Professor Ludwig Von Drake provides an interesting lowdown on color.


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Paul Frees ...
Ludwig Von Drake / Mr. Spirit (voice)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (archive footage)


This is the very first episode of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" after Walt Disney moved his anthology series from ABC to NBC in the fall of 1961. This show introduced a new character named Professor Ludwig Von Drake, who provides an interesting lowdown on color. The kaleidoscopic intro to the show, composed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, further showed off color, which really impressed viewers who would comment on the greatness of it in color, to the obvious glee of one of the program's sponsors, RCA. Then the show culminates in a TV release of "Donald In Mathmagicland", the very first in all of Disney's stable of cartoon shorts to be aired on TV in color. Written by Anonymous

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24 September 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.33 : 1
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This was the first episode broadcast on NBC. See more »


Ludwig Von Drake: [Von Drake is fiddling with things behind a television set, specifically the colored cathode-ray bulbs] Now as you see, the red tube picks up red. The blue picks up blue.
[goes below the TV again and sings]
Ludwig Von Drake: Bluedy picks up de blue...
[comes up again with a pickle in a jar instead of a colored light bulb]
Ludwig Von Drake: And green, of course, picks up...
[sees the pickle]
Ludwig Von Drake: PICKLE! Look at that little honey there! Ha ha ha! I was wondering where I put that! Look at that pickle - this is a real dilly.
[takes a bite]
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References Cinderella (1950) See more »


The Spectrum Song
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Paul Frees (as Ludwig Von Drake)
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