The Disney Afternoon was a created-for-syndication two-hour television programming block which aired from September 10, 1990, until August 1997. At that time, it was taken out of syndication, and a new Disney weekday afternoon block was started on UPN. The Disney Afternoon was produced by The Walt Disney Company.
The two hour block was broken up into four half-hour segments, each of which contained a cartoon series. As each season ended, the first cartoon shown in the lineup would typically be dropped, and a new one added to the end. The Disney Afternoon itself featured unique animated segments consisting of its own opening and "wrappers" around the cartoon shows shown.
This block did not air in every market across the United States, but for those markets that did not air the block in full, individual shows featured on The Disney Afternoon could be packaged by themselves. In Europe, there was a similar series called the Disney Festival, in Denmark it was called Disney Sjov, in Russia (when translated from Russian) and in Spain it was known as Disney Club, and in Latin America it was referred to as Disney Show.
History of the block and series that airedEdit
Some of the early cartoon series in The Disney Afternoon came from already in-circulation cartoons, such as Adventures of the Gummi Bears (created years earlier). DuckTales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers had been a one-hour long cartoon block in 1989-1990, until both were incorporated into The Disney Afternoon the next year. TaleSpin was the first series presumably created expressly for The Disney Afternoon.
Some of the later additions were inspired by shorter cartoons in the short lived series Raw Toonage, which appeared on the CBS network in Fall, 1992 -- for example, Marsupilami; also He's Bonkers!, which has characters that also appear in Bonkers.
Another source for Disney Afternoon cartoons were series inspired by movies created previously; for a time, a 'two year rule' of sorts became almost reliable, whereby about two years after a Disney summer movie came out, a Disney Afternoon series by the same name or featuring characters from that film premiered (example: Aladdin, and Timon and Pumbaa, from The Lion King).
Beginning with the 1994 season, the name of The Disney Afternoon was shortened to TDA. That same year, Marvel Comics began publishing a comic book series based on the programs featured on the block, as part of their line of comics based on modern Disney properties (the classic properties were licensed to Gladstone Publishing). The series mainly consisted of stories based on Darkwing Duck, with occasional stories featuring Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin. It ended at 10 issues, but stories based on the block's shows continued in Marvel's Disney Comic Hits! and in the children's magazine Disney Adventures.
|Season||3:00 PM||3:30 PM||4:00 PM||4:30 PM|
|One (1990–1991)||Adventures of the Gummi Bears||DuckTales||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin|
|Two (1991–1992)||DuckTales||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck|
|Three (1992–1993)||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop|
|Four (1993–1994)||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop||Bonkers|
|Five (1994–1995)||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop||The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (Monday, starting in January 1995)||Aladdin|
|Bonkers (Tuesday through Thursday)|
|Six (1995–1996)||Goof Troop||Bonkers||Aladdin||Gargoyles (Monday through Thursday)|
|Timon and Pumbaa (Friday)|
|Seven (1996–1997)||Darkwing Duck||Aladdin||Gargoyles||Timon and Pumbaa (Monday)|
|Quack Pack (Tuesday through Thursday)|
|Mighty Ducks (Friday)|