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Walt Disney Inspirations: Jim Henson

Jim Henson: Disney Inspirations

Jim Henson is a Disney Legend, even though he worked his entire career for himself. He is the creator of the beloved Muppets, as well as many other well-known puppet characters, including some that he made for Sesame Street. Here is Jim’s story, and how he became such an important part of the history of the Disney Company.

Walt Disney Inspirations: Vesey Walker

Vesey Walker: Disney Inspirations

Vesey Walker was the director of the Disneyland Band for fifteen years. In what was supposed to be a two week engagement at the opening of the park, Vesey created a band so well received by visitors that it is still there to this day, just with a different leader. Here is Vesey and the band’s incredible story.

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Walt Disney Inspirations: Russi Taylor and Wayne Allwine

Russi Taylor and Wayne Allwine: Disney Inspirations

Russi Taylor and Wayne Allwine were the voices of Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse, respectively, beginning in 1977 for Wayne and 1986 for Russi. They voiced these iconic characters until they passed away, ten years ago for Wayne, and this year for Russi. They also found love with each other while voicing these romantically-linked cartoon characters, and got married themselves. Here is their story.

Walt Disney Inspirations: James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones: Disney Inspirations

James Earl Jones is one of the best known names in the entertainment industry, and he is also a Disney Legend. This is what you need to know about his life and career, his work with the Disney company, and how he came to earn the illustrious Legends distinction at Disney.

Walt Disney Inspirations: Ub Iwerks

Ub Iwerks: Disney Inspirations

Ub Iwerks is known as an instrumental player in making the Walt Disney Company what it is today, and he was with the company from the beginning. In fact, he and Walt Disney were friends long before there was a Walt Disney Company, being young animators together in the emerging industry. Here is his story.

Walt Disney Inspirations: Bob Gurr

Bob Gurr: Disney Inspirations

Bob Gurr is a well-known and my favorite Disney Imagineer. He started his career as an industrial designer out of college, but soon went to work for Disney. His imprint on the company can mainly be seen in the theme parks, where he had a hand in designing many of the rides. Here is Bob’s story, both at his Disney career and beyond it.

Mary Blair: The Grand Canyon Concourse Mural

Mary Blair: Disney Inspirations

Mary Blair was a prominent animator and color designer for the Walt Disney Company. She got her start in 1940, and made an immediate and excellent impression on Walt. Even after resigning from the company as a full-time employee, Walt kept bringing her back to work on projects for his company. Here is her story.