The first random thing that popped into my head (well, besides Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive”) after seeing today’s assignment from The League , was an animated Disney short from 1956 called A Cowboy Needs a Horse . I surprised myself by thinking of it, because this cartoon is one of those things from the obscure, nearly-forgotten minutia of my childhood that I’m constantly rediscovering in weird ways (quite like Questron and the Clue VCR Mystery Game ) ever since I started blogging.
A Cowboy Needs a Horse (which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube right here ) is about a little boy who goes to sleep one night and dreams of being a cowboy. As he slumbers, an incredibly repetitive song of the same name accompanies his transformation from an ordinary boy into a cowboy complete with a horse, a rope, a song, a hat, a pair of fancy boots, and a set of shiny spurs, which are all “drawn” into the scene. It’s all very Little Nemo-ish and the animation is classic Disney.
Here’s the song. Please don’t hate me after it inevitably gets stuck in your head!
Since I was born in 1981, I’m obviously too young to have remembered this cartoon when it was new. My introduction to it was in the form of a Disney Sing Along Songs VHS tape that I got for Christmas one year–this one, to be precise:
If you’re around my same age, you might remember these things. They were a series of home video tapes that featured a compilation of songs you could sing along to from both animated and live-action Disney movies and shows. Most memorably, kids were encouraged to “Follow the bouncing ball!” which looked like the Mickey symbol and helped you keep time with the lyrics. (And I swear to this day, the insanely catchy intro song from these tapes still gets randomly stuck in my head sometimes.)
A cowboy’s gotta keep ridin’, ridin’ along…
- Fortune and Glory Days loves spaghetti westerns and Red Dead Redemption (which is an AWESOME game, by the way).
- Branded in the 80s waxes nostalgic about The Legend of the Lone Ranger toys.
- Monster Cafe Saltillo scored a great deal on The Lone Ranger DVDs.
- Flashlights Are Something to Eat was the cutest little cowboy I’ve ever seen back in 1976.
*I’m early this week (for once!). I’ll update this section with more links as more folks turn in the assignment.