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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).

1 comment:

Mooch said...

Thanks for posting about this. I wasn't around in the '70s but I do remember watching it on The Disney Channel in the '80s. I was starting to think nobody else remembered this show and I've had a hard time finding anything about it online.