Thursday, October 20, 2016

Animated World of DC Comics: The Wonder Twins in Game of Chicken (1977)

The Wonder Twins try to convince a pair of teenage boys to avoid playing a "Game of Chicken". Michael Bell (Zan/Gleek) also voices Lance, one of the two boys.

Seems Zan & Gleek might've been watching Flintstones reruns to learn how to bowl. Poor Zan got taken to school again.

Rating: A.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Taka (1966)

You have probably noticed that the producers of the 1966 Lone Ranger series gave Tonto (Shep Menken) an eagle as a sidekick of his own, as if he needed it. Anyway, "Taka" stars in his own short, with cameos by Tonto and the Ranger (Michael Rye).

Rye doubles as Nakoni, the Native American scout accompanying the hunting party. Apparently, he's not from Tonto's tribe, else he'd have recognized Taka right away. Have to say this was highly amusing.

Rating: A.

Spooktober: The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979)

This also appears at The Land of Whatever:

It is likely one of the biggest Halloween anthems of all time, even if it wasn't meant that way. Here's the Charlie Daniels Band, from The Midnight Special, with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".

Toonfomercial: Remember Keebler's Soft Batch cookies? (1985)

Keebler is now part of Kellogg's ever-expanding food empire (the company also purchased Sunshine some time back, and recently took over the Pringle's line of potato crisps from Proctor & Gamble). Back in the day, not a day went by without at least one commercial promoting one of Keebler's expanding line of cookies.

One such example is Soft Batch, which was introduced in 1985. Let's visit the famous hollow tree and look in on Ernie (Parley Baer, ex-The Andy Griffith Show) and his mom (presumably June Foray) as they inspect the development of their new product. Danny Dark (Super Friends), the long time announcer for Keebler, narrates.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Animated World of DC Comics: The Super Friends face Terror at 20,000 Fathoms (1979)

From The World's Greatest Super Friends:

"Terror at 20,000 Fathoms" is a left-handed adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Captain Nemoy (Bob Holt), aided by an android doppleganger of Batman (Olan Soule), intends to use nuclear warheads for some nefarious purposes. Even though Superman & Wonder Woman are away, Supes' pals from Kandor come in mighty handy.

Rating: B+.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spooktober: Boo To You, Winnie The Pooh (1996)

A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh returned to primetime in 1996 in Boo to You, Winnie The Pooh.

Ever-timid Piglet (John Fiedler) wants no part of trick-or-treating, prompting Pooh, Tigger (both voiced by Jim Cummings), and company to organize a "Hallowasn't" party. Chaos ensues. John Rhys-Davies (Sliders) narrates, and comes off sounding almost like Sebastian Cabot, who narrated a number of previous primetime Pooh specials.

No rating.

From Comics to Toons: Garfield "teaches" trick-or-treat tips (1989)

Garfield (Lorenzo Music) and his dimwitted frenemy, Odie, tag along with some trick-or-treaters while a narrator explains what kids should wear on Halloween.

I'd think this ad could still play today, don't you?