I’m happy to be hosting another evening of Treasures from the Disney Vault this Wednesday on Turner Classic Movies beginning at 8pm EST/5pm PST. What makes it even more special for me is that they shot my introductions at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, a wondrous place that demands repeated visits—and lots of time to take it all in.
As for our film program, the centerpiece is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), followed by the hour-long TV show about its creation, Operation Undersea. Today, “making-of” documentaries are commonplace, but it was rare in the 1950s and, as usual, Walt Disney was ahead of the curve. The program even won an Emmy Award. In keeping with the nautical theme, we’re also showing such vintage cartoons shorts as The Whalers, Sea Scouts, and Merbabies.
Secrets of Life (1956) is one of my favorite True-Life Adventures, and for this showing the folks at Disney have restored the final segment, which originally appeared in CinemaScope.
And for animal lovers there’s Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961), an entertaining yarn (based on a novel by James Oliver Curwood) about the unlikely friendship between a dog and a bear.
I’m so glad the folks at Turner Classic Movies have made this long-term commitment to Disney programming, and I feel fortunate to be involved. You can check the schedule HERE.