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Sonny Eclipse is an audio-animatronic singer who plays an astro-organ found exclusively in Walt Disney World. More specifically, he is found in the restaurant Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Magic Kingdom. He provides jazz music for the guests in the Starlight Lounge on his Amazing Astro-Organ while they eat, with backing vocals provided by the Space Angels, a group of invisible alien singers. His whole audio loop is roughly 25 minutes.[1][2]

Background

Sonny Eclipse is a Zorkie musician from the city of Yew Nork on the planet Zork, where life primarily lived underground to avoid the methane clouds on the surface. The entertainment capital of his planet, Sonny's Yew Nork upbringing lead him into the music business and he began touring around the galaxy. After he lost his backup singers during a gig on Mars, he met the invisible Space Angels who have accompanied him ever since. He then found a nice long-term gig to serve as the in-house musician at the Starlight Lounge in Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe's first Earth franchise restaurant in Tomorrowland.

Sonny has a relaxed comical demeanor, dishing out puns between his tracks, and a romantic side, with songs celebrating the beauty of the Earth and a love song for his six-eyed girlfriend.

Songs

Sonny Eclipse's setlist consists of eight songs, written by George Wilkins and Kevin Rafferty

  • "My Name is Sonny Eclipse", his personal theme song
  • "Out in Space", a ballad about the Earth's beauty
  • "Hello Space Angels"
  • "Gravity Blues"
  • "Starlight Soup and Salad", about the restaurant's menu
  • "Bright Little Star", a love song
  • "Planetary Boogie"
  • "Yew Nork, Yew Nork"

Trivia

  • Singer and song-writer Kal David is the voice of Sonny Eclipse. In 2013, David was interviewed for The Tiara Talk Show about his vocal performance as Sonny Eclipse. During the interview, David stated he has never gotten a chance to see Sonny Eclipse perform live at Walt Disney World.[3]
  • Kal David was also interviewed by the hosts of Station 71: A Walt Disney World Podcast in March 2020 and maintained that he had still never seen Sonny Eclipse perform live.[4]
  • Sonny's mold was previously used for another animatronic character, Captain Zzzyxxx in Tokyo Disneyland's Star Tours exit corridor.

References

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyFpRqfFl2c
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egQWc2p3hNU
  3. [1]
  4. http://www.station71podcast.com/?p=844
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