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Monday, February 12, 2018

Joseph Dubin - My 186th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Joseph Dubin is best known for composing the soundtrack for the Walt Disney films Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Durbin also orchestrated and scored many television series including Zorro and The Mickey Mouse Club.

Other soundtracks he helped compose for were: Lambert the Sheepish Lion, Pluto's Christmas Tree, Out on a Limb, Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom, The African Lion and the Swamp Fox.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Anthony DeRosa - my 185th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Anthony DeRosa is a Disney animator who has worked at the studio since 1985. He is my 185th pick to be named a Disney Legend

He is described in the blog  - 50 Most Influential Disney Animators - "Anthony “Tony” de Rosa has been for two decades one of Disney’s best kept and most valuable secrets. He has a higher level of versatility and draftsmanship than almost anyone working at Disney today. De Rosa can easily be described as a modern day John Lounsbery: he shares the master’s range (can go from personality animation to comic animation in a heartbeat) and his solid draftsmanship. His unselfishness and sincerity is equally inspirational."

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position

1985 The Black Cauldron Breakdown Artist: Gurgi

1986 The Great Mouse Detective Key Assistant Animator

1988 Oliver & Company Character Animator

1989 The Little Mermaid Character Animator: Carlotta

1990 The Rescuers Down Under Character Animator: Bernard

1991 Beauty and the Beast Animator: Beast

1992 Aladdin Animator: Aladdin

1994 The Lion King Supervising Animator: Adult Nala

1995 Pocahontas Supervising Animator: Nakoma

1997 Hercules Supervising Animator: Zeus and Hera

2000 Fantasia 2000 Lead Character Animator: Spring Sprite

2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Supervising Animator: Mole

2002 Treasure Planet Animator: John Silver

2004 Home on the Range Animator: Maggie

2009 The Princess and the Frog Supervising Animator: Lawrence

2011 Winnie the Pooh Animator: Kanga, Roo, and Piglet

2012 Paperman Final Line Animator

2013 Get a Horse! Animator

2016 Zootopia Animator: Bonnie and Stu Hopps

Joe Flynn - My 184th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Joe Flynn is my 184th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

He was best known for his role in the 1960s ABC sitcom McHale's Navy and appeared in several Walt Disney film comedies. Later in his career, Flynn worked as a voice actor for Disney animated features.

His Disney roles include Mr. Snoops in The Rescuers; Dean Higgins in The Strongest Man in the World, Now You See Him, Now You Don't and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes; Cyrus Hershberger in Superdad; Finley Hooper in The Million Dollar Duck; Francis X. Wilbanks in The Barefoot Executive; P.J. Applegate and Major Philbrick in the Wonderful World of Disney episodes "My Dog, The Thief" and "The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City"; Havershaw in The Love Bug; Rex Williams and TV Commercial Announcer in Son of Flubber, and the host of the Mouse Factory episode "Water Sports".

Writing about his role of Dean Higgins in three Disney films, from the blog Disney Top Ten Lists - "Medfield was Disney's stock college (campus scenes were actually filmed on Disney's studio campus) and had been featured long before Flynn took over. He came to define the face of the college in all three Dexter Riley films. Flynn was a perfect foil for star Kurt Russell, always threatening him with expulsion, yet secretly proud of his schemes. Flynn could do a take of goofy exasperation better than almost anyone."

Sadly, he accidentally drowned in his swimming pool shortly after completing his work on The Rescuers.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Don Bluth - my 183rd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Don Bluth is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer, and animation instructor who started his career at Disney in 1955, only to leave the company in 1979 and start his own animation studio, Don Bluth Entertainment (formerly Sullivan Bluth Studios) after believing the company had lost its charm when they turned down his pitch for an animated feature-length adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which he decided to create by himself and a few of his friends at the studio. He is my 183rd pick to be named a Disney Legend.

Disney Filmography
Year  Film                                                                   Position
1959 Sleeping Beauty                                                 In-between Artist (Uncredited)
1961 101 Dalmatians                                                  Assistant Animator (Uncredited)
1963 The Sword in the Stone                                     Assistant Animator (Uncredited)
1973 Robin Hood                                                      Character Animator: Robin Hood/Skippy/Sis/Tagalong
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!                     Character Animator: Rabbit
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh         Character Animator
1977 The Rescuers                                                    Directing Animator
1977 Pete's Dragon                                                 Animation Director
1978 The Small One                                                Director/Animator (Uncredited): Auction scene
1981 The Fox and the Hound                                  Supervising Animator: Widow Tweed (Uncredited)

Royal Clark my 182nd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Royal Clark - Secretary-Treasurer to Executive Vice President of WED is my 182nd pick to be named a Disney Legend. Royal "Mickey" Clark was Walt Disney's personal family accountant. He joined WED Enterprises in 1952 and worked his way up from Secretary-Treasurer to Executive Vice President. He worked for the Walt Disney Company for 43 years, retiring in 1984.

Clark was also involved as the Treasurer and and later, Vice President for Walt Disney's privately owned company, Retlaw Enterprises. Mr. Clark would often be the person who had to help Walt find the seed money needed for whatever project he was planning. Of course, Roy Disney would often cave in and Royal would find himself transferring whatever project and funding over to Disney Productions.

Royal Clark's early work on DISNEYLAND was so important that he was given a window on Main Street by Walt Disney personally. In fact, his window was there from opening day in 1955. Mr. Clark has passed away last week at the age of 96. His window survives above the Carnation Cafe.

Émile Genest - my 181st pick to be named a Disney Legend

Canadian actor Émile Genest is my 181st pick to be named a Disney Legend. His biggest Disney role was portraying the villain Jacques Lebeau in Nikki, Wild Dog of the North. He also played Emile Fornet in Big Red. He was John Longridge in the Incredible Journey.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Walt Stanchfield - my 180th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Walt Stanchfield was an animator, writer, and teacher. Stanchfield is known for work on a series of classic animated feature films at Walt Disney Studios and his mentoring of Disney animators. He is my 180th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

Walter Stanchfield was born in 1919 in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school in 1937, Stanchfield worked as an animator at the Charles Mintz Studio. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Returning to California, he briefly worked at the Walter Lantz Studio before joining Walt Disney Studios to work on the 1949 full-length animated feature The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad in 1947. His career included work on every subsequent Disney animated feature including his work as a character animator on The Jungle Book and The AristoCats. His final film for Disney was Oliver & Company in 1988. In 1987, Stanchfield served as the animation consultant on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

In the 1970s, Stanchfield and Eric Larson created a training program for new animators at Disney studios. The program included weekly drawing classes and lectures. Stanchfied's students included numerous prominent animators, such as Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Joe Ranft, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, and Mark Henn.

In 2009, Stanchfield's lecture notes were compiled into the two-volume set Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes

Partial Disney Filmography

Year     Film     Position
1966    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree          Animator
1967    The Jungle Book         Character Animator
1968    Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day        Animator
1970    The Aristocats Character Animator
1977    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh  Animator
1977    The Rescuers  Key Assistant Animator
1978    The Small One            Assistant Animation Supervisor
1981    The Fox and the Hound         Coordinating Animator
1983    Mickey's Christmas Carol       The Creative Talent Of
1985    The Black Cauldron    Coordinating Animator
1986    The Great Mouse Detective  Coordinating Animator
1988    Who Framed Roger Rabbit    Animation Consultant
1988    Oliver & Company      Production Consultant

2001    Atlantis: The Lost Empire      Special Thanks

Joseph L. Lee - My 179th pick to be named a Disney Legend

In 1971, both the Magnolia and Palm golf courses at Walt Disney World, designed by Joseph L. Lee, opened. In 1993, Lee renovated the Magnolia. A June 1971 edition of the New York Times pictured Lee looking over the blueprints for the courses with Mickey Mouse. He is my 179th choice to be named a Disney Legend.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Walter Sheets - my 178th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Lyricist, musician, orchestrator and composer and Walter Sheets is my 178th pick to be named a Disney Legend. He wrote the music scores for several Disney Classic films, live action movies and television shows. He often worked with the great George Bruns. Perhaps his most recognizable work is From The Jungle Book, where he orchestrated the music for such beloved classics as The Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You.

After an independent career, he joined Disney Studios in the late 1950s and worked until 1980. He wrote music for other Disney films such as No Deposit, No Return, Napoleon and Samantha, Prince Donegal, Gus, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Strongest Man in the World, Summer Magic, The Fox and the Hound, The North Avenue Irregulars, Hot Lead, Cold Feet, The Tale of Two Critters, The Shaggy DA, The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Love Bug, The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit, Treasure of Matecumbre, The Bears and I, Herbie Rides Again, Charley and the Angel, Run, Cougar, Run, The Biscuit Eater, The Million Dollar Duck, Rascal, Smith!, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, The Legend of the Boy Eagle, Follow Me Boys!, The Monkey's Uncle, The Three Lives of Thomasina, Savage Sam, The Incredible Journey and the Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes, among others.

He also orchestrated some of the music played at the theme parks including Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and music heard at Liberty Square in Walt Disney World.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Rob Minkoff - my 177th pick to be named a Disney Legend

My 177th choice to be named a Disney Legend is animator, writer and director Rob Minkoff.

He has been associated with some of the greatest Disney Renaissance classics,
Examples of his work include Oliver & Company (writer), The Black Cauldron (animator),  The Great Mouse Detective (animator), Sport Goofy in Soccermania (animator), The Brave Little Toaster (character designer), Little Mermaid (animator), Beauty and the Beast (writer) The Lion King (director) and the Haunted Mansion (director and executive producer). He was also the director of two Roger Rabbit shorts -  Tummy Trouble (1989) and Roller Coaster Rabbit and a Mickey Mouse short called Mickey's Audition, which was shown at MGM sutdios.

While working at Disney he wrote the song "Good Company" for Oliver & Company.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ray Huffine - my 176th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Animator and artist Ray Huffine is my 176th pick to be named a Disney Legend. He worked on some of the greatest Disney Classic of the Golden Age of Disney.

His work with Disney includes the following films and shorts:

1960 Fowled Up Falcon (Short) (background artist)
 1960 Southern Fried Hospitality (Short) (background artist)
 1960 Fish Hooked (Short) (background artist)
 1960 Hunger Strife (Short) (background artist)
 1956 In the Bag (Short) (background artist)
 1955 Bearly Asleep (Short) (background artist)
 1955 Lady and the Tramp (backgrounds)
 1955 No Hunting (Short) (background artist)
 1954 The Flying Squirrel (Short) (background artist)
 1954 Grin and Bear It (Short) (background artist)
 1954 Dragon Around (Short) (background artist)
 1954 Spare the Rod (Short) (background artist)
 1953 Canvas Back Duck (Short) (background artist)
 1953 Rugged Bear (Short) (background artist)
 1953 Peter Pan (background artist)
 1952 The Little House (Short) (background artist)
 1952 Two Chips and a Miss (Short) (background artist)
 1952 Lambert the Sheepish Lion (Short) (background artist)
 1951 Fathers Are People (Short) (background artist)
 1951 Get Rich Quick (Short) (background artist)
 1951 Alice in Wonderland (backgrounds)
 1951 Plutopia (Short) (background artist)
 1951 Chicken in the Rough (Short) (background artist)
 1950 Morris the Midget Moose (Short) (background artist)
 1950 The Brave Engineer (Short) (background artist)
 1950 Cinderella (backgrounds)
 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (backgrounds)
 1949 The Wind in the Willows (Short) (background artist)
 1948 So Dear to My Heart (background artist)
 1948 Melody Time (background artist)
 1947 Bongo (short) (background)
 1947 Mail Dog (Short) (background artist)
 1947 Fun & Fancy Free (background artist)
 1947 Crazy with the Heat (Short) (background artist)
 1946 Song of the South (background artist)
 1946 The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met (Short) (background artist)
 1946 In Dutch (Short) (background artist)
 1946 Make Mine Music (backgrounds)
 1945 The Legend of Coyote Rock (Short) (background artist)
 1945 African Diary (Short) (background artist)
 1944 The Three Caballeros (background artist)
 1943 Victory Through Air Power (Documentary) (background artist)
 1942 Bambi (backgrounds)
 1941/I The Reluctant Dragon (background artist)
 1940 Fantasia (background artist - segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
 1940 Pinocchio (backgrounds)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bob Mattey - my 175th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Bob Mattey is my 175th choice to be named a Disney Legend. Below is an article for the D23 website which details his fantastic career with Disney.

By Becky Cline

Legendary mechanical effects man Robert A. Mattey Jr. began his Hollywood career in the late 1920s, while visiting his father, a costume jeweler who created the faux coins used in the 1927 epic film The King of Kings. The 16-year-old Bob was fascinated by the production process, and was hooked for life.

Shortly after, Bob began working in motion pictures himself, most notably for RKO and Universal Studios in films such as King Kong (1933) and Tarzan and His Mate (1934). Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Bob did uncredited work for some of the best special effects supervisors in the industry, building werewolves, carnivorous plants, and much more.

In the early 1950s, Disney art director Harper Goff saw the giant mechanized octopus that Bob had created for the John Wayne film Wake of the Red Witch (1948) and knew that he had found just the man to help him through production troubles in Disney’s new epic adventure 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Harper was having a difficult time with the film’s giant “puppet” squid, which had been fabricated but was not working properly, so he hired Bob to mechanize a new more robust squid, sculpted by Disney artist Chris Mueller.

The film and its monster squid was such a hit that Walt Disney quickly offered Bob a permanent position at the studio as head of the Mechanical Effects Department, and Bob was soon hard at work building a host of mechanical figures for the soon-to-open Disneyland. Bob animated hippos, elephants, and other exotic animals for Jungle Cruise; populated the Rivers of America with lifelike deer, elk, and bears; balanced rocks and made mud baths bubble for the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland; and even worked mechanized magic in Fantasyland where he animated the charming figure of Timothy Mouse high atop the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction and gave guests severe sensory overload in the finale of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Bob continued to work his magic on attractions at Disneyland, including the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea walk-through attraction, the earliest mock-ups of Haunted Mansion, and he provided special mechanical effects for multiple Disney feature films including The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), The Happiest Millionaire (1967), Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968), and The Love Bug (1969). But it was in a non-Disney film of the 1970s that Bob’s greatest mechanical “monsterpiece” appeared to terrify audiences around the world—Bruce the Shark in Steven Spielberg’s megahit Jaws (1975).

When Disneyland opened in 1955, Bob was one of the pioneering artists who was given “screen credit” by Walt on the windows of Main Street, U.S.A. The firmly tongue-in-cheek tribute credited him with the title “Taxidermist,” a nod to his ability to create such lifelike dimensional creatures. In the 1970s, the window was moved and altered, but today it has been returned to its original state, to pay homage to Walt’s wonderful wizard of mechanical effects, Bob Mattey.

Eva Gabor - my 174th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Hungarian-born American socialite and actress. She was widely known for her role on the 1965 to 1971 television sitcom, Green Acres as Lisa Douglas, the wife of Eddie Albert's character, Oliver Wendell Douglas. She portrayed Duchess in the 1970 Disney film The Aristocats, and Miss Bianca in Disney's The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. Gábor had success as an actress in film, Broadway and television; she was also successful in business, marketing wigs, clothing, and beauty products. Her older sisters, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Magda Gabor, were also American actresses and socialites.
She is my 174th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Bob Iger - my 173rd choice to be named a Disney Legend

I really like focusing in on the overlooked people on this blog, but at some point I have the name the obvious ones, and Bob Iger will one day be named a Disney Legend, barring any unforeseen scandal. He is my reluctant 173rd pick to be given this honor. He will probably be named shortly after he retires, which he says will be in 2019.

From his Wikipedia page:

He is chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Walt Disney Company. Before Disney, Iger served as the president of ABC Television from 1994 to 1995 and the president and chief operating officer (COO) of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. from 1995 until Disney's acquisition of the company in 1996.He was named president and COO of Disney in 2000, and later succeeded Michael Eisner as CEO in 2005, after a successful effort by Roy E. Disney to shake up the management of the company. As part of his yearly compensation, Iger earned $44.9 million in 2015.

During Iger’s tenure, Disney broadened the company's roster of intellectual properties and its presence in international markets; Iger oversaw the acquisitions of Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion, Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 billion, and Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.06 billion, as well as the expansion of the company's theme park resorts in East Asia, with the introduction of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort in 2005 and 2016, respectively. Iger was also a driving force behind the reinvigoration of Walt Disney Animation Studios and the branded-release strategy of its film studio's output. Under Iger's control, Disney has experienced increases in revenue across its various divisions, with the company's market capitalization value increasing from $48.4 billion to $163 billion over a period of eleven years. As a result, Disney has been recognized as one of the "World's Most Reputable Companies" by Forbes (2006–2015), one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune Magazine (2009–2015), one of the “World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron’s (2009–2014), a “Best Place to Launch a Career” by BusinessWeek Magazine (2006–2010), and a "Company of the Year" by Yahoo Finance (2013).

Tony Fucile - my 172nd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Tony Fucile is an animator who worked at Disney and Pixar. He is my 172nd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Year Film Position
1987 Sport Goofy in Soccermania Animator
1988 Oliver & Company Character Animator
1989 The Little Mermaid Character Animator
1992 Aladdin Animator: Aladdin
1994 The Lion King Supervising Animator: Mufasa
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Supervising Animator: Esmeralda/Character Designer/Visual Development
2004 The Incredibles Supervising Animator/Character Designer
2007 Ratatouille Supervising Animator/Voice of Health Inspector
2008 Bolt Character Development Artist: Bolt(uncredited)
2009 Partly Cloudy Voices
2015 Inside Out Animation Sketch Artist/Additional Voices
2015 The Good Dinosaur Additional Voices

Stanley "Mickey" Steinberg –my 171st pick to be named a Disney Legend

Stanley "Mickey" Steinberg, former CO of Walt Disney Imagineering, is my 171st choice to be named a Disney Legend. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Steinberg served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walt Disney Imagineering, responsible for the development, design and construction of all Disney theme parks.

Disney Legend Marty Skylar wrote this about Steinberg

“Everything’s a lobby!”

—Stanley “Mickey” Steinberg, Senior Advisor, The Portman Holdings Companies; former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Mickey Steinberg was my favorite “partner” at Imagineering in the development of Disney parks. From a management standpoint, no one was more responsible for the successful launch of Disneyland Paris, the foundation for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the organization of Imagineering’s 140 disciplines into its most efficient working team.

Coming to Imagineering from the respected and successful John Portman Architectural firm in Atlanta, Mickey was initially taken aback by the difference between designing a hotel—a Portman specialty—and Disney park projects. “In the hotels,” he said, “we concentrated on making the lobby the focus of our best design. After all, it’s the one-of-a-kind feature in a hotel. But in a Disney park, everything’s a lobby! You have to treat every design as an important feature, because that’s how our guests experience them.”

So you think your little piece of the project—your part in the storytelling—is insignificant? Don’t tell that to Mickey Steinberg!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sandy Quinn - my 170th choice to be named a Disney Legend

Sandy Quinn was an executive with Walt Disney World.  He was head of marketing for WDW in Florida through construction, the opening and several years of operation. He is my 170th pick to be named a Disney Legend. He was hired by Card Walker in 1968.

With a few weeks to go before the opening of Walt Disney World, Quinn was given the task of setting up a PGA golf tournament before the end of the year. He ended up recruiting golf Legend Arnold Palmer to get the tournament going. He is credited with launching the Disney Golf connection at Walt Disney World..

The following is a quote form the Orlando Sentinel: "They didn't hand Sandy Quinn any ''Can Do'' bumper stickers when he showed up in 1967 -- though it certainly would have made his life easier. He did get a nickname -- John the Baptist. Quinn was the first marketing executive on the scene. It was his job to tell people what Disney World was all about -- or would be about. Spread the word, so to speak. Actually, his first job was to take a foot-high stack of pink ''call back'' slips and begin the painful process of telling people that nobody cared if Walt was a distant cousin and had promised them a free week at the new attraction. The answer was ''No.'' They'd have to get in line like everyone else."

Al Coe - my 169th choice to be named a Disney Legend

Animator Al Coe is my 169th pick to be named a Disney Legend. Below is a partial filmography:


Frank Duck Brings 'em Back Alive

(Disney - Donald and Goofy Cartoon - Animator )

Song of the South

(Disney - Feature Films : Disney - Animator )


The New Neighbor

(Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Animator )

Canvas Back Duck

(Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Animator )


Grin and Bear It

(Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Animator )

The Flying Squirrel

(Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Animator )

The Donald Duck Story

(Disney - Walt Disney Presents - Animator )


Bearly Asleep

(Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Animator )

Beezy Bear

(Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Animator )

Up a Tree

(Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Animator )

I'm No Fool With a Bicycle

(Disney - I'm No Fool - Animator )


A Day in the Life of Donald Duck

(Disney - Walt Disney Presents - Animator )

On Vacation

(Disney - Walt Disney Presents - Animator )

Hooked Bear

(Disney - Humphrey the Bear Cartoon - Animator )

Jack and Old Mac

(Disney - Animator )

In the Bag

(Disney - Humphrey the Bear Cartoon - Animator )

A Cowboy Needs a Horse

(Disney - Animator )


Donald's Award

(Disney - Walt Disney Presents - Animator )

Duck for Hire

(Disney - Walt Disney Presents - Animator )


From All of Us to All of You

(Disney - Walt Disney Presents - Animator )


This is Your Life, Donald Duck

(Disney - Walt Disney Presents - Animator )

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thelma Boardman - my 168th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

Thelma Boardman is my 168th pick to be named a Disney Legend. 

She was an American voice actress. From 1941 to 1942, she provided the voice of Minnie Mouse in a handful of cartoons, including The Little Whirlwind, The Nifty Nineties, Mickey's Birthday Party and Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line, as well as The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air in 1938. Thelma also provided the voices of Donald's Angel in Donald's Better Self and Donald's Decision as well as Miss Bunny, Mrs. Quail and Pheasant in Bambi.

Walt Kelly - my 167th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Walt Kelly was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip, Pogo. He is my 167th choice to be named a Disney Legend,

He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing to Pinocchio and Fantasia. Relocating to Southern California, he found a job at Walt Disney Productions as a storyboard artist and gag man on Donald Duck cartoons and other shorts, requesting a switch to the animation department in 1939. Starting over as an animator, Kelly became an assistant to noted Walt Disney animator Fred Moore and became close friends with Moore and Ward Kimball, one of Disney's Nine Old Men. Kelly and Kimball were so close that Kimball named his daughter Kelly Kimball in tribute.

Kelly worked for Disney from January 6, 1936, to September 12, 1941, contributing to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Dumbo and The Reluctant Dragon. He also worked on animator for the Mickey Mouse animated shorts Mickey's Surprise Party, The Little Whirlwind and The Nifty Nineties. Kelly once stated that his salary at Disney averaged about $100 a week. During 1935 and 1936, his work also appeared in early comic books for what later became DC Comics.

Kelly's animation can be seen in Pinocchio when Gepetto is first seen inside Monstro the whale, fishing; in Fantasia when Bacchus is seen drunkenly riding a donkey during the Beethoven/"Pastoral Symphony" sequence; and in Dumbo of the ringmaster and during bits of the crows' sequence; and his drawings are especially recognizable in The Reluctant Dragon of the little boy, and in the Mickey Mouse short "The Little Whirlwind" when Mickey is running from the larger tornado.

During the 1941 animators strike, Kelly did not picket the studio, as has often been reported, but took a leave of absence—pleading "family illness"— to avoid choosing sides. Surviving correspondence between Kelly and his close friend and fellow animator Ward Kimball chronicles his ambivalence towards the highly charged dispute. Kimball stated in an interview years later that Kelly felt creatively constricted in animation, a collective art form, and possibly over-challenged by the technical demands of the form, and he had been looking for a way out when the strike occurred.

Kelly never returned to the studio as an animator, but jobs adapting the studio's films Pinocchio and The Three Caballeros for Dell Comics—apparently the result of a recommendation from Walt Disney himself—led to a new (and ultimately transitional) career. He also provided covers for Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, illustrated the aforementioned adaptations of two Disney animated features and did a series of pantomime (i.e., without dialogue) two-page stories featuring Roald Dahl's Gremlins for Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #34–41. His songs "Don't Sugar Me" and "Man's Best Friend" (also known as "Old Dog Trey") appeared in episodes 122 and 404 of The Muppet Show respectively.

Kelly has been compared to everyone from James Joyce and Lewis Carroll, to Aesop and Uncle Remus. He was elected president of the National Cartoonists Society in 1954, serving until 1956, and was also the first strip cartoonist to be invited to contribute originals to the Library of Congress.

1951: National Cartoonists Society, Reuben Award, Cartoonist of the Year[

1972: National Cartoonists Society, Silver T-Square Extraordinary Service Award for "outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession".

1989: The Comic-Con International Inkpot Award (posthumous)

Walt Kelly, an inductee into the National Cartoon Museum, (formerly the International Museum of Cartoon Art) is one of only 31 artists selected to their Hall of Fame.

Kelly was also inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1995.

Edwin Catmull - my 166th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Edwin Earl "Ed" Catmull is one of the three founding fathers of Pixar. He was President and CTO of Pixar and now is President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He is my 166th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

In 2009, Catmull was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his lifetime contributions to computer graphics used in the motion picture industry. Previously, in 2000, Catmull, with Rob Cook and Loren Carpenter, was awarded an Academy Award® of Merit for their work on the RenderMan® rendering system. He has also received two Scientific and Engineering Awards: in 1992 as part of the team for the development of the RenderMan system, and again in 1995 as part of a team for pioneering inventions in digital image compositing. Catmull also shared a Technical Achievement Award in 2005.

In 1986, Steve Jobs bought ILM's digital division and founded Pixar, where Catmull became Preseident and Chief Technical Officer, positions he retained until the Disney acquisition in 2006. At Pixar, he was the key developer of the RenderMan rendering system used in all Pixar films.

After Disney acquired Pixar in January 2006, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger put Catmull and John Lasseter in charge of reinvigorating the Disney animation studios in Burbank.

Irene Bedard - My 165th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

She is probably best known as the speaking voice of the titular character in the 1995 Disney, which is enough to make Irene Bedard my 165th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

She is the princess in animated feature Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. Bedard was also the physical model for the character.

Irene Bedard is known for bringing a powerful emotional presence to her characters. She was chosen as one of People magazine 50 Most Beautiful People for 1995. She also played Nakooma in Squanto: A Warrior's Tale and voiced Forest Ranger Hero in Higglytown Heroes.

When asked if she had a favorite part or any special memories from the production of Pocahontas, she answered:

I remember giving hugs to everyone on the last day of recording. We had so much fun together. I really enjoy the process of animation; it's all about imagination. I would ask myself things like, "What is it like talking to a tree?" and "What tone of voice would I use to talk to a raccoon or hummingbird?" Even how far the hummingbird would be from me was important. Was it right by my head or farther away? I loved working at the Disney animations studios. It was so wonderful to be told to "take a left at Goofy and a right at Mickey."

Mickey Rooney - 164th choice to be named a Disney Legend.

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney is my 164th pick to be chosen as a Disney Legend.

Rooney was one of the many voices of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit during the character's run at Universal Studios. For Disney, he voiced adult Tod in the 1981 Disney animated film The Fox and the Hound, and played the role of Lampie in the 1977 film Pete's Dragon. In Flubber, he made a cameo appearance on Weebo's screen. 

He also played Movie Mason in the 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie Phantom of the Megaplex, and the voice of Sparky in the 2001 direct-to-video film Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, as well as a Smalltown resident in the 2011 film The Muppets. He also played Old Bailey and James Turner in Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

In 1939, he was caricaturized by Disney himself in the Donald Duckshort, The Autograph Hound. He claimed Mickey Mouse was named after him, but most historians dismiss this claim

He was also the father of Mickey Rooney, Jr. was once a Mouseketeer.

Will Finn - my 163rd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Will Finn is an animator, writer, director, voice actor, and storyboard artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Her is my 163rd choice to be named a Disney Legend

Disney Filmography:


1978 The Small One Inbetween artist

1981 The Fox and the Hound Inbetween artist

1987 Sport Goofy in Soccermania Animator

1988 Oliver & Company Animator: Francis, Georgette

1989 The Little Mermaid Animator: Sir Grimsby

1991 Beauty and the Beast Supervising animator: Cogsworth

1992 Aladdin Supervising animator: Iago

1995 Pocahontas Character design ; Visual development

1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Supervising animator: Laverne


1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Story Supervisor; Additional screenplay material

2004 Home on the Range Writer


2004 Home on the Range Director

Voice actor

2005 Chicken Little - Hollywood Fish out of Water Voice acting

Phil Holmes - my 162nd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Phil Holmes, an executive with the Magic Kingdom, is my 165th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

There is a Portrait of Phil Holmes, Magic Kingdom Vice President, in the Bonjour Village Gifts shop in The Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland that contains a few secrets.

Mr. Holmes was a host of the Haunted Mansion, on the opening day of Magic Kingdom and has been with Disney for over 40 years!

Here are some of the Hidden Details in the portrait.
- 40 Year Anniversary Ring
- Donald Duck (40 Year Anniversary Award)
- The peanuts are for the Storybook Circus
- There is a piece of the Haunted Mansion wallpaper
- The genie lamp for the Aladdin ride
- A Magic Kingdom Park Map
- Snow White Apple

Phil Holmes was Walt Disney World's vice president for the Magic Kingdom, the busiest theme park in the world and the epicenter of Walt Disney Co.'s "Year of a Million Dreams" campaign. Holmes spoke recently with Sentinel staff writer Scott Powers. Posted June 19, 2007

Question: Is there still a lot of Walt Disney in this park?

Answer: I believe so. A lot of people such as myself have been here a long time. Yesterday, I was in with a group of about 100 of our salaried cast members, and we were listening to a little bit of a heritage session, called Walt and You, and it takes our newer salaried cast and takes them on that journey [to] understand Walt was a real man. He had this vision and dream, but it took a lot of work. This is the outcome.

Q: Like a remarkable number of other theme-park executives, not just here but anywhere, you started out at or near the bottom. How come that still works well in this business, compared with others?

A: For our company, a lot of our success is based on continuing to bring great people in. I think the culture is one of the draws. It really comes back to the associations and the people who are some of the best in the industry we do. You really enjoy the camaraderie and learning from each other. That has always served us well. What better way to learn the theme-park business than to grow up in it?

Q: Is Universal Orlando's planned new Harry Potter area any kind of threat, and is there a response in the works?

A: I think our opinion is the stronger each of this region's parks becomes, hopefully the more people that come into the Florida area and have a great experience. Hopefully it is the great experience of Florida we focus on. With all the great destinations around the world, it's easy for people to make choices other than Florida. Clearly, I think what Universal is doing will just help strengthen the overall portfolio that we all offer.

Q: What's been your favorite moment so far in the "Year of a Million Dreams" campaign?

A: It has to come back to the [Cinderella] Castle suite and interacting with some of these families that are randomly picked. It amazes me how so many of these families are so deserving and have such great stories of their own. One that comes to mind is a family of five, a mom and four kids -- had saved forever to come down, they were staying in a small campground off property. So when we award that to them, we go with them to pick up a few things so they can spend the night [in the castle]. So they go back, gather that up. They're walking down Main Street. The oldest boy is leading the way. The host says to the mom, "What a beautiful sweater you're wearing." The boy looks to the tour guide and says, "You know, nobody ever compliments my mom." We arrive up on the second floor, at the castle suite; without a word, every one of these kids slips off their shoes and places them at the door. And then the door opens and their mouths just kind of hang open.

Q: Have you had a personal opportunity to hand out any of the more intimate dreams?

A: No. I have had the opportunity to shadow the dream squad, but they entrust that very important job to those professionals, those cast members who are doing a great job with it.

Q: Do you worry at all that the increasingly digital generations will find the 40-year-old attractions quaint but not very exciting anymore?

A: I think what we have found is, especially in the Magic Kingdom, there are classic attractions like it's a small world, like Pirates of the Caribbean, like Haunted Mansion, where people really enjoy reliving the moment, because of the memories they built around those with their families. You know: "I was able to come with my parents, now I come with my son." Those are really the enhancement, too, the overall experience. I think there is a real balance there. With Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, we've clearly taken the interactive experience to the next level, and people love that because they can be part of the show. I think we will continue to use technology in that way.

Q: For you, what's the Magic Kingdom's least appreciated feature?

A: I would say there still is a lot of opportunity that our guests can enjoy, as difficult as it is, by enjoying the park at a slower pace. It may take you a day and a half or two days. But, you know, spread it out. Take a ride on the train. Go ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Take time to for the slower things, where you can enjoy the vistas and have family time where you can talk. There certainly are a good number of people who do that.