The Original Disney Legend – Fred MacMurray

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On October 13, 1987, the Walt Disney Company began a new tradition known as the Disney Legends.  Quoting from the Disney Legends section of the D23 website:

The Disney Legends program was established in 1987 to acknowledge and honor the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic. The honor is awarded during a special ceremony.

October 13, 1987 was the first induction ceremony, and while you may not be surprised, I was very surprised to find out that Fred MacMurray, star of the 1959 hit The Shaggy Dog (among many other great Disney movies) was the first — and only — recipient of the Disney Legend honor for that year.  It wasn’t surprising that Mr. MacMurray was selected — he was well deserving of the honor — to me, what was surprising was that it wasn’t the Nine Old Men, or Ub Iwerks, or the Sherman Brothers, or someone like that that was the first set of recipients inducted.  Still, Fred MacMurray was the first, and he goes down in Disney trivia with that selection.

Over the weeks and months ahead, I’ll be touching on the accomplishments of the great Disney Legends — what they were known for, when they were inducted, and things like that.  To me, the history of Disney is truly what makes Disney so memorable, and it’s things like the Nine Old Men and the Disney Legends that truly take us from the present, and afford us the opportunity to remember the past just a bit.

This is a clip from the movie The Shaggy Dog — the “shake on it” clip.  Check it out, and I hope you enjoy it!

Eric Larson

#DisneyTrivia – Eric Larson

Eric Larson

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Walt’s Nine Old Men were a core group of supervising animators who created Walt Disney Studios’ most famous work – such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Rescuers. Walt jokingly called them his “Nine Old Men” (even though most of them were in their 20s when they first started at the studio) – referring to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s nine Supreme Court judges. All nine of these talented gentlemen were named Disney Legends in 1989.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #TiggerificTuesdayTrivia post!  I’m joined as always by my dear friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head.  This month we are sharing some great trivia revolving around Walt’s Nine Old Men.  Today we are sharing some trivia about Eric Larson.  Almost more important than the works he is credited with, check out the list of some of those animators that went through his training program!

Eric Larson from Utah (born 9/3/05) began work at the Disney Studios on June 1, 1933.
Larson started as an assistant animator on the shorts The Tortoise and the Hare and Two-Gun Mickey. By 1940, he was an animation director and had designed Figaro the cat for Pinocchio. He also animated the horses and centaurs for the “Pastoral Symphony” sequence in Fantasia. Larson assisted Marc Davis in creating the title character of the 1950 Cinderella and animated Caterpillar for the 1951 Alice in Wonderland. But his most famous sequence, is the flight to Neverland in the 1953 Peter Pan. After Walt’s death in 1966, Larson was placed in charge of finding and training new talent (along with animator Walt Stanchfield) – in addition to his character animating work (which ended as a consultant for the 1986 The Great Mouse Detective). Many well-known animators went through Larson’s training program, including Brad Bird, Don Bluth, Tim Burton, Ron Clements, Andreas Deja, Glen Keane, and John Lasseter. Larson retired in February 1986 after 52 years with Disney – making him the last of the 9 to retire. He passed away just two years later.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Now, please go check out the other entries in our post this week, and have a great day!

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Les Clark

#DisneyTrivia – Les Clark

Les Clark

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Hello, and welcome to this week’s Disney Trivia post!  I’m joined by my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, and this month I’m focusing on some great trivia related to the collection of animators known as Walt’s Nine Old Men.  Today we are talking about Les Clark, the first of Walt’s Nine Old Men.

Did you know…that Les Clark was hired by Walt Disney just days after he graduated from high school? Les started work on February 23, 1927, in what Walt warned “might be a temporary job”.  Well, that “temporary job” lasted until Les retired from Walt Disney Productions on September 30, 1975 — the longest continuously employed member of Walt Disney Productions!

The image above shows some of the characters that Les Clark worked on during his career at Disney — and Les Clark was also the only of Walt’s Nine Old Men that did any work in the early days of Mickey Mouse!

To sum it all up about the makeup and determination of Les Clark, I’m leaving you with a quote from two other members of Walt’s Nine Old Men — Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston:

“Les quietly went ahead perfecting what he did best, constantly at art class working hard to improve and learn. There was much admiration for this quiet, thoughtful man, who came in with no art background yet through sheer determination and desire not only kept up, but helped advance the art with his refinements of many fundamentals.” -Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

Thank you for stopping by today, now, please check out the rest of the entries for this week!

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#DisneyTrivia: Welcome to Disney, Mr. Davis!

Marc Davis

Hello everyone, and welcome to Tiggerific Tuesday #DisneyTrivia segment, the weekly trivia segment that I host along with my good friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jen from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Even though today is not Tuesday, it’s Monday evening, we like to get a good start on our trivia for the week, so I hope you’ll forgive the faux paux!

Today is a very important day if you are a Disney History buff like I am!  Today, as you can see from the image, is the 78th anniversary of the hiring of Marc Davis!  Mr. Davis, as you may recall from my Disney Legends post about him, is one of Walt’s Nine Old Men, and was noted for such incredible attractions as Pirates of the Caribbean, among others!  I think it is safe to say that today was a very big day, not only in the life of Marc Davis, but also in the life of all of us that love to visit Disney parks around the world!  Here is the official text, as seen on This Day in Disney History:

December 2, 1935: Marc Davis begins working as an apprentice animator at the Walt Disney Studios. He is immediately thrown into 2 weeks of intense drawing classes – taught by the studio’s resident instructor Donald Graham. Davis will go on to become one of Walt’s “Nine Old Men” and create such memorable Disney characters as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell and Cruella de Vil! He will later become one of Walt’s original Imagineers and ultimately a Disney Legend.

Thank you for taking a trip down Disney history Lane with me, please go check out what Heidi, Jen, and Jodi have for us as well, and please add your own trivia posts into our list!

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Disney Legends 1992

Today marks the 21st Anniversary of the Disney Legend Class of 1992!

Today marks the 21st Anniversary of the Disney Legend Class of 1992!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  Today we are getting an early jump on our trivia, by taking a look at what happened in Disney History for October 21st and 22nd!

Did you know…

That, on this day in 1992, the Disney Legends Class of 1992 was inducted?  This class, headlined (in my opinion) by Annette Funicello, featured the following Disney Legends (shown in alphabetical order):

  • Jimmie Dodd – Television Actor (given posthumously); Adult Mouseketeer & musician
  • Bill Evans – Imagineering; horticulturist & landscape specialist
  • Annette Funicello – Film & Television Actress; everyone’s favorite Mouseketeer
  • Joe Grant – Animation; story artist
  • Jack Hannah – Animation; director of TV shows and films
  • Winston Hibler – Film (given posthumously); narrator, writer & director
  • Ken O’Connor – Animation & Imagineering; genius layout artist and art director
  • Roy Williams – Animation & Television Actor (given posthumously); the Big Mooseketeer

 October 22, 1942…

Continuing our emphasis on Annette Funicello, did you know that on October 22, 1942, Annette Funicello was born?

Actress/singer and original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello is born in Utica, New York. She and her family moved to Southern California in 1946. Walt Disney first saw 12-year-old Funicello dancing the lead in Swan Lake at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, California, and later invited her to audition for his new children’s show, Mickey Mouse Club. She was a featured Mouseketeer on the hit series and took part (along with the other original Mouseketeers) in Disneyland’s grand opening in 1955. She later starred in several Disney features, including The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, and The Monkey’s Uncle. Her Disney television credits included Zorro, Elfego Baca and The Horsemasters. As an adult, Funicello was one of many celebrities who took part in Walt Disney World’s three-day opening festivities in October 1971. In 1977, Funicello guest starred as the Blue Fairy in Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade! Named a Disney Legend in 1992, her autobiography A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story was published two years later.

Special thanks, as always, to my co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Come click on their links to read all about their great Disney Trivia, and thanks for stopping by!

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