Black teacher Pete Dixon tries to teach the students at Walt Whitman High to be tolerant. He is assisted by girlfriend and school counselor Liz and student teacher (later teacher) Alice. The students love him.
Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper.
NBC was loyal to the show throughout the 1960s and most of the 1970s, but by 1979, ratings were declining, and they demanded changes in the format. The studio updated the visual look of the show with a disco theme song and a fancier opening sequence. This convinced NBC to renew the show until 1981. But the ratings did not improve, and NBC cancelled it. CBS then picked it up and featured an even more elaborate opening sequence using then-state-of-the art computer graphics. Disney cancelled the show in 1983, due to the start of The Disney Channel. The show was revived in 1986 on ABC, then moved to NBC in 1988. It was cancelled in 1990 after thirty-six consecutive seasons on network television. In 1997, the show was revived by ABC as The Wonderful World of Disney (1995). See more »
WHEN THIS ANTHOLOGY came to TV via the ABC Network in the Autumn of
1954, it had a sort of pre-installed reverence that no other program
could dream of. Mr. Disney had garnered himself a reputation that was
far above any other producer in Hollywood. Approaching, but falling
just short of full Canonization, it was one of his true short comings
on planet Earth.
AFTER HIS EARLY years in native, Chicago, the Disney family moved to
Kansas City, Missouri; where the young Disney became a commercial
artist, producing filmed ads for local businesses. These short
animations would be the first Disney cartoons to be shown in the movie
FOLLOWING SOME SETBACKS with people such as film producer/distributor
Margaret Winkler over OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT, he turned to a Mouse
and, well, we all know the rest.
HAVING MADE HIS mark in both the animated and live action productions
insured that the new DISNEYLAND Show (original title) would surely
embrace a "diversity" of sorts. Various program episodes were assembled
from Disney's considerable backlog of cartoons and full length
features. Others were live action series (or rather mini series) newly
produced just for television. (Ever hear of Davy Crockett?)
TWO OTHER AREAS that comprised the show's rotation of subjects were
bold forays into the worlds of science. One was biological; chronicling
the life of wild animals and the habitats in which they live. The other
brought us reports of what scientific research was bringing us to our
daily lives. Being right on the cusp leading to the Space Race,
rocketry and future space travel were prominent subject to be
investigated, dissected and rendered understandable to even the
youngest of viewers.
IN ESTABLISHING A format for the show, it was decided to partition the
Kingdom of DISNEYLAND into four separate, smaller components. The
separation was accomplished along the line of subject matter as
Fantasyland: Fictional live action, animation.
Frontierland: Historical filmed series.
Tomorrowland: Science and the technological developments.
Adventureland: The True Life Adventures, Animals and Nature.
NOT SO COINCEDENTALLY all of these names were also the designations
assigned to the various sections of the newly opened DISNEYLAND Theme
Park. In addition to being a talented artist, great judge of talent &
the public's tastes, Walt was obviously a $hrewd Promoter and Bu$ine$$
THE BATTING ORDER (or more properly, the STARTING ROTATION) insured
both variety and balance in programing. The interest of the viewer-ship
was maintained at a high level; as we were kept on the edge of our
figurative chairs, wondering what next week's show would bring us.
WHERE ELSE COULD we travel to so many various lands without leaving the
comfort of our living room's TV set?
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