Disney's Lady and the Tramp, the first feature-length cartoon produced in CinemaScope, is generally released. The idea for the film comes from a short story by Ward Greene entitled "Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog."
The Walt Disney Archives is established on the studio lot in Burbank, California (with a little help from David R. Smith) and charged with recording and preserving the history of Disney. Smith's connection with Disney dates back to 1967 when, as a librarian at UCLA, he compiled an extensive bibliography on Walt Disney, spending over a year researching all Disney publications and productions.
Disney's 23rd animated feature film The Rescuers is released in U.S. theaters. The movie features the voices of Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, and Joe Flynn. The song "Someone's Waiting For You," written by Carol Connors (lyrics), Ayn Robbins (lyrics), & Sammy Fain (music), will be nominated for an Academy Award.
Videopolis (a high-tech nightclub style outdoor entertainment venue) opens in Disneyland's Fantasyland.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is generally released.
Disney's Hercules has its California premiere at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.
Disney's animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire is released. The film includes the voice-over talents of Leonard Nimoy, Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Jim Varney, Don Novello, and David Ogden Stiers.
Six classic Disney tunes are chosen as part of The American Film Institute's top 100 songs. Broadcast on CBS-TV, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs is hosted by John Travolta. Disney is represented in the list with:
"When You Wish Upon A Star" (from Pinocchio) at #7
"Some Day My Prince Will Come" (from Snow White) at #19
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (from Mary Poppins) at #36
"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" (from Song of the South) at #47
"Beauty and the Beast" (from Beauty and the Beast) at #62
"Hakuna Matata" (from The Lion King) at #99.