Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty (1975)

Filmation's 1975 freshman class consisted of Uncle Croc's Block for ABC, Isis & Ghost Busters for CBS, and The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty for NBC. Waldo Kitty is loosely based on James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was a feature film vehicle for entertainer Danny Kaye a few years earlier. This time, each episode was bracketed with a live-action sequence featuring Waldo and his girlfriend, Felecia, who were being hassled by a neighborhood dog, Tyrone. Next thing you know, well........! Mrskipling uploaded the open to YouTube:

Waldo Kitty would be one of the last series for studio veteran Jane Webb, working once more with comic Howard Morris, who voiced the title character. For what it's worth, Allan Melvin, who was appearing on All In The Family at the time, was the only other actor credited. Unfortunately, as with most Filmation series on NBC at the time, Waldo Kitty lasted just one season, but was brought back, with the title changed to The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty, for the Groovie Goolies & Friends syndicated package in 1977. Ironically, one of the characters parodied on the show would be adapted by Filmation the very next year-----Tarzan!

Rating: C.

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