At Super Bowl XXXII (in San Diego) Denver Broncos quarterback
John Elway declares "I'm going to Disneyland!" after his team defeats the Green Bay Packers, 31–24.
Passionate rhythm-and-blues singer Etta James - whose version of "It's A
Small World/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley" appears on the CD
Disney's Music From The Park - is born in Los Angeles, California.
On April 7, 2009, James appeared on ABC-TV's Dancing with the Stars as a guest performer, singing her
classic 1961 hit "At Last."
Disney animator Art Babbitt and other unhappy employees, who believe they
need to create a federation for representation, hold a general membership
meeting at the American Legion Hall in Hollywood. The group elects Babbitt
as president of the Cartoonists Federation.
The Disney/Pixar animated film The Incredibles is nominated for 4 Academy Awards!
Walt Disney Records releases Mulan 2 Soundtrack featuring Lea Salonga, Joel
McNeely, Beth Blankenship, Mandy Gonzalez, and Judy Kuhn.
Author Lewis Carroll asks illustrator Sir John Tenniel (the principal political cartoonist for England's Punch magazine) to illustrate his story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The book will be first published in November 1865.
Author Margery Sharp is born in Wiltshire, England. She will write 26 novels for adults, 14
stories for children, 4 plays, 2 mysteries, and numerous short stories. Sharp's most famous work The
Rescuers (a series about a mouse) will be adapted into 2 Disney animated films - The Rescuers and The
Rescuers Down Under.
Actor Dean Jones, best known for his light-hearted leading roles in several Walt Disney movies between 1965 and 1977, is born in Morgan City, Alabama. It was his role in the 1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree that brought Jones to the attention of Disney. He shared hosting duties in 1967 for Disneyland's Candlelight Ceremony. In 1975 and 1987 he narrated the Christmas Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World.
Disney's 17th animated feature film 101 Dalmatians, featuring the
voice of Rod Taylor, premieres. When a litter of dalmatian puppies are
abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses
them for a diabolical fashion statement. It is the first Disney feature to solely use the
Xerox process for transferring the animators' drawings to cels. Prior to this, each one of
the animators' drawings had to be hand-traced in ink onto a cel. The new process has
sped up production greatly and given 101 Dalmatians a different look than Disney's
previous animated features. It is directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton
Luske, and Clyde Geronimi. (The film will be generally released the following
Composer Paul J. Smith passes away in Glendale, California. He wrote background music for
nearly every Disney True-Life Adventure film and received an Oscar (along with Leigh Harline and Ned
Washington) for the music in Pinocchio. Smith also received Academy Awards nominations for Perri, Cinderella,
Song of the South, The Three Caballeros, Victory Through Air Power, and Saludos Amigos. He even appeared in
Fantasia ... as a member of the orchestra. In 1994, he will be posthumously awarded as a Disney Legend.
Super Bowl XXI is played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The halftime show is a Disney production called "Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary," featuring Southern California-area High School drill teams and dancers. The New York Giants win over the Denver Broncos, 39-20.
Toontown continues its official grand opening festivities at Disneyland. On hand to
take part in a parade and special events are Michael Eisner and such celebrities as Robin Williams, Sally Fields,
Dan Ackroyd, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson, and Tom Selleck. (Toontown will be dedicated the following day.)
McDonald's opens a themed restaurant in the Disney Village area at Disneyland Paris.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney World plans to demolish about one-fourth
of its troubled Disney Institute and build 192 new time-share units there.
Touchstone Pictures & Spyglass Entertainment release the adventure drama The Count of Monte Cristo. An adaptation of the classic 1844 novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas,
the film follows the general plot of the story - a young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, The Count of Monte Cristo stars
Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, and Richard Harris.
The historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood screens Disney's Sleeping Beauty in its
original 70MM format.
Disney's Dreams on Parade begins running at Tokyo Disneyland as part of the park's
20th anniversary celebration.
At the Golden Globe Awards, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -
Musical or Comedy goes to Bill Murray for his performance in Lost in Translation,
beatiing out Johnny Depp for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the
Jim and Lisa Fouch and their children, Brad and Hannah from Michigan make history as the first Walt Disney World guests to win a night's stay inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom Park.
"Dalmatians" is probably the
word (most people spell it
according to Disney it is a
place ... so both people and dogs from there
Disney Channel premieres the original film Minutemen, about three "uncool" high school seniors who find a way to change their world, thanks to a homemade time machine. It stars Jason Dolley (from Disney Channel's Cory in the House) as Virgil Fox.
It's 'arf comedy...'arf mystery...and it's howlarious!
Happy Birthday Dean Jones
Film and television actress Jenifer Lewis, the voice of Mama Odie in Disney's 2009 The Princess and the Frog, is born in Missouri. Her voice credits also include Flo the sassy
"show car" in Cars and Cars 2.
"My story begins in London, not so very long ago. And yet so much has happened since then, that it seems more like an eternity." -Pongo (101 Dalmatians)
"I wish I could say I had this master plan for a career, but I always thought acting was something I'd just do until I had a hit record." -Dean Jones (1995 Disney Legend)
The New Mickey Mouse Club airs episode seven. Mouseketeers Scott, Lisa and Allison find a lost bear cub aboard the Let's Go Day boat, and decide to take him to Yellowstone National Park so that he can meet some friendly bears. Scenes from Disney's Yellowstone Cubs are featured. Ol' Humphrey the Beezy Bear gets himself in to a sticky situation when he tries to steal honey from Donald Duck's beehives in today's all-color cartoon.
Selected Disney credits:
That Darn Cat!
The Ugly Dachshund
Monkeys, Go Home!
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Love Bug
The Million Dollar Duck
The Shaggy D.A.
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Coca-Cola and Disney sign a 15-year marketing agreement in which Coca-Cola products will be used exclusively in all theme parks, and Coca-Cola will use certain Disney characters in its advertising. In 2002 Coca-Cola will expand its multi-year agreement with Disney to feature Dasani bottled water at Disney's U.S. parks, resorts and cruise line. (Although Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola were originally served at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, Coca-Cola's relationship with Disney goes back to 1950 and the first Disney television show, One Hour in Wonderland, which Coke sponsored. In 1955, Coke became a participant with the Refreshment Corner on Disneyland's Main Street, USA.)
Nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are announced at the Samuel
Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, with Disney racking up a total of 13.
"For Toy Story 3 to be recognized by the Academy as not only one of the best animated films of the year, but also as one of
the ten best pictures of the year, is both humbling and overwhelming. I'm speechless; I feel like I've been blasted to infinity and
beyond." -Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich
-Toy Story 3 receives 5 nominations: Best Picture, Best Animated Feature Film, Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich), Original Song ("We Belong Together" by Randy Newman), and Sound Editing (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers)
This makes Toy Story 3 the third animated film in history to be nominated for the top Oscar prize, following Beauty and the Beast in 1991 and Up in 2010. It is also the eighth Pixar film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature since the award was first created in 2001.
"World of Color" celebrates a big milestone at Disney California
Adventure park ... it's 500th performance! More than two million guests have
seen this spectacular display of water and special effects since it opened on June 11, 2010.
Rod Taylor - Pongo
J. Pat O'Malley - Colonel / Jasper
Ben Wright - Roger
Betty Lou Gerson - Cruella De Vil / Miss Birdwell
Martha Wentworth - Nanny / Queenie / Lucy
Cate Bauer - Perdita
-Alan Menken (for the 19th time in his career) - Best Song for "I See the Light" from Disney's Tangled.
-Day and Night (PIxar) - Best Animated Short Film
-Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures) - Achievement in Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Art Direction (Robert Stromberg – Production Design and Karen O’Hara – Set Decoration) and Achievement in Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips)
-TRON: Legacy (Walt Disney Pictures) - Achievement in Sound Editing (Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague)
-Iron Man 2 (Marvel Studios) - Achievement in Visual Effects (Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick)
-The Tempest (Touchstone Pictures) - Achievement in Costume Design (Sandy Powell)
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Dealer Concert featuring Disney Legend Elton John
performing with a 60-piece orchestra is streamed live over the Internet. The event, held at
Disneyland's Hyperion Theater in California, also stars more than a dozen music performers who take part in this
special private concert event celebrating the 125th anniversary of Yamaha, the official music instrument provider of
the Disneyland Resort and the sponsor of Disney's popular All American College Band, Disney’s Performing Arts,
and The Community Arts Showcase. Sir Elton plays five of his classic songs on a Yamaha Disklavier reproducing
piano onstage at the Hyperion, accompanied by the orchestra. His actual piano keystrokes are faithfully played, note
for note, in real time (via MIDI data) on each of the remote Disklavier pianos all over the world just as if he were
there, while the entire orchestra is seen and heard on adjacent monitors in perfect sync with the remote piano
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
The Finest Hours, about the 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the tanker
SS Pendleton, premieres. Based on the book, "The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast
Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue," the film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Whitaker Entertainment, and
Red Hawk Entertainment, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.