Jimmy Macdonald was a one-man sound effects wizard. Over his 48-year career with Disney, he created and assembled one of the largest and most impressive sound effects libraries in motion picture history, adding extra dimensions to all of Disney’s animated shorts and features, beginning in 1934, including the more current “Mouseworks” television series. He also worked on the soundtracks for most of the Studio’s live-action films up through the mid-1980s.
Rarely, was there a sound Jimmy could not make with one of more than 500 innovative Rube Goldberg-like contraptions that he built from scratch. He could create sounds as obscure as a spider web shimmering or a friendly bumblebee washing up before supper. Animator Xavier Atencio once recalled, “If he couldn’t get a particular sound he wanted from one of those gizmos, Jimmy would do it with his mouth.”
In 1946, Walt Disney handpicked Jimmy as his successor as the official voice of Mickey Mouse, beginning with the “Mickey… read more