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Monday, December 26, 2016

Dallas McKennon - my 84th pick as a Disney Legend

Dallas McKennon is my 84th choice for the Disney Legend honor.
He performed many character voices for Disney. His distinctive voice can be heard in movies such as Melody Time (as Johnny Appleseed’s angel), Lady and the Tramp (as Pedro, Tuffy, the Hyena and the Professor), Sleeping Beauty (as the owl), Donald Duck and His Friends, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (as barking dogs), Mary Poppins (as the fox, a hunting horse, a penguin, a reporter and the carousel keeper) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (as a bear). He provided the voice of Cal McNab in Paul Bunyan.
He also did voices for several Disney Attractions, such as the famous Big Thunder Mountain Railroad safety spiel - “Howdy, folks! Please keep your hands, arms, and legs inside the train, and remain seated at all times. (Laugh) Now then, hang onto them hats and glasses, ’cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!” He can be heard as the laughing hyenas in It's a Small World, Ben Franklin in Epcot's The American Adventure, and Zeke in Country Bear Jamboree. He has been the voice of Andrew Jackson in the Hall of Presidents attraction. He narrated the defunct Disneyland attraction Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland and is Deaf Old Man in the Haunted Mansion.

He also played as Charlie Cooney in the 1978 live-action Disney film, The Cat from Outer Space, a juror in Son of Flubber and a detective in The Misadventures of Merlin Jones. He was a musical performer in Bedknobs and Broomsticks taking part in the song “Blow the Man Down.” He was the narrator on the vinyl album The Story of Treasure Island produced by the Disney Company.

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