Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Toon Rock: You're Dead Right, Mate & We're The Good Bad Girls (2013)

While ye scribe didn't get to see a single second of season 2 of Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, there are some bits that can get plugged in. You've already seen the 21st century reboot of Dynomutt & Blue Falcon, but now it's time to rock out.

Dave Waveling and the English Beat composed two songs for the episode, "Dance of the Undead", and guest star as Rude Boy and the Ska-tastics, an undead rock group brought back to life. This leads to a battle of the bands with the Hex Girls, making their 2nd appearance on the series. The Girls get help from Scooby (Frank Welker) & Shaggy (Matt Lillard) when it looks like all is lost. The Girls perform "We're the Good Bad Girls", while Rude Boy (English Beat) performs "You're Dead Right, Mate":

I really wish the complete episode, with extra special guest star Martha Quinn, would be available, but that's for another time........

Monday, July 21, 2014

From Comics to Toons: Archie & Reggie duel for Veronica, while Hot Dog enters a dog show (1968)

From The Archie Show:

In this particular show, you'll hear two distinctive versions of Jughead. Howard Morris is heard in the first story, "A Hard Day's Knight", but he missed the recording for "Beauty is Only Fur Deep", so venerable Don Messick, making his Filmation debut, subs. Messick would later be cast as Sabrina's boyfriend, Harvey, when the teenage witch joined the fun the following season.

In "A Hard Day's Knight", Veronica (Jane Webb) is on a chivalry kick, prompting Archie (Dallas McKennon) and Reggie (John Erwin) to duel for her honor in more ways than one. Then, Hot Dog (McKennon) is entered in a dog show to combat Reggie's entry.

I remember seeing "Knight" in syndication while in high school. Typical slapstick silliness.

Rating: B.

Game Time: Baby Races (1993)

Romper Room was never like this.

In 1993, producer Richard Sherman, a former assistant to Mark Goodson & Bill Todman, developed his first game show, Baby Races, which spent a year on the then-Family Channel (now ABC Family). It was, in essence, a reboot of a failed ABC game show from 1967, The Baby Game. Impressionist Fred Travelena (ex-Anything For Money, Shirt Tales) served as host, with venerable Gene Wood as the announcer. The hook, besides the adorable kids, was the bouncy theme music.

It stuns me that Nickelodeon didn't take a shot at this with an episode of Rugrats. Like, can you picture Tommy and Chuckie on this show?

Anyway, Donovan Seow was a contestant on this show, and wanted to share his memories with YouTube and all of you.

Awwww, isn't this fun? Rating: A.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturtainment: 101 Dalmatians (1997)

On the heels of a live-action remake of their 1961 film, Disney moved 101 Dalmatians to television. That was the good news. The bad news was the show didn't last very long.

The series aired as part of ABC's One Saturday Morning block, but for some reason, viewers turned away from these dogs, just as a vast majority rejected WB's Road Rovers a year earlier. The message, apparently, was that they just felt that any dog not named Scooby-Doo would not draw eyeballs to the small screen.

The premise had the pups and their owners, the Dearlys, now living on a farm, but, unfortunately, Cruella de Vil is never far away to cause more mayhem. You'd think she'd have learned her lesson. The voice cast includes the usual standbys (i.e. Tara Strong, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings), plus Charlotte Rae (ex-The Facts of Life) and Pam Dawber (ex-Mork & Mindy), who was doing her first voice acting since an animated sequence in the movie, "Stay Tuned", a few years earlier.

LookKids brings out "He Followed Me Home", about a stray elephant that winds up on the farm, which gets Cruella's attention.........

Rating: B.

Game Time: College Mad House (1989)

Before the end of the 80's, Fox had acquired the rights to the syndicated game show, Fun House, then spun off a variant for the college set.

College Mad House lasted 1 season (1989-90), and can be best described as a fusion of GE College Bowl and Nickelodeon's Double Dare. Greg Kinnear, not yet a household name, was tapped to host, with voice actor Beau Weaver (ex-Superman) as the announcer. I never saw this show, so there won't be a rating, but for now, scope out a Big 10 match between Minnesota & Wisconsin.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Teenage Toons: Sabrina in Town Beautiful & Horse's Mouth (1970-1)

Remember when it was the hip thing to do to pitch in to help clean up your hometown? Well, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Jane Webb), with help from The Archies, intends to do just that in Riverdale, so that the city can win the "Town Beautiful" competition. Our second feature should sound familiar to folks in New York City. Seems Riverdale's mayor has a problem with horse-drawn carriages, just as current NYC mayor Bill DiBlasio does today.

Courtesy of Hulu:

No rating. Didn't see this the first time around.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Lone Ranger vs. Bear Claw (1966)

Hi-yo, Silver! The Lone Ranger (Michael Rye) and Tonto (Shepard Menken) battle a vengeful outlaw named "Bear Claw" in this short from 1966. The villain is so named for the gloves he wears. A mutant, he ain't.

The British H-B, Halas & Bachelor, made their American debut working with Format Films and Jack Wrather on this series. Wrather also held the rights to Lassie, which at the time was a primetime staple on CBS.

As before, the credits freeze near the end of the video, so it's not complete. Meh.

Rating: B.