The Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s list of inductees, which includes an iconic character from the Disney animated classic Peter Pan and the filmmaker behind the acclaimed animated features The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. Tinker Bell and Tim Burton are among 25 public figures from the worlds of film, television, music and radio set to receive their stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame sometime in 2009. These individuals and groups were chosen from hundreds of nominees brought to the committee at a meeting held on June 12.
‘There was a significant increase of applications received this year and so many deserving celebrities,’ comments Earl Lestz, chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee. ‘Our committee worked diligently to select those stars which would appeal to the masses.’
It’s no coincidence that Disney Home Entertainment is releasing the new CG-animated Tinker Bell movie on DVD and Blu-ray on October 28. A special Collector’s Edition of The Nightmare Before Christmas will also be out on DVD and Blu-ray on August 26.
In the Motion Picture category, Tinker Bell and Burton are joined by Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr., X-Men leader Hugh Jackman and fellow actors Leslie Caron, Cameron Diaz, Charles Durning, Ralph Fiennes, Sir Ben Kingsley and William H. Macy.
Inductees in other categories include Mark Burnett, Felicity Huffman, William Petersen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Stamos, Chuck Lorre, Kenny ‘Baby Face’ Edmonds, The Miracles, RUSH, Doug Morris, Dave Koz, Shakira and the Village People. Harry Shearer, who lends his voice to various characters on The Simpsons, will be honored for his work in radio, along with Bill Handel. Dates have yet to set for these star ceremonies. Updates will be posted at www.Hollywoodchamber.net.