Post by Captain Spencer on Sept 10, 2023 15:10:40 GMT
Many of us used to watch famous cartoons like Scooby Doo on Saturday mornings when we were kids, but what are some of the lesser known ones you remember? I'm talking about ones that lasted only one season or maybe two seasons at the most.
As a kid from the 1970s, here are some that I remember:
Kid Power These Are The Days Bailey's Comets The Amazing Chan and The Chan Clan Goober And The Ghost Chasers (an obvious Scooby Doo rip off) Clue Club Speed Buggy Wheelie And The Chopper Bunch
I remember Speed Buggy I think Mark Hamill did a voice on that show.
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein
The Barkleys (a sort of quasi-All In The Family ripoff)
Emergency+4 (animated version of the popular Jack Webb drama, with extra added kids and animals)
M*U*S*H* (from the undeservedly forgotten Uncle Croc's Block; a fairly weird spoofing of TV's MASH)
I don't recall The Barkleys. Looks like a sort of cartoon version of All In The Family.
I know Uncle Croc's Block with Charles Nelson Reilly, but the only cartoon I remember from that was Wacky & Packy.
Emergency +4: Now this one I do remember. Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, from the live action series, provided their voices to this as well.
Uncle Croc was so unpopular with the network that it got yanked pretty quickly, one of the few times a Filmation show tanked; the series has never been shown on TV in its entirety, and only some of the cartoon segments ever got aired. I vaguely recall Wacky and Packy, but MUSH was only run a few times before Croc and Co. got disappeared. It was years before I could even find a mention of it, and for a while I was actually wondering if I'd imagined it, lol.
Tighe and Mantooth's not-bad vocal work was one of the few redeeming features of E+4; the animation was primitive, and the kid/animal business was annoying, though understandable for a show aimed at the small fry. I recall they did give some safety advice at the end of each episode, some of which was actually pretty useful.
Barkleys was definitely an aping of AITF, though obviously toned down on the social satire that utilized observations about bigotry, etc.