Jimmy MacDonald (sound effects artist)

Jimmy MacDonald (sound effects artist)

John James "Jimmy" MacDonald (May 19, 1906 - February 1, 1991 Glendale, California, USA) was a Scottish voice actor and the original head of the Disney sound effects department, and the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1947 to 1977. In addition to directing sounds for films as aurally complicated as "Mickey's Trailer" (1938), he developed many original inventions to achieve expressive sounds for characters like the train Casey Jr. from "Dumbo" (1941), Evinrude from "The Rescuers" (1977), the bees in "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree" and Buzz-buzz, the bee that gets the best of Donald Duck in his 1950s short films. He also added voice effects, like on-screen humming for Kirk Douglas in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954), and chipmunk chatter from various Chip & Dale cartoons, starting with 1943's "Private Pluto".

In 1947, Walt Disney was getting too busy and too hoarse from smoking to continue voicing Mickey Mouse, so he passed the torch to MacDonald, starting with the film "Fun and Fancy Free". MacDonald voiced the mouse on a regular basis until 1953 and a recurring one until 1977, passing the torch to young Disney sound effects man Wayne Allwine for "Mickey's Christmas Carol". MacDonald also did the voice of Jaq and Gus and Bruno the dog in "Cinderella".

MacDonald died of heart failure in 1991. He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.


* The Disney Channel's "Disney Family Album: James MacDonald", circa 1985

External links

* [http://legends.disney.go.com/legends/detail?key=Jimmy+MacDonald Biography] at Disney Legends website

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • James MacDonald — may refer to:;Politics * James Ramsay MacDonald, known as Ramsay MacDonald, British Prime Minister * James MacDonald (trade unionist), Secretary of the London Trades Council * James E. MacDonald, former politician in Prince Edward Island,… …   Wikipedia

  • M.I.A. (artist) — M.I.A. M.I.A. in 2009 …   Wikipedia

  • Оллвайн, Уэйн — Уэйн Оллвайн Wayne Allwine Дата рождения: 7 февраля 1947(1947 02 07) Место рождения: Глендейл, Калифорния, США …   Википедия

  • Jim McDonald — can refer to:* Jim McDonald (American football) (1915–1997), college and professional American football player * Jim McDonald (baseball pitcher) (born 1927), Major League Baseball pitcher * Jim McDonald (basketball), former college player and… …   Wikipedia

  • Микки Маус — Mickey Mouse …   Википедия

  • Дисней, Уолт — Уолт Дисней Walt Disney …   Википедия

  • The Mickey Mouse Club — Mouseketeers redirects here. For the Tom and Jerry cartoon, see The Two Mouseketeers. Not to be confused with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse The Mickey Mouse Club Format Children s Variety show Created by Bill Walsh Hal Adelquist Walt Disney …   Wikipedia

  • Fun and Fancy Free — Original theatrical release poster Directed by Jack Kinney (animation) Bill Roberts (animation) Hamilton Luske (animation) William Morgan …   Wikipedia

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”