The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show


Walt Disney Home Video: The Mickey Mouse Club

In 1994 the Disney Company issued this set of ten VHS video tapes from the original Mickey Mouse Club. Each one had three twenty-minute shows, and the first five had a new eight-minute introductary segment by Annette. The shows were drawn from the third and fourth seasons on ABC, and from the first season in syndication. When the compilation DVD The Best of the Mickey Mouse Club was issued in 2005 it consisted entirely of episodes that had already been featured on these tapes.


Volume Three     Featuring Curiosity with Jiminy Cricket

Front of Video Tape Box Rear of Video Tape Box Annette's introduction covers her recording career, from How Will I Know My Love? to the title track for The Monkey's Uncle. She emphasizes that it wasn't her idea, that Walt Disney told her to do it, and she is obviously still a little defensive about the whole experience. She stresses how much she owes to the Sherman Brothers, who wrote her songs, and to Disney conductor Tutti Camarata, who devised the double playback system that gave her tiny voice resonance; what she calls "the Annette Sound".

When I Grow Up 1st Episode: Fun with Music Day
This third season show has a musical number from the first season, introduced by Bonnie, Karen, and Linda as Mousekommunication switchboard operators. When I Grow Up is a ballad sung and danced solo by Darlene. Her voice is at it's most moving, but the number is a bittersweet experience to view today. It's followed by an episode of The New Adventures of Spin & Marty.
Mousekartoon 2nd Episode: Cartoon/Newsreel Day
This is third season show with the usual opening (We're the Mouseketeers...). Karen as the Mouseketeer-in-the-box introduces the cartoon "Plutopia", which is followed by a Jiminy Cricket Curiosity Special on Uranium.
The Green Grass Grows All-around 3rd Episode: Fun with Music Day
Third season show using Bonnie, Linda, and Karen to introduce an older skit. The Green Grass Grows All-around is sung by Jimmie, Karen, Mark, Sharon, Darlene, Doreen, and Cubby (with Dennis lip-synching) to quick sketches by Roy. As they finish, the camera shifts to a short dance number by Bobby, Bonni, and Don Underhill, while the music segues to the The Irish Washerwoman. This was another Burch Mann specialty piece that told a quick story thru dancing. It's followed by an episode of a serial filmed in England called Clint and Mac.

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