• The Walt Disney Studios
    DbM Rewind: The Monkey’s Uncle

    By Mark Hickson: 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 […]

  • Disney Music Group
    DbM’s Top 2013 News Stories – Disney Music Group

    This years news was dominated by Hollywood Record recording artists, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Ariana Grande. Also of note, newcomers Debby Ryan, Bridgit Mendler, and Zendaya Coleman have started making the transition from actresses on The Disney Channel to a singing career with Hollywood Records. Some of the years highlights include: Coco Jones performing at the […]

  • Walt Disney Family Museum
    A Tribute to Annette Funicello at WDFM

    In the mid-1950s, thousands of young Americans tuned in to Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. For many, the Mouseketeer they loved the most was a talented young performer named Annette, who went on to become America’s favorite “girl next door,” appearing in Disney produced TV shows and films, and a series of beach movies. Join […]

  • Disney Music Group
    Walt Disney Records To Release Out-Of-Print Classic Albums

    Walt Disney Records recently teamed with Amazon.com to release out-of-print titles and classic soundtracks on CD exclusively through Amazon’s CreateSpace manufacture-on-demand service. Currently, there are 18 titles available under the Disney CD Rarities section of the Disney Music Store on Amazon.com with additional titles coming monthly. As part of the program, paying tribute to Disney’s […]

  • The Walt Disney Studios
    The Walt Disney Company Hosts A Special Stage Rededication Ceremony For Annette Funicello
    Stage 1 Renamed Annette Funicello Stage

    The late Annette Funicello, one of Disney’s earliest stars, was honored Monday, posthumously, in a special ceremony on the Disney Studios lot. In the 1950s, Stage 1 on the Walt Disney Studios Lot was the home of The Mickey Mouse Club and its Mouseketeers. On June 24, 2013, that stage was officially renamed the Annette Funicello […]

  • The Walt Disney Studios
    Annette Funicello Dies at 70

    Annette Funicello, the undisputed queen of the “Mickey Mouse Club” has died, according to Disney’s official fan club on Twitter. She was 70. Annette Funicello was a triple threat — Mouseketeer, pop singer and bigscreen star. She was huge in the 60’s with movies like “Beach Party” and “Beach Blanket Bingo.” Annette had been hospitalized in Bakersfield […]

  • Cast Members
    Retro Annette

    The first three pictures show Princess Sophie of Greece and Annette with an unnamed chaperon and police escort posing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Taken November 23, 1958, Annette had just turned 16. Annette cooking and eating dinner with her father Joe, mother Virginia, and her brothers Michael and Joey in 1959. Annette at home in […]

  • Annette

    If you would like to donate to The Annette Funicello Research Fund, an organization whose mission it is to provide grants into research and clinical trials to find a cure to MS, please click this link. Thank you very much and please share this link! Tweet

  • Happy 70th Birthday Annette!

    For her birthday I wanted to share this e-mail I got from Annette Funicello and her husband, Glen Holt. “Thank you Mark for posting Annies story on your site. Please help us get all her fans and friends across the planet to donate something regardless the amount. It all will help and we really need […]

  • The Annette Funicello Research Fund

    From Lorraine Santoli, executive director of The Annette Funicello Research Fund comes the following message: “Annette Funicello has been fighting MS for over 25 years. In a worldwide exclusive, Canadian TV (CTV) has aired a 30-minute special on Annette and her condition today. Please click on this CTV link to view the program online from anywhere in the world. […]

  • A Mouseketeers View-Master Show With Commentary by Lonnie Burr – Part 2

    A DbM Exclusive: I am most please to include the commentary of Mr. Lonnie Burr, an Original Mouseketeer, and a featured star in this piece of Disney history. This is Reel Two of three, staring the original Mouseketeers Lonnie Burr, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Annette Funicello, and Jimmie Dodd. Reel Two – ‘Mountain Rescue’ – “Mouseketeers, Sharon, Annette, Lonnie, Bobby and […]