Tuesday, January 3, 2012

“Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary” Show on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color


Jan 03, 1965
“Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary” Show on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color

1965 marked the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, and to celebrate the occasion, Walt gave TV viewers a sneak peek into the upcoming Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean attractions and other upcoming plans for his park on the “Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary” show on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. For the tour, he brought along the very first Disneyland Ambassador, Julie Reihm, introducing her to his team of creators. The show also brought viewers to Disneyland to see the newest attractions along with some special performances. Tom Mahoney, who started with Disney on Mickey Mouse Club, choreographed the dance numbers featuring Disney’s newest star, Mary Poppins, as well as a dancing cake and candles. Rikki Lugo, who began her Disney career doing the can can in Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue, assisted Tom with the choreography, and ended becoming part of the show when one candle went out. “They were wearing character heels in those ‘candles’ and doing turns without being able to use their arms. In the very first shot, one dancer, Emmy Lou, got her heel caught in the cobblestone and broke her ankle, and Tom said, ‘Okay, Rikki, there you go!’” and thus, Rikki lit up the screen as one of the dancing candles, dancing to a new Sherman brothers tune with lyrics proclaiming, “Ten years of fantasy, ten years of fun, ten years of growing and you’ve only just begun…”

The Film Daily announces that Mickey Mouse cartoons will be distributed internationally:

"Mickey Mouse" Goes Abroad Contracts were closed this week between International Photo Play Distributors and Charles J. Giegerich, eastern representative for Walt Disney, whereby International secures foreign rights to the Disney "Mickey Mouse" animated sound cartoons.

Roy Disney signs a deal with M. George Borgfeldt Co. of New York to sell figurines of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Many consider this the beginning of Disney merchandising.)

Disney's Silly Symphony Birds of a Feather, directed by Burt Gillett, is released. When a flock of birds are attacked by a hawk - who steals one of the baby birds - the birds join ranks to rescue him back!

Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Society Dog Show, directed by Bill Roberts, is released. Mickey enters Pluto in a fancy dog show where they are hopelessly outclassed and have little chance of winning ... until the building catches on fire and Pluto saves the day!

Disney's animated feature Pinocchio is released in Sweden.

Disney's 7th (animated and live-action) feature film The Three Caballeros is released in the U.S. Produced as part of the studio's good will message for South America, the film stars Donald Duck, who in the course of the film is joined by old friend José Carioca, the cigar-smoking parrot from Saludos Amigos (1943) representing Brazil, and later pistol-packing rooster Panchito Pistoles, representing Mexico. It will earn 2 Academy Award nominations. (Though after a brief initial run, Walt will pull the film from general release, due to bad press reviews.)

The article "Disneyworld Amusement Center with Domed City Set for Florida" appears in the New York Times the day after Walt Disney Productions announces plans to build the world's first glass-domed city

Cartoonist Al Taliaferro - known as the first artist of Donald Duck newspaper comics - passes away in Glendale, California, at age 63. Initially hired by Disney in 1931 as an animator, he was transferred to the comic strip department where he first lettered the Mickey Mouse strips (March 1931 - July 1932). He later drew the Bucky Bug comics as well as Silly Symphonies pages from 1932 to 1939. While working on the Donald Duck strips, he also created Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie! Taliaferro was posthumously honored a Disney Legend in 2003.

Donald Duck by Al Taliaferro [1934] - The Wise Little Hen

Pixar ceases being part of the Lucasfilm empire and becomes an independent company. At this time, the new enterprise, owned mostly by Steve Jobs (along with Ed Catmull & Alvy Ray Smith) is in the advanced computer hardware business. Pixar was founded as the Graphics Group, one third of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm that was launched in 1979 with the hiring of Catmull. (It will be nearly a decade until Pixar Inc. becomes Pixar Animation Studios, known for producing some of the greatest animated films ever.)

Disney issues new $1 and $5 Disney Dollars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The $1 bill depicts Mickey Mouse on one side, and Sleeping Beauty Castle on the other. The $5 bill features Goofy on one side, and EPCOT Center's Spaceship Earth and the Empress Lilly Riverboat on the other.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his entourage visit Walt Disney World.

The Walt Disney Company announces a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross to aide in relief efforts following the severe storms and tornados that struck Central Florida the night before.

Pixar Animation Studios celebrates its 25-year anniversary.

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