Hanging with Some Disney Legends

Imagine my surprise on Thursday when I found myself hanging out with 11 Disney Legends at a lovely reception after a special D23 photo shoot for next year’s magazine cover honoring the 75th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and feature animation.

Not only that but Richard Sherman entertained us at Walt’s old piano upstairs in the archive in the Frank Wells building (above), performing “Feed the Birds” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins. And for good measure, he ended with the deleted song, “Chimpanzoo,” which was added to the stage show.

In fact, when I chatted with Sherman, he told me that he got to meet Cary Grant at a party and informed him hat he was so inspired by seeing Gunga Din as a child that he paid homage in “Super…” by including “dukes and maharajas” in the lyrics. He said Grant couldn’t help but laugh.

Meanwhile, I asked Alice Davis (above, left, with Ruthie Thompson) how she met her husband, the late, great Marc Davis. She smiled and explained that while they were both studying she was introduced to Marc and invited him to a girlfriend’s party. Afterward he had such a good time that he asked her out out on a date to thank her. But she told him she’d only accept if it was more than just gratitude.

And Tinker Bell’s Margaret Kerry related how she recently chastised two men for being critical of the current state of Disneyland. “It’s a gift what Walt and Roy gave us and we should appreciate the magic every time we go there.”

Here’s the full list of luminaries:

  • Kathryn Beaumont, voice of Alice and of Wendy Darling
  • Alice Davis, Imagineer and costume designer
  • Lisa Davis, voice of Anita in One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Joe Hale, animation producer
  • Dickie Jones, voice of Pinocchio
  • Margaret Kerry, live-action model for Tinker Bell
  • Floyd Norman, animator and “story man”
  • Richard Sherman, composer and lyricist (Mary Poppins)
  • Ruthie Thompson, supervisor of Scene Planning department (Ink & Paint)
  • Burny Mattinson, storyboard artist (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Tyrus Wong, background artist (Bambi)
Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Events, Movies, Music

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