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  • Adored by the Network: When the Wonderful World of Color came to NBC, the show had been promoted five months before its premiere.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: The "Davy Crockett" specials spawned a slew of popular merchandise, most notably a hit record of the Theme Tune Extended, and child-size coonskin hats.
  • Channel Hop: Has aired on all three major networks.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • ABC wanted more westerns from Disney during the later 50s, which brought out a lot of "Frontierland" mini-series like Elfego Baca and The Swamp Fox. This was one of the reasons Walt fled to NBC, the other being that NBC had the technology to broadcast in color, while ABC could only broadcast in black and white.
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    • While the show was doing good on CBS, Disney didn't let the show go on after the 1982-83 season so there wouldn't be any competition with the new Disney Channel.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The total number of episodes Walt Disney Home Video released on DVD seems pretty small when considering how many seasons this show has, and gets even smaller after one learns how many of those DVDs have gone out of print. Additionally, while Disney Blu-Ray Discs contain excerpts of varying lengths, only two full episodes have become available to own on Blu-Ray: "The Peter Tchaikovsky Story", as a bonus feature on the Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition (but not the more recent Diamond Edition), and "The Best Doggone Dog in the World", as a bonus feature on the 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition. Mitigated after Disney started putting episodes on iTunes, at least in the US.
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  • Milestone Celebration: "The Fourth Anniversary Show" (technically the third), which had a special show by the Mouseketeers in the second half. Also, "Disneyland 10th Anniversary" (1965), about the first ten years of Disneyland. Some later episodes like "50 Happy Years" (1973), "Mickey's 50" (1978) and "A Merry Mickey Celebration" (2003) also fit.
  • Network to the Rescue: After the show was dropped by NBC due to low ratings, CBS was quick to pick it up in 1981.
  • Old Shame: Drew Carey really regrets playing the title role in Gepetto, a 2000 musical adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio, to the point where mocking him for it became a Running Gag on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Also on The Drew Carey Show, he once brought Seth Adkins, who played Pinocchio, on the set in full costume and he said he didn't want to be around him anymore.
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  • Screwed by the Network: In the 70s, NBC placed the show opposite CBS' 60 Minutes, which took its toll on the ratings.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • Or, at least, personal recognition. This series was most people's introduction to Walt as a person rather than just a name above the film title.
    • Fess Parker became forever associated with the role of Davy Crockett.
  • What Could Have Been: The producers and director of Cinderella 1997 planned to follow it up with an adaptation of The Wiz. They signed on Paula Abdul to choreograph, and the then-unknown Anika Noni Rose (who'd later star in Disney's The Princess and the Frog) to portray Dorothy Gale. However, rights issues with Universal, the studio that distributed the 1978 movie version of The Wiz, prevented The Wonderful World of Disney from progressing much further with their take. In 2015, the producers finally did release a TV version of The Wiz, but for NBC instead of ABC, and with a different director (Kenny Leon), choreographer (Fatima Robinson), and Dorothy (Shanice Williams).
  • Write What You Know: The subject of "Where Do the Stories Come From?".


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