Disney imagineer and theme-park scriptwriter Xavier Atencio dead at 98

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Sep 12, 2017

Disney Imagineer, animator, writer, lyricist, and voice actor Xavier Atencio is dead at 98, Disney’s official fan club D23 reports.

You may not have known his name—or his initial. Atencio was known as “X”—but you certainly know his work. Deadline writes that he helped animate the classics Pinocchio and Fantasia, as well as animated sequences in The Parent Trap, Babes in Toyland, and Mary Poppins.

But that was only a fraction of his work for the House of Mouse. Atencio transitioned to the imagineering department, where he wrote the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion attractions at Disney parks. He also contributed writing to Space Mountain, Spaceship Earth, World of Motion, and the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.

Atencio wrote lyrics for the beloved tunes "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" and “Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song).”

Atencio may be gone, but he won’t soon be forgotten: You can hear him play a talking skull in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and a voice in a coffin in the Haunted Mansion. May his Disney legacy stay with us for years to come.

(Via Deadline)