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Friday, April 20, 2018

Perce Pearce - my 228th pick to be nameda Disney Legend

My 228th pick for the Disney Legend honor is director, writer and producer Perce Pearce.

His Disney Filmography:

As producer

Song of the South (1946)
So Dear to My Heart (1948)
Treasure Island (1950)
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
The Sword and the Rose (1953)
Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
The Mickey Mouse Club (1955)

As writer
Fantasia (1940)
Bambi (1942)
All About Magic (1957)

As director
Victory Through Air Power (1943)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Marni Nixon - my 227th pick to be named a Disney Legend

My 227th pick to be named a Disney Legend is singer Marni Nixon. Nixon was a soprano and playback singer for featured actresses in movie musicals.

Marni Nixon lent her voice to four Disney movies, but was only credited in one. She was the main title soloist in the opening of Cinderella, the singing flowers in Alice in Wonderland, the singing geese in “Jolly Holliday” in Mary Poppins, and (her only credited role) the singing voice of Grandmother Fa in Mulan.

Kathy Mangum - my 226th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Imagineer Kathy Mangum is my 226th pick to be named a Disney Legend. Her current title is Chief Design & Project Delivery Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering. The following is from ana article from the D23 website -

Mangum started her Disney career working at Disneyland park while a student at California State University, Fullerton. And now, she’s the Atlantic regional executive for Walt Disney Imagineering! She’s responsible for oversight of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland Paris. Have you visited Cars Land inside Disney California Adventure? You have Kathy to thank for all that Radiator Springs fun; she was the executive producer of the 12-acre land/expansion that first revved its engines for the public in 2012. She’s also overseen the enhancements to the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot, and provided creative direction for Walt Disney World Resort’s two exhilarating water parks—Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

Don Patterson - my 225th pick to be named a Disnye Legend

Don Patterson was a producer, animator and director who worked at various studios during the golden age of animation, including Disney, MGM, and Walter Lantz. He was the older brother of animator Ray Patterson.

His animation credits at Disney included animation on Boat Builders, Mickey's Trailer, The Whalers, Brave Little Tailor, Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, Pinocchio, the "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria" segment of Fantasia, Pluto's Playmate, Dumbo, The New Spirit, Donald's Garden, The Three Caballeros, The Eyes Have It and effect animations on Make Mine Music.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ken O'Brien - my 224th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Ken O'Brien was an animator and imagineer and he is my 224th pick to be named a Disney Legend.  He also worked on animatronics in the mid-'60s at WED, specializing in facial action on Audio-Animatronics and he taught at Cal Arts. He has a window on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.

His work for Disney included character animation on Pinocchio, Bambi, Make Mine Music, Song of the South, the Bongo segment of Fun and Fancy Free, the Pecos Bill segment of Melody Time, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Donald's Diary, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, the ABC Afterschool Specials episode "The Last of the Curlews", Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, and the ABC Weekend Specials episodes "The Puppy's Great Adventure", "The Puppy's Amazing Rescue", and "P.J. Funnybunny".

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Marjorie Ralston - my 223rd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Marjorie Ralston was the first female voice of Minnie Mouse.  She was chosen by Walt after all employees auditioned (including Walt's sister-in law, who was then Head Inker). Marjorie voiced her in only three cartoons - Wild Waves being the first - before she begged to stop out of shyness and recommended new-hire Marcellite Garner to Walt after hearing Marcellite talking and giggling as Minnie at work. Marjorie began as an Inker at the Walt Disney Studio in 1929, Walt's thirteenth employee and fifth female employee. She worked for Disney for 12 years until 1941, finishing as Head Inker, until she retired.She is my 223rd pick to be named a Disney Legend.

Sandy Duncan - my 222nd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Actress Sandy Duncan is my 222nd choice to be named a Disney Legend. For Disney, she starred in the 1974 television special Sandy in Disneyland, where she and other special guests went on a musical tour of Disneyland. She also voiced Vixey in The Fox and the Hound, guest-starred in episode 114 of The Muppet Show and played Katie Dooley in The Million Dollar Duck, a tour guide in Christmas in Disneyland and Dr. Elizabeth 'Liz' Barlett in The Cat from Outer Space.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ray Spencer - my 221st choice to be named a Disney Legend

Ray Spencer was an executive for the Disney theme parks and he is my 221st pick to be named a Disney Legend. According to his LinkedIn page - his WDI resume reads as follows:

Executive Creative Director
Walt Disney Imagineering

(19 years 4 months)
Sample Projects including but not limited to:
Creative Director: Disney California Adventure "Buena Vista Street"​, Blue Sky concept through project completion, including Field Art Directing to opening day
Creative Director: Disney California Adventure "Grizzly Peak Airfield"​ Initial Concept through opening day.
Creative Director: Disneyland "Matterhorn New Magic" including all animatronic figures and CG media
Creative Director Disneyland Haunted Mansion "Hatbox Ghost" reboot​.
Creative Director: Disneyland Big Thunder Mountain Railroad complete rebuild including New Magic Finale.
Creative Director "Red Car Trolley"​, Disney California Adventure
Creative Director "Carthay Circle Theater"​, Restaurant and members-only "Club 1901", Disney California Adventure
Creative Director Tokyo Disneyland Fantasyland and Tomorrowland Expansions 2016
Creative Director Shanghai Disneyland "Wandering Moon Teahouse"​ restaurant
Creative Director Disneyland Hotel Exterior, Entry, Lobby "Trader Sam's"​ bar, Tangaroa Terrace Restaurant and central courtyard including Monorail pools, restaurants including all graphics and color styling.
Concept Designer/ Art Director "Soarin'​"​ Disney California Adventure, Epcot Florida
Creative Director "Bugsland" Disney California Adventure
Creative and Art Director "Turtle Talk with Crush" and related exhibits Epcot Florida, Disney California Adventure

He alos oversaw the development of Storytellers statue of Walt with Mickey showing Walt at his arrival in L.A in 1923 was at Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mel Gibson - my 220th pick to be named a Disnye Legend

Actor and director Mel Gibson is the final of my string of five Disney "Princes" in a row who I would like to see be named Disney Legends. He sits at pick number 220. At Disney, he is best known for voicing John Smith in the 1995 Disney animated feature film Pocahontas. However, his younger brother Donal took over the role in the 1998 direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. He also played Tom Mullen in the 1996 Touchstone Pictures film Ransom, and Rev. Gramham Hess, in the 2002 Touchstone Pictures film Signs. He also directed Apocalypto.

Christopher Daniel Barnes - my 219th pick to be named a Disney Legend

My next Disney Prince that I would like to see named a Disney Legend is Christopher Daniel Barnes. He is also widely known to Disney fans for providing the voice of Prince Eric in Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, a role in which he reprised in the video game Kingdom Hearts II. He was only 16 years old when he first provided the voice, but the producers cast him because he sounded much older. This probably made him the youngest actor to voice a Disney Prince. Barnes also provided the voice for Prince Charming in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time and Electro in Ultimate Spider-Man.

Bill Shirley - my 218th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Bill Shirley, another Disney Prince voice actor, is my 218th pick to be named a Disney Legend. was the original voice actor for Prince Phillip. He appeared in many films, then he retired from acting in 1963, four years after Sleeping Beauty. 26 years later, in 1989, he died at the age of 68.

From an article by Al Hunter - "in 1959, Bill Shirley made the film appearance he is most remembered for by today’s fans when he appeared as the voice of Prince Phillip in Walt Disney Pictures’ Sleeping Beauty. It was an impressive feat considering that he was one of only three lead voices in the entire film. The film would take nearly an entire decade to produce. The story work began in 1951, the voices were recorded in 1952 and the animation production began in 1953 and did not conclude until 1958 with the musical score recorded in 1957. During the original release on January 29, 1959, the film was considered a box office bust, returning only one half of the Disney Studios’ investment of $6 million. It was widely criticized as slow paced with little character development. Time has been much kinder to the film and today’s Disney fans and critics alike hail it as one of the best animated films ever made with successful releases in 20 foreign countries. To date the film has grossed nearly $500 million, placing it in the top 30 highest grossing films of all time.... By the way, what is the trivia question attached to Irvington’s Bill Shirley? Prince Phillip was the first of the Disney Princes to have a first name. Cinderella’s and Snow White’s previous princes had gone nameless."

William Phipps - my 217th pick to be named a Disney Legend

In continuing the Disney Prince theme, William Phipps is my 217th pick to be named a Disney Legend. the speaking voice of Prince Charming in Walt Disney's 1950 animated film, Cinderella. It remains one of his most renowned and celebrated roles to-date. He also has a role in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey as Quentin the old man, who lives in the woods and finds Sassy. Following the death of June Foray in 2017, Phipps is the last surviving cast-member of Cinderella.

Harry Stockwell - my 216th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Harry Stockwell is my 216th pick to be named a Disney Legend and he is the grouped with several Disney Princes. Stockwell is best known for providing the speaking and singing voice of The Prince in Disney's 1937 animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He was married to Nina Olivette and had two children with her, Guy and Dean Stockwell, both of whom are actors.

Lance Nolley - my 215th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Lance Nolley, my 215th pick to be named a Disney Legend, was an art director and background artist for Disney Studios. He joined the staff right after work was completed on Snow White. Some of his credits include Bongo, Football Now and Then, Fun and Fancy Free, The Coyote's Lament, The Saga of Windwagon Smith, The Litterbug,
Holiday for Henpecked Husbands, Fantasia, The Reluctant Dragon, Make Mine Music, Melody Time, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Peter Pan, Paul Bunyan, Plutopia, How to Have an Accident in the Home, Grand Canyonscope, Cinderella, The Simple Things, Cold Turkey, Pluto's Party and R'coon Dawg .

He was also a layout artist for eight episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color:

- Highway to Trouble (1959)

- How to Relax (1957)

- Four Fabulous Characters (1957)

- More About the Silly Symphonies (1957)

- Disneyland, the Park/Pecos Bill (1957)

- The Adventure Story (1957)

- Pluto's Day (1956)

- Where Do the Stories Come From? (1956)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chuck Myall - my 214th pick to be chosen as a Disney Legend

Chuck Myall,art director and project designer WED, and he was the lead designer for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, is my 214th pick to be named a Disney Legend.He worked on the overall development of Walt Disney World to include the Haunted Mansion and It’s A Small World. He also worked on projects in Disneyland to include Sleeping Beauty Castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the monorail.

He has gravestone in his honor at the line of the Haunted Mansion ride which reads In Memorium Uncle Myall, Here you’ll lie for quite a while. He also has a window in his honor on Main Street in Magic Kingdom above the Plaza Restaurant. He was involved in creating the master plan for Walt Disney World.

Milt Neil - my 213th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Milt Neil is my 213th pick to be named a Disney Legend, Neil,sometimes known as "the Duck Man", was a career character animator. He worked for Disney Studios from 1935 to 1944. He worked on Dumbo, Fantasia, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and The Three Caballeros. He headed the animation team that won an Academy Award for Der Furher’s Face (1942), a wartime propaganda film featuring Donald Duck. He was called the Duck Man because he became very adept at drawing Donald Duck.
Milt Neil went on to design practically all the products that came out under the Howdy Doody name.

Thelma Witmer - my 212th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Thelma Witmer, background artist during the classic years of Disney Studios is my 212th pick to be given the Disney Legend artist. Her first credit for Disney was the animated short Donald’s Off Day (1944) and subsequently she worked on over twenty animated shorts featuring beloved Disney characters such as Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale before being asked to contribute backgrounds to the feature-length production of Cinderella (1950). Much like Mary Blair, Witmer’s work was often surprisingly bold and modern and these two inventive artists both worked together with the animation team behind Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953).

Some other Disney films and shorts that include her artists talent are: First Aiders, The Eyes Have It, No Sail, A Knight for a Day, The Whale who wanted to sing at the Met, Straight Shooters, Clown of the Jungle, Bootle Beetle, Daddy Duck, Inferior Decorator, Three for Breakfast, Tea for Two hundred, Sea Salts, Winter Storage, Honey Harvester, All in a Nutshell, Slide Donald Slide, Toy Tinkers, Lion Around,  Trailer Horn, Hook Lion and Sinker, Out on a Limb, Corn Chips, Lucky Number, Cold Turkey, Bee on Guard, Donald Applecore, Let's Stick Together, Pluto's Party, Pluto's Christmas Tree, The New Neighbor, Ben and Me, Social Lion, Lady and the Tramp, I'm no Fool With a Bicycle, Chips Ahoy, Donald's Award, Sleeping Beauty, Donald in Mathmagicland, Goliath II, Guided Mouse-Ille and The Jungle Book.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bobby Burgess - my 211th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Bobby Burgess was a singer and one of the Mouseketeers in Mickey Mouse Club. He is my 211th pick to be named a Disney Legend. With his trademark smile and crackling energy, Bobby was the most recognizable male Mouseketeer. A Red Team member for all three seasons, he was not only an accomplished and original dancer, but was a good actor and singer as well. He was one of the original Mouseketeers. Later, he was a regular on The Lawrence Welk Show.

Aaron Blaise - my 210th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Director and animator Aaron Blaise is my 210th choice to be named a Disney Legend. His Disney credits include:

1990    The Rescuers Down Under     Animation Assistant
1991    Beauty and the Beast      Animator: Beast
1992    Aladdin            Animator: Jasmine and Rajah
1994    The Lion King     Supervising Animator: Young Nala
1995    Pocahontas         Animator: Pocahontas
1998    Mulan        Supervising Animator: Yao and The Ancestors
2003    Brother Bear       Director

Scott Weinger - my 209th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Scott Weinger is my 209th pick to be named a Disney Legend. For Disney, he is best known as the Saturn-winning speaking voice of the title character in the 1992 Disney animated feature film Aladdin, and has since reprised the role in most of the character's subsequent appearances, he also played Wilbert "Wilby" Daniels in the The Shaggy Dog (1994), the first remake of the original 1959 film.
He would reprise the role for the Aladdin TV series, the direct-to-video sequels The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and in the English-language versions of the Square Enix/Disney Kingdom Hearts and Disney INFINITY video game series.

William Schallert is my 208th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Actor William Schallert is my 208th pick to be named a Disney Legend. He starred in a couple of live action comedies produced by the Walt Disney Studios in the 1970s. He played Professor Quigley in The Strongest Man in the World (1975) and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969).