The beauty and hardship of creating cartoons in the ’50s! Makes you appreciate them more when you know the pre-planning and complex work that was put in creating films we all enjoyed and still do.
Walt Disney began hosting his own television show for ABC in 1954 in an unusual contract: Disney provided ABC with a weekly hour-long television program in exchange for funding for the construction of Disneyland. As a result, the television show was also originally named Disneyland. The anthology series has since gone through a number of name changes over the years: Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney, Disney’s Wonderful World, Walt Disney, The Disney Sunday Movie, and The Magical World of Disney. The series spanned an incredible 54 years—13 seasons of which were hosted by Walt Disney, himself.
This episode takes a look at the history of animation and animation techniques throughout the ages. Especially profiled are many animation pioneers, including J. Stuart Blackton, Windsor McCay, J.R. Bray, Max Fleischer and, of course, Walt Disney.
Aired on Wednesday, November 30th, 1955 on ABC at 7:30pm
Aired on Wednesday, April 25th, 1956 on ABC at 7:30pm
Aired on Friday, July 25th, 1956 on ABC at 7:30pm