Elvis Presley and Disney

Elvis Aaron Presley, January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977, was never actually a Disney Cast Member; but, his music lives throughout Disney movies.

Elvis’ songs are heard in Lilo & Stitch. Elvis has been spoofed by Stitch, Mickey and Donald. Also spoofed by Genie in Aladdin and the King of Thieves and the Aladdin TV series (Aladdin, Sultan and Iago as well), by Timon, Pumbaa and Herman in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series, by Terk in The Legend of Tarzan, by David Gordon and Matt McGuire in Lizzie McGuire, by Maurice in Marsupilami, by Tamaa in The Lion Guard, and by Liver Lips in the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown and Country Bear Christmas Special. In Cars, an RV called Elvis also spoofs him.


He was also mentioned in Muppets Most Wanted, The Proud Family episode “Culture Shock”, the Wizards of Waverly Place episode “Rock Around the Clock”, and the Teen Beach Movie. In the Hercules episode “Hercules and the Prom”, Icarus quotes Elvis’ famous phrase: “Thank you. Thank you very much.” Hallie Parker does the same thing after playing a trick on Annie James in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Lizzie McGuire’s animated ego states: “Ethan has left the building” in the Lizzie McGuire episode “One of the Guys”, referencing the phrase used by public address announcers at the end of Elvis’ concerts.

Additionally, his song “Teddy Bear” was made the subject of a music video in DTV Romancin’, set entirely to clips of Disney’s bear characters, particularly Bongo. “Jailhouse Rock”, “Rubberneckin'”, and “Burning Love” are all heard in The Game Plan; a cover version of “Burning Love” by The Mike Eldred Trio is also played in the Planes: Fire & Rescue trailers.

Disney Legend Thurl Ravenscroft singing group, the Mellomen, have even sang backup on several of Elvis’ records.

Happy Birthday to you Elvis! Proud to share your birthday with you!

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