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The Wonderful World of Disney

Season 7 1960 - 1961

  • 1960-10-16T05:00:00+01:00 on ABC (US)
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 7 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.

31 episodes

7x03 Adios El Cuchillo

  • 1960-11-06T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Humiliated by Zorro and his famous Z, El Cuchillo goes back to Los Angeles to get his revenge.

7x04 Donald's Silver Anniversary

  • 1960-11-13T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

In this installment, the studio celebrates the 25th anniversary of Donald Duck's show business premiere.

7x06 Moochie of Pop Warner Football (2)

  • 1960-11-27T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

In the concluding episode of Walt Disney's 2-part miniseries Moochie of Pop Warner Football, the Peewees football team is set to play in a big title game held at Disneyland. Naturally, our hero Moochie Morgan (Kevin Corcoran) has his heart set on accompanying his teammates to Anaheim. Only one problem: If Moochie continues to get lousy grades in his American History class, he'll lose his eligibility. ""From Ticonderoga to Disneyland"" originally aired as part of the Walt Disney Presents anthology and was later serialized on the syndicated version of The Mickey Mouse Club.

7x08 And Chase the Buffalo

  • 1960-12-11T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Boone and his family face the problems of civilization when a tax rebellion comes up.

7x09 Escape to Paradise/ Water Birds

  • 1960-12-18T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

The first portion of this installment is a look at the making of the upcoming theatrical release Swiss Family Robinson. The film is being shot on location in Tobago in the West Indies, and all the cast and crew (and animals) must be brought to the island. The second portion is an edited version of the 1952 featurette Water Birds.

7x26 Flash, the Teenage Otter

  • 1961-04-30T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Filmed almost entirely at a Wisconsin game preserve, this episode of ""Walt Disney Presents"" was based on a book by Emil Liers. The program chronicles the early life and adventures of two otters, Flash and Fleta, and their close-knit family. Upon reaching their rebellious teen years, Flash strikes out on his own, experiencing all manner of exciting and life-threatening exploits, especially when coming in contact with that predatory species known as Man. But as the ""teaser"" to this episode tipped off a week in advance, Flash is ultimately and happily reunited with his loved ones. ""Flash, the Teenage Otter"" was released theatrically in 1961.

7x31 The Titlemakers/ Nature's Half Acre

  • 1961-06-11T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

The first half of this episode promotes the upcoming theatrical film The Parent Trap. The second half is taken from the episode A Progress Report/Nature's Half Acre.