‘March of the Wooden Soldiers’ to air on WPIX on Thanksgiving in black and white for first time in 28 years

For years, we’ve heard from viewers who want to see “March of the Wooden Soldiers” in black and white on Thanksgiving day.

Well, we have good news!

For the first time in a generation, WPIX will present “March of the Wooden Soldiers” in black and white, airing a beautifully restored print!

The last time we aired this holiday classic in black and white was 1990, 28 years ago. The original, black-and-white film will air at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving day, while the colorized version will be shown later that day, at 3 p.m.

WPIX began the  Thanksgiving tradition in 1963, which occurred on Nov. 28 that year, just six days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It aired at noon that year, followed by “Adventures of Superman” at 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 24 from 8-10pm, PIX11 will air “The Carney Awards,” named for the late Oscar and six-time Emmy Award-winning actor Art Carney, star of “The Honeymooners.”

The Carney Awards recognize outstanding achievements in character acting and will honor Joe Morton, Jessica Walter, Joe Pantoliano, M. Emmet Walsh, James Cromwell and Bruce Greenwood, hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt.

PIX11 will also air a special mini-marathon of “The Honeymooners” featuring Norton-centric episodes, at 6pm, leading into The Carney Awards broadcast.

PIX11’s Thanksgiving holiday schedule:

THURSDAY 11/22

9-11am MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS

11am-3pm HONEYMOONERS MARATHON (4 hours/8 episodes of classic Honeymooners episodes)

3pm-5pm MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS

SATURDAY 11/24

6-8 pm HONEYMOONERS MARATHON (2 hours/4 episodes of Art Carney/Norton centric Honeymooners episodes)

6p Man from Space

6:30p Unconventional Behavior

7p The Sleepwalker

7:30p The $99,000 Answer

8-10pm The Carney Awards