Tuesday, April 24, 2012

This just in from Ross Anderson:

[In additon to the attactions that Jim Korkis mentioned - Pete's voice is in many other places in the Disney Parks... he was the voice of Mr. Lincoln at the Hall of Presidents and Mark Twain on the riverboat and Henry at the Country Bear Jamboree.  Of even greater interest to me is that Pete had a 'day job' - beyond his voice work.  Pete started at Disney Studio in the mid-50s, working in the Art Props Department.  He was involved in making props for 'Mary Poppins'.  Pete had a skill at dialects and an interest in acting.  He participated in the studio's 'Disney Players', doing benefits for charity.  He also did some dialect coaching for actors at the studio; eventually also doing stand-in readings for screen tests and getting small parts in the live-action comedies of the 60s and early 70s.  It was his presence at the studio and these skills that conspired to have him called to play Eddie Valiant in the early 80s test-of-concept for the combination of animation and live-action.
I had always understood that Mickey Mouse had been voiced first by Walt, and then passed on to Jimmy MacDonald and Wayne Allwine and, now, to Bret Iwan.  Disneyland Records issued a lot of vinyl records with stories about Mickey and the gang over the years.  Whether it was due to a transition between Walt and Jimmy or between Jimmy and Wayne, or whether one of them just wasn't available on a recording day, but other voice artists have given voice to Mickey on official Disney recordings... including Pete Renoudet.]

1 comment:

Bob Lindstrom said...

I've always been under the impression that actor Royal Dano was the voice of Lincoln.