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Joseph Simon Dubin was an American composer and orchestrator, scoring and orchestrating more than 200 motion pictures during his career, including numerous Disney films.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; like his brother Al Dubin, he studied music and wrote for musicians and later films, such as The Big House, Silver City Kid, The Tiger Woman, Ghost of Zorro, Mexicana, Tucson Raiders, Earl Carroll Vanities, Zorro's Black Whip, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The San Antonio Kid, Firebrands of Arizona, Vigilantes of Dodge City, Atlantic City, Silver City Kid, Jamboree, My Best Gal, Haunted Harbor, Jungle Jim, The Denver Kid, Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, The El Paso Kid, Rendezvous with Annie, and some episodes of Mister Magoo. He largely went uncredited for most of his film work.

Beginning his work with Disney in the late 1930s, Dubin orchestrated films, like Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. Later he began composing music used for shows, like Mickey Mouse Club, True-Life Adventures, Zorro, the Disney anthology series, and various Goofy and Donald Duck shorts.

He died at the age of 60, on January 16, 1961 in Los Angeles, California.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1941 Dumbo Orchestrator - uncredited
1942 Bambi Orchestrator - uncredited
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Orchestrator
1950 Cinderella Orchestrator
1950 Bee at the Beach Composer
1950 Out on a Limb Composer
1951 Chicken in the Rough Composer
1951 Cold Storage Composer
1951 Home Made Home Composer
1951 Cold War Composer
1951 Plutopia Composer
1951 Tomorrow We Diet! Composer
1951 Alice in Wonderland Orchestration
1952 Father's Lion Composer
1952 Donald Applecore Composer
1952 Lambert the Sheepish Lion Composer
1952 Hello Aloha Composer
1952 Two Chips and a Miss Composer
1952 Man's Best Friend Composer
1952 Uncle Donald's Ants Composer
1952 Pluto's Christmas Tree Composer
1952 How to Be a Detective Composer
1953 For Whom the Bulls Toil Composer
1953 Melody Composer
1953 Don's Fountain of Youth Composer
1953 Father's Week-End Composer
1953 How to Dance Composer
1953 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom Composer
1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Orchestrator
1954 The Vanishing Prairie Orchestrator
1955 The African Lion Orchestrator
1955-1961 The Magical World of Disney Composer
1955 Mickey Mouse Club Composer
1955 I'm No Fool ... with Fire Composer
1956 I'm No Fool ... as a Pedestrian Composer
1956 I'm No Fool ... Having Fun Composer
1957-1959 Zorro Composer: additional music
1957 The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A. Composer
1959 Nature's Strangest Creatures Composer
1960 Ten Who Dared Orchestrator