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Thursday, December 15, 2005

RAVENSCROFT, Thurl

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Birth/Death

Feburary 6, 1914 in Nebraska
May 22, 2005 in Fullerton, California

Occupation/Title

He both a singer and an actor, remarked upon by the deep, rich quality of his voice.

Bio Summary

His unique voice gained him work in the commerical business as Tony the Tiger and for several different roles under Disney: both in movies and as the voice of many of Disney’s rides and attractions.


Early Life/Family

Thrul Ravencroft began life in Norfolk, Nebraska. He served his county by being a navigator in WWII as an Airtransport Command. Soon after he begin searching for his carreer by setttling down in Hollywood.

Education/Training

He had training as a Opera to get his deep voice, but he himself said, “I found out I could have a lot more fun and a make a lot more money…” elsewhere. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEjZyzA-DJw)
He started gaining influence through a band called “The Mellomen,” popular the Big Band Era, as a background singer before finding work in Disney.

Career Outline

Ravenscroft’s work is an incredibaly long list of famous works. He was Tony the Tiger, yelling, “Grrrreeeattt!” at any moment for his fans for over 50 years.
He is the voice of many well-known Disney attractions such as: The Disneyland’s River Boat as the First Mate, serveral voices of the “Tiki Room” as the parrot, a bass in “It’s a Small World” and in the Haunted Mansion as the lead vocalist of the “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” You can see him as a bust, from the neck up, singing happily!
He worked with Chuck Jones in “How the Grinch stole Chirstmas.” It’s impossible to know of a child that hasn’t watched the Grinch slide along the floor stealing presents, singing along to the song “You’re a Mean on Mr.Grinch” which is composed entirely of Ravenscroft’s bass voice.

Comments On Style

Thrul Ravencroft’s bass voice is unigue, deep and entracing. If anything made him famous it was that deep, rumbling voice that was filled with personality.


Influences

Ravencroft was influnces by the Big Band Era, starting his career in that manner, and working with serveral others as a back-up singers, which included Bing Crosbey and Doris Day.

Personality

By watching a video of hims of “Disney InsideOut,” he is an amusing, calm sort of man, that seems to get along with everyone. He was laughing all the time, just loving his life, and joking throughout the interview. I personality loved him and his acting, and his singing.

Anecdotes

Thrul liked to say "I'm the only man in the world that has made a career with one word: Grrrrreeeat!" (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712391/bio) Playing the voice of “Tony the Tiger”, Ravencroft made a name for himself with only one word.

Miscellaneous

Filmography

Isle of Destiny (1940) .... Thurl - member, Sportsmen Quartet
Pilgrim Porky (1940) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
Little Blabbermouse (1940) (voice) (uncredited) .... Chew Tobacco
The Nifty Nineties (1941) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
Puddin' Head (1941) (as The Sportsman Quartette) .... Member of The Sportsmen Quartet
... aka Judy Goes to Town (UK)
Jingle Belles (1941) (as The Sportsmen) .... Singer
... aka Snowtime Serenade (USA: recut version)
... aka Winter Serenade (USA: reissue title)
Lost Canyon (1942) (as The Sportsmen Quartette) .... Tall bass-singing ranchhand
Springtime for Pluto (1944) (voice) (uncredited) .... Bass Singer
Make Mine Music (1946) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
Arson, Inc. (1949) (uncredited) .... Singer at party
Cinderella (1950) (voice) (uncredited) .... Additional Voices
Alice in Wonderland (1951) (voice) (as The Mellomen) .... Card Painter
... aka Alicia en el país de las maravillas (USA: Spanish title)
Because You're Mine (1952) (uncredited) .... Singer in Radio Commercial
Trick or Treat (1952) (voice) (uncredited) .... The Mellomen, singing group
The Glenn Miller Story (1954) (uncredited) .... The Mellomen
Rose Marie (1954) (uncredited) .... Indian Medicine Man
Pigs Is Pigs (1954) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
Love Me or Leave Me (1955) (uncredited) .... Singer
Design for Dreaming (1956) (voice)
You Can't Run Away from It (1956) (uncredited) .... Reporter
The Story of Anyburg U.S.A. (1957) (voice) (uncredited) .... Cyrus P. Sliderule
The Annie MacGregor Story (1958) TV episode .... Singer
"Wagon Train" .... Singer (1 episode, 1958)
... aka Major Adams, Trail Master
South Pacific (1958) (singing voice) (uncredited) .... Stewpot
Paul Bunyan (1958) (voice) (uncredited) .... Paul Bunyan
Sleeping Beauty (1959) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
Noah's Ark (1959) (voice) (uncredited) .... Shem, Ham and Japeth, Noah's sons
"General Electric Theater" .... Nebuchadnezzar (1 episode, 1960)
... aka G.E. Theater (USA: informal short title)
... aka G.E. True Theater (USA: new title)
- The Story of Judith (1960) TV episode .... Nebuchadnezzar
Gay Purr-ee (1962) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer "The Money Cat"
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) (uncredited) .... The Mellomen
The Sword in the Stone (1963) (voice) (uncredited) .... Knight at Tournament
Mary Poppins (1964) (voice) (uncredited) .... Pig/Andrew's Wimper
The Man from Button Willow (1965) (voice)
"The Beverly Hillbillies" .... Humphrey (1 episode, 1965)
- Jed and the Countess (1965) TV episode (voice) (uncredited) .... Humphrey
"Tom and Jerry" (1965) TV series (voice) (uncredited)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
... aka Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (USA: complete title)
The Night Before Christmas (1968) (TV) .... Soloist
Horton Hears a Who! (1970) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Wickersham Brother
The AristoCats (1970) (voice) .... Russian Cat
The Cat in the Hat (1971) (TV) (voice) .... Thing 1
"Stand Up and Cheer" (1971) TV series (unknown episodes)
... aka Johnny Mann's Stand Up and Cheer (USA: complete title)
The Lorax (1972) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Bass Singer
Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus (1973) TV episode (voice) .... Waldo
"The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie" .... Waldo (1 episode, 1973)
... aka The New Saturday Superstar Movie (USA: second season title)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
The Hobbit (1977) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Goblin/Background Voice
The Small One (1978) (voice) (uncredited) .... Potter
The Brave Little Toaster (1987) (voice) .... Kirby
Splash Mountain (1989) (VG) (voice) .... Bullfrogs
Superior Duck (1996) (voice) .... Narrator
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997) (V) (voice) .... Kirby
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998) (V) (voice) .... Kirby


Soundtrack


El Dorado (1966) (accompanying singer: El Dorado) (as The Mellomen)
Snoopy Come Home (1972) (featured vocalist)
"The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure" (1956) TV series (unknown episodes)
The Cat in the Hat (1971) (TV) (performer: "Anything Under The Sun", "Cat, Hat")
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) (performer: "Portobello Road")
... aka Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 25th Anniversary Special Edition (USA: longer version)
The Hobbit (1977) (TV) (performer: "The Goblin Song", "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees")
MGM Sing-Alongs: Having Fun (1997) (V) (performer: "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch")


Honors

Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 2003


Related Links

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712391/

http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/thurl_ravenscroft/index.shtml
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3_HcXz6YlY&feature=related

Bibliographic References

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712391/bio

Thurl Ravenscroft @ Haunted Mansion on Disneyland Inside Out
An Interview Done by Disney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEjZyzA-DJw
http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=1526
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/25/magazine/25raven.html

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Birth/Death

Thrul Ravenscoft was born Feburary 6, 1914 in Nebraska and died May 22, 2005 in Fullerton, California of prostate cancer.

Occupation/Title
He both a singer and an actor, remarked upon by the deep, rich quality of his voice.

Bio Summary
His unique voice gained him work in the commerical business as Tony the Tiger and for several different roles under Disney: both in movies and as the voice of many of Disney’s rides and attractions.

Early Life/Family
Thrul Ravencroft began life in Norfolk, Nebraska. He served his county by being a navigator in WWII as an Airtransport Command. Soon after he begin searching for his carreer by setttling down in Hollywood.

Education/Training
He had training as a Opera to get his deep voice, but he himself said, “I found out I could have a lot more fun and a make a lot more money…” elsewhere. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEjZyzA-DJw)
He started gaining influence through a band called “The Mellomen,” popular the Big Band Era, as a background singer before finding work in Disney.

Career Outline
Ravenscroft’s work is an incredibaly long list of famous works. He was Tony the Tiger, yelling, “Grrrreeeattt!” at any moment for his fans for over 50 years.
He is the voice of many well-known Disney attractions such as: The Disneyland’s River Boat as the First Mate, serveral voices of the “Tiki Room” as the parrot, a bass in “It’s a Small World” and in the Haunted Mansion as the lead vocalist of the “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” You can see him as a bust, from the neck up, singing happily!
He worked with Chuck Jones in “How the Grinch stole Chirstmas.” It’s impossible to know of a child that hasn’t watched the Grinch slide along the floor stealing presents, singing along to the song “You’re a Mean on Mr.Grinch” which is composed entirely of Ravenscroft’s bass voice.

Comments On Style
Thrul Ravencroft’s bass voice is unigue, deep and entracing. If anything made him famous it was that deep, rumbling voice that was filled with personality.

Influences
Ravencroft was influnces by the Big Band Era, starting his career in that manner, and working with serveral others as a back-up singers, which included Bing Crosbey and Doris Day.

Personality
By watching a video of hims of “Disney InsideOut,” he is an amusing, calm sort of man, that seems to get along with everyone. He was laughing all the time, just loving his life, and joking throughout the interview. I personality loved him and his acting, and his singing.

Anecdotes
Thrul liked to say "I'm the only man in the world that has made a career with one word: Grrrrreeeat!" (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712391/bio) Playing the voice of “Tony the Tiger”, Ravencroft made a name for himself with only one word.

Filmography

The following is from the Internet Movie Database*:

• The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998) (V) (voice) .... Kirby
• The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997) (V) (voice) .... Kirby
• Superior Duck (1996) (voice) .... Narrator
• Splash Mountain (1989) (VG) (voice) .... Bullfrogs
• The Brave Little Toaster (1987) (voice) .... Kirby
• The Small One (1978) (voice) (uncredited) .... Potter
• The Hobbit (1977) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Goblin/Background Voice
• The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
• "The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie" .... Waldo (1 episode, 1973)
... aka The New Saturday Superstar Movie (USA: second season title)
- Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus (1973) TV episode (voice) .... Waldo
• The Lorax (1972) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Bass Singer
• "Stand Up and Cheer" (1971) TV series (unknown episodes)
... aka Johnny Mann's Stand Up and Cheer (USA: complete title)
• The Cat in the Hat (1971) (TV) (voice) .... Thing 1
• The AristoCats (1970) (voice) .... Russian Cat
• Horton Hears a Who! (1970) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Wickersham Brother
• The Night Before Christmas (1968) (TV) .... Soloist
• How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) (TV) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
... aka Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (USA: complete title)
• "Tom and Jerry" (1965) TV series (voice) (uncredited)
• "The Beverly Hillbillies" .... Humphrey (1 episode, 1965)
- Jed and the Countess (1965) TV episode (voice) (uncredited) .... Humphrey
• The Man from Button Willow (1965) (voice)
• Mary Poppins (1964) (voice) (uncredited) .... Pig/Andrew's Wimper
• The Sword in the Stone (1963) (voice) (uncredited) .... Knight at Tournament
• It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) (uncredited) .... The Mellomen
• Gay Purr-ee (1962) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer "The Money Cat"
• Donald and the Wheel (1961) (voice) (uncredited) .... Spirit of Progress, Senior
• One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) (voice) .... Captain
... aka Walt Disney's 101 Dalmatians (USA: alternative title)
• "General Electric Theater" .... Nebuchadnezzar (1 episode, 1960)
... aka G.E. Theater (USA: informal short title)
... aka G.E. True Theater (USA: new title)
- The Story of Judith (1960) TV episode .... Nebuchadnezzar
• Noah's Ark (1959) (voice) (uncredited) .... Shem, Ham and Japeth, Noah's sons
• Sleeping Beauty (1959) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
• Paul Bunyan (1958) (voice) (uncredited) .... Paul Bunyan
• South Pacific (1958) (singing voice) (uncredited) .... Stewpot
• "Wagon Train" .... Singer (1 episode, 1958)
... aka Major Adams, Trail Master
- The Annie MacGregor Story (1958) TV episode .... Singer
• The Story of Anyburg U.S.A. (1957) (voice) (uncredited) .... Cyrus P. Sliderule
• You Can't Run Away from It (1956) (uncredited) .... Reporter
• Design for Dreaming (1956) (voice)
• Love Me or Leave Me (1955) (uncredited) .... Singer
• Pigs Is Pigs (1954) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
• Rose Marie (1954) (uncredited) .... Indian Medicine Man
• The Glenn Miller Story (1954) (uncredited) .... The Mellomen
• Peter Pan (1953) (voice) (uncredited) .... Chorus singer
• Trick or Treat (1952) (voice) (uncredited) .... The Mellomen, singing group
• Because You're Mine (1952) (uncredited) .... Singer in Radio Commercial
• Alice in Wonderland (1951) (voice) (as The Mellomen) .... Card Painter
... aka Alicia en el país de las maravillas (USA: Spanish title)
• Rooty Toot Toot (1951) (voice) .... Jonathan Bailey, Honest John the Crook
• Cinderella (1950) (voice) (uncredited) .... Additional Voices
• Arson, Inc. (1949) (uncredited) .... Singer at party
• Make Mine Music (1946) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
• Springtime for Pluto (1944) (voice) (uncredited) .... Bass Singer
• Lost Canyon (1942) (as The Sportsmen Quartette) .... Tall bass-singing ranchhand
• Jingle Belles (1941) (as The Sportsmen) .... Singer
... aka Snowtime Serenade (USA: recut version)
... aka Winter Serenade (USA: reissue title)
• Puddin' Head (1941) (as The Sportsman Quartette) .... Member of The Sportsmen Quartet
... aka Judy Goes to Town (UK)
• The Nifty Nineties (1941) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
• Little Blabbermouse (1940) (voice) (uncredited) .... Chew Tobacco
• Pilgrim Porky (1940) (voice) (uncredited) .... Singer
• Isle of Destiny (1940) .... Thurl - member, Sportsmen Quartet

Soundtrack

• MGM Sing-Alongs: Having Fun (1997) (V) (performer: "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch")
• The Hobbit (1977) (TV) (performer: "The Goblin Song", "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees")
• Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) (performer: "Portobello Road")
... aka Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 25th Anniversary Special Edition (USA: longer version)
• The Cat in the Hat (1971) (TV) (performer: "Anything Under The Sun", "Cat, Hat")
• The Jungle Book (1967) (performer: "That's What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song)")
• "The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure" (1956) TV series (unknown episodes)
• Snoopy Come Home (1972) (featured vocalist)
• El Dorado (1966) (accompanying singer: El Dorado) (as The Mellomen)
• Dumbo (1941) (singing voice: "Look Out For Mr. Stork") (uncredited)
... aka Walt Disney's Dumbo (USA: poster title)




Honors

Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 2003


Related Links
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712391/
http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/thurl_ravenscroft/index.shtml

A video of Thurl’s Face singing as a Grim Ghost in the Haunted Mansion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3_HcXz6YlY&feature=related



Bibliographic References
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712391/bio
Thurl Ravenscroft @ Haunted Mansion on Disneyland Inside Out
An Interview Done by Disney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEjZyzA-DJw
http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=1526
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/25/magazine/25raven.html

 
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