Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spooktober: Shake, Rattle, & Roll (1977)

From CB Bears comes a goofy trio of spooks who at least are making a living, which is more that could've been said for Casper's uncles, the Ghostly Trio.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll happen to manage a hotel whose clientele, understandably, consists of other ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Roll (Joe E. Ross, ex-Hong Kong Phooey) is the chief cook. Shake (Paul Winchell) & Rattle (Len Weinrib) man the switchboard and the desk, though both are at the switchboard as "Guess What's Coming to Dinner" starts. It's a variant on the age-old plot of days gone by, in which our ghosts babysit........well, I wish I could tell you.

The video was deleted by YouTube due to copyright infringement issues. If/when it returns, we'll bring it back. Sorry.

If any one story defined the term, suspension of disbelief, this might qualify.

Rating: C.


magicdog said...

I think I may have lost an IQ point watching this!

Good heavens!! The problem isn't violence in cartoons, it's the constant underestimation of the viewer!! Sure a 5 year old might find it funny, but once he's 6 or 7 he's gone! Not to mention the show just doesn't have the staying power of far more superior offerings.

hobbyfan said...

I don't think it's so much that, but the writers recycling older ideas from other sources. Parents will recognize the plot and spoil the story for their kids.