I was four when the song — “Wringle, Wrangle” — came out and I thought it was great. It has the qualities a four year old looks for in a song. The words don’t make much sense and there is a lot of repetition. I don’t know much about it, where I heard, why I heard it, but somehow it’s connected to my family in Montana (?) It’s extremely obnoxious and the moment I saw todays prompt, it was the first thing that popped into my mind.
I had to look it up. It was composed by the same guy who wrote “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and it turns out he was a former National Park Ranger named Stan Jones. It was performed by Fess Parker on Mickey Mouse Club so I would have heard it here and also on the record I had. The record was red. I played it on a Victrola. My dad had sawed off the legs to the Victrola so I could reach in to play records myself.
It seems the song was originally from the Disney film, Westward Ho! the Wagons which is NOT a very catchy movie title. I don’t think I ever saw the movie. My source, Mouse Tracks, the Story of Disney Records, says Disney didn’t like the film much. It was Disney’s first live-action film and it wasn’t for kids. But seriously, if you’re going to have little castles as your logo, how mature do you expect your logo to be?
Personally, I don’t think there are many films that are more adult than Fantasia…