BBC Radio shows about Disney Music this week


A couple of radio shows to listen out for if you're in the UK, or to point your streaming web browser at if you live outside of Radio 2 reception range:

Sunday 2nd July 2006, 13:00-14:30 (UK), BBC Radio 2
Elaine Page on Sunday - Disney Special

To coincide with the start of Radio 2's new four part series 'Ain't No Mickey Mouse Music' on Friday, Elaine will be delving into the Disney songbook. She'll be playing favourites from classic films including 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', 'The Jungle Book' and 'Pinocchio', as well as featuring tracks from the new Disney/Pixar movie 'Cars' and the company's latest Broadway show, 'Tarzan'.

Friday 7th July 2006, 19:00-19:30 (UK), BBC Radio 2
Ain't No Mickey Mouse Music

The first of a four part series, as detailed above. Previous BBC offerings on this subject have been very good indeed, so this should definitely be worth a listen. Probably more so than Sunday's programme, which is usually a more general musicals show. I don't know any more details, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if Brian Sibley was involved.

For web-based listening, go to and select "Listen Live" or "Listen Again". Or I guess just keep your eyes open on the usual Disney binary newsgroups on usenet...



OK, here's some more info from the BBC Press Releases on the first three of these Mickey Mouse Music shows (I was right, it is Brian Sibley doing them):

Ain't No Mickey Mouse Music Ep 1/4
Friday 7 July - 7.00-7.30pm - BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio 2 enters Walt Disney's world of music. Brian Sibley explores the words and music of the Disney Song Book in a new series featuring contributions from stars including Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury and Julie Andrews.

Over the last 80 years, music has been one of the Bare Necessities of life for the Walt Disney Company's Hollywood studios ? its films have featured hundreds of songs, which are well known all over the world. Thanks to the dedicated merchandising skills of the Disney Company, they can also be heard just about anywhere, from the stages of Broadway and the West End to mobile phones with Disney ring-tones. All of which means that it ain't no Mickey Mouse music!

In the opening programme, Brian explores Disney's revolutionary way of telling stories through music and song. It features the tracks Second Star To The Right (from Peter Pan), Beauty And The Beast and The Ballad Of Davy Crockett.

Other new interviews featured in the series include: Phil Collins, who won an Oscar for You'll Be In My Heart, one of the songs he wrote for Disney's 1999 animation, Tarzan; Randy Newman, composer on Toy Story, Monsters Inc and the new Disney/Pixar film Cars; Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter; Richard Sherman, composer on Mary Poppins; Roy E Disney, Director Emeritus of the Disney Company; and film expert Leonard Maltin.

Presenter/Brian Sibley, Producer/Malcolm Prince

Ain't No Mickey Mouse Music Ep 2/4
Friday 14 July - 7.00-7.30pm - BBC Radio 2

For the Walt Disney Company, songs and music have always been an integral and vital ingredient of their films, television shows and the experience of going to a Disney theme park.

It's a musical heritage unrivalled in Hollywood and which, over almost eight decades and for pretty much all of the world, has had an astonishing and lasting impact on popular culture.

In the second programme in this four-part series, presenter Brian Sibley focuses on the way in which Disney has used words and music to convey moods and emotions in their films: wistful dreams of future happiness, youthful yearnings for love, tears of loneliness or failure and ? again and again ? buoyantly upbeat invitations to "give a little whistle", be "full of fun and fancy free", consider the "bare necessities of life" and always remember that everything is really "zip-a-dee-doo-dah"!

Guests include composer Randy Newman, Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, his nephew, Roy E Disney, and composer of the music from The Incredibles and TV's Lost, Michael Giacchino. Songs featured include Little April Showers from Bambi, Circle Of Life from The Lion King and Baby Mine from Dumbo.

Presenter/Brian Sibley, Producer/Malcolm Prince

Ain't No Mickey Mouse Music Ep 3/4
Friday 21 July - 7.00-7.30pm - BBC Radio 2

Although sometimes dismissed as "Mickey Mouse music", of all of the songs sung in Hollywood movies across eight decades of cinema history, those sung in Disney films are unique in consistently using music to drive the plot. As illustrated by the writer of this series and presenter Brian Sibley, the songs also define the characters.

Disney characters are often remembered by their songs ? whether they are princesses, witches or genies, elephants, bears, cats or dogs or even an orang-utan with human ambitions. This programme looks at how Disney uses pop stars not only to sing their songs, but also to write them.

Songs featured in the programme include I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book, Winnie The Pooh from the film of the same name and Belle from Beauty And The Beast.

Key contributors are Walt Disney's daughter, Diane, Disney Studio Chairman Dick Cook and Phil Collins.

Presenter/Brian Sibley, Producer/Malcolm Prince


Thank you so much for the infos, Andr?!

Brian Sibley usually does a great job! I hope I can find a way to listen to those shows!

I believe Brian has a book about the Mary Poppins stage production out soon... or is it already available?!

Must check!



Thanks for the update to both of you ... sure something to pencil into the calendar.

Also I think it is worth noting that Elaine Page talked with ANGELA LANSBURY in one of her past shows ... and the material is available from the website at

As to be expected they are talking extensively about the incredible broadway career of Angela Lansbury, which is often forgotten today as many younger audience members just know her as Mrs. Potts. But there are also two major Disney segments in the talk:

- Had movie making changed when you made 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'?

- 'Mrs Potts' and 'Beauty and the Beast'

Hope this is of interest to some of you...