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The Wonderful World of Disney

Season 24 1977 - 1978

  • 1977-09-18T04:00:00Z on ABC (US)
  • 60 mins
  • 18 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • Animation, Children, Family

Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most ambitious producers, was first approached to do television in 1950, when The Coca-Cola Company offered him a one-hour special. The one hour special, "One Hour in Wonderland," aired December 25, 1950 on NBC and garnered 90% of the television viewing audience. A second special, "The Walt Disney Christmas Special," aired December 25, 1951 on CBS. When Walt had drawn up plans for a theme park, known as Disneyland, he found a hard time obtaining funding; critics, including Walt's brother Roy, thought that it was unfeasible and that it would be a fiasco. At the same time, the ABC television network offered him a deal for a television anthology series. Walt wouldn't agree to it unless they put up partial financing for Disneyland (a term that had kept CBS and NBC from signing with him). ABC agreed, and also paid him $50,000 per program, an exorbitant sum for the time. The show, titled Disneyland, premiered on October 27, 1954 and was an immediate success. The program showcased original works from the Disney Studios. Cartoons, documentaries, educational shorts, all were shown to a captive worldwide audience. Variety was the key to its success, as it kept most of what it did fresh, multi-cultural and constantly changing its entertainment.

18 episodes

24x01 Gus

  • Season Premiere

    1977-09-18T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

24x02 The Treasure of Matecumbe (2-hour)

  • 1977-10-02T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

In this 1976 theatrical release, two runaway boys from post-Civil War Kentucky head for the island of Matecumbe off the Florida Keys, where a treasure is supposedly buried.

24x08 Three on the Run

  • 1978-01-08T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Two brothers enter a dogsled race with white German shepherd, an English sheepdog and a bloodhound. Action happens when a grizzly bear appears.

24x10 The Shaggy Dog (2-hour)

  • 1978-01-29T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A suburban teenager finds a magic ring that spontaneously causes him to turn into a dog.

24x12 Race for Survival

  • 1978-03-05T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

An African game warden's plane crashes in a remote area in Nairobi. His greyhound, Smokey, escapes from the wreckage with a note with instructions to find the man and help him. On the way, the dog befriends a lion who helps him get through the African wilderness and find help for his owner.

24x16 Child of Glass (2-hour)

  • 1978-05-14T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

A family moves into an antebellum southern mansion. Only Alexander, their son, realizes that it is haunted by the ghost of Inez Dumaine, a young girl who was murdered there during the Civil War. He and his friend, Blossom, have until midnight on Halloween to solve a riddle that will let Inez's ghost rest in peace.

24x17 The Young Runaways (2-hour)

  • 1978-05-28T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

C.L. Doyle and his wife take their oldest kids Rosebud and Joseph T. Doyle on a trip to Alaska, but leave their younger siblings Freddie and Margaret Jean in foster care under the supervision of some crooks. Angered over her parents carelessness, Rosebud convinces her brother to join them in kidnapping their younger siblings and running away from home, sparking a manhunt and a show of support from kids rallying on behalf of their cause.

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