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Friday, January 20, 2017

Steve Davison - my 95th choice as a Disney Legend

Imagineer Steve Davison is my 95th pick for the Disney Legend award. According to his Wikipedia page he began working for Disney in 1981.
He is Lead Creative Executive of Parades and Spectaculars for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, and is responsible for the overall creative direction of daytime parades, firework displays, and nighttime spectaculars at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. He created such shows as Believe... There's Magic in the Stars, Wishes, World of Color, and Disney Dreams! In 1997 he produced his first big creation, "It's a Small World Holiday," which brought Davison into the spotlight. Another of his attraction conversions was Haunted Mansion Holiday.
A partial list of his theme park works:

Disneyland Resort

  • World of Color (and related show additions such as, World of Color - Celebrate, World of Color: Winter Dreams, and World of Color - Season of Light)
  • Disneyland Forever
  • Paint the Night Parade
  • Mickey's Soundsational Parade
  • Believe... There's Magic in the Stars
  • Believe... In Holiday Magic
  • Disney's Eureka! A California Parade[1]
  • Disney's LuminAria
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Remember... Dreams Come True
  • Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
  • Block Party Bash
  • Pixar Play Parade
  • Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations
  • Halloween Screams
  • It's a Small World Holiday


Walt Disney World Resort

  • Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams
  • Once Upon A Time - Projection Mapping Spectacular


Tokyo Disney Resort

  • Once Upon a Time - Projection Mapping Spectacular
  • Legend of Mythica
  • Jubilation!
  • Fantasmic! (Tokyo DisneySea Version)
  • Happiness is Here Parade


Hong Kong Disneyland

  • Paint the Night Parade
  • Flights of Fantasy Parade
  • Mickey's WaterWorks


Disneyland Paris

  • Disney Dreams! (and related show additions such as , Disney Dreams of Christmas!)
  • Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams


Shanghai Disneyland

  • Ignite the Dream
  • Mickey's Storybook Express


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Al Zinnen - my 94th choice as a Disney Legend

Animator Al Zinnen is my 94th choice for this Disney Hall of Fame. He was an animator on several classic films and shorts. His Disney Filmography according to his IMDb page:

  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (layout artist - 12 episodes, 1955 - 1964) (special art work - 1 episode, 1955) (cartoon settings - 1 episode, 1954)
  • 1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1955 Lady and the Tramp (layouts)
  •  1953 Ben and Me (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1953 Father's Week-end (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1953 Father's Day Off (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1953 Peter Pan (layout artist)
  •  1952 How to Be a Detective (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1952 Two Weeks Vacation (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1952 Teachers Are People (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1952 Two Gun Goofy (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1952 Man's Best Friend (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1952 Hello Aloha (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1952 Father's Lion (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1951 No Smoking (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1951 Fathers Are People (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1951 Get Rich Quick (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1951 Tomorrow We Diet! (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1951 Cold War (Short) (layout)
  •  1951 Home Made Home (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1951 Cold Storage (Short) (layout)
  •  1951 Lion Down (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1950 Hold That Pose (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1950 Motor Mania (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (layout)
  •  1949 The Wind in the Willows (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1949 Goofy Gymnastics (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1949 Tennis Racquet (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1949 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1948 Bumble Boogie (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1948 Melody Time (layout artist)
  •  1948 Once Upon a Wintertime (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1948 The Big Wash (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1947 Fun & Fancy Free (layout)
  •  1946 The Story of Menstruation (Short documentary) layout artist
  •  1946 The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1946 Make Mine Music (layout)
  •  1942 How to Play Baseball (Short) (layout artist)
  •  1942 Saludos Amigos (Short) (backgrounds) / layout artist 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Richard Bakalyan - my 93rd pick for the Disney Legend honor

My 93rd choice for the Disney Legend award is character actor Richard Bakalyan.
His Disney roles included Dinky in The Fox and the Hound, Shortie in the two-part Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color episode "A Boy Called Nuthin'," Charlie in the two-part Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color episode "Way Down Cellar," the narrator in It's Tough to Be a Bird, Ernie Nelson in the two-part Wonderful World of Disney episode "The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper", Jocko in the Wonderful World of Disney episode The Young Runaways, Eddie in Return from Witch Mountain, Freddie in The Shaggy D.A., Cookie in The Strongest Man in the World and Now You See Him, Now You Don't, Chillie Walsh in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Bobby Macoon in Never a Dull Moment and an umpire in Follow Me, Boys!.




Saturday, January 7, 2017

Edwin Aardal - my 92nd choice for the Disney Legend

Edwin Aardal was an animator for the Disney Studios and worked and many, many projects including shorts and feature length films. After working for Disney he left for Hanna-Barbera Studios working on cartoons such as The Flintstones and Jonny Quest.

According to IMDb - his partial Disney filmography includes:
  • 1956 Chips Ahoy (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1955 Lady and the Tramp (character animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1955 The Butcher, the Baker, the Ice Cream Maker (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1954 The Lone Chipmunks (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1953 The New Neighbor (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1953 How to Dance (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1953 Father's Week-end (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1953 For Whom the Bulls Toil (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1953 Father's Day Off (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1952 How to Be a Detective (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1952 Two Weeks Vacation (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1952 Teachers Are People (Short) (animator)
  •  1952 Two Gun Goofy (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardel)
  •  1952 Hello Aloha (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1952 Father's Lion (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1951 No Smoking (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1951 Fathers Are People (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1951 Get Rich Quick (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1951 Tomorrow We Diet! (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1951 Cold War (Short) (animation - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1951 Home Made Home (Short) (animator)
  •  1950 Hold That Pose (Short) (animator)
  •  1950 Motor Mania (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1950 How to Ride a Horse (Short) (animator)
  •  1950 Cinderella (animator - uncredited)
  •  1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (animator - uncredited)
  •  1949 Goofy Gymnastics (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1949 Tennis Racquet (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1948 The Trial of Donald Duck (Short) (animation - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1948 Melody Time (character animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1948 Donald's Dream Voice (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1948 Drip Dippy Donald (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1947 Fun & Fancy Free (animator - uncredited)
  •  1947 Crazy with the Heat (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1947 Donald's Dilemma (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1946 Dumb Bell of the Yukon (Short) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1945 The Legend of Coyote Rock (Short) (animator)
  •  1945 Tuberculosis (Documentary short) (animator - uncredited)
  • 1944 Contrary Condor (Short) (effects animator - uncredited)
  •  1944 How to Be a Sailor (Short) (animator)  
  • 1943 Chicken Little (Short) (effects animator - uncredited)
  •  1943 Victory Vehicles (Short) (animator)
  •  1943 Victory Through Air Power (Documentary) (animator - as Ed Aardal)
  •  1943 The Grain That Built a Hemisphere (Documentary short) (animator - uncredited)
  • 1942 How to Fish (Short) (animator)
  • 1942 Sky Trooper (Short) (animator)
  •  1942 Bambi (animator - uncredited)
  •  1942 The New Spirit (Documentary short) (animator - uncredited)
  • 1941 The Reluctant Dragon (effects animator - uncredited)
  •  1940 Fantasia (effects animator - segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", uncredited)
  •  1940 Pinocchio (special animation effects - uncredited)
  • 1940 Fantasia (animator - segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "Rite of Spring")
  •  1940 Tugboat Mickey (Short) (animator - uncredited)
  •  1939 The Autograph Hound (Short) (animator - uncredited)
  •  1939 The Hockey Champ (Short) (effects animator - uncredited)


Edward Plumb - my 91st pick for a Disney Legend

Edward Plumb was a film composer best known for his work at Walt Disney Studios. He served as musical director of Fantasia and composed the score for Bambi, including its menacing man-theme, which may have been an influence for the shark-theme in Jaws.
Plumb orchestrated the music for Dumbo, Make Mine Music, Song of the South, So Dear to My Heart, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp. He also orchestrated a number of television programs for Walt Disney Presents, a number of Davy Crockett films and on Westward Ho, the Wagons!, starring Fess Parker. His final film project was Johnny Tremain for Disney in 1957.
Other Disney credits include Cinderella, The Vanishing Prairie, The Living Desert and The Three Caballeros.


He received Academy Award nominations for Bambi, Victory Through Air Power, Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.

The information form this article came for his Wikipedia and IMDB pages.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lloyd Beebe is my 90th pick as a Disney Legend

My 90th choice for the Disney Legend honor is animal trainer Lloyd Beebe. Former woodsman, hunter, and Arctic explorer who later became an animal trainer and with his wife, Catherine. Founded the Olympic Game Farm which served as the location for Disney wildlife features ("Disney's Wild Animal Ranch") from the 1950's. The farm, which was home to a variety of animal stars from bears and cougars to lions and jaguars, was opened to the public in 1972.
His work as an animal trainer and camera work can be seen in Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, The Vanishing Prairie, Those Calloways, Jungle Cat, Nikki, Wild Dog of the North, Antarctica: Operation Deepfreeze, The Incredible Journey, Wonders of the Water Worlds, A Tale of Two Critters, King of the Grizzlies, Killers of the High Country and The Legend of Lobo.