Monday, December 6, 2010

Saturday School: Timer "hankers for a hunka cheese" (1970's)

I can't pinpoint an exact year when ABC began running the Time For Timer spots that were spun off from a pair of Afterschool Special episodes that introduced the character. Timer debuted in the 1973 episode, "The Incredible, Indelible, Magical Mystery Trip", voiced by Len Maxwell (Batfink, later of Celebrity Deathmatch), but another Len, Weinrib, that is (Magic Mongo) took over the gig a year later for the sequel, "The Incredible, Indelible Magical Trip Through Little Red's Head" (about Little Red Riding Hood, of course). Weinrib went on to do the Time For Timer shorts that debuted as part of ABC's "Funshine (later All-Star) Saturday" block about a year or so later, including this gem, in which Timer imagines himself as a cowboy, all to demonstrate how to make cheese & cracker sandwiches. Enjoy.



DePatie-Freleng produced the Timer shorts, as well as the two "Magical Mystery Trip" episodes, and ABC kept Time For Timer in rotation well into the 80's, well after DFE had been bought out by Marvel. Now if they could just take the time to release a DVD........

Rating: A.

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