Monday, April 18, 2016

Toons You Might've Missed: Loopy de Loop (1959)

In addition to launching their own studio, William Hanna & Joe Barbera experimented with producing theatrical shorts under their own banner, with Columbia serving as a distributor. Sad to say, only one series was produced.

Loopy de Loop, the misadventures of a good natured French Canadian "gentleman wolf" (Daws Butler---who else?), ran from 1959-65 in theatres, and was later reissued in syndication on television in 1969. Loopy was put in all kinds of odd scenarios, much like stablemate Huckleberry Hound, for example.

In January 1961, H-B & Columbia released "Count Down Clown", in which Loopy, after rescuing a drowning man, only to get punched out because of human distrust toward wolves, signs on for an experimental flight to the moon. The first wolf in space? Hmmmmm.

Small wonder that aside from making his TV debut in 1969, Loopy wasn't given many other chances to shine. Pity.

Rating: B.

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