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Lost Episodes: Selected "Fun with Music Day" Shows

"Lost Episodes" is an irregular series highlighting shows from the Mickey Mouse Club's first two seasons that for one reason or another are not readily available for viewing today. The shows are not truly lost, as the 35mm film masters are presumably archived by Disney. However, photos and information about the shows are so rare as to render them "lost" to general knowledge.

This page contains storylines and production details for some rare first and second season Fun with Music Day shows. None of these shows are available on YouTube, Disney official DVD releases, nor are they circulated among private collectors. Most of the content here comes courtesy of Randall Nakashima. Due to the rarity of these shows, photos to illustrate them may not be available. This page will be updated from time to time as more information becomes available.



Sho Jo Ji aka The Hungry Racoon



  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: May-June 1955
  Broadcast: Nov 7, 1955
  Intro: Title card only
  Lead: Lonnie
  Duet: Frances Archer, Bevery Gile (voiceover)
  With: Billie, Nancy, Mary E, Dallas, Roy, Judy
  Song: Sho Jo Ji (trad/Archer/Gile/Walsh)


Synopsis: The number is essentially one of Burch Holtzman’s character dances. The actual broadcast version of the number makes no reference to Sho Jo Ji, or that he is a raccoon.

Storyline: It begins with an approach shot of the easel which proclaims the title in mock oriental script. Lonnie (in long pants) introduces his wife Judy (ditto), his four children, and the character of the rickshaw driver, Roy. The music begins with a lot of ceremonial bowing and a sort of a straight-faced line dance among the family. They are dancing one after the other, when Nancy falls to the ground, having gotten something in her foot. Since Nancy can’t walk, Lonnie tries to think of what to do when he sees Roy pass by with his rickshaw.

Lonnie searches his pocket and comes up with only one coin, and shakes his head, acknowledging this is not enough for his entire family. He gets an idea: he hustles his family back through the door in the set, then hails Roy. After Roy agrees to take the fare base on one passenger, the family climbs into the rickshaw while his back is turned. When he can’t lift the handles he looks back and sees six people loaded on. Annoyed, he opens the “Out to Lunch” sign, and stomps off.

Also annoyed because the family is stuck, Judy puts Lonnie at the head of the rickshaw, and he ends up pulling them off. While they are pulled off, the Mice in back turn to the camera, smile and wave.

Lonnie’s voiced-over dialog at beginning: I am Ho-Kay. Okay? I come to tell you of my honorable family. First is okasan, honorable mother. Then is otosan, honorable father. That would be me. Then is kodomo. Very quiet honorable children. Then is honorable rickshaw driver, ogisan. He is honorable driver of rickshaw. Ah, so?





Notes

  • Unlike other numbers, there was no Mouseketeer to introduce this. There is no reference to the title character as a raccoon or what is going on in the song
  • This is the same Mouseketeer team as in Pussycat Polka
  • The only set pieces are the rickshaw and what appears to be a house or building of some type with a door
  • Everyone is completely straight-faced, including Billie. A drastic change from her usual cheerful demeanor!
  • The Giles and Archer song is heard in the background after Lonnie’s introduction of his family, and does not play a major role in the number.
  • The ending is identical to that of the first half of the Horseless Carriage skit in the second season
  • The dialog and set are cringeworthy; the writers (Bill Walsh/Hal Adelquist/Roy Williams) did not seem to know if they were in China or Japan





Fun with Music



  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: Aug-Oct 1955
  Broadcast: Feb 20, 1956
  Intro: None
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Listed in Synopsis
  Song: (Let's Have) Fun with Music (David/Livingston/Dodd)


Synopsis: Jimmie with his Mousegetar are backed by the Mouseketeers and a band; they invite us to have fun with music. The mice include Doreen as a nightingale and Sharon as an owl (with facemasks), Mary Espinoza and Nancy in cat outfits, Cubby with a stalk of bluebells, Bonni standing behind a full moon, Bronson and Johnny in beaver outfits, Mark, Bobby, Lonnie and Don as a barbershop quartet, Mary Sartori and Lee as Mambo dancers, with Roy holding a trumpet and Bob Amsberry on a keyboard that looks like a typewriter.

Storyline: Although a straight-forward number, there are a lot of moving parts, making it easier to describe the action in conjunction with the song.

Camera on Jimmie moving forward with Mousegetar:

      What a good night for livin’
      What a good night for laughin’
      What a good night for singin’ a song
      Let’s have fun with music!

      Listen to the nightingale way up there
      He says the owl is
      A great big square
      Let’s have fun with music!


Enter Doreen in toe shoes from left with a bird mask; enter Sharon from right with owl mask. Both join in last line, then exit.

      Bluebells are gaily ringing
      Cats on the fence are singing
      The Man in the Moon is winking his eye
      Having fun with music!


Enter Cubby from left with a stalk of bluebells which he plays like a lyre. Camera pans upward on a fence where Mary Espinosa and Nancy in Pussycat Polka suits appear. Bonni enters from right holding a Man in the Moon with winkable eye about 4’ in diameter. All join on last line and remain on camera.

      From the brook comes a melody
      That goes so sweet
      The beavers keep a tempo with a happy beat
      They all have fun with music!




Enter Bronson and Johnny from right wearing wrap around beaver masks with the nose and teeth covering their faces. They hold a cut-out of a stream. Its unknown if they join in the singing or not; their faces are covered. They then exit.

      If you can’t sing, try humming
      Pick up some sticks start drumming
      You’ll find your world a happier place
      Having fun with music!

      Barbershops are harmonizing by the hour
      Who cares whether
      They’re a wee bit sour
      Let ‘em have fun with music!


Enter barbershop quartet: Bobby and Mark from left; Lonnie and Don from right. Jimmie sings purposely flat on the word “sour.” All four boys join the last line, then exit.

      Let’s play a note like this note
      Let’s sing a note like this note
      Let’s play the notes together and then
      We’ll have fun with music!


Jimmie moves stage right to Bob Amsberry who is playing a small keyboard in a case that looks like a typewriter. He plays a note at the end of each line.

      Give a Latin rhythm for a little spice
      Nowadays the Mambo she’s a very nice
      Hey just for fun let’s swing now
      The Major Scale
      And the Minor Scale


Jimmie returns stage left where Mary Sartori and Lee are holding maracas and doing a quick Mambo side step. Even Bonni joins in a front and back step. Then Mary Sartori and Lee flank Jimmie, and they and Cubby begin singing the major and minor scales. Camera switches to Roy doing a Harry James swing number on a trumpet. Although four Mice are standing with Jimmie, only he and Mary are audibly singing.

      What a good night for livin’
      What a good night for laughin’
      What a good night for singin’ a song
      Let’s have fun with music!


The first verse repeats. All the Mouseketeers return and gather around Jimmie and join singing. Bronson and Johnny have removed their beaver noses and teeth. Bonni sets down the Man in the Moon and joins in song.

Notes
  • Despite all the verbiage above, this was a fun, quick-moving number
  • There was no standard introduction and no roll call
  • This number may have been meant as a replacement for the FWM Day opening





Mousegetar Music Lesson



  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: Sep 1955
  Broadcast: Feb 20, 1956                        
  Intro: None
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Ensemble


Synopsis: This number can be thought of as "Presentation of the Mousegetar, Part 2" where Jimmie follows up on his promise to teach the kids how to play songs with just the three chords he shows them when they get their own Mousegetars.

Storyline: This is something of a “day in the life” episode. There is no introduction, but an opening overhead view of the Mice to the left, with the band on the stand playing at the top right, and Dik Darley in suit at the front of the band. The Mice are positioned as seen in the photo, although by height: they are not on a bleacher as it would appear. Karen, Cubby and Bronson are sitting on the floor. All the Mice except Mike Smith are present.

After the kids cheer “Yay!!” with the band playing, Darley calls “cut” and announces a five-minute break. All the Mice fall out from their positions. Johnny, Dennis and Doreen appear exhausted and slump into directors’ chairs. They are offered water.



Meanwhile, Bobby and Sharon apparently have more energy, and as a number of Mice move away from the camera, begin a fast swing dance. Lee, Mary S. and other Mice gather around and begin clapping in rhythm.







Pan left: Cubby is playing his drums as Darlene dances while Jimmie and other Mice watch.

Jimmie magically appears in another location with one of the stage hands opening a box of Mousegetars. He calls the kids over: Annette, Judy and Darlene get the smaller Mousegetars and stand stage right (below photo). Not shown in the photo are Ronnie, Tommy and Dennis who take up Mousegetars and stand stage left with Jimmie in the middle. Dickie later stands to the side with Bonni, Dennis and Bobby in the rear, and Karen pulls up a stool in front.



Jimmie goes over the three chords introduced in "Presentation" and demonstrates the proper fingering for each. There is a close up on his hands on the fret board. There is a reprise of I’m a Guitar with Jimmie showing the fingering and moving from chord to chord, and the Mice listed joining in on both the playing and the singing.

After finishing, Jimmie reminds them that they can play a number of songs with the same chords and leads them in a rousing rendition of She’ll be Comin’ Around the Mountain. Finally, Roy comes around back playing the smaller crank-driven version, which Jimmie says shows that anybody can play a Mousegetar.

Notes
  • From today’s perspective, this is an infomercial for the Mattel Mousegetar, but it is still entertaining, if not educational





Scribble Town



  Prod No: 8206-084
  Filmed: Sep 14, 1956
  Broadcast: Feb 18, 1957
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Roy Williams
  With: Ensemble
  Song: Draw a Picture (Trad/Larry Orenstein/Ray Brenner)
  Song: Scribble Town (Ray Brenner)


Synopsis: Another skit that starts off in Mousekemusic class. Roy draws a caricature of teacher Jimmie on the board, then obliges the mice when they sing "Draw a Picture" to the tune of Aloutte. The second song has Roy as the mayor of Scribble Town, where drawings come to life.

Storyline: Jimmie, wearing glasses and a suit, enters the Mousekemusic class room as the noisy mice quickly fall silent. Glancing at the whiteboard he spots the caricature of himself. "I see" he says ominously. "Which one of you did this" he demands. The class remains silently cowed.

Suddenly Roy pops thru the classroom door and says "Teacher, I cannot tell a lie, I did it". Jimmie praises the drawing as the best he's ever seen then asks the class to sing Alloutte. The mice respond with the correct tune, but the lyrics for the chorus become:

      Draw a picture, draw another picture
      Draw a picture, won't you Uncle Roy?


Roy obliges with a second picture on a side board for the insistent mice, who immediately sing for another. This sequence is repeated three times, each picture consisting of two objects that rhyme, e.g. nanny goat, overcoat; scary ghost, piece of toast. This latter pair were drawn on the pulled down shade of a window. After each picture is completed the mice sing the catalog of rhyming objects and end with the chorus.

For the final picture, the mice start singing the countdown chorus, but the window shade with the picture of the ghost is now up, revealing a "real ghost" looking in the window. Roy quickly draws another picture of a piece of toast, hands it the ghost, who "eats" it as the number ends in a fade out.

When the skit resumes from the commercial break Jimmie asks Eileen to come up to the board. Together they draw scribbles which Roy turns into an owl and the town hall of Scribble Town.







From Roy's drawing the scene segues into a large cut out prop of the town hall, which is only revealed when Doreen and Sharon pop open "windows" in it. Jimmie starts to sing Scribble Town and how wishes come true by drawing them.

The scene seques again to a stage set framed by several large prop cut outs of building done in scribble style. Roy appears in an artist's smock and beret as the mayor of Scribble Town, while Sharon and Doreen sing quick solos. A chorus consisting of Bobby, Lonnie, Larry, Margene, Cubby, and Sherry then joins in singing with Doreen and Sharon.

Lonnie wishes out loud for a sports car then "drives" off with Margene after Roy draws it. Cubby wishes for a drum and Sherry for a bugle; Roy draws the instruments then the two youngsters "play" them.

For the final scene the six older mice launch into a dance, which culminates in them breaking into pairs around three mobile easels. They push the three easels together revealing a caricature of Roy.

Notes
  • The hungry ghost was undoubtedly played by Bob Amsberry
  • Storyline and songs were by the team of Larry Orenstein and Ray Brenner








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