On a Right Doing


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It’s Dudley Do-Right: The conscientious and cheerful Canadian Mountie who wasn’t the brightest bulb in the pack

Segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Music was in the style of a silent-movie melodrama with a piano in the background

Theme song derived from Franz von Suppe’s Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna; Light Cavalry, and Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin

Trumpet played by Branwell Smith, Jr. – who later played in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Band

Dudley’s Profile
Rides his horse sitting backwards

The name of his horse is Horse

Under the command of Inspector Fenwick

Smitten over Nell, the daughter of Inspector Fenwick (and voiced by Jane Foray)

Nell is more interested in Horse than Dudley

Main nemesis is Snidley Whiplash, who usually captured Nell and tied her to train tracks

The Show
Created by Alex Anderson with Chris Hayward and Allan Burns

Voiced by Bill Scott

Narrated by William Conrad

Produced by Jay Ward Productions

Debuted: September, 1961 (The Disloyal Canadians)

Last episode: September 6, 1970 (Snidley Arrested)

39 segments, but only 38 syndicated because one segment (Stokey the Bear) was pulled after the US Forest Service objected to a bear starting fires – but it was released in 2005

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Other Stuff
Dudley Do-Right Show aired on ABC from April 27, 1969 to September 6, 1970 featuring segments of Dudley Do-Right, Commander McBragg, Tooter Turtle, and The Hunter


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Appeared in a few Rocky & Bullwinkle comic books from Dell Comics and Gold Key Comics; plus briefly in his own comics by Charlton Comics

The Dudley Do-Right Emporium at 8200 W. Sunset Blvd was the gift shop for Jay Ward Productions from 1971-2005

Ripsaw Falls is a log flume ride at Universal Orlando

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Here is a musical parody involving Dudley from Al Yankovic (and in no offense to Canadians)

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Enjoy the first episode, The Disloyal Canadian

On One Smart Bear

Sing along with his best known theme song. For those that don’t know the words, here ya go.

Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear,
Yogi Bear is always in the ranger’s hair.
At a picnic table you will find him there
Stuffing down more goodies than the average bear.

He will sleep till noon but before it’s dark,
He’ll have every picnic basket that’s in Jellystone Park.

Yogi has it better than a millionaire
That’s because he’s smarter than the average bear.


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Many may not know that the above wasn’t original theme song … but this one is

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Yogi Bear is #36 on TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters of All-Time (Personally, he should be higher)

Created by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Ed Benedict

First voiced by Daws Butler

Yogi Bear featured in 10 shows, 13 films and specials, 10 video games, 88 comic books, and, comic strip (1961-19880 created by Gene Hazelton

He made his debut in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show

Three years later (January 1961), The Yogi Bear Show debuts, which included segments Snagglepuss, Fibber Fox, Yakky Doodle and Chopper

Lives in Jellystone Park

Characters include Boo-Boo Bear (best friend), Ranger Smith (rival/friend), and Cindy Bear (girlfriend)

First appearance in his own show: watch Yogi Bear’s Big Break

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Yogi’s personality and mannerisms were based on Art Carney’s Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners

A musical animated feature film, Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!, produced in 1964.

Yogi by the Ivy Three (1960), sung in a voice mimicking Yogi Bear, and reached reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 (must have been a slow music period)

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Speech
Often speaks in rhyme

Often uses puns in his speech

Has a habit of pronouncing large words with a long vocal flourish

Yogisms

  • pic-a-nic baskets
  • Pic-a-nic baskets may be delicious on the lips, but they’re a lifetime on the hips.
  • I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!
  • Hello, Mr. Ranger, sir!
  • Hey there, Boo Boo!
  • I’m so smart that it hurts.
  • What do we do, Boo-Boo?
  • A genius never questions his instincts, Boo-Boo. When you have a mind like mine, you can’t blink or you’ll put a kink in your think!
  • I’m hungrier than the average bear. I wish I could find a bush that tasted like birthday cake!

Yogi Bear: [On the Ranger’s phone] Hello? Hello? Is this the White House?
Ranger Smith: Yogi!
Yogi Bear: Hey, the President knows my name.

Ranger Smith: [showing a “Do Not Feed The Bears” sign to Yogi] Read this sign.
Yogi Bear: [deliberately reading incorrectly] Uh, “No Smoking In The Forest”?

Here are two tributes to Yogi Bear

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Meanwhile, it’s time for me to take a break. See you in a few … and hopefully not too long. Be safe, be well, do good work, and hope to see you soon.

On a Pecking Woody

Ten Points about Woody Woodpecker

  • First appeared in an Andy Panda short (1940), but first appeared on television in October 3, 1957 on ABC.
  • Although best associated with Walter Lantz, Ben Hardaway helped created the prototype for Woody. Lantz got the cartoon idea from a noisy woodpecker keeping him and his wife awake during their honeymoon, and led this cartoon until 1972.
  • Woody’s trademark laugh is a Mel Blanc creation.
  • Woody was more insane during his early years.
  • Woody has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Other stars in the show: Andy Panda, Papa Panda, Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Chilli Willie.
  • Knothead and Splinter were his nephews who eventually became his nephew and niece.
  • Woody nominated for an Academy Award in 1944, Best Short Subject (Cartoons), but lost to Tom and Jerry. The Woody Woodpecker Song received a Best Song nomination in 1948.
  • TV Guide’s Great Cartoon Character of All-time list: #46 (2002, 2003); #25 on Animal Planet’s list of The 50 Greatest Movie Animals (2004)
  • Appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

Here is a 2+ minute segment of this zany, brash bird singing from the Barber of Seville with a classic slapstick routine of the times. Enjoy … and thank you Walter Lantz for being the visual spirit behind Woody Woodpecker.!

On a Shoeshine Boy

Superheroes are common in cartoon world, yet Underdog brought us an animated animal as a take on Superman – and everyone knows, There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!

Points to know about Underdog

  • Debuted October 3, 1964, ran 124 episodes, until 1973
  • Underdog, the alter ego of Shoeshine Boy, always protects Sweet Polly Purebred.
  • Underdog, voiced by actor Wally Cox, always spoke in rhymes.
  • Underdog kissed Sweet Polly in The Wicked Witch Of Pickyoon
  • Villain Simon Bar Sinister, based on a Lionel Barrymore character, had an assistant, Chad Lackey; but a Barre Sinister is a diagonal line on medieval family crests indicating the person is a bastard by birth
  • Villain Riff-Raff, Public Enemy #1 and based on gangster character by actor George Raff, has a gang of Sandy the Safecracker, Mooch, Spinny Wheels, Dinah Myte, Nails the Carpenter, Needles the Tailor, Smitty the Blacksmith, and the Witch Doctor.
  • Other villains include The Electric (Slippery) Eel, Battyman, Tap-Tap the Chisler, and Overcat. Underdog also regularly faced enemies from alien worlds, such as the Marbleheads from Planet Granite, the Magnet Planet, home to the Magnet Men, the Planet of Zot, and the Saucer Planet, home to the Flying Sorcerers.
  • Other characters on the show, but not in the Underdog episodes, include Go Go Gophers, King Leonardo, Tennessee Tuxedo, Klondike Kat, The Hunter and Commander McBragg
  • When Polly’s in trouble, I am not slow; For it’s pip! pip! pip! and away I go.

On Peabody and Sherman

Kid hangs around a genius dog with over-sized glasses who constructed a computer to travel back in time to visit historical events – but when they arrived, something was different enough that history would not happen as it did – so the dog uses his genius mind to solve the problem.

That’s the setting for another brilliant Jay Ward production – the Peabody and Sherman segment on The Bullwinkle Show. The genius dog (Peabody) teaching Sherman (the boy) about history.

Since YouTube blocked this from being embedded, here’s the classic opening to the show.

Ten Points to Remember about Peabody and Sherman

  • Name of the segment was Peaboby’s Improbable History
  • 91 segments from Napoleon (first segment) to Cleopatra (the last)
  • Each segment ended in a pun by Peabody
  • Peabody’s computer is the WABAC (“wayback) machine, which he constructed as a birthday present to Sherman
  • WABAC was a play on early computers UNIVAC and ENIAC
  • They never showed the return trip to the present
  • From 1964-67, reruns were part of the Hoppity Hopper Show
  • Peabody was named after the producer’s (and the one who did the Peabody’s voice) pet dog
  • Ted Key, the creator of the comic Hazel, actually created Peabody
  • Sherman referred to Peabody as Mr. Peabody, whose real name is C.C. Peabody – C.C.  for Cave Canom

Here’s a sample episode: Ponce DeLeon