Your Host, Walt Disney: TV Memories, 1956-1965 (Walt Disney Treasures)
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"Backstage Party" (1961) is a visit to the set of Disney's production of Babes in Toyland, with appearances by the film's stars, including Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn, and Ray Bolger. "Disneyland 10th Anniversary" (1965), previously released on the now-out-of-print Disneyland U.S.A. set, introduces the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and It's a Small World rides, and shows how "space-age" technology was used to create the Enchanted Tiki Room. Disc 2's extras include a true rarity, a 1962 Cinemascope film presentation created to accompany a Disney Radio City Music Hall stage show. Another delight is "I Captured the King of the Leprechauns," a 1959 Disneyland episode tied to the release of the feature Darby O'Gill and the Little People (and included as a bonus feature on that DVD). This whimsical bit of blarney follows Disney to Ireland in search of "the little people." Movie tough guy Pat O'Brien sends him off with a charming song about leprechauns, just a small sample of these episodes' endearing and enduring hokey charms. --Donald Liebenson
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1) "The Fourth Anniversary Show" : 1957 DISNEYLAND season opener, originally aired 9/11/57 on ABC.
2) "Where Do Stories Come from?" (1956) a nice little behind-the-scenes show about the Disney animators and their inspiration.
3) "I Captured The King of the Leprechauns" : this last DISNEYLAND episode of the 1958 season was a big promo for the Darby O'Gill movie, originally aired 5/29/59 on ABC. *** This has already been released as a bonus on the Darby O'Gill DVD. ***
4) "Kodak Presents Disneyland '59" : a long thought lost TV special, not part of the DISNEYLAND series. This is well worth getting this set for!
5) "Back Stage Party" sort of a behind-the-scenes wrap party for Disney's 1961 movie "Babes In Toyland" starring Annette.
6) "Disneyland 10th Anniversary Show" : from the 1964 season of Wonderful World Of Color, originally aired 1/3/65 on NBC. *** Sadly, this EDITED presentation is identical to the show's previous appearance on the Disneyland USA Treasures tin, missing several minutes of Tiki Room footage. *** Sure that older DVD is out of print, but It is disappointing not to have a new to DVD episode included here, or a complete version correcting the previous error. There are SO many episodes in which Walt plays a major part, this DOUBLE DIPPING is regrettable! ***
I am really really hoping that the reason that the 10th anniversary show is on this set yet again, is that they are putting out a unedited original version. If not, then once again as with many disney things lately I will have to find a way to put my old unedited television tapings from disney channel onto dvd. I refuse to buy into someone else's version of history, and will not buy edited dvd's. For it to be a "treasure" it has to be an original version to me, otherwise its pretty near useless garbage in a pretty decorated tin.
These five classic Disney shows are fine except Disneyland 10th Anniversary" (1965), previously released on the now-out-of-print Disneyland U.S.A. set. Why, when there are million of other shows, do you need to copy from another box set?
Walt is Uncle Walt, sharing his special studio with you. It is akin to Willie Wonka taking us into hios chocolate factory. Great Disney memories. I only wish there were more episodes on this two volume set showcasing Walt being Walt--maybe there is hope for a volume two
As an added bonus, Diane Disney Miller recounts about her family and life with Walt..great stuff for Disney fans like me
so Go get it!
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
The set would've gotten five stars from me if it only contained Disc One, as it's three shows are fast-moving with many, many facets to them (even though the 90-minute episode seems to drag on as we have to sit thru an entire Disneyland parade).
The highlights of Disc 2 are the brief appearances of Guy Williams as Disney's newest addition, Zorro and Fess Parker without his Davy Crockett getup. Also the best bonus on Disc two are interviews with a few of the Grownup Mouseketeers: Tommy Cole, Don Grady (who still looks like he did on "My Three Sons!") and the GORGEOUS Cheryl Holdridge, who looks even MORE beautiful now than she did as a teenager! There are also interviews with Disney regular Tim Considine and singer Tommy Sands.
A couple of other bonuses saved Disc 2 from totally boring me: "My Dad, Walt Disney" which is an interview with Walt's daughter, Diane and the Disneyland episode titled "I Captured the King of the Leprechauns" that has clips of his film "Darby O'Gill & The Little People" (including the eerie Banshee and Death Coach scene!).
I still recommend this set for all fans of Disney and I have one last question: WHAT'S WITH TOMMY SANDS' BIZARRE HAIRSTYLE? Check it out when you buy this collection.....looks like a drunk muskrat sat on his head.
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We wanted Walt Disney's Wonderful World of color and it even said that's what it was and they gave us something that's only 6 hours longPublished 17 months ago by Joyce Hopper
Loved it! Great for any Disney fan that wants to see old footage and classic Disney!Published on July 24, 2014 by Lady
As others have said, the "new" material on this set is well worth having, while the other stuff if fun if you didn't already have the sets on which they appeared before... Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Steven E. Sauer