One Saturday Morning
The other cartoon block of the 1990s to be created by Disney.
In 1997, The Disney Afternoon was running its last leg, and Disney had just bought out ABC. Peter Hastings, a former writer of Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, had just moved to them from Warner Bros. out of his frustration with the Executive Meddling happening to the latter cartoon, so he was put in charge of coming up with a new Saturday morning block for ABC. The idea he came up with (as seen in the block's intro sequence) was that the weekdays are represented as buildings, and the building for Saturday is a special one, where it is like "five hours of summer once a week", according to the theme song (ironically, most of the cartoons created for the block would tend to take place at school). It was called Disney's One Saturday Morning (the "one" being the building's address number).
One Saturday Morning was the name of not only the block, but also a hosting show-within-the-block starring a girl and an elephant as the hosts. This was where episodes of three of the block's most prominently featured shows (newcomers Recess (which quickly became the most popular show on the block) and Pepper Ann, and Disney's ReTooled version of Doug) were presented. It was also home to many interstitial segments shown between the programs, listed below. The hosts and interstitials disappeared from the block in 2000.
In spite of being filled with more E/I content than any of the other Saturday morning blocks (and pointing it out by having some guy say "Illuminating Television" over each show's intro sequence), One Saturday Morning was a very popular block, managing to stay on ABC for five years. In its third season, a companion block was added in the form of Disney's One Too, which ran on UPN (in spite of being a corporate sibling to a competitor) on both weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings. (The weekday block was originally going to be called Whomptastic, but they probably changed it to the more fitting name probably because it would not make sense to name a block after the Recess-made Unusual Euphemism for "suck".) Like The Disney Afternoon before it, One Saturday Morning also garnered its own soundtrack album of musical highlights from the shows (but confusingly, it was only released on cassette, and unlike its predecessor, it has never been made available on iTunes. Copies of this cassette are extremely rare.)
Three of its' shows became feature films: Doug's 1st Movie (originally intended for a Direct to Video release), which while doing well in the box office, bombed with critics, Recess: School's Out, which was by far the most sucessful movie based on a One Saturday Morning show, and Teacher's Pet (the only show from 2000-2003 to get a movie), which bombed in the box office and did well with critics.
One Saturday Morning aired its final broadcast on September 7, 2002, after which it was replaced by ABC Kids, which started off pretty strong, but has since degenerated into nothing but Disney Channel reruns which air with a very odd "film" effect over them (and are laughable in actual E/I content) and butchered versions of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (and then Saban got Power Rangers back...), and that itself got the axe in Fall 2011 in favor of another new (albeit actually E/I) block called Litton's Weekend Adventure (it was supposed to be ABC Weekend Adventure, but was changed after they realized that they're not even involved in the block), run by Litton Entertainment instead of Disney, who's decided to instead use Disney Channel for their main Saturday morning cartoon block against Nickelodeon, which doesn't have to deal with FCC interference; however, Disney could have easily met the same E/I quotas with their library content. Most of the Litton shows are of the animal show variety, or have a No Budget feel, such as Culture Click, which is The Soup badly mixed with the '80s game show Chain Reaction, as Litton is infamous in syndication for their low-quality product.
Meanwhile, most of the shows featured on the block went into syndicated reruns on the Disney Channel and Toon Disney, until the latter channel having since been replaced with Disney XD. Sabrina the Animated Series was also rerun on DiC's CBS Saturday morning blocks from 2007 until early 2011. One Hundred and One Dalmatians: The Series was reran on Disney Channel, but at 4:00 AM (as part of Disney Junior (for whatever reason, as it's not a preschool show at all) for a short time in early 2011). Recess was rerun on Disney XD for a short time in October 2011. It's not the same anymore.
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Shows that ran on One Saturday Morning (and One Too):
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians: The Series (Twelve episodes would premiere on ABC, while the rest would be syndicated)
- Disney's Doug (which had already been running for a season before that)
- Pepper Ann
- Recess (the only show to appear throughout the entirety of the block's run)
- Jungle Cubs
- The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (because their contract wasn't yet expired)
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh reruns (only to fill up the E/I quotient)
- Schoolhouse Rock (of course)
- Science Court (Not owned by Disney)
- Nightmare Ned
- Hercules: The Series
- House of Mouse
- Sabrina the Animated Series (Created by DiC with some production by Buena Vista)
- The Weekenders
- Teachers Pet
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
- Lloyd in Space
- The Legend of Tarzan
- Mary Kate and Ashley In Action (Created by DiC)
- Teamo Supremo
- Lizzie McGuire (Reruns only)
- Even Stevens (Reruns only)
- Kim Possible (During the last leg of the block)
- Digimon Frontier (One Too only)
Interstitial segments from the block's first three seasons included:
- Mrs. Munger's Class - Conversations between the titular teacher and her students are presented as Flash-animated yearbook photos.
- Tube Dwellers - The continuing adventure of two guys named Bob working in your TV.
- Manny the Uncanny - Starring Paul Rugg.
- Genie's Great Minds Think for Themselves - The Genie from Aladdin presents facts about inventors and other notable historical figures. Notably, the last time Robin Williams voiced the character.
- How Much Stuff Could an Elephant Crush? - Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Toy Story Treats - Shorts based on the hit 1995 Pixar film, Toy Story. They are now available on the DVD and Blu-Ray special editions of Toy Story.
- Find Out Why - Hosted by Timon and Pumbaa, these segments involved Pumbaa asking Timon a question, starting as "Timon, ever wonder why/how/what___?" (Usually, "Why do we sneeze?" "How is thunder caused?"), with Timon answering something outlandish to the question. Pumbaa then explains about the said subject. A few of these were released on the special edition DVD of The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.
- Channel Hop: Because The Weekenders, Teacher's Pet, and Teamo Supremo were renewed before the switch to ABC Kids, new episodes of the shows would end up being aired on Toon Disney.
- Conspicuous CG: The intro.
- Expy / Follow the Leader: Centerville for Mrs. Munger's Class.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in Tube Dwellers; both of the characters are named Bob.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "FIND! OUT! WHY!!!!!!!"
- Theme Naming: "One Saturday Morning" is the name of the fictional address, and based on fact.
- Totally Radical: Somewhat.