Friday, November 2, 2012

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Sugar Bear (1964)

Remember back in the 80's when Sugar Bear used his cereal like Popeye would power up with spinach? He didn't need to do that in the 60's, when he had his own backup feature on Linus the Lionhearted. While it seemed as though Sugar was more interested in playing his banjo all the day long, he really did have a girlfriend in Leslie Bear, who unfortunately wasn't around by the time Post introduced Super Sugar Crisp and turned Sugar into Super Bear.

In "Head Over Heels", it takes Leslie being in distress for Sugar to take his mind off his banjo, and ultimately settle up with Mervyn the Magician. Voice actor Gerry Matthews based his characterization of Sugar on Dean Martin, which wouldn't exactly make Lovable Truly, for example, to be Post's answer to Jerry Lewis, now, would it? I digress.......

Yeah, Sugar might've been a bit slow on the uptake, but when you're in love.......!

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Never knew Sugar Bear had a cartoon series! To me he was just an animated character for Super Sugar Crisp cereal!

Nowadays it's just "Golden Crisp Cereal" since sugar has become taboo.

hobbyfan said...

I'm aware of the change in cereal, which pretty much phases out Sugar Bear. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't have any clips of the other backup features from Linus the Lionhearted, including So Hi & Lovable Truly.