Leonard Slye, better known as cowboy star Roy Rogers, is
born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A singer, actor, and the namesake of the Roy
Rogers Restaurants chain, his voice can be heard in Disney's "Pecos Bill"
segment of the 1948 feature Melody Time. Enormously popular throughout the
1940s and 1950s, Rogers was second only to Walt Disney in the amount of
merchandising items bearing his name!
The Mickey Mouse short The Beach Party, directed by Bert Gillett, is released.
A beach party with Mickey and his friends is disrupted by a disgruntled octopus ... who has been
accidentally pulled ashore by Pluto!
Disney's stunning Silly Symphony cartoon The Old Mill, directed by Wilfred Jackson,
is released by RKO Radio Pictures. This is the first Disney film to use the multiplane
camera, a device invented by Ub Iwerks (and refined with the Disney staff) that adds realism to the
animation. The special camera gives depth by using layers of backgrounds painted on glass. About
an abandoned mill which is now a home for wildlife, this short and the camera will both win Oscars.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World
of Color airs "Inside Donald Duck."
The Yacht Club Resort, a five-story 630 room property (slightly
larger than its sister resort the Beach Club) opens at Walt Disney World. Conveniently located just west of Epcot at 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd,
the hotel is set around the 25-acre Crescent Lake. The deluxe resort resembles the
New England seaboard hotels of the late 1800s. Guests staying at both the Yacht Club
and Beach Club have the exclusive use of Stormalong Bay, a 750,000 gallon pool.
The Disney/Pixar animated film The Incredibles opens
in theaters nationwide. A special midnight showing is held at
Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. Written and
directed by Brad Bird, the film stars an ensemble voice cast including:
-Holly Hunter as Helen Parr / Elastigirl, Bob's wife
-Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible, Helen's husband
-Sarah Vowell as Violet Parr, the Parrs' eldest child
-Spencer Fox as Dashiell "Dash" Parr, the Parrs' second child
-Jason Lee as Buddy / Syndrome, Mr. Incredible's fan-turned-supervillain
-Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best / Frozone, Bob's best friend
-Elizabeth Peña as Mirage, Syndrome's right-hand woman
-Brad Bird as Edna "E" Mode, the fashion designer for the Supers
-Wallace Shawn as Gilbert Huph, Bob's demeaning boss
-Teddy Newton as Newsreel Narrator
-John Ratzenberger as The Underminer, a mole-like supervillain
-Bud Luckey as Rick Dicker, a government agent responsible for
keeping the Parrs undercover
The film follows the Parrs, a family of superheroes who
hide their powers in an attempt to live a quiet suburban life.
Playing in front of The Incredibles is the Pixar short Boundin'
(first released in December 2003). The short is a musically narrated
story about a dancing sheep, who loses his confidence after being
sheared. The filmis written, directed, narrated and features the
musical composition and performance of Pixar animator Bud Luckey.
The first two preview shows of Finding Nemo - The Musical takes place
at Animal Kingdom in Florida. The first time Disney has taken a non-musical movie
and transformed it into a musical show for the parks, it is an adaptation of the 2003 Disney-Pixar movie. (After a soft-opening November 12, the show will officially open January 24, 2007.)
The Disney short Three for Breakfast featuring Donald Duck and
Chip 'n' Dale is released.
Pleasure Island's 2nd annual Blues Thing kicks off with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
The Walt Disney World
monorail system has
carried over one
since the park's
Singer and actress Andrea McArdle, who played Belle in Disney's
Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast in 1999, is born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. She also appeared on the 2002 broadcast of The Walt Disney World Christmas
Day Parade and the 1978 television special Christmas at Walt Disney World. (As a youngster McArdle was the
original star of the Broadway musical hit Annie.)
Illustrator Peter Emmerich is born in New York City. He began his career with Disney as a
character artist for Walt Disney Consumer Products (where he worked for over two years) before being promoted
to Chief Illustrator and Official Character Artist for the Disneyland Resort. In 2001, Emmerich created an image that
has become one of The Walt Disney Company's most iconic images: "Mickey Salutes America". It quickly became
one of the fastest-selling posters ever created for Disney! Due to the success of that image, Emmerich was chosen
to create a series of postage stamps for the United States Postal Service highlighting images and characters from famous Disney films.
Paul Kevin "Kevin" Jonas Jr., the eldest member of the Jonas Brothers,
is born in Teaneck, New Jersey.
OC Register reports that - "After ferrying 150 million passengers between
Tomorrowland and Fantasyland over the past 38 years, Disneyland’s Skyway will
make its last trip Wednesday." (Four days later the attraction - running since June 1956 - will
WDW's Yacht Club Resort opens
The Incredibles open nationwide
"Cowboys weren't allowed to kiss girls in pictures, so one time I gave Dale a little peck on the forehead and we got a ton of letters to leave that mushy stuff out, ... So I had to kiss Trigger instead."
-Roy Rogers (born This Day 1911)
The Annie Awards are handed out at ATAS Plaza Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Disney's Aladdin wins Best Animated Feature. Among the 3 Winsor McCay Award winners
is Roy Edward Disney.
Today is Sadie Hawkins Day
Jack McVea, a swing, blues, and rhythm and blues woodwind player, is born in Los
Angeles, California. Playing clarinet and tenor & baritone saxophone, he joined Lionel Hampton's orchestra
in 1940. McVea took part in the very first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in July 1944. From 1966 till his retirement
in the 1980s he led a group which played traditional jazz at Disneyland, called "The Royal Street Bachelors"
in New Orleans Square.
Rogers and Disney circa 1947
The sixty-fifth and final Disney's Recess episode, "Mundy, Mundy/Lost Leader"
premieres on UPN and in syndication. Despite the show's very high ratings, the series ends due to
Disney's 65-episode policy. Three direct-to-video movies will soon follow.
The Chicago Cubs celebrate their World Series championship at Disney World.
MVP Ben Zobrist along with teammates Addison Russell and Javier Baez parade
down Main Street USA along with Mickey Mouse. (The Cubs victory last Wednesday ended a 108-year
championship drought for the team.)
The final episodes of the animated The 7D airs on Disney XD.
Ralph Breaks the Internet has its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in
Los Angeles, California. The film will be released in U.S. theaters on November 21.
Mickey's Soundsational Parade has its final run at Disneyland. First premiering in May 2011,
it will give way to the Pixar Play Parade for the Disneyland Resort's Pixar Fest (but return in January 2019).
Mike Gabriel, animator and film director, best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios and as co-director of the Disney animated films The Rescuers
Down Under (1990) and Pocahontas (1995), is born in Long Beach California.
First starting his career as an assistant on The Fox and the Hound (1981), he later was assigned as a Disney animator on the animated short Fun with Mr. Future (1982). He mentored under Eric Larson's training program,
and went to work on The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), and Oliver &
Company (1988). In 2004, Gabriel directed the animated short entitled Lorenzo. This was followed
by Bolt (2008), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Brave (2011), and Wreck-it Ralph (2012).
Touchstone Pictures releases the drama The Insider, starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. A fictionalized account of a true story, it is based on the "60 Minutes" TV segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry, covering the personal struggles of him and CBS producer Lowell Bergman as they defend his testimony against efforts to discredit and suppress it by CBS and Wigand's former employer. The film will be nominated for 7 Academy Awards.
The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC-TV.
Auli'i Cravalho, Queen Latifah and Shaggy star in the 2-hour production to honor the 30th anniversary of the Disney film. The classic animated musical The Little Mermaid has been reimagined for a live studio audience.
Disney's 2010 Tangled is released on 4K Blu-Ray.
Actor Fred MacMurray, the very first Disney Legend, passes away at age 83 in Santa Monica, California. Appearing in more than 100 films and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s, he also starred in seven Disney live-action films. While starring on the television series My Three Sons, MacMurray appeared in The Shaggy Dog (1959), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), Bon Voyage! (1962), Son of Flubber (1963), Follow Me, Boys! (1966), The Happiest Millionaire (1967), and Charley and the Angel (1973).
Singer-songwriter, record producer and musician Bryan Adams is born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Estimated to have sold about 75 million records around the world (with such hits as "Cuts Like a Knife," "Run to You," and "Summer of '69"), four of his songs can be heard in Disney films. "All for Love" a rock song co-written with Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Michael Kamen, is included on The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1993). Performed by Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting, it was also released as a single. "Stars" from the 1996 bittersweet comedy Jack (a Hollywood Pictures film distributed by Buena Vista Pictures) was co-written and recorded by Adams. He also wrote "A Place for Us," recorded by Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None The Richer) and Tyler James for Walt Disney Pictures 2007 Bridge To Terabithia. The song "You've Been a Friend to Me," written and performed by Adams, can be heard at the beginning of Disney's 2009 comedy, Old Dogs. Although Pretty Woman: The Musical features music and lyrics by Adams and Jim Vallance and is based on the 1990 Touchstone Pictures film, it is not a Disney production.