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It feels like a hasty production, but seems to successfully capture Disneyland of 1980. Danny Kaye looks a little haggard and not really into it, but does a passable job. It's interesting to see all your favorite stars from shows like Dukes of Hazard, Eight is Enough, and others singing and dancing all over Disneyland. I caught it late one night on Vault Disney under 'Walt Disney Presents.'
I saw this aired on The Wonderful World of Disney a few nights ago...and i must admit that it was a rather boring special, except for the very funny Danny Kaye, most of this was just crappy singing (with preformances by the osmond brothers and michael jackson before he got weird). Danny Kaye portrays About 6 characters (by my count) in explaining to a grandson (played by Joey Lawrence) how much fun disneyland is. Danny also does a few songs and stars with another actor in a funny sketch about two cowboys doing a gunfight. And judging from the crowd response to this sketch...it was safe to say that Danny still had it in 1980. overall, a pretty good showing by Mr.Kaye
I remember watching this live when I was 10 years old. My lasting image of it is of my beloved Danny Kaye dressed in a cruddy wizard costume shilling this little kid about Disneyland and how great it was. I grew up adoring Danny Kaye and seeing him in that goofy costume seemed so beneath him and I sort of shudder thinking about it even now. It's the sort of thing that you'd see a washout doing -- not the unique, successful, and immensely talented Kaye. There was this sense of desperation about it that I sensed even back then. I know he didn't need the money as he was incredibly loaded -- I guess he either just liked to work or he was doing Eisner a favor? But even under all that wizard magic, he was still great.
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