|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.
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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
Thurl provided the voice for the curmudgeonly vacuum cleaner,
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.
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
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.
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"
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
The Small One (1978)
Thurl sings on this Christmas short.