Dreamfinders (unproduced Disney Channel TV series; 1983)


Dreamfinders
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Status Non-existent

When The Disney Channel launched in 1983, the channel premiered several original programs, like Welcome to Pooh Corner and You and Me, Kid. Those shows were aired on the channel for years, but there was one original show that was announced for the channel's launch but never produced called Dreamfinders. The show is based on the former EPCOT Center (now called Epcot) attraction, "Journey Into Imagination", which turned to "Journey Into Your Imagination" in 1999, and is now currently "Journey Into Imagination with Figment".

Plot

The show, as The Disney Channel Magazine described it, was about a group of children in a "real world" setting, as they are in some kind of problem. Dreamfinder (or as the show called him, Old Eli) would take the kids to "The Realm of Imagination", where they use their ideas to find a creative solution. However, Fear, the show's villain, along with his minions, would attempt to take the children and Eli to the abyss of "Bewilderedness".

Availability

The show was to be an hour long and was scheduled to air on the weekend. Even though the show was never produced, it was represented by a short appearance of Old Eli during the Disney Channel's launch countdown on April 18, 1983.

The series started to have a ramp up in people joining the search for it on December 12, 2016, when Lost Media Wiki user "ccateni" made a thread trying to get people to "help" him find the series.

On December 16, 2016, LMW user "theraincrafter" managed to contact a script writer of the TV show and obtain a script of an episode called "Just in Time". He then posted a download to the script along with emails sent to the script writer of the show on the original forum for the search of Dreamfinders. It confirms many of the rumors of the show while also giving an accurate depiction of how the show would appear on TV.

Disney's archives on their official fan club website, D23, contains information about Dreamfinders, coming straight from their Chief Archivist Emeritus, Dave Smith. The description of the show given was the same as the description in the advertisements. However, Smith goes on to state that "no shows were ever completed". The information can be found here. (Note: a D23 membership is required to view this page, which can be obtained for free.)

Gallery

Dreamfinder/Old Eli appears at 1:23

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

16 months ago
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I'd give an eyetooth to see this.
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Anonymous user #6

7 months ago
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Good job
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SADLAD84

17 days ago
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Oh yeah? Well I'd give a nosetoe to see it.
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ClaudeLv250

16 months ago
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There are conflicting stories on the episodes aired. Some say three aired, some say it got pulled before the channel launched and no episodes aired. Considering how deep into the Disney vault this was buried, I'm not sure if we'll ever see it.

There's been a sort of...resurgence of awareness around the Dreamfinder character. This is just wishful thinking but maybe that would help loosen the dirt on Dreamfinders' grave.
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BlackBearCJ

10 months ago
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Was Figment in this? Was he a puppet? I could have sworn I saw this recorded on VHS when I was younger.
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Anonymous user #6

7 months ago
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Holy lord
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JonM313

10 months ago
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Dreamfinders, finding the dreams, and now they are lost. This series was very short lived. 1983-1983
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JonM313

10 months ago
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By the way when I said all the dreams are lost, I meant that all the episodes are lost
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Django1932

10 months ago
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Is the video on here from the actual broadcast in 1983 or was it recorded later? (like from the Disney company or did they show it as a special)?

This is interesting.
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Django1932

10 months ago
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I wonder if anyone can find a old archive of a TV guide or any channel listings from 1983 that might list if this was on or not.
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Django1932

10 months ago
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Well then again that would of confirmed it if someone had one, but it still is a good question if one can find a old TV guide listing.
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JonM313

10 months ago
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Now that a script was found, hope we ever find an actual episode
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Anonymous user #2

10 months ago
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My mother had a promotional book about EPCOT when it first opened in 1982. I read it many times as a child and remember seeing two pictures of The Dreamfinder and Figment. One was a ride scene of them on a dirigible and the other was a promotional photo of the two. I remembered seeing the characters in something else as a kid, but I know it was just a dream. This is because, I had never been to Disney World, I read the book more than a decade after EPCOT had opened, and Figment had already been removed from the ride (and all other media) for years by then. Figment was unfortunately a figment of my imagination. I believe that Dreamfinders is another victim of the Mandela Effect (False Memory). Something we have evidence of existing at one time, had seen things associated with it, but was gone before we actually saw it. -TSB
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Anonymous user #3

8 months ago
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Why is there no article on the Figment educational cartoons
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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I have to say, this is one of the most fascinating lost TV shows that I hope will be found and discovered again.
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Anonymous user #5

8 months ago
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I think I recorded it during the airtime!
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Anonymous user #5

8 months ago
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I didnt.
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SilverTheGamer

8 months ago
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Very cool and interesting, we might find it
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Anonymous user #6

7 months ago
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It's not impossible, but it's unlikely
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Yoda

7 months ago
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Their is a video on YouTube called "4 Figment's screen test". Could that have something to do with the series.
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Raincrafter

7 months ago
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wow I missed my mention

thanks
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Raincrafter

7 months ago
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thanks, sputnik for mentioning me. Pretty neat of you.
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Anonymous user #7

7 months ago
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Dreamfinder and Figment were filmed at the Imagination pavilion back in '82-'83. I think it could have been for this show!

Also, Fear... Inside Out, much?
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Vamp1597

18 days ago
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I found what happened to the show! On the D23 website, there's something called "Ask Dave" where you can ask questions about anything Disney from the Chief Archivist Emeritus (Dave). Someone had asked about Dreamfinders, and Dave said that it was announced and planned, but no shows were ever completed. Here is the link to the page, but in order to access it, you might need to get a (free) membership for D23:

https://d23....tin-texas-2/
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Happy Brian

14 days ago
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I'm a little disappointed that no episodes for the show were ever produced, but at least the leaked script of one of the planned episodes at least gives me something to dream about what could have been if the show had actually seen the light of day. :)
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