Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Saturtainment: Three Stooges in Squareheads of the Round Table (1947-8)

The Three Stooges are in the medevial era in "Squareheads of the Round Table", released in March 1948. Moe, Larry, & Shemp have to help a lovestruck blacksmith win his true love, who has been promised to the evil Black Prince.

I believe that was a form of a mandolin that Moe is playing opposite Larry's violin and Shemp's squeezebox (an early accordion).

Rating: B.

Toonfomercial: Casper teaches about safety (1960)

Casper teaches about safety in this ad, which doesn't use traditional animation per se, but rather using still pictures. Taken from Matty's Funday Funnies.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Daytime Heroes: Captain Video & His Video Rangers (1949)

It is Ed Norton's favorite show, as revealed in the series premiere of The Honeymooners. By that point, Captain Video & His Video Rangers had to have been in syndication after six seasons on DuMont. In the early days of television, a small budget wasn't the deterrent to success that it would be now. A small bag of used shoestrings would be equal to DuMont's production budget for Captain Video.

Richard Coogan was the first Captain, but the one everyone remembers, Al Hodge, came from radio's Green Hornet in 1951 to take over for the final four years. The one constant was the Video Ranger (Don Hastings), ever faithful, and always available.

Of course, Captain Video was well before my time, and out of syndication by the end of the 60's, if not sooner. Hence, no rating. We'll leave you with an intro from the Hodge era, when it was sponsored by Post cereals.

Don Hastings would later latch onto another long-running series, joining the cast of As The World Turns. Captain Video was the extent of his involvement in children's programming, unlike brother Bob, who returned to toons in the 90's (Batman) after a lengthy stint on General Hospital.

Toonfomercial: Mr. Magoo shills for NutraSweet (1994)

Five years after Jim Backus had passed on, Mr. Magoo was brought back to life, licensed to the folks who make NutraSweet to promote their product. Have no clue who's doing the voice here.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Toons You Might've Missed: Goopy Geer (1932)

Goopy Geer didn't have a long career at Warner Bros. as part of the Merrie Melodies roster. In his initial, self-titled outing from April 1932, Goopy is starring in a nightclub act.

After Hugh Harman & Rudolf Ising left for MGM, WB didn't make much use of Goopy. I think we can see why.

Rating: C.

Tooniversary: The Lone Ranger in Spectre of Death (1968)

"Spectre of Death" was one of the last Lone Ranger cartoons produced for CBS during the series' 1966-8 run. The Masked Man (Michael Rye) and Tonto (Shep Menken) pursue Sutro Helm (Menken in a dual role), thought dead when an attempted jailbreak resulted in the explosion of the jailhouse.

Rating: B.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Play That Funky Music (1976)

Wild Cherry may have only had one big hit, but they've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of 1976's "Play That Funky Music". Helen Reddy introduces the band in this clip from The Midnight Special:

So, they're from Steubenville, Ohio. Its most famous citizen happens to be iconic entertainer Dean Martin, who obviously never taught these guys anything about staying power on the charts.....