'Dumbo' Frank Churchill was the George Gershwin of Disney studios, joining in 1930 and gaining his first success with Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. With lyricist Ned Washington, he wrote one most memorable songs about the love between a child and its mother the Oscar-nominated Baby Mine for this beloved 1941 animated film about the darling little elephant with the jumbo ears. Other songs include Casey Junior, Pink Elephants on Parade and When I See An Elephant Fly. He also received an Oscar nomination with Oliver Wallace for scoring of a motion picture. The last film he worked on was the 1942 masterwork Bambi, for which he earned an Oscar nomination with lyricist Larry Morey for Love is a Song, as well as for co-writing the score with Edward Plumb. Both nominations were posthumous because he committed suicide on May 14, 1942, at the age of 40.
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