Revisiting ‘The Plausible Impossible’, Disney’s Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Animation Process in the 1950s
Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 by Josh Spiegel
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It’s impossible to comprehend exactly how popular the Walt Disney anthology TV series was back in its heyday of the 1950s and 1960s, in part because it’s still somewhat baffling to ponder what the anthology TV series was to begin with. Now, the phrase “anthology series” calls to mind images of shows like Fargo, True Detective, or American Horror Story. But anthology series that existed back in the nascent years of the televisual medium were drastically different from the splashy, star-driven cable shows of the last decade. The Walt Disney program, which has had multiple names in its decades of existence, shook things up on a weekly basis.
Such is the case with one of the two currently available episodes of the anthology show that you can stream, right now, on Disney+. (If you’re wondering, “Josh, are you ever going to use this column to talk about the other episode I can stream right now?”, don’t you worry. We’ll get there soon enough.) For anyone who loves animation, The Plausible Impossible is a genuine must-watch, because in just the span of 52 minutes, you get a glimpse at how Disney animators of the Golden Age would approach the art of animation. Now, it might seem like an hourlong description of how animation works might do well only on a niche network. At the time, The Plausible Impossible was one of the top-rated hours on television the week it aired.