Monday, September 18, 2017

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Lancelot Link in Surfin' Spy and The Missing Link (1970)

As summer winds down, let's spend some beach time with Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.

In "The Surfin' Spy", Lance (Dayton Allen) and Mata Hairi (Joan Gerber) pose as surfers to uncover a CHUMP smuggling operation. Gerber provided all the female voices on the show. In "The Missing Link", Lance's uncle Mortimer, a British scientist, has been captured by CHUMP.

Aside from narrator Malachi Throne (ex-It Takes a Thief) and vocalist Steve Hoffman, all the male voices were performed by Allen and Bernie Kopell (Get Smart, ex-That Girl, The Doris Day Show).

Oh, I am begging either Me-TV or Antenna TV to pick this show up!

Rating: B.

Retro Toy Chest: Hangman (1976)

I'm sure you've played the game of Hangman with just a pen and paper. Well, Milton Bradley thought it'd be a cool idea to make a board game out of it.

Hangman was first marketed in 1976, the first ad campaign from MB to feature horror icon Vincent Price as a celebrity spokesman.

In this classic spot, Vincent plays a bank teller playing the game with a fellow teller and ignoring the customers...

Price was already familiar to the kiddo's from his appearances on Hilarious House of Frightenstein, and would join the cast of 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo 9 years later.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Daytime Heroes: Bozo the Clown in A Glutten For Mutten (1962)

Time for another Bozo The Clown cartoon. Here, Bozo (Larry Harmon) outwits a sly fox (Paul Frees) trying to pass himself off as a sheepdog in "A Glutten For Mutten". Ignore the year listed on the video. This was actually released in 1962.

The trope of a wolf trying to steal sheep had been done better by Tex Avery with Droopy by a country mile.

Rating: B.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Summertainment: Woody Woodpecker in The Beach Nut (1944)

Summer's almost over. That said, why not one more trip to the beach? This time, Woody Woodpecker makes a day at the beach difficult for one Wally Walrus in "The Beach Nut". Co-author Ben "Bugs" Hardaway is also the voice of Woody in this one.

Directed by James "Shamus" Culhane.

Woody's been locked in the Universal vault ever since his series for Fox ended. Let's bring him back to television, ok?

Rating: A-.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Animated World of DC Comics: Plastic Man vs. the Spider (The Spider Takes a Bride, 1979)

The Spider decides the easiest way to gain power is to marry a queen. And, so, he covets the hand of Queen Katherine in marriage, but in order to ensure she agrees, the villain turns her aides into flies. That's more than enough to bug Plastic Man in "The Spider Takes a Bride".

I remember seeing this the first time. Not one of the better entries in the series.

Rating: C.

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: C. B. Bears search for Disappearing Satellites (1977)

Here's another entry from the freshman class of 1977.

The C. B. Bears are assigned to locate a missing scientist and figure out the mystery of some "Disappearing Satellites":

This plays out more like an episode of Scooby-Doo, come to think of it. Maybe the script was from Scooby's discard pile.

Rating: B--.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saturday School: Winsome Witch----school teacher? (1965)

Winsome Witch (Jean VanderPyl) ends up becoming "Schoolteacher Winnie" when the teacher at a 1 room school house (also voiced by VanderPyl) quits. Basically a reboot of a Droopy cartoon, "Blackboard Jumble",  from a few years earlier.

Something to think about. Mr. Acme, the owner of the employment agency Winnie otherwise is attached to, is voiced by Henry Corden, who would begin working with VanderPyl on The Flintstones more than a decade later.

Entertaining, isn't it?

Rating: A-.