Those of us who grew up in the days of Walt Disney remember the wonderful variety of Television Programing he presented...the adventures of Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier, Man in Space, Professor Ludwig Von Drake, updates on this wonderful place he was dreamin' about...a place called Disneyland.
Well, back in those days families would gather in front of the TV set to watch Uncle Walt come into their living rooms...eager to see what he had planned for that particular week...the adventures of Zorro? The latest Animated Film he was gonna release... or just some fun ol' things from the Disney vaults... It was wonderful. And, ya know, one thing that Walt never did was talk down to his audience...so the whole family looked forward to those Sunday nights back then...
Well, not too long ago the Company invented a thing called The Disney Channel...and it sure looked for a while like it was gonna be a wonderful way to continue that magical variety of programming...after Walt. And, it started out that way...but, then, something seems to have gone horribly wrong...
It seems like some young whippersnappers who had no idea whatsoever what Disney was all about started making programing decisions and things went downhill fast. Today...well it's about lip-gloss and mindless, wide eyed, over the top "comedy"...and overly
simplified cartooning that does indeed "talk down" to the audience...
Now, this kinda saddens those of us old enough to remember what Disney once was... We loved those old shows Walt presented...because he presented QUALITY entertainment. Even his show promoting 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea won an Emmy.
Today there is nothing on the Disney Channel of the quality of The Swamp Fox, or Johnny Tremain, or Toby Tyler...nothing. Only mindless comedies, bubblegum and plastic.
So...I'll be honest I find it downright impossible to set through...although I'm an absolutely rabid Disney fan from way, way back.
The truth is...they have wandered away from what Disney...the old fashioned, beloved, respected Disney...once was. And that comes from puttin' young whippersnappers in charge...those who know nothing but their own warped perceptions of the here and now.
You wanna see what quality Disney programming is all about...well, take a look at those early Disneyland Shows...or even the
1950's Original Mickey Mouse Club. Jimmy Dodd never talked down to us Mouseketeers...he did share words of wisdom though...and Jiminy Cricket was always taking us on adventures in the E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A... there were stories like Spin and Marty and
the Hardy Boys...and Annette. Yes...there was a lot of singing and dancing...but my gosh it wasn't a Britney Spears sex show...it was much, much classier than that.
So, I'm wondering...is there anyone around these parts who remembers those "Good Ol' Days" I've been talkin' about? Anyone who misses the "format" Walt used to follow...the variety of programming designed for the whole family? Anyone who remembers the thrill when "Out of the night, when the full moon is bright, comes the horseman known as Zorro" started to play?
I think the folks at Disney need to rethink what they have been doin' with the Disney Channel...and, as usual, it may just be wise to go back and take a serious look at what Walt did.
What do you folks think? Am I just a dinosaur in today's modern world...or should we go back and revisit some of those fond memories of the past... should we gradually get back to what we never shoulda left? It would be fun to gather the whole family in front of that TV screen again...
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan