Disney’s first channel

Once again John McElwee has an intriguing post about animation on his Greenbriar Picture Shows blog. This time he reminisces about the 1955 Disneyland TV episode “The Story of the Animated Drawing” and Disney’s subsequent meeting with Max Fleischer. As usual, McElwee illustrates his piece with rare photos and trade ads.


  • http://portapuppets.does.it uncle wayne

    Thank you for such a lucsious article…and great pics! When my parents took me to Disney for the first time (1971) as my graduation gift—they were quite astounded that i (already) knew where EVERYthing was….thanx to this great tv show! (Its famous TV intro was “the map,” of course!)

  • Pete

    Does anyone know who did the toons in this picture?

  • droosan

    On a (semi) related note .. I noticed earlier this week that the “The Disney Channel” logo has been removed from the top of the green & white skyscraper in southwest Burbank. I’m kinda sorry to see it go .. even though I haven’t actually watched the Disney Channel with any regularity since the early-1990′s.

    You know; when it was actually a channel worth paying to watch.

  • http://mymedicatedlife.blogspot.com/ Bitter Animator

    Interesting article. One thing that stood out what that he wasn’t interested in syndication – something that seems to have been the holy grail for anyone in television, and still it. Perhaps it was different in those earlier days. It could be seen as megalomania I guess but, when it comes to creative work, putting control before money is something I admire.

  • Christopher Cook

    droozen said:
    “I noticed earlier this week that the “The Disney Channel” logo has been removed from the top of the green & white skyscraper in southwest Burbank. I’m kinda sorry to see it go”

    Maybe they’re going to rebrand it to fit their current line of programming–the Teenybopper Channel.

  • http://www.cineforum.ca/ Reg Hartt

    What a great site! Thanks for pointing me towards it. I just spent an hour and a half doing a quick scan. There is a wealth of material there to get lost in.