Cronkite's Disney connection


#1

Of course, Walter Cronkite has a Disney connection too.
With his passing yesterday, I think it right that we be reminded of this connection. It’s a seasonal connection and unless you’ve been to Epcot between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, you’ve probably missed it.
That’s Walter Cronkite’s voice during the Peace on Earth section of the Christmas version of Illuminations.

[I]“During this glorious time of year, there is one message that rings out around the world in every language. Peace on Earth, good will to men is a wish to hold in our hearts throughout each passing year. A gift of immeasurable value. A treasure to be handed down with care from generation to generation. And so our holiday wish is that everyone everywhere share in the spirit of the season. Peace on Earth, good will to men.”[/I]

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#2

Remember how magical it was when he was the voice of Spaceship Earth? I loved it – pre-Jeremy Irons and pre-Judy Densch.


#3

Yes, I remember the SSE voice- perfect for the attraction.


#4

I’m pretty sure I didn’t take my first ride on SSE until 2001, so I never knew Walter Cronkite was the first narrator. And even if I had done SSE on my first visit, that was 1996, and I’m sure the switch to Jeremy Irons had already happened.
By the way, I can’t think of Jeremy Irons without automatically associating him with being the bad guy in Die Hard 3.


#5

Wait…wow. I never knew he had been the voice of Spaceship Earth. My first ride was in 2000 so I’m assuming it was already Jeremy Irons at that point?


#6

[QUOTE=Soundgod;977904]I’m pretty sure I didn’t take my first ride on SSE until 2001, so I never knew Walter Cronkite was the first narrator. And even if I had done SSE on my first visit, that was 1996, and I’m sure the switch to Jeremy Irons had already happened.
By the way, I can’t think of Jeremy Irons without automatically associating him with being the bad guy in Die Hard 3.[/QUOTE]

I am not totally sure (somebody go google for me!) but I think there might even have been a narrator before Cronkite. Hmmm… maybe I’ll go google for myself. Cronkite was narrating for my first trip to WDW, then he was replaced before I got back to Florida.


#7

[QUOTE=Soundgod;977904]
By the way, I can’t think of Jeremy Irons without automatically associating him with being the bad guy in Die Hard 3.[/QUOTE]

I think of Klaus Von Bulow… creepy.


#8

I think of Aramis!

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998/I)

(This is one of my favorite movies :laugh: At least it’s not a creepy or evil character I guess…just random, but I think of it immediately when I hear his voice…oh and if course Scar from The Lion King! Haha.)


#9

I’m not disputing what I don’t know, but according to IMDB, only Jeremy Irons and Judy Dench are listed as narrators. But it does show that he voiced Scar in The Lion King and I guess also had a singing number in it. (Which I’m also not really familiar with. Movie or song.)

Spaceship Earth (1982)

Jeremy Irons

Walter Cronkite


#10

Wikipedia has this to say:

In October 1982, the attraction experience began as the ride vehicles moved up into the structure through a lighted tunnel enhanced by a fog machine, and then ascended on a spiraling track up through dark spaces featuring a series of lighted historic vignettes. The attraction featured actor Vic Perrin as the narrator along with a very simple and quiet orchestral composition throughout the attraction.

In May 1986, the attraction was given a slight remodel. This second version of the attraction started off with the lightened tunnel enhanced by twinkling lights, meant to depict stars, with the fog machine removed. Famous news journalist Walter Cronkite was the new narrator, reading from an updated script. A theme song called Tomorrow’s Child was composed for the ending of the attraction, which was redesigned with projected images of children on screens to help fit with the theme of “Tomorrow’s Child”.

In August 1994, the attraction was given a major remodel. … Actor Jeremy Irons was the new narrator, reading from an updated script. A new orchestral composition was composed for the beginning, middle, and end of the attraction.

So, there have been 4 different narrators and 4 different versions of the ride and I’ve only had the opportunity to see the two most recent.

Curious how both Captain Eo and the Cronkite narrated SSE debuted in 1986 and they both passed away within a month of each other (Jackson and Cronkite that is)


#11

I remember being so disappointed when jermery irons took on the job.

This was near the bottom of the page of the link you provided.

Walter Cronkite More at IMDbPro »

Other works
Narration for ‘Spaceship Earth’ ride at EPCOT Centre.


#12

This is becoming the Kevin Bacon game, Disney edition.
Cronkite starred with Robin Williams in a short film “Return to Neverland” that was shown at both DL and MGM as part of the animation studio tours in 1990 and music was composed by David Newman, cousin of Randy Newman who has done plenty of work with Pixar and is brother of Thomas Newman, the composer on WALL-E.
Of course, Robin Williams was the Genie as well as The Timekeeper. And the ride film for that starred Jeremy Irons as H.G. Wells.
There’s more. David Newman did the score for Galaxy Quest, which starred Tim Allen whose show “Home Improvement” ran on Disney owned ABC as well as starring in Toy Story as Buzz Lightyear (scored by Randy Newman) and the Buzz Lightyear ride was next door to The Timekeeper.


#13

I just came across this post, so I’ll put it here: Remembering Walter Cronkite in Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World

Check the link, some good pics and a YouTube version of SE with Mr. Conkite,

Remembering Walter Cronkite in Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World

Did you know that Walter Cronkite was the narrator for the Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot from 1986 through 1994 and it seemed only fitting that the man with boyish enthusiasm for the space program as evidenced by his reporting during the Apollo missions, be the most memorable host for this “space-age” attraction. Actually, his was the first voice I heard when I visited Spaceship Earth for the first time in 1993.

For all of you Disney philes, and I use that term most endearingly because I consider myself a Disney phile, I am sure you know the history but there are a few of us who do not so let me take us a brief journey of our own through the history surrounding Spaceship Earth. Since the attraction opened in 1982, there have been four narrators in all, who told or tell the history of communication from Cro-Magnon man through to the 21st century. At opening, it was Vic Perrin who narrated the story from 1982 – 1986 when Bell Systems sponsored the attraction.

Following Vic, was Walter Cronkite and the debut of “Tomorrow’s Child.” How many of you remember that song? It is still my favorite from the “original” EPCOT Center. The attraction continued on its journey with Mr. Cronkite and “Tomorrow’s Child” through 1994 and it was during these years, Bell changed to AT&T who sponsored Spaceship Earth up until only a few years ago when Siemens stepped in to take the reigns. For all who want to relive Walter’s narrative through the attraction, see the video at the bottom of this article. Warning: The video is ten minutes long so unless you’re a true fan of both Spaceship Earth and Walter Cronkite, you may find it a bit too long. But for those of us who cherish his story and the attraction, I strongly recommend it!

Continuing on our journey, the attraction closed in 1994 and reopened with a brand new narrator, fresh from the Lion King, Jeremy Irons. He continued to escort us through 2007, when the attraction, once again, underwent another renovation and this time re-opened with Dame Judi Dench taking us on the journey through time and the history of communication or is it “herstory.” Whatever the case, hers is a most recognizable and distinguished voice, don’t you think?

Walter Cronkite will be forever remembered by America! At the time when he dominated the airwaves, there were only three major networks and it was his voice that was heard each night on every television set in America. His nightly broadcasts on CBS guided us through the days of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, the Apollo missions, the Vietnam war, and more. He was a pioneer who established the “standard” in television journalism and who paved the way for all those who came after. There’s not an anchor person alive today that hasn’t been influenced in some way by Mr. Cronkite.

“And that’s the way it is, July 18, 2009” to quote a legend and pioneer of outstanding and exemplary television news journalism. Good night and God bless you, Mr. Walter Cronkite!


#14

Whoever did the SSE video either taped the ride multiple times, or somebody gave him some extra video of the diorama sets that was better lit, because it certainly isn’t all from one time on the ride. It’s really pretty well done, all things considered.
There also had to have been a minor revision sometime around 1992 because nobody was talking about the Internet much before then and most didn’t have modems, which used to be the only way to connect to the Internet, let alone network cards and home networks. In 1986, the Internet was virtually unknown outside of the Department of Defense and large universities. In fact, the World Wide Web project only dates to 1991 and the Web itself was invented in 1989.
Edit: As I watch the You Tube video, I can tell that the person who made it definitely got hold of some official video somewhere because there are shots that are more colorful and better lit, the camera is rock steady, and there are angles that you just couldn’t get from the moving train (the telephone operators is the best example).
I’m not complaining and I’m not criticizing. I’m commenting and complimenting.
I’m also struck by how little the actual ride has been changed, considering that the 2008 version is supposed to be so much different.


#15

Here’s some more connections (partly inspired by the fact that Apollo 13 is on right now):
Apollo 13’s flight was covered by Walter. In the movie one of the first scenes is at Jim Lovell’s house on July 20, 1969 when they’re having a party celebrating you know what. They turn on the TV and it’s on NBC and Chet Huntley is on. Someone says turn on Walter. So, we’ve got Walter in a supporting role through archive footage. That movie stars Tom Hanks (Woody), Bill Paxton (from Universal’s Twister attraction), KEVIN BACON!!, and Gary Sinese (star of Touchstone’s (a unit of Disney) Mission To Mars) and of course Mission Space).

Meanwhile Flight Director Gene Kranz is played by Ed Harris who also portrayed John Glenn in The Right Stuff. To close a circle, today on Face The Nation, the show was largely devoted to the memory of and reminiscences of Walter Cronkite and one of the panel guests was Senator John Glenn.

Did I mention Kevin Bacon?


#16

I automatically think of Scar in the Lion King … That voice has that Smug Regal Heir to it!!!


#17

Oh, by the way, to close the circle of the Walter Cronkite game to me, here goes.

Today on Face The Nation, John Glenn said he felt he was taking the place of Wally Schirra because after Apollo 7, Wally Schirra was Walter Cronkite’s on air partner during spaceflight coverage. Sadly Wally passed away last year, but here’s how we close the circle, Wally Schirra was my favorite astronaut, going back to Mercury, I guess because he was the fun loving jokester of the team, although the only astronaut I ever encountered was Buzz Aldrin.

So here we close the circle from Walter Cronkite to Mousebuzz:smile:

Walter Cronkite 1916-2009 Rest In Peace You are already missed.


#18

[QUOTE=Soundgod;978184]Oh, by the way, to close the circle of the Walter Cronkite game to me, here goes.

Today on Face The Nation, John Glenn said he felt he was taking the place of Wally Schirra because after Apollo 7, Wally Schirra was Walter Cronkite’s on air partner during spaceflight coverage. Sadly Wally passed away last year, but here’s how we close the circle, Wally Schirra was my favorite astronaut, going back to Mercury, I guess because he was the fun loving jokester of the team, although the only astronaut I ever encountered was Buzz Aldrin.

So here we close the circle from Walter Cronkite to Mousebuzz:smile:

Walter Cronkite 1916-2009 Rest In Peace You are already missed.[/QUOTE]

Funny you mention Wally and Walter in the same paragraph … I go by both names … and sometimes WALL ! :closedeye360…