Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tooniversary: Mighty Mouse & The Magician (1948)

Now, here's a Mighty Mouse short I have no memory of seeing on cable back in the 70's.

In "Mighty Mouse & The Magician", our hero leaves his base on the moon to rescue the village mice once again after an aspiring magician's act goes awry thanks to some hungry cats.

Y'know, for a while, I thought the magician was actually Mighty Mouse in disguise. Then again, it wouldn't have made the finish so predictable, would it?

Rating: B.

Celebrity Toons: The Brady Kids in Who Was That Dog? (1972)

Since Filmation employed the same writers for most of their comedy programs, it stands to figure that plots would be recycled from one show to another.

Evidence of this would be in this episode of The Brady Kids. The siblings enter Marlon, Mop Top, and Ping & Pong, the twin pandas, in a pet show. Mop Top (a sub for Tiger, the sibs' pet on Brady Bunch) falls for a poodle, and she looks like she was related to a similar dog from The Archie Show.  You'll recall that Sabrina had entered her familiar, Salem, in a pet show a couple of years earlier, and Jughead had done the same with Hot Dog prior to that.

Closing the show is a cover of "Me & You & a Dog Named Boo", but for some reason, the producers shortened the title, thinking no one would recognize Lobo's biggest hit record.

Rating: B.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Saturtainment: The Tale of The Lunar Locusts (Are You Afraid of The Dark?, 2000)

It's way past time we checked back with the Midnight Society from Are You Afraid of The Dark?, and once again, the entry is from the series' final season.

Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski, now an analyst for NBC, made her acting debut in the episode, "The Tale of The Lunar Locusts", co-starring Aaron Ashmore (later of Smallville).

Not sure if Tara did any more acting before turning to broadcasting, but the potential was there.

Rating: B.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Where Are You Going, Little Ghoul? (1970-1)

You might've noticed that the music composed for The Groovie Goolies and Will The Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down? was credited to a couple of gentlemen named Ed Fournier & Richard Delvy. These two men were also the singing voices for not only the Goolies, but also the other pre-fab toon bands featured on the show, including the Mummies & the Puppies (Mamas & the Papas parody), who are showcased here, performing "Where Are You Going, Little Ghoul?". One of these men, or Richard "Daddy Dewdrop" Monda, is subbing for Larry Storch as Drac in this clip, as the skit has Drac hassling Missy of the Mummies & the Puppies.

Too bad none of this stuff is on CD.

Daytime Heroes: He-Man in The Taking of Grayskull (1983)

Take a trip with us to Eternia, and join He-Man on another adventure.

Castle Grayskull has been taking from its moorings and sent to another dimension by Skeletor, who hopes to finally uncover the Castle's secrets for his own gains. As if that'll ever happen. Plus, Orko worries that everyone's forgotten his birthday. Well, you know how that trope plays out. Here's "The Taking of Grayskull":

Rating: B.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Toon Sports: Laff-a-Lympics in Switzerland (1977)

As this year's Winter Olympics in South Korea nears the halfway point, it's time to take a look at an episode of Laff-a-Lympics. Not only is Don Messick the voice of Scooby-Doo, he doubles as the show's announcer. This installment takes Scooby and frends (as well as enemies) to Switzerland and Japan.

The open is from the 2 hour version, instead of the 1/2-hour syndicated version, in case anyone wonders.

Rating: B-.

Toon Legends: Spider-Man meets Miss Trubble (1967)

A book shop owner wants to write a column on Greek mythology for the Daily Bugle, but is repeatedly rebuffed by J. Jonah Jameson. However, Miss Trubble is using figures from Greek myth to steal some artifacts. Well, at least that's the plan, except for the intervention of Spider-Man.....!

Here's "Here Comes Trubble":

Should've seen that ending coming, since it's a variant on a standard plot used elsewhere.....

Rating: B.