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Encyclopedia > Walt Disney anthology series
Walt Disney anthology series

Walt Disney and Ludwig Von Drake
Format Variety show
Run time 60 minutes per episode
Creator(s) Walt Disney
Starring Walt Disney (host, 1954–1966)
Michael Eisner (host, 1986–present)
Country USA
Network ABC (1954–1961, 1986–1988, 1997–present)
NBC (1961–1981, 1988–1990)
CBS (1981–1983)
Disney Channel (1990–1997)
Original run 1954 – present
No. of episodes 770 (182 B&W, 588 color)

The first incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. Image File history File links Walt Disney and Ludwig Von Drake on Disneys anthology TV series. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Ludwig Von Drake is one of Walt Disneys cartoon and comic book characters. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Michael Eisner Michael Dammann Eisner (born March 7, 1942) ran the The Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 2005. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... The present Disney Channel logo, used in the United States, since 2002. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Overview

Hosted by Walt Disney himself, the show presented animated cartoons and other material (some original, some pre-existing) from the studio library. This is significant because the series was the first one from a major movie studio. Other studios feared television would be the death of them. For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... An animated cartoon is a moving picture generated by photographing drawings frame-by-frame, as opposed to a normal movie, which is produced by shooting 24 frames a second of actual moving persons or objects. ...


The show spawned the Davy Crockett craze of 1955 with the miniseries about the historical American frontiersman, starring Fess Parker in the title role. Millions of dollars of merchandise were sold relating to the title character, and the theme song, "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," was a hit record that year. Three historically-based hour-long shows aired in late 1954/early 1955, and were followed up by two dramatized installments the following year. The TV episodes were edited into two theatrical films later on. Davy Crockett David Crockett (David de Crocketagne August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836)19th-century American folk hero usually referred to as Davy Crockett. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fess Parker (born August 16, 1924) is an American film and television actor. ...


In July of 1955, the opening of Disneyland was covered on this show, hosted by Walt along with Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter, Ronald Reagan, and various other guests. Disneyland is a theme park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... The Bob Cummings Show was an American television sitcom which was produced from 1955 to 1959. ... Art Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly on July 17, 1912) was the host of two of the longest running shows in broadcast history: House Party, which ran on CBS TV and Radio for 25 years, and People Are Funny, which ran on NBC TV and Radio for 19 years. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ...


The series moved to NBC in 1961 to take advantage of that network's ability to broadcast in color. In a marvelous display of foresight, Disney had filmed many of the earlier shows in color, so they were able to be repeated on NBC. To emphasize the new color feature, the series was re-dubbed Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and retained that moniker until 1969. The first NBC episode even dealt with the principles of color, as explained by a comical character named Ludwig Von Drake, a bumbling professor and uncle of Donald Duck. The character's voice was supplied by Paul Frees (After his death, Corey Burton took over to replace him as the role of Ludwig Von Drake). The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Ludwig Von Drake is one of Walt Disneys cartoon and comic book characters. ... Donald Duck Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character best known for his cartoons from Walt Disney Productions. ... Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ... Corey Burton (born August 3, 1955), is a voice actor. ...


When Walt Disney died in 1966, no one replaced him as host, as everyone agreed that his presence, characterized by a warm, folksy persona, was irreplaceable. The series continued to get solid ratings, often in the Top 20, until the mid-1970s. At this time, Walt Disney Productions was facing a decline in fortunes, with declining box-office revenues. It also did not help that CBS had placed 60 Minutes directly opposite it. The show continued to slip in the ratings until NBC cancelled it in 1981; an attempt to modernize the show in the fall of 1979 was purely cosmetic. Much of the decline is often attributed to the declining amount of new material. The show became increasingly dependent on airings of theatrical features and cartoons and reruns of older episodes. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... Walt Disney Productions is the former name of The Walt Disney Company, which it held from 1929 to 1986. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... The ticking TAG Heuer stopwatch from 60 Minutes. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...


CBS picked it up and moved it to Saturday night; the format remained unchanged, and ratings were marginally improved. It lasted two years there, its end coinciding with the birth of The Disney Channel on cable TV. While ratings were a factor, the final decision to end the show came from then-company CEO E. Cardon Walker who felt that having both the show and the new channel active would cannibalize each other. The present Disney Channel logo, used in the United States, since 2002. ... Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (and often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio waves transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in traditional... E. Cardon Walker (commonly, Card Walker) was a top Walt Disney Productions executive in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. ...


After the studio underwent a change in management, the series was revived on ABC in 1986, with new CEO Michael Eisner hosting. His presence couldn't compare with Walt's (Eisner himself is said to have required 68 takes in his first introduction), and the show moved to NBC in 1988 before ending in 1990. The series was revived again on ABC in 1997 after Disney purchased ABC where it ran on Sundays until 2003 when it moved to Saturday night. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Eisner Michael Dammann Eisner (born March 7, 1942) ran the The Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 2005. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


Reruns of the 1954-1983 shows were a staple of the Disney Channel for several years, when it was an outlet for vintage Disney cartoons, TV shows and movies, basically serving the same function that the anthology series served in the days before cable. When the channel purged all vintage material, this show went with it. However, a few select episodes can be found on VHS or DVD, and there is no reason to suggest that more won't come out eventually. The present Disney Channel logo, used in the United States, since 2002. ... Top view VHS cassette with U.S. Quarter for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, first released in 1976, better known by its acronym VHS, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some of... DVD-R writing/reading side, based on Photo DVD.jpg. ...


All of the episodes from 1954-1990 are listed in the book The Wonderful World of Disney Television, by Bill Cotter, published in 1997.

Disneyland title sequence
Disneyland title sequence
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color title sequence

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Format

The original format consisted of a balance of theatrical cartoons, live-action features, and informational material. Much of the original informational material was to create awareness for Disneyland. In spite of being essentially ads for the park, entertainment value was emphasized as well to make the shows palatable. Some informational shows were made to promote upcoming studio feature films such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Some programs focused on the art and technology of animation itself. Disneyland is a theme park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... Front page of Vingt Mille Lieues Sous les Mers 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (or Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) is a classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne, published in 1870 under the title Vingt mille lieues sous les mers. ... Darby OGill and the Little People is a Disney film released in 1959 set in rural Ireland at the beginning of the 19th century. ...


Later original programs consisted of dramatizations of other historical figures and legends along the lines of the Davy Crockett mini-series. These included Texas John Slaughter, Elfego Baca, and Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox." Davy Crockett David Crockett (David de Crocketagne August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836)19th-century American folk hero usually referred to as Davy Crockett. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Elfego Baca as a young sheriff Elfego Baca (1865–1945) was a legendary lawman, lawyer, and politician in the closing days of the American wild west. ... Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox) Francis Marion (circa 1732 - February 26 or February 27, 1795) was a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army and later Brigadier General in the South Carolina Militia during the American Revolutionary War. ...


Also included were nature and animal programs similar to the True-Life Adventures released in theatres, as well as various dramatic installments which were either one part or two, but sometimes more.


This format remained basically unchanged through the 1980s, though new material, as discussed earlier, was scarce in later years. The 1980s, in its most obvious sense, was the decade between 1980 and 1989. ...


When the show was revived in 1986, the format was similar to a movie-of-the-week, with family-oriented TV movies from the studio making up much of the material. Theatrical films were also shown, but with the advent of cable television and home video, they were not as popular. The 1997 revival has followed this format as well. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed optical... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Theme music

  • For its first four years, the series used the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" as its theme. The recording was the same one that was used in the movie Pinocchio
  • From 1961 to 1969, an original song was used, written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. This song helped to emphasize the use of color with its lyrics.
  • From 1969 to 1979, various orchestral medleys of various Disney songs from movies and theme parks were used as theme songs.
  • From 1979 to 1983, a disco-styled theme was written to emphasize the new visual changes, even though the format remained the same. The song was by John Debney and John Klawitter.
  • From 1981 to 1983, a short disco arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star," believed to have been arranged by Frank Gari, served as theme against some elaborate, then-state-of-the-art computer graphics.
  • From 1986 to 1996, a synthesized, pop-rock arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star" was the theme. (This includes the Disney Channel run).
  • From 1990 to 1997, an orchestral melody of When You Wish Upon a Star and Part of Your World (latter used in The Little Mermaid) served as theme whenever any of the Big 3 networks wanted to air a Disney special.
  • Since 1997, an orchestral medley of When You Wish Upon a Star and A Whole New World (the latter was used in the movie Aladdin). This is the current theme music.

Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925) and Richard M. Sherman (born June 12, 1928) are Academy Award-winning American songwriters, who specialize in musical film. ... Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925) and Richard M. Sherman (born June 12, 1928) are Academy Award-winning American songwriters, who specialize in musical film. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Debney (born Glendale, California, 18 August 1956) is a prolific American film composer who received an Oscar nomination for his score for Mel Gibson`s The Passion of the Christ. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Frank Gari (born in New York City on April 1, 1942) is a popular singer and songwriter from the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article is about the year. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aladdin (first released on November 11, 1992) is an animated Disney movie telling a version of the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp from The Arabian Nights. ...

Dates of network affiliation, show titles, and time slots

ABC: The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ...

  • Disneyland
    • October 27, 1954 – September 3, 1958: Wednesday, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Walt Disney Presents
    • September 12, 1958 – September 25, 1959: Friday, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • October 2, 1959 – September 23, 1960: Friday, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    • September 25, 1960 – September 17, 1961: Sunday, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

NBC: The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...

  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
    • September 24, 1961 – September 7, 1969: Sunday, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • The Wonderful World of Disney
    • September 14, 1969 – August 31, 1975: Sunday, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    • September 7, 1975 – September 11, 1977: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • September 18, 1977 – October 23, 1977: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • October 30, 1977 – September 2, 1979: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Disney's Wonderful World
    • September 9, 1979 – September 13, 1981: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CBS: CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ...

  • Walt Disney
    • September 26, 1981 – January 1, 1983: Saturday, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • January 4, 1983 – February 15, 1983: Tuesday, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • July 9, 1983 – September 24, 1983: Saturday, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ABC: The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ...

  • The Disney Sunday Movie
    • February 2, 1986 – September 6, 1987: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • September 13, 1987 – September 11, 1988: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

NBC: The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...

  • The Magical World of Disney
    • October 9, 1988 – July 2, 1989: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • July 9, 1989 – July 23, 1989: Sunday, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • August 6, 1989 – February 25, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • March 4, 1990 – April 15, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • April 22, 1990 – May 6, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    • May 27, 1990 – July 22, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • August 5, 1990 – September 9, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Disney Channel: The present Disney Channel logo, used in the United States, since 2002. ...

  • 1990 - 1997: Sunday, 7:00 PM (various formats)

ABC: The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ...

  • The Wonderful World of Disney
    • September 28, 1997 – September 2003: Sunday, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • September 2003 – September 2004: Saturday, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    • September 2004 – September 2005: Saturday, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    • September 2005 - Present: Various times

See also

Zorro, a half-hour Walt Disney Productions TV series based on the well-known Zorro character, premiered October 10, 1957 on ABC. The final network broadcast was September 24, 1959. ... The Mickey Mouse Club was a long-running American variety television series in the 1950s, produced and televised by Walt Disney Productions, featuring a regular but ever-changing cast of teenage performers. ... The present Disney Channel logo, used in the United States, since 2002. ...

External links


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Walt Disney anthology series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1548 words)
When Walt Disney died in 1966, no one replaced him as host, as everyone agreed that his presence, characterized by a warm, folksy persona, was irreplaceable.
His presence couldn't compare with Walt's (Eisner himself is said to have required 68 takes in his first introduction), and the show moved to NBC in 1988 before ending in 1990.
Reruns of the 1954-1983 shows were a staple of the Disney Channel for several years, when it was an outlet for vintage Disney cartoons, TV shows and movies, basically serving the same function that the anthology series served in the days before cable.
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