After learning about the very sad news of Wayne Allwine’s passing via twitter (via@aprilwinchell who does some voice work for Disney as Clarabelle Cow), I wrote my tribute last night. Of course, there is so much more to Wayne than I could sum up in a few grief inspired words. For instance, I totally forgot about his mission to keep the unique talents of the Ukulele and spirit of Cliff Edwards (voice of Jiminy Cricket) alive.
Perhaps the best tribute is how Mickey Mouse has recently been re-invigorated for the Walt Disney Company by “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” on The Disney Channel. I know that Wayne and Russi worked with the show’s producers to make sure that Mickey and Minnie stayed true to their characters even while making themselves available to a new generation. I also know that they were working with Disney to make sure there was someone ready to step into Mickey’s shoes if needed. There has even been talk of another animated feature with Mickey and the gang.
I know that many more tributes will pour in from those who knew Wayne better and I be adding them here as the days go on.
- April Winchell
- Mark Evanier
- Cartoon Brew (read the comments)
- Voice Actors in the News
- Will Scott
- Jim Hill
- Kate at Cholula Red
- John Matthews
- Rich Koster of DisneyEcho
- The AP’s Obit
- LA Times
To add your tribute drop me an email with the link.
Update: Clip of Wayne on Ukelele with Russi at an NFFC convention (via LaughingPlace.com) below the cut: