This Day in Disney History February 5
1953: Peter Pan, based on characters created by Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie, is released by Walt Disney Pictures
Peter Pan first flew onto screens on this day in 1953, with some faith, trust — and a little bit of pixie dust. The story of Peter Pan was first told in 1904 in J. M. Barrie’s play, Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, although the character of Peter Pan was first introduced in 1902 in Barrie’s novel The Little White Bird.
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Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and was originally released on February 5, 1953 by RKO Pictures.
Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney’s founding of his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, later in 1953 after the film was released. Peter Pan is also the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators. It is also the second Disney animated film starring Kathryn Beaumont, Heather Angel, and Bill Thompson after their roles in the animated feature Alice in Wonderland.
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2015: Thomas O. Staggs named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company. He stepped down from the role in 2016.
From The Walt Disney Company:
A 25-year Disney veteran, Mr. Staggs is Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing the strategy, operations and creative development of the company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses. He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately, while continuing to lead Parks and Resorts until a successor is named. Disney’s senior management team, including all business segment leaders, will report jointly to Mr. Iger and Mr. Staggs, with the exception of the Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Chief Communications Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, who will continue to report directly to Mr. Iger.
On April 4, 2016, Disney announced that Staggs and the company had agreed to mutually part ways. Staggs stepped down as COO, effective May 6, 2016. Staggs will remain with the company as a “Special Advisor to the CEO”, Bob Iger, through the end of the fiscal year.