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.)
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."
Actor Bob Amsberry is killed in an automobile accident at age 29 in Portland, Oregon. An original cast member on the first two seasons of Walt Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club, he was working both as a writer and actor (playing the part of Bob-O the clown). Amsberry will later be heard as the voice of Maleficent's Goon in the 1959 animated release Sleeping Beauty.
The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs part 1 of "Johnny Tremain."
Actor David Reivers is born in Kingston, Jamaica. Father of actor/singer Corbin Bleu, he is best known for co-starring as his real-life son's father in the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In! (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008). He also had a small role in the Disney Channel Original Movie The Thirteenth Year (1999) and an episode of ABC's Desperate Housewives (2010).
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.
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy Out Cold. A group of snowboarding employees at an
Alaskan ski resort try to outsmart a leisure mogul who has major redevelopment plans for the business... which
includes getting rid of most of the party-loving staff. The cast includes Jason London, A.J. Cook, and Lee Majors.
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.
Déjà Vu Original Soundtrack, featuring "Don't Worry Baby" by The Beach Boys and "Coming Back to You" performed by Macy Gray, is released on Disney's Hollywood Records. A science fiction action film, Déjà Vu stars Denzel Washington and is distributed by Buena Vista Pictures.
Disney's 2005 Sky High and 2006 The Wild are released on HD Blu-ray.
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.
Written by Bill Kelly and directed by Kevin Lima, the film stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon. 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 48th 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! Directed by Chris Williams & Byron Howard, the voice cast includes Miley Cyrus (as Penny - an actress & Bolt's beloved owner), Susie Essman (as Mittens the cat), Mark Walton (as Rhino the hamster), Nick Swardson (as Blake), Greg Germann (as The Agent, Penny's insensitive and rude agent), and Malcolm McDowell (as the evil 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. The score to Bolt has been composed by John Powell. (Originally, the film was going to be titled American Dog, and be written and directed by Chris Sanders - known for Lilo & Stitch. Eventually, Sanders was removed from the project and replaced by Williams and Howard.)
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, including Donn Tatum, Card Walker, Joe Potter, Buzz Price and Jack Sayers, 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."
Actress, writer, and producer Nicollette Sheridan is born in Sussex, England. In 2004, Sheridan began starring as Edie Britt in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, a role she played
until 2009, for which she received a nomination for a Golden Globe award. She also supplied the voice of Eleanor
in Disney's 2002 direct-to-video Tarzan & Jane.
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.
The 4th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival ends.
Ralph Breaks the Internet, a 3D computer-animated
comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios,
is released to U.S. theaters. A sequel to the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, it features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Ed O'Neill, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, and John DiMaggio. The film is directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (who wrote the screenplay with Pamela Ribon and his directorial debut) and executive-produced by John Lasseter, Chris Williams, and Jennifer Lee. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet - the netizens - to help navigate their way. Similar to the first film, Ralph Breaks the Internet includes a number of cameos and references to video games and various Disney properties, including their own films, Pixar films, and the Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and The Muppets franchises. All of the characters in the Disney Princess line appear along with Anna and Elsa from
Frozen, and Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' former writer, editor and publisher, makes a cameo appearance in the film talking to Iron Man! (The film will be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, 76th Golden Globe Awards, and 24th Critics' Choice Awards.)
Actor, director, producer, and frequent game-show panelist, Bill Bixby passes away at age 59 in Los Angeles, California. His Disney credits include the 1975 feature film The Apple Dumpling Gang as Russel Donovan, and directing 2 episodes of the 1982 sitcom Herbie, the Love Bug. Bixby's career spanned more than three decades, including appearances on stage, in films, and on both the television series My Favorite Martian and The Courtship of Eddie's Father.
Character actor Michael J. Pollard passes away at age 80 in Los Angeles, California. Best known for playing C.W. Moss in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde (which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination), he portrayed Bug Bailey in Disney's 1990 action comedy Dick Tracy.
Director John Hough is born in London, England. Primarily known for his suspense films of the 1970s and 1980s, his Disney credits include Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Return from Witch Mountain (1978), and The Watcher in the Woods (1980).
Unbreakable (Original Motion Picture Score), featuring the music of James Newton Howard, is released by Disney's Hollywood Records.
Castle of Magical Dreams, the new centerpiece castle (that replaces Sleeping Beauty Castle) opens at Hong Kong Disneyland as part of the park's 15th anniversary celebration. The castle has been redesigned to pay tribute to 13 Disney Princess and heroines, including Snow White, Rapunzel, Tiana, Aurora, Merida, Anna and Elsa, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, and Moana.
Dancing with the Stars champion Jordan Fisher marries Ellie Woods (a clinical nutritionist)
at Walt Disney World. Surrounded by an intimate group of their closest loved ones (all masked and socially distanced), the longtime loves say "I do" in a private Disney's Fairy Tale Wedding ceremony in the Magic Kingdom.
Actress and singer Goldie Hawn is born in Washington, D.C. She made her feature film debut in a bit role as a giggling dancer in Disney's 1968 film The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. (Hawn met her futue husband Kurt Russell while filming The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1966.) She later provided the voice of Peggy McGee in a 2013 episode of Phineas and Ferb. (First rising to fame on the NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968–1970), her film credits include such features as Cactus Flower, Butterflies Are Free, The Sugarland Express, Private Benjamin, and The First Wives Club.)