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The Singing Busts or Mellomen are a group of undead characters who appear in every version of the attraction except for Mystic Manor and whom act as the lead singers of Grim Grinning Ghosts in the Graveyard. From left to right, the names of the busts are Rolo Rumkin (Verne Rowe), Uncle Theodore (Thurl Ravenscroft), Cousin Algernon (Chuck Schroeder), Ned Nub (Jay Meyer) and Phineas P. Pock (Bob Ebright).  

Appearances

The Haunted Mansion

In every direct version of the Haunted Mansion the five busts appear in the graveyard sequence singing Grim Grinning Ghosts. The lead singer of the group comes in the form of Uncle Theodore who's bust is damaged and has it's head section broken off.

Phantom Manor

In Phantom Manor the Mellomen appear in the Underworld segment once again singing Grim Grinning Ghosts except here Cousin Algernon (Chuck Schroeder) is absent leaving the group a quartet and Uncle Theodore (Thurn Ravenscroft) is no longer shown to be damaged

Other Appearances

2003 Film

The busts appear in the 2003 movie but are reduced to a quartet (inspired by Phantom Manor). In the midst of their song, Jim interrupts them and tries to ask them the location of a mausoleum that leads to a crypt wherein they respond in songs. At the end of the film, they join the Evers family in their vacation (by getting strapped to the back of the car). It is unknown why they (and Madame Leota) did not go to heaven after the curse was lifted.

The Dapper Dans provide their voices in this adaption.

Video game

The busts appear in the 2003 game as a quartet again. The leader Uncle Theodore asks Zeke, to find the other members of his quartet and wake them. After they are awakened, they sing the song "Brother Zeke", which causes a mausoleum to rise from the ground and the Graveyard to light up. The Dapper Dans provide their voices in this adaption once again.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

During the Holiday overlay, the Busts have jack-o-lanterns placed over their heads that do the singing for them. They sing a spooky version of the Christmas carol "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and (like the other residents) end their song with "Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!"

Trivia

  • The Busts gain their semi-official names "The Mellomen" through the real life singing group which their actors were a part of.
  • In the Ghost Gallery storyline the Busts are named Thurl, Ravens, Croft, Singg and Buss as a reference to which, when deciphered says "Thurl Ravenscroft Singing Bust" as a reference to the singer Thurl Ravenscroft who played Uncle Theodore (the lead Bust).
  • In Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris the busts appear in the Phantom Canyon portion of the attraction, however there are only four Busts instead of five (Cousin Al is the Bust that's missing).
  • In a Marc Davis concept rendering of the busts the bust of Aunt Lucretia (the woman staring bust found in Disneyland's Portrait Corridor and DisneyWorld's Library) hinting that she may have originally been included with the rest of the singing busts and that, originally, there were planned to be six Singing Busts instead of five. Why she was removed from the Group and turned into a Staring Bust is unknown.
  • The tombstones of Rollo Rumkin and Phineas Pock are 2 of the original 8 tombstones that were found in the original family plot of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and, while in Disney World's Mansion, the epitaphless graves of Uncle Theodore, Phineas Pock, Cousin Algernorn, Rollo Rumkin and Ned Nub are found on the hillside infront of the Mansion.
  • Phineas Pock is a common name used in the Haunted Mansion's history such as the unused concept of Phineas J. Pock who was the proposed name for the Lord and Master of the Disney World Haunted Mansion, the "author" of the book Magic from the the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland and a character featured in a 1969 radio ad for the Haunted Mansion who was voiced by Paul Frees (the original voice of the Ghost Host).