Saturday, June 4, 2016

Celebrity Toons: Muhammad Ali vs. The Great Alligator (1977)

In memory of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who passed away overnight at 74, we present the series premiere of his short-lived 1977 NBC animated series, I Am The Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali.

In "The Great Alligator", Ali takes to the swamps to battle the titular beast. The animation isn't great, but the series would prove to be the final curtain for producer Fred Calvert, who didn't sell another series after this. In essence, I Am The Greatest replaced another Calvert entry, the Universal-co-produced Emergency Plus 4, on NBC's schedule.

This is the only complete episode available. Unfortunately, the closing theme has been lost.

No rating, out of respect to Ali's memory.

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