Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Personal Favorites: Johnny Bravo in Cookie Crisis (1997)

I've been waiting to do this one for a while.

My absolute favorite Johnny Bravo short has the dim one (Jeff Bennett) in a parody of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham, with Buttercup Scout Susie selling cookies. Johnny's vanity, as usual, gets in the way.

Johnny & Susie would get along a wee bit better in later seasons.

Rating: A+.

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Wonder Wheels and the Animals (1977)

This one's a rare bird. Wonder Wheels hits the zoo to try to calm down a rampaging gorilla, and ends up dealing with more than it bargained for in "Wonder Wheels & the Animals":

The reason I say it's a rare bird is that there are no real villains to speak of. However, there was no real explanation for why the gorilla was angered in the first place. Meh.

Rating: B-.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Toons: B. C.: The First Thanksgiving (1973)

After working with Chuck Jones at MGM on Tom & Jerry and at UPA on Mr. Magoo, Abe Levitow struck out on his own in 1973, adapting Johnny Hart's comic strip, B. C., with a Thanksgiving theme.

B. C.: The First Thanksgiving features Daws Butler, doing a mild Jack Benny mimic, as B. C.. Other than that, the usual day-by-day gags from the strip come to life. Singer-actress Joanie Sommers ("Johnny Get Angry") voices both the "Cute Chick" and "Fat Broad", who wouldn't be given those particular appellations if the strip had been created in more recent times.

B. C. would return in a Christmas special 8 years later, with the comedy team of Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding in the cast.

Rating: B.

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Two-Ton Tessie (1968)

The Banana Splits are shown in this re-edited and mostly remastered season 1 video for their cover of Gene Pitney's "Two-Ton Tessie" doing what they do best, which is to say, riding around in their Banana Buggies and just having fun.

The poster patched this together, pointing out that the video was re-edited when the original hour-long episodes were chopped into half-hours for syndication. He's not sure if he has everything back where it's supposed to be. Just sayin'.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Saturtainment: Saturday Morning Live (1982)

After Match Game ended its CBS and syndicated runs, Gene Rayburn returned home to New York, where he'd begun his career, and returned, if you will, to his Saturday morning roots.

We previously chronicled the lone Goodson-Todman Saturday morning entry that Rayburn hosted, Choose Up Sides, which began his association with NBC. In 1982, Gene was hired by WNEW (now WNYW) to host a magazine show, Saturday Morning Live, which lasted about a shade more than a year before being cancelled, which freed Rayburn to return to Hollywood for not only the ill-fated Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, but also an unsold pilot for Australian producer Reg Grundy, Party Line.

This was just something different. Rayburn interviewing guests, and not a single temptation to pull out his "Old Man Periwinkle" persona from Match Game, that I know of. I barely remember this show, much less any memory of seeing it, so, once again, there is no rating. What we can do, however, is offer a sample from a December 1982 show.

Toon Sports: Oban Star-Racers (2006)

Here's another short-lived series that aired on Jetix/Toon Disney. Amazingly, Oban Star-Racers, set some 70-odd years into the future, lasted just 1 season. Seems to be a trend, doesn't it?

A collaborative effort between Japanese & French studios, Star-Racers is built around a 15 year old girl who escapes from a private boarding school to locate her father. He doesn't remember her, so she takes a job as a mechanic with his racing team, then ends up modifying a craft when a key pilot on the team is downed by injury.

Never saw the show, so there's no rating. We'll leave you with the intro:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes (maybe): Get Ed (2005)

Get Ed was an American-Canadian CGI series that aired on ABC Family's Jetix block for 1 season (2005-6). Set in the future, Ed, the title character, was a genetically engineered teenage cyber-sleuth employed by a courier service.

This was one of the first series that put an emphasis on the growing trend of identity theft. Too bad the lessons haven't sunk in, as people are still being victimized.

Here's the open:

There's not a lot to recommend, and the series hasn't been seen since Toon Disney's initial conversion to the current DisneyXD.

Rating: C.