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Frank Churchill

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Composer Frank Churchill is most beneficial known for his focus on a lot of Walt Disney’s early animated classics, contributing a number of the best-loved tunes in the business’s catalog. Churchill was created in Rumford, Me personally, on Oct 20, 1901, and went to university in California. A pianist and a composer, he in the beginning produced his living by carrying out in concert halls and on radio, also spending a while in Mexico. He was employed by Walt Disney in the first ’30s following a departure of home composer Carl Stalling, and started composing music for the business’s Silly Symphonies cartoon pants. In 1933, Churchill made up “Who’s Scared of the best Poor Wolf?” for the Three Small Pigs brief (with extra lyrics by Ann Ronell). The track struck a chord amid the Great Major depression, and became the Disney company’s 1st hit, selling plenty of sheet music and motivating many recordings. Churchill’s achievement helped change the business’s taking into consideration the method music was found in its cartoons, placing them on the road where well-known music became a significant area of the general business plan. On the next couple of years, Churchill continuing to compose music and instrumental music for the Silly Symphonies cartoons, and even though he didn’t however duplicate the achievement of “Who’s Afraid,” many tunes were a minimum of recorded by outdoors orchestras. Churchill was following matched with lyricist Larry Morey to focus on music for Disney’s initial full-length feature, 1937’s Snow Light as well as the Seven Dwarfs; Disney’s stipulation was that, similar to the Silly Symphonies, the music were not only to end up being showcased — that they had to stem normally in the characters, or end up being integrated into the storyplot. Churchill and Morey’s groundbreaking function included the classics “Heigh Ho,” “Whistle WHEN YOU Function,” “Someday My Prince SHOULD COME,” and “I’m Wishing,” four from the eight music found in the film as well as the 25 created for it general. Additionally, Churchill co-composed the instrumental rating with Leigh Harline and Paul J. Smith, and it gained an Oscar nomination. Churchill eventually done the much-delayed Peter Skillet before switching to Dumbo, that was released in 1941. Churchill co-wrote a lot of the music with lyricist Ned Washington, like the Oscar-nominated “Baby Mine” as well as the bizarre “Green Elephants on Parade,” and his instrumental rating, co-written with Oliver Wallace, gained the Oscar for Greatest Rating. Churchill reteamed with Larry Morey for 1942’s acclaimed Bambi, which highlighted “Little Apr Shower” as well as the Oscar-nominated “Like Is a Tune,” amongst others; plus, his rating with Edward Plumb gained just one more Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, after completing focus on Bambi, Churchill dedicated suicide in Castaic, CA, on, may 14, 1942; he was buried in Forest Yard Cemetery, near Hollywood.

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Date Of Birth October 20, 1901
Died May 14, 1942, Castaic, California, United States
Profession Pianist, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Parents Mr. Weston
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Musical, Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Little April Shower, Heigh-Ho, The Pyramid of Pachyderms, Looking for Romance, Disney Medley, Love is a Song, Far Into the Forest, Let's Sing A Gay Little Spring Song, Song of the Roustabouts, Chorale for Snow White, Love's First Kiss, Never Smile at a Crocodile, Look Out for Mister Stork, Circus Parade, Pink Elephants on Parade, Hé-ho, Queen Theme, There's Trouble A-Brewin', Just Like a Doll's House, Hooray! She Stays, Bathtime / Hide and Seek, Why Grumpy, You do Care, Jodellied, Let's See What's Upstairs, Wintery Winds, O meu príncipe vai chegar, You Oughta Be Ashamed, Man Returns, Autumn / The First Snow / Fun on the Ice, Bambi Gets Twitterpated / Stag Fight, Ain't That the Funniest Thing / Berserk / Dumbo Shunned / A Mouse! / Dumbo and Timothy / Dumbo the Great, Badlied
Albums Dumbo, Songs from Walt Disney's 'Dumbo', Dwarfs' Yodel Song / Some Day My Prince Will Come, Classics from Dumbo, Sneeuwwitje en de 7 dwergen
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, Academy Award for Best Original Song
Movies Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Dumbo, Three Little Pigs, The Big Bad Wolf, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Reluctant Dragon, The Practical Pig, The Tortoise and the Hare, Three Orphan Kittens, Toby Tortoise Returns, Lullaby Land, Funny Little Bunnies, Who Killed Cock Robin?, The Golden Touch, The Flying Mouse, Santa's Workshop, The Robber Kitten, Egyptian Melodies, More Kittens, The China Plate, Bugs in Love, The Clock Store, Cock o' the Walk, Playful Pluto, On Ice, Mickey's Gala Premier, Thru the Mirror, Donald and Pluto, Orphan's Benefit, Three Little Wolves, Ye Olden Days, Pluto's Judgement Day, Gulliver Mickey, The Dognapper, Bone Trouble, The Steeple Chase, Puppy Love, Boy Meets Dog, Sky Trooper, The Ugly Duckling, Babes in Toyland, Shanghaied, Mother Goose Melodies, Mickey's Man Friday, The Busy Beavers, The Wind in the Willows


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mickey Mouse 2014 TV Series short music - 1 episode
Saving Mr. Banks 2013 writer: "Heigh-Ho"
One Direction: This Is Us 2013 Documentary writer: "Heigh Ho"
Cuéntame un cuento 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bi no tsubo 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parks and Recreation 2012 TV Series music - 1 episode
Sakamichi no Apollon 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series music - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Bones 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Enchanted 2007 writer: "Pink Elephants on Parade"
Rogue 2007 writer: "Never Smile at a Crocodile"
Bambi II 2006 lyrics: "Let's Sing a Gay Little Spring Song" / music: "Love Is a Song", "Let's Sing a Gay Little Spring Song"
Hell's Kitchen 2004 TV Series music - 1 episode
Operación triunfo 2002 TV Series music - 1 episode
American Masters 1999 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
You've Got Mail 1998 writer: "Never Smile At A Crocodile"
The Vicar of Dibley 1998 TV Series music - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 3000 TV Series music - 4 episodes, 1992 - 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1997
Walt Disney World Explorer 1996 Video Game writer: "Congratulations, Mr. Mickey Mouse", "The Silly Song The Dwarf's Yodel Song"
Barbra: The Concert 1995 TV Special documentary music: "Someday My Prince Will Come" 1937 - uncredited
Keeping Up Appearances 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey 1993 Documentary writer: "Someday My Prince Will Come"
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song 1992 Video documentary writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", "Heigh-Ho", "Whistle While You Work', "Someday My Prince Will Come", "Baby of Mine", "Love is a Song", "Little April Showers"
Princesses 1991 TV Series music: "Someday My Prince Will Come"
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 1990 Video lyrics: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" / music: "Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum", "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf"
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Disneyland Fun 1990 Video music: "Whistle While You Work"
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Under the Sea 1990 Video short lyrics: "Never Smile at a Crocodile" / music: "Never Smile at a Crocodile"
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Fun with Music 1989 Video short music: "With a Smile and a Song"
Beaches 1988 lyrics: "Baby Mine" / music: "Baby Mine"
Oliver & Company 1988 music: "Heigh-Ho" - uncredited
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf 1988 TV Movie music: "Heigh-Ho" - uncredited
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly 1988 Video short lyrics: "When I See an Elephant Fly" / music: "The Merrily Song", "When I See an Elephant Fly"
The Charmings 1987 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
DuckTales 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Heigh-Ho 1987 Video short music: "Heigh Ho", "The Dwarf's Yodel Song The Silly Song"
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah 1986 Video short music: "Casey Jr.", "Whistle While You Work"
Moonlighting 1986 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Haunted Honeymoon 1986 "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf"
DTV Valentine 1986 TV Movie writer: "Some Day My Prince Will Come"
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue 1985 Video short writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas 1985 music: "Heigh Ho" - uncredited
After MASH 1983 TV Series music - 1 episode
M*A*S*H 1978-1981 TV Series music - 3 episodes
Barney Miller 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
1941 1979 music: "Baby Mine" - uncredited
The Cheap Detective 1978 music: "Heigh Ho" - uncredited
Business as Usual 1978 music: "Whistle While You Work" - uncredited
Martine 1977 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'île aux enfants 1976 TV Series music - 1 episode
Au théâtre ce soir 1975 TV Series music - 1 episode
Dad's Army 1973 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Brady Bunch 1973 TV Series music - 1 episode
À bout portant 1973 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Magic of Walt Disney World 1972 Short writer: "Whistle While You Work", "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" - uncredited
Peterson Plays Farnon... ...Plays Peterson 1969 TV Movie writer: "Someday My Prince Will Come"
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers 1968-1969 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Dean Martin Show 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass 1967 TV Special music: "Whistle While You Work"
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1964-1966 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
La grande farandole 1962 TV Series music - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957-1961 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Garry Moore Show 1958 TV Series music - 1 episode
Dateline: Disneyland 1955 TV Special documentary writer: "Whistle While You Work"
Peter Pan 1953 music: "Never Smile At a Crocodile"
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1951 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1949 music: "Merrily on Our Way to Nowhere in Particular" 1949 - uncredited
Mickey 1948 music: "Some Day My Prince Will Come" - uncredited
You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart 1946 Short music: "Whistle While You Work"
Community Sing 7659: Aren't You Glad You're You 1946 Short music: "Heigh-Ho"
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1943 music: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" 1933 - uncredited
Bambi 1942 music: "Love Is a Song" 1942, "Little April Shower" 1942, "Let's Sing a Gay Little Spring Song" 1942, "Looking for Romance I Bring You a Song" 1942 - uncredited
The Male Animal 1942 lyrics: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" 1933 - uncredited / music: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" 1933 - uncredited
Dumbo 1941 music: "Look Out for Mr. Stork" 1941, "Casey Junior" 1941, "Baby Mine" 1941, "Song of the Roustabouts" 1941 - uncredited
Out of the Fog 1941 music: "Whistle While You Work" 1937 - uncredited
The Reluctant Dragon 1941/I music: "Casey Jr." - uncredited
You'll Find Out 1940 music: "Heigh Ho" 1937 - uncredited
Billposters 1940 Short music: "Whistle While You Work"
The Frozen Limits 1939 writer: "Whistle While You Work" - uncredited
Fisherman's Wharf 1939 arranger: "Songs of Italy" / writer: "Blue Italian Waters" 1939 - uncredited
Breaking the Ice 1938 "Happy as a Lark", "Put Your Heart in a Song", "The Sunny Side of Things"
You Can't Take It with You 1938 music: "Whistle While You Work" 1937 - uncredited
Having Wonderful Time 1938 music: "Heigh Ho" 1937 - uncredited
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 music: "One Song" 1937, "Some Day My Prince Will Come" 1937, "I'm Wishing" 1937, "With a Smile and a Song" 1937, "Whistle While You Work" 1937, "Heigh-Ho" 1937, "Bluddle-uddle-um-dum Dwarfs' Washing and Yodel Song" 1937, "The Silly Song" 1937 - uncredited
One in a Million 1936 writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf"
Men Are Not Gods 1936 writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" - uncredited
West Point of the Air 1935 writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" 1933 - uncredited
Los Angeles: 'Wonder City of the West' 1935 Documentary short writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf"
Vaudeville 1935 Short music: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" - uncredited
Babes in Toyland 1934 music: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" 1933 - uncredited
Daredevil O'Dare 1934 Short music: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" - uncredited
We're Not Dressing 1934 lyrics: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" 1933 - uncredited / music: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" 1933 - uncredited
Upperworld 1934 writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" - uncredited
Funny Little Bunnies 1934 Short lyrics: "See the Funny Little Bunnies" / music: "See the Funny Little Bunnies"
It Happened One Night 1934 writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" - uncredited
The Grasshopper and the Ants 1934 Short writer: "The World Owes Me a Living"
Advice to the Lovelorn 1933 writer: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" - uncredited
Duck Soup 1933 writer: "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf" 1933 - uncredited
Lullaby Land 1933 Short writer: "Lullaby Land of Nowhere"
Three Little Pigs 1933 Short "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michelle Kwan: Princess on Ice 2001 TV Movie
Snow White Live 1980 TV Movie
Sky Trooper 1942 Short
Bambi 1942 music by
Dumbo 1941
Mouse Trappers 1941 Short uncredited
The Reluctant Dragon 1941/I
Bone Trouble 1940 Short
Kittens' Mittens 1940 Short uncredited
Snuffy's Party 1939 Short
The One-Armed Bandit 1939 Short uncredited
The Practical Pig 1939 Short uncredited
Hollywood Bowl 1938 Short as Frank Churchchill
Silly Seals 1938 Short
Voodoo in Harlem 1938 Short
Happy Scouts 1938 Short
Cheese-Nappers 1938 Short
Nellie the Indian Chief's Daughter 1938 Short
Movie Phoney News 1938 Short
Problem Child 1938 Short
Tail End 1938 Short
Nellie the Sewing Machine Girl or Honest Hearts & Willing Hands 1938 Short
Feed the Kitty 1938 Short
Boy Meets Dog 1938 Short
Yokel Boy Makes Good 1938 Short
The Lamp Lighter 1938 Short
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
More Kittens 1936 Short uncredited
Donald and Pluto 1936 Short uncredited
Toby Tortoise Returns 1936 Short uncredited
Thru the Mirror 1936 Short uncredited
Cock o' the Walk 1935 Short uncredited
Three Orphan Kittens 1935 Short uncredited
On Ice 1935 Short uncredited
Pluto's Judgement Day 1935 Short uncredited
Who Killed Cock Robin? 1935 Short uncredited
The Robber Kitten 1935 Short uncredited
The Golden Touch 1935 Short uncredited
Mickey's Man Friday 1935 Short uncredited
The Tortoise and the Hare 1935 Short uncredited
The Dognapper 1934 Short uncredited
Orphan's Benefit 1934 Short uncredited
The Flying Mouse 1934 Short uncredited
Gulliver Mickey 1934 Short uncredited
The Big Bad Wolf 1934 Short uncredited
Funny Little Bunnies 1934 Short uncredited
Playful Pluto 1934 Short uncredited
Shanghaied 1934 Short uncredited
The Steeplechase 1933 Short uncredited
Puppy Love 1933 Short uncredited
Lullaby Land 1933 Short uncredited
Old King Cole 1933 Short uncredited
Mickey's Gala Premier 1933 Short uncredited
Three Little Pigs 1933 Short uncredited
Ye Olden Days 1933 Short uncredited
Santa's Workshop 1932 Short uncredited
Bugs in Love 1932 Short uncredited
The Clock Store 1931 Short uncredited
Egyptian Melodies 1931 Short uncredited
The China Plate 1931 Short uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bambi II 2006 composer: music from Bambi
The Making of Indiana Jed 'Behind the Scenes' 1992 Video short documentary composer: song "Heigh-Ho!"
Princesses 1991 TV Series composer - 1 episode
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue 1985 Video short musical director: archive footage
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1955 TV Series additional songs - 1 episode
Servants' Entrance 1934 musical director: animation sequence - uncredited
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs composer: theme music - rumored

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Reluctant Dragon 1941/I Frank Churchill (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made 1939 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Celebrating Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs': The One That Started It All 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1942 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Dumbo (1941) · Oliver Wallace

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) · Larry Morey (Lyricist)
· Leigh Harline (Composer - Orchestral Score)
· Paul J. Smith (Composer - Orchestral Score)
1943 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Bambi (1942) · Larry Morey (lyrics)
1943 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Bambi (1942) · Edward H. Plumb
1942 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Dumbo (1941) · Ned Washington (lyrics)
1938 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Score Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) · Leigh Harline (head of department)
· Paul J. Smith


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