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Template:Infobox Song "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" (which is also called "The Magic Song") is a novelty song, written in 1948 by Al Hoffman, Mack David, and Jerry Livingston. It was introduced in the 1950 Disney animated feature film Cinderella and performed by the Fairy Godmother (Verna Felton). It was nominated for AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs, as one of 15 from Disney and one of 17 from an animated movie to be nominated. The ones that made the cut include "When You Wish Upon a Star" (#7), "Someday My Prince Will Come" (#19),"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (#36), "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" (#47), "Beauty and the Beast" (#62), and "Hakuna Matata" (#99).

The song was co-written by Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston, whose novelty song "Mairzy Doats and Dozey Doats and Liddle Lamzy Divey" served as an inspiration for the song.

Ilene Woods and The Woodsmen with Harold Mooney and His Orchestra recorded it in Hollywood on October 26, 1949. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 31-00138B and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog numbers B 9970, SG 2371, HM 3755 and JM 2678.

A recording by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters was the most popular. It was recorded on November 7, 1949, and released by RCA Victor Records as a 78 rpm single (catalog number 20-3607-B) and as a 45rpm single (catalog number 47-3113-B). The flip side was "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes". The recording reached #14 on the Billboard chart. The same single was released in the United Kingdom by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as a 78rpm single (catalog number B 9961). It was also released with catalog numbers HN 2730, X 7279, SAB 8 and IP 615.

Another recording, by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae, was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 782. The record first reached the Billboard charts on December 16, 1949, and lasted 7 weeks on the chart, peaking at #19. It was backed with "Echoes" on the flip side.

On the Cash Box Best-Selling Record charts, where all versions were combined, the song reached #7.

This song was included in the Disney's Sing-Along Songs videos "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" and "Collection of All-Time Favorites: The Magic Years". "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" was also one of the songs to which Ilene Woods auditioned for Cinderella. In the House of Mouse episode "House of Magic", Jafar and Iago use the famous magic spell to return the House of Mouse after Daisy magically causes it to vanish, and were tricked by Mickey to receive Agrabah as a reward for their good deeds. This song was also featured in the intro to the 1985 video The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue, with clips from films such as Magician Mickey, Return from Witch Mountain, Robin Hood, Mary Poppins, Pete's Dragon, Return to Oz, Clock Cleaners, The Three Caballeros, Pinocchio, Swiss Family Robinson, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The lyrics of the song, as with the title, are composed nearly entirely of gibberish, featuring the title of the song. The 1948 recording, however, has several extra English lines that were not used in the animated film, including: "If your mind is in a dither, and your heart is in a haze, I'll haze your dither, and dither your haze, with a magic phrase", and "if you're chased around by trouble, and followed by a jinx, I'll jinx your trouble, and trouble your jinx, in less than forty winks." The tempo of the various recordings also differs widely.

Lyrics[]

Salago-doola
Menchicka boola
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Put 'em together
And what have you got?
Bibbidi-bobbidi-Boo

Salago-doola
Menchicka boola
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
It'll do magic
Believe it or not
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Now salago-doola means
Menchicka boole-roo
But the thingmabob
That does the job
Is bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Oh...

Salago-doola
Menchicka boola
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Put 'em together
And what have you got?
Bibbidi-bobbidi...
Bibbidi-bobbidi...
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Other Appearances[]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[]

"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" was arranged by Yoko Shimomura and used as the field theme for Cinderella's world, Castle of Dreams.

Cinderella (2015)[]

In this version, it was sung by Helena Bonham Carter (who plays the Fairy Godmother). It can be heard during the credits of the film after a cover of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes".

Videos[]


Trivia[]

  • In the Hercules episode "Hercules and the Gorgon", Hades used the word itself to turn Medusa human.
  • In the House of Mouse episode "House of Magic", Jafar and Iago from Aladdin perform the song.
  • One Palace Pet, Cinderella's pony Bibbidy, gets her name from this song.
  • The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, found in several locations in the Disney Parks, is an obvious play on the song's title.
  • The Platinum Edition of the film refers to the bonus features as "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Bonus Features".
  • In the Jessie episode "Used Karma" Jessie comes down dressed in a sports jersey, she asks how she looks and Zuri answers "Like Cinderella...before the bibbidi-bobbidi-boo"
  • In Return of Jafar, when Genie is rescuing Jasmine and others from imprisonment, he says "And for my next trick, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!"
  • In the Once Upon a Time episode "Hyperion Heights", Lady Tremaine obtains the Fairy Godmother's wand, and utters the phrase, before killing her.

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