Thursday, January 5, 2012

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Bristle Hound (1969)

To a 6 year old viewer such as moi was in 1969, the It's The Wolf! segments of Cattanooga Cats were escapist entertainment to hold attention. More learned minds would later realize that while the setting changes with each episode, the plot remains the same. Mildew Wolf (Paul Lynde, Hollywood Squares, Bewitched) wants to invite innnocent Lambsy (Daws Butler, using his Augie Doggie/Elroy Jetson voice) to dinner, with Lambsy as the main course, but is always thwarted by Lambsy's guardian, Bristle Hound (Allan Melvin, The Brady Bunch).

Now, while lambs aren't usually associated with winter settings, dogs and some breeds of wolves are, although one wonders if Mildew actually would be at home in the snow. Somehow, after the events of "Winter Blunder-Land", I kind of doubt it. I should note that, as was the case on The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Lynde was not given screen credit for his work, not that he really needed it.

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As we've previously documented, Mildew would later reform and become a sportscaster on Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics, but John Stephenson, not exactly doing a Lynde mimic, took over the role, as Lynde had gotten out of the cartoon business following "Charlotte's Web" in 1973.

Well, at least Mildew made a comeback. Lambsy & Bristle? Not so much.

Rating: C.

2 comments:

magicdog said...

I always thought it was "Bristle Hound". After all he was a shaggy dog!

Believe it or not I had never seen Mildew Wolf in action until Laff A Lympics, so when this show popped up on Boomerang one day I was a bit suprised. I thought, "Oh! THAT'S why he was included in Laff O Lympics!"

Didn't think much of the show - it seemed to me to be a retread of the old gag in which villian gets pounded by main character's bodyguard. I did think Paul Lynde was a great VA and it's too bad he didn't do more. "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop" was the only other project (besides "Charlotte's Web") I remember him being a part of.


I wonder how Daws came up with that verbal tic of Lambsy pronouncing "wolf" like, "wool-luff"?

hobbyfan said...

Lynde's only other H-B series was "Where's Huddles", in which he played the next door neighbor to the title family. I think that's going up soon.