Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Birdman meets Birdgirl (1967)

Birdman seemingly meets his match when a mad scientist gives a young woman mechanical wings (similar to the ones worn by Birdboy) and a strength formula to create Birdgirl.

Birdgirl, from the sound of it, was voiced by Virginia Eiler (Gravity Girl). 25 years later, [adult swim] brought her back on Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law, recast as the daughter of Phil Ken Sebben (Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report). Here is Judy Ken Sebben, aka Birdgirl, trying to help Peter Potamus with an exercise.

If that was an attempt at making Birdgirl seem remotely relevant, it didn't work.

The Birdman episode merits a B.


magicdog said...

I remember Bird Girl and she wasn't bad - I rather liked how she was an aerialist who was conned into being "Bird Girl", although it's probably why she never made another appearance.

What did bug me in this ep was how quickly everyone was willing to buy Bird Girl's claims about Birdman. The public surely are a fickle lot!

I remember Space Ghost C2C had a funny line (perhaps the only funny line I ever heard on that show) in which Jan & Jace are arguing and we find the SG wasn't exactly the best guardian to them. Jan blames Jace because they had the chance to be "Bird Boy" & "Bird Girl" but, nooooo! He wanted the inviso power!

hobbyfan said...

I missed that SGC2C ep, and it's just as well, because that illustrated the lack of respect the producers had for the source material.

As for the story itself, well, done-in-ones back then didn't require adherence to continuity, and today, if they redid this story, the truth would be out a lot quicker.

Geed said...

Always love me some Toth goodness.

hobbyfan said...

What does everyone think of how [adult swim] rebooted Birdgirl?

Geed said...

The Birdgirl reboot was fine for what it was. Paget Brewster was a great choice for her voice. I loved the Harvey Birdman cartoon and glad to see them using old school characters again (even ones they didn't own...Speed Racer, anyone?" The finale may be one of my favorite series finales of all time.

hobbyfan said...

I think they used Speed Racer because CN/Boomerang had the rights to the original series at the time, and that had been parodied (Dexter's Lab) some time prior.

Otherwise, some of the humor, as I've noted here before, was mean-spirited toward certain characters, as if they were playing to certain corners of the internet.