The Mickey Mouse Club

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The Mickey Mouse Club
The Mickey Mouse Club title screen.jpg
The title card used 1955–1959
Also known asThe New Mickey Mouse Club (1977–1979)
The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (1989–1996)
MMC (1993–1996)
Club Mickey Mouse (2017–)
Created by Walt Disney
Hal Adelquist
Presented by Jimmie Dodd (1955-1958)
Roy Williams (1955-1958)
Fred Newman (1989 revival, seasons 1-6)
Mowava Pryor (1989 revival, seasons 1-3)
Terri Eoff/Misner (1989 revival, seasons 4-6)
Theme music composer Jimmie Dodd
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes360
Production
Producer(s) Bill Walsh (1955–1959)
Running time22-44 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Productions
Distributor Buena Vista Distribution Company
(1962-1963)
SFM Media Service Corporation
(1977-1979)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkUnited States: ABC (1955–1959)
Syndication (1977–1979)
The Disney Channel (1989–1996)
Canada: Family Channel (1989–1996)
Original releaseOctober 3, 1955 (1955-10-03) 
March 7, 1996 (1996-03-07)
External links
Website

The Mickey Mouse Club is an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996 and returned in 2017 to social media. Created by Walt Disney and produced by Walt Disney Productions, the program was first televised for four seasons, from 1955 to 1959, by ABC. This original run featured a regular but ever-changing cast of mostly teen performers. ABC broadcast reruns weekday afternoons during the 1958–1959 season, airing right after American Bandstand . The show was revived three times after its initial 1955–1959 run on ABC, first from 1977 to 1979 for first-run syndication as The New Mickey Mouse Club, then from 1989 to 1996 as The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (also known to fans as MMC from 1993 to 1996) airing exclusively on cable television's The Disney Channel, and again in 2017 with the moniker Club Mickey Mouse airing exclusively on internet social media.

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Mickey Mouse himself appeared in every show, not only in vintage cartoons originally made for theatrical release, but also in the opening, interstitial, and closing segments made especially for the show. In both the vintage cartoons and new animated segments, Mickey was voiced by his creator Walt Disney. (Disney had previously voiced the character theatrically from 1928 to 1947 before being replaced by sound effects artist Jimmy MacDonald.)

<i>Mickey Mouse</i> Disney cartoon character

Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey is one of the world's most recognizable characters.

Jimmy MacDonald (sound effects artist) Scottish American animator, voice actor, musician and head of Disney sound effects department

John James MacDonald was a Scottish-born American foley artist, animator, voice actor, musician, conductor, and the original head of the Disney sound effects department. He was also the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1947 to 1977.

Before the TV series

The first official theater-based Mickey Mouse Club began on January 11, 1930, at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park, California, with 60 theaters hosting clubs by March 31. The Club released its first issue of the Official Bulletin of the Mickey Mouse Club on April 15, 1930. [1] By 1932, the club had 1 million members, and in 1933 its first British club opened at Darlington’s Arcade Cinema. [2] [3] In 1935, Disney began to phase out the club. [4]

California U.S. state in the United States

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

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1955–1959 show

Members

The Mickey Mouse Club was hosted by Jimmie Dodd, a songwriter and the Head Mouseketeer, who provided leadership both on and off the screen. In addition to his other contributions, he often provided short segments encouraging young viewers to make the right moral choices. These little homilies became known as "Doddisms". [5] Roy Williams, a staff artist at Disney, also appeared in the show as the Big Mouseketeer. Roy suggested the Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears worn by the cast members, which he helped create, along with Chuck Keehne, Hal Adelquist, and Bill Walsh.

Jimmie Dodd actor

Jimmie Dodd was an American actor, singer and songwriter, best known as the master of ceremonies for the popular 1950s Walt Disney television series The Mickey Mouse Club, as well as the writer of its well-known theme song "The Mickey Mouse Club March." A different version of this march, much slower in tempo and with different lyrics, became the alma mater that closed each episode.

Morality differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper

Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness".

A homily is a commentary that follows a reading of scripture. In Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Eastern Orthodox Churches, a homily is usually given during Mass at the end of the Liturgy of the Word. Many people consider it synonymous with a sermon.

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 most popular of the Mouseketeers constituted the so-called Red Team, who were kept under contract for the entire run of the show (1955–1959), and included:

Sharon Baird American actress

Sharon Baird is an American actress, voice actress, singer, dancer and puppeteer who is best known for having been a Mouseketeer.

Bobby Burgess American actor

Robert Wilkie "Bobby" Burgess is an American dancer and singer. He was one of the original Mouseketeers. Later, he was a regular on The Lawrence Welk Show.

Lonnie Burr, is an American entertainer and writer best known as one of only nine of the original thirty-nine Mouseketeers who remained under seven-year contract for the complete filming (1955-1959) of Walt Disney’s landmark children’s television show, the Mickey Mouse Club (MMC). The MMC was the first national TV show to star children who appeared primarily as themselves as well as acting as characters in scenes and musical numbers. The original show aired in syndication in the 1960s, reran again in 1975, then on the Disney Channel in the 1980s through the early 2000s.

Other Mouseketeers who were Red Team members but not on the show for all three seasons included:

Cheryl Holdridge American actress

Cheryl Lynn Holdridge was an American actress, best known as an original cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Johnny Crawford American actor-singer

John Ernest Crawford is an American actor, singer, and musician. At age 12, Crawford rose to prominence playing Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain, in the popular ABC Western series, The Rifleman, which aired from 1958 to 1963. Crawford first performed before a national audience as a Mouseketeer.

Dennis Day (Mouseketeer) Mouseketeer (1942-2018)

Dennis W. Day was an American actor, singer, dancer and theater director, best known as one of the original cast members of The Mickey Mouse Club. After ending his career as a child actor, he went on to work as a theater director before relocating to Oregon in the 1980s.

The remaining Mouseketeers, consisting of the White or Blue Teams, were Don Agrati (later known as Don Grady when starring as "Robbie" on the long-running sitcom My Three Sons ), Sherry Alberoni, Billie Jean Beanblossom, Eileen Diamond, Dickie Dodd (not related to Jimmie Dodd), Mary Espinosa, Bonnie Lynn Fields, [7] Judy Harriet, Linda Hughes, Dallas Johann, John Lee Johann, Bonni Lou Kern, Charlie Laney, Larry Larsen, Paul Petersen, Lynn Ready, Mickey Rooney Jr., Tim Rooney, Mary Sartori, Bronson Scott, Margene Storey, Ronnie Steiner, and Mark Sutherland. [8] Larry Larsen, on only for the 1956–57 season, was the oldest Mouseketeer, being born in 1939, and Bronson Scott, on only the 1955–56 season, was the youngest Mouseketeer, being born in July 1947. Among the thousands who auditioned but did not make the cut were future Oscar-winning vocalist/songwriter Paul Williams and future Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress Candice Bergen.

The 39 Mouseketeers and the seasons in which they were featured (with the team color they belonged to listed for each season):

Mouseketeers
MouseketeersYearsSeasons
1234
Bobby Burgess 1955–1959
Annette Funicello 1955–1959
Darlene Gillespie 1955–1959
Cubby O'Brien 1955–1959
Karen Pendleton 1955–1959
Doreen Tracey 1955–1959
Sharon Baird 1955–1959*
Tommy Cole 1955–1959**
Lonnie Burr 1955–1959-
Dennis Day 1955–1957*--
Nancy Abbate1955–1956---
Johnny Crawford 1955–1956---
Mike Smith1955–1956---
Don Underhill1955–1956---
Bonni Lou Kern1955–1956---
Tim Rooney 1955–1956*---
Mary Sartori1955–1956---
Bronson Scott1955–1956---
Mark Sutherland1955–1956---
John Lee Johan1955–1956*---
Billie Jean Beanblossom1955–1956---
Mary Espinosa1955–1956---
Judy Harriet1955–1956---
Dallas Johann1955–1956*---
Paul Petersen 1955–1956*---
Mickey Rooney Jr. 1955–1956*---
Dickie Dodd 1955–1956*---
Ronnie Steiner1955–1956*---
Cheryl Holdridge 1956–1958--
Jay-Jay Solari1956–1957---
Sherry Alberoni 1956–1957---
Eileen Diamond1956–1957---
Charley Laney1956–1957---
Larry Larsen1956–1957---
Margene Storey1956–1957---
Don Grady 1957–1958---
Bonnie Lynn Fields 1957–1958---
Linda Hughes1957–1958---
Lynn Ready1957–1958---

Notes: Cole and Day were originally Blue Team members, but were drafted to the Red Team later in the first season.

Johann, Petersen, and the Rooney brothers were all fired early in the first season. Dallas' brother John Lee replaced him, while Dodd and Steiner were hired as replacements for the Rooney brothers.

For the show's fourth season, only a small amount of new footage was filmed and was intermixed with material from previous seasons. It is believed[ according to whom? ] that only six of the Mouseketeers Funicello, Gillespie, Tracey, Burgess, Pendleton, and O'Brien were called back for the filming of new material, while Cole and Baird were merely used for some publicity material.

Adult co-hosts

Other notable non-Mouseketeer performers appeared in various dramatic segments: [5]

These non-Mouseketeers primarily appeared in numerous original serials filmed for the series, only some of which have appeared in reruns. Certain Mouseketeers were also featured in some of the serials, particularly Annette Funicello and Darlene Gillespie.

Major serials

Major serials included: [5]

Music

The opening theme, "The Mickey Mouse March", was written by the show's primary adult host, Jimmie Dodd. [5] It was also reprised at the end of each episode, with the slower "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 throughout the series.

Show themes

Each day of the week had a special show theme, which was reflected in the various segments. The themes were:

Scheduling and air times

The series ran on ABC Television for an hour each weekday in the 1955–1956 and 1956–1957 seasons (from 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET), and only a half-hour weekdays (5:30 to 6:00 pm ET) in 1957–1958, the final season to feature new programming. [9] Although the show returned for the 1958–1959 season (5:30 to 6:00 pm ET), these programs were repeats from the first two seasons, recut into a half-hour format. The Mickey Mouse Club was featured on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Walt Disney's Adventure Time, featuring reruns of The Mickey Mouse Club serials and several re-edited segments from Disneyland and Walt Disney Presents , appeared on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cancellation

Although the show remained popular, ABC decided to cancel the show after its fourth season, as Disney and the ABC network could not come to terms for renewal. [5] The cancellation in September 1959 was attributed to several factors: the Disney studios did not realize high-profit margins from merchandise sales, the sponsors were uninterested in educational programming for children, and many commercials were needed to pay for the show. After canceling The Mickey Mouse Club, ABC also refused to let Disney air the show on another network. [10] Walt Disney filed a lawsuit against ABC, and won the damages in a settlement; however, he had to agree that both the Mickey Mouse Club and Zorro could not be aired on any major network. This left Walt Disney Presents (initially titled Disneyland, later retitled the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color when it moved to NBC) as the only Disney series left on prime time until 1972 when The Mouse Factory went on the air. The prohibition against major U.S. broadcast network play of the original Mickey Mouse Club (or any later version) became moot when Disney acquired ABC in 1996. Although it would not air on ABC again, Disney would run it on the Disney Channel's "Vault Disney" block 1998-2002.

Australian tour

Although the series had been discontinued in the United States, many members of the cast assembled for highly successful tours of Australia in 1959 and 1960. The television series was very successful in Australia and was still running on Australian television. The cast surprised Australian audiences, as by then they had physically matured and in some cases, bore little resemblance to the young cast with whom Australians were so familiar. Mainstream television did not reach Australia until 1956, so the series screened well into the 1960s when the back catalog expired.

Syndication

In response to continuing audience demand, the original Mickey Mouse Club went into edited syndicated half-hour reruns that enjoyed wide distribution starting in the fall of 1962, achieving strong ratings especially during its first three seasons in syndicated release. (Because of its popularity in some markets, a few stations continued to carry it into 1968 before the series was finally withdrawn from syndication.) Some new features were added such as Fun with Science or "Professor Wonderful" (with scientist Julius Sumner Miller) and Marvelous Marvin in the 1964–1965 season; Jimmie Dodd appeared in several of these new segments before his death in November 1964. Many markets stretched the program back to an hour's daily run time during the 1960s rerun cycle by adding locally produced and hosted portions involving educational subjects and live audience participation of local children, in a manner not unlike Romper Room .

In response to an upsurge in demand from baby boomers entering adulthood, the show again went into syndicated reruns from January 20, 1975, until January 14, 1977. [11] It has since been rerun on cable specialty channels Disney in the U.S. and Family in Canada. The original Mickey Mouse Club films aired five days a week on The Disney Channel from its launch in 1983 until the third version of the series began in 1989. The last airing of the edited 1950s material was on Disney Channel's Vault Disney from 1997 to September 2002. During the baseball seasons in 1975 and 1976, WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois, aired the show on a delayed basis due to Cubs ballgame coverages.

Reunions

Annette Funicello and Tim Considine were reunited on The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1977. Darlene Gillespie and Cubby O'Brien were also reunited on another episode of the same series.

Thirty-one of the 39 original Mouseketeers were reunited for a TV special, which aired on Disney's Wonderful World in November 1980.

Cast members Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Sharon Baird, Don Grady, and Sherry Alberoni were reunited on the 100th episode of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, during the show's third season in 1991.

Mouseketeers Doreen Tracey, Cubby O'Brien, Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Don Grady, Cheryl Holdridge, Bobby Burgess, Karen Pendleton, Tommy Cole, and Mary Espinosa performed together at Disneyland in the fall of 2005, in observance of Disneyland's 50th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the TV premiere of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Talent Round-Up Stars

1977 revival, The New Mickey Mouse Club

In 1977, Walt Disney Productions revived the concept, but modernized the show cosmetically, with a disco re-recording of the theme song and a more ethnically diverse group of young cast members. The sets were brightly colored and simpler than the detailed black and white artwork of the original. Like the original, nearly every day's episode included a vintage cartoon, though usually in color from the late 1930s and onward. The 1977 Mouseketeers were part of the halftime show of Super Bowl XI on January 9, 1977.

Serials

Serials were usually old Disney movies, cut into segments for twice-weekly inclusion. Movies included Third Man on the Mountain , The Misadventures of Merlin Jones and its sequel The Monkey's Uncle (both starring Tommy Kirk), Emil and the Detectives (retitled The Three Skrinks), Tonka (retitled A Horse Called Comanche), The Horse Without a Head (about a toy horse), and Toby Tyler (starring Kevin Corcoran). In addition, one original serial was produced, The Mystery of Rustler's Cave, starring Kim Richards and Robbie Rist. Often shown were scenes from animated Disney films, from Snow White to The Jungle Book billed as "Mouseka Movie Specials".

Theme days

Theme days were:

Syndication

The series debuted on January 17, 1977, on 38 local television stations in the United States, and by June of that same year, when the series was discontinued, about 70 stations in total had picked up the series. Additional stations picked up the canceled program, which continued to run until January 12, 1979; 130 new episodes, with much of the original material repackaged and a bit of new footage added, and a shortened version of the theme song, was produced to start airing September 5, 1977. Since the 1970s, the series has aired only briefly in reruns, unlike its 1950s predecessor, and while both the 1950s and 1989/1990s series had DVD releases of select episodes in July 2005, the 1970s series has been largely forgotten by many, including the generation of youthful viewers who made it their club. On November 20, 1977, "The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World" was shown on The Wonderful World of Disney . WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois, also aired this version on a delayed basis in 1977 and 1978 during the Cubs baseball season due to game coverages. Action for Children's Television successfully got the show canceled because of their objections to the types of commercials that aired during the program.

Cast

The cast of 12 (five boys and seven girls) had a more diverse multiethnic background than the 1950s version. Several 1977–1978 cast members went on to become TV stars and other notable icons.

The show's most notable alumnus was Lisa Whelchel (born in 1963, in Littlefield, Texas), who later starred in the NBC television sitcom The Facts of Life before becoming a well-known Christian author, and most recently, overall runner-up, and winner of the $100,000 viewers' choice award, on the fall 2012 season of the CBS television reality series Survivor . Mouseketeer Julie Piekarski (born St. Louis, 1963) also appeared with Lisa Whelchel on the first season of The Facts of Life. Kelly Parsons (born Coral Gables, Fla., 1964) went on to become a beauty queen and runner-up to Miss USA.

Other Mouseketeers (from seasons 1–2 (1977)) from the 1977 show: [8]

Disney voice actor and sound effects editor Wayne Allwine voiced Mickey Mouse in the animated lead-ins for the show, replacing Jimmy MacDonald, who in 1947 had replaced Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey for theatrical short cartoons. Walt Disney had been the original voice of Mickey and for the original 1954—1959 run provided the voice for animated introductions to the original TV show but had died in 1966. Allwine kept providing the voice for the character up to his death in 2009.

Future rock musician Courtney Love (wife of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain) claims to have auditioned for a part on the show, reading a poem by Sylvia Plath; she was not selected. [12]

Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and Mouseketeer serial star Tim Considine guest-starred in one episode; Former Mouseketeers Darlene Gillespie and Cubby O'Brien were also reunited on a different episode.

Theme song and soundtrack

The lyrics of the "Mickey Mouse Club March" theme song were slightly different from the original, with two additional lines: "He's our favorite Mouseketeer; we know you will agree" and "Take some fun and mix in love, our happy recipe."

A soundtrack album [13] was released with the show.

A new rendition of the "Mickey Mouse Club March" was made later on in 1999 by Mannheim Steamroller, a contemporary band, in hopes of connecting new-age children and their parents who watched the Mickey Mouse Club.

Distribution

This incarnation was not distributed by Disney alone; while Disney did produce the series, it was co-produced and distributed by SFM Entertainment, which also handled 1970s-era syndication of the original 1950s series. (Disney since regained sole distribution rights.)

1989–1994 revival, The All-New Mickey Mouse Club

Reruns of the original The Mickey Mouse Club began airing on The Disney Channel with the channel's 1983 launch. While the show was popular with younger audiences, the Disney Channel executives felt it had become dated over the years, particularly as it was aired in black-and-white. Their answer was to create a brand-new version of the club, one geared toward contemporary audiences. Notably, the all-new "club-members" would wear high-school like Mouseketeer jackets without the iconic Mickey Mouse ears. This show was called The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (also known as "MMC" to fans).

This version of the series is notable for featuring a number of cast members who went on to international success in music and acting, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Keri Russell, Ryan Gosling, Deedee Magno Hall, Nikki DeLoach, and Chase Hampton.

Throughout the run, Fred Newman was the main adult co-host from the beginning of the series until season six. In the first season, Newman was joined by other co-host Mowava Pryor. She was then replaced by Terri Eoff from the fourth season until the sixth season. By the show's final season, two original members Chase Hampton and Tiffini Hale became the co-hosts.

This was the first version of the club to have any studio audience, though a fairly small group.

Former Mouseketeer Don Grady guest-starred on an episode during the show's first season. Grady, along with fellow Mouseketeers Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Sharon Baird, and Sherry Alberoni were reunited on the 100th episode, during the show's third season. Funicello later appeared on the show again, in an interview with the Mouseketeer Lindsey Alley.

Scheduling and air times

From the first through fifth seasons, the series aired Monday through Friday at 5:30 pm. Through season 6, the show aired Monday to Thursday. In its final season, it aired Thursdays only at 7:00 pm (later moved a half hour later, to 7:30 pm). The series premiered Monday, April 24, 1989, ended production in October 1994, and aired its last original episode in 1996. Seasons 3 and 5 had the most episodes (55, each season). Seasons 4 and 6 were shorter, having about 35 episodes (36 in season 6) each. The remaining seasons were a standard 45 episodes (44 in season 7) each.

Skits

The show was known for its sketch comedy. Some of the sketches played off well-known movies, musicals, and even cartoons, as well as holiday-related skits. During the final season, some of the skits showed everyday occurrences experienced by teens, often teaching viewers a lesson on how to handle real-life situations.

Music videos

The series featured music videos of the Mouseketeers singing their versions of popular songs in front of a live studio audience or the Walt Disney World Resort. This became one of the most popular segments.

Live concerts and performances

A unique feature of the show was the Mouseketeers performing concerts on certain days (which were usually taped the day before or in the summer, when the kids had more time). During the final season, the concerts were replaced primarily by live performances that featured singing and dancing in front of the audience.

Theme days

This version maintained the "theme day" format from the previous two versions. When Disney decided to revamp the show for its final season, the show was reduced to a single weekly airing, shown only on Thursdays. Although still produced as a daily series during the final season taping in 1994, The Disney Channel, after canceling the series once season 7 production had concluded, decided to air the final season in a weekly format, therefore stretching the first-run episodes into early 1996. The final season premiered in May 1995, almost a year after production had started and more than 6 months after the series finale was taped.

Theme days were:

Mouseketeer roster

The adult co-hosts for the show were Fred Newman (1989–1993, seasons 1-6), Mowava Pryor (1989–1990, seasons 1–3), Terri Misner Eoff (1991–1993 (seasons 4–6), Tiffini Hale (1994, season 7), and Chase Hampton (1994, season 7).

The 35 Mouseketeers and the seasons in which they were featured are: [5]

Mouseketeers
MouseketeersYear(s)Seasons
1234567
Josh Ackerman1989–1994
Lindsey Alley 1989–1994
Jennifer McGill1989–1994
Tiffini Hale1989–1991, 1994*--
Chase Hampton 1989–1991, 1994*--
Albert Fields1989–1991*---
Deedee Magno 1989–1991*---
Damon Pampolina1989–1991*---
Brandy Brown1989–1990----
Roque Herring1989-----
Braden Danner 1989------
David Kater1989------
Kevin Osgood1989–1992---
Ricky Luna1990–1994--
Ilana Miller1990–1994--
Marc Worden 1990–1994--
Mylin Brooks1990–1992----
Jason Minor1990–1992----
Rhona Bennett 1991–1994---
Nita Booth1991–1994---
JC Chasez 1991–1994---
Dale Godboldo 1991–1994---
Tony Lucca 1991–1994---
Matt Morris 1991–1994---
Keri Russell 1991–1994----
Blain Carson1991–1992-----
Tasha Danner1991–1992-----
Terra McNair Deva1991–1992-----
Christina Aguilera 1993–1994-----
Nikki DeLoach 1993–1994-----
T.J. Fantini1993–1994-----
Ryan Gosling 1993–1994-----
Tate Lynche1993–1994-----
Britney Spears 1993–1994-----
Justin Timberlake 1993–1994-----

Note: For the show's fourth season, Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno, and Damon Pampolina were featured in segments as "The Party," primarily in footage separate from the rest of the cast.

Emerald Cove

During the last three seasons of MMC they had a TV series called Emerald Cove with the cast:

2017 reboot, Club Mickey Mouse

On September 8, 2017, The Mickey Mouse Club was rebooted under the name Club Mickey Mouse with a new set of Mouseketeers, [14] and for the first time, the series was made available on Facebook and Instagram, rather than its original half hour to full hour format on television, and is more like a reality show than a variety show, with about 90% of its content being behind the scenes. This incarnation of The Mickey Mouse Club features eight Mouseketeers who range in age from 15 to 18 (rather than 8 to 14 like the original): Regan Aliyah, Jenna Alvarez, Ky Baldwin, Gabe De Guzman, Leanne Tessa Langston, Brianna Mazzola, Sean Oliu, and Will Simmons. [15] The Mouseketeers were also joined by Todrick Hall, who served as a mentor to the cast, and Jennifer Chia as the host. [16] The series is produced by Disney Digital Network. [15] [17]

International versions

2015 revival in South Korea, The Mickey Mouse Club

On July 9, 2015, it was announced that a new version of the series will debut on July 23, 2015, on Disney Channel Korea. The format of revival will include musical performances, games, and skits, as same as the original one in the US. The series had two pilot episodes and ten regular episodes. The Mouseketeers consisted of nine members of S.M. Entertainment's pre-debut group called SM Rookies, including five boys — Mark, Jeno, Donghyuck, Jaemin, and Jisung — and four girls — Koeun, Hina, Herrin, and Lami.

The series was hosted by Leeteuk of boy band Super Junior. [18]

The show ended on December 17, 2015.

2017 Malaysian version, Club Mickey Mouse

On May 4, 2017, it was announced that Club Mickey Mouse will be created in Malaysia. [19] The format will include musical performances, games and comedy sketches.

The series is hosted by YouTube personality, Charis Ow, and premiered on Disney Channel Asia on September 15, 2017. [20] The series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on July 6, 2018. The series is again renewed for a third season which premiered on June 14, 2019.

MouseketeersYear(s)Notes [21]
Charis Ow2017–presentHead Mouseketeer
Dheena Menon2017–present
Erissa Puteri Hashim2017–present
Nur Alianatsha Hanafi2017–2018
Mohd Wafiy Ilhan Johan2017–present
Ahmad Faiz Najib2017–present
Gabriel Noel Poutney2017–present
Ellya Keesha2018–present

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Walt Disney Productions has produced an anthology television series under several different titles since 1954.

Annette Funicello actress and singer

Annette Joanne Funicello was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular Mouseketeers on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles "O Dio Mio", "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess", as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.

<i>Zorro</i> (1957 TV series) American action-adventure western drama series

Zorro is an American action-adventure western series produced by Walt Disney Productions. Based on the Zorro character created by Johnston McCulley, the series premiered on October 10, 1957 on ABC. The final network broadcast was July 2, 1959. Seventy-eight episodes were produced, and 4 hour-long specials were aired on the Walt Disney anthology series between October 30, 1960 and April 2, 1961.

Karen Pendleton American actress

Karen Anita Pendleton was an original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer on ABC television from 1955–1959. She was one of only nine Mouseketeers who were on the show during its entire original run.

<i>Spin and Marty</i> childrens television serial

Spin and Marty is a series of television shorts that aired as part of The Mickey Mouse Club show of the mid-1950s, produced by Walt Disney and broadcast on the ABC network in the United States. There were three serials in all, set at the Triple R Ranch, a boys' western-style summer camp. The first series of 25 eleven-minute episodes, The Adventures of Spin and Marty, was filmed in 1955. Its popularity led to two sequels — The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty in 1956 and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty in 1957.

Darlene Gillespie American actress and singer

Darlene Faye Gillespie is a Canadian-American former child actress, most remembered as a singer and dancer on the original The Mickey Mouse Club television series from 1955 to 1959. Her Irish father and French Canadian mother were a former vaudeville dance team. When Darlene was two years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, where she became a naturalized U.S. citizen in September 1956 at the age of fifteen. After her career in entertainment ended, she became a nurse.

Doreen Tracey actress, born in 1943

Doreen Isabelle Tracey was a British-born American performer who appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show from 1955-59.

Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran was an American former child actor, television director and film producer. He appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963, frequently as an irrepressible character with the nickname Moochie. One of eight children, most of whom did some acting in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Corcoran was the sibling whose work is best remembered. His father, William "Bill" Corcoran Sr. (1905–1958), was a police officer and then director of maintenance at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. Corcoran's mother, the former Kathleen McKenney (1917–1972), was, like her husband, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts.

<i>The Mouse Factory</i> television series

The Mouse Factory is an American syndicated television series produced by Walt Disney Productions and created by Ward Kimball, that ran from 1972 to 1973. It showed clips from various Disney cartoons and movies, hosted by celebrity guests, including Charles Nelson Reilly, JoAnne Worley, Johnny Brown, Phyllis Diller, Annette Funicello, Shari Lewis and Hush Puppy, Lamb Chop (puppet), Dom DeLuise, Don Knotts, and many more visiting The Mouse Factory and interacting with the walk-around Disney characters from the Disney theme parks. It was later re-run on the Disney Channel in the 1980s and 1990s.

"Tall Paul" is a song recorded by Annette Funicello and written by the Sherman Brothers. It marked the first time that a female singer reached a top ten slot for a rock and roll single. It also spotlighted Annette from amongst the other Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club and paved the way for the movie career which followed. Walt Disney personally took notice of the string of chart toppers which the Sherman Brothers were writing for Annette and subsequently asked the songwriters to work for him exclusively. The Sherman Brothers went on to win two Oscars for Mary Poppins several years later.

Walt Disney Presents: Annette is a television serial that ran on The Mickey Mouse Club during the show's third season (1957–1958). It starred Annette Funicello as Annette McCleod, a poor, orphaned country girl who moves into town with her upper-class Uncle Archie and Aunt Lila. The serial also starred Richard Deacon as Archie McCleod, Sylvia Field as Archie's sister Lila McCleod, Mary Wickes as Katie the housekeeper and prolific Disney child stars Tim Considine, David Stollery and Roberta Shore as Annette's friends. The story was adapted by Lillie Hayward from the book Margaret by Janette Sebring Lowrey.

Cubby OBrien American musician

Carl Patrick O'Brien, better known by the nickname of "Cubby", is an American drummer and former child actor, best known as one of the original Mouseketeers on the weekday ABC television program, The Mickey Mouse Club from 1955–1958.

Roy Williams was an artist and entertainer for The Walt Disney Studios, best known as "Big Roy," the adult mouseketeer for four seasons on the Mickey Mouse Club television series.

Rainbow Road to Oz was a proposed, but never finished, Walt Disney Studios 1950s live-action film about characters in the Land of Oz. Inspired by L. Frank Baum's Oz books, it was to have starred some of the Mouseketeers, including Darlene Gillespie as Dorothy and Annette Funicello as Ozma, as well as Bobby Burgess as the Scarecrow, Doreen Tracey as the Patchwork Girl, Jimmie Dodd as the Cowardly Lion, Tommy Kirk as the villainous son of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Kevin Corcoran.

Adventure in Dairyland is a television serial that aired in 1956 on ABC as part of the second season of The Mickey Mouse Club. The serial starred Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and Sammy Ogg of Spin and Marty and featured Kevin Corcoran in his first Walt Disney production.

The Music of Disney: A Legacy In Song is a 1992 three disc set of Disney songs spanning eight decades that were originally recorded from 1928 to 1991.

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