Although he never acted in any Disney movies, his musical compositions "Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 5. No. 1" and "Slumber My Darling" were heard in the 1998 Touchstone Pictures film The Horse Whisperer and the Buena Vista Television series Alias episode "The Counteragent" respectively. Ma contributed a "Barbecued Spareribs with Beer and Honey" recipe for Miss Piggy's 1996 cookbook, In the Kitchen with Miss Piggy.