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Kitchen Kabaret

Kitchen Kabaret
The Kitchen Krackpots
General statistics
Attraction type Audio-Animatronic variety show
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Nutrition
Host Bonnie Appetite
Sponsor Kraft Foods (October 1, 1982-September 26, 1993)

Kitchen Kabaret was a 13-minute audio-animatronic show at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, USA located in The Land pavilion. Kitchen Kabaret was present on EPCOT's opening day, October 1, 1982.

The host, Bonnie Appetite, introduces the acts in a musical review and comedy format that advocated healthy eating and provided a primer on the four food groups: meat, dairy, grains, and fruits/vegetables.

The show was replaced in 1994 by Food Rocks.

Show description

Introduction

"Meal Time Blues" by Bonnie Appetite
Bonnie sings this at the start of the show. Looking exhausted, she has cookbooks and her hair wrapped in a bun. The lights turn off, and the next performance begins.

Act 1

"Chase Those (Meal Time) Blues Away" by Bonnie Appetite and the Kitchen Krackpots
The Kitchen Krackpots band (containers of mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, a spinning bottle of mustard, etc.) play a boisterous ragtime intro, as Bonnie reappears, now in showgirl attire, to "Thank you all for coming to (her) kitchen." The only figure that did not feature atriculated facial features was the mustard jar.

Act 2

"The Stars of the Milky Way" by Dairy Goods and his Stars of the Milky Way
Mr. Dairy Good is a singing milk carton who emerges from a refrigerator holding an old fashioned radio-style floor microphone close to his mouth, crooning introductions to three dairy products: Miss Cheese, Miss Yogurt, and Miss Ice Cream - in the style of 1930s costume extravaganzas. Each of the dairy products performs a brief cameo in a stylized manner (e.g., Miss Cheese sings like Mae West). Every time they emerge, ice cold fog pours out of the freezer. The Cheese, Yogurt and Ice Cream bear a slight resemblance to the children from "It's a Small World".

Act 3

"Boogie Woogie Bakery Boy" by The Cereal Sisters
The Cereal Sisters—Oats, Rice, and Corn—sing a parody of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in the style of the Andrews Sisters, accompanied by a bugle-blowing bread slice. The bread slice wears glasses and is revealed when a kitchen cabinet is opened.

Act 4

"Meat Ditties" by Hamm & Eggz
Hamm & Eggz is a vaudeville-style comic rendition of The Meat Group Can Help You Keep Strong, in which Mr. Hamm and Mr. Eggz tell jokes and sing a few short ditties. At the end, Mr. Hamm gets angry because of Mr. Eggz's corny jokes, and decides to split from the group to join another protein group.

  • Mr. Hamm: "There's plenty of good protein acts for me to work with!"
  • Mr. Eggz: "Oh yeah? Like who?"
  • Mr. Hamm: "Cheese, cheese is a great source of protein!"
  • Mr. Eggz: "Oh, I cheddar to think about it."
  • Mr. Hamm: "Beans, now there's good..."
  • Mr. Eggz: "Beans! Oh nuts to you, hammy!"
  • Mr. Hamm: "That's right, nuts to me! Another excellent source of protein".

There are also running gags in this part of the show. Mr. Eggz's bow moves if he's laughing, and at the end of their parts, smoke bellows around them to keep these two from being seen moving into the ground.

Act 5

"Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit" by Colander Combo and the Fiesta Fruit
Night sounds, Latin percussion, and low lighting set the mood for this number, as the produce (broccoli, tomatoes, bananas, etc.) begin to chant "Veggie-Veggie-Fruit-Fruit! Veggie-Fruit-Fruit!" Bonnie Appetite, now in a Carmen Miranda-style carnival outfit, and perched upon a crescent moon that descends from the ceiling, sings "I simply have to tell you that my friends who are singing are...delectable!" Here, another running gag is present. A broccoli piece says " cha cha cha!" at times while his glasses flip off, but the glasses resume their spot.

Finale

"Kabaret Finale" by Bonnie Appetite and cast

Bonnie Appetite and the cast sing a medley of each of their songs. All of the cast come back out, and Bonnie says good bye, before the curtains with the Kraft logo cover the stage.

Other appearances

Disney created merchandise with the Kitchen Kabaret characters, including coloring books, audio tapes / CDs, musical books, postcards and pins of Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit group.[1] Even after closing of the attraction, Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit reappeared as characters in the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.[2]

The Astuter Computer Revue and Backstage Magic in CommuniCore featured a guest appearance by Mr. Eggz highlighting how computers controlled audio-animatronic characters.[3][4]

On August 17, 2007, Walt Disney World released a commorative pin honoring this attraction as part of its White Glove Remember When series. Another White Glove (a part of the Retro Epcot) pin was released on July 1, 2008.

References

External links

Complete Show:

  • Kabaret Part 1 on YouTube
  • Kabaret Part 2 on YouTube

See also

  • Epcot
  • Epcot attraction and entertainment history

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