Sunday, January 1, 2017

Family Toons: The series premiere of Clue Club (1976)

Beginning today, we will use the first of the month to screen the first episode of a series.

To start 2017, we're going with Clue Club, which launched in August 1976, a few weeks ahead of the other cartoons, due to the US Open tennis tournament. Here's "The Paper Shaper Caper":

It might not have been fair for Dottie, the youngest of the 4 siblings, to be left in the team's garage HQ, but it was, after all, for her own protection in the long term. A remake today might change that.

Rating: A.


Christopher Sobieniak said...

Yeah I'm sure Dottie would've gotten her time to shine these days.

hobbyfan said...

It's either that or she'd be treated like that little boy getting dissed by the disembodied voice in that Time Warner Cable ad I've been seeing......!

The way I'd repackage Clue Club is put more emphasis on the family. We never saw their parents, so there's something to build on.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Too many H-B shows in those days never showed the parents to these kids. I'm sure it's the escapist approach to the adventures of the teams they liked to focus on versus any real-world connections.

Thank goodness I don't have Time Warner Cable in my turf, though they have advertised on TV locally, just not in our city as someone else has been cable TV'ing us since the 60's!

hobbyfan said...

In this era, escapism has to be balanced with some semblance of realism to keep the soccer moms and religious zealots away.......