D23 EXPO UPDATE: RICHARD SHERMAN
Posted on Sep 11 2009 by Greg
was an excellent movie! Before it started, the guitarists from the new "Poppin' Guitars" album played -- and afterward, Mr. Richard Sherman
himself sang and told stories behind the songs "For Now, For Always" from The Parent Trap
, "Ugly Bug Ball" from Summer Magic
, "She/He Danced With Me" from The Slipper and the Rose
, "It Won't be Long 'Til Christmas" from The Happiest Millionaire
, "The River Song" from Tom Sawyer
and a touching, ballad version of, yes,"it's a small world."
According to the Sherman cousins who made the film, there are 183 song cues in the whole film -- and surprisingly, this Walt Disney Pictures releases also includes generous helpings of non-Disney Sherman classics like Tom Sawyer
, Snoopy Come Home
, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
and Charlotte's Web
(which marks the first time that Hanna-Barbera animation appeared in a Disney film unless you count Popeye
, which Disney co=produced with Paramount).
The crowd was clamoring for the DVD release of the boys
, which has the potential to contain even more interview footage.
D23 EXPO UPDATE: ROBIN WILLIAMS, BETTY WHITE & OTHER LEGENDS
Posted on Sep 10 2009 by Greg
The first day of the D23 Expo convention
in Anaheim kicked off this morning when Bob Iger
opened the festivities with the words many a Disney fan has waited for years to hear from a Disney company CEO: "I love Disney." He then surprised the crowd with the first 30 minutes of the extraodinary new animated feature, The Princess and the Frog
Iger and TV host Tom Bergeron
then presented this year's Disney Legends, which included Leota Thomas
(Madame Leota in The Haunted Mansion); Tony Anselmo
(voice of Donald Duck); Bill Farmer
(voice of Goofy) and several others.
But the crowd was especially excited that both Betty White
and Robin Williams
appeared in person to accept. Ever-gracious White mentioned a plush Mickey she received as a child that is still on her desk and Williams did a mini comedy routine that included sugggestions for Shanghai Disneyland, like "Mickey Mao." Iger said he wrote the ideas down.
Looking forward to Randy Thornton's
Haunted Mansion presentation later and tonight's screening and panel featuring the acclaimed documentary about the Sherman Brothers, "the boys
Speaking of the Shermans, there's a new two disc CD set
with their songs, including several appearing for the first time on disc (and in stereo): three songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(yes, I know it was not a Disney film) performed by the great Mike Sammes Singers
DAL OF THE CENTURY
Posted on Jul 16 2009 by Greg
If you're into animation, records or pop culture history, you've probably ready about the passing of the legendary Dal McKennon already. Since, because of Mouse Tracks, Dal became a friend to Tim, my family and I, it might be nice to share our experiences with you.
Dal came to visit two years ago to see The American Adventure at Epcot for the very first time. To those who knew him, Dal was a warm and lovable fellow as well as somewhat of an eccentric in look and manner. It was part of his charm. He was a friend to all he met and would launch into one of his self-created musical productions at any moment.
Dal met many Disney Cast Members during his visit, both at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, where he did the pre-ride narration. But the Guests at The American Adventure truly experienced the show of a lifetime the day he came to Epcot.
Thanks to the fantastic Lonnie Hicks, who is a treasured Cast Member at The American Adventure, Dal was permitted the very very rare opportunity to be introduced to several groups of Guests attending the attraction. Donning a period coat and glasses, he gave them a visual performance as Benjamin Franklin. He cried when he saw the attraction himself, having never seen it before.
When we took him to the United Kingdom, he joined in with the Shakespearean players, who were amazed and delighted to meet the voice of Franklin, Archie and Gumby to name very few.
Dal was always looking forward to the next Gumby revival, or the day one of his shows would see the light of day. I'm certain that is happening now, with Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Howard Morris and all the other heavenly voices he has joined.
NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE...
Posted on May 25 2009 by Greg
I know I'm a little late, but I wanted to add my condolences and remembrances of the great Wayne Allwine
, who I think brought a dimension to Mickey that was uniquely his own, especially in performances such as THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER.
He and Russi Taylor
did several Mickey and Minnie sessions for stuff I worked on and it was always a marvel to see them connect professionally.
It was also a pleasure to see them at various Disney press events, though the way Wayne's less vigorous appearance in recent years did concern me, but that was their private business.
He once told me about a radio show concept
he was passionately pursuing, apparently in association with Roy E. Disney
, and he regretted that it did not get off the ground. If anything remains of this project, hopefully it will be salvaged and given a spotlight.
More than anything, Wayne was extremely dedicated to the magnitude of carrying on the legacy of doing Mickey's voice, kind of like becoming a Jedi master, only even more singular an honor.
Good Grief, Simon Cowell!
Posted on Feb 28 2009 by Greg
My sharp-eyed daughter noticed, as the credits for the new DVD of You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown
were racing by, that Casey Carlson
was a voice actor in that special.
The imdb.com listing
credits her as the voice of Marcie
, as well as an American Idol
contestant. But how can she be 20 years old if the Peanuts
special first aired in 1979?
Either the imdb is wrong (and there are two Casey Carlsons) or she's got some kind of Benjamin Button thing going on. Or, it's like that Twilight Zone
with Ann Blyth
and she was also really Cleopatra,
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