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Friday, September 30, 2016

Eric Goldberg - My 52nd choice as a Disney Legend

Eric Goldberg is a Disney animator and director and has worked on such projects as Aladdin, Frozen and Wreck it Ralph. He has also animated extensively for Warner Brothers.
Below is his partial Disney filmography.

1992      Aladdin  Supervising Animator: Genie
1995      Pocahontas         Director
1998      Hercules              Supervising Animator: Philoctetes
1999      Fantasia 2000     Supervising Animator: Duke/Yo Yo Flamingo
2000      Rhapsody in Blue  Animator
2000      Emperor's New Groove   Animator
2005      Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years  Animator
2006       Fox and the Hound 2      Animator
2009      The Princess and the Frog              Supervising Animator: Louis
2011      Winnie the Pooh               Supervising Animator: Rabbit/The Backson
2012      Paperman   Animator
2012      Wreck-It Ralph   Animator: King Candy/ Sour Bill
2013      Get A Horse!       Supervising Animator: Pete/Hay Wagon Band
2013      Frozen   Supervising Animator
2016      Moana  Animator: Maui Tattoo's

Ralph Wright - my 51st choice as a Disney Legend

Ralph Wright is my 51st pick to receive the Disney Legend honor. He was a Disney animator and storyboard writer who is best known for providing the gloomy, sullen voice of Eeyore from the popular Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. Wright came to the studio circa 1940 and became well known throughout the ensuing decades for his endearingly gloomy and sullen personality traits as well as his bass voice. He turned out to be a natural model for Eeyore when the studio began development on Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
He, along with his fellow Disney contemporaries, was a pioneer in the use of "gags" within cartoons, often acted out in front of the "story board," a bulletin board pinned with sequential sketches of the cartoon's scenes. This technique still in use today in most major animation studios. Information taken from his Wikipedia page.

Disney Filmography
  • Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore 1983 - voice: Eeyore (final role)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - 1977 - story, voice: Eeyore, performer: "Hip Hip Pooh-ray!"
  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! - 1974 - story, Eeyore does not appear
  • Rogue's Rock - 1974 - The Wonderful World of Disney - writer
  • The City Fox - 1972 - The Wonderful World of Disney - contributing writer
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks - 1971 - animation story
  • The Aristocats 1970 - writer/storyboard team
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) - story, voice: Eeyore
  • The Jungle Book 1967 - writer/storyboard team, voice: Gloomy elephant (uncredited)
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree 1966 - story, voice: Eeyore
  • Aquamania 1961 - story
  • Nikki, Wild Dog of the North - 1961 - writer/storyboard team
  • Sleeping Beauty - 1959 - additional story
  • Perri - 1957 - Director, writer, storyboard team
  • Lady and the Tramp - 1955 - writer/storyboard team
  • Don's Fountain of Youth 1953 - story
  • Peter Pan - 1953 - writer/storyboard team
  • Trick or Treat - 1952 - story
  • Plutopia - 1951 - story
  • Dude Duck - 1951 - story
  • Lambert the Sheepish Lion - 1951 - story
  • Crazy with the Heat - 1947 - story
  • Song of the South - 1946 - cartoon story
  • Donald's Crime - 1945 - story
  • The Eyes Have It - 1945 - story
  • The Three Caballeros - 1944 - writer
  • Bambi 1942 - story developer
  • Saludos Amigos - 1942 - writer/storyboard team
  • How to Ride a Horse 1941 - writer/storyboard team
  • The Art of Self Defense 1941 - animator, story
  • Goofy's Glider 1940 (Short) - animator, story

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Marcelite Garner - My 50th choice as a Disney Legend

Marcelite Garner is perhaps best known as one of the first voices of Minnie Mouse. She was also the voice of Clarabelle Cow. She has been partially credited with developing Minnie's personality. Garner started working at Walt Disney Productions on February 17, 1930 after interviewing the previous year. She worked in the ink and paint department, first working as a cell painter and later as an inker. The studio at the time was a small organization of about 35 employees.

After Garner had been working about six months, she auditioned for the voice of Minnie Mouse at the studio's sound stage, then located on Melrose Avenue. Because Minnie was to play a Mexican in the upcoming film The Cactus Kid, Burt Gillett had asked the Ink and Paint department, which was entirely women, if anyone could speak Spanish. Only Garner and another woman responded, and when the other woman was unwilling to sing, Garner was cast for the role. She went on to voice Minnie in more than 40 films over a decade. Occasionally Garner also provided additional voices, such as cat meows (Three Orphan Kittens, Lend a Paw), dog barking, and crowd noises.
She is the voice behind several small roles in some of the Silly Symphonies playing a mermaid and a bunny and a laughing mouse. Her voice was used in the 2013 short film Get a Horse as a Minnie Mouse.

T. Hee - My 49th choice as a Disney Legend

T. Hee was an animator who joined Disney studios in 1937. He is most recognized for directing the Dance of the Hours segment of Fantasia.He was a writer and director of the segment of Pinocchio that involved the fox Honest John Foulfellow and the cat Gideon. He returned to Disney in 1958 for the studio's first stop-motion animated film, "Noah's Ark," and later functioned as an art director (or as Walt Disney called them, "imagineers") at Disneyland and Disney World.

Hee also taught two generations of students at Chouinard Art Institute and California Institute of the Arts. He worked on other classic Disney films such as The Relucant Dragon, Victory Through Air Power and Make Mine Music.