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Whether singing with a group such as the Sportsmen or the Mellomen, or providing a voice for a character, Thurl was a part of some of the best-loved Disney films. Here is a list of just some of the films Thurl worked on for Walt Disney.

Feature Films

Cinderella (1950)
Thurl sang as part of the chorus in Cinderella and provided one of the voices for the singing mice in "The Work Song". Thurl had to sing falsetto, then the tape was speeded up to produce the sound Walt wanted. The singing voices for the other mice were provided by Clint MacCauley, Helen Seibert, June Sullivan, Lucille Williams, and John Woodsbury.

The card painters from Alice in WonderlandAlice in Wonderland (1951)
The Mellomen provided the voices for the card painters singing "Painting the Roses Red". They also sang in the chorus.

Peter Pan (1953)
The Mellomen sang in the chorus and can be best heard on the song "You Can Fly".

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
The Mellomen backed up Kirk Douglas on the song "Whale of a Tale".

Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The Mellomen provided the singing voices for the dogs in the pound. They backed up Peggy Lee on "He's a Tramp" (1:34) and sang (or rather howled) "Home Sweet Home". They recreated these songs on the Disneyland television show. Check out the Disney television page for details.

Sleeping Beauty(1959)
The Mellomen sang as part of a chorus on the sound track.

101 Dalmatians (1961)
Thurl did the voice for the Captain.

Sword in the Stone (1963)
Thurl voiced one of the knights at the tournament near the end of the film.

Mary Poppins (1966)
In the animated "Jolly Holiday" (0:45) segment, Thurl voiced the pig.

The Jungle Book (1967)
Thurl sang on the sound track and is best heard in "Colonel Hathi's March." He did not provide the singing voice for Shere Khan, as many believe. George Sanders performed the role, including singing the last line in "That's What Friends Are For".

The Aristocats (1970)
Thurl provided the voice for the bass-playing Russian cat on "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" (2:03).

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Thurl sang in the chorus on the sound track, and has a solo line in the song "Portobello Road."

Kirby from the Brave Little ToasterThe Brave Little Toaster (1987)
Though produced independently by Hyperion Pictures, The Brave Little Toaster and its sequels were distributed by Disney though Buena Vista Pictures and therefore included on this page with other Disney films.

Thurl provided the voice for the curmudgeonly vacuum cleaner, Kirby.

The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1997)
Thurl again did the voice for Kirby.

The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1998)
Thurl voiced Kirby once again.

Short Films

The Nifty Nineties (1941)
One of the earliest Disney projects that Thurl did was the Mickey Mouse cartoon The Nifty Nineties (1:58). The Sportsmen sing several songs on this cartoon set in the 1890s. On the song "Father Dear Father" (1:51), Thurl's solo is obscured by the dialog between Minnie and Mickey.

Springtime for Pluto(1944)
Thurl sings in this short. He appears as a caterpillar and sings about spinning a cocoon. Listen to a brief except from Springtime for Pluto (0:33).

Trick or Treat (1952)
The Mellomen provided all the songs on this Donald Duck cartoon.

Toot, Whistle. Plunk, and Boom (1953)
The sound track of this educational film features the Mellomen. It won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons.

Pigs is Pigs (1954)
This cartoon is narrated by Gary Owens, Flannery is voiced by Bill Thompson, and the Mellomen sing all the songs. Here is a brief excerpt from Pig is Pigs (0:21).

The Story of Anyburg (1957)
Thurl voices the character Cyrus P. Sliderule.

Paul BunyanPaul Bunyan (1958)
Here is a great cartoon for fans of Thurl's work. The Mellomen sing the songs on the cartoon, and Thurl is featured as the voice of the legendary Paul Bunyan (0:58).

Noah's Ark (1959)
The Mellomen sing and provide the voices for Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Paul Frees provided the voices for both Noah and God. He is joined by the Mellomen and the narrator, Jerome Courtland on "Build an Ark" (1:41).

Donald and the Wheel (1961)
Thurl sings and narrates this cartoon as the voice of the Spirit of Progress. Thurl said that Paul Bunyan and Donald and the Wheel are his favorites of the Disney cartoons on which he worked.

The Small One (1978)
Thurl sings on this Christmas short.

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