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July 18, 1956 – The Special Short Film Jack and Old Mac is Released to Theaters

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“Go Mac, go Mac, go…run to the barnyard, join the fun…”

On July 18, 1956, the special short film Jack and Old Mac was released to theaters. It was directed by Bill Justice, with story by Dick Kinney and Roy Williams.

The first record, “The House that Jack Built,” takes specific words from the popular rhyme and turns them into drawings. This is then followed by an updated version of “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” turning into “Old McDonald Had a Band.” Old Mac plays the piano, while his wife chops firewood. The members of the farm accompany Old Mac, singing of the pig that plays the saxophone, the dog that plays the bass, the cow that plays the horn, and the horse that plays the drums. Old Mac then gets chickens to play the piano for him while everyone dances in the barnyard. Finally, Old Mac’s wife, having had enough of chopping firewood while her husband plays the piano, stops the party by hitting him over the head with a rolling pin.

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