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Friday, April 22, 2016

Barbara Luddy - 36th choice to be named a Disney Legend

Barbara Luddy voiced several leading roles for the Walt Disney Studios. Her Disney credits include:

  • The role of Lady in Lady and the Tramp
  • She voiced Kanga in several of the Disney Winnie the Pooh movies
  • She was the fairy Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty
  • She had two roles in Robin Hood - Mother Rabbit and Mother Church Mouse.
  • She had the small role of Rover in 101 Dalmatians

Friday, April 15, 2016

James MacArthur - my 35th choice as a Disney Legend

James MacArthur was in several live-action Disney films during his teen and young adult years. He was on of the three sons in one of my favorite of all Disney films- Swiss Family Robinson.

His Disney roles included
  •       Johnny Butler/True Son in The Light in the Forest
  •       Rudi Matt in Third Man on the Mountain
  •        David Balfour in Kidnapped
  •        Fritz Robinson in Swiss Family Robinson
  •       Cpl. Henry Jenkins in the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color episodes Willie and the Yank: The Deserter and Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders
  •      himself in The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic and The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics
  •        the narrator for Swiss Family Robinson: Adventure in the Making.

He is the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes.
Upon his death, Disney historian Jeff Kurtti wrote this of James MacArthur - "In this loss of legacy, the earnest and remarkable performances of a young James MacArthur are inexcusably forgotten—as is the primary connection of this fine actor with the visionary who saw such potential in his nascent talent, Walt Disney."

Friday, April 8, 2016

Clyde Geronimi - choice number 34 as a Disney legend

Geronimi was my 34th choice to be named a Disney Legend and he was named in 2017!

Clyde Geronimi was an animation director for the Walt Disney Studios during it's Golden Age. He began as an animator and soon began directing cartoon shorts. He became a director in 1938 and won his first Academy Award the following year for the cartoon short ''The Ugly Duckling.” His 1941 short, "Lend a Paw", won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject.
Geronimi moved into directing feature-length animated films after the end of World War II. He was one of the directors on Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Some of his other directorial works include The Three Caballeros (1944) Make Mine Music (1946) Melody Time (1948) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). Geronimi received the 1978 Winsor McCay Award from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, for his lifetime of contributions to the animation field. Despite his large volume of work with Disney, it has been reported he was not a popular person in the studios.

Geronimi was involved in animating several shorts before becoming a  director. Here is a partial list of some of the other animated shorts he directed:
  • Chicken Little
  • Private Pluto
  • Pluto and the Armadillo
  • Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi
  • Pluto at the Zoo
  • T-Bone for Two
  • The Sleepwalker  
  • The Army Mascot
  • Pluto Junior
  • Lend a Paw
  • Canine Caddy
  • A Gentleman's Gentleman
  • Pantry Pirate
  • Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
  • Pluto's Dream
  • Billposters
  • Tugboat Mickey
  • Officer Duck
  • The Pointer
  •  Beach Picnic

Friday, April 1, 2016

Hans Conried - choice number 33 as a Disney Legend

Hans Conried was a well-known voice actor in his day and provided the voice acting for several well-known character both for Disney Studios and other studios as well. He also played a few live-action parts for Disney movies.One of his most famous voice roles was as Snidely Whiplash in the Dudley Do-Right cartoons. In his most famous Disney role He voiced both Captain Hook and George Darling in Peter Pan.This role is so iconic for the Disney animation fans, that this role alone makes him worthy of being named a Disney Legend. But wait, he did more work for the Studios.

Some of his other Disney career highlights include: 

  • In 1953, the same year that Peter Pan was released, Conried also voiced both Thomas Jefferson and a crook in Ben and Me
  • The Prosecutor in The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A. in 1957. 
  • He also played the Magic Mirror in some of Walt Disney's television programs. 
  • In The Goofy Success Story, he voiced J.B., the studio mogul. 
  • He also played Professor Whatley in The Shaggy D.A.
  • He was Chief Dr. Heffel in The Cat from Outer Space.
  • He was Thimberlig in Davy Crockett at the Alamo