Monday, July 30, 2012

Today in Disney History

~ Today in Disney History ~

July 30, 1907:
Disney Legend Roy Williams, Roy, the "Big Mooseketeer" on TV's Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Coleville, Washington. He began working for Disney in 1930 and as a writer/gagman contributed to such animated classics as Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Cured Duck, Donald's Double Trouble, and Make Mine Music. As a sketch artist, Williams designed more than 100 insignias for the armed forces during Word War II, including the award-winning Flying Tigers insignia. He also designed the famous "Mouse" ears (along with Disney costumer Chuck Keehne) for Mickey Mouse Club!

Walt Disney's Mouseketeers ~ Mickey Mouse

From Wikipedia: Roy Williams was an artist and entertainer for The Walt Disney Studios, perhaps best known as "Big Roy," the adult mouseketeer for four seasons on the Mickey Mouse Club television series.

Williams was born in Colville, Washington and raised in Los Angeles, where he attended Fremont High School. After graduating, he was hired as an artist by Walt Disney in 1930. He worked on animated shorts while attending Chouinard Art Institute at night. He later also developed story ideas for Disney. He also designed over 100 insignias for the U.S. armed forces during World War II, and is credited with designing the mouse ears worn on the Mickey Mouse Club.

Disney director Jack Kinney described Williams as a "big fat balding hot-headed unpredictable bastard", but hugely admired his prolific talent, saying that he could "sit down and grunt out a few pounds of gags as if it were nothing".  The Mouseketeers who worked with him on the original Mickey Mouse Club series, conversely, remembered him fondly. Former Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr, appearing on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show on NBC in 1975 to talk about the Mickey Mouse Club at the time of its 20th anniversary, called Williams "a warm guy, who liked kids, always had time for kids, and always helped us any way he could."

Williams died in Burbank, California, in 1976. He was posthumously inducted as a Disney Legend in 1992.

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