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Lost Episodes 4: 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 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. Song recordings where present are from Mickey Mouse Club records, not from the original episodes.



Animal Alphabet



  Prod No: 8206-0??
  Filmed: August 1955
  Broadcast: Feb 13, 1956
  Intro: None
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Roy Williams
  Chorus: Judy, Tommy, Karen, Darlene, Dennis
  Presenters: Sharon, Bobby, Annette, Ronnie, Doreen
  Song: Animal Alphabet (Unknown)


Synopsis: Despite the obscurity of this number, it turns out to be an unexceptional “Roy at the Easel” performance, with the presenting Mouseketeers and Jimmie stating what words begin with various letters, and a “Greek Chorus” consisting of other Mouseketeers elaborating about the animals that start with the subject letter.

Storyline: The set consists of six large alphabet blocks forming something of a pyramid, on which are seated (from left) Judy, Tommy, Karen, Darlene and Dennis, with Jimmie at floor level seated in the middle. The presenting Mice run down the alphabet from A to M, stepping to the camera one at a time.

Jimmie (singing):

      You all know your ABCs from A to Z and yet;
      I think you’ll find it fun to do the Animal Alphabet!
      A is for Academy and our old Aardvark friend.

Chorus (singing):

      The Aardvark is a sturdy chap with elongated head,
      He passes up the finest foods and eats insects instead.


Roy draws an “A” on the easel, and draws a picture of an Aardvark from the “A.” He does the same on each of the successive letters.

Sharon: “B” is for a ball and bat, and also a Baboon.

Chorus (singing):

      The Baboon has a lot of strength, he likes to make a fuss;
      And when we see him in the zoo, sometimes he laughs at us.

Bobby: “C” is for cat, candy and our Camel friend.

Chorus (singing):

      The Camel is a wise old guy, to him there stands no barrier.
      He needs no drinking fountain cause, he is a water carrier!

Annette: “D” is for Disneyland and Dolphin in the sea.

Chorus (singing):

      The Dolphin is a playful fellow, loves to splash about
      with his stubby, big black nose, he knocks the bad shark out!

Ronnie: “E” is for evening, ears and elephant.

Chorus (singing):

      The Elephant is very big, a friend to Man and Monk;
      He’s always ready for a trip because he has his trunk!

Doreen: “F” is for football, and our friend the Frog.

Chorus (singing):

      The Frog was once a tadpole, now he hops and swims for folks;
      He’s very much alive although, night and day he croaks!




Sharon: “G” stands for geranium, and also for the Goat!

Chorus (singing):

      Goats are found on farms and ranches, they give milk to drink.
      And they have horns but they don’t honk; they eat tin cans I think.

Bobby: “H” is for house and home, and also for the Hawk.

Chorus (singing):

      The Hawk is called a bird of prey, he flies and strikes with vim.
      He’s quite ferocious, I suggest you keep away from him!

Annette: “I” is for imp and image, and iguana, too.

Chorus (singing):

      The Iguana is a lizard full of scales from head to feet.
      Would you believe it, some folks think he’s very good to eat!

Ronnie: “J” is for joker, jockey and the Jaguar.

Chorus (singing):

      The Jaguar is a savage member of the cat family.
      Well I can say our kitty cat is rough enough for me!

Doreen: “K” is for a key, a kite and a Kangaroo.

Chorus (singing):

      The Kangaroo can jump so high, and sit upon his tail..
      The mama carries baby like the postman carries mail!

Sharon: “L” is for lumberman and the Llama, too!

Chorus (singing):

      The Llama is a hump-less camel, woolly, kind of shy.
      He is a beast of burden and he likes to dwell up high!

Bobby: “M” is for majestic, money, man and Mouse.

Chorus (singing):

      The Mouse is cute and tiny and likes cheese around the house.
      He’s very quick, and very proud of his friend MICKEY MOUSE!!!

Notes

  • You could probably see that last one coming.
  • It may be noted the producers had most of the better singers in the Chorus and most of the better speakers as the presenters.
  • By stopping at “M” (13), there were probably plans to do a Part 2, which were scrapped after the completion of Part 1.
  • It could charitably be said that the number was an effort to be educational, with hints at the future Sesame Street, brought to you by the Letter K!
  • It’s gratifying that the producers recognized Ronnie’s speaking voice and sense of timing, although not his dancing ability.
  • This would be one of the skits Ron Steiner said he did with Sharon Baird. I would have advised him to grab Sharon’s arm and start tapping instead.
  • Not surprisingly, no one claims credit for this number on ASCAP, which does have six other similarly titled songs.
  • Bill Walsh and Hal Adelquist wrote the storyline, but the lyrics could only have come from Roy Williams who had a very broad sense of humor





Hi! To You



  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: Aug-Oct 1955
  Broadcast: Dec 19, 1955                        
  Intro: Title Cards Only
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Karen, Johnny
  Dancers: Sharon, Nancy, Doreen, Darlene, Lonnie, Don
  Song: Hi To You (Dodd/Gyldmark/Skaarup)


Synopsis:Although the lyrics are about winter play, this is treated as a Holiday Number, with the trio of Jimmie, Karen and Johnny singing the song, followed by Sharon, Nancy, Doreen, Darlene, Lonnie and Don, doing a ballet on the frozen pond.

Storyline: Sleigh bells can be heard in the background, which segues into a quiet version of Jingle Bells. The Introduction is by way of title cards with Christmas ornaments and holly: “The Mouseketeers present”, “Hi to You”, “A Greeting from Denmark”.

The scene opens with the camera approaching two mounds of snow with a frozen pond in the background, skirted by some frosted trees and other foliage. There is a sign on the pond is marked “Tunn Is”. Artificial “snow” falls from the sky, and onto the pond. As Jingle Bells plays, Jimmie, Karen and Johnny pop up from behind the larger of the two mounds waving their arms and yelling “Hi!”

Song Sequence

The three, bundled in coats, scarves and gloves, march in order from behind the snow mounds and sing:

(All)
      Hi! to you and Hi! to me,
      Hi! to everyone!
      Now that winter time is here,
      We’ll have lots of fun!

(Johnny)
      Hi! to snowflakes, see them fall
      Gently to the ground.
      Hi! to Mr. Snowman too,
      Snowy white and round!


(Karen)
      Snow party time—
      So, come along—
      And bundle up real warm, and—
      Join in the song!


(All)
      Hi! to you and Hi! to me,
      Hi! to everyone!
      Now that winter time is here,
      We’ll have lots of fun!

(Jimmie)
      There’s a song the children sing
      In Denmark ‘cross the sea;
      It will make your spirits ring,
      So, sing along with me—


(All)
      Hi! to Mom and Hi! to Dad,
      Hi! to all the folks!
      Hi! to Uncle Ole, too,
      Laugh at all his jokes! (ha, ha)

(Karen)
      Hi! to sleigh bells, hear them ring,
      Jingle, Jingle, Leigh!
      Hi! to all the birds that sing
      Merrily away!


(Johnny)
      So, winter’s cold!
      But we don’t care!
      We feel the family spirit
      Now in the air!


(All)
      What a bunch of lucky kids
      Happy as can be!
      Having fun and singing out
      Hi! to you and me!

(Jimmie leads and Karen and Johnny follow)
      Snow party time—
      So, come along—
      And bundle up real warm, and—
      Join in the song!


(All)
      Hi! to you and Hi! to me,
      Hi! to everyone!
      Now that winter time is here,
      We’ll have lots of fun!

Dance Sequence

There is a commotion camera right with kids yelling. Nancy, Sharon, Doreen and Darlene enter, similarly dressed for winter, riding a sleigh pulled by Lonnie and Don. Jimmie and the kids wave and the Mice dismount and run to the frozen pond. Karen and Johnny get on the sleigh which is pulled away by Jimmie. An instrumental of the song begins with sleigh bells in the background as the Mice begin to dance on the ice.





The boys run off, camera left. The girls run camera right around the snow mounds to the pond. Sharon and Doreen run behind the pond and out of the picture, leaving Darlene and Nancy camera center. Darlene does five turns in line, then stops in pose, followed by Nancy, who stops in pose mirror-imaged to Darlene. [Well, technically, they do 2 pique turns, 3 chaînés turns, a pas de chat turn, and échappé in 5th position, but it takes longer to explain, then to watch them do it].

Darlene and Nancy then do steps with the legs extended at angles (balloné), again in mirror image to each other.

Don, Lonnie and Doreen move up from off-screen, with the boys spinning to their knees, with Doreen running between the two to do a forward split, in which she apparently gets stuck. The boys move forward to either side of her and help her up. Doreen nods to her right at Lonnie, then to her left at Don, and the boys acknowledge by nodding back. All three perform a jig (folk dance) step, then dance to the back of the pond.

In the meantime, Darlene, Sharon and Nancy have formed a line, at the back of the pond and are swaying their hips in time. When the other three move back, the three girls repeat the jig step in in place, hitch kick, then step forward camera center, doing gliding steps (chassé), then backwards, moving together to form a block with the other three who have moved to the back.

With Sharon moving to the front, all six do a series of five steps with right foot over left, then jumping and shouting “hey” on six.

All six mice step backwards into a straight line, with Sharon slightly in front of the others. Sharon begins a series of 4 sauté turns from right to left across the camera, exiting the screen. She followed by Nancy, Lonnie, Doreen, and Don, then finally Darlene. Darlene does a series of turns, in place, ending in pose, center camera, then fade out.

Notes
  • Hi! to You is a true lost episode. Because of its Holiday theme, it was only broadcast twice: December 19, 1955 and not rerun in the First Season. It was a Third Season Mouseketeer Request two years later on December 26, 1957, and that was the total broadcast history.
  • Nancy loses her scarf on her last spin, and the black scarf is lying on the white ice as the others dance around it. This suggests that the number was directed by Dik Darley, who didn’t allow minor mishaps to interfere with the spontaneity of the performance.
  • The split-second timing of Mousekedance is not present here. The dance sequence is about a minute compared to the two-minute song, which could have been shortened. Nearly fifty seconds elapse from the opening title cards until the trio is first seen.
  • “Tunn Is” incidentally, means “Thin Ice” in Swedish, not Danish! The fact that he let the kids dance on thin ice is a bit peculiar for Jimmie, who wrote the I’m No Fool song for Cliff Edwards, singing as Jiminy Cricket.
  • Although the melody is the same, the S1 (Season One) Hi! to You is very different in theme and lyrics than the S2 Talent Round Up introduction, the S3 Mouseketeer Matinee introduction, or the MMC Records/Lennon Sisters Hi! to You Around the World, done in four different languages. Johnny, incidentally, speaks excellent French (Belgian grandmother).
  • This is definitely a Red Team number. The casting suggests that it was done towards the end of shooting, but not at the very end as Nancy and Johnny are still present.
  • This is a ballet number, as opposed to ice skating as originally believed. Again, thanks to Joanne Ainsworth for assistance in explaining the ballet steps.









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