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An Adventure in Color/Mathmagic Land 

Professor Ludwig Von Drake provides an interesting lowdown on color.


Les Clark, Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske) | 2 more credits »


Milt Banta (story), Bill Berg | 4 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Walt Disney ... Himself
Paul Frees ... Ludwig Von Drake / Mr. Spirit (voice)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (archive footage)


This is the very first episode of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" after Walt Disney moved his anthology series from ABC to NBC in the fall of 1961. This show introduced a new character named Professor Ludwig Von Drake, who provides an interesting lowdown on color. The kaleidoscopic intro to the show, composed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, further showed off color, which really impressed viewers who would comment on the greatness of it in color, to the obvious glee of one of the program's sponsors, RCA. Then the show culminates in a TV release of "Donald In Mathmagicland", the very first in all of Disney's stable of cartoon shorts to be aired on TV in color. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The narrator is Paul Frees, who, along with creating countless voice in the Entertainment Industry, was the 'Ghost Host' in 'The Haunted Mansion' attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World See more »


Ludwig Von Drake: [Von Drake is fiddling with things behind a television set, specifically the colored cathode-ray bulbs] Now as you see, the red tube picks up red. The blue picks up blue.
[goes below the TV again and sings]
Ludwig Von Drake: Bluedy picks up de blue...
[comes up again with a pickle in a jar instead of a colored light bulb]
Ludwig Von Drake: And green, of course, picks up...
[sees the pickle]
Ludwig Von Drake: PICKLE! Look at that little honey there! Ha ha ha! I was wondering where I put that! Look at that pickle - this is a real dilly.
[takes a bite]
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The Green With Envy Blues
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Paul Frees (as Ludwig Von Drake)
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Double Dutch by the Numbers, and in Color!
29 June 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Walt Disney moved to NBC and renamed the show. In this, the first episode in color, Ludwig von Drake -- Paul Frees doing a double Dutch voice -- never quite explains how anything works, which is his job. He's very funny doing it. After doing that -- or, depending on your viewpoint, not doing it, Uncle Walt returns to introduce Donald Duck in the sort of semi-educational short cartoon the company did after the market for new Disney short cartoons disappeared with RKO in the previous decade.

The Disneyland show, in one from or another, lasted almost four decades on a variety networks. It was wonderful advertising for the products of the Walt Disney Company, often imitated, never equalled, probably because no one else managed to be so consistently entertaining.

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