REASON over GUILT on the America Racial Dynamic...
Ongoing series on the racial situation.


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

Last week we saw Filmation's 1980 LONE RANGER series, in which the Masked Rider of the Plains was voiced by William Conrad, who also played Marshal Dillon on radio's GUNSMOKE and the titular detective CANNON on television. But his best known work in cartoonery was as announcer and narrator for a certain pair of critters from Frostbite Falls.

Jay Ward was in TV animation right from the start, with CRUSADER RABBIT at the end of the 1940s, usually cited as the first made-for-television cartoon series. A decade later, Ward revisited the concept of a smart, but diminutive hero with a strong, but dimwitted partner in cliffhanger, serialized adventures. Only this time the rabbit and tiger were replaced with a flying squirrel and a bipedal moose.

The original Crusader Rabbit had set the bar of "limited animation" TV cartoons very low indeed, with line drawings and panning to create the sense of motion. Ward hoped to do better with his new series, farming the animation out to Gamma Productions in Mexico. The price was right, but the production quality, not so much. Fortunately, this show would rely on wit and charm more than polished visuals.

ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS was the original title. The program got renamed several times as it was revamped for various time slots and networks. It sometimes traded supporting segments back and forth with Total Television series like KING LEONARDO and UNDERDOG which were also animated at Gamma. BULLWINKLE got title billing from 1961 onward.

Early television cartoons were all about selling Sugar-Frosted Candy Chunk breakfast cereals. Note the Moon Men introduced in this first episode were essentially the prototype for the QUISP cereal mascot created by Ward a few years later.

Here is the premier (or as close as we can get to it) from 1959.


Usually my Friday uploads are just for entertainment... But this week's episode of WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME wound up coinciding with my current "RoG" Sunday series on the racial situation pretty well!

Titular father and small business owner Harry Boyle, who hasn't got a bigoted bone in his body, fires his old, Jewish truck driver for being dangerously incompetent at his job. This gets him attacked for "antisemitism" BY HIS OWN FAMILY! (Damned Boomer kids!) So he feels White-Guilt pressure to hire a minority replacement, and things go sideways from there...

Once again, nearly half a century of perspective has proven the 'paranoid rants' of 'crazy wingnut' neighbor Ralph to be strikingly prescient!

From October, 1972.


Okay... The next entry in ROG's series on race is a long one, and will take a little longer.

In the ROG: RACIAL CONUNDRUM entry, I pointed out that we cannot judge every member of a race by the large-group average of their race. Looks like we have an example here, with this young Black woman running for congress as a Republican in a horribly typical Black, perpetually Democrat district.

She points out that the Democratic Party thinks Blacks are stupid, and will keep voting 'blue' no matter how bad they fail... And she has the guts to ask "Are they right?"

I'm afraid they are. But I would LOVE to be proven wrong. Get less than 80%... Hell, make it 85% of blacks voting Demonrat this November, and I'll seriously reevaluate my 'racism'.


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

Last Saturday I covered Format Films' steampunk LONE RANGER series from the '60s. Saturday before that I did the SECRET LIVES OF WALDO KITTY, a '70s show from Filmation that parodied various pop-culture heroes, including the Ranger.

I suspect that, even then, Filmation had their own Lone Ranger series in the works. This one more closely resembled the classic, live-action series. As with many Filmation cartoons, it featured excellent character design and animation... Though they economized by recycling animation segments as much as possible.

The Ranger is voiced by William Conrad, most recognizable as the portly, but badass titular detective from the 1970s CANNON prime-time series. He was no stranger to western characters, as he was the voice actor for none other than Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running GUNSMOKE radio program. For some reason, he was credited under a pseudonym. It can't be because he was embarrassed to voice cartoons. He was already well-known as the narrator to the iconic ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE show from the '60s.

It is probable that this animated series happened because the owners of the character wanted to generate interest for the upcoming big-budget Hollywood feature film LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER. But the movie was a disaster... First, they had to disprove the old adage that "There is really no such thing as BAD publicity!", pissing-off all Lone Ranger fans by filing suit against Clayton Moore, the star of the beloved live-action TV series (covered previously on this channel) to stop the old man from doing public appearances as the Ranger. It also didn't help that they picked a lead for the movie based on him looking good for the poster, despite the fact that he couldn't act. At all! They had to overdub all his dialog with someone else's voice.

In fact, the film may have generated enough bad mojo to curse the character for good. This Filmation series was his last screen success. A new live-action series in '03 never got beyond pilot. Even Disney's mega-budget feature film in '13 crashed and burned in spectacular fashion.

Filmation's Lone Ranger was usually run in a block with adaptations of classic pulp-origin heroes TARZAN and ZORRO. This episode features an appearance by Dan Reid, the Ranger's nephew, who sometimes rode with the Ranger and Tonto on radio and TV. He was the father of Britt Reid, the original GREEN HORNET who started in a spin-off radio series. From October, 1980.


WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME, the only successful, animated sitcom in the 27 year gap between the FLINTSTONES and SIMPSONS, progresses to its fourth regular episode...

The family rents a beach house for a two week vacation. (Though how it's a "vacation" when Father, the only one with a regular job, has to commute to work through it, is anybody's guess!) The stay isn't too restful anyway, as trespassing nudists decide to use the beach at the house. The kids think Harry is a fascist for complaining. The cops are too lazy to do anything about it. But "crazy" neighbor Ralph and his militia group are ready to deal with this attack on public decency!

Note that only in fiction do good-looking young people want to 'protest' naked. In real life, it's always the people you'd LEAST want to see naked that wanna strip-off in public!

From October, 1972.



REASON over GUILT on the European Racial Dynamic...
Ongoing series on the racial situation.


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

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, with a fiery horse, the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty HI-YO SILVER!

The LONE RANGER started out as a radio show in the '30s, immediately spread to print media, then loosely-based movie serials, then became the first Western on American TV in the '40s. (That's probably the best known and loved incarnation of the character, and has previously been featured on this channel.)

The WILD WILD WEST was a popular TV Western with Sci-Fi and Spy Show elements blended-in back in the '60s. (Before being remade into a Will Smith movie bomb in '99.) When Format Films (small studio that also made some of the farmed-out era Looney Tunes, King Features Popeyes, and animated bits for HEE-HAW) did their Lone Ranger series for CBS, they were clearly influenced by Wild Wild West, incorporating what we now call steampunk into the Mask Man's adventures.

Despite Saturday Morning budgets, the series managed to be visually striking. 26 episodes were made, with three segments apiece. This segment is from the premier show, September 10, 1966.

Video quality is a bit sketchy, I know. Due to rights confusion, it hasn't been released on DVD or other proper digital form. The available episodes seem to be from tape, but VCRs weren't really a thing when the show ran. Maybe somebody had access to old studio tapes.

Funny the way the Ranger, who is usually averse to killing, tries to shoot the Dynamo's lungs out! Imagine if the electro suit hadn't been bulletproof!


WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME, the only successful, animated sitcom in the 27 year gap between the FLINTSTONES and SIMPSONS, progresses to its third regular episode...

When elder son Chet's idol, an itinerant hippie, moves in, Harry tries various ploys to encourage him to move-on... Meanwhile, Ralph calls-up the neighborhood militia to deal with the Dirty Commie!

Ralph was supposed to be a "crazy wingnut". But damned if he wasn't just a bit ahead of the curve!

From September 1972.



REASON over GUILT on the Jews...
Ongoing series on the racial situation.


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

Hanna-Barbera, the Big Kahuna of TV animation, was notorious for doing thinly-veiled knockoffs. Filmation, the closest thing they had to competition in the peak years of Saturday Morning Cartoons, was the opposite. They were best-known for their licensed adaptations of characters owned by others.

Since Filmation usually respected intellectual properties, it must have been a misunderstanding or oversight when they made THE SECRET LIVES OF WALDO KITTY without license from the estate of the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY.

Waldo was a mild-mannered house cat who daydreamed himself into various heroic roles from pop-culture. You'd think doing feline versions of TARZAN, BATMAN, LONE RANGER, and STAR TREK (all previously featured on this channel, by the way) would have gotten the studio into trouble. But they were all licensed to Filmation in the '70s. (Even the Caped Crusader, who managed to be licensed to them and HB at the same time!)

The widow of Walter Mitty's author filed a lawsuit. Seems the legal protections for parodies (along with the existence of Warner Bros. "Ralph Phillips" theatrical cartoons from the '50s inspired by Mitty) would've made her the loser, but there was a settlement and the show was re-titled the NEW ADVENTURES OF WALDO KITTY.

The program featured an unusual element in that Waldo and some of his supporting characters were depicted by live-action animals in the bookend segments, switching to cartoons in Waldo's imagination. Directing cats proved to be a challenge. And the mean bulldog was perhaps a bit too into his character, reportedly wanting to massacre the kitties for real.

Between the legal and live critter hassles, Filmation was probably glad this series ran only one production season of thirteen episodes. Here is the first one, from September 1975.


WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME, the only successful, animated sitcom in the 27 year gap between the FLINTSTONES and SIMPSONS, progresses to its second regular episode...

The titular father is surprised to win the lodge Man Of The Year Award, and saddened by his ingrate kids' disregard for his big night. He pretty much has to force them to go to the award dinner, but their 'modern' fashion choices are a mess. Especially the teenage daughter, who intends to go to the formal event in a see-through top sans bra.

Ever notice that it's always the girls we DON'T wanna see who try to go out in public nekkid?

From September 1972.



REASON over GUILT on Black People...
Ongoing series on the racial situation.


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

Spoiler Warnings for this half-century old franchise!!!

In 1968, 20th Century had a big hit film in PLANET OF THE APES. So they slapped-together a sequel to capitalize on the momentum. They went-ahead and killed all the stars in the final reel, then went one better and blew-up the whole damned world!

But the low-budget sequel actually did big box office. So they had to fall back on science fiction's favorite Deus Ex Machina: Time Travel, to enable a second sequel. This apparently fractured the timeline to create a multiverse of ape-world futures.

After five feature films, the Apes fad was fizzling, so they tried taking the franchise to prime-time TV, where the live-action series failed after a short season. Only screen left to exploit was Saturday Morning cartoons.

Surprisingly from DePatie-Freleng (PINK PANTHER) rather than the adaptation go-to studio Filmation, the animated Apes series was a mixed bag. Unusually dark, complex, and dramatic writing for 1970s cartoon fare, with striking illustration and character design that resembled comic book art in a good way. But very limited animation, and some lackluster voice work.

This version of Apeworld borrowed elements from the movies, TV series, and even the original novel. (Such as depicting the Ape Civilization as having 20th Century level development, rather than being more primitive, as in previous adaptations.)

Moderately successful Saturday Morning shows often got a short second production season to add a handful of episodes to freshen the series for continued reruns. The producers were apparently planning on this, so they could wrap-up the story arcs they'd started. But the ratings were weak, so the thirteen episodes of the initial order are all that got made.

Here, from September 1975, is the first broadcast episode of RETURN TO THE PLANET OF THE APES.


In 1960, the first prime-time, animated sitcom on American TV. The FLINTSTONES was a hit, running six seasons on ABC, then perpetually in reruns, as well as spawning movies, spin-off shows, revivals, etc. It inspired a small wave of prime-time cartoon sitcoms, including the JETSONS and TOP CAT... But these barely lasted a season each. (Though they had impressive post-cancellation afterlives!)

In 1989 (after a couple years as TRACEY ULLMAN interstitial bits), the SIMPSONS gave a much-needed boost to the nascent FOX TV network. It went from pop-culture fad to immortal cash cow, having run approximately a zillion seasons now. It eventually inspired a number of other animated sitcoms. Most failed to get traction, but there were a handful of winners like FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, FUTURAMA, and KING OF THE HILL.

Between the Bedrock and Springfield, there was only one moderate success. Starting as a one-off segment on LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE (see last week's Friday upload), WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME ran three seasons in first-run syndication. Featuring Tom Bosley (Mr. C from HAPPY DAYS) as the dad in a generation-gap series akin to ALL IN THE FAMILY.

There was a little tweaking done from the pilot and this first episode. The daughter seems to have been de-aged back to high school, and a younger third child has been added to give the conservative father a sort of ally in the house.

Once again, the passage of time has proven "crazy wingnut" neighbor Ralph's conspiracy theories to have considerable merit!

From September 1972, here is the first episode of the regular series.


REASON over GUILT on White People...
Ongoing series on the racial situation.

Discussion welcome here and on the Blog. If comments are turned off, I didn't do it.


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

Last Saturday I covered DYNOMUTT, the superhero bionic dog. The week before that was the NEW 3 STOOGES. So now...

After the passing of Moe and Larry in 1975, the fiends who built Dynomutt apparently absconded with their corpses, along with Curly's, which had presumably been on ice since the '50s, and reanimated them with diabolical mechanical guts!

Actually, Hanna-Barbera was trying to revisit their BANANA SPLITS success from a decade earlier. 'Updating' the concept by putting the costumed, live-action host characters on wheels for the roller-disco fad of the day. The SKATEBIRDS show included three cartoons and a live-action adventure, for which the LOST IN SPACE Robot was vandalized!

Without the assist from the Krofft brothers, this show fell far short of the Splits'. But the ROBONIC STOOGES segment was the bright spot, and wound-up being given its own show after the 'Birds quick cancellation.

While the then-current lineup of the THREE STOOGES voiced their animated selves in the 1965 series, impersonators had been used in their appearances on the NEW SCOOBY MOVIES in the early '70s. By the time this series was made, all the best Stooges were off to that Great Pie Fight In The Sky. Joe Besser was actually doing voice work for other 'toons. Nobody really cared to bring in Curly-Joe DeRita... So Paul Winchell did a passable Moe (a bit Dick Dastardly-ish). Frank Welker had been doing the Curly Howard voice for JABBERJAW, so he was the obvious choice. Joe Baker was said to be an expert impressionist. Perhaps he never actually heard Larry Fine's voice, because he sounds nothing like him in this show.

From September, 1977


ALL IN THE FAMILY had a massive impact on American television. Even extending (with much watering-down, of course) into cartoons. DePatie-Freleng's BARKLEYS and Hanna-Barbera's ROMAN HOLIDAYS have been covered in past Saturday Morning uploads on this channel. But HB also tried a less diluted version for grown-ups.

Like other anthology series, LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE was used to get a little mileage out of pilot episodes for shows that didn't get picked-up. The best-known of these was the pilot for the NEW FAMILY IN TOWN, which L,AS ran as LOVE AND THE TELEVISION SET. When AMERICAN GRAFFITI was a hit in the theaters, the network changed their mind and picked-up the nostalgic series after-all. Retooling it into HAPPY DAYS. (The L,AS segment was re-titled for reruns.)

Tom Bosley is probably best-known for playing the father on HAPPY DAYS, but the character was played by Harold Gould in the pilot... But Bosley beat him to the punch playing the Dad on L,AS by a couple of weeks, in animated form.

This 1972 segment wound up serving as a pilot for the only successful, prime-time, animated sitcom between the FLINTSTONES and the SIMPSONS. WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME ran 48 episodes over three seasons.

Joan Gerber voiced the Mom character in both this show and the BARKLEYS.

The right-wing neighbor Ralph was supposed to be a crazy conspiracy nut... But damned if he doesn't sound prescient in retrospect!



This entry is also a prologue to the discussion of race on the REASON OVER GUILT blog.


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

Last week's entry on THE NEW 3 STOOGES brought-on a mention of the later ROBONIC STOOGES series, and how their screwy bionics were probably designed by the the same engineers who built the Blue Falcon's candroid companion.

Scooby-Doo was big in the mid '70s. As were the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, and reruns of the Adam West BATMAN series. Leave it to Hanna-Barbera to slurry them all together for Saturday Morning.

Radley Crown is an ersatz Adam West style Bruce Wayne who (for no particular reason) fights crime as the Blue Falcon, a costumed and gadget-loaded superhero. Assisting him (sort of) is his bionic, semi-anthropomorphic dog, whose origin is never revealed. These guys were about the worst at the whole "secret identity" thing. But somehow, nobody noticed that Radley had a robotic dog that casually referred to him as "B.F."

The cybernetics should have been a giveaway. Though the goofy, talking dog might not have been. Our heroes live in the same world as Scooby-Doo, who makes guest appearances (two-legged supporting cast in-tow). Since the Mystery Inc. gang also met Batman in the same era, one could argue that Blue Falcon and Batsy coexisted.

DYNOMUTT, DOG WONDER was part of the SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR, then SCOOBY'S ALL-STAR LAFF-A-LYMPICS. Later, his segments were rerun on their own.

The B.F. and Dog Blunder characters have been used a good bit in the years since. Including a memorable episode of DEXTER'S LABORATORY and the recent animated film SCOOB!.

This is their first broadcast adventure from September of the big Bicentennial year. (1976 for you kids!)


Kevin develops an appreciation for classic cinema and a friendship with his elderly, openly gay neighbor, Wally, who is the projectionist at the revival theater. Everyone is thrilled when a movie Wally directed back in the '50s, starring his life-partner Gus, resurfaces. Everyone except Wally, that is.

This was the unintended series finale for MISSION HILL. They'd planed five more episodes for the season, but got shot-down by the WB before they were finished. Had it not been for Adult Swim's practice of salvaging abused and discarded animated series, the show would likely have been lost down the memory hole.

Oddly enough, there has been talk of launching a spin-off series in the last few months... The new show would be centered on Gus and Wally. I don't know if it can actually work in our nauseatingly 'woke' era. The old 'married' couple dynamic was actually funny and human. They'd both probably be horrified at the freak-show the rainbow flag 'activists' have made of themselves.



This entry of the REASON over GUILT blog will be used as a disclaimer for the coming series on racial issues.


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

Continuing with the theme of theatrical properties that were terminated by the studios due to competition with TV, only to be quickly resurrected due to demand created by TV. (See POPEYE, TOM & JERRY, and the LOONEY TUNES.) This time with the twist of the original not being a cartoon. Strictly-speaking, anyway...

Two-reel (12-20 minute) comedy short films were already a dying medium in the early 1930s. LAUREL AND HARDY were switching to features. The OUR GANG was shifting down to one-reel format. Only some real knuckleheads would go into the racket at that point...

Enter three veterans from Ted Healy's vaudeville / film troop. Not only did the brothers Howard and Larry Fine go into two-reelers when everyone else was getting out of them, they made a big success there for over two decades!

About half way through the shorts production, Curly (the youngest Howard brother) had to retire due to health issues. He was replaced by oldest brother Shemp, who was also former Healy trooper. After Shemp's sudden death in '55, Joe Besser (the only Stooge better-known for his other work) replaced him... But not for very long. Columbia Studios axed production at the end of '57. Besser went on to other things, and "Curly-Joe" DeRita came on as the final Third Stooge.

We know how this goes... The Columbia shorts hit television shortly afterwards, and the Stooges became bigger than ever. They parlayed their new popularity into new projects, including a number of successful, long-form matinee films, and this...

THE NEW 3 STOOGES were cartoons featuring the trio (actually voiced by themselves) with live-action intro and closing bits featuring the Boys, in color, which was sort of a novelty for them. As an economy measure, the live-action wraparounds were done to suit a general subject, so each pair could be used for three of four different cartoons. Except for this one. The October 1965 pilot cartoon uses unique live parts. It is also the only one to feature the familiar voice talent of Paul Frees. (Perhaps a little TOO familiar in this case.)

The Stooges had been animated before. In Warner Bros. cartoon cameos, as well as their own aborted attempt at a series from a few years earlier... They would return in 'toon form in the '70s. First as recurring guests on the NEW SCOOBY MOVIES (voiced by impersonators, despite the Stooges still being around), then (after the 1975 deaths of Moe and Larry) in their own series as bionic superheroes, apparently engineered by the same folks who built DYNOMUTT.

I kid you not. It was the '70s. We were all pretty stoned.


Kevin's 18th birthday rolls-around. And he discovers that, as you get older, nobody gives a rat's rump about your birthday. Especially in the Big City, where nobody cares about you at all! He becomes so depressed that Andy abandons his original plan to torture his spoilt baby brother and actually tries to give him a decent birthday. But there's no turning back the clock...

This penultimate episode of MISSION HILL kinda' has the feeling of a finale, with the brothers discovering they have a lot more in common than it appears on the surface, and call-backs to the pilot. But, when it was made, there were plans for six more episodes for the season, and hopes for future seasons.



I actually had to check to make sure the original video from J-TV wasn't a parody or something.

This is what they say IN PUBLIC regarding why the wealthiest and most disproportionately influential people on the planet consider themselves 'oppressed'!



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