Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tooniversary: The Amazing Bunjee Venture (1984)

From  the ABC Weekend Special:

The Amazing Bunjee Venture was the first cartoon Hanna-Barbera's Australian division made for ABC, after working exclusively with CBS in previous years. Two kids take an unexpected test run in their father's time machine, which brings Bunjee (Frank Welker) to the then-present. Based on a children's book by Sam McMurtry.

Capt. O. G. Readmore (Welker again) is our host, with special guest co-host Bowzer (Jon Bauman, returning to his Sha Na Na persona, as he was on a break from his two game shows, The Pop 'N' Rocker Game & The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour). Luckily, Bowzer is kept in small doses.........

Edit, 12/2/18: I've found a video that has both chapters. The video quality isn't that great, but now you get the whole story:

As time went on, the animated entries were getting fewer & further between, as some live-action stories were moved from the Afterschool Special as its format was changed. We'll be looking at that down the road.

No rating.


magicdog said...

I remember the Weekend Specials - including this one. There were so many hosts and formats.

They had a rather simple one with host Michael Young who introduced the book in a straightforward way. Sometime later ventriloquist Willie Tyler and Lester took over and they had a formal set and made jokes before introducing the story. Then OG Readmore turned up (hated him truth be told!) - primarily because his animated counterpart was doing PSAs for literacy for the network.

I thought it was fun to have Bowzer on though!

hobbyfan said...

As long as it was in small doses, though.

Young took the reins as host in 1979, but didn't last long, and I think it was about 2 years later that Willie Tyler took over. I am hoping to find some eps with either Young or Tyler as host.