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Paul J. Smith was an Academy Award-winning American music composer, who worked at Disney, where he composed scores for both animated and live-action features.

Smith was born in Calumet, Michigan and after graduating high school, he studied music at The College of Idaho from 1923 to 1925 before he was accepted into the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois. After being recruited by Disney, he wrote music for various cartoon shorts before helping to score Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio where, for the latter, he would receive his only Academy Award for Best Original Score. In Fantasia, he is one of the studio employees in the orchestra.

Over the next two decades, Smith would compose more scores for several productions, like Cinderella, The Shaggy Dog, Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, and various True-Life Adventures episodes.

Outside of Disney, he worked on films, like Glamour Girl, Love Happy, Pecos River, About Face, and composed music for the show, Leave It to Beaver. Smith also did the stock music for the Blondie series of the late 1940s and early 1950s. His main collaborator and partner was Hazel "Gil" George. She wrote the song title for The Light in the Forest with him and Lawrence Edward Watkin. Another one of Smith’s collaborators were Oliver Wallace, who worked with him on some films like Cinderella, and George Bruns, who worked with him on some films like Westward Ho the Wagons!.

He died in Glendale, California at age 78. In 1994, he was posthumously honored as a Disney Legend.

Disney Filmography[]

Animated film scores[]

Live-action film scores[]

  • In Beaver Valley, 1950 includes "Jing-a-Ling", lyrics added by Don Raye
  • The Olympic Elk, 1952
  • Water Birds, 1952
  • Bear Country, 1953
  • The Living Desert, 1953
  • The Vanishing Prairie, 1954
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954
  • The Great Locomotive Chase, 1956
  • Secrets of Life, 1956
  • Westward Ho, the Wagons!, 1956
  • Perri, 1957
  • The Light in the Forest, 1958
  • The Shaggy Dog, 1959
  • Pollyanna, 1960
  • The Parent Trap, 1961
  • Moon Pilot, 1962
  • Bon Voyage!, 1962
  • In Search of the Castaways, 1962
  • Miracle of the White Stallions, 1963
  • Yellowstone Cubs, 1963
  • Ida, the Offbeat Eagle, 1964
  • The Three Lives of Thomasina, 1964

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