| Ginny Tyler dies at 86 |
Voice actress was Disney legend
The former Mouseketeer had a penchant for storytelling and the ability to mimic animal sounds.
Her voice was featured in 'The Sword in the Stone' and 'Mary Poppins.'
When episodes of "The Mickey Mouse Club" were repackaged for syndication, a new head Mouseketeer held court from the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland in 1963. For a year, Ginny Tyler hosted new segments of the television show that were woven around the old. As she took viewers behind the scenes of the theme park, more than one noted her resemblance to original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. At Disneyland, she hosted daily 15-minute segments for "The Mickey Mouse Club" that required a demanding production schedule. She often told stories on the air, signed autographs at the park — and considered the job the highlight of her career.
Her voice had long been featured in the chorus of birds outside the park's Tiki Room.
As one of the "Disneyland Storytellers," Tyler had already narrated such records as Bambi and Babes in Toyland and would become known for voicing animal characters. In one better-known role, she gave voice to Polynesia the Parrot, who helps teach Rex Harrison to talk to the animals in the 1967 film Dr. Dolittle.
In Disney films, she played the two amorous female squirrels in The Sword in the Stone (1963) and sang the parts of several barnyard animals in the "Jolly Holiday" sequence of Mary Poppins (1964).
Among many other roles, she voiced Casper the Friendly Ghost in 1963; Jan, the damsel in distress in Space Ghost cartoons in 1966, and many female characters in early episodes of the 1960s television series Davey and Goliath.
Tyler died July 13 of natural causes at a nursing home in Issaquah, Wash., said her son, Ty Fenton. She was 86.
by Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times