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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Because We Like You

Hard to believe but October 3, 1955, also saw the premiere of another classic children’s show: The Mickey Mouse Club. Produced by Bill Walsh and starring Jimmie Dodd as Head Mouseketeer and veteran Disney artist Roy Williams as the Big Mooseketeer, the show was an instant smash, thanks in no small part to the 24 youngsters who sang, danced and charmed as the legendary Mouseketeers. Roy Williams created their famous “Mouseka-ear” headgear, inspired by The Karnival Kid (1929) in which Mickey tips his ears to Minnie as though they were a hat. The show’s theme song “Mickey Mouse March”—written by Jimmie Dodd, as were many songs heard on the show—remains a Disney standard. And in a very visible testament to the show’s enduring legacy, millions proudly wear the “Mouseka-ear” caps at Disney theme parks around the world to this day.

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