The Monkey’s Uncle

The Monkey’s Uncle was a 1965 Disney film staring Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Arthur O’Connell, Frank Faylen, and The Beach Boys. It’s plot was… wait… there never was a real plot. Boy goes to college, boy adopts chimp, boy meets girl, boy invents airplane, jocks mess with boy, boy invents elixir, boy drinks elixir, boy wins contest, girl and chimp eat a banana. The New York Times reported, “It all falls into bright, colorful and innocuous non sequitur and, in an hour and a half, you are through, mildly diverted and unburdened by (any) message.”

Annette and Mike Love

For me the best part of the movie is the opening credits were the Beach Boys and Annette dance and sing the title track “Monkeys Uncle” written by the Sherman Brothers.

In the recording studio during a Monkey’s Uncle session are: (Back L to R) Brian Wilson, Murray Wilson (manager and father to Brian, Carl, and Dennis), Annette Funicello, Robert Sherman, Richard Sherman (sun glasses & pipe), Al Jardine (dress shirt); (Front L to R) Carl Wilson (staring at floor), Dennis Wilson (staring at ceiling), and Mike Love (staring at Dennis and Carl). This picture is so cool! It truly captures a real un-staged moment in all their lives. I also find it pretty humorous too! It looks like Robert is pitching the song to a smiling Murry while Brian and Al are trying to imagine how it will sound when Annette sings, “I wish I were the monkey’s aunt”. Annette is a bit nervous about it all, while Richard does his best “I’m cool like Hugh Heffner” impression. Last we have Carl, Dennis, and Mike, are all wondering, “how did we get this lame gig?”

Color of the Lyrics: The Beach Boys – Annette

Uh-Huh!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Yeah! Yeah!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Whoa! Whoa!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
And the monkey’s uncle’s ape for me!

Well, I don’t care what the whole world thinks
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Call us a couple of missing links
She loves the monkey’s uncle!

Love all his monkey shines
Every day is Valentine’s
I love the monkey’s uncle
And the monkey’s uncle’s ape for me
Ape for me!

Uh-Huh!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Yeah! Yeah!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Whoa! Whoa!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
And the monkey’s uncle’s ape for me!

Listen, my heart jumps like a clown
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Feels like the circus just came to town
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
I’d live in jungle gym
In order to be with him
I love the monkey’s uncle
And I wish I were the monkey’s aunt!
Monkey’s aunt!

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
On the day he marries me
What a nutty family tree
A bride, a groom, a chimpanzee

Let them say he’s the booby prize
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
He’s the guy I idolize
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Love all his monkey shines
Every day is Valentine’s
I love the monkey’s uncle
And the monkey’s uncle’s ape for me
Ape for me!

Uh-Huh!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Yeah! Yeah!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
Whoa! Whoa!
She loves the monkey’s uncle!
And I’m mad about his chimpanzee!


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