This was emailed to me by Rich who points out rightly that while though these bumpers can be catchy as all get out they also have the hidden potential to “scare the
bejeezus out of me when I was a kindergartner”. I would say that is an apt assessment.
DiscoVision was the original name of the “Reflective Optical Videodisc System” format later known as LaserVision or LaserDisc. MCA DiscoVision Inc. was a division of entertainment giant MCA, established in 1969 to develop and sell an optical videodisc system. MCA released discs under the DiscoVision brand from 1978 to 1982, including titles from Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount, Avco Embassy, WGBH Boston and Disney. Most of these companies later established their own labels for the format.
If your watched these discs back in the day, you might remember these wonderful bumpers.
CBS Storybreak was an animated anthology series that premiered in 1985 on CBS. It was hosted by Captain Kangaroo himself, the great Bob Keeshan and featured half hour adaptations of popular/classic children’s stories. The show won an Emmy for its initial season and ran until 1988. It returned to the air in 1993 with new host, The Cosby Show’s Malcolm Jamal-Warner.
Here is a list of all of the episodes from CBS Storybreak’s Initial run:
The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper
Yeh-Sheh: A Cinderella Story from China
Robbut: A Tale of Tails
How to Eat Fried Worms
Hank the Cowdog
The Double Disappearance of Walter Fozbek
Arnold of the Duck
The Pig Plantagent
Harry the Fat Bear Spy
The Roquefort Gang
The one I remember the most is “How to Eat Fried Worms”. Probably because I remembered the story from when I was a kid. Sadly they have not done a DVD release of CBS Storybreak in a boxed set, but in 1992 they did release them on VHS, some of which you can still find on Amazon Marketplace and eBay. Just look for the box:
There used to be episodes of the show available on YouTube, but they have all been pulled for TOS violations. But you can still get a little CBS Storybreak magic from the intro and these bumpers.
I love to collect TV network bumpers, promos and interstitials. They are the little tags or mini commercials that you would often see scattered about between regular commercials. On Saturday morning they most often urged you to hang around, because more fun was just around the bend.
Sadly they are not as common as they used to be, but occasionally a network, especially on late night shows, will flash one. Here are a collection of some of my favorites. I could list them all day. If you would like to see more or have a weird request send me an email or post a comment. (I guess my family watched a lot of CBS back in the day because I gravitate towards them),
CBS in the 1970s
Here come the Wacky Racers
The Smurfs will Return
NBC in Color
A Special Presentation from CBS – A personal fave. That music still haunts me — I keep expecting a Charlie Brown Cartoon to follow.