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Lawrence L. "Larry" Morey, Jr. was an American composer, lyricist, and screenwriter, who co-wrote some of the most successful songs in Disney films of the 1930s and 1940s, including "Heigh-Ho", "Someday My Prince Will Come", and "Whistle While You Work"; and was also responsible for adapting Felix Salten's book Bambi, A Life in the Woods into the 1942 Disney animated feature film Bambi.

Morey was born in Los Angeles, California and worked for Warner Brothers and Paramount, for whom he wrote the lyrics to "The World Owes Me a Living", composed by Leigh Harline and sung by Shirley Temple in the film Now and Forever.

He joined Walt Disney in 1933, and wrote songs for several animated shorts, including The Wise Little Hen and The Grasshopper and the Ants. Working with composer Frank Churchill, he then wrote some 25 songs for Disney's first full-length cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. Eight of their songs were used in the film which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

In 1938, Morey collaborated with composer Albert Hay Malotte on the title song for Ferdinand the Bull, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, and he worked with Churchill on the score for The Reluctant Dragon in 1941. The following year he and Perce Pearce were responsible for adapting the book Bambi into the animated film of the same name. With Churchill, Morey was responsible for the film score, and both it and the song "Love is a Song" were nominated for Oscars. In 1949, he received another Academy Award nomination, with composer Eliot Daniel, for the song "Lavender Blue (Dilly, Dilly)", from the film So Dear to My Heart.

In 1950, he also contributed song ideas with Charles Wolcott in the early stages of Cinderella, where they wrote songs, like "Dancing on a Cloud", "The Face That I See in the Night", "The Dress That My Mother Wore", and "Sing a Little, Dream a Little". However, these songs were scrapped during production.

In addition, he produced and wrote music for Frank Tashlin in several stop-motion shorts.


Year Film Position
1934 Playful Pluto Composer - uncredited
1934 The Wise Little Hen Lyrics: "Help Me Plant My Corn"
1934 Peculiar Penguins Lyrics: "The Penguin Is a Very Funny Creature"
1934 The Grasshopper and the Ants Lyrics: "The World Owes Me a Living"
1935 Broken Toys Writer - uncredited
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Sequence Director
Lyrics - uncredited: "I'm Wishing"
"One Song"
"With a Smile and a Song"
"Whistle While You Work"
"The Dig Dig Dig Song"
"The Silly Song"
"Someday My Prince Will Come"
1938 Ferdinand the Bull Lyrics: "Ferdinand the Bull"
1941 Dumbo Musical Director - uncredited
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Composer
1942 Bambi Story Adaptation
Lyrics - uncredited: "Love is a Song"
"Little April Shower
"Let's Sing a Gay Little Spring Song"
"Looking For Romance"
1948 So Dear to My Heart Lyrics: "Lavender Blue (Dilly, Dilly)"
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Lyrics: "The Merrily Song"
1951 Alice in Wonderland Music Department - uncredited


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