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Animator
    (September 4, 1919-September 10, 2017)
    Born in Walsenberg, Colorado
    Birth name was Francis Xavier Atencio
    Animator and Imagineer for the Walt Disney Company
    Worked on the feature films ‘Pinocchio’ (1940), ‘Fantasia’ (1940), ‘Babes in Toyland’ (1961) and ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964) and the short film ‘Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom’ (1953)
    Animated the 'I'm No Fool' segments of The Mickey Mouse Club
    Wrote the scripts for the theme park attractions Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion
    Wrote lyrics for ‘Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)’ and ‘Grim Grinning Ghosts’
    Named a Disney Legend (1996)
    He used a single letter in place of a first name.
    A lot of his animation work went uncredited.
    He was initially reluctant to transfer from animation to theme parks.
    He was a photo interpreter for the US Air Force during World War II, analyzing aerial surveillance photos for military intelligence.
    He said about writing the theme songs for Pirates and the Haunted Mansion, ‘I didn’t even know I could write music, but somehow Walt did. He tapped my hidden talents.’
    His voice can be heard emanating from a talking skull on the Pirates ride and from a coffin in the Haunted Mansion’s conservatory.
    His theory on why the movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ did not include a full version of ‘Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)’: ‘I think if they play more than six bars of the song, they’d have to pay me a royalty. I think that’s why they didn’t go any farther.’

Credit: C. Fishel


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