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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Erdman Penner - Choice number 32 as a Disney Legend

My 32nd choice for the Disney Legend Honor goes to Erdman Penner. Penner was involved in several Disney Studio projects as a writer, director, lyricist and producer. According to Disney-Wiki and IMBD, here are some of his Disney career highlights:
Penner is on the far right with Winston Hibler, Ted Sears and Walt Disney

  • Maleficent [based on Sleeping Beauty; story adaption]
  • Sleeping Beauty [story adaption, lyrics"The Skumps Song" (1958)-uncredited]
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color [writer-five episodes,writer:"The Reluctant Dragon"-uncredited, himself-two episodes-credited as Ed Penner]
  • Lady and the Tramp [story and associate producer]
  • Peter Pan [story, lyrics:"A Pirate's Life", performer:"Blast That Peter Pan/A Pirate's Life" reprise]
  • Penner was one of the driving forces behind Captain Hook's foppish dandy persona.
  • Alice in Wonderland [story]
  • Cinderella [story]
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad [story]
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow [writer]
  • Melody Time [story]
  • Pecos Bill [writer]
  • The Legend of Johnny Appleseed [story]
  • Make Mine Music [story-credited as Ed Penner]
  • Victory Through Air Power [story adaption]
  • The Reluctant Dragon [story "Reluctant Dragon" Sequence, lyrics:"The Reluctant Dragon"-credited as Ed Penner]
  • The Reluctant Dragon [story]
  • Fantasia [story development-segment "The Pastoral Symphony"]
  • Pinocchio [story adaption]
  • Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World [music-"A Pirate's Life"-credited as Ed Penner]
  • Mickey's Amateurs [director-uncredited]
  • Dateline: Disneyland [himself-credited as Firehouse Five Plus Two]
  • One Hour in Wonderland [himself-firehouse Five plus two (Also credited as Ed Penner)]

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bob Harpur - choice number 31 as a Disney Legend

Bob Harpur is my first full-fledged Imagineer to make the list. My love for trains and the history of trains in the Walt Disney Company. Several of the current trains at Walt Disney World were  restored by a crew headed by Disney imagineer and accomplished live steam builder Bob Harpur. Harpur ran a model train factory before joining Disney in 1966.

He is the only person who worked on every Disney railroad in all of the parks. He was very active in the establishment of the trains in Disneyland Paris. He also had a very large part to play in the Wildlife Express in the Animal Kingdom. In fact one of the engines at animal Kingdom is named "Baba Harpoor." Bob also worked with Walt on the Carolwood Pacific. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Verna Felton - choice number 30 as a Disney Legend

Verna Felton appeared in several supporting roles as a voice actress in several Disney animated classics. Felton is my 30th choice for this honor. She also did voice work for other cartoon studios, including Hanna Barbera. Here is her Disney career in a nutshell:

  • Dumbo (1941) as the Elephant Matriarch and Mrs. Jumbo, Dumbo's Mother.
  • Cinderella (1950) as The Fairy Godmother. Of course her voice can be heard on many Disney albums singing “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo."
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951) as the Queen of Hearts. She truly defined this role for generations.
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955) as Aunt Sarah (her son voiced Jim Dear and the dogcatcher in the original film).
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959) as Flora and Queen Leah.
  • Goliath II (1960) as Eloise.
  • The Man from Button Willow as Mrs. Pomeroy, Mother and Lady on Trolley.
  • The Jungle Book (1967) as Winifred the Elephant (her final theatrical role, animated).
  • Her husband Lee Millar Sr. voiced Pluto in several animated shorts.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cy Young - My 29th choice as a Disney Legend

My 29th choice is not the world famous baseball pitcher who has an a award of his own named after him, but the other Cy Young. This Cy Young was a Chinese American special effects animator. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston wrote in their book Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life, they said, Through the entire thirties, the entire Effects Department consisted of only two men: Ugo D'Orsi, a straightforward, stubborn, and dedicated Italian, and Cy Young...quiet and sensitive...who loved to play the bass fiddle as a hobby. He is known as the first animator in China and a master at animating birds. He worked on such classic films as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Make Mine Music and Fantasia. He was an active part in many classic Disney shorts including:
  • Birds in the Spring             Animation          
  • Father Noah's Ark             Animation          
  • Mickey's Gala Premiere   Animation          
  • Old King Cole      Animation          
  • The Pied Piper    Animation  
  • The China Shop  Animation          
  • Shanghaied         Animation          
  • The Grasshopper and the Ants      Animation          
  • Funny Little Bunnies         Animation          
  • Gulliver Mickey  Animation          
  • Hot Choc'lit Soldiers        Animation          
  • The Flying Mouse             Animation          
  • Mickey Plays Papa            Animation          
  • The Goddess of Spring     Animation          
  • Two-Gun Mickey              Animation          
  • The Band Concert             Animation          
  • Water Babies      Animation          
  • Mickey's Fire Brigade       Animation          
  • Music Land          Animation          
  • Broken Toys        Animation          
  • Mickey's Grand Opera     Animation          
  • Moving Day        Animation          
  • The Country Cousin          Animation          
  • Woodland CafĂ©  Animation          
  • The Old Mill        Animation          
  • Mickey's Trailer  Animation          
  • Society Dog Show            Animation

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Luana Patten - Choice number 28 as a Disney Legend

Child actress Luana Patten is my 28th choice for a Disney Legend. the difference between her and say Bobby Driscoll is a razor thin margin, so even at number 28, I see Patten as a very deserving choice. Here are her Disney highlights:

  • Patten made her first film appearance in Joel Chandler Harris's 1946 musical Song of the South with Bobby Driscoll.
  • They also appeared together in Song of the South's sister film So Dear to My Heart.
  • She appeared again with Bobby Driscoll in the Pecos Bill segment of Disney's Melody Time.
  • In 1947, she appeared with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd during the live action scenes in Fun and Fancy Free.
  • She played the role of Priscilla Lapham in Disney's 1957 production of Johnny Tremain.
  • She was Nora White in the 1966 film Follow Me Boys.