Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pinocchio's Original Soundtrack

In 1940 RCA Victor released an album described as "recorded from the original soundtrack of the Walt Disney Production Pinocchio." This was the first time the phrase "original soundtrack" was used to refer to a commercially available movie recording.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thomas Edison Square

During the early planning stages of Disneyland, a Thomas A. Edison Square was to be built as an addition to the Main Street area.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan Island, New York.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Paul McCartney & Lady and the Tramp

Singer-songwriter Paul McCartney (best known as one of The Beatles) names Lady and the Tramp as his all-time Disney favorite!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Peter Pan and Walt's Nine Old Men

Peter Pan was the final Disney animated feature released through RKO and the final Disney film in which all members of Walt's Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Second Voice of Mickey Mouse

February 01, 1991:
Drummer, sound effects genius, and the second voice of Mickey Mouse, James Macdonald passes away at age 84 in Glendale, California. The original head of Disney's sound effects department, he first voiced Mickey back in 1947. For over 50 years Macdonald created sound effects that have become an integral part of Disney films and theme parks. Recently, Macdonald had been scheduled to contribute sounds to the Splash Mountain attraction at Disney parks in Tokyo and Florida.

He is the silhouetted tympani player in the Disney film Fantasia. Originally a drummer, he was the creator of hundreds of one-of-a-kind gadgets and props used to make sound effects.
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