Posted by Danalee Lavelle-Burroughs on March 03, 2000 at 13:40:41:
In Reply to: Re: More on posted by MMMMarcia on March 02, 2000 at 14:59:33:
Night Sky and MMMMarcia
Yep, Uncle Walt made my childhood, too. And I loved all the shows you two mention. I tried to find Painted Desert and Vanishing Prairie on video last year. I bugged Disney, I bugged Buena Vista, I bugged everyone. No dice. What I think is the saddest now is how commercial Disney has become. We used to look forward to going to Disneyland or Disneyworld to come home with Disney merchandise. Now all you have to do is go to the mall and the Disney Store. Something very special has turned ugly and I feel bad for the youngsters who'll never know the Magic Kingdom the way it was meant to be.
: Night Sky writes:
: : Danalee: Weren't we in the third grade together? Must have been, as it sounds like we had the same childhood. Sunday nites at 6:00 when Uncle Walt would open up another small piece of the world to us. But the nature shows were always my favorite, with the no. 1 being a show they did titled "The Otters of Hunter Creek." I must have been around 11 when Uncle Walt gave us that one, but when I was in my early 20's, I backpacked into the real Hunter Creek with some friends from various parts of the country. The most amazing thing as I look back now, was that we all knew the show and all wanted to go just to confirm it was a real place. One from California, one from Michigan, and one from Tennessee, all hiking into the back country in Colorado to visit a place introduced to us by Uncle Walt. Sometimes I wonder about the true level of impact he had on American culture.
: Wonder no more, Night Sky! Living in Orlando, I can attest truly and firmly to the TREMENDOUS impact Uncle Walt had on our culture, and around here, our pocketbooks. Sometimes the impact has been wonderful, sometimes, not-so-much-so...but always, it has been HUGE!
: I grew up on the Disney Nature Films, and before the Wonderful World of Disney was on tv, my parents used to take us to the drive-in theater to watch things like The Painted Desert and The Vanishing Prarie. They were absolutely fantastic to me at the time, and no doubt nurtured my always growing love of the wild places. I'd love to see some of these again, but I never see them listed on the Disney Channel. Does anyone know if they pop up from time to time?
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