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Friday, March 16, 2018

George Sanders - my 200th pick to be named a Disney Legend

George Sanders sits at the 200th spot of my list for people deserving to be named Disney Legends. He was a Russian-born English film actor who voiced Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and played the villainous gun salesman from In Search of the Castaways, Thomas Ayerton. He got the role through Walt Disney himself as he was a good friend of Walt's and after Walt saw him in the drawings of Shere Khan by animator Ken Anderson. Sanders is the brother of actor Tom Conway who voiced the narrator in Peter Pan and both the Collie and the quizmaster in One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

The fact that Sanders was the voice of the villain in one of the most iconic Disney films of all time, Jungle Book, yet he is not a Disney Legend, and he is number 200 on my list, shows just how many influential and amazing people have not been named to this list.

Now give me a moment to gripe, but it is amazing to me that people like Dick Clark, Oprah Winfrey and Regis Philbin have been named legends. Not exactly the first people to jump to your mind when you think Walt Disney Studios or theme parks.

Lee Unkrich - my 199th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Pixar animator, writer, producer and director Lee Unkrich is my 199th choice to be named a Disney Legend. Unkrich is Vice-President of Editorial and Layout at Pixar.

Feature Film Filmography
Year     Film     Position           Subsidiary
1995    Toy Story         Editor Pixar
1998    A Bug's Life
1999    Toy Story 2      Co-Director/Editor/Additional Story Material/Voice Actor (Red Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot)
2001    Monsters, Inc.             Co-Director/Additional Editor/Additional Voices
2003    Finding Nemo Co-Director/Supervising Editor/Additional Voices
2006    Cars     Additional Editor
2007    Ratatouille
2009    Up        Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2010    Toy Story 3      Director/Story/Additional Voice/Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2012    Brave   Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2013    Monsters University   Executive Producer/Senior Creative Team: Pixar
2015    Inside Out        Senior Creative Team: Pixar
The Good Dinosaur     Executive Producer
2017    Coco    Director/Story
2019    Toy Story 4      Story

Animated Shorts Filmography
Year     Film     Position           Subsidiary
2000    For the Birds   Thanks             Pixar
2002    Mike's New Car           Special Thanks
2008    Presto
2011    Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation
2013    The Blue Umbrella
Toy Story of Terror!    Extra Special Thanks
2014    Lava     Special Thanks
Toy Story That Time Forgot    Extra Special Thanks
2015    Sanjay's Super Team   Special Thanks
2016    Piper

Disney Pixar Voice acting Roles
Rock em Sock em Robot in Toy Story 2 and Jack in the Box in Toy Story 3

Jonathan Taylor Thomas - my 198th pick to be named a Disney Legend

From 1991 to 1999, Thomas starred along side comedian and current Disney Legend Tim Allen on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. He played Tim Taylor's second son, Randy, but later left the show to focus on academics.

He voiced young Simba in the The Lion King. Archival recordings of his work were used in later Lion King media when young Simba's voice was needed.

He also was the first of three (at their respective times) boys to voice Spot the Dog in the American dub of the British children's series of the same name.

His other Disney related roles included the role of Ben Archer in the 1995 film Man of the House, Tom Sawyer in the 1995 film Tom and Huck, and Jake Wilkinson in the 1998 film I'll Be Home for Christmas. He appeared in the 1994 TV special featuring the opening of the Indiana Jones ride.

In early 2004, Thomas had a guest role on 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, another ABC sitcom. On March 22, 2013, Thomas guest starred on the second season finale of his third ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, and again in the fourth episode of the third season on October 11, 2013, reuniting with Tim Allen, his TV father from Home Improvement. On January 10, 2015, Thomas again guest starred on twelfth episode of the fourth season of Last Man Standing, this time as Randy, reuniting with his TV parents from Home Improvement, Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson

Carole Shelley - my 197th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Voice actress Carole Shelley is my 197th pick to be given this Disney Legend honor.

For Disney, she voiced Amelia Gabble the Goose in the 1970 animated film The Aristocats, Lady Kluck in the 1973 animated film Robin Hood, and Lachesis the Fate in the 1997 animated film Hercules. She also played Fiona in Jungle 2 Jungle.

She and Monica Evans, her co-star as her sister Cecily Pigeon, were the only two performers to be in all three of The Odd Couple versions: stage, then movie, then first TV adaptation—and in the same roles. Evans (as Cecily Pigeon), also played her "goose" sister in The Aristocats, Abigail Gabble, and Maid Marian in Robin Hood clearly as a take-off and a nod to their Pigeon Sisters roles.

Roger Allers - my 196th pick to be named a Disney Legend

My 196th pick to be named a Disney Legend is animator and director Roger Allers.

He is well known for directing the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King (along with Rob Minkoff). He also wrote the Broadway adaptation for the film. Additionally, he worked on other films, such as Tron, The Prince and the Pauper, The Brave Little Toaster, The Little Mermaid, Oliver & Company, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch, The Little Match Girl, Return to Neverland, the Lion King 1 1/2 and the Emperor's New Groove.

Allers became a fan of animation, at the age of five, after seeing Disney's Peter Pan. Deciding that he wanted to pursue a career at Disney and even work alongside Walt Disney himself, a few years later, he was sent off to Disneyland for a do-it-yourself animation kit. However, Allers, by then a high school student, grew discouraged about achieving his dream when he heard of Walt Disney's death in 1966.

He was featured in the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bruce Reitherman - my 195th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Bruce Reitherman is the son of famous Disney animator Wolfgang Reitherman. As a child, he was the voice actor for two pretty big roles in Walt Disney feature films. He provided the voices of Mowgli in The Jungle Book and Christopher Robin in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He was also the producer for New True Life Adventures: Alaska: Dances of the Caribou. His brother Robert was Arthur in the Sword in the Stone. He is my 195th pick to be named a Disney Legend.

Ted Crowell - my 194th choice to be nmaed a Disney Legend

Ted Crowell, an engineer who became vice president of facilities at Walt Disney World during his 34-year career with the company, is my 194th pick to be named a Disney Legend. Crowell started as an engineer at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 1958.

When he was asked to design a way to get more people into less space, he came up with the compact "Q" lines that snake visitors into rides and attractions, his son said. Today, Q lines are an industry standard.
He also designed the E-ticket, which was used to admit visitors to the hottest rides during the early years when Disney World visitors used coupon books to access park attractions, his son said.
Hired in California by now-retired Disney executive Dick Nunis, Ted Crowell was a key player in what was called"the Florida Project."
"He was sent to Orlando before the park was built to check road access," his son said. "He sat in his car off I-4 at Lake Buena Vista, counting cars in both directions."
Ted Crowell began moving to Orlando in 1969 to oversee park construction and was named a vice president in the early 1970s. He was in charge of ride engineers and maintenance and janitorial staffs.
When he retired in 1992, he immersed himself in volunteer work, dividing his time among Meals on Wheels, Sand Lake Hospital, Give Kids the World and House of Hope.

Crowell was the only Disney person to hold a board position with the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA). He has a window in his honor on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.

Ruth Clifford - my 193rd choice to be named a Disney Legend

Ruth Clifford was an American actress of leading roles in silent films, whose career lasted from silent days into the television era. From 1942–1952 she voiced Minnie Mouse and shared the role of Daisy Duck in tandem with Gloria Blondell.She is my 193rd pick to be named a Disney Legend.

Hicks Lokey - my 192nd pick to be named a Disney Legend

Hicks Lokey was an animator for several ammunition studios, including the Walt Disney Studios. He is the 92 person on my list to be named a Disney Legend. The two most famous things Lokey worked on at Disney where the Dance of the Hours segment in Fantasia and the frightening opening of Pink Elephants on Parade in Dumbo.He only worked for the Walt Disney Studios for tow years (1940-41), but it has been said that his animation style had a tremendous effect on other Disney animators. In 1990 Lokey received the Winsor McCay Award for his lifetime of work in the field of animation.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Roland Hill Sr. - my 191st pick to be named a Disney Legend

Roland was a pilot in World War One; crashed his plane, and spent the remainder of the War driving officers around France and doing American Government reparations. While on the road, he sketched many of the castles that he saw, both in France and Germany, including Neuschwanstein Castle, in Bavaria. In October, 1919, he met Walt Disney, also a driver in France, (American Red Cross), showed him the castle drawings, and formed a friendship. Disney particularly liked his drawings of Neuschwanstein, with its columns and turrets. Roland's family descendants still have his original castle drawing book from France. Roland stayed in France until 1924, and graduated from the Beaux Arts School. He collected art and paintings from several prominent artists in the Paris area in the early 1920s. In about 1925, Roland joined Walt Disney in the Los Angeles area to advise on castle design and medieval architecture, including stone masonry design and interior castle details. He contributed his castle knowledge to Disney's animation department for the original full length feature film Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937. Roland stayed close to Walt Disney for many years, traveling with him on several occasions as part of a group. He became known as the premier castle expert in Hollywood, continuing to provide castle information to Walt Disney on Fantasia and Sleeping Beauty, in the 1940s and 1950s. Ultimately, Walt invited Roland to design the Disneyland Castle at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, in 1953, and the park opened in 1955. The Disneyland Castle is probably the most photographed building in the world, and has been used a a basis of castle design for countless projects through the decades.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steven Edward Hill, grandson of Roland Hill

Mique Nelson - my 190th pick to be named a Disney Legend

Mique Nelson was a background artist and color specialist for several early Disney shorts and films.

Below is is a partial list of Disney projects he worked on:

Egyptian Melodies
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
The Clock Store
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
The Fox Hunt
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
The Spider and the Fly
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
The Ugly Duckling
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
The Bird Store
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
Cock o' the Walk
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
Three Little Wolves
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
Don Donald
       (Disney - Donald Duck Cartoon - Backgrounds )
The Old Mill
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
       (Disney - Disney Theatrical Feature - Backgrounds )
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
       (Disney - Silly Symphony - Backgrounds )
       (Disney - Disney Theatrical Feature - Backgrounds )