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CalArts’ Library to House Rare Mickey Mouse Club Memorabilia




California Institute of the Arts'
(CalArts) Library to House Rare Memorabilia

of The Mickey Mouse Club and
Television's Golden Age


The Jimmie Dodd Archive includes a
collection of memorabilia, photography and documents including the "Mousegetar"
belonging to The Mickey Mouse Club host Dodd, original "mouse ears," Disney-themed
toys, musical recordings and photographs.

The collection offers insights into
the marketing of popular culture, 1950s Americana, early television and Walt
Disney's legacy.

Valencia, CA, November 26-The Jimmie
Dodd Archive has been acquired by the California
Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Library.  Dodd is known to the baby-boom
generation as the host of Walt Disney's iconic 1950s children's television
program The
Mickey Mouse Club
and remembered as The Mouse Club's "heart and
the soul" by former Mousekateer Annette Funicello. During his career, the
composer and actor compiled an archive of one-of-a-kind Mouse Club memorabilia
and artifacts from the early years of television-including his "Mousegetar,"
"mouse ears," original scores, record albums,  photographs, toys and other
objects. The collection also contains archival materials from his wife
songwriter and performer Ruth Carrell Dodd.

"This is important because it not
only contains Jimmie and Ruth Dodd's personal papers and photographs, but also
numerous artifacts representing Disney marketing," said Jeff Gatten, Dean of
Library and Information Resources at CalArts. "We have a collection that will
be of interest to anyone with research or scholarly pursuits, or even just
curiosity, in the history and selling of popular culture, 1950s Americana,
early television, Walt Disney's legacy, the Disney empire, or the film and
entertainment industry in the first-half of the twentieth century."

According to Dean Gatten, the process
of organizing the material has begun. However, it will take some time to
properly prepare the archive for public access due to its large number of

CalArts was chosen to house the Dodd archive
because of its relationship to the Disney family. The Institute was founded by
Walt Disney and his brother Roy O. Disney through the merger of the Los Angeles
Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute in 1961.  Ruth's Dodd's second
husband, Harold Braun, thought it appropriate for the items to be housed in an
institution with a connection to the Disney legacy.

More about Jimmie Dodd: born in 1916, Dodd started his
career as a guitarist/singer before becoming an actor. Prior to The Mickey
Mouse Club
, he appeared in numerous films with such actors as William
Holden, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, John Wayne, and Ronald Reagan. In the early
1950s, he transitioned to the new medium of television, making guest
appearances on several series of the time.  While hosting The Mickey Mouse Club
he also wrote its theme song "The Mickey Mouse Club March."

CalArts is ranked America's number
one college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. With
its six related schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to studying the
arts and is one of the first schools in the country to offer a program World
Music for performance. CalArts encourages students to recognize and explore the
complexity of the aesthetic, social and political aspects of the arts.  It
is supported by its distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides
its BFA, MFA and DMA students with both the hands-on training and the
engagement with the cultural community necessary for artists' growth. CalArts
was founded in 1961-and opened in 1969-as the first institution of higher
learning in the U.S. specifically for students interested exclusively in
pursuing degrees in the visual and performing arts.


Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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