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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Did You Know?


This was the first episode to be broadcast in color. See more »


Ludwig Von Drake: [talking on a phone] You want to know how color TV works? Well, it works very good.
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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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Double Dutch by the Numbers, and in Color!
29 June 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney moved to NBC and renamed the show. In this, the first episode in color, Ludwig von Drake -- Paul Frees doing a double Dutch voice -- never quite explains how anything works, which is his job. He's very funny doing it. After doing that -- or, depending on your viewpoint, not doing it, Uncle Walt returns to introduce introduce Donald Duck in the sort of semi-educational short cartoon the company did after the market for new Disney short cartoons disappeared with RKO in the previous decade.

The Disneyland show, in one from or another, lasted almost four decades on a variety networks. It was wonderful advertising for the products of the Walt Disney Vompany, often imitated, never equal, probably because no one else managed to be so consistently entertaining.

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