Had occasion to recently watch “The Three Stooges in Orbit”, a Columbia feature film of 1962, featuring the Stooges as then-constituted: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Joe DeRita.
In it, our boys get to tool around land, air, sea, and even space in a bizarre, yet incongruously cool, looking craft that somehow combines characteristics of a tank, boat, submarine, airplane, and rocket ship.
Oh, and they also get to fight Martian spies!
As part of the expected wild-ride climax, those evil Martians take aim at a particularly unexpected target!
Thankfully, Curly Joe (with a little help from his Stooge-friends) saves “The Happiest Place on Earth” from the “Meanest Men on Mars”, with some quick repositioning of the Martians’ lethal cannon!
Yeah, you go, Joe! Think of THAT the next time you “prefer” Curly Howard, Shemp Howard, or even Joe Besser as your "Third Stooge of Choice"!
Of course, the surprising thing about this is that Disneyland would appear, and be specifically referenced, in a Columbia (today, Sony) film, if even for a moment! In today’s copyright-happy world, imagine such a thing occurring between modern Disney and Sony!
Be that as it may, just remember that, if you’ve visited Disneyland between 1962 and the present day (as I have, and I’ll assume the same for many of you), we may very well have The Three Stooges to thank for that day of Disney Magic!
Bringing it all the way ‘round though, The Three Stooges might actually have Disney to thank for the inspiration behind the film’s greatest prop… and, arguably, the greatest prop the Stooges have ever had to work with…
‘Cos lookit whut GOOFY inn-vented… way back in Dell Four Color # 194 "Mickey Mouse and the World Under the Sea" (1948)!
|Look sorta familiar?|
And, before all that, in the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip of 1935 (!), we had this flying-boat-ish-submarine-y-type craft!
Looking forward to 1965 and beyond, we have the Flying Sub from VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA! My favorite fictional vehicle of all time!
Isn’t it great how all this stuff relates!
And, for one more unusual Disneyland reference, check out THIS POST!
SO LONG, FOLKS!