Friday, July 3, 2009
Horse Laughs On The Mouse Factory
Back here I promised more on Disney's TV series The Mouse Factory so here's a publicity still from the thirteenth episode of the show starring guest-host Jo Anne Worley. Underrated and underused over the years, the wacky Ms. Worley made a splash as an original cast member on NBC's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Having guest hosts (or Mickey's Friends, as they were billed) such as Jo Anne was only appropriate as The Mouse Factory was Disney's own sort-of version of Laugh-In. As you can see, this episode focused on horses in Disney animation. I love that zany costumed horse, a character called Cyril, who was supposedly the original horse of a different color. I don't know if Cyril was named in honor of (or was perhaps even supposed to be) Cyril Proudbottom, Mr. Toad's horse pal, pictured here in the lower right-hand image from the "Wind in the Willows" segment of Walt Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).