Animal Crackers in My Soup

Shirley Temple

About Animal Crackers in My Soup

"Animal Crackers in My Soup" was a song introduced by Shirley Temple in the film Curly Top (1935). The lyrics were written by Irving Caesar and Ted Koehler and the music by Ray Henderson, sheet music published by Sam Fox Publishing Company. Numerous singles and albums containing the Shirley Temple version of the song exist, including at least one CD with it as title track. Temple's version made the Hit Parade, but did not attain the popularity of her earlier hit, On the Good Ship Lollipop, which was #2 for the year. It was recorded by Don Bestor and his orchestra (Brunswick 7495) and Mae Questel, voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl released a recording of the song in the 1930s. In 1971, two members of The Irish Rovers, one of which is dressed up like Shirley Temple, sing the song in one sketch as part of one of the episodes of The Irish Rovers Show. The song was performed by Elke Sommer on The Muppet Show in 1979. It was also on the Anne Murray album There's a Hippo in My Tub. Another cover version appears on the album of 2002, Maria Muldaur Presents - Animal Crackers In My Soup: Songs Of Shirley Temple Barbra Streisand performed the first verse of this song in her "Color Me Barbra Medley" for the television special and album "Color Me Barbra". The song was also covered by Joanie Bartels on her 1980 Sillytime Magic CD, and was also on the video The Rainy Day Adventure. The song is performed by Sammee Lee Jones (as a lookalike of Shirley Temple) in the movie of 1971, What's the Matter with Helen?. 


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Once Mother said "My little pet
You ought to learn your alphabet!"
So in my soup I used to get
All the letters of the alphabet
I learned them all from A to Z
And now my Mother's giving me

Animal crackers in my soup
Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop
Gosh, oh gee! but I have fun
Swallowing animals one by one

In every bowl of soup I see
Lions and tigers watching me
I make 'em jump right through a hoop
Those animal crackers in my soup

When I get hold of the big bad wolf
I just push him under to drown
Then I bite him in a million bits
And I gobble him right down!

When they're inside me where it's dark
I walk around like Noah's Ark
I stuff my tummy like a goop
With animal crackers in my soup!

Animal crackers in my soup
Do funny things to me
They make me think my neighborhood
Is a big menagerie

For instance, there's our Janitor
His name is Mr. Klein
And when he hollers at us kids
He reminds me of a lion

The grocer is so big and fat
He has a big mustache
He looks just like a walrus
Just before he takes a splash!

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Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple Black (born April 23, 1928), born Shirley Jane Temple, is an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, autobiographer, and former U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934, found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry at the age of 12. She appeared in a few films of vary… more »

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5 facts about this song

Song Composition
1. "Animal Crackers in My Soup" is a song written by the renowned American songsmith Ray Henderson, along with lyricists Ted Koehler and Irving Caesar. 2. The song first appeared in the 1935 film, "Curly Top," where it was sung by Shirley Temple.
Song Performance
3. Shirley Temple, a popular child actress of the time, popularized the song, and it soon became one of her most representative works. 4. The song showcased Temple’s vocal range at a young age, as she sang it when she was just 7-8 years old. 5. Shirley Temple's infectious charm elevated the song, making it a favorite amongst fans and critics alike.
Song Content
6. "Animal Crackers in My Soup" uses the imagery of playful animal crackers to depict childhood innocence and wonder. 7. The lyrics depict a playful and carefree illusion, as is appropriate for a children's song and movie and was a great fit for Shirley Temple’s image.
Impact & Legacy
8. Today, the song is remembered as one of the highlights of Shirley Temple's filmography, representing the wholesome, family-friendly entertainment of her era. 9. The song has a resounding cultural impact, many people continue to associate it with childhood, nostalgia, and the simple joys of life. 10. The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, symbolizing its enduring charm and appeal in popular culture. 11. It is commonly used in pop culture references even today, making appearances in films, TV shows, and commercials.
12. It is often confused that the song is about the cookie brand "Animal Crackers," but it is not associated with any brand, although the commercial success of the tune did boost the sales of the product in the mid-1930s. 13. In 2005, Shirley Temple’s rendition of "Animal Crackers in My Soup" was included in the National Recording Registry, an archive of sound recordings with cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance.

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