disney Animated Classics, Enchanted
features cameo appearances by Paige O'Hara (the speaking & singing voice of Belle in Beauty and the Beast), Jodi Benson (the speaking & singing voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Judy Kuhn (the singing voice of the title
character in Pocahontas), and Disney Legend Julie Andrews (the original Mary Poppins).
Disney's 47th animated feature Bolt (a CGI animated film) is released.
The film centers around Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) - a white German Shepherd who has lived
all his life on the set of a TV show in which he portrays a superhero dog, and as a result thinks that his
superpowers are real! The voice cast also includes Miley Cyrus (as Penny) and Malcolm McDowell (as Dr.
Calico). Bolt is Disney's first film made as a 3D feature during its production. The two previously CGI
features from the studio were first produced as 2D movies and later made stereoscopic after completion.
Upon its release, the
New York Times called
Disney's Steamboat Willie
"an ingenious piece of work with a good deal of fun."
Walt Disney and a group of his top executives land at Herndon Airport (today known
as Orlando's Executive Airport). In the midst of a tour of the eastern Unites States (since November 17)
in search of an ideal location for a new theme park, Walt and his team head toward Ocala in 2 rented cars. Upon
arriving in Ocala, they check into a local hotel under assumed names (Walt uses the name William Brown). The
next morning they will fly over the Orlando-area in search of a spot for Walt's "East Coast Disneyland."
Mickey Mouse serves as Grand Marshal for the 18th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, Illinois. Meanwhile over at the Prairie Capital Convention Center
in Springfield, Playhouse Disney Live! performs an afternoon and evening show.
Touchstone Pictures releases Three Men and a Little Lady starring Tom Selleck,
Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson. It is the sequel to the 1987 hit film Three Men and a Baby.
Starting on this day in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress holds an exhibition
"Building a Better Mouse", which includes over 120 Disney items from their collection.
It will run through the end of January.
The Disney Channel airs the second episode of the new series Still the Beaver,
entitled "Thanksgiving Day." The series had premiered November 14.
Disney's Hollywood Records releases the soundtrack to Father of the Bride 2, a lighthearted sequel to the original Steve Martin box office hit. Consisting largely of Alan Silvestri's score, the CD also features performances by Steve Tyrell, Etta James, and Fats Domino.
The following snippet appears in this day's issue of The Film Daily
(a daily Hollywood publication):
Walt Disney, with his "Mickey Mouse" and "Silly Symphonies" series, is paving the way for
a bigger and better year. Grauman's Chinese, Carthay Circle, Fox Palace, and Criterion
theaters have signed for the product. The Disney boys are making rapid headway with
their creations, adding new sound effects with each cartoon.
Disney's Recess premieres in Germany as Große Pause.
The forty-fifth episode of Disney's Recess, "Schoolworld/Bachelor Gus"
premieres on UPN and in syndication.