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.
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
The New Mickey Mouse Club
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./tt>
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
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)