Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Another round of Treasures from the Disney Vault

The semi-regular feature Treasures from the Disney Vault is returning to TCM tonight for another night of programming.

Amazingly, this night has an animated feature, something I wouldn't have thought we'd see, since I always figured Disney would be incredibly protective of those. That having been said, it's one of the lesser animated movies, and in some ways it's not even necessarily a feature: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, at 8:30 PM. It only runs about 70 minutes, and it's an anthology, telling animated versions of two stories, The Wind in the Willows (well, only part of that book) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As I understand it the two haves have been sold separately on various Disney compliations.

More interesting for me would be the three Three Little Pigs shorts that kick off the first half hour of programming. Three Little Pigs was apparently enough of a hit that Disney made two more shorts with the porcine characters. Indeed, it produced the song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf". Three Little Wolves has the pigs in the "boy who cried wolf" story, while The Big Bad Wolf combines the pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.

Both of the Witch Mountain movies are also on, with the latter, Return From Witch Mountain at 5:00 AM, starring Bette Davis and Christopher Lee along with the kids. Because those are the first two actors I think of when I think "children's movie".

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