The Mouse Factory (partially found Disney live-action/animated TV series; 1972-1973)

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The title card for the series.

Status: Partially Found

The Mouse Factory was a television series produced by Walt Disney Productions, airing for two seasons between January 26th, 1972 and March 5th, 1973. The show was created by Disney animator Ward Kimball for syndicated television.[1]

Premise[edit | edit source]

The Mouse Factory combines various live-action and animated segments, with a different theme and celebrity host per episode. These celebrity guests, known as "Mickey's Friend" in the show, interacted with classic Disney characters and tied in various short films and clips of feature films, mainly by Disney themselves. The show took place at a "factory" at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.[2]

Some episodes included more basic plots, such as an episode about Mickey Mouse's early career, while others were more elaborate, such as an episode about sports, where host Charles Nelson Reilly was a referee at Goofy's basketball game and shown at a horse race betting on the wrong horse.[3]

Some of the celebrity hosts featured on the show include Phyllis Diller, Don Knotts, Annette Funicello, Jim Backus, Jonathan Winters, Shari Lewis, Jo Anne Worley, Kurt Russell, and Harry Morgan.[2]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Due to the The Mouse Factory being largely forgotten and airing at a time where consumer VCRs were rare, many episodes of the show remain lost to this day. Out of the 43 episodes produced over the two seasons of the show, only four full episodes are available online, with various assorted clips from various episodes. A vinyl record based on the show was also produced by Disneyland Records in 1972, which is archived online and available for purchase on Amazon.[4]

The show did air various re-runs on the Disney Channel during the 80s and 90s,[5] meaning it is possible that someone recorded episodes of The Mouse Factory via this method.

Episode Status[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Host Airdate Status
1 "Vacations" Charles Nelson Reilly January 26, 1972 Lost
2 "Women’s Lib" JoAnne Worley February 2, 1972 Lost
3 "Folk Tale Favorites" Johnny Brown February 9, 1972 Found (Serbian dub, original English audio can be heard underneath)
4 "Spooks and Magic" Phyllis Diller February 16, 1972 Found
5 "Physical Fitness" Don Knotts February 23, 1972 Found (1 2 3)
6 "The Great Outdoors" Dom DeLuise March 1, 1972 Lost
7 "Water Sports" Joe Flynn March 8, 1972 Lost
8 "Man at Work" John Byner March 15, 1972 Partially Found
9 "Music" Skiles and Henderson March 22, 1972 Lost
10 "Interplanetary Travel" Jonathan Winters March 29, 1972 Found
11 "Homeowners" Jim Backus April 5, 1972 Found
12 "Spectator Sports" Charles Nelson Reilly April 12, 1972 Partially Found
13 "Horses" JoAnne Worley April 19, 1972 Lost
14 "Aviation" Johnny Brown April 26, 1972 Lost
15 "Back to Nature" Wally Cox May 3, 1972 Lost
16 "Bullfighting to Bullfrogs" Pat Buttram May 10, 1972 Lost
17 "Sports" Pat Paulsen May 17, 1972 Lost

Season 2[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Host Airdate Status
1 "Alligators" Johnny Brown September 11, 1972 Lost
2 "Paul Bunyan" Jim Backus September 18, 1972 Lost
3 "Bullfighting" Bill Dana September 25, 1972 Lost
4 "Knighthood" Henry Gibson October 2, 1972 Found
5 "Pluto" John Astin October 9, 1972 Lost
6 "Goliath II" Kurt Russell October 16, 1972 Found
7 "The Mouse Show" Dave Madden October 23, 1972 Lost
8 "Cats" Shari Lewis and Hush Puppy October 30, 1972 Partially Found
9 "Ben Franklin" Wally Cox November 6, 1972 Lost
10 "Mickey Mouse" Annette Funicello November 13, 1972 Partially Found
11 "Lions" Henry Gibson November 20, 1972 Lost
12 "Consciences" Harry Morgan November 27, 1972 Lost
13 "Noah’s Ark" Bill Dana December 4, 1972 Lost
14 "Hunting" John Astin December 11, 1972 Found
15 "Sports" Nipsey Russell December 18, 1972 Lost
16 "Tugboats" Dave Madden December 25, 1972 Lost
17 "Automobiles" Ken Berry January 1, 1973 Lost
18 "Trains" Harry Morgan January 8, 1973 Lost
19 "Homes" Jim Backus January 15, 1973 Lost
20 "The Reluctant Dragon" Wally Cox January 22, 1973 Found
21 "Wheels" Johnny Brown January 29, 1973 Lost
22 "Winter Fun" Kurt Russell February 5, 1973 Partially Lost (1 2)
23 "Penguins" Annette Funicello February 12, 1973 Partially Found
24 "Elephants" Nipsey Russell February 19, 1973 Lost
25 "Mickey and the Beanstalk" Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop February 26, 1973 Found (Serbian dub; English can be heard underneath the audio)
26 "Dancing" Ken Berry March 5, 1973 Found


Gallery[edit | edit source]

The record based on The Mouse Factory, produced by Disneyland Records in 1972.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Mickey Mouse[edit | edit source]

Disney Channel[edit | edit source]

Playhouse Disney[edit | edit source]

Disney Junior[edit | edit source]

Toon Disney[edit | edit source]

Disney XD[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]