Season 8 Episode 1

An Adventure in Color / Donald in Mathmagic Land

Aired Daily 7:00 PM Sep 24, 1961 on ABC

Episode Recap

The show has now moved to the NBC network, which broadcasts in color, but this episode begins in black and white. Walt Disney chats for a while before he notices the lack of color. He apologizes, snaps his fingers and says "the magic words-N.B.C. T.V.!" to switch on the color. Walt recalls the impact Technicolor had on movies, then introduces Ludwig Von Drake, who "explains" how color television works. Von Drake plays a special pipe organ which produces color instead of music, and gets in a tussle with the N.B.C. Peacock. The second half of the episode is the featurette "Donald in Mathmagic Land," in which Donald Duck travels through a land of mathematical wonders.