Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tooniversary: The True King (1968)

Time for another Three Musketeers adventure from The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.

"The True King" is, in a way, a loose adaptation of another Alexandre Dumas novel oft adapted, The Man in The Iron Mask, configured to fit into a nearly 10 minute window. Something's amiss when the King of France suddenly discharges the Musketeers without warning nor reason.

Edit: 5/10/17: The original video has been deleted. In its place is a complete episode of Banana Splits & Friends, a syndicated compilation package. "The True King" is included in this episode.



Don Messick performs triple duty (at least) as Aramis, the King, and the imposter. Not much difference to the voices, is there? Could've done without Tooly (Ted Eccles) for this one, no?

Rating: B.

2 comments:

magicdog said...

Tooly often got the short end of the stick didn't he? In this one he got some credit, only to appear to reject it because the rest of the musketeers told him to stay in the tree.

He could be bratty when he wanted to be (like kicking Porthos in the shin!). I suppose you could chalk it up to living in a era when children should be seen and not heard.

hobbyfan said...

Exact-amundo. Tooly was added to give the kiddo's someone to identify with, since he wasn't in the original stories. If they did this a decade later, there'd be a chance he'd be getting the same kind of disrespect as Scrappy-Doo.