Who remembers The Mickey Mouse Club?
The Mickey Mouse Club, premiered on ABC –TV on October 3rd 1955, and was created and produced by Walt Disney, the program ran from 1955 to 1959.
Previous to the TV series, there was a theater-based Mickey Mouse Club. The first one started on January 4, 1930 at 12 noon at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park, California with sixty theaters hosting The Mickey Mouse Club.
By 1932, the Club had 1 million members, and in 1933 its first British club opened at Darlington’s Arcade Cinema, by 1935, with so many clubs around the world, Disney begins to phase out the club.
The Mickey Mouse Club was Walt Disney’s second venture into producing a television series, the first being the Walt Disney anthology television series, initially titled Disneyland.
Disney used both shows to help finance and promote the building of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim California.
The result was a variety show for children, with such regular features as a newsreel, a cartoon, and a serial, as well as music, talent and comedy segments. One unique feature of the show was the Mouseketeer Roll Call, in which many (but not all) of that day’s line-up of regular performers would introduce themselves by name to the television audience.
Annette Funicello before making Beach movies in the 1960’s with Frankie Avalon. She began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club.
Other famous stars of today also started on the Mickey Mouse Club, before becoming the BIG stars of today.
When the revival of the House of Mouse produced children’s variety show hit The Disney Channel in the early ‘90s, there was the “it’s been 40 years since Annette and Cubby started this whole thing?”
The new version cast members like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake stormed the music industry in the late ‘90s after appearing on the Mickey Mouse Club. Hard to believe where they got their start in show business?
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name (Storyjam) is the original Merry Mouseketeers making their debut on October 3rd 1955.
Growing up in this era I remember watching The Mickey Mouse Club, and at end of each show. They had hokey a little song at the end, which went something like this;
M-I-C, see you really soon, K-E-Y, Why because be we like you. M-O-U-S-E, which spelled out Mickey Mouse, but you get the gist of it.
As we remember how on October 3rd 1955, The Mickey Mouse Club, premiered on ABC –TV.
Written & Designed by JD Mitchell