Sunday, December 25, 2022

Ever Heard Of A Dagwood Sandwich ? Famous Because of A Cartoon Strip ! "Blondie and Dagwood" 1930's


 Hey there! "Blondie and Dagwood" is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Chic Young. The strip has been published in newspapers since 1930 and follows the misadventures of the titular blonde and her sandwich-loving husband.

Chic Young wrote and drew Blondie and Dagwood until his death in 1973, after which creative control passed to his son Dean Young. A number of artists have assisted in drawing the strip over the years, but it has remained popular regardless. You can read "Blondie & Dagwood in more than 2,000 newspapers in 47 countries and it's been translated into 35 languages. From 2006 to 2013, you could also email King Features for new strips.

Cartoon Animation:

In 1980, Blondie and Dagwood made a brief animated appearance on The Fantastic Funnies, a TV special focusing on newspaper comics. They sang a song to host Loni Anderson with other comic strip characters, before appearing in a short sequence where Blondie urges Dagwood to get a haircut. The animation was produced by Bill Melendez Productions. Dagwood also makes a cameo appearance in Garfield Gets Real. In 1987, an animated cartoon TV special featuring the characters was made by Marvel Productions. 

I know this blog article was short and sweet but if you need to know more about Blondie and Dagwood in depth, please use my Wiki search bar at the top of my blog. The cartoon animation history part is short lived, that is why I was so brief with this post. I wish that they had made more animated cartoons of "Blondie & Dagwood" but here is one of few...

                        BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š 


Friday, December 23, 2022

"Remember Beetle Bailey" ? Successful Cartoon Strip and Animated Cartoon Series


Beetle Bailey is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Mort Walker. It debuted on September 4, 1950, in twelve newspapers and was originally distributed by King Features Syndicate. Set on a fictional United States Army post, it is one of the oldest comic strips still in syndication.

Beetle Bailey is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Mort Walker. 

After the war, Walker decided to use his experiences in the Army as the basis for a comic strip. Beetle Bailey was born.

The characters in the strip are all named after various military people he had contact with during his stay in the Army. The main character, Beetle, is a young private in the United States Army. 

The strip became popular during the Korean War and has been in syndication ever since. It is still being produced by Walker's sons, Brian and Greg.

Beetle Bailey was one of the first comic strips to be adapted to animation. The first adaptation was a series of shorts made by Famous Studios, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. The shorts were released theatrically from 1952 to 1955.

The next adaptation was a TV series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1966. 

The Controversy:

The comic strip 'Beetle Bailey' was dropped from the Tokyo edition of Stars and Stripes magazine in the 1950s because the comic showed the character of Lieutenant Flap as a black man,

and this was not acceptable to the Japanese. In 1970.

Now get ready for one of my favorite cartoons after school in 1963... as usual for more in-depth info on Beetle Bailey use my Wikki Search at top of my Blog...    BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Vintage 1967 George Of The Jungle cartoons: "Watch Out For That Tree !!!"

 


George of the jungle is a parody of Tarzan the ape man (tv sitcom series). The cartoon series ran from September 1967- December 1967 with 17 episodes. George is a numb-skulled big-hearted ape man who is always called upon by the District Commissioner to save the inhabitants of the jungle territory of Mbwebwe Province in Africa from various problems.

George is shown swinging through the trees and smashing into things as the theme song plays on ( "watch out for that tree !"). He is constantly falling out of the treehouse and crashing to the ground. There are a number of other running gags including George forgetting that he lives in a treehouse and being constantly reminded of this fact.

 George of the Jungle has two friends who live in the jungle with him: an ape named "Ape" and a talking parrot named Tooky Tooky. The parrot is very intelligent and is often found thinking up new and clever ways to solve problems and to help George out in his adventures. George also has another pet, an elephant named Shep who imitates being a dog. His Lady friend  is named Ursula who is a version of Jane in the (tv sitcom series).

George has two frequent enemies. They are a pair of stereotypical hunters named Tiger and Weevil. Tiger having a pencil moustache and speaks in a uppity Oxford accent. Weevil speaks like a pirate and wears and shorts with a bush hat. The other one of George's recurring enemies is a mad scientist named Dr. Chicago.

George is not very smart but has a keen sense of jungle survivor skills that get the job done. He carries an animal call phrase book, that he can use to call for help and he uses it to his advantage. However, he usually gives the wrong call out (lol).

Bill Scott is the voice of George




  June Foray is the voice of Ursula



   Paul Frees is the voice of District Commissioner


Also: Daws Butler additional voices and Hans Conried narrator

Now let's show a vintage George Of The Jungle cartoon....



                          BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š



Monday, October 3, 2022

The Herculoids 1967 ..."First Animated Cartoon With Dinosaurs and Spaceships Believe It or Not !"

 


Talking about some really cool animation with spaceships and dinosaurs and alien creatures, you couldn't go wrong on Saturday morning in 1967. The space family which wore prehistoric cave dwelling clothing and lived on planet Amzot. Zandor (the father), Tara (mother) and Doro (son) protect themselves with some pretty cool pets..."I guess you could call them that". The pets are called the Herculoids and they are: Zok the laser dragon who can shoot a laser beam from its tail, Tundro a rhino that shoots out balls of rocks from its horn, Igoo who is ape made of rock which has incredible strength, and Gloop and Gleep that are blob like creatures that can shape shift. They fought off robots, mad scientist, mutants and many more weird villains that attacked their planet.

The animated cartoon debuted on September 9th, 1967, on CBS and was produced by Hanna-Barbera and ended September 6th,1969. They were created and designed by Alex Toth. 






I was just starting high school when this cartoon came out and being a sci-fi fan back then made me really enjoy the "Herculoids". Here is the voices of the characters....

  • Mike Road - Zandor, Zok, Tundro
  • Virginia Gregg - Tara
  • Don Messick - Gleep, Gloop
  • Ted Eccles - Dorno
  • Ted Cassidy - Igoo
Ok, no more talk: but if you need more detailed info, please use my wiki search bar at the top of my blog. Here is a Herculoid cartoon......
                                  
                                      BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š


Thursday, September 29, 2022

"Inch High Private Eye" 1973... Vintage Animated Cartoon


I personally really liked this spoof cartoon, based off the series of "Get Smart" 1965-1970. Don Adams played the private eye character Maxwell Smart, and "Inch High Private Eye "is a cartoon character based off of him. Even though the animated character does not resemble Don Adams, his antics and actions mimic the famous actor.

"Inch High Private Eye" is a detective who solves mystery type crimes. He gets help from his niece Lori, her body building muscular friend named Gator and their dog Braveheart to help solve cases. 

The Pinkerton Detective Agency was a popular detective agency that was involved in many of the most infamous crimes of the late 19th and early 20th century. Finkerton Detective agency was a spoof off the Pinkerton agency "Inch" worked for in the animated cartoon series.

 The Finkerton Organization, was a secret crime-fighting group that was run by Mr. Finkerton. "Inch" and his helpers had a unique automobile called The Hugemobile in which they used to fight crime. Mr. Finkerton wanted to fire "Inch" if he failed, but somehow "Inch" always cracked the case. Mr. Finkerton's  agency was to protect the town of Finkerton from Crime. The cartoon series only lasted from September 8th to December 1st of 1973 but put out about 13 episodes. Famous actors voices you might remember from the cartoon .....Jamie Farr: 




Multiple Voices Characters



Ted Knight 



Multiple Voices Characters




Linnie Weinrib



Inch Detective




Hanna-Barbera was the production company  for the cartoon ,If you need more Indepth information : use my Wiki search bar at the top of my blog. Now here is a little "Inch Dtective" in action...


                                     BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š



Sunday, September 18, 2022

Did You Know That" Google" Possibly Got It's Name From A Cartoon Character ? "Say What"

 


This post will be short and sweet but very informative, I hope.

            In the 1919 a cartoon character named Barney Google was created by Billy De Beck, he was cartoon character in the "Snuffy Smith" cartoon comics. This character was first published in newspapers and magazines and would become very popular and would be seen in more than 900 newspapers in the USA and other countries also. Barney Google road a horse named Spark Plug. This was a cartoon character which was real popular among children.

In 1930 a mathematician named Edward Kasner came up with a number that had a bunch of zeros in it, a hundred to be exact.  He asked his nephew Milton, aged 9, to give him a name for this new figure. He said "Google", after his favorite comic strip Barney Google. Edward Kasner Changed it a bit to Googol, and he also invented the name googolplex.

The Google founders had their original name as Googol, but when they registered the domain name, they misspelled it as Google.

 Barney Google was patented in 1923 and then copyrighted in 1924 which was good till 2018 (95yrs). Google company was founded in 1998. Did Google pay for the name ? Probably not since a nine-year-old thought of the name many years before the internet and domain names. But if you Google it..." did google, get it's name from Barney Google the cartoon?" you bring up some interesting history about it... and Google admits they got it from Barney Google๐Ÿ˜ฌ

 My mouth is sealed !!! /BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š

        Cartoon Clip...

    







Thursday, September 8, 2022

Not Many Cartoon Lovers Remember The Flash Cartoons 1967..".Do You Remember Anything ?" Very Little

 

The reason you don't probably remember this cartoon was because of the lack of history, there were only three episodes made. "The Flash" was a police scientist named Barry Allen who could turn himself into the world's fastest human with his ring. Believe it or not a full Flash suit would come out of his ring and in a blurred motion he becomes "The Flash". Not only could he run superhuman fast but could run on water, run up the side of tall buildings, vibrate through solid objects, create whirlwinds, and could master the barriers of time and space....."but I never seen him do that in any of the 3 cartoon episodes, maybe if they made more episodes, we could have seen that happen ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. He has some type of machine in his lab called a hyper-velocity, which helps him catch other speedsters with similar abilities to his. "The Flash" is also a partner in the "Justice League" which is other Superheroes.

Episodes Are: 

1. The Chemo- Creature

2. Take A Giant Step

3. To Catch A Blue Bolt

Flash was also in 3 "Justice League Of America" episodes.

Filmation Asso.(Duconvy Productions)

Now here we go.....

BJ/ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š
 
                                                               






Sunday, September 4, 2022

*Remember Inspector Clouseau From The Pink Panther Movies 1963... But What About The Cartoons With Some Interesting History Facts 1965-69

 


*Inspector Closeau in the movies was a French police inspector who was a bumbling idiot. Common sense was not his best attributes, but that is what made him hilarious. The cartoon series of shorts came out in 1965 and ran till 1969. I only remember catching some of these cartoons when switching channels by hand because tv remotes did not exist at that time ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ, so this had to be a favorite cartoon of yours to get from your cereal bowl and switch channels... Lol. The actual cartoon was named " The Inspector" Interesting Fact: The cartoon character was actually based off Inspector Closeau of the "Pink Panther" movies even though the

cartoon never called him Closeau. In the 1968 movie" Inspector  Clouseau", credits were given to the cartoon implying that they were connected. The cartoon was produced by  DePatie–Frelenge Enterprises and released by United Artist. Historical note: The cartoon image took a dramatic change in appearance to look more like Peter Sellers the original pink panther 1965-69.
 There were 34 animated cartoon episodes made, also if you're wondering Henry Mancini music was also a part of some episodes. But as I always say" if you need more in-depth history, please use my Wiki search bar above on my blog". Now here is a look at one of the original cartoons....
                           BJ/๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š

Monday, August 29, 2022

Wile E. Coyote Finally Catches And Eats The Roadrunner....No Way !! BEEP BEEP


I have been a personal fan of the Coyote and Roadrunner cartoon's for years, but I never knew that the coyote ever caught him !! This blog post is a little sentimental to me because I never wanted the roadrunner to be caught, less known to be eaten by Wile E. Coyote. My wife on the other hand felt the opposite way, seeing the coyote every Saturday morning trying different ways to catch him. She even remembered the Acme Co. that Wile E. Coyote got his trap gadgets from. Now mind you that my wife and I are 9 yrs. apart in age but have different viewpoints about the cartoon. One thing we said in unison when talking about this post was "Beep Beep", Lol, we loved the Roadrunner's trademark for sure. I guess one of the other sentimental things for me, which is a little off base: Was a 1969 Roadrunner car my best friends brother owned that was fast as all get out, and the horn went Beep! Beep! like the cartoon....
Super Kool back then !, "let's get back to the cartoon Bruce" The Wile E. Coyote in every episode tried to catch the Roadrunner and have him for dinner, he would use complex machinery that never worked or take pills that would make him just as fast as the bird. Everything seemed to blow up in his face, I guess that is where my wife sentimental feelings come to play.

Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner appeared on the scene in 1952-2018, created by Chuck Jones/Looney Tones and Merrie Melodies....for more information on timeline and Indepth history, go to the wiki bar at the top of my blog. Remember this not a post about the Coyote and Roadrunner, but "Did He Catch And Eat Him ?". Below I have a lost hidden clip from Looney Toons that answers the question, but I couldn't find out much about it.... hummm๐Ÿ˜•. "I don't like this episode ! lol".... but my wife does !!

                                                  BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š

 



Thursday, August 25, 2022

Famous Cartoons Catch Phrases...Can you Remember Some Of Them ? Like: "Yabba Dabba Doo !"

 The one liners were catchy and made you remember the cartoon characters for Saturday morning TV. Now that I think about it..."that was crafty counsel on the producer's part". Psychological warfare at it's best๐Ÿ˜ฌ. Here is just a few....Lets Go !

Snagglepuss was a favorite but did not last long early 1961 ended late 1961. His famous catch phrase was ... "Exit Stage Left or Right" or Heavens to Murgatroyd



Who could forget the iconic Fred Flintstone who also aired on ABC primetime evening television 1960-1966. His iconic catch phrase was " Yabba Dabba Doo !



If you didn't grow up on Popeye 1930-1980... sorry you missed out ๐Ÿ˜ž!
I can't say enough about him....Except : his famous catch phrase.. "I'm Popeye the sailorman..Too Too"



Yogi Bear1958-1988... stole and ate enough lunch and dinner picnic baskets to last him a life ! That's why he use to say.." I'm smatter than the average Bear".



 
Fat Albert 1972-1985... on Saturday morning was cool to wake up to, and I was 19 yrs. old at the time in college. Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids...com' on now ! "Hey Hey Hey" was his claim to fame catch phrase.



Sylvester the cat who was always trying to eat Tweety Bird 1946-1966, but Tweety Bird outsmarted him every time. However, Sylvester the cat died over 70 times in cartoons. I thought cats only had 9 lives ๐Ÿ˜you talk about "Suffering Succotash"...this was Sylvesters famous catch phrase.


Porky Pig .... My favorite stuttering pig !! of all time but was there any other pig cartoons that did that? ๐Ÿ˜. Porky Pig at the end of the show said..."Th-th-th-th-Thats All Folks"



This is just a few favorite cartoon phrases, but I hope I took you back in the pass for a bit.
                                                  BJ / ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š  









Fat Albert T- Shirt

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Is "Swee' Pea" Popeye And Olive Oyl's illegitimate Child ? And Where They Married ?


 Olive Oyl is Popeye's girlfriend, she has a very slender build, long black hair and is taller than Popeye. Her outfit usually consists of a tight dress, which covers her whole body. In the cartoons, she is the girlfriend of Popeye, but she is fickle, and can be extremely jealous. She is kidnapped by Bluto, who is Popeye's archrival for her affections, and when Olive gets angry at Popeye for whatever he has done wrong, it's usually Bluto's doing. In the cartoons, she takes care of a baby named Swee'Pea or she sometimes asks Popeye to take care of him. But is Popeye really the father ! or Bluto ! ๐Ÿ˜... just kidding Lol. It is sort of not clear whether Popeye is the father, but in the comics, Swee'Pea is a child under Popeye's care when he received him in the mail ("really in the mail") Later sources, mostly in the cartoon series say that Swee'Pea is Olive Oyl's cousin or nephew that she babysits on occasions. 

Now about the marriage/ Where They?

The Short Answer : NO! and YES !.... Popeye and Olive Oyl where never married in the vintage comics or cartoons. But 70 years later !... when the Rhode Island-based "Ocean Comics Inc" put out a special comic book edition, 'The Wedding of Popeye and Olive,' hit the newsstands February 1998.

Well, there you have it.. no illegitimate child by Popeye and Olive Oyl.... Glad to get that interesting fact out of the way ! "Cause I was wondering myself before I did some research". I hope this post was informative.."Well blow me down" ๐Ÿ˜œ

                            BJ/ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š


Monday, August 22, 2022

Do You Remember Gilligan's Island ? I Bet You Do ! But Did You Know They Had A Cartoon Series ? 1974-1977


"The New Adventures Of Gilligan's Island" was the name of the animated cartoon series that ran from 1974 to 1977.

The animated series was a remake of the original series, and the plots of the episodes were very similar to those of the original series. The main difference was the inclusion of Stubby, an anthropomorphic monkey who is befriended by Gilligan.


The show was geared towards young children and the educational consultant was Nathan Cohen of UCLA. They produced 24 episodes of educational segments to teach children on moral topics...with Gilligan and the Skipper discussing the moral topic of the cartoon at the end. The cartoon show characters were voiced by the original actors except for Tina Louise and Dawn Wells.

The Gilligan's Island cartoon was first produced by Filmation Associates. The company


had approached Sherwood Schwartz (Screen writer/Producer) in 1971 but he was not interested at the time,so they tried again in 1972 and 1973. Finally, Filmation Associates got their break and Schwartz agreed to license the show on the condition that he had a say in the script, storyboards and other creative aspects of the show. Now watch a "New Adventure Of Gilligan's Island" cartoon....

 
                                             BJ /๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š



Thursday, June 23, 2022

No Fly Swatter Could Kill Fearless Fly !


Back in the 60's, 1965 to be exact. I used to watch a so called knock off of, "Atom Ant"/ Mighty Mouse, well maybe not the Mouse because he wasn't an insect. As annoying as a real house fly can be, I thought "Fearless Fly" was kind of cute cartoon ("can I say that") I'm a dude, Lol. It held my attention, and I was 12, in 1965. The superhero fly was Hiram, a fly that lived in a matchbox. It was the most popular addition to the Milton the Monster Show 1965. When danger came about, he went into a matchbox, kind of like Superman and a telephone booth, changed into a red sweater and put on a pair of super powered glasses and became a superhero named Fearless Fly. According to the opening scene, he was more powerful than a speeding rocket and faster than a beam of light. No fly swatter could harm him, no fly paper could hold him, and no bug spray could kill him. His chief nemesis was Dr. Goo Fee, and his sidekick Gung Ho. Fearless Fly was powerless without his glasses, he would always express his fate by telling the audience, "My glasses! Without them, I'm helpless!"  but always found them in the nick of time. Hiram would always stop at the Sugar Bowl Cafe to talk with his girlfriend Flory and a bully named Horsey the Horsefly. 

Fearless Fly animated cartoons lasted from 1965 to 1968 on animated tv series "Milton The Monster Show". Produce and directed by Hal Seeger.

Fearless Fly had about 26 episodes. For more on those episodes use my wiki search at the top of my blog...Now for a look at Fearless Fly cartoon. BJ/ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š

 



Sunday, June 5, 2022

As A Kid Did You Have A Learning Problem ? ....Maybe You Listen To "School House Rocks" Cartoons To Help You Out - 1973


I loved "School House Rocks", it combined catchy cool beats ๐Ÿ˜Ž (Music) to teach basic school subjects. It held your attention with animation cartoon figures. My favorite was "Conjunction Junction". The original series, Schoolhouse Rock! lasted from 1973 to 1984 and aired on the US television network ABC. The show's first episode aired on September 13, 1973. The show's concept was an animated series that would teach young viewers math and other basic skills using a rock song as its basis. The music was 

composed by Robert B. Dorough and illustrated by Tom Yohe. The series was produced by Chuck Jones. The show aired for 27 years on ABC and was revived from 1993 to 1996 for syndication.The idea all started with David Mccall an advertising 

executive whose son was having problems learning certain subjects in school but could remember lyrics to songs on a particular album he played at home. So, dad hired Robert Dorough to write a song about multiplications and it work! ......for more great detail information on "School House Rocks" go to my Wiki Search bar at the top of my blog. 

BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

You Know About Disney's "Snow White and The 7 Dwarfs" Cartoon but Did You Know The History and Controversy About A Black Snow White Cartoon 1943 ?.."I Bet You Don't"


Bob Clampett's cartoon was a parody of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In addition to that, he had his own take on a modern version of the classic story. He took the classic story of Snow White and presented a modern black version of it.  It was the first of its kind. He was inspired by a black musical revue that he attended, and he took his inspiration from that.

Carmen Jones was a black version of the famous Carmen opera and that might also might have inspired him. 


This Bob Clampett cartoon is called "Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs" because of the all black cartoon characters. 


It is not surprising to find that some of the characters in the cartoon were quite stereotyped and demeaning. Characters like the ones in the cartoon were never meant to be taken literally, but used as a cartoon “shorthand” to express a particular idea or concept. The cartoon even included black men in uniform serving their country, something that was never seen in live action films or on the stage at the time. It was a cartoon for adults and not meant to be taken literally.
Black audiences loved the cartoon when it was first shown. If Disney saw it, there is no known comment from him. That doesn't surprise me, Disney was known for some bigotry at times according to some folks that work for him.

The cartoon was censored because it has a racial stereotype in it. In the 1960's, cartoons were censored because of the stereotypes. The cartoon was one of eleven cartoons prohibited from being seen on television or in theaters because of its potentially offensive material. The cartoon has been assumed to be more racist than it actually was.

Some Interesting Facts:

1. Duke Ellington suggested to Bob Clampett to make a cartoon focusing on black music.
2. Vivian Dandridge, sister of famous Dorothy Dandridge was the voice of "So White".
3. Louis Armstrong wanted to do the voice of Prince Charming but had busy schedule.
4. Why ? "So White"...because you just can't copy Disney per batum.
5. 1943 NAACP called Warner Bros and wanted it removed.
6. United Artist in 1968 banned the cartoon short from all circulation.

Got A Little Clip Of Cartoon Below... BJ ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š