The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

Did You Know? 9 Striking Notes About The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

By Jim Fanning

Better get ready to hear, better get ready to cheer—here comes The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band! Released on March 21, 1968, this delightful slice of cinematic Americana tells the musical story of the Bower clan—Grandpa (Walter Brennan), father and mother (Disney Legend Buddy Ebsen and Janet Blair), and eight musically precocious…

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In Search of the Castaways

Did You Know? 8 Adventurous Facts About Walt Disney’s In Search of the Castaways

By Jim Fanning

Action, adventure, fantasy, Sherman Brothers songs, spectacular special effects—all this and Hayley Mills, too!  It’s Walt Disney’s In Search of the Castaways, released on December 19, 1962 as Disney’s big Christmas release. Directed by Disney Legend Robert Stevenson with his usual flair for characterization, humor, and convincing fantasy,…

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Under appreciated Sherman Brothers songs

13 Underrated Sherman Brothers Songs to Enjoy Today!

By Courtney Potter

Music. It’s one of the most memorable components of any Disney movie. From Snow White’s lilting “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” to Moana’s resolute “How Far I’ll Go,” music propels each and every Disney story to the next level—of comedy, of adventure, of romance, and of plain ol’ fun. And no two people have influenced the…

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it's a small world exterior at Disneyland

Where in the small world Can You Find These Classic Creatures?

By Nicole Nalty

It’s the song heard ’round the world—about the world! it’s a small world is celebrating its 50th year at Disneyland park and it’s not hard to see why: With stunning design by Mary Blair and Rolly Crump, music by the Sherman brothers, and character design and costume design by Marc Davis and Alice Davis, respectively, it’s no surprise that…

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John Debney and Richard Sherman

John Debney—The Composer’s Book was 40 Years in the Making

By Beth Deitchman

It was a little more than two years ago when composer John Debney began work on the stirring score for The Jungle Book, now captivating audiences in theaters all around the world. But that’s hardly the “Once upon a time…” in Debney’s Disney story, which begins—like so many of our favorite Disney stories—with none other than Walt…

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Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree: Did You Know?

By Jim Fanning

The wrong sort of bees and a very tight squeeze give Pooh Bear a bit of a bother in Walt Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), the first of the beguiling animated featurettes to introduce the huggable bear of very little brain to the big screen. We asked Disney historian Jim Fanning to “think-think-think” of a Pooh-rade of fun…

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photo foursome from the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks - Robert Shermans, Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson

A Witch’s Brew of a Perfect Movie

By Jim Fanning

Black cats, magic spells, flying broomsticks, and a ghostly army of empty armor . . .

Premiering originally in 1971 and released on September 8, 2009 in a new “Enchanted Musical Edition” on Disney DVD, Bedknobs and Broomsticks stars Disney Legend Angela Lansbury, who casts an irresistible spell as Miss Eglantine Price, a prim British spinster who…

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