The Truth About Mother Goose

An Educational Cartoon

Release Date : August 28, 1957

Running Time : 14:25


The historical backgrounds of three nursery rhymes (Little Jack Horner, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, and London Bridge) are uncovered.


Wolfgang Reitherman


Nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons)


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United States
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English


From Katie : I really admire this short. It's artistically beautiful, fun to watch and really interesting. It's connected with three cute singing jesters, but the main part is the history behind various mother goose songs. I especially liked the sections on "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary" and "London Bridge."
From Angabella : I loved this short! I have been searching everywhere to get a copy! I tell everyone I meet about it, and no one believes me!
From Allyson : This is the best cartoon short ever! I loved it as a child and I never forgot the words to the songs in it! I still think of the images whenever I hear the old nursery rhymes. As a kid, I even had a blue dress that I called my "Mary Quite Contrary" dress, because it looked like the one in the movie. I love this cartoon!
From Baruch Weiss : The truth about this cartoon is that it's very interesting as it takes viewer's behind the scenes of the classic mother goose rhymes.
From DaVon : This is another Disney short that I saw late this year (October 2008) for the first time and has become another one of my favorites. I had two books about the nursery rhymes, one of which was a Mother Goose Disney read-along and neither of them mentioned any history behind the origins of those rhymes as extras. I never knew until last month from watching it and never thought or would've have thought of that, who would've or could've guessed? Anyway, this too was fascinating and I learned what I haven't been taught before. Recommended to anyone who is curious and would like to know more about the inspiration of the particular nursery rhymes featured here and how they originated.
From Billy Joe : Thanks, Disney! Now I now what inspired these three nursery rhymes. The origin of "London Bridges Falling Down" is the most interesting. Disney could've did the history of more nursery rhymes, but his cartoon is still good.