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Although the film's title card reads " oby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus ," all written contemporary sources refer to the film simply as Toby Tyler. After the opening credits, the film begins with the following written foreword: "Once upon a time when the day the circus came to town was the biggest day of the year..." Ollie Wallace, a Disney studio conductor usually credited as "Oliver Wallace," made his onscreen feature-film debut in Toby Tyler as the circus bandleader. "Mr. Stubbs," the chimpanzee featured in the film, was part of a performing chimpanzee act called The Marquis Family, who were also credited onscreen. According to the Motion Picture Herald review, Disney first saw Mr. Stubbs on The Jack Benny Show, which ran on the CBS television network from 1950-1965.
According to a April 9, 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item, Toby Tyler was the first Disney film to be shot at the studio's newly acquired Golden Oak Rancho in Newhall, CA, the site of the first recorded gold strike in California in 1842. Studio press materials note that fourteen authentic circus wagons, some dating back to 1897, were refurbished for use in the film. After production ended, according to an unsourced 1962 article found in the file for the film at the AMPAS Library, nine of the wagons were exhibited at Disneyland, borrowed for the 1962 M-G-M film Jumbo (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70), and then donated to the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. Although May and June 1959 Hollywood Reporter news items add Tom Daly, William McLean, William Challee and Mike Mason to the cast, their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Toby Tyler aired on the Walt Disney Presents television show in two parts, on 22 and November 29, 1964.