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For years, before the internet, I tried and tried to remember the name of
this show. I happened to stumble upon it, here, and was sad that there was
very little about it, sooooo, I guess it's time for me to comment on what
If my memory serves me, this was an hour long show, on the ABC television network. It ran for about a year, on Friday nights. I remember the Friday part, as that was TV dinner night in my home, and my parents would have dinner on a card table, in front of the big(for 1968) Sears color TV we had.
There were animated hosts from the story "The Wizard Of Oz", and if you read the cast list you note that some of the cream of the crop of voice talent lent their vocal stylings to this show. These "hosts" would introduce a segment of either live action, or animated stories.
Oh, to be 7 again, and watch this one.
My memory of this show is incredibly fragmentary, even though I was 8
when this first aired in 1967. That said, I remembered when "Lili" was
aired, and I also remember seeing The Three Stooges at the end of one
of the segments.
That this show aired was ironic. Walt Disney had run his shows on ABC until 1959, when he and the network had trouble with each other. Disney then moved his show to NBC. It is very strange that this show would air, as ABC's version of Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
The concept certainly sounded good: An anthology tapping into MGM's movies, as well as original programming. It also used the team of Chuck Jones and Abe Levitow. Unfortunately, this show was canceled, joining the ranks of other Friday night shows that bit the dust in the mid-1960s. Still, it seems like such an intriguing show.
Now how I recall those Friday nights when I'd see the Main 4 Characters
going over the rainbow at the start of the show and even when they and
The Wizard of Oz slid down the slide.recently I'd even checked this
show out on You Tube to see how it would look?As you'll see too it did
very well in mimicking the scenes in The Great Hall including from
which the The Voice says "Pay no attention to that man behind the
curtain!" Among others.It just has if not the same magic as the 1939
classic then very close to it.Very similar to it in fact. when it opens
and closes with the classic song of somewhere over the rainbow.If you
also saw this as a kid and reminisce about this then you'll be
immediately transported back through time too.This would be great for
release on DVD as well.So let's hope that it'll get on a.s.a.p. as
well.Yes what a score it would be to be 4 again too.
Truthfully,Stephen "Steve" G. Baer a.k.a. "Ste"
I don't remember "Off to See the Wizard." According to TV.com, it ranked at #9 as the most favorite prime time program for children, ages 6-11 during the 1967 t.v. season. But, I am sure it could not compete with the #1 children's favorite: The Flying Nun! It was on Fridays for sixty minutes. The animated Oz characters had thirty-second segments that lead to the intro of the family movie of the week. CBS had the rights in 1967. 23 years later, there was a full animated series on ABC called "The Wizard of OZ!" "Off to See the Wizard" was up against "The Wild Wild West" on CBS and "Tarzan" on NBC. So, no wonder, I could not remember the program! I has having to difficult a time in deciding on "The Wild Wild West" and "Tarzan," swinging through the vines!
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