Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Something Random

I can't think of anything important, so it's that time again for....EDUTAINMENT!!!!! Today's topic: The Disney Afternoon.

In the early 1990s, Disney had a two hour programming block that would air their most popular cartoons on ABC like DuckTales, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.

First airing on September 10, 1990, it was a huge hit. It spawned many video games based on its programming and a short-lived attraction called Disney Afternoon Avenue that was a sneak peek to Mickey's ToonTown.

After Darkwing Duck, Chip and Dale and DuckTales were cancelled, the only shows that were left were Shnookums and Meat, Quack Pack, 101 Dalmatians, Hercules, Aladdin, Bonkers, Gargoyles, Goof Troop, Gummi Bears, TaleSpin, Timon and Pumbaa and Doug, which was acquired by Disney from Nickelodeon.

The Disney Afternoon last aired on August 29, 1997 and was reduced to 90 minutes. It was now unnamed at the time until it was finally cancelled and was replaced by another block, Disney's One-Too on UPN.

Fortunately, DuckTales were in reruns. But it was cancelled altogether and faded into nostalgia along with the other shows. The only DA shows that aired in the States were Timon and Pumbaa, which aired on the Disney Junior channel and Gargoyles which aired on Disney XD.

That's the bell. Class dismissed. Join me, Professor Mayer next time as we enter our next subject, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

1 comment:

  1. My little brother and I watched that all the time! He loved them all and I loved DuckTales. We were 9 and 11 when Disney Afternoon started. The DuckTales Nintendo game was also great. My two older brothers played it too. Thanks for the memories!