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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

I recently covered THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY MOUSE AND HECKLE & JECKLE, the Filmation produced series of made-for-TV cartoons featuring the old Terrytoons characters. But the heroic rodent and troublemaking magpies weren't alone in the original, hour-long incarnation of the show. They got a backup segment featuring QUACULA, a vampire duck, created just for the show...

As screwy as that concept sounds, Filmation wasn't the first to do it. Scott Shaw had created DUCKULA in comic books a couple years earlier, and filed a lawsuit. The matter was settled quietly, and Quacula disappeared when the show was shortened to a half-hour. Not sure if Shaw signed-off on the COUNT DUCKULA character created in the late 1980s, or if his version of Duckula was considered out-of-trademark by then.

Of particular interest is the fact that the writer of two Quacula cartoons, including this one, was Paul Dini. One of the geniuses behind the new golden age of Warner Bros animation that included the DCAU, with BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE and so much more.

Here, from Autumn of 1979, is one of his early works (that he might prefer forgotten)...

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

Now that the Venture brothers have graduated from their learning beds, it's time for Dean to go off to NYC for a Summer internship while Hank gets a job... Of sorts. Teaming up with the Alchemist from The Order of the Triad, Hank takes on the role of hardboiled detective seeking to prove that his friend Dermott is the bastard son of Brock Sampson. Along the way, he has an awesome, life-altering experience, but also learns a terrible secret.

Hank again demonstrates remarkable capabilities and outwits the veteran agents of S.P.H.I.N.X. He also makes ol' Brock quite proud.

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*Be aware of the long blackout pause at around the 9:30 mark. The video does resume momentarily!*

Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Going to the finish line with Terrytoons' star players this week. MIGHTY MOUSE and HECKLE & JECKLE started in theatricals in the 1940s. These shorts were showcased on CBS starting in the 1950s, as the first Saturday Morning Cartoons on an American network schedule. They eventually got new, made-for-TV cartoons, produced by Filmation, at the end of the 1970s. MM got his own highly-acclaimed and controversially canceled show in the '80s.

Scroll through this channel for samples of all of the above!

Since the world was about to end anyway, the folks at Nickelodeon decided to pull the Terrytoons out of mothballs at the close of the last century. Apparently, by the time the legal rights to the properties were cleared, the guys with the idea had moved-on, and a crew with less interest in and familiarity with the characters was left to make this pilot episode.

Here the mischievous magpies are hosts of a (literally) street-hip talk show, segments of which serve to frame brand new cartoon shorts featuring Deputy Dawg (TV 1960), Sidney the Elephant (created by Gene Deitch before he went on to create nightmare fuel Tom & Jerry shorts for MGM), and of course Mighty Mouse, guest starring Tom Terrific (a segment from the classic Captain Kangaroo Show)... The MIGHTY HEROES (back-up segment from the final season of Mighty Mouse's original TV series, whom I covered with an upload some weeks ago) serve as the house band.

While a great many of the Terrytoon classics were represented, several seemed to not quite be themselves. Whatever the reason, this 1999 pilot episode was the only one made. And the Terrytoon characters have been dormant since then.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

What do the Office of Secret Intelligence, The Revenge Society, SPHINX, the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and even the Peril Partnership have in common? Zeus has been kidnapping their sidekicks, henchmen, butlers, and associates. And no, "Zeus" isn't an acronym or anything. We're talking the ancient Olympian deity here!

The OSI's General Treister (think of Cotton Hill from KING OF THE HILL if Japs hadn't blown his shins off) organizes a think tank with members from all the groups to try and figure the kidnapping mess out.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Hatred and the Venture Brothers have to take measures to prevent Doc from being heartbroken due to being snubbed by the kidnappers.

We learn a bit about the history of Captain Sunshine and Wonder Boy. This episode is a sort of sequel to Season 3's THE LEPIDOPTERISTS.

"She had mournful tits!" -Brock Sampson.

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

After starting out as a married couple in 1946's THE TALKING MAGPIES (see my upload from two weeks ago), then being re-imagined later that year as a pair of male troublemakers in THE UNINVITED PESTS (last Saturday's upload), HECKLE & JECKLE went on to star in another fifty theatrical shorts produced by Terrytoons. When Paul Terry sold his outfit to CBS in the mid-1950s, these were packaged as one of the very first Saturday Morning Cartoon shows on American network television.

By the mid 1970s, Terrytoons was defunct. So Filmation Studios licensed MIGHTY MOUSE and the mischievous magpies for an all-new show in 1979. Despite the duo having been a fixture on television for nearly two dozen years by that time, these were their first cartoons actually produced for the medium.

I've already posted the heroic rodent's first cartoon from THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY MOUSE AND HECKLE & JECKLE. The hour-long show also featured a new back-up segment with a vampire duck. And, being late '70s Filmation, some obligatory 'educational' content. (Blech!)

So here, from October 1979, is a H&J segment from the show. These Filmation shorts are a bit hard to dig-up, but nobody misses 'em too much.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

This week, the Venture Brothers graduate... Well... Dean does... Well... Insomuch as a certificate from an outdated subliminal learning bed counts as a High School diploma... So Doc takes Dean to his Alma Mater, State College for a look-see. Meanwhile, Hank, who for some reason wasn't given a diploma, goes to try and join S.P.H.I.N.X... Hunter and Shore Leave think they can discourage the boy.

Concurrently, Phantom Limb pulls himself together (at least partially), escapes Guild of Calamitous Intent custody, and hooks-up with Professor Impossible and Baron Ünterbheit to form a new Revenge Society.

"My foot wants to join your ass! And I'm about to throw them a shotgun wedding!"
-Col. Hunter Gathers.

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Continuing with HECKLE & JECKLE, Terrytoons' second most popular characters after MIGHTY MOUSE, whose theatrical shorts were showcased in one of the first network Saturday Morning Cartoon shows starting in the mid 1950s.

In their prototype cartoon (featured here last week), THE TALKING MAGPIES were introduced as a bickering married couple. This is their proper introduction from later the same year (1946), with the duo now both male, and no contention between them. Their names are not established in this picture, other than "Joe", which is likely just slang. Their visual design is fully recognizable already. But their voices are not established. Both characters use the wiseguy accent that would later be Heckle's through most of the short, then they both playfully effect a sort of British accent, which would be Jeckle's in future cartoons, at the end.

Paul Terry's oldest character, Farmer Alfalfa returns to try to cope with the revamped magpies. His Dimwit dog sidekick in this and the previous outing would go on to be the magpies' primary foil in their future adventures.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

This week we find Doc Venture in a paralytic coma due to a weird embolism. (So THAT is where the 'sevens' went!) Conjectural Technologies is called in and does the most obvious thing... Shrinks a submarine with Brock, Shore Leave, and the boys aboard down to microscopic size, then injects it into Doc's bloodstream to find and clear the blockage.

Meanwhile, the Mighty Monarch is a bit too enthralled by his newest, hyper-expensive toy. Bad timing on his part, as the Fluttering Horde is on the verge of going on strike due to lack of armor and equipment.

"I might be having a heart-attack! I'm overweight! Over fifty! And I am speedballing trank darts and pure adrenaline!"
-Sgt. Hatred... While waving around a loaded handgun.
(And I identify with that moment WAY too much!)

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Since I've been featuring various incarnations of Terrytoons' best-known character MIGHTY MOUSE, I'll go ahead and have a look at Paul Terry's second most famous property, HECKLE & JECKLE.

Like MM, this pair started off in theatrical shorts. When Paul Terry sold his studio (and archives) to CBS in the mid-1950s, their pictures were showcased in one of the earliest network TV Saturday Morning Cartoon shows.

The pesky birds were in the prototype phase in 1946, when they were introduced as antagonists to Terry's earliest character, Farmer Alfalfa. The most notable difference between these two and the later Talking Magpies is that one of them is female! And y'all thought going transgender was a new thing...

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

This week Team Venture finds itself facing a truly diabolical menace... A supervillain who is also a lawyer! Oh, and a literal giant.

We get some insight into Henchman #21, his career growth, and his relationship with the ghost (?) of the late #24. Also the operation of the Brock Ness Monster's new SPHINX crew.

Col. Hunter Gathers admits his perimeter alarm is way too creepy.

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

The Mighty Mouse theatrical shorts from Terrytoons were later featured on THE MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE, one of network television's first Saturday Morning Cartoon shows. I covered the first of those shorts "THE MOUSE OF TOMORROW" from 1942 at...

https://www.bitchute.com/video/2CEHYacOWzqU/

In it's final season, Mighty Mouse's old cartoons got a new backup segment called THE MIGHTY HEROES...

https://www.bitchute.com/video/ftiS1ZbtKmqQ/

More than two decades later, the neophyte who had created Mighty Mouse's backup team had become a big star in animation, and returned to his roots to do the groundbreaking MIGHTY MOUSE: THE NEW ADVENTURES...

https://www.bitchute.com/video/3raNJ1m6zWVb/

But I kinda' skipped-over one iteration of the heroic rodent's career. Can't really blame me though. This was Filmation's take on the character... Along with his old Terrytoons alumni, the mischievous twin magpies, a serialized space-opera (also featuring our diminutive hero), and new vampire duck character, Mighty Mouse was featured in an hour-long show on CBS. At least for the first season. After that, it was cut apart into half-hours for reruns.

The less than stellar production quality wasn't anything new. Terrytoons was the bargain-brand of animation even back in 1942 when "Supermouse" made his first appearance. But, being late 1970s Filmation, this show had to be a bit goody two-shoes and even (cringe) educational.

So here, from September 1979, is the first 'toon from the first episode of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY MOUSE AND HECKLE & JECKLE.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

We find Team Venture kinda' chillin' close to home this time while Dr. Orpheus and the Order of the Triad take center stage. Triana decides to go live with her mother. Dean discovers that he may be interested in other girls.

Also, Dermott stuns Hank by giving Dean advice that doesn't suck!

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Mighty Mouse was the biggest star from Terrytoons studio. But that wasn't saying much, since Terrytoons was essentially the bargain basement of theatrical cartoon production. When Paul Terry sold his studio to CBS in 1955, the old cartoons became one of the first national fixtures in the world of Saturday Morning Cartoons when they were broadcast by the network as the MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE. It was the television exposure that made Mighty Mouse a household name.

The final season of the Playhouse added THE MIGHTY HEROES (see last Saturday's upload) by then-rookie Ralph Bakshi, who went on to a helluva career in feature movie animation. In 1987, Bakshi returned to his roots with this new take on Mighty Mouse.

Unlike the super-rodent's theatrical cartoons, which had been done on the cheap (as was SOP with Terrytoons) or his 1979 TV show, done even cheaper by Filmation, this series was cutting-edge. Paving the way for the '90s renaissance in animation, and providing a launchpad for many the creative geniuses behind it. Taking a cue from the golden age of Warner Bros shorts, this program features references for more mature viewers that are intended to go right over the heads of the kiddies watching.

Sadly, the run was cut short when uptight "Moral Watchdogs" decided a harmless gag with MM inhaling a crushed flower was a cocaine reference. (Yes, children. There was a time when the Conservatives were the irrational dumbasses in America... Before modern Liberals broke all their records in the Crazy Olympics.)

The second segment in this entry features yet another origin story for Mighty Mouse... I recall at least four different origins from his theatrical shorts era. His introductory cartoon from 1942 (posted by me last year) had its main joke spoiled when Paul Terry retroactive changed the characters name from its original "Super Mouse".

So here, from Sept. 1987, is the first episode of MIGHTY MOUSE: THE NEW ADVENTURES.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

A main theme of the series has been that a life of globetrotting, perilous adventure might not be the most healthy way to bring up a child. This week we see not only Doc (formerly Rusty) Venture, but a number of other former 'Boy Adventurers' seeking help in a group therapy session. Included in the mix are...

Action Johnny. Very thinly veiled Jonny Quest, now a haggard drug addict. Still in better shape than his previous appearances on the show.

The Hale brothers. Amalgam of the mystery-solving HARDY BOYS and the real-world parent-murdering Menendez brothers.

Ro-Boy. Ersatz ASTRO BOY, from 1960s manga and anime.

Wonder Boy. Former sidekick of Captain Sunshine, and a rib on BATMAN's sidekick, Robin: The Boy Wonder. Like Robin in the comic books, there have apparently been several lads behind the Wonder Boy mask. We'll see in a few episodes that the first Wonder Boy eventually got promoted to full superhero. The one featured in this episode is apparently the second. It was presumably the third who was brutally murdered by a drunken Mighty Monarch, as revealed in the first season finale. None other than Hank Venture was briefly the fourth, earlier this season. A fifth Wonder Boy will be seen next season.

The group therapist is the same one seen leading a group session with former henchmen in the Season 2 opener POWERLESS IN THE FACE OF DEATH.

In dialogue, we learn that some version of the SCOOBY-DOO characters exist in the Venture Bros world. (Not just the Groovy Gang, an amalgam of the Scooby characters and real-world hippie-era radicals seen in Season 2's ¡VIVA LOS MUERTOS!) Johnny claims that Velma not only isn't a lesbian, but gave him herpes.

In the Season 6 episode RED MEANS STOP, the extremely awesome supervillian Red Death will praise the Mighty Monarch for the "marionette thing" he did with Doc in this episode.

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Paul Terry started out in theatrical animation in 1915, in the same primordial, silent ecosystem that would later give rise to Walt Disney and other legends in the field. But, where the Fleischers would challenge Disney for dominance in technical innovation while Ising and Harman tried to one-up him in production quality at MGM, Terry was perfectly content for his studio to be the 'economy brand' cartoons.

As such, TerryToons was big on cost-cutting animation shortcuts that would become the basis for Saturday Morning Cartoons on television. But Terry wasn't an early enthusiast for the medium, and passed on his nephew Alex Anderson's idea to do 'toons specifically for TV in the late 1940s. Oddly enough, Terry would sell his studio to CBS in 1955, where his characters MIGHTY MOUSE and HECKLE & JECKLE would become far more popular in broadcast reruns than they ever had been in the theaters.

The MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE was an early entry on the Saturday Morning scene, starting soon after the CBS purchase. (They got ten years of mileage looping the same eighty theatrical shorts!) Then they changed it up a bit with new comedic superhero characters created by greenhorn animator Ralph Bakshi providing the opening and closing segments with an old Mighty Mouse short filling-out the show's middle for the eleventh and final season.

Bakshi has gone-on to create an impressive body of mostly non-kiddie animated works including FRITZ THE CAT, LORD OF THE RINGS, WIZARDS, and COONSKIN. He even returned to his roots with a new Mighty Mouse TV series in 1987 before that ended in controversy over nothing.

I featured Mighty Mouse's first cartoon at the start of this Saturday upload tradition. ( https://www.bitchute.com/video/2CEHYacOWzqU/ ) So today I'll focus on just the "new" guys...

Here's the first episode of THE MIGHTY HEROES from October, 1966!

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

After being dismembered and presumed killed in the Season 2 finale SHOWDOWN AT CREMATION CREEK, then seen only in flashbacks during Season 3, the now insane Phantom Limb has a plot to overthrow David Bowie to make himself Sovereign of the Guild of Calamitous Intent which somehow involves having a bionic dwarf turn geriatric Buddy Holly and Big Bopper into a two-headed man to steal the ORB (from Season 3). But Limb finds himself confronted by the true Lord and Master of All Things Evil, Dean Venture! (Wait... WHAT?!?!)

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again! Continuing the 2020 New Year... Still no Saturday Morning TV cartoons from a century ago, but here's one from half that.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch was an ARCHIE COMICS character who had also become popular as a supporting player in Archie's TV cartoons produced by Filmation Studios. In 1970, she was spun-off into her own show, backed-up by comedic versions of the classic Universal horror monsters. SABRINA AND THE GROOVIE GOOLIES was an hour-long, and served as the lead-in for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS. Josie was also licensed from Archie Comics, but her TV cartoon was produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios. So Sabrina, Josie, and Archie's Riverdale gang could hang-out together in comic books, but Josie and her crew had to settle for visiting SCOOBY-DOO and his crew on TV. Meanwhile, the CBS Saturday lineup also featured ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE FEATURING THE GIANT JUKEBOX and the second season of SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU?, as well as the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS (who would later make appearances on Scooby's show, like Josie) and reruns of the live-action MONKEES (who inspired the Archie cartoon formula).

The whole day on CBS never strayed more than two degrees of separation from Archie.

Sabrina and the Goolies were split into two half-hour shows the next year. I already posted the first Groovie Goolies cartoon back on the run-up to Hallowe'en. (As well the first Archie and Josie cartoons, scroll for 'em!) So here's "Short Changed", which was the first Sabrina cartoon from her 1970 show.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

Through the first few seasons of THE VENTURE BROS., Henchmen #21 and #24 developed from nondescript background players into regular supporting characters. Despite their generally half-ass approach to their jobs, their unwavering loyalty and genre-savvy ability to survive misadventures made them the Mighty Monarch's go-to minions.

That was, until the season three finale (THE FAMILY THAT SLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER. PART II. Previously posted) when #24 was blown to bits. This left #21 traumatized and lost. This episode explains how he rededicated himself to henchmanship, took a level in badass (albeit in the nerdiest way possible), went from rolly-polly to realistically fit, and became one of the Monarch's greatest assets.

Note: "Buttless chaps" is redundant. If chaps had a seat, they'd just be leather pants!

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again! Continuing the 2020 New Year... Still no Saturday Morning TV cartoons from a century ago, but here's one from half that.

The high competition on Saturday Morning TV in the 1970s led the networks to try all sorts of package block shows, expanding or breaking them up into multiple shows trying to get just the right formula. In '69 Hanna-Barbera had done an hour-long block show called CATANNOOGA CATS (previously seen on this BitChute channel) for ABC. This was sort of an all-animated version of the BANANA SPLITS block concept they'd done for NBC the year before that.

For the 1970 season, the host characters were scrapped and the show cut to a half-hour retaining what was essentially TOM & JERRY on wheels as the titular segment and IT'S THE WOLF as a backup. New shorts of both segments were produced for the 1970 season, so MOTORMOUSE AND AUTOCAT qualifies as a debut show.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

Years before Doc Venture's illegal human cloning facility and its legion of Venture Brothers clone slugs was destroyed in THE FAMILY THAT SLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER: PART 2, Doc decided one of his Dean slugs was defective, and flushed the poor little bugger. Not hard or deep enough, apparently, because he somehow survived. Now the Quasimodo-like "D-19" has an insane plan to replace the real (current? final?) Dean, which will cause all Hell to break loose in the venture Compound.

Note: Any inappropriate material that may or may not be found on Sgt. Hatred's hard drive is entirely computer-generated. He swears!

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again! Continuing the 2020 New Year... Still no Saturday Morning TV cartoons from a century ago, but here's one from half that.

Yes, the 1960s were famous for the hippies and their love of mind-altering substances. And the trend didn't exactly come to a screeching halt at the start of the new decade! This is a cartoon that definitely was made with herbal aid, and kinda' needs the same to be watched.

Rankin/Bass was best known for their animated Christmas specials, but also did over a dozen TV series between 1960 and the late 1980s. This one featured elements from the works of 19th Century English madman and poet Edward Lear with a smattering of Lewis Carroll and Ogden Nash. Seriously... This is what NBC put up against SABRINA AND THE GROOVY GOOLIES and LANCELOT LINK, SECRET CHIMP! No wonder nobody even remembers it!

But obscurities are my thing, she here is the first episode of THE TOMFOOLERY SHOW from 1970.

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The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

Remember all the way back in the first season finale (RETURN TO SPIDER-SKULL ISLAND) when the imprisoned Mighty Monarch was going over a checklist of things his henchmen were supposed to do, including returning the charred remains of Wonder Boy to his beloved Captain Sunshine? Obviously a throwaway line, especially since the future of the series was very iffy at the time... But here, years later, was the payoff, as we finally meet Captain Sunshine who seeks vengeance on the Monarch and takes none other than Hank Venture as his newest Wonder Boy.

Captain Sunshine, sort of an amalgam of Superman and Batman, with a somewhat disturbing fixation on taking young boys under his wing, is voiced by Kevin Conroy, who is well-known for voicing Batman in various DC Animated productions.

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again! Continuing the 2020 New Year... Still no Saturday Morning TV cartoons from a century ago, but here's one from fifty years ago that was based on a story first published in 1920...

The Dr. Dolittle character may be best-known today from Eddie Murphy's hit 1998 film. Unlike more recent movies and shows, the race-change in this and THE NUTTY PROFESSOR didn't seem like trying to ram a woke Marxist agenda down our throats. Probably because it was the '90s, before the banishment of the White Man from popular culture was so obvious. Perhaps also because neither character was all that iconic at the time Murphy revived them.

This cartoon version was made while Dolittle was still a white Englishman. Inspired primarily by the 1967 live-action, musical feature film, despite it being a box-office failure. DePatie-Feleng Enterprises didn't do much better with this 'toon, which was 17 episodes and out. Rerun the next year in the early-bird slot, to be curb-stomped by old Bugs Bunny shorts, then pretty much forgotten. A psychedelic rock band made up of grasshoppers just wasn't going to beat a band of cute girls showing bare legs, even in animated form. (JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS debuted in the same time-slot on the other channel. See last week's Saturday Morning upload.)

I understand the character is about to return to his roots as a Victorian-era honky in a feature film starring Robert Downey Jr. But reports of re-shoots and repeated push-backs for the release date may not bode well. We'll know soon enough.

Meanwhile, from 1970, here's the very first episode of DOCTOR DOLITTLE.

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One of the things I like about BitChute is that they (so-far) maintain a bit of a Wild West attitude toward video sharing, rather than letting corporate copyright claimants stifle everything to bleed out a few extra cents... But this doesn't mean I'm without some degree of respect for intellectual property. This is why I generally don't upload others' material until it's at least a decade old. And why I gave the Ventures a rest until we got ten years past the 4th Season.

The VENTURE BROS. has been around for seven seasons over seventeen years, an underappreciated gem of an animated series.

Originally a parody of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated adventure show JONNY QUEST, the the Venture Bros. has gone on to affectionately rag on pretty much every aspect of pop (especially nerd) culture, and has established a mind-boggling continuity and expansive universe.

In this intentionally confusing, non-linear season premier explains most of the WTFery of the Season 3 finale and establishes the situation and plot-points for years to come.

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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Happy New Year! Since Saturday Morning TV Cartoons weren't a thing in 1920, I'll split the difference and bring you a cartoon celebrating its half-century this year. (Wait... 1970 is FIFTY years ago now? Hold on for a minute, kids. Uncle Horseman needs a drink.)

Anyway... In 1968, Filmation (we're #2, so we try harder) Studios launched what would become a long-running, successful property for them with THE ARCHIE SHOW, licensed from Archie Comics. In 1969, Hanna-Barbera (we're #1, so suck-it Filmation) Studios launched their long-running property with SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU?

In 1970, Hanna-Barbera decided to get their chocolate into Filmation's peanut butter by combining the Meddling Kids Mystery-Solving with The Archies' pop-music element. First they added a musical chase interlude to Scooby's second season episodes. Then they licensed characters from the JOSIE comic book to do a show about a group of roving, mystery-solving kids like Scooby's gang who were also a pop-band like the Archies.

Weird thing is that Josie comics were published by the same company as Archie comics, so the characters lived in the same world and interacted in print. But, on Saturday Morning TV, the twain could never meet. Instead, the animated Josie shared a world with Scooby, with a crossover occurring in the NEW SCOOBY MOVIES.

Josie's first series had only one sixteen-episode production season, which was rerun the next year. (The usual for that time.) Then a second season was made IN SPACE. All-in-all, the show was all over the Saturday Morning schedule, ultimately on all three networks, for several years.

Trivia: The singing voice of hot blonde character Melody was provided by actual hot blonde Cheryl Ladd (then known as Cherie Moor) who would go-on to become one of CHARLIE'S ANGELS in the original TV series. As such, Ladd could be considered the inspiration for the Taffy Dare character on CAPTAIN CAVEMAN.

Josie and company would continue in comics. They were adapted to a box-office flop of a live-action movie in '01. As of late, characters using their names have been appearing in godawful gritty reboot shows on CW television.

So here from 1970 is the first episode of JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS.

See my Nov. 9 upload at https://www.bitchute.com/video/JQk4bZdNS4jG/ for Captain Caveman's debut.
See Aug. 3 at https://www.bitchute.com/video/YGZcthbB252U/ for The Archie Show's premier.

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