Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tooniversary: An episode of Linus the Lionhearted (1964)

Dandydeal presents an episode of Linus the Lionhearted built around a game of "Simon Says", with Sugar Bear (Gerry Matthews) as "Simon". The three shorts include So-Hi's adaptation of the classic nursery rhyme, "Little Miss Muffet" and Lovable Truly outwitting a bumbling dog catcher.

Amazingly, after the series ended, Sheldon Leonard (Linus) never attempted another cartoon gig, focusing instead on the production end of things. As it was, he was one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood at that time, with a resume that included The Dick Van Dyke Show, and, the very next year, I Spy, which would end up being his only real success for NBC. And, yeah, if you note the abridged credits, the ever-present Paul Frees worked on this show, too. He was everywhere, and perhaps the only studio he didn't work for was Total Television.

Rating: B.

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