Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Disney Channel Magazine, October 1985

Ah, October. October 1985 to be exact. We've come several months forward since our last Disney Channel Magazine post.
Every October, the Disney Channel would feature much Halloween programming, that seemed to increase throughout the years until the channel's downfall. This year we had the very popular "A Disney Halloween" as well as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and the classic "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Much like "The Watcher in the Woods," that movie freaked me out as a kid, but I loved it anyway!
In later years, the channel would also see my childhood Halloween favorite, "Witch's Night Out".
In addition to the fun Halloween programming, we have the classics ranging from Chaplin's "Monsieur Verdoux" to Annette in "The Monkey's Uncle."
One of the greatest things about the Disney Channel was its variety. You could watch brand new episodes of Danger Bay, and later on catch up on a classic episode of Ozzie and Harriet, while having learned a bit about Marc Davis on "A Disney Family Album". You could literally watch the channel all day, be entertained and be educated. It was great stuff and I miss it everyday!
I have included a couple of articles from this issue. Danger Bay was a great show, and of course, reading about the "New Management" is always interesting in hindsight.
Stay tuned for part 2!


Major Pepperidge said...

I think I read that somebody is remaking "Something Wicked This Way Comes". I liked the Disney version, but think that it could be made into a much better movie. It was one of my favorite Ray Bradbury books when I was a kid!

Mike said...

I remember when The Disney Channel premiered. I was working in Day Custodial (before I went into Attractions) and would catch TDC every day in the Cast Member break area behind Main Street and across from Wardrobe. It is sad to see what TDC has become. It was truly a Disney production when it premiered, but it soon became "Eisnerized" like so much of the Company. Whatever happened to those sweet shows? I miss the old logo, too. It has the new "Mouse Ears" logo beat cold.

Thanks for posting! Keep it up!

Mike Kelly