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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | unknown
Release Date:
3 October 1955 (USA) See more »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Despite the Worship of a Fictional Mouse, One of the Best Children's Programs of All Time See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Jimmie Dodd ... Himself (as Jimmie) / ... (127 episodes, 1955-1957)
Tommy Cole ... Himself (61 episodes, 1956)
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Series Directed by
Sidney Miller (121 episodes, 1955-1957)
Charles F. Haas (5 episodes, 1955)
Dick Darley (4 episodes, 1955)
William Beaudine (2 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (5 episodes, 1955)

Series Produced by
Bill Walsh .... producer (12 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Original Music by
William Lava (5 episodes, 1955)
Buddy Baker (3 episodes, 1955)
Joseph Dubin (2 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Film Editing by
Joseph Dietrick (5 episodes, 1955)
Ellsworth Hoagland (5 episodes, 1955)
Wayne Hughes (5 episodes, 1955)
Bill Lewis (3 episodes, 1955)
Jack Vandagriff (3 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Art Direction by
Bruce Bushman (5 episodes, 1955)
Marvin Aubrey Davis (5 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Harriet Burns (126 episodes, 1955-1957)
 
Series Production Management
Mike Holoboff .... production manager / production supervisor (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Hal Adelquist .... production supervisor (5 episodes, 1955)
Ben Chapman .... production manager (5 episodes, 1955)
Stirling Silliphant .... production supervisor (5 episodes, 1955)
Bill Park .... production supervisor (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound (5 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (126 episodes, 1955-1958)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Ub Iwerks .... special processes (3 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (100 episodes, 1955-1956)
Calvin A. Maehl .... gaffer (65 episodes, 1955)
Gordon Avil .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1955)
Edward Colman .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Animation Department
Xavier Atencio .... layout artist (1 episode, 1955)
Barbara Begg .... background artist (1 episode, 1955)
Jack Boyd .... animator (1 episode, 1955)
Al Coe .... animator (1 episode, 1955)
Phil Duncan .... animator (1 episode, 1955)
John Freeman .... animator (1 episode, 1955)
Fred Hellmich .... animator (1 episode, 1955)
Cliff Nordberg .... animator (1 episode, 1955)
Jack Parr .... animator (1 episode, 1955)
Thelma Witmer .... background artist (1 episode, 1955)
 
Series Music Department
William Lava .... composer: theme music (95 episodes, 1955-1956)

Buddy Baker .... musical director (unknown episodes)
Jimmie Dodd .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Tom Mahoney .... choreographer (5 episodes, 1955-1956)
Alan Currier .... assistant choreographer (5 episodes, 1955)
Burch Mann .... choreographer (5 episodes, 1955)
Betty Wesley .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1955)
 

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Runtime:
USA:30 min (1957-1959) | USA:60 min (1955-1957)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
This show premiered on ABC the same day "Captain Kangaroo" (1955) premiered on CBS.See more »
Quotes:
Mickey Mouse:Hi, Mouseketeers!
Mouseketeers:Hi, Mickey!
Mickey Mouse:Got big doings this week. Adventure, fun, music, cartoons, news. Everybody ready?
Mouseketeers:Ready!
Mickey Mouse:Then on with the show!
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Despite the Worship of a Fictional Mouse, One of the Best Children's Programs of All Time, 13 April 2008
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

To create a show or movie with an animal character, such as Lassie, Benji, Charlotte or the Black Stallion is reasonable enough, especially for children. A show based on the worship of an animal character, in this case a mouse, seems a little ridiculous. Yet the whole Mickey Mouse Club idea has to be very American. Entertainment industries have constantly capitalized on icons produced for movies and television and exploited them to the hilt for profit. The studio corporations know that when Americans fall in love with characters and worlds from the movies and television, part of the spectator public wants to connect with it on a deeper level. The Mickey Mouse Club allowed younger viewers enthralled with the Disney universe to experience their favorite mouse on television once a week instead of only when mom and dad would take them to the cinema.

Simultaneously, all things considered, The Mickey Mouse Club was a good children's show with merit. The original show incorporated games, educational segments, sing-a-longs, and even some dramatic episodes. It seems to me I remember the Hardy Boys, but I am not sure. In short, the Mickey Mouse Club encouraged children to be children. And hey, the young Annette Funicello was worth the price of admission. She will probably be best remembered for this show rather than her silly beach movies 10 years later.

Today most children's programming via the networks is about pure entertainment, barring PBS, and a lot of it seems grossly inappropriate for underage viewers who are not yet pre-adolescents. Propagating that 8-to-10-year-olds should have boyfriends and girlfriends, i.e. behave like adults or even adolescents, is I think harmful misinformation. Children are still learning what is appropriate and inappropriate except for what they see modeled in front of them, which is often on television. If the Mickey Mouse Club had a clear message, it was that childhood should be enjoyed for what it is, and there is a magical wonder about childhood that should not be missed.

Still, it raises my eyebrow that the show's participants would not only sing hymns to a fictional mouse but don mouse-inspired attire. Even as a kid, I thought the mouse ears were ridiculous, especially on the adults! But given the low-quality of material being presented to children today, maybe the mouse ears are a small price to pay. Afterall, donning the mouse ears represents "make believe", the essence of childhood.

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