The moviemaker, composer Danny Elfman, and former All of My Children star Susan Lucci are among eight honourees who will be feted at the D23 Expo in Anaheim on 14 August (15).

The company's chairman Bob Iger says, "The Disney Legend Award is our highest honour, and we are incredibly proud to recognise these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy... Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."

The three will each receive a bronze Disney Legends statue and take part in a handprint ceremony.

Previous honourees include Dame Julie Andrews, DICk Van Dyke and the late Robin Williams.