Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Space Ghost in Attack of The Space Sharks (1981)

From Space Stars:

Space Ghost (Gary Owens) encounters an odd phenomenon in "Attack of The Space Sharks".



There are full episodes of Space Stars finally available on YouTube, as you already know. We will be filling some empty spaces with them to replace episodes previously pulled by YouTube or Dailymotion.

Rating: B.

Saturtainment: Fansville (2018)

Dr. Pepper came up with a new ad campaign this season, retiring the character of vendor Larry Culpepper, who had the delusion that he "invented" the College Football Playoff, after 4 seasons.

Instead, viewers are transported to a small town where everything revolves around college football, and, of course, Dr. Pepper.

The cast includes former LSU coach Les Miles as a general store clerk, and former players Brian Bosworth (as the sheriff) and Eddie George. At least "The Boz" has some acting experience.......



There's rumors going around that Miles may be back on a sideline as early as next year, filling one of the inevitable coaching vacancies, and if that happens, that may preclude him returning for a second season of Fansville, which is delightfully silly. I wonder if Dr. Pepper could be persuaded to release a DVD......

Rating: B.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Toon Legends: Yogi Bear in Home Sweet Jellystone (1960)

Yogi Bear may be the star, but the focus of "Home Sweet Jellystone" is Ranger Smith, who has to resign when he discovers he's inherited a fortune, and has to move into a ginormous mansion......



I've no memory of seeing this one before today, so no rating.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Celebrity Toons: Abbott & Costello in The Bouncing Rubber Man (1967)

1967 was not only the year Hanna-Barbera gained a license to do cartoons based on Abbott & Costello, but, as everyone knows, it was also the year of their acquisition of The Fantastic Four.

That said, Lou (Stan Irwin) becomes a parody of Mr. Fantastic, Plastic Man, et al, after Bud forcibly feeds him a formula that turns Lou into "The Bouncing Rubber Man".



Six minutes of heroics? In real life, Lou was an athlete before he turned to show business, so he probably had a few heroic moments.

Rating: B.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Saturtainment: The Ant & The Aardvark in Isle of Caprice (1969)

Friz Freleng and his staff at DePatie-Freleng couldn't resist borrowing some old Bugs Bunny gags for this Ant & The Aardvark entry, "Isle of Caprice". Sub Charlie Ant (John Byner) for Bugs, and the Aardvark (Byner) for Yosemite Sam, and you'll get the idea.



Bugs did it better.

Rating: B.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Toons After Dark: Jonny Quest in The Curse of Anubis (1964)

Jonny Quest and friends are in Egypt, and must face "The Curse of Anubis":



I've seen this a few times over the years, and the designs by Doug Wildey are just flat awesome.

Rating: A.

Monday, November 12, 2018

From Comics to Toons: Incredible Hulk vs. The Cyclops Project (1982)

No, the X-Men don't make an appearance in this episode of the 1982 Incredible Hulk series. The robot in "The Cyclops Project", though, will stir some memories for fans of Jonny Quest. Scope.



In memory of co-creator/narrator Stan Lee, who passed away today at 95. No rating out of respect.