When I began my liking for this show (back in 2014), there were only a few clips from the show seen on Youtube. The skit, commonly called Green Grass Grows but is actually called The Little Cow, is one of those present and even when I watched it a lot of times, it never gets old. I mean, it shows a lot of charm that this version of the club is known for and there are parts that still make an impression on my mind. I feel like talking about this even back then, but I wasn’t sure on how to make this skit justice with a review. Now there can be a lot of material to get this through so here we go…
The skit is divided into two parts that are loosely connected, with the only similarities being the farm setting and some milk/milking (implied or shown) involved. For some reason, they just go together to make a very amusing showcase. This sort of thing also happens in the sequel, Orange in the Orchard, where there are two kinda related parts (and that skit will be reviewed sometime soon).
The First Part: The Green Grass Grew All AroundThis is the main part of the skit, in which some of the kids gradually join Jimmie in singing the titular song while Roy contributes the drawings for every verse. Since it took time for Roy to complete the sketches needed, we are treated to a round of “There was a _______” – EVERY. FREAKING. TIME. I’m getting kind of ahead of myself, let us go to the beginning.
We start off with a drawing of a cow that won’t be seen again, with the saying “MOOOOO” gradually appearing in frames. Then cut to Roy, writing the title of the skit while an instrumental played. After seeing the jolly smile of the big Mooseketeer we get to see Jimmie and Karen starting off with the song – “There was a hill…” Then Roy drew a hill. This is followed by a farm, in which Cubby and Sharon join in the singing – the latter’s voice being prominent – and then starts the repetition. (Well, there was repetition in the first verse but it’s not as dragging as the following:)
“And on this hill, and on this hill, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, THERE WAS A FARM, The prettiest little barn, The prettiest little barn, That you ever did see? That you ever did see?”
Seriously, it took 16 sayings of “There was a farm” until Roy was done. Oh my gosh…
Then we get to another verse, this time with the barn – which looked bigger than the farm which is drawn as some two-story house – and Mark came to sing (of which he wasn’t overpowering the other voices, he blends fine). Now how many times did they repeat “THERE WAS A BARN”? 18 times! A little more than the last one, and still really dragging.
The next verse is the stall, where we see Roy trying to draw a proper stall, but cannot possibly finish on time or didn’t appear to be drawn correctly. Whatever your guess may be on Roy giving up, it was then followed by him writing the word STALL. Okay, we’re convinced. Also, this is the part when Darlene entered, and you can sense her from a mile away (before the camera cut to the group) due her her drawn-out voice – “There was a staaaaaaallll!” – which in contrast to Mark, is overpowering and therefore distinctive. So this is what being the best singer is like.
The funniest gag in this part has to be the following: while the others were singing “There was a cow” in the same ol’ manner, Roy drew a goat. Seriously, a goat.The others called him out for the wrong illustration then Roy unexpectedly moos. What now, people repeatedly singing as if they are chanting is weird, but the possibility of Roy being part-human part-cow is weirder.Don’t let that idea get into your head, it’s all for funsies. Going back, he drew the word COW on another sheet of big paper and the others weren’t satisfied:Being the genius artist that he really was, Roy just drew a cow from thew word he just wrote. Come on, I mean… Somewhere along the way, Dennis entered (which like Mark his voice sorta blended through) and then we get to the last verse, about milk. Still the repetition goes on, and here is the final tally of them repeats of “There was a/some ____”: FARM – 16 counts; BARN – 18 counts; STALL – 18 counts; COW – 18 counts; MILK – 14 counts. Yep, I had the courage to count ’em all. Overall, they’re really incessant but then again, would you rather stall on an instrumental pause while Roy was drawing? Better to sing whatever will stick to your brains!
The last person to enter the group was Doreen and her thin pigtail braids, and soon enough, they all finish the song with an advertisement for milk…
“Now I’m so glad (now I’m so glad), that on this farm (that on this farm), there is some milk (there is some milk), because you see (because you see), the milk in the cow in the stall in the barn on the farm on the hill on the middle of the ground, THE MILK IS GOOD FOR YOU AND ME!!!”
They all raised their glasses of milk, which are thankfully fake – had Karen hold an actual glass of milk with the way she held it like she actually did, the milk would have spilled right on her head.
So the main part is done, and we move on to the extra number, one that is definitely more interesting than this (in my honest opinion).
The Second Part: The Irish Washerwoman
The dance number is, like I said earlier, loosely related to the skit but is part of this for (I guess) the fun of it. This is one of the numbers that show the strength of Burch Mann’s choreography, using dance movements to tell a story about whatever went on. This time, the dancing (of which there are no sounds except for the instrumental, some feet tapping, and an animal noise at the end) is about an odd love triangle set in a farm set to the tune of The Irish Washerwoman and it never loses steam in terms of being entertaining. I just really love this part. To simply put, this is about a love triangle and some crazy schemes… Look below for the full summary.
This began rather simply, with Bobby and Bonni skipping to the farm while holding a bucket together. The couple were going to do some milking (well, after some excitable dancing telling about their joy) but were interrupted by the appearance of Don, who was wandering around while eating an apple. The two hid inside the barn (of which is the centerpiece of the set) while Don just tapped, still wondering about the place. When time came for Don to lean by the barn, he didn’t expect some shenanigans to ensue from the other two.
Can we be serious that the last twenty-five seconds of that part are glorious?! To me, I believe in that. Let me illustrate through screencaps on what transpired (I’ll link the video at the end, but I can’t not put whatever happened right here, hehe):
That was a riot, and whoever thought of this is a genius in my eyes.
I have to say that this is one of my favorite skits, primarily for that last part, but overall everything was pretty good. It deserves a lot more watching, especially to understand things bit by bit. Some things may be baffling, but I think that’s part of the amusement. There’s more to the Mickey Mouse Club than that, but it’s a fairly interesting gateway to know what the show is like. And yeah, we tackled a skit without Annette in it – there is a probable reason for that, to be explained in the future.
I may as well rate it 4.5/5 – not necessarily excellent, but still great.
You are free to comment your thoughts, either on the skit or my post. Thanks in advance!
Edit: Added a line in a paragraph on Irish Washerwoman.