Hello, and thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and ideas. Recently, I wrote about the Disney Legends, and was excited to note there is a special coming to Disney XD tomorrow at 8:30 pm. Sadly, the show is only slotted for 15 minutes. As this is not nearly enough time to introduce the public to 8 Disney Legends, I am spending this week taking a closer look at those being honored. Previously, I introduced Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell and Dick Clark & Billy Crystal and John Goodman. Today we will look at the remaining three Legends in alphabetical order.
In keeping with my methodology, I shall present first the official D23 website source information, and then offer my opinions as to why these gentlemen are Disney Legends.
From D23: Steve Jobs changed the world of consumer electronics as the founder of Apple, and was known throughout the world for his visionary attitude and penchant for innovation. He was an early investor and chief executive of Pixar, and became the Walt Disney Company’s largest shareholder overnight when it acquired Pixar Animation Studios in 2006. That same year, he joined the Disney board of directors, and remained a valuable sounding board and advisor (sic) to the company until his passing in 2011.
Pixar. Really, what more needs to be said. Quite honestly, without Pixar, it is quite difficult to imagine where Disney would be today. Specifically, Disney California Adventure would have a completely different feel to it. Maybe a parking lot, perhaps? (Sorry, I shouldn’t have gone there).
From D23: Glen Keane has brought to life many of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ most popular characters. Since becoming a Disney animator in 1974, he has animated classic Disney characters such as Penny in The Rescuers, Elliott in Pete’s Dragon, Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and the titular characters in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tarzan. In 2010, Glen served as executive producer and animation supervisor for Tangled, a story he developed for more than 10 years.
I admit, I’m biased here. Two of my all time favorite characters are Elliot and Beast, so I’m very happy Keane has been named a Disney Legend. I do know people who will tell me they don’t understand why animation is so popular. I suggest to those folks to learn about an animator, look up that animator on a search engine and see what images you can find. The results are pretty amazing.
From D23: Ed Wynn, a comedian whose career began on Broadway in the early 1900s, appeared in numerous Disney classics of the 1960s, including Mary Poppins, Babes in Toyland, That Darn Cat, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber. Fans of Disney animation know him as the manic and distinctive voice of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.
Ed Wynn should have been in the inaugural class of Disney Legends, in my opinion. But what do I know, I was born well after he passed in 1966. He MADE the Mad Hatter character with his voice, and the animators respected his work enough to have Hatter be a likeness of Wynn. Sorry, Johnny Depp, you are no Ed Wynn. Regardless…Wynn also shows his talents when you compare the roles of Hatter and Uncle Albert from Mary Poppins. The only question I have about Wynn being inducted: When will his son Keenan Wynn receive his Disney Legend statue?
There we go, the Class of 2013 Disney Legends. Again, Meet the Disney Legends will air on Disney XD in its 15 minutes of glory tomorrow, August 1 at 8:30 pm. I do encourage everyone to watch, so Disney can see there is an interest and will perhaps devote additional coverage to the Disney Legends in future years.
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