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Micky Mouse Club
Show History


Although the Mickey Mouse Club TV series premiered on October 3, 1955, the Mouseketeers made their first television appearance on July 17, 1955 - on the ABC broadcast special celebrating the opening of Disneyland.
Walt Disney was adamant that the Mouseketeers be regular kids, not actors. Producers searched schools looking for kids with that special spark.
The Mousketeers went to school 5 days a week on the Disney lot. Not only did they work 6 days but Sundays were often spent performing for the public. Being a Mousketeer wasn't easy.
The Mousketeers became close friends and remain so to this day.
Sadly, the show only ran for 3 years and 360 episodes. ABC wanted to run more ads and Walt Disney refused. His conntract forbid him from shopping the show to another network.
Jimmy Dodd died in 1964 at the too young age of 54. Roy Williams died in 1976.


1955-1959

(Series Cast)

Don Grady ... Himself

Tommy Cole ... Himself

Eileen Diamond ... Mouseketeer Eileen

Annette Funicello ... Herself

Jimmie Dodd ... Himself

Sharon Baird ... Herself

Bobby Burgess ... Himself

Darlene Gillespie ... Herself

Cubby O'Brien ... Himself

Karen Pendleton ... Herself

Doreen Tracey ... Herself

Billie Beanblossom ... Herself

Roy Williams ... Himself

Alvy Moore ... Himself - 'What I Want to Be'

Patricia Morrow ... Herself - 'What I Want to Be'

Duncan Richardson ... Himself - 'What I Want to Be'

Lonnie Burr ... Himself

Nancy Abbate ... Herself

Johnny Crawford ... Himself

Dick Dodd ... Himself

Michael Smith ... Himself

Don Underhill ... Himself

Hal Gibney ... Narrator - Newsreel

Cheryl Holdridge ... Herself


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The New Mickey Mouse Club

1977-1979


Same lyrics, different beat. Right from the opening credits, it was clear this wasn’t your parents’ Mickey Mouse Club. Debuting in syndication in 1977 amid a Disney publicity blitz, The New Mickey Mouse Club was clearly a child of the 70’s, complete with day-glo uniforms and a disco rhythm. The ears, however, remained the same.

By the time The New Mickey Mouse Club came to the airwaves, Cubby, Annette and the rest had all grown up, leaving the door open for a new generation of Mouseketeers—Billy "Pop" Attmore, Scott Craig, Nita Dee, Mindy Feldman, Angel Florez, Alison Fonte, Shawnette Northcutte, Kelly Parsons, Julie Piekarski, Todd Turquand, Lisa Whelchel and Curtis Wong. The fresh batch of eager youngsters offered a wider cultural spectrum than the original Mouseketeer lineup, but the newbies were no different from their predecessors in terms of talent, enthusiasm and all-around good cheer.

The Monday-to-Friday program offered a new theme for each day of the week. Monday was “Who, What, Why, Where, When, and How Day,” a fairly wide open category. Tuesday was “Let’s Go Day,” offering the Mouseketeers a chance to take their magic boat to places like Yellowstone National Park. On Wednesday, “Surprise Day” brought the unexpected to one or all of the Mouseketeers. Thursday was “Discovery Day,” a time for learning and exploring. Talents of all types were showcased on Friday, “Showtime Day,” including musicians, dancers, acrobats and ventriloquists (Mouseketeer Lisa was no slouch with a wooden dummy herself).

Like the original Mickey Mouse Club, the new program included a variety of mini-segments, ranging from classic “Mousekartoons” to serialized adventures like “Thieves in the Night” and “The Mystery of Rustler’s Cave.” Kids at home also got useful and healthful tips from segments like “You Are a Human Animal.”

Over the course of two seasons, 130 episodes of The New Mickey Mouse Club were produced, scoring a rousing success in areas where the show was available. Record albums were released to adoring fans as well, and the future looked sunny for the Mouseketeers. Unfortunately, costs were high for the elaborate production, and Disney decided against producing a third season. The Mouseketeers moved on (Lisa and Julie went on to star in TV’s The Facts of Life), and Disney focused its TV resources on its new cable outlet, The Disney Channel.
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(Series Cast)
Tim Considine ... Special Guest Star

Allison Fonte ... Special Guest Star

Annette Funicello ... Special Guest Star

Wendy Holcombe ... Herself

Christian Juttner ... Chris Hollister

Shawnte Northcutte ... Shawnte Northcutte

Molly Ringwald ... Herself

Linda Sypien ... Herself

Lisa Whelchel ... Lisa Whelchel

Billy 'Pop' Atmore ... Pop Attmore

Scott Craig ... Scott Craig

Nita DiGiampaolo ... Nita Dee

Mindy Feldman ... Mindy Feldman

Angel Florez ... Angel Florez

Kelly Parsons ... Kelly Parsons

Julie Piekarski ... Julie Piekarski

Todd Turquand ... Todd Turquand

Curtis Wong ... Curtis Wong


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In 1989, Disney decided to bring back its popular children's show with an All-New Mickey Mouse Club, utilizing a format similar to the original series from the 1950’s. However, this teen variety show, which included an MTV-like atmosphere of lovely, young singers and dancers, was missing one very noticeable element. Somehow, the producers nixed the round Mickey Mouse ears which were a prominent feature of the 50's and 70's Mickey Mouse Club versions.

The televised All-New Mickey Mouse Club was an extension of the live shows which were performed at the Disney theme parks. The series, which augmented the music video sequences with comedy bits reminiscent of You Can’t Do That On Television, lasted from 1989 to 1994. In 1993, MMC, as they liked to be called, released a television special called MMC in Concert.

A veritable incubator of 90's pop and TV sensations, The All-New Mickey Mouse Club insured our supply of teeny-bopper talent for years to come.


The All New
Mickey Mouse Club
(1989-1995)
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(Series Cast)
Tiffini Hale ... Herself

Chasen Hampton ... Himself

Josh Ackerman ... Himself

Lindsey Alley ... Herself

Fred Newman ... Host

Jennifer McGill ... Herself

Albert Fields ... Himself

Deedee Magno ... Herself

Damon Pampolina ... Himself

Mowava Pryor ... Herself

Brandy Brown ... Herself

Braden Danner ... Himself

Roque ... Herself

David Kater ... Himself

Ricky Luna ... Himself

Ilana Miller ... Herself

Marc Worden ... Himself

Rhona Bennett ... Herself

Nita Booth ... Herself

J.C. Chasez ... Himself

Dale Godboldo ... Himself

Tony Lucca ... Himself

Matt Morris ... Himself

Terri Eoff ... Host

Mylin Brooks ... Herself

Kevin Osgood ... Himself

Keri Russell ... Herself

Tasha Danner ... Herself

Jason Minor ... Himself

Justin Timberlake ... Himself

Christina Aguilera ... Herself

Blain Carson ... Himself

Nikki Deloach ... Herself

T.J. Fantini ... Himself

Ryan Gosling ... Himself

Terra McNair ... Herself

Tate Lynche ... Himself

Britney Spears ... Herself

Ryan Paul James ... Himself

Frank Gerrish ... Gus


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