Friday, October 19, 2018

Tooniversary: The Super Silly Swamp Spring (Wacky Races, 1968)

Time again for some Wacky Races. Here's "The Super Silly Swamp Sprint". Try saying that three times fast.



Dick Dastardly (Paul Winchell) plays one too many tricks, and, oh, does he ever pay for it.

Rating: B.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Game Time: Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (1996)

PBS served up a 2nd adaptation of a Carmen Sandiego computer game, but this model didn't have the staying power of its predecessor.

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? lasted just 2 seasons (1996-8), with Kevin Shinick taking over as MC, with Lynne Thigpen returning as the Chief. Here's a sample episode, with part of the open missing:



Y'think maybe PBS should find a place for these shows on PBS Kids?

No rating. Didn't see this show.

Spooktober: The Wickedest Witch (1989)

This was posted yesterday over at The Land of Whatever:

Paul Fusco was rolling at NBC. ALF was in its 4th season, and there were two animated spinoffs on Saturday mornings. A 3rd Fusco Saturday entry would come along int the form of Spacecats a year or so after his last primetime special.

The Wickedest Witch, narrated by Burgess Meredith, is a satire of Halloween tropes and cliches, although the underground world governed by Avarissa (Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls) looks like Fusco ripped off Fraggle Rock, although some of the sets would be reused for the puppet portion of Spacecats. Fusco even uses his Gordon Shumway (ALF) voice for one of the Greevils.



Rating: C-.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Toons After Dark: Clerow Wilson's Great Escape (1974)

Clerow "Flip" Wilson produced a pair of animated specials based on his childhood during the course of his variety show's run on NBC. Clerow Wilson's Great Escape, IIRC, is the second of those specials. Wilson's production company co-produced the show with the network and DePatie-Freleng. Wilson voices his younger self, along with some familiar characters from his variety show--Geraldine Jones, Rev. Leroy, and Ralph, the invisible dog.



Yes, this does come with commercials intact, as this is a rare find. No rating.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Captain Caveman in The Creepy Claw Caper (1977)

Captain Caveman (Mel Blanc) and the Teen Angels have to deal with a greedy villain known as the Claw, who turns a rock musician, and then the Angels, into elderly folks. Here's "The Creepy Claw Caper". The open has been edited off, and the closing credits use the theme music from CB Bears. Go figure.



Well, I didn't see that reveal coming.

Rating: B.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Animated World of DC Comics: The Marvel Family vs. Mr. Atom, The Smasher (1981)

From The Kid Super Power Hour w/Shazam!:

One of Captain Marvel's oldest foes, Mr. Atom, makes an appearance. Seems CC Beck had the idea of a sentient android before Marvel Comics came up with Ultron. Meanwhile, Uncle Dudley (Alan Oppenheimer) creates a remote control device that comes in handy.....



Rating: B.

You Know The Voice: Larry Storch (1977)

This item also appears at The Land of Whatever:

Two years after Ghost Busters, Forrest Tucker & Larry Storch teamed for what might've been the last time in a 2nd season episode of The Life & Times of Grizzly Adams:



Don't ya think Larry might've gotten one of his old F-Troop hats out of storage for this one?