Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Tonto vs. Queen Bee (The Lone Ranger, 1966)

From The Lone Ranger's 1966 series comes another Tonto solo adventure.

Tonto (Shep Menken) rides to the rescue when a village is pillaged by Queen Bee (guest star Agnes Moorehead, Bewitched), a rogue Native American, who, unfortunately, was a 1-shot villain.

Here's "Reign of the Queen Bee":

What would it take to get this series on DVD, I wonder.

Rating: B.

From Comics to Toons: Josie & the Pussycats meet Master Mind (1970)

In the episode, "Never Mind a Master Mind", Josie & the Pussycats are in the Netherlands on tour, and dimwitted Melody (Jackie Joseph) wears a pair of bricks under her shoes. She trades the bricks in for a pair of wooden shoes. But, just to show that this was a case of CBS having a little fun with their primetime lineup, this turns into a send-up of Mission: Impossible, as the gang now must battle the faceless Master Mind.

Come to think of it, the entire season was a Mission parody.

Rating: B.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Toons You Might've Missed: Chip 'n' Dale as The Lone Chipmunks (1954)

More than 30 years before they founded the Rescue Rangers, Chip 'n' Dale were sent off to the Old West in "The Lone Chipmunks", a parody of a certain Western hero of the day.

Black Pete may rue the day he decided to stash his loot in Chip 'n' Dale's tree.........

Not sure if this made it to air on any incarnation of The Mickey Mouse Club, but this would give the kiddo's plenty of thrills.

Rating: A.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Looney TV: Mississippi Hare (1949)

Bugs Bunny finds himself aboard a riverboat bound for the South, not realizing for a minute he'd been shanghaied by accident, in "Mississippi Hare". Internet Archive has a Blue Ribbon reissue.

The character of Colonel Shuffle (an uncredited Billy Bletcher), it is said, was later rebooted as Yosemite Sam. Same size, attitude, everything. The hair simply changed from white to red.

Is it just me, or did Chuck Jones insist on Bugs being in drag for at least one scene in every film he directed?

Rating: B+.

Toonfomercial: For all you Sunday armchair QB's: Remember Piels Beer? (1955)

It's one thing if a famous cartoon character (i.e. Mr. Magoo) is recruited to endorse beer. Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble pitched Busch beer back in the day, but the folks at Piels came up with their own animated spokesmen.

Meet Harry & Bert Piel, as voiced by radio funny guys Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding.

Posted in memory of Bob Elliott (Harry Piel), who passed away recently.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Toons You Might've Missed: The Alley Cat (1941)

Back in the not-too-distant-past, Cartoon Network devoted a half hour to MGM shorts that didn't star Tom & Jerry, which meant that Droopy would sometimes turn up in the block.

1941's "The Alley Cat", directed by Hugh Harman, was one of those shorts, but this is my first look.

A pampered, sophisticated feline is courted by a typical alley cat. If for some reason the male cat, Butch, sounds like a certain duck from another studio, it's because the voice is that of Clarence "Ducky" Nash, the voice of Donald Duck!

Butch would later resurface, with a different voice, in some Tom & Jerry cartoons.

Rating: B.

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: One Time in a Million (1969)

It's been a while since we pulled a song from The Hardy Boys animated series.

I don't know which episode this comes from, but it seems the kids are at a county fair or somesuch, passed off as a country band. Here's "One Time in a Million":

Dandydeal didn't post this one, but some of the episodes he's posted of late on YouTube stop short of finishing the story, so it'll be a while before another full episode, uncut, can be posted here.