Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturtainment: Wacky & Packy (1975)

From Uncle Croc's Block comes a feature that reverses the man-out-of-time concept used a year earlier in a trio of Saturday morning shows: Hanna-Barbera's Korg: 70,000 BC (which Croc replaced) & Valley of the Dinosaurs and the Kroffts' Land of the Lost. Wacky & Packy went in the opposite direction, as they came from the stone age to our time, and now seek a means to get home. Of course, they're not accustomed to modern life, though there's something to it that might actually appeal to them, like playing sports, which is the theme to the series opener, "The New York Sweats". Uploaded by----wait for it----wackyandpacky to YouTube.

To be honest, I didn't see much of the show the first time around due to other commitments, and I didn't see this much when it was recycled on Groovie Goolies & Friends a couple of years later. From what I can see of this, however, the naivete of Wacky reminds me of the Beverly Hillbillies, which I just reviewed over at The Land of Whatever earlier. However, while Wacky has more in common with Jethro Bodine in terms of intellect, that's about as far as it goes. The writers didn't do Wacky & Packy too many favors. Then again, the viewers seemed to agree, which is why the Croc series bit the dust before Christmas.

Rating: B-.


magicdog said...

I vaguely remember this show when I was little.

Watching about 30 seconds of the clip you embedded cost me a few IQ points.

That was painful!!

hobbyfan said...

As Jonathan Harris (as Dr. Smith) often said back in the day, "Ohhh, the pain!". Oh, indeed. Better writing would've saved this show, I tell you.