Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Wonderful World Of Color

Here's two Disney Anthology Show openings. The first is from the Wonderful World Of Color with host Walt Disney. Color ran on NBC from 1961 through 1967 broadcasting some original programming, but mostly material from the Disney library of Feature films, cartoon shorts and nature films. Walt Disney shot informative lead ins and closing footage giving us a glimpse of next weeks show. Unlike the Hanna Barbera title sequences in my previous post, Disney's opening sequence to his show was just a sampling of the fun to follow.

The second opening is from the The Wonderful World Of Disney, which ran on NBC from 1967 through the late 70's. The name change was obviously a tribute to Walt after he passed in 1966 and the idea of a host was eliminated almost entirely (probably because it was thought that nobody could fill Walt's shoes). Occasionally, there would be certain shows that would be hosted by various Disney celebs like Dean Jones, Annette Funicello or Kurt Russell, but most of these shows would have no host at all. This particular opening was well known in the 1970's and would be edited each year to feature a clip from a new Disney movie or theme park attraction. In this particular clip, Space Mountain and The Rescuers are featured prominently, which would date it to 1977. Both clips here are great openings, with theme music by Buddy Baker (a great Disney music man) these openings have a magic that cannot be put into words.


Bob Buethe said...

Yow! Another blog I'm going to have to check up on every day!

Hi, Brian! I don't know if you'll remember me, but I took your beginner's class at the Center for Character Animation back in '96. I was checking to see what you've been up to, and found your blog. Love to see your work.

Brian Mitchell said...

Hey Bob,
How have you been? Sure I remember you!
Glad to see that you're visiting the blog. I started this over a year ago and just recently got into posting on a more regular basis.
Check back in and feel free to comment anytime.