Thursday, March 23, 2017

Toonfomercial: The Flintstones for Shriners Hospitals (1980's)

The Shriners Hospitals not only contracted with Warner Bros. for a series of PSA's featuring Looney Tunes characters, but also Hanna-Barbera for The Flintstones.

First up: Fred (Henry Corden) appears on television to make an appeal for the Shriners:



Today, you'd get in trouble for using the word "crippled". "Disabled" would be more appropriate.

Next, Fred schools Dino on one particular Shriners patient:



Not exactly sure when these were initially broadcast.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Looney TV: Tweety teaches safety (1982)

We've previously presented PSA's sponsored by Shriners' Hospitals featuring Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck. Tweety works the same room in this short spot.



Ignore the date the poster put up on his video. The copyright date of 1982 is correct.

You Know The Voice(s): Cliff Norton & Louise Williams (1977)

Aside from 1970's Where's Huddles?, Cliff Norton is better known as a character actor in films & television. In 1977, Norton was part of an ensemble cast for an unsold pilot showcasing Andy Kaufman. Unfortunately, as documented over at The Land of Whatever, Stick Around was passed over by all three networks at the time (NBC, ABC, CBS).

Kaufman plays an android aide to Vance (Fred McCarren). Norton is a neighbor who had been cryogenically frozen until "two weeks ago", as the story goes. Norton could easily be mistaken for fellow character actor Harold Gould due to his similar facials.

Around the 20-21 minute mark, scope the platinum haired hottie looking to buy Andy away from Vance and his wife, Elaine, when Vance decides he's had enough of Andy's bumbling. Louise "Liberty" Williams had been working on Bustin' Loose prior to this pilot. Of course, good fortune would come her way later in the year, thanks to a certain Saturday morning franchise.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Animated World of DC Comics: Mayhem of the Music Meister (2009)

From Batman: The Brave & The Bold:

In one of the campiest episodes of the series, a new villain, the Music Meister (Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother) surfaces with plans for world domination. His powers, though, cause not only Aquaman (John DiMaggio), Black Canary, Green Arrow, & the Batman (Diedrich Bader) to sing, but villains he's hired himself, in this case Black Manta, Grodd, and Clock King.

In truth, Green Arrow (James Arnold Taylor) is fortunate not to actually sing. He'd probably never hear the end of it. Anyway, "Mayhem of the Music Meister" is considered one of the more popular episodes of the series. We previously featured the track, "Drives Us Bats", so now, with the Music Meister being brought to life in tonight's episode of The Flash by Glee alumnus and avowed comics fan Darren Criss, let's take you back to the debut of the Music Meister.



We all know Green Arrow & Black Canary have been an on-again, off-again item in the comics, and this episode helps set that table, though I'm not so sure about Dinah ever crushing on Batman........

No rating.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Toon Sports: Coach Pebbles (?) (Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, 1971)

With the World Baseball Classic winding down, and the regular season two weeks away, it's also appropriate that we find, on this first day of spring, a baseball themed episode of Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm.

When Fred (Alan Reed) develops laryngitis right before a big game, Pebbles (Sally Struthers, All in the Family) steps in to coach his pee-wee team.



A few years later, Hanna-Barbera did a ret-con by putting Pebbles (now voiced by Pamela Anderson) and Bamm-Bamm in the "Little Big League" in their first primetime special. 

Rating: B.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Animated World of DC Comics: Super Friends vs. the Attack of the Killer Bees (1977)

I don't know exactly how many movies were made involving killer bees in the 70's, but the Super Friends were caught up in this particular trend. Aquaman (Norman Alden) and Samurai must deal with a deadly swarm in "Attack of the Killer Bees". Yeah, I know, original it ain't.



I can't recall exactly, but it wouldn't have been any more than a coincidence if General Mills' Honey Nut Cheerios was one of the sponsors when this was first aired in November 1977.........

Rating: B.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Johnny B Goode (1973)

The legendary Chuck Berry revived one of his signature hits, "Johnny B. Goode", in a 1973 appearance on Soul Train. Like, dig it!



In memory of Berry, who passed away at 90.