Season 1, Episode 1: Vacations26 January 1972
Vacations are a custom appreciated in the world. Yet though most workers look forward to them all year, they usually end disastrously. Host Charles Nelson Reilly is the victim of such holidays, and Donald Duck agrees with him that a safe picnic would be a better idea.
2 February 1972
Jo Anne Worley hosts how women have been improving their positions in life.
9 February 1972
Johnny Brown looks at many songs and stories written about folk heroes.
16 February 1972
Among other things in this Halloween-themed episode, Phyllis Diller owns a rooming house full of unwanted boarders. The house is full of ghosts and she hires Mickey, Donald and Goofy to remove them.
23 February 1972
Don Knotts, the unlikely proprietor of a fitness club, tries to explain his techniques to Goofy. Knotts demonstrates his theories with the help of Donald Duck and Snow White
Host Dom DeLuise hosts a spoof of recreational pursuits to prove that life in the great outdoors is not all it's reputed to be.
8 March 1972
Joe Flynn shows some of the ways that people enjoy life on or near the water.
15 March 1972
Everyone needs a job, even Donald Duck and Goofy. So host John Byner comes to their assistance by opening up an employment agency and sending Donald to a construction site that needs a steam-shovel operator and Goofy to a moving company that needs a piano mover.
Season 1, Episode 9: Music22 March 1972
Skiles and Henderson show how important sound effects and music can be. They visit the Disney Studios' sound effects department, where strange gadgets are used to make different sounds.
29 March 1972
Jonathan Winters appears in a variety of roles to present the spoof of space travel, including Prof. Eric Antiquity, the alleged inventor of rocket propulsion and the world's oldest astronaut.
Season 1, Episode 11: Homeowners5 April 1972
Host Jim Backus proves that owning a house is no easy task by showing how salesmen attempt to lure unsuspecting buyers with outrageous claims on the comforts and attraction of available properties, which very often need repairs.
12 April 1972
Charles Nelson Reilly returns to discuss the various types of sports one could enjoy by simply watching.
Season 1, Episode 13: Horses19 April 1972
Jo Anne Worley claims that horses are a cowboy's best friend, in spite of the creature's often intimidating size. However, Worley says that despite this, it can be easy to ride a horse, as Goofy demonstrates.
Season 1, Episode 14: Aviation26 April 1972
Mankind's interest in flight is the subject of this episode and host Johnny Brown sets the mood by dressing up as a World War I flying ace. Footage from cartoons involving flight are featured.
3 May 1972
Although civilization has its advantages, more people are longing to return to nature. Host Wally Cox shows that nature, like the "good old days", isn't all it's reputed to be.
Pat Buttram, dressed as a matador, starts by speaking of bullfights as he tries to sell tacos.
Season 1, Episode 17: Sports17 May 1972
Pat Paulsen teams up with Goofy to look at the skills used to master sports, each with their own set of problems, though Goofy tries valiantly, against all odds and a reasonable dose of physical abuse.
Season 2, Episode 1: Alligators11 September 1972
Host Johnny Brown explains that alligators have three parts: the eating part, the tail part and the middle part, which helps keeps the eating part from eating the tail part. He then explains the prominence of alligators and crocodiles in Disney films.
18 September 1972
Jim Backus takes a look at legendary folk hero Paul Bunyan.
25 September 1972
Just as baseball is known as America's national pastime, so is bullfighting in Spain and Latin America. Host Bill Dana explains that part of the excitement is generated by the sheer size of the bulls that weigh over 1,000 pounds each. Although usually only the harvest of men will face these beasts, there are a few exceptions, as demonstrated by Goofy.
Season 2, Episode 4: Knighthood2 October 1972
Henry Gibson hosts this episode dressed as a court jester to set the mood for tales of brave knights and ladies in distress.
Season 2, Episode 5: Pluto9 October 1972
Mickey's longtime pet and co-star, Pluto, is featured in his own special tribute, hosted by John Astin.
Season 2, Episode 6: Goliath II16 October 1972
Famed Disney star Kurt Russell hosts this look at elephants in general and Goliath II in particular. His guest star is a baby elephant. He uses scenes from live-action movies to explain a study of elephant life in the wild and the family structures these animals enjoy.
23 October 1972
Although Mickey is certainly the world's most famous mouse, he was not the only mouse to come from Disney. Host Dave Madden looks at some Disney cartoons starring other mice.
Season 2, Episode 8: Cats30 October 1972
Shari Lewis tries to convince her dog puppet friend, Hush Puppy, that not all cats are bad, but the dog disagrees, so Lewis educates him on the history of cats. She then shows him some Pluto cartoons that also involve felines, since Hush Puppy relates to Pluto's treatment of cats.
6 November 1972
Wally Cox takes a look at Ben Franklin, one of colonial America's scientific and political leaders, remarking that a man is only as good as his inspirations, many of which, in Ben's case, succeeded thanks to a church mouse named Amos.
13 November 1972
Hostess Annette Funicello continues her long association with Mickey by hosting this look at the mouse's illustrious career. Among other things, we learn of Mickey's vital statistics: height 2 feet 3 inches, weight 13 pounds.
Season 2, Episode 11: Lions20 November 1972
Henry Gibson explains that although lions had always been known as the proud "king of the jungle", not all lions are worthy of such a title and proves it with the episode's cartoons which include, among others, "Lambert the Sheepish Lion", a story about one of the most timid lions ever born.
27 November 1972
Harry Morgan claims that while everyone has a conscience, most people don't pay attention to it, and claims that mankind has been struggling between the battles of good and evil since the beginning of time. He uses different Disney cartoons of this type to express his point.
Season 2, Episode 13: Noah's Ark4 December 1972
Over the years, Disney animators produced two very different versions of the story of Noah and his ark. Bill Dana introduces the earlier of the two, the Silly Symphony "Father Noah's Ark", produced using conventional animation techniques. He then introduces the Studio's second version of 1959, filmed using stop-motion animation and various household junk.
Season 2, Episode 14: Hunting11 December 1972
John Astin explores the different types of hunting and explains that man began hunting for food, but now hunt mainly for sport, as demonstrated in Disney cartoons about hunting.
Season 2, Episode 15: Sports18 December 1972
Season 2, Episode 16: Tugboats25 December 1972
Big ships need the lowly tugboat's service, according to returning host Dave Madden. He claims that the bigger the vessel, the more it needs the assistance of a tugboat to safely dock in and navigate through crowded waters of modern harbors. What's more, the tugboat's assistance can also mean the difference between life and death for a big vessel.
1 January 1973
Although cars have improved modern living, they still have their own problems. Host Ken Berry explains how the slightest puncture in so much as a single tire can throw a whole car out of commission, as seen in "Donald's Tire Trouble", which was released during a time of gas rationing and rubber shortage, due to World War II. Other complications are shown in other Disney cartoons as well.
Season 2, Episode 18: Trains8 January 1973
Season 2, Episode 19: Homes15 January 1973
Jim Backus hosts this look at how different homes have served the needs of different inhabitants, as seen in various Disney films.
22 January 1973
In the guise of a wandering minstrel, Wally Cox explains that contrary to popular belief, not all dragon stories are true. Usually depicted as fire-breathing and basically bad, they've been blamed for kidnappings, droughts and famines. Cox decides to debunk this idea by retelling the story of The Reluctant Dragon.
Season 2, Episode 21: Wheels29 January 1973
The core cartoon of this episode is "Donald and the Wheel", and Johnny Brown describes how the seemingly simple wheel has spurred many of mankind's greatest inventions.
Season 2, Episode 22: Winter Fun5 February 1973
Season 2, Episode 23: Penguins12 February 1973
Annette Funicello returns to the show, bringing with her an Adelie dwarf penguin to introduce cartoons starring this unusual bird.
Season 2, Episode 24: Elephants19 February 1973
25 February 1973
Hostess and puppeteer Shari Lewis tells the story of "Mickey and the Beanstalk" to her friend, Lamb Chop.
Season 2, Episode 26: Dancing5 March 1973
Ken Berry hosts this look at how the Disney artists have captured several unusual dance routines on film.
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