The Mickey Mouse Club is an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996. Created by Walt Disney and produced by Walt Disney Productions, the program was first televised from 1955 to 1960 by ABC, featuring a regular but ever-changing cast of child performers. Reruns were broadcast by ABC on weekday afternoons during the 1960s, right after American Bandstand. The show was reformatted and reimagined after its initial 1955–1959 run on ABC, first from 1977 to 1979 for first-run syndication, and again, from 1989 to 1996 on The Disney Channel.
MMC has been a "big break" for many young performers that have risen to worldwide fame, such as Anette Funicello, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russel, Christina Aguilera, JC Chavez, In 1977 Walt Disney Productions revived the concept but modernized the show cosmetically, with a disco re-recording of the theme song and a more ethnically diverse group of young cast members. The sets were brightly colored and more simplistic than the detailed black and white artwork of the original. Like the original, nearly each day's episode included a vintage cartoon, though usually color ones from the late 1930s and onward.
1989-1990S revival (The All-New Mickey Mouse Club [MMC])
Reruns of the original Mickey Mouse Club had aired on the Disney Channel since its 1989 launch. While the show was popular with younger audiences, Disney Channel executives felt that it had become dated over the years, particularly as it was in black-and-white. Their answer was to create a brand-new version of the Club, one geared toward contemporary audiences. Notably the all-new "club-members" would wear high-school like mouseketeer jackets without the iconic Mickey Mouse ears. This show is called "The-All New Mickey Mouse Club".
The original MMC featured many major serials that are considered staples of 50s American pop culture. They include:
Excerpts from TVTV documentary "AdLand" This 1974 documentary produced by independent video pioneers TVTV provides a stunning view of the people behind the advertising industry. Featuring legendary admen George Lois, Keith Reinhard, and Jerry Della Femina, actor and director Howie Morris, child star Mason Reese, Marshall Efron of "American Dream Machine," King Moody as Ronald McDonald, and much more. This insightful program provides a fun and often unbelievable look at where commercials come from. It's a time capsule of the post-Mad Men era in American influence peddling.
-George Lois Interview (Celebrated adman George Lois talks shop in this 1974 interview from TVTV's documentary "Adland." Includes footage of his successful campaign for Ovaltine ("My old pal Ovaltine") and his controversial Olivetti typewriter ads) -Christmas 1974 in AdLand -The Making of a McDonalds Commercial (1973) -Jerry Della Femina ("From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor") Interview (1974)
Wigstock was an annual outdoor drag festival that began in the 1980s in New York's East Village that took place on Labor Day. Traditionally the festival would act as the unofficial end to the summer for the gaycommunity of New York City. The name references the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Hosted by co-creator Lady Bunny, the festival was held in its first years in Tompkins Square Park. According to Lady Bunny, the event began spontaneously in 1984 after a group of drag queens (along with Wendy Wild and a couple of Fleshtones) became inebriated at the nearby Pyramid Cluband decided to put on a show in the park.
As the crowds grew each year, the festival was moved, first to Union Square Park, then to piers on the Hudson River. Lady Bunny said that 2001's Wigstock would be the last, but in 2003, 2004, and 2005, Wigstock and Bunny returned to Tompkins Square, this time under the auspices of the Howl Festival.
In 1987, video artist Tom Rubnitz filmed a twenty-minute documentary entitled Wigstock: The Movie. Rubnitz's film captures the event's early improvised, rock and roll atmosphere; early years of Wigstock often made direct reference to Woodstock (including performance artist John Kelly's send-up of Joni Mitchell and her song "Woodstock"), and Rubnitz's film mimics aspects of the famous Woodstock documentary.
In 1995, a second documentary, also called Wigstock: The Movie, was released. The festivals captured in the 1994 Wigstock documentary are larger and more polished, with rock music largely supplanted by house music and the influence of the original Woodstock festival is less evident.
The 1995 film gained greater attention and was distributed across the country and on video and DVD.
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