Talking with Tink and Jiminy

by MouseStation Crew, staff writer

MouseStation 37 - Talking with Tink and Jiminy

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This week's feature has Steven Ng bringing you three special interviews.

First, Steven interviews Leslie Smith, a real disney fan who got to realize her dream when she was hired by the Walt Disney Studio as a music copyist.

Leslie is a long-time Disney fanatic from Salt Lake City who has been living in Los Angeles since mid-February, working for the Walt Disney Studios as a music copyist. Her job entails taking the score for a film and breaking it down into individual pieces of sheet music for each instrument. She's worked on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and many other films, as well as attractions like the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

Her office is in the old Ink and Paint building, near the last five inkers and painters. She has been living her dream in combining her profession with her Disney passion.

Next, Steven spoke with Eddie Carroll, the current voice of Jiminy Cricket.

Eddie got the role of Jiminy Cricket in 1973, after the passing of Cliff Edwards, Jiminy's original voice. He has been amazed at how many things he's worked on as Jiminy, from sing-along recordings to video games, from cartoons to acting as host for parades, fireworks and even ice shows. While Mickey Mouse is the corporate identity for Disney, Jiminy Cricket is the host or emcee.

Cliff discussed the difference between "doing a voice" and creating a character. He also talked about how knowing their characters helps the character voices to better perform their roles and ensure that lines are written the way that the character would say them. He also compared the difference between impressions (such as Rich Little doing a quick take on Jack Benny) and recreating a person (such as Eddie's taking on the persona of Jack Benny in his stage show).

Finally, Steven had the opportunity to chat with Margaret Kerry, the life model for Tinker Bell.

Margaret described her audition for the role as Tinker Bell's reference model. She also talked about her view of Tinker Bell's character and motivation. Steven asked her to discuss her first meeting with Walt Disney.

Margaret then talked about her other work on Peter Pan and her later career in voiceover work, including Clutch Cargo, Space Angel and The New Three Stooges. She also did The Andy Griffith Show before her next career in radio.

She finished up with the latest project that she's done with Disney.

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