I can now say I have the #1 highlight of my Disney career: interviewing Disney Legend Richard Sherman. What an amazing day! I met him at the Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, Calif., where he sat at Walt Disney’s piano and played “it’s a small world,” the iconic song he wrote and composed with his late brother, Robert. He’s very proud of the song’s meaning and very serious about its impact on the world. He talks more about it in the video below. As you would imagine, he was a pure delight. He was kind and funny, and after the interview he played more of his classics for the room. I hope this video captures that unforgettable day. Enjoy!
From the iconic whistle tune in “Steamboat Willie” to “Fantasia’s” magnificent score, music has always played a vital role in the story of Mickey Mouse. At Disney Television Animation (TVA), the musical team behind the award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts continues the tradition of musical storytelling in every comical episode. Jay Stutler, vice president, Music; Paul Rudish, executive producer and supervising director; and composer Chris Willis recently sat down with Disney Post to talk about their roles and what it takes to develop the melodies and sounds of the laugh-out-loud cartoon series.
The Lion King Soundtrack: We Are One
"We are one, you and I
We are like the earth and sky
One family under the sun”
Hidden Wonder of Disneyland #2 - Disney’s Animations Building
The second attraction is found in California Adventures. Disney’s Animations is more than just a good place to catch a break from the California sun and cool down. When you walk into the building, you follow a wall that has the words “Once Upon A Time” painted on it.
- Following this path, you are dumped into an enormous room and are surrounded by a 360 degree view of huge screens that play scenes from Disney movies. I like to go in and sit on one of the couches in the main room and just watch and listen. Its pretty magical, in the true Disney fashion.
- Then, spiraling out of the main room, are different wings inside the Animations building.One area shows the original sketches of cartoon characters. My favorites are the original sketches of Ursula from the Little Mermaid, The Beast from Beauty and the Beast, and Buzz from Toy Story.I never knew that one of the ideas for The Beast’s character was a baboon! This room also shows how characters were originally constructed and made to move. You can create your own moving cartoons on tables inside this wing.
- In another wing, is the show Turtle Talk with Crush from the movie Finding Nemo. Members of the audience can actually talk with the animated version of Crush on screen inside the little theater. Crush can identify specific people in the audience by what they are wearing, or how loud they are.Its really amazing! You can ask Crush any question, and he will answer. One of our friends asked what Beatles song was Crush’s favorite, and he said that Yellow Submarine was his favorite! I think the show lasts around 20 minutes. The show kept me and my family talking about it for the rest of the day!
- One of the other wings inside the Animations building lets you figure out which Disney character you are most like. My whole family went wild in this room! The room itself is designed to be how The Beast’s library would look. There are maybe 10 stations where you can take the quiz and have your picture taken. The quiz determined that I was Belle from Beauty and the Beast, my dad was Mushu from Mulan, and my mom was (of course) Mulan. Even my grandparents got really into it and were excited to find their Disney alter ego.
- The last wing that me and my family really liked was Ursula’s Grottos , where Ursula steals your voice, and places it into scenes from Disney movies. You can chose if you want to sing a song, or have your voice dubbed into a conversation. My favorite scene to do is the clip of Simba and Scar from the Lion King where they talk about being a monkeys uncle. Its just as much fun to watch other people in my group do the voice overs, as it was for me to actually do the talking.