If you are a Disney history buff, you may find yourself on the hunt for Disney films and series – both past and present. This can sometimes be somewhat of a struggle due to the ebb and flow of what Disney deems dated or controversial. Such is the passing of time! Much like sleuths looking for Make Mine Music, Song of the South, or So Dear to My Heart – Disney’s Anthology Series, which has gone by many names over the years – has been missing from the Disney+ catalog for some time now!
If you’re confused by the series in question, maybe the many names it went by would help :
- Walt Disney’s Disneyland (1954–1958)
- Walt Disney Presents (1958–1961)
- Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1961–1969)
- The Wonderful World of Disney (1969–1979)
- Disney’s Wonderful World (1979–1981)
- Walt Disney (1981–1986)
- The Disney Sunday Movie (1986–1988)
- The Magical World of Disney (1988–1991)
- The Wonderful World of Disney (1991–1997) (third era; 1997–present)
- The Wonderful World of Disney: Presented by Disney+ (2020–present)
List from Wikipedia
Now, it is not to say that these specific series have been ignored altogether. Fans at the time can recall that some of these programs were simply a platform to air many of Disney’s works for viewers to watch from the comfort of their own homes! Disney+ ensures that many of those favorite films are available within their streaming service. What diehard fans thirst for is a glimpse into the past and the nostalgia of the programming – and that may be a little harder to get out of Disney+
Disney, over the years, has worked hard to correct the problematic verbiage and content that some of its most famous movies include. You can find warnings on Disney+ through many popular feature films. For those unfamiliar with the kind of behind-the-scenes content these programs produced, check out The Reluctant Dragon as well as Disneyland Around the Seasons. The way the behind-the-scenes footage for films was shown to the public – as well as the exciting new things occurring at Disneyland – this historical footage is deeply sought after. There are plenty of ‘making-of’ segments and introductions that fans far and wide would still like to see.
With so much historical footage in the archives, we hope that Disney can package it in a way that we can get a glimpse of Walt himself discussing all the work that occurred behind the scenes. It was magical then, but it would be even more magical to see it now – especially with how large the Disney company has grown.
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