Thursday, November 21, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Hap-Hap-Happy Snowman

© Original MC

Here’s a quickie of a Throwback Thursday! Frozen 2 releases tomorrow in theaters. With the second Frozen movie comes a second chance to see everyone’s favorite talking snowman, Olaf. (Or at least second favorite if you count Frosty!)

But long before Olaf sang about how in summer he’ll be a—happy snowman!—Disney offered a performance on television about another happy snowman. No, I’m not talking about Frosty. I’m talking about a musical number from the original Mickey Mouse Club.

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© Wikipedia

For anyone who isn’t on the receiving end of the “OK Boomer!” meme, the Mickey Mouse Club was a weekly television series by Disney featuring a cast of children actors known as the Mouseketeers. These children often hosted musical numbers, real-world travel segments, and other performances on the show alongside classic Disney shorts.

One particular episode during their third season had the children performing a song, “Hap-Hap-Happy Snowman.” The number itself is as simple as it gets. The children are acting in a Christmas pageant where they sing the song while Mouseketeer Annette Funicello performs ballet alongside a costumed snowman.

What I find interesting is that the most famous song about a dancing snowman, Frosty the Snowman, was released in 1950 by Gene Autry. So that song had been out for quite some time when this episode was released. I'm surprised they decided not to use that song instead of this ultra-generic one they created. Must have been a rights issue.


That’s really about all I can say. I recently stumbled across this video clip and felt it would be relevant to the upcoming Frozen 2 movie. Both of them do feature Hap-Hap-Happy Snowmen.

I’ll be honest. I don’t really care that much about the Mickey Mouse Club. I remember watching portions of it when it still aired on Disney Channel—long before it became the teeny-bopper channel it is today. I can’t really say the show enthralled me. Maybe it was because the show was in black and white. Maybe it was because the musical numbers like this were blander than unbuttered toast. Or maybe it was because, despite the title, the show had a real lack of Mickey Mouse.

I’m sure the baby boomers who watched this show as kids loved it. I’m sure they also loved it when it aired on re-runs on the Disney Channel. I’m sure they’re also disappointed none of the episodes are airing on Disney+. As for me, I just never really saw the appeal. If you did, well, OK Boomer!

6 comments:

  1. When I was in sixth grade, I remember it being a big deal (for me, anyway) when they announced that they were going to start showing repeats of the original Mickey Mouse Club, weekday afternoons. I watched it everyday after school. Of course, I liked the cartoons and I also enjoyed the serials, like "Spin and Marty" and "Corky and White Shadow." I do remember some of the song and dance numbers being a little difficult to sit through. However, I can appreciate all of it much better now as an adult, than I ever could as an 11 year-old, watching a 20 year-old children's television show.

    By the way, Darlene did NOT look very happy about being left out of that Happy Snowman number! I actually always liked her, but I just had to get in some kind of Darlene jab! ;-)

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    1. "I can appreciate all of it much better now as an adult, than I ever could as an 11 year-old, watching a 20 year-old children's television show."

      I think I feel the same way about watching the old Disney Afternoon shows on Disney Plus...or at least that's what I would say if I actually got around to watching them. I really should. It's a real nostalgic goldmine. I hear Gargoyles and Darkwing Duck are doing exceptionally well on there.

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  2. Of course you're not going to understand it's appeal. The show was created in another time, directed specifically at the children of that time and adhered to the sensibilities and values of that time, however I still enjoy watching it once in a while for the nostalgia.

    I would've liked to have seen the original Mickey Mouse Club put on Disney+, however the streaming service will add and change content over time so it may still show up in the future. In the meantime, there's plenty on Disney+ to watch and keep me satisfied.

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    1. Yeah, it was before my time. I'm sure people like you enjoyed it growing up. It would be nice for them to add it to the new Disney Plus service.

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  3. I think I was in preschool or possibly Kindergarten (1973 or 74) when my buddy Robby's mom excitedly told us that they were going to start re-running the MMC in our area (we lived halfway between Sacramento and the Bay Area and were within both TV market areas, so I couldn't tell you which channel it was on). She was just the right age to have been in the target demographic when it originally aired, so this was a much bigger deal to her than for my parents, who were just starting high school in 1955.

    I guess having grown up to that point watching I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver, and Kukla, Fran & Ollie reruns and being the right age at first exposure, I have never had any issues watching it, but I acknowledge that I'm an odd duck (so does everyone else). Always interesting to see what appeals to one generation and not another.

    Ken, I'm keeping my fingers crossed, too, for more MMC on Disney+. That and Condorman. :-)

    Thanks for finding and posting this, Magic Ears Dudebro!

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    1. Eh, I guess the big turnoff for me when it aired on the Disney Channel was that it was in black-and-white. That and the show, despite its title, had very little, if any, Mickey Mouse.

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