America Sings

America Sings was comparable to Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree, in that it featured a singing cast of audio-animatronics. The show’s Masters of Ceremony were an American bald eagle named Sam (voiced by Burl Ives) and an unnamed owl rumored to be named Ollie (voiced by Sam Edwards). The image of Eagle Sam was designed by Disney animator Marc Davis, as were the other characters. Eagle Sam is completely separate from the Sam the Olympic Eagle character designed a decade later by C. Robert Moore (also a Disney employee) for the 1984 Summer Olympics. Parts salvaged from the Hatbox Ghost; a legendary figure who was pulled from the Haunted Mansion in the opening weeks, were used in the creation of the animatronic Eagle Sam.

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