Ed Wynn

Ed Wynn

“A comedian,” Ed Wynn once said, “is a man who doesn’t do funny things but who does things funny.” Ed did just that in a long and distinguished career that led from the vaudeville stage to Broadway, radio, television, and the silver screen—a career that defied the maxim that there are no second acts in American life. In the process, he became a familiar…

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Robert and Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Generations of moviegoers and theme park guests have been introduced to the world of Disney through the songs of Richard and Robert Sherman. Whether they know the names behind the songs or not, you’d be hard pressed to find a person alive who hasn’t at one time or another hummed one of the Shermans’ unforgettable tunes; even today, they remain the quintessential…

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Willie and the Yank Debuts on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color

Pictured Robert Random and Kurt Russell

Willie Prentiss and Henry Jenkins must have realized that “a house divided cannot stand.” The two main characters in Disney’s Willie and the Yank, which takes place during the American Civil War, befriend each other despite the fact that Willie is a Confederate guard and Henry is his union counterpart. Willie and the Yank…

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An Otter in the Family Airs on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color

When nature lover Roy E. Disney was granted permission to produce one of the hour-long episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color TV series, he came up with An Otter in the Family, which made a splash on this day in 1965. The story tells of a young boy who finds an orphaned baby otter and decides to adopt him into the family, but as the otter grows it wreaks…

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The NBC TV network airs the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color show, entitled A Rag, a Bone, a Box of Junk, with Ludwig von Drake

Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color Airs “A Rag, a Bone, a Box of Junk”

It was on this day in 1964 that television viewers got a lesson on how to create stop-motion animation by that brilliant, legendary professor of everything, Ludwig Von Drake, who presided over the festivities with the help of the cartoon short Noah’s Ark, the main titles of The Parent Trap, and the featurette A Symposium on Popular Songs. This episode of Walt Disney’s…

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Cast singing with a headless horse

The Horse Without a Head Debuts on TV

The Horse Without a Head first headed to television on this day in 1963, originally airing in two parts on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. When a kindly junk dealer gives a group of poor French children a headless toy horse, the kids dub themselves
“The Knights of the Headless Horse.”
The broken toy becomes their only source of fun, but soon turns into a…

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photo of original debut of Babes in Toyland at Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

NBC TV Airs the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color Show “Backstage Party”

On this day in 1961, thousands of people were invited to the Walt Disney Studios for a big party, but not literally, it was all through the magic of television. In “Backstage Party,” an episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, your virtual tour began at the entrance of the studio in Burbank, where you’re escorted all around the lot, through the backlot and to…

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