The Walt Disney Company yesterday recognized individuals who have contributed their creativity and imagination to the Disney heritage with the 2003 Disney Legends ceremony. Company Vice Chairman Roy E. Disney presided over the ceremony, which saw 10 honorees join the 152 previously honored actors, filmmakers, animators, composers and other creatives.
The 2003 inductees are Walt Disney Records co-founder Tutti Camarata, late founder Edna Disney (wife of Roy O. Disney), late founder Lillian Disney (wife of Walt Disney), Disney Imagineering expert Orlando Ferrante, film director Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Vikings, Fantastic Voyage, Doctor Dolittle, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Soylent Green), late Mickey Mouse comic strip artist Floyd Gottfredson, late actor/comedian Buddy Hackett (The Love Bug, The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea), Imagineering research economist Harrison “Buzz” Price, late Donald Duck comic artist Al Taliaferro and Cinderella voicer Ilene Woods.
The induction ceremony took place at Disney Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Company headquarters in Burbank. Honorees each received a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends Award sculpture signifying the imagination, creativity and magic that they brought to the Company. Living honorees also participated in a handprint ceremony, creating imprints that will be permanently displayed in bronze at Disney Legends Plaza.
The Mouse House began honoring Disney Legends in 1987, when actor Fred MacMurray received the first such designation.