Thursday, January 18, 2018

Toon Rock: Mambo #5, Bob The Builder style (2001-2)

In 1999, Lou Bega scored a 1-hit wonder with a remake of Perez Prado's "Mambo #5". Bega's still trading off that song today.

A couple of years later, the producers of the British children's show, Bob The Builder, which has been seen here in the US on PBS & Nickelodeon, decided to retool the lyrics (pun intended), substituting the names of the women in the lyrics for various tools.

So let's scope out a construction worker's boppin' anthem.....



Yes, I found this hysterical. We'll have a full review on Bob The Builder and some other modern British toons another day. Anyway, this "Mambo" hit #1 in England, and also found the top 10 in Ireland & Australia.

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Lone Ranger in Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist (1967)

The "Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist" in question in this Lone Ranger solo adventure is Tiny Tom (Dick Beals, Frankenstein, Jr.), trying again to eliminate the Masked Man (Michael Rye).



I think that might've been the last appearance of Tiny Tom, so we don't know if he ever kept his promise to go straight.

Rating: B.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tooniversary: A complete episode of The Archie Show (1968)

On September 14, 1968, after a live-action pilot had failed to sell a few years earlier, Archie and his friends finally made their television debut on CBS, beginning an 8 year run (the final season, reruns of US Of Archie) were moved to Sundays, and blacked out in my home market).

This episode of The Archie Show appears to be a rerun compilation. First up, Archie, Reggie, & Jughead go surfing for first prize while Betty & Veronica find that the local lifeguard ain't exactly living up to his job description.

Then, Dilton Doiley converts his mother's washing machine into a computer, with the predictable results.



Ignore the poster's label. Online sources report that "The Computer" premiered in November, and "Surf Board" may have been part of a September episode.

Rating: B.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Toon Sports: The Great Cold Rush Race (Wacky Races, 1968)

Like, the Wacky Races heads to the Great White North, eh? As the Northeast is caught in a cold spell, it figures we can revisit this particular trek to Canada in "The Great Cold Rush Race".



The original Wacky Races turns 50 in September, but you know Cartoon Network/Boomerang won't acknowledge it.

Rating: A-.

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Little Bit O'Soul (1968)

The Music Explosion were a 1-hit wonder in the winter of 1967-8 with "Little Bit O'Soul", which landed them on American Bandstand in February 1968. This video has the show intro, with voiceover by Charlie O'Donnell, a short intro by Dick Clark, and then, "Little Bit O'Soul" and the requisite interview.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Toon Rock: Harlem Shuffle (1986)

The Rolling Stones' cover of Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle" peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 in 1986. Part of the reason for that was the video, which garnered heavy, and I do mean heavy, airplay on MTV. Directed by Ralph Bakshi and John Kricfalusi, the animation used here was also the same brand of artistic abstraction used the following year on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, then perfected by Kricfalusi with Ren & Stimpy 4 years after that.



Unbelievably, Bakshi directed the live-action portion, which I think was a first, as Kricfalusi handled the animation direction.

Saturday Morning Ringside: Three Stooges in Fling in the Ring (1955)

The Three Stooges get back into the fight game in 1955's "Fling in the Ring", a remake of Shemp's 1st vehicle with the team, "Fright Night", eight years earlier.

The boys are trainers for Chopper Kane (Dick Wessel), but they also work for a mobster named Big Mike, who wants Kane to throw the fight. Chaos, of course, follows.



It's been said that "Fright Night" was Shemp's favorite. This might've been his 2nd favorite because of it.

Stunt double Joe Palma, used in this film for the actor playing Big Mike in certain scenes, would later double for Shemp when they remade some more of the earlier shorts after Shemp's passing.

Rating: B.