I’m happy to host another evening of Walt Disney entertainment on Turner Classic Movies this Thursday night beginning at 8pm EST/5pm PST and continuing into the wee hours. As always there is a mix of vintage cartoons shorts, TV shows, and feature films with a particular emphasis on Christmas and winter settings.
We begin with one of Walt Disney’s loveliest yet least-known features, So Dear to My Heart (1949), starring Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten, Beulah Bondi, Burl Ives, and Harry Carey, Sr. It’s a charming film that evokes Walt Disney’s youth in the early 20th century as seen through rose-colored glasses. In fact, one might say that this film was one of the stepping stones that led to the creation of Disneyland and its idealized Main Street.
Wintry settings can be seen in such diverse cartoons as Rescue Dog (1947) with Pluto, The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934), and Corn Chips (1951) with Chip ‘n’ Dale. A more tangible look at life in the extreme is depicted in the Oscar-winning True-Life Adventure White Wilderness (1958) and an excellent film from the post-Walt era, Never Cry Wolf (1983), starring Charles Martin Smith.
I appreciate all the positive feedback I’ve received for these Disney marathons on TCM…and yes, there are more of these programs scheduled for next year. To see the complete schedule for Thursday, click HERE.