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Disney interview in TV Guide (1961)

Yesterday, I had a chance to once again plow into Stuart Shostak’s extensive archive of TV Guide back issues. This time I found two parts of a 1961 interview with Walt Disney, (The Latter Day Aesop), mainly discussing moving his programs from ABC to NBC. Walt wasn’t too happy with ABC back then. Of course, today the studio owns the network. To read the stories, click the image above to see the first part, then click the thumbnails below to read the rest.

  • cliffclaven

    For what’s primarily a puff piece he really does rip into ABC. As I understand it there was an actual legal battle over rights to Mickey Mouse Club and Zorro, which is which they didn’t jump to NBC as well. Both shows were eventually syndicated in reruns, although Mickey Mouse Club was “updated” with non-mouseketeer segments (Annette was doing beach movies by then).

    “Mother Carey’s Chickens” was a Hayley Mills vehicle released to theaters as “Summer Magic.” “Lovable Rats of the Paris Opera?” Have no idea if that was ever made, but it sounds like a great title for an off-brand direct-to-video.

  • Herein this story lies early examples of what would become trademarks of the Michael Eisner regime.

    • Scarabim


      And Walt was right about Hanna-Barbera and Jack Benny…

  • uncle wayne

    I was 8 when this article came out….but (believe it or not) I actually remember it!! The most important issue (to me) of the new NBC switch was, of course, Von Drake, which is NOT mentioned in this article! What a great character!

  • Scarabim

    Oh, yeah, Ludwig Von Drake was funny as hell. Especially when he was interacting with his bug friend Herman. He was lovable too, and voiced brilliantly I believe by (correct me, please, if I’m wrong) Paul Frees. I’ve no idea who wrote for him for those shows, but they were brilliant as well. The current “Disney” (and I use that name loosely) regime ought to think about reviving him in some way. But then, they won’t even do that for Mickey Mouse…

  • Bill

    Ok, I know I have a dirty mind, but just tell me where Gus the mouse (sitting on the base of the tv antenna) is looking in the picture at the top?

  • Figaro looks pretty stoned in that picture.

  • top cat james

    Strange that 101 Dalmatians weren’t included in that terrific illustration, considering the film was released that year.

  • It’s common to see animation writers today assert that there was a time when animation wasn’t “just for kids” but was regarded as mainstream entertainment on par with a Bogart movie.

    So it’s interesting to see in this article that 1961 wasn’t that time and that quite a long stretch before that was not that time either.

    And I recall an earlier post here with an article from the 30’s detailing how cartoons had to be censored in a way that live action movies did not because they were primarily “for children”.

    So I’m beginning to think that time of adult interest was approximately the 12 minute running time of McKay’s “Sinking of the Lusitania”

  • David Breneman

    There’s a piece of this missing. It jumps from “I’m in bed by 9:00 every night” on Page 19 (disneytv4.jpg) to “‘walk out.’ The friend though that…'” on page 26 (disneytv2.jpg). I tried plugging disneytv*.jpg values into the browser and couldn’t find the missing jpeg.

  • PH

    David – don’t be fooled by the page numbers: the article is in 2 parts, spread over 2 issues. Read the jpegs in numerical order!

  • Merlin Jones

    A good reminder of why they should consider a 50th Anniversary “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” DVD box set for next year.

    We need the Ludwig VonDrake (18 episodes – none on DVD!) and Ranger Woodlore shows and the rest with original animation at the very least!

  • Smilee306

    It’s incredibly dorky of me, but I went and looked on imdb to see if that Beethoven movie was actually made. If only! Disney and classical music together, perfect for me. Thanks for sharing the article, great to see.

  • Smilee306

    Quick edit: it does exist! Hooray!