Friday, November 9, 2012

Who's the leader of the club


... that's  made for you and me?
Finding in the nether regions of a thrift store a copy of The Mickey Mouse Scrapbook (a 1975 retrospective on the 1950s Mickey Mouse Club tv show phenomenon)  has prompted me to create a nostalgia challenge, to wit:

Test Your Mickey Mouse Club IQ

  1. Adult "Moosketeer" Jimmie Dodd played what instrument: a) violin b) guitar c) harmonica
  2. How much were beginning Mouseketeers paid per week? a) $80 b) $185 c) $250
  3. Which of these daily themes is erroneous? Monday: Fun With Music; Tuesday: Special Guest; Wednesday: Grab Bag; Thursday: Circus Day; Friday: Talent Round-Up.
  4. What actor appeared in both the Hardy Boys and Spin and Marty serials? a) David Stollery b) Kevin Corcoran  c) Tim Considine
  5. Which Mouseketeer did not appear in the New Adventures of Spin and Marty series? a) Annette b) Darlene c) Doreen
  6. What caused the demise of the Club? a) Annette grew too old for her ears (and her sweaters); b) Annette left the show to become a recording star; c) Annette appeared in a revealing bathing suit.
[Answers after the jump]
In its heyday of 1956, the Club reached more daytime viewers than any other program; in the Nielsen race, it was second only to the World Series. The secret recipe combined a great format with the superabundant talents and winsome charm of the Mouseketeers. Here's a tip of the hat to the original nine: Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Lonnie Burr, Tommy Cole, Annette Funicello, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O'Brien, Karen Pendleton, and Doreen Tracey!



  1. Adult "Moosketeer" Jimmie Dodd played what instrument: a) violin b) guitar c) harmonica
  2. How much were beginning Mouseketeers paid per week? a) $80 b) $185 c) $250
  3. Which of these daily themes is erroneous? Monday: Fun With Music; Tuesday: Special Guest; Wednesday: Grab Bag (It was "Anything Can Happen" day; Thursday: Circus Day; Friday: Talent Round-Up.
  4. What actor appeared in both the Hardy Boys and Spin and Marty serials? a) David Stollery b) Kevin Corcoran  c) Tim Considine
  5. Which Mouseketeer did not appear in the New Adventures of Spin and Marty series? a) Annette b) Darlene c) Doreen
  6. What caused the demise of the Club? a) Annette grew too old for her ears (and her sweaters); b) Annette left the show to become a recording star; c) Annette appeared in a revealing bathing suit.

12 comments:

  1. Weren't Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake all Mousketeers in their childhoods?

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    1. I'm glad someone asked this before me, so I didn't have to be the first. I guess the Mouseketeers made a comeback in the late 80s/early 90s?

      Now, perhaps that trivia I would have a chance at.

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    2. I was a Mickey Mouse Club super fan in the early 90's. The show started going down hill in 1994 when Spears, Aguilera, and Timberlake joined the pack, and was finally cancelled in early 1996. A sad day for me indeed but not as sorrowful as the day they took Kids Incorporated of the air, but I digress.

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  2. Yes to both of you, according to Wiki.
    But the idea that a show would be cancelled because Annette got too big for her sweater sounds bogus! (She could always be changed, or covered up). The producers and the network couldn't come to terms. (unsexy, but money calls the shots.)
    I never saw the show, but someone gave me a Mickey Mouse watch when I was little. Must have been a knockoff, cause it swiftly died.

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    1. "Although Annette hadn't been considered any more special than the other Mouseketeers when she was hired, from the show's first week on the air the letters began to pour in. The studio began to think of her as the major source of the club's popularity. Disney himself came to regard her as a sort of yardstick. When Annette grew too old for her ears (and her sweaters) the Mickey Mouse Club was finished." [although it was later syndicated in half hour condensed versions in the early '60s and in 1975.
      I agree with Anonymous below -- it's strange that they didn't just get a whole new cast when the originals grew up. (New kids were added during the show's run when attrition occurred.)

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    2. Anonymous but not that oneNovember 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      Whom are you quoting?

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    3. "The Micky Mouse Scrapbook," 1975

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  3. I always think of Michelle from Full House calling her Annette Funny Jello. That's the extent of my Mickey Mouse Club knowledge, sadly enough.

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  4. M-I-C See ya later K-E-Y Why? Because we love you! M-O-U-S-E!!!!!!!!!

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  5. I dunno about the rest of the Mouseketeers, but if my $185 per week job were being threatened because a girl was getting too busty, I'd make "Anything Can Happen" Day into "Let's sew Annette into a down vest" Day.

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  6. hard to believe that we sang the song every day.... oh, the sheer joy of a show of our own! in my neighborhood, all the girls wanted to be Darlene.

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    1. Disney did have the right idea ... a show with kids for kids. Darlene and Annette -- kind of like Snow White and Rose Red.

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