Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Treasures From the Disney Vault, June 2016

Tonight sees the latest installment of Treasures From the Disney vault on TCM, the irregular programming block of stuff that Disney deigns to let air on one of the non-Disney channels.

Nights in the past have generally kicked off with a block of cartoon shorts, but it looks like tonight is kicking off at 8:00 with The Parent Trap, in which Hayley Mills plays a pair of twins who bring her divorced parents (Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith) back together.

There are two blocks of shorts, one at 10:15 PM and one at 12:45 AM; the second block includes Flowers and Trees, the first three-strip Technicolor cartoon. Disney had exclusive use of the three-strip process for animation for several years in the 30s. (I think the 10:15 block has the traditional Disney characters; Flowers and Trees doesn't.)

Perhaps the most interesting thing to air tonight might be the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty, at 11:00 PM. This is about the animation department in the late 80s and early 90s, which saw a renaissance for the company before they bought up Pixar and became what we have today. Who remembers the animated features released immediately before The Little Mermaid in the mid-to-late 80s? I had to look them up: The Brave Little Toaster and Oliver and Company?

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