Thursday, December 20, 2007

Clarabelle Joins the Mickey Mouse Club!

Clarabelle Cow is the newest member of the Mickey Mouse Club!

Clarabelle, sculpted by Bruce Lau is Limited to Production Year 2008.

Mickey Mouse Club was hosted by Jimmie Dodd, a songwriter and the "Head Mouseketeer", who provided leadership both on and off screen. Roy Williams, a staff artist at Disney, also appeared in the show as the "Big Mooseketeer". Roy suggested the Mickey Mouse ears ("Mouseke-ears") worn by the cast members, which he helped create, along with Chuck Keehne, Hal Adelquist, and Bill Walsh.

The main cast members were called "Mouseketeers," and they performed in a variety of musical and dance numbers, as well as some informational segments.

The opening theme, "The Mickey Mouse March", was written by the show's primary adult host, Jimmie Dodd. It was also reprised at the end of each episode, with the slower "Now it's time to say goodbye" verse. A shorter version of the opening title was used later in the series, in syndication and on Disney Channel reruns. Dodd also wrote many other songs used in individual segments over the course of the series.

Although the show was filmed and broadcast in black and white, all of the animated segments - the opening theme, Mickey's introductions and farewells, the Jiminy Cricket shorts, etc. - were filmed in color. Below is the opening sequence (in color) courtesy of YouTube.com:




The Mickey Mouse Club ©Disney

3 comments:

Matthew said...

Any opportunity to add another Clarabelle to the collection is a good one!

She looks so seductive! LOL

Is it bad that I said that? :-)

Duckman said...

She definitely is trying to look seductive while shaking her pom-poms .. LOL!

Not totally sure about this one and am a big Clarabelle fan. Hoping it's the angle of the image. Definitely want to see more angles and in person.

The Mickey Mouse Club is shaping up to be quite a huge scene. Watching the clip, am hoping for Dumbo with Donald's Nephews. Can definitely see them doing Goofy.

Herc said...

Seems like this series is coming to us via the old Holiday Series method of one per year or close enough to it. It is a fantastic but huge scene that is surely a crowd pleaser.