Panchito, the Little Burro Who Could Not Bray

Larry Morey

Capitol CATF-3087

Total Time: 6:04

Larry Morey (March 26, 1905 – May 8, 1971) was an American lyricist, who was responsible for co-writing some of the most successful songs in Disney movies of the 1930s and 1940s, including “Heigh-Ho”, “Some Day My Prince Will Come”, and “Whistle While You Work”. As a screenwriter, he was also responsible for adapting Felix Salten’s book Bambi, A Life in the Woods into the 1942 Disney film, Bambi.

He was born in Los Angeles, California. After studying at university, he worked for Warner Brothers and Paramount, for whom he wrote the lyrics to “The World Owes Me a Living”, composed by Leigh Harline and sung by Shirley Temple in the film Now and Forever. He joined Disney in 1933, and wrote songs for several animated shorts, including The Wise Little Hen and The Grasshopper and the Ants. Working with composer Frank Churchill, he then wrote some 25 songs for Disney’s first full-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. Eight of their songs were used in the film, including “Heigh-Ho”, “Some Day My Prince Will Come”, “Whistle While You Work”, and “I’m Wishing”, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

In 1938 Morey collaborated with composer Albert Hay Malotte on the title song for Ferdinand the Bull, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, and he worked with Frank Churchill on the score for The Reluctant Dragon in 1941. The following year he and Perce Pearce were responsible for adapting the book Bambi into the animated film of the same name. With Churchill, Morey was responsible for the film score, and both it and the song “Love Is a Song” were nominated for Oscars. In 1949, he received another Academy Award nomination, with composer Eliot Daniel, for the song “Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)”, sung by Burl Ives in the film So Dear to My Heart.

Morey died at the age of 66 in Santa Barbara, California.

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