Francis Xavier "X" Atencio was an American former Imagineer, writer, lyricist, and animator.
In 1965, he became an Imagineer. He wrote the scripts for several Disney theme park attractions, most notably Adventure Thru Inner Space, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion, as well as the lyrics to the theme songs of the latter two, "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" and "Grim Grinning Ghosts", respectively. He also wrote the lyrics of "Bear Band Serenade" for Country Bear Jamboree and "It's Fun to Be Free" for World of Motion. Another brief voice-over Atencio provided was for the Submarine Voyage Thru Liquid Space, where he is addressed as "Bridge." He also wrote the lyrics to Buddy Baker's music for the retired Magic Kingdom attraction If You Had Wings.
His voice can be heard as the Talking Skull at the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean as well as the drunken pirate on the bridge heckling the auctioneer. In the Haunted Mansion, his voice emanates from the coffin in the conservatory and in the emergency safety spiel when the ride comes to a halt.
|1940||Fantasia||Assistant Animator - uncredited|
|1953||Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom||Animator|
|1955||The Mickey Mouse Club||"Circus Day" - Layout|
|1956||A Cowboy Needs a Horse||Layout Styling|
|1956||Jack and Old Mac||Character Styling|
|1957||The Truth About Mother Goose||Layout|
|1959||Noah's Ark||Character Movement/Styling|
|1959-1968||The Magical World of Disney||Layout Artist|
|1959||The Shaggy Dog||Title Designer|
|1961||The Parent Trap||Title Animation|
|1961||Babes in Toyland||Toy Sequence animator|
|1962||A Symposium on Popular Songs||Story|
|1962||Bon Voyage||Title Designer|
|1964||The Misadventures of Merlin Jones||Title Animation|
|1964||Mary Poppins||Designer: nursery sequence|
|1966||Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree||Story|
|1977||The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||Story|
- Interview with X Atencio (starting from 43:19): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJFW7SY7YtQ&t=3466s