Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Magnificent Muttley becomes Professor Muttley (1969)

When Muttley has his Walter Mitty-esque daydreams, it's usually at Dick Dastardly's expense, one way or the other. Such is the case in this Magnificent Muttley entry, where Muttley (Don Messick) dreams of being a brilliant inventor, but Dastardly (Paul Winchell) keeps stealing his inventions, with disastrous results---for Dastardly, until "Professor Muttley" finally figures out how to stop him.

Small wonder that when Winchell recycled his Dastardly voice for Gargamel on The Smurfs (1981-9), he also gave the bumbling wizard a lot of Dastardly's traits, too, particularly the perpetual failure.

Rating: A.

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