Mouse Lounge Podcast

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This week, the Mouse Lounge goes from Jungle to Jungle!

 First, Liana and I go Behind the Mickey Bar to discuss Jungle Book, the film then we chat about the Jungle Cruise, the attraction.

 Then, from BBC Radio, Phil Jupitus gets down to the Bare Necessities with the last of his five part series on the work of Walt Disney, in Disnified.

 Next, in From the Vault: Most fans of Disney animated features have seen the Jungle Book and remember how it ends, with Baghera and Baloo the Bear dancing into the sunset.  But!  On Disneyland’s Little Long Playing record, “More Jungle Book” your story reader, Robie Lester tells you the epilogue of the story. 

 The Jungle Book just wouldn’t be the favorite it has become without the songs that run throughout the film.  The Sherman Brothers talk about how Walt got them involved in the show and the songs they wrote… and the ones they didn’t!

 Most fans can’t imagine Jungle Book, or for that matter The Aristocats or Robin Hood without the remarkable, indelible voice of Phil Harris.  Learn about this bandleader, comedian, radio and film star in this Mouse Lounge Mini Documentary.

 Each show we present a high definition ride-through from a Disney Park East or a Disney Park West.    Enjoy this experience down the rivers of the world in the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise.

 We close the show, first with a rare duet.  From Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 25th Anniversary special, Phil Harris is joined by Scatman Caruthers for a medley only this duo could sing.  We wrap things up with Harry Connick Jr.’s  swingin’ arrangement of the Bare Necessities.

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This week, the Mouse Lounge plunges into the briar patch!

First, Liana and I go Behind the Mickey Bar and discuss the film and the controversy that surrounds it.  Be sure to login to the Mouse Lounge Blog at and read my piece about the issue.

Next, we go in to the Disney Vault.  Song of the South hasn’t been on the big screen in over 25 years, and has never been released on home video in the U.S.  As a result, an entire generation has never seen Disney’s take on the Joel Chandler Harris stories and the exquisite performance of James Baskett, who utterly inhabited the role of Uncle Remus.   We first dust off a delightful 1946 five-minute promo of the film featuring composer Johnny Mercer, Walt Disney, and the… uh… unflappable… Donald Duck.

Then I’ll tell you the tale of Song of the South with clips from the original film.  It certainly doesn’t replace watching it, but if you’ve loved Splash Mountain for more than two decades but still don’t necessarily understand the narrative, this should help a lot!

Then, go behind the curtain and learn what it took to bring Song of the South to the Silver

Screen.  Each show we present a high definition ride-through from a Disney Park East or a Disney Park West.  Enjoy a ride through down Chickapin Hill into the Briar Patch on Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.

We close the show with popular music covers from the picture.  First, Satchmo himself brings his unique style to Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.  Not to be out done, listen to Rosemary Clooney with her rendition of Everybody Has a Laughing Place!  Next, Walt Disney and Johnny Mercer introducing June Hutton of the Pied Pipers who performs, Sooner or Later.  We’ll wrap up the show with Uncle Remus himself performing, Uncle Remus Says.

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