Casual Photos: Walt Disney Personal Computer Software from Sierra for the Tandy Color Computer

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Today's casual photos, taken with my iPhone 3G, are three sealed Walt Disney Personal Computer Software titles from Sierra for any 64K minimum Radio Shack (Tandy) Color Computer (CoCo 1, 2 or 3). These titles were created and released during a time when Sierra supported multiple 8-bit platforms before going exclusively 16-bit, until finally pretty much putting all of their focus into PC's, with occasional console detours like the Sega CD. The photos are Mickey's Space Adventure, Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood (note that MobyGames misses the CoCo version completely), and Donald Duck's Playground, all from 1986. Enjoy:

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Rob Daviau
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Very cool. I had DISNEY

Very cool. I had DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIO for the AMIGA, it was very good. I hope to get into TANDY Computers at some point...........

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Tandy - Big lines, lots of fun
MaximumRD wrote:

Very cool. I had DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIO for the AMIGA, it was very good. I hope to get into TANDY Computers at some point...........

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There are essentially five classes of Tandy computers, all fascinating in their own way. Of course there are the Tandy I/III/4/4P line, then there's the Color Computer 1/2/3 line, then there's the pocket computer line, then there's the Model 100/102/200, and finally there's the Tandy 1000/2000/3000 line. Of course there were other offshoots like the business-centric Tandy Model II, and the Tandy 2000/3000 are really separate from the 1000 series, though in the same class, and of course Tandy also produced for a short time a line of PC compatibles that forsook the Tandy graphics and sound standards, but they're all really uninteresting outside of the main lines. They are all underrated and underappreciated machines. Tandy/Radio Shack did as much for home computing as Apple, Commodore or Atari, it's just that as much as being tied to the Radio Shack stores for distribution helped them early on, it hurt them later on.

As for Disney Animation Studio, I may have a copy for the Amiga or PC lying around. I always wanted it back in the day because it did "onion skinning", which I always loved. I did a primitive form of that when I would draw stuff in Deluxe Paint on the Amiga, swapping between the different screens to form a single picture (today we call them layers in programs like Photoshop I suppose).

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Excellent Bill thanks for

Excellent Bill thanks for the info. Yes I am not interested in IBM compatibles but definitely would want the "TANDY" experience. Which of the models would you advise? What features might I look for?

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CoCo
MaximumRD wrote:

Excellent Bill thanks for the info. Yes I am not interested in IBM compatibles but definitely would want the "TANDY" experience. Which of the models would you advise? What features might I look for?

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Tough question. The easiest and cheapest of the full sized systems to collect for is the Color Computer series, followed by the Tandy 1000 series, followed by the TRS-80 Model I/III/4 series. Since the Tandy 1000 really is just a fancy PCjr/PC clone with some of its own standards, I'd probably recommend checking out the Color Computer series. The best Color Computer to get is the Color Computer 3, since that runs nearly all of the CoCo 1/2 software and also its own, very powerful software, and can be expanded to 512K and beyond. In fact, of the 8-bit computers ever released, outside of sound, it was probably the most powerful. There are also many ways to upgrade it and there are flash card solutions readily available, etc. One of the nice things about the CoCo line is that a lot of software is available on cartridge. The only thing you have to keep in mind though is that outside of CoCo 3 specific games, however, the graphics you'll experience are subpar at best. Here's a good site to check out some of the sights of the CoCo series computers:

http://www.lcurtisboyle.com/nitros9/coco_game_list.html

This is my personal collection, not counting all of the software and multitude of accessories:
Radio Shack Color Computer CoCo 1 (TRS-80)
Radio Shack Color Computer 2 CoCo 2 (TRS-80)
Radio Shack Color Computer 3 CoCo 3 (TRS-80)
Radio Shack Color Computer 3 CoCo 3 (TRS-80) with 1MB Upgrade
Radio Shack Color Computer 3 CoCo 3 (TRS-80) with 512K Upgrade

I also have quite a few Tano Dragon computers, including a heavily modified unit. I bring this up because they were basically the same computer, though not directly compatible. The modified unit came with a modified multi-pak interface (useful for hooking into disk drives, among other things) that also works with the Color Computer 3.

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Thanks BILL you never let me

Thanks BILL you never let me down! I am saving your entire reply for future reference!

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Neat, I hadn't seen these

Neat, I hadn't seen these boxes before, & didn't know they were available for Tandy.

The coolest game I ever played with the Disney name on it was Stunt Island.

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Disney
Catatonic wrote:

Neat, I hadn't seen these boxes before, & didn't know they were available for Tandy.

The coolest game I ever played with the Disney name on it was Stunt Island.

I have the boxed set for "The Rocketeer" with the Disney Sound Source in it, which is a little external box for speech and other sound effects on the PC. One day I'll need to track down Stunt Island. Disney has had an interesting run in personal computing and videogames. A definite mixed bag.

They even produced their software for the Panasonic JR-200U, which are the only major ommissions in my JR-200U software collection.

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Are you going to leave them sealed?

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The question
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Are you going to leave them sealed?

I hate to say it, but I'm not big into keeping computer and videogame items sealed. My thinking is that while I am a careful and thoughtful collector, this stuff is meant to be used. It's interactive by nature and keeping it sealed would be against its nature. With that said, I'm only going to open these when I actually plan on using them, so they could be sealed for years and years longer knowing me. ;-)

I actually have quite a few sealed items in my collection. I may video when I open them though just for the heck of it, but I've thought about doing that before and haven't.

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I'm with you - games should

I'm with you - games should be played, films should be watched, 45's should be spun.

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