Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Lone Ranger in Blast Out and The Long Drive (1981)

The Lone Ranger returns in a pair of short pieces from the 2nd season of his Filmation run for CBS. First up, the Ranger (William Conrad) and Tonto (Ivan Naranjo) meet Alfred Nobel, whose dynamite is being used by outlaws. Then, in "The Long Drive", the Ranger and Tonto join a cattle drive bound for Abilene, Kansas, to head off some rustlers. Each short closes with a factoid from the Ranger.

Speaking of factoids, Ivan Naranjo was a Native American himself, a Blackfoot/Southern Ute hailing from Colorado. Not sure if he did any other cartoons or other acting jobs.

Rating: A.

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