Since the inception of the award in 1987, 276 individuals (including this year’s honorees) have been bestowed the company’s highest honor of ‘Disney Legend’. Continuing the tradition started in 2009 of allowing guests of the D23 Expo to witness history, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger will once again host the ceremony. The D23 website announced this year’s 9 new legends and gave us a brief write up of their careers (we included what they wrote down below):
CARRIE FISHER is known best by Disney fans as Princess Leia, a role she originated in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. In addition to reprising the role in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Carrie’s Disney appearances also include Scream 3(2000) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) for Dimension Films. Outside of her notable acting career, Carrie was also an accomplished author, playwright, screenwriter, and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.
Clyde "Gerry” Geronimi
CLYDE “GERRY” GERONIMI (pictured left) joined the Disney Studio in 1931 and animated several memorable Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphony, and Pluto cartoons. Throughout his career, Gerry contributed to more than 50 of the Studio’s shorts. Gerry made the leap to sequence director with 1943’s Victory Through Air Power, and he subsequently contributed to The Three Caballeros, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He also directed segments for television’s Mickey Mouse Club and contributed to episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Gerry also had the honor of serving as supervising director for the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty.
MANUEL GONZALES was one of 33 artists selected from thousands of applicants to join Disney in 1936. In 1938, he took over penciling duties on the Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strip from Disney Legend Floyd Gottfredson. He brought Mickey Mouse to newspapers nationwide for nearly 40 years. His Mickey-starring comic strip appeared in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more than 20 million readers each week. Manuel is one of a few to receive a “Mousecar” award from Walt Disney himself in 1966.
MARK HAMILL is best known as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, but Mark’s Disney roots can be traced back to a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospitaland a starring role in MTM’s The Texas Wheelers. A prolific voice actor, he has performed on Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law, and has also provided the voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series, a role that recently earned him a BAFTA Award. He returned as Luke in The Force Awakens and will reprise the role in the upcoming The Last Jedi.
WAYNE JACKSON began his career as a Walt Disney Imagineer in October 1965, and he put his technical skills to great use in the development and installation of Disney attractions around the world. Originally trained in aircraft tooling, he began as a technician and machinist assigned to rebuild the shows from the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair that were slated for installation at Disneyland. Instrumental in the early development of Audio-Animatronics® technology, Wayne would go on to help create Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Wayne would eventually work on the construction and installation of attractions and show systems at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris.
GARRY MARSHALL began his career in Los Angeles writing for a number of hit shows, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. But his big break came in 1970, when he produced The Odd Couple for ABC, the first of many big hits he created for the network. Beginning with Happy Days in 1974, he developed a shared universe of spinoffs including Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. He also produced Angie, The New Odd Couple, and Blansky’s Beauties for ABC. In addition to his television work, Garry directed 18 films, including multiple films for Disney, like Pretty Womanwith Julia Roberts, and The Princess Diaries with Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway. Garry was known for his acting, as well, and he appeared in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain and Hocus Pocus.
STAN LEE got a job as an office assistant at a comic publisher in 1939 called Timely Comics—forerunner of the powerhouse we all know as Marvel. Stan made his debut with a Captain America story in 1941, and by the next year, at the age of just 18, he was promoted to editor. In 1961, Stan teamed up with Jack “King” Kirby to create the Fantastic Four and ushered in a spectacular new age of comics. Stan co-created an enormous roster of Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Daredevil, and Falcon. He became Marvel’s editorial director and publisher in 1972, and eventually was named chairman emeritus.
JULIE TAYMOR is a Tony®-, Emmy®-, and Grammy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker who has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997, and became the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played in more than 100 cities in 19 countries. It received 11 Tony Award nominations, earning Julie Best Director, Costume Designer, and Best Musical. She is currently directing M. Butterfly on Broadway, opening Fall 2017.
OPRAH WINFREY is a renowned award-winning producer, actress, talk show host, and philanthropist. For 25 years, she was the host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25 seasons in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. In 1998, she produced and starred in Beloved for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures. Oprah also produced and starred in ABC’s 1989 limited series The Women of Brewster Place, and would go on to produce many films for ABC, including Tuesdays with Morrie, Before Women Had Wings, and Their Eyes Were Watching Godunder the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner. She voiced Eudora in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in 2009 and will co-star as Mrs. Which in Disney’s 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.
Will you be attending the D23 Expo this year? Who are you looking forward to receiving this honor? Let us know in the comments below!
James Corden recently became Stephen Curry’s life coach to help him get great in every aspect of his life. Watch what happens when James whispers some wisdom in Stephen’s ear before hoping in the car for some epic singing.
Although we mistakenly kept calling it “Crosswalk Theater” in the episode, the two other videos we talked about were “Crosswalk the Musical” segments where James Corden had some help from personalities like Josh Gad, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans to perform some scenes from Beauty and the Beast. We’ve also included their performance of The Lion King that James did with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne. Let us know what you think in the comments down below!
The trailer below is for the new Carpool Karaoke coming to Apple Music. Apple acquired the rights to the show last year from CBS and although he is set to make an appearance, James Corden is not a part of the show. The focus will be on celebrities driving around with other celebrities doing karaoke. Do you think it looks good or do you feel that without James Corden at the helm the show will flop? Let us know your thoughts.
Last year headlines were made when Steve Rogers uttered the words many thought he would never say (and mean it)… “Hail Hydra“. While we originally thought that The First Avenger’s brain was under someone else’s control, we later found out that Steve Roger’s reality had been completely re-written. We won’t include any spoilers but he find a way to take care of Red Skull and finds a way to lead to Hydra (#TeamStark). Written by Nick Spencer, the 9-issue series launches April 19, 2017 (Issue #0) and culminates August 2017 taking us through another intense crossover that shows us what happens to the world now that Captain America turns his back on everyone that trusted him. Here is the description from the Marvel website of what you can look forward to:
The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, has turned his back on the Super Hero community. Using the trust and respect he has gained over the years he has ascended to a position where he can enacts Hydra’s ideals. The death of Jack Flag, the trial of Maria Hill, the second Civil War, the alien Chitauri Queen. All of the dominos of Captain America’s plan have been laid out – and it will take only the slightest push to set them into action! Now, the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men and more will be tested. As Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe, the heroes stand at the precipice of an unprecedented challenge. How will they Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted among them?
‘The Disney-movie endings they didn’t show you‘ article in the New Yorker by Anna Fitzpatrick tries to ground some of the stories we know and love with a slap of reality. Of course these are not part of the actually Disney versions but we did get a chuckle from reading some of them. Here’s a portion of one of the “endings”:
Snow White: Well, this is where I leave you. Take care, Grumpy! Be well, Bashful! Keep in touch, Sneezy!
Sneezy: It’s David.
Snow White: What’s that, now?
Sneezy: My name. It’s David. My allergies happened to flare up for, like, two days when you first got here. I actually haven’t sneezed since.
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Until next time, here is to beers, cheers and Mickey Ears! °o°