In the early 1970's, Imagineers were tasked with making a show for the Carousel Theater. Originally, Marc Davis created Ollie the Owl as the host of the show. But later, created Sam and decided he would be a better fit.
Appearance and Personality
Sam is an anthropomorphic Bald Eagle. He mostly wore patriotic attire and would change his outfits depending on the scene that he was in. There is very little information about his personality. But, he seems to be very cheerful and charismatic. The America Sings preview record (only given to members of the press) describes him as "fun-loving". He is almost always seen with Ollie the Owl.
Sam starts off the show by singing "Yankee Doodle". Then, goes onto explain to Ollie and the audience about about America's music, which is what the show is about. At the end of each of the show's acts, he would sing a modified version of "Yankee Doodle". He would also introduce some of the different songs during the show. He would end off the show by singing "Auld Lang Syne" with Ollie.
- His design is loosely based off of Uncle Sam.
- He is not to be confused with the Muppet character of the same name, or Sam the Olympic Eagle, who, incidentally, was designed by Disney artist Bob Moore for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
- Sam is still sometimes used in the Parks. He was used on the American Adventure character map, the World of Disney store 4th of July merchandise display, and he was featured on a sign for 4th of July entertainment at Disneyland.
- In Act 4, Sam has his hat sitting on the table during "Bill Bailey". Marc Davis is quoted saying that "I figured the Eagle wouldn't be the type to hang up his hat on a coat hanger or anything. He would bring his hat right to the table."
- A model of Sam's head was displayed at the 2015 D23 Expo.