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'"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"' (also called "The Magic Song") is a novelty song, written in 1948 by Al Hoffman, Mack David, and Jerry Livingston. Introduced in the 1950 film 'Cinderella', and performed by actress Verna Felton, the song is about the Fairy Godmother transforming an orange pumpkin into a white carriage, four brown mice into white horses, a gray horse into a white-haired coachman, and a brown dog into a white-haired footman. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1951 but lost out to "Mona Lisa" from 'Captain Carey, U.S.A.' Disney used the song once again in their 2015 remake of 'Cinderella' which starred Lily James in the leading role. The song was performed by Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Fairy Godmother, and was the final song of the movie, playing with the end credits. Bonham Carter's version can also be found as the 30th song on the original movie soundtrack.


Ilene Woods and The Woodsmen with Harold Mooney and His Orchestra recorded the song 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 number 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 catalogue 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 number 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 number 7.

The Kings Men performed the song on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio program on January 10, 1950.

Bing Crosby recorded the song with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra on January 3, 1950. Dinah Shore also recorded the song on September 9, 1949. It is currently in the compilation of 1992 Sony Music (Legacy label) album "Zip A Dee Doo Dah".

This song was used in a Gatorade commercial starring Sergio Ramos, Leo Messi, David Luiz, and Landon Donovan promoting the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The first line of the lyric was used as a mantra by Nellie McKay in a Guy Noir skit during episode 1482, January 24, 2015, of A Prairie Home Companion.


The lyrics of the song, as with the title, are composed nearly entirely of nonsense. The Cinderella LP insert lists the lyrics as follows:

Sala-gadoola-menchicka-boo-la bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put 'em together and what have you got?


Sala-gadoola-menchicka-boo-la bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

It'll do magic believe it or not


Now, Sala-gadoola means menchicka-boolaroo

But the thing-a-ma-bob that does the job is


Sala-gadoola-menchicka-boo-la bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put 'em together and what have you got?

Bibbidi-bobbidi, bibbidi-bobbidi, bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.

The 1949 recording, however, has several extra English lines that were not used in the 1950 Disney version, 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.


In 1955, Jack Pleis recorded it for his album, 'Music from Disneyland'.

In the Disney/Square Enix crossover game 'Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep', the song has been reorchestrated by Yoko Shimomura as the theme tune for the Cinderella world Castle of Dreams.

Louis Armstrong covered it and the recording was released in 1968 on Disney's Buena Vista Label (F-469).

In 1975, Bando Da Lua recorded it for the album, 'Bando Da Lua Nos E.U.A'.

In 1980 Mino Reitano and Luca Chinnici recorded it (in Italian) for the album 'Ciao amico' (Hello friend) with Italian text by Devilli.

On the 2012 album 'Disney - Koe no Oujisama', which features various Japanese voice actors covering Disney songs, this song was covered by Jun Fukuyama.

On 'SpongeBob SquarePants', a similar sounding tune is heard sometimes such as when Squidward was playing a piece on his clarinet that incorporates a similar sounding tune as seen on the episode, "Squid Wood".

On 'House of Mouse', Jafar and Iago help Mickey and friends bring the clubhouse back after Daisy accidentally made it disappear by doing a rap version of Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo as seen from the episode, "House of Magic".

Helena Bonham Carter, who plays the Fairy Godmother in the Disney 2015 film remake, recorded the song for the film's soundtrack.

Parodies and puns

Akira Toriyama named three characters in his 'Dragon Ball Z' series after this song: the evil wizard Bibbidi, his son Bobbidi, and Bibbidi's powerful creation Majin Boo. However, these names are spelt as "Bibidi", "Babidi", and "Majin Buu" respectively, in the English dub of the animated adaption. Also, two characters of the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes are also named after the song: the Majin Hero Salaga and the demon Mechickaboola.

The song is parodied on the 'Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain' episode "Narfily Ever After", a parody of 'Cinderella'.

A parody version recorded by Mickey Katz is entitled "The Baby, the Bubbe, and You".

The lyrics of the song are algebraically analyzed in a math lesson by Mr. Garrison in the 'South Park' episode "Royal Pudding".

The title of the song is sung several times in Buck-Tick's song "Django!!! -Genwaku no Django-" from their album 'Razzle Dazzle'.

This phrase is often referenced in other Disney stories, mostly when magic is being used. For example, in 'The Return of Jafar', and also in the 'Hercules' TV series, in the 'One Saturday Morning episodes,' Episode 12: "Hercules and the Gorgon."

The popular radio show 'My Favorite Husband' episode which aired on July 27, 1950, makes fun of the nonsense words of this song. The title of the episode is "Liz Writes A Song".

The film 'Shrek 2' features a parody of the song, sung by Fiona's fairy godmother.

'The Tim Conway Jr. Show', on KFI Radio in Los Angeles, California, sometimes plays a version of the song in which the singer is interrupted by an Angry Doug Steckler who criticizes the song's math skills.

Female members of SM Entertainment's pre-debut trainees team SM Rookies Koeun, Hina, and Lami covered a Korean version of the song in the Disney Channel Korea show Mickey Mouse Club in 2015.

The line "Bibbidi bobbidi" is mentioned again in the song 9 & 3/4 (Run Away) by HYBE's Tomorrow X Together in 2019.

The line "Bibbidi bobbidi Boo" is mentioned again in Josh's rap line of the song Bazinga by SB19 in 2021.

See also

*Non-lexical vocables in music



Category:Cinderella (franchise)

Category:Disney songs

Category:Jo Stafford songs

Category:Magic words

Category:Perry Como songs

Category:The Fontane Sisters songs

Category:Songs based on fairy tales

Category:Songs written by Mack David

Category:Songs written by Al Hoffman

Category:Songs written by Jerry Livingston

Category:Songs written for films

Category:1948 songs

Category:1949 singles

Category:Walt Disney Records singles

Category:Novelty songs

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