Jimmy MacDonald | James Macdonald | Jimmy Macdonald
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[on taking over the voice of Mickey Mouse from Walt Disney
] Walt called me, I was on the stage here and a girl called me and said, "can you come up? Walt wants to see you." It was in the middle of the Mickey and the Beanstalk
(1947) and I went up and he said, "I can't do it anymore. I'm just too busy." So, he asked me if I could do a Mickey voice and I tried it and he said, "Yeah, that sounds ...
Made one of his few onscreen appearances in Disney's "Fantasia", as, presumably, a percussionist for The Philadelphia Orchestra
. Actually, the Philadelphia Orchestra was not seen onscreen in the film; Disney voice artists and staff members "portrayed" members of the orchestra in the film (mostly in silhouette).
A sound effects man/musician/voice-over artists for Walt Disney Studios, for over 40 yrs. Plus + the 2nd voice of Mickey Mouse.