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  • Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

    MarketWatch, 10/9/06
    Sir Elton John Among 12 Honorees to Receive Prestigious Disney Legends Award

    Award Given by The Walt Disney Company to Those Who Have Made Significant Contributions to the Disney Legacy

    BURBANK, Calif., Oct 09, 2006 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Walt Disney Company will honor legendary songwriter Sir Elton John, as well as 11 additional inductees, with the prestigious Disney Legends Award during a ceremony at The Walt Disney Company headquarters on Monday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. Presiding over the ceremony will be Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger, and his fellow presenters will include Dick Cook, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios; Roy E. Disney, Disney Director Emeritus; and Marty Sklar, Executive Vice President and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador.

    "This annual ceremony, now in its 19th year, gives all of us at Disney a moment to remember the importance of our past achievements and to recognize those who embody this company's constant focus on delivering unparalleled creativity, quality and innovation to our audiences around the world," said Iger. "As we continue the tradition this year, we also mark a special milestone as we welcome our 200th Disney Legend."

    The 12 new Disney Legends include leaders in the fields of music, journalism, art, performance, engineering and business. Among them are:

    * Renowned singer and songwriter Sir Elton John;
    * ABC News anchor Peter Jennings;
    * Actors Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran (Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, Mickey Mouse Club);
    * Actors Tim Considine and David Stollery (The Adventures of Spin and Marty);
    * Actress Ginny Tyler (Mickey Mouse Club)
    * Disney and Pixar animation story artist Joe Ranft;
    * Voice actor Paul Frees (Haunted Mansion, Ludwig Von Drake);
    * Disney Imagineer Don Edgren (Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain);
    * Animation background artist Al Dempster;
    * Founder of Walt Disney Records, Jimmy Johnson

    The Disney Legends Award was established in 1987 to honor the men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. The first recipient of this prestigious distinction was actor Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), and since that time 203 Disney Legends have been named, including this year's recipients. Among the past Disney Legends are Julie Andrews, Steve Martin, Dick Van Dyke, Annette Funicello, Dean Jones, Angela Lansbury, Fess Parker, Kurt Russell, Tim Allen, Hayley Mills, Phil Collins, Art Linkletter, Tim Conway, Sir Tim Rice, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
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    Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

    Elton John? That b*tch deserves a slap across the face.
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      Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

      Im sorry, I might get flamed for this but I dont think Elton John deserves a Disney Legend award. These awards should be given to individuals as a lifetime achievement award. Elton John only a few Disney songs and has only sung one that I can think of.
      Maybe Disney is only going after "wow" factor in giving him this award.
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        Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

        Elton John? I'm a fan of his early stuff, but I can't see him as a Disney Legend. Tim Considine, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran - YES YES YES. Elton John? Nothing against him, but I don't see what he has done that constitutes him to be a Disney Legend.

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          Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

          Without question, the most deserving name on the list is Paul Frees. His voice work on ATIS and especially on the Haunted Mansion are truly the things of legend. Voicing Ludwig von Drake is just icing on the cake.

          Now then, regarding Elton John's qualifications as a Disney Legend:



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            Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

            Elton as Legend. A Rock and Roll legend perhaps, but not a Disney legend even though his songs are featured in the highest grossing Disney animated film.

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              Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

              Phil Collins is already a legend so why can't Elton John.

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                Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

                It's about time Paul Frees made the list.

                And I'm simply going to ignore Elton John.

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                  Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

                  Yeah, I see Sir Elton and the late Peter Jennings in a similar light ... "Disney Legends"? Ehhhh...

                  But great to see Paul Frees, the late-great Joe Ranft, and Imagineer Don Edgren (whom I'd like to find out more about) in there....
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                  • #10
                    Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

                    C'mon people. Can't you feel the love, tonight?

                    It may not be popular here, but it at least will get noticed.

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                      Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

                      Elton has done a LOT of work with Disney... can't see how he doesn't deserve the Disney Legend prize.

                      After all the Lion King work he's done (both movie and broadway), plus Aida, plus his cameo in The Country Bears, plus Gnomeo & Juliet -- well, how can he not have as much of a place among Disney Legends as Steve Martin?

                      I'm surprised it's Elton John everybody's complaining about and not Peter Jennings, who's mostly legend by acquisition.
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                        Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

                        Legend by acquisition certainly . . . but Jennings still worked for Disney for 10 years.
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                          Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

                          So, then, why doesn't anybody raise a fuss about Julie Andrews being a legend? She certainly has done considerably less with Disney than Elton has...
                          -Tim

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                            Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

                            I don't understand Peter Jennings being a Disney Legend.
                            Even though Disney purchased ABC, that shouldn't be
                            enough to qualify ABC news personalities for Disney Legend
                            Status. ABC probably has it's own "Hall of Fame" award,
                            and yes, Peter Jennings should be a part of that.
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                              Re: Sir Elton John Among New Disney Legends Honorees - MarketWatch, 10/9/06

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                              THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS


                              Sir Elton John makes his mark at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., on Monday, where the singer was honored as a "Disney Legend." The singer has a long history with the Mouse's house, writing music for The Lion King and Aida.





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