On day 1 of the 2015 D23 Expo, the Disney Legends Awards kicked off the celebration of Disney fandom with surprise musical guests, celebrity appearances, and tributes to some of the Disney greats.
Hosted by the ever-so-wonderful Bob Iger, the event started with a tribute to all of the past Disney Legends–animators, imagineers, musicians, etc. After honoring these Disney heroes, none other than Richard Sherman did a duet performance with Ashley Brown, who played Mary Poppins on Broadway.
Many new Disney Legends were inducted, including Julie Reihm Casaletto, the first ambassador of Disneyland. In addition, George Bodenheimer (of ESPN fame), Eyvind Earle, And Andreas Deja were honored.
In true Disney style, Iger saved the most exciting awards for last, finishing out the panel by awarding none other than Danny Elfman, followed by GEORGE LUCAS. Yes, that’s right, GEORGE. LUCAS.
As if all of these wonderful appearances were not enough, we were also treated to surprise musical performances by James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway), Josh Strickland (Broadway), and Ne-Yo (general musical fame). Iglehart did a spellbinding rendition of Oogie Boogie’s Song to introduce Danny Elfman, and Strickland did a moving cover of Phil Collins’s “You’ll Be in My Heart” in honor of the Disney Legends who …read more