Tuesday, October 23, 2012

From Comics to Toons: Matty's Funday Funnies (1959)

This was before my time, so you know there won't be a rating on this show.

Matty's Funday Funnies, sponsored by Mattel Toys, aired on ABC as a (mostly) Sunday morning entry, after first running on Friday nights, beginning in 1959. The series ran for three years, and featured Harvey Comics characters including Casper & Playful Little Audrey, both of whom had starred in theatrical shorts for Famous Studios (Paramount). Toontracker provides the open & close:

In 1962, the series was changed to simply Matty's Funnies, which headlined Bob Clampett's Beany & Cecil. In the above video, actor Marvin Miller (The Millionaire, later the voice of Aquaman) is the show's announcer. Matty Mattel, the company "mascot", was voiced by two actors during the course of Mattel's TV run. Cecil Roy (a woman, believe it or not) essayed the role during the Funday era, but when Beany & Cecil became the stars, Matty's voice was done by a future TV icon-----Bill Mumy (better known for Lost In Space). Who'dathunk?

Now, don't ya wish they brought this back?

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