Treasures from the Disney Vault – Tonight on TCM!

Coinciding serendipitously with March to Disney, TCM tonight will feature its second block of films from the Disney vault. This block debuted in December after a deal with Disney. Here’s TCM’s blurb on tonight’s block:

TCM is honored to present the second installment of Treasures from the Disney Vault, an ongoing showcase that features a broad mix of classics from the Disney library, encompassing live-action films, animated shorts and features, documentaries, TV series and movies and a variety of short subjects. All entries in this month’s Disney programming are TCM premieres.

Features include The Three Caballeros (1944), an animated musical feature film that mixes animation and live action as Donald Duck celebrates his birthday with gifts from Latin America; and Walt & El Grupo (2008), a documentary by Theodore Thomas about a South American goodwill tour by Disney and his creative team as they gathered material for The Three Caballeros and the 1942 Saludos Amigos.

The Story of Animated Drawing (1955), originally broadcast on the TV series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, traces the history of animation and features “The Nutcracker Suite” from 1940’s Fantasia as performed by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959), a live-action feature about an Irishman and his battle of wits with leprechauns, counts Sean Connery among its stars. Another live-action adventure set in Ireland, The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966) is based on the real life exploits of the 16th century prince “Red” Hugh O’Donnell as played by Peter McEnery.

The two shorts are Babes in the Woods (1932), a Silly Symphony cartoon that loosely retells the story of Hansel and Gretel; and I Captured the King of the Leprechauns (1959), a TV episode about the folklore that inspired the Darby O’Gill movie.

Having written about the Good Neighbor Policy and the Three Caballeros before I’m glad to see that film kicking things off. Then the docs I’ve not seen, including Walt and El Grupo, should be enlightening. The shorts as always should be great. The St. Patrick’s Day appropriate titles should be interesting even though I’m not a fan of Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Set your DVRs!

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