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Monday, February 29, 2016

J. Pat O'Malley - choice number 27 as a Disney Legend

J. Pat O'Malley was a British actor who appeared in Disney films as both a voice actor, a live action actor and a singer. His roles were smaller but varied and memorable.

  • He voiced several characters in animated sequences of Mary Poppins including: The horse, Penguin number 3, a huntsman, the Master of Hounds, the Pearly drummer and a reporter and the Cockney costar in the "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" sequence.
  • He was Otto the Blacksmith in Robin Hood.
  • He voiced both Colonel Hathi and Buzzie the Vulture in Jungle Book.
  • He was Jasper and the Colonel in 101 Dalmatians.
  • In Alice in Wonderland he provided the voices for Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Walrus, the Carpenter, and Mother Oyster.
  • He was Cyril Proudbottom and a policeman in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
  • He starred as Perkins in Walt Disney's Spin and Marty television series.
  • He appeared in Son of Flubber as a sign painter.
  • He appeared on the Disney TV show The Swamp Fox.
  • His singing voice can be heard in the song Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me) (From Pirates of the Caribbean).
  • He also sang or took part in these classic Disney songs:  Old Father William, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Colonel Hathi’s March, and That’s What Friends are For.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jack Kinney - choice number 26 as a Disney Legend

Jack Kinney was one of the early directors, writers and animators for the Walt Disney Studios, joining the company in 1931. He was involved in many of the early shorts and films as either a director or animator or contributor in some way. Here is a partial list of the shorts and films he was involved in before leaving Disney in 1959 to start his own company. Here are the 100 projects he was involved that make em think he IS a Disney Legend.
  1. Santa's Workshop
  2. Bambi Moose Hunter
  3. Cock o' the Walk
  4. The Cookie Carnival
  5.  Mickey's Service Station
  6.  The Band Concert
  7.  Two-Gun Mickey
  8.  Servants' Entrance
  9.  Hollywood Party
  10.  The Hot Choc-late Soldiers
  11. Mickey's Mechanical Man
  12. The Mail Pilot
  13. Birds in the Spring
  14. How to Have an Accident in the Home
  15. How to Have an Accident at Work
  16. Canvas Back Duck
  17.  Goofy's Glider
  18.  Bone Trouble
  19. Society Dog Show
  20. Brave Little Tailor  
  21.  Mickey's Trailer  
  22.  Donald and Pluto
  23. Chips Ahoy
  24. Contrast in Rhythm
  25. Social Lion
  26. Casey Bats Again
  27. Pigs Is Pigs
  28. Two for the Record
  29.  The Lone Chipmunks
  30.  Donald's Diary
  31.  How to Sleep
  32.  Football Now and Then
  33.  How to Dance
  34.  Father's Week-end
  35.  For Whom the Bulls Toil
  36.  Father's Day Off
  37.  Peter Pan
  38.  How to Be a Detective
  39.  Two Weeks Vacation
  40.  Teachers Are People
  41.  Two Gun Goofy  
  42.  Man's Best Friend  
  43.  Hello Aloha  
  44.  Father's Lion
  45.  No Smoking
  46.  Fathers Are People
  47.  Get Rich Quick
  48.  Tomorrow We Diet!
  49.  Cold War
  50.  Home Made Home
  51.  Cold Storage
  52.  Lion Down
  53.  Hold That Pose
  54.  Motor Mania
  55.  The Brave Engineer
  56.  How to Ride a Horse
  57.  The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  58.  The Wind in the Willows
  59.  Goofy Gymnastics
  60.  Tennis Racquet
  61.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  62.  Bumble Boogie
  63.  Melody Time
  64.  Bongo
  65.  All the Cats Join In
  66.  Casey at the Bat
  67.  Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet
  68.  The Martins and the Coys
  69. Make Mine Music
  70. The Flying Gauchito
  71. Hockey Homicide
  72.  Duck Pimples
  73. Californy er Bust
  74. African Diary
  75.  Tiger Trouble
  76. The Three Caballeros
  77. How to Play Football
  78. How to Play Golf
  79. How to Be a Sailor
  80. Figaro and Cleo
  81. Victory Vehicles
  82. Victory Through Air Power
  83. El Gaucho Goofy
  84.  Der Fuehrer's Face  
  85. How to Fish  
  86. How to Swim
  87. The Olympic Champ
  88.  How to Play Baseball
  89.  Saludos Amigos
  90.  The Art of Self Defense
  91.  The Art of Skiing
  92.  Dumbo
  93.  Baggage Buster
  94.  The Reluctant Dragon
  95.  Goofy's Glider
  96.  Bone Trouble
  97.  Pinocchio
  98. Fun and Fancy Free
  99. Mickey Mouse Disco
  100. He wrote the book Walt Disney and Assorted Other Characters
  101. And He was the director for several of the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color TV shows.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Diane Disney Miller - Choice number 25 as a Disney Legend

I personally wanted to make sure Diane Disney Miller, the oldest daughter of Walt Disney, was in the top 25
of my list. She recently passed away, but I am sure here husband and children would appreciate her being named as Legend. She was the keeper of the Walt Disney flame, so to speak. she made sure that the true and accurate Walt Disney was presented to the public, not the one of myths or political hack jobs. Here are some of her contributions to the Disney company and the memory of Walt Disney himself:

  • She organized and made sure the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco was opened in 2009.
  • She and her sister, Sharon, have long been recognized as Walt’s inspiration for Disneyland, a place he created for families to have fun together.
  • Disney Miller was instrumental in pushing ahead with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The project was initiated with a $50 million gift from her mother in 1988, but was stalled for a time due to cost negotiations. Disney Miller ensured the original design by Frank Gehry went ahead, and the hall finally opened in 2004.
  • She and her sister Sharon appeared in Walt Disney's first ever one-hour TV production called One Hour in Wonderland.
  • She  was the wife of former Disney CEO Ron Miller.
  • She published a series of eight pieces for the Saturday Evening Post in 1956 titled "My Dad, Walt Disney", co-written with Pete Martin.
  • She was present at the Disneyland birthday celebration on July 17, 2005 where she read her father's original dedication of the theme park from fifty years prior.
  • She appeared in or consulted on numerous Disney related documentaries and biographies, including Walt: the Man Behind the Myth.
  • The film Saving Mr. Banks is dedicated to her memory (Disney Miller died shortly before it opened theatrically).

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Candy Candido - Choice number 24 as a Disney Legend

Candy Candido had a distinct and famous voice in the last century. He first became famous for the phrase "I'm Feeling Mighty Low." His voice is a common fixture in both Disney movies and rides at the theme parks. Here are the highlights of his Disney Studios credits which clearly demonstrate his worthiness to be named a Disney Legend.

  • Peter and the Wolf - Wolf
  • Fun and Fancy Free - Lumpjaw
  • Lambert The Sheepish Lion - Wolf
  • Peter Pan - Indian Chief
  • Sleeping Beauty - Goons
  • Babes in Toyland - Trees
  • The Jungle Book - Shere Khan's roars
  • Robin Hood - Captain Crocodile
  • The Rescuers - Brutus and Nero
  • The Fox and the Hound - the Black Bear's growls (uncredited)
  • The Great Mouse Detective - Fidget the Bat
  • The Haunted Mansion (ride) - Prisoner
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride - Devils
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through - Goons
  • Peter Pan's Flight Ride at them Parks- Indian Chief
  • There is a controversy that is found on the internet about whether or not Candy did the noises made by the Raven in both Sleeping Beauty and the Haunted Mansion attraction.  Because of his incredible voice range and the fact that both ravens never had a voice actor listed, it is quite possible that he did do the sound effects for them, we cannot be entirely sure though.
  • Candy was heard in Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color as an extra voice in the series.
  • He is listed as a cast member in the film Herbie Rides Again. I have searched and cannot find what role he played. Maybe he did a sound effect?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ted Sears - pick number 23 as a Disney Legend

Ted Sears is not exactly a household name for Disney fans, but he was an animator and director for many of the classics we have grown up with. He worked on the following films:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio
  • Fantasia
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • Bambi
  • Dumbo
  • Saludos Amigos
  • Cinderella
  • Melody Time
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • The Three Cabelleros
  • Peter Pan
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Sleeping Beauty 
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • He was involved in several Disney animated shorts including Ben and Me,Mother Pluto, the Big Bad Wolf, The Pied Piper, Birds in Spring, and Babes in the Woods.
  • He also co-wrote narration for many of the Disney nature films with Winston Hibler, and later did a number of the Disney TV shows. 
  • He had writing credits on perhaps a dozen Oscar and Emmy winning productions.
  • According to Michael Barrier - Ted was one of the driving forces behind the idea of the Disney storyboard.
  • He wrote the lyrics to Following the Leader (Peter Pan), I Wonder (Sleeping Beauty), Who's Afriad of the Big Bad Wolf (Three Little Pigs) and several songs from Alice in Wonderland.
  • His sister-in-law, Irene, was the Disney family nurse for many years attending to both Walt's brother and mother.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Eleanor Audrey - Choice number 22 for a Disney Legend Honor

Eleanor Audrey has voiced some of the most iconic Disney voices in the company's storied animated film history. It does sort of boggle the mind that she is not a legend already!

Here are her Disney highlights:

  • She was the evil step-mother Lady Tremaine in Cinderella.
  • She was the evil fairy Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty.
  • She is the voice for Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion rides at Disneyland an Walt Disney World.
  • She was a live-action actress, playing Mrs. Videau in the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color's presentation of The Swamp Fox: the Redcoat Strategy.