This Sunday, March 15, brings the second wave of Disney programming on Turner Classic Movies, or TCM as we usually call it, in their “Treasures from the Disney Vault” series.
This time around, the schedule includes “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” which of course is very fitting, since St. Patrick’s Day is two days later. Also included is the episode of the Disney television series “I Captured the King of the Leprechauns,” which features Walt Disney and Pat O’Brien giving a bit of backstory to Darby O’Gill. I have always enjoyed that show every bit as much as the movie that it is promoting – an effective way of using television to drum up business for a movie, something that Disney excelled at with their television shows.
Also included this time around are the short “Babes in the Woods,” the television episode “The Story of the Animated Drawing,” and the swashbuckling “The Fighting Prince of Donegul.”
But one of the other highlights of the evening is the recent documentary “Walt and El Grupo,” which examines the trip that Walt Disney and several of his artists made to South America, resulting in the movies “Saludos Amigos” and “The Three Caballeros.” And even better, “Walt and El Grupo” is preceded in the evening by “The Three Caballeros,” too.
Be sure to watch or set your DVR! For more information, check out the Treasures from the Disney Vault page on the TCM website.