Monday, August 21, 2017

Getting Schooled: Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel (1972)

Shamus Culhane came up with a winning series of educational shorts, the Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel, which ran in syndication beginning in 1972, at first commissioned by Bristol-Myers for their short-lived Pals vitamins, which would sponsor the short pieces. After 4 years, Worldvision took over distribution. Until today, I hadn't seen any of these shorts, and over 100 of them were produced over 4 years (1972-6). I believe that after that, Culhane moved on to the series that I'm trying to find, the Spirit of Independence, which I did see.

Anyway, the professor (Paul Soles, ex-Spider-Man, Rocket Robin Hood) intros a bio on "John Cabot".

Rating: A.


Christopher Sobieniak said...

They seem to have gotten more exposure up in Canada along with "Max, the 2000 Year Old Mouse".

hobbyfan said...

I think that's because the studio was based in Canada.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

I wouldn't doubt you there. It also helped those shows later on when "Canadian Content" rulings for broadcasting put them in the safe pile along with "Rocket Robin Hood".

hobbyfan said...

What I'm really looking for is those Spirit of Independence shorts that Culhane did. I actually saw a few of those back in the day. You know, with Sam Hawkins?