Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Saturtainment: Mad Jack The Pirate (1998)

Get ready to meet the world's worst pirate.

Mad Jack The Pirate lasted just 1 season on Fox, but was enough of a success overseas that it's been released on DVD everywhere but in the US, insofar as I know. Go figure, right? Anyway, series creator Bill Kopp (ex-Eek! The Cat, Toonsylvania) voices the title character, who, despite his myopic self-esteem, is really a coward at heart. Captain Hook would disavow any knowledge of inspiring this clown and his sidekick, Snuk (Billy West). Saban was Fox's primary provider of children's programming at the time, and, as previously documented, fumbled the ball the very next year with a pair of Marvel properties (Spider-Man Unlimited & Avengers: United We Stand), which was the beginning of the end of their association with the network.

Never saw the show, so there won't be a rating, but for your edification and entertainment (your actual mileage may vary), following is the series finale, "The Curse of the Mummy's Toe":

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Literary Toons: The first episode of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967)

Here's the series premiere of Filmation's adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth, which aired on ABC from 1967-70. All the voices are performed by just three actors: Jane Webb, Ted Knight, & Pat Harrington, Jr., whose voice for Alec McEwen sounds like Ray "Atom" Palmer (Superman-Aquaman Hour of Adventure) that same 1st season.

Here's "Arena of Doom":

Fox owns the rights to the series, so it's on them to release it on DVD.

Rating: A.

Looney TV: Daffy Duck meets Drew Carey (1998)

Talk about stunt casting!

For the season 3 finale of The Drew Carey Show, Carey and co-executive producer Bruce Helford decided they wanted to test out the lunatic---or, maybe that should be, loonatic?---fringe, so Daffy Duck (voice of Joe Alaskey) comes looking for a job. Oh, sure, it's awkward, especially when Daffy tries plying his charms on Mimi (Kathy Kinney).........

Of course, Daffy didn't get the job. What did you expect?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Toonfomercial: Fred Flintstone for Welch's Grapeade (1967)

TV Toy Memories serves up this long missing ad for Welch's Grapeade. Fred Flintstone (Alan Reed) & Barney Rubble (Mel Blanc) are finishing a round of golf, when Fred decides to get some refreshment. Not sure if it's Blanc or Don Messick as the salesman. The video begins with a clip from Space Ghost, from what I can tell.

Unfortunately, Welch's doesn't make this anymore.

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Summer Breeze (1972)

From High Desert Soul and The Midnight Special comes an acoustic performance of Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze". This also appears on my other blog, The Land of Whatever:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Eek! The Cat (1992)

Eek! The Cat was one of Fox's early Saturday morning stars. The series lasted 5 seasons, undergoing a couple of title and format changes along the way.

Co-creator Bill Kopp voiced Eek and was actively involved with the series for the first three seasons, leaving after season 3 to work for Disney, which eventually acquired the rights to this series. The whole idea was that Eek was a humble, selfless sort who tries to help others in need, but often suffers physical punishment as a result.

Season 2 brought The Terrible Thunderlizards, a trio of dinosaur mercenaries, as a backup feature. Season 4 saw the debut of Klutter, which was animated by Film Roman, while the rest was done at Canada's Nelvana studio. However, Klutter was gone after 1 season. The Thunderlizards were supposed to have been there from the get-go, it seems, but there were production delays that stalled their debut. We'll look at them another time.

I never watched the show, so there's no rating. Cartoon brings a sample episode.

Eek also welcomed celebrity guests, including crossovers with other Fox series, specifically The X-Files, as David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson appeared as agents Mulder & Scully. Have to see if that episode is available.

Friday, August 15, 2014

You Know The Voice: Casey Kasem on The Dating Game (1967)

From LiteFavorites and the primetime version of The Dating Game comes an interesting offering.

The one big difference between the primetime series and its daytime counterpart was that producer Chuck Barris would routinely use celebrity guests either as bachelors/bachelorettes or contestants on the night edition, although I think it was daytime only on ABC by the time the likes of Michael Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on the show in the 70's. Anyway, in 1967, it was an eclectic mix that included comedians Groucho Marx, Don Rickles, and, in the following video, Bill Dana, whose Jose Jiminez persona fueled his self-titled sitcom, and, as host Jim Lange helpfully notes, Dana was working on Milton Berle's variety show at the time as a producer. The lineup also included Batgirl herself, Yvonne Craig. This same video has Dana competing with an up and coming icon in the music business, none other than Casey Kasem, who was at the time hosting Dick Clark's regionally produced Shebang. For Casey, this was, as far as I know, his national television debut. You can tell Dana was there strictly for laughs, making it almost obvious who would end up with the date.

Yes, as Lange notes in introducing Casey, the future king of the countdowns was doing movies at the time, and 4 years later, he'd get his most significant role in "The Incredible Two Headed Transplant", with ex-Munsters co-star Pat Priest. Suffice it to say, he fared much better in that case.