On Ruff and Reddy

This one may be new to most readers, but this may be the first cartoon series I can recall watching. The words to sing along are below the video, so scroll down before playing the theme song to Ruff and Reddy.


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Get set, get ready,
Here come Ruff and Reddy.
They’re tough, but steady,
Always rough and ready.

They sometimes have their little spats,
Even fight like dogs and cats,
But when they need each other,
That’s when, they’re rough and ready.

Characters
Ruff, a straight and smart cat; Reddy, a dumb and stupid dog

Villains: “Scary” Harry Safari, Captain Greedy and Salt Water Daffy; and Killer and Diller

Ruff and Reddy, plus Professor Gizmo meeting aliens from Muni-Mula (a strange planet of metal) is their most memorable episode

Muni-Mula is (“aluminum” spelled backward)

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The Show
Created by Hanna-Barbera, and their first production

Ruff, voiced by Don Messick with a similar voice he would later use for Pixie the mouse

Reddy, voiced by Daws Butler with this southern draw later becoming the voice of Huckleberry Hound

The show featured a live action host/emcee (Jimmy Blaine), and the episodes had a narrator (Don Messick)

In the show (but between cartoon episodes), Puppeteers Rufus Rose and Bobby Nicholson provided comedic relief as Rhubarb the Parrot and Jose the Toucan.

For those needing more Muni-Mula

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Production
NBC originally broadcasted Ruff and Reddy in black and white in December 1957 on NBC

3 seasons, 156 episodes

First: Planet Pirates (Dec 14 1957)

Last: Have Blop Will Travel (Feb 4, 1960)

The episodes were not much longer than four minutes, including an opening song and much repetition of preceding events.

There were 13 episodes in each of the 12 stories of the serials

The show’s episodes borrowed from the serialized storytelling format of such shows as Crusader Rabbit that used episodes with cliffhanger storylines

Although NBC cancelled the show after 1959-1960, they revived the show the spring of 1962 with Captain Bob Cottle as the host

NBC cancelled the series in September 1964

Additional FYI
Ruff and Reddy was translated into other languages: Jambo & Ruivão (Brazilian Portuguese), Pouf & Riqui (French), Ruff e Reddy (Italian),  Жолтко и Лутко (Zoltko i Lutko) (Macedonian), Ruff y Reddy (Spanish), Ruff och Reddy (Swedish), つよいぞラフティ (Japanese), Ralofo le Rali (Tswana)

Dell Comics published 12 issues of Ruff & Reddy (1958-1962)

Here’s another episode, but without Muni-Mula, enjoy The Long Gone Leprechaun

On a Cartoon Cephalopod

Happy Cephalopod Day!

Squiddly Diddly isn’t an icon, but given today is Cephalopod Day, he is getting some love

Called a squid but looks like an octopus

Squids have 10 tentacles, octopus have eight, but Squidly had six legs – four for walking, two others like arms

Lives in an aquatic park called Bubbleland

The bossy antagonist was Bubbleland Administrator Chief Winchley (voice was done by John Stephenson)

Squiddly continually tried to escape so he could use his musical talents to pursue a show business career

Can simultaneously playing a saxophone, a guitar and a set of bongo drums

A short clip of Squiddly encountering the Queen of Hearts

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Created by Hanna Barbera

Seen as a segments on the Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

Two seasons, 26 episodes (20 the first, six the second)

First episode: Way Out Squiddly; October 2, 1965

Last episode: Baby Squidder; October 15, 1966

Squidly is voiced by Paul Frees

Known in other languages as Lula Lelé (Brazilian Portuguese), El Pulpo Manotas (Spanish), Squiddly la pieuvre ((French), Inky de inktvis (Dutch), Squiddly Diddly (Italian), Squiddly Diddly (German), Tako no Roku chan (Japanese)

Had an LP, Squiddly Diddly’s Surfin’ Surfari (Hanna Barbera Records, 1966)

Squidly appeared in Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Yo Yogi!, and a MetLife commercial
Enjoy this tribute to Squidly Didley to Octopuss’s Garden, written by Ringo Starr, performed by The Beatles, and released on Abbey Road (1969)

On Shaggy’s Dog


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I dedicate this post to Princess Pancake, who is currently spending time with her grandmother

Scooby-Doo is a talking, brown Great Dane and companion of Shaggy Rogers

Real name Scoobert “Scooby” Doo

#22 on TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters

Scooby hangs around four teenagers—Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers

The teens and Scooby are Mystery, Inc …. and ride in a van painted in psychedelic colors known as the Mystery Machine

Here’s a Scooby Moment

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Creation
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (the original show name) debuted on September 13, 1969 with What a Night for a Knight

Broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it moved to ABC

17 produced the first season

Remains in production today

Created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears with artist/character designer Iwao Takamoto

Creation was in response to parent organizations complaining about excessive violence in Saturday morning cartoons

Originally called Mysteries Five – and Scooby was called Too Much

Frank Sinatra’s “doo-be-doo-be-doo” in Strangers in the night inspired the name change to Scooby Doo, and renaming the show Scooby-Doo, Where are You!

Theme song was written by David Mook and Ben Raleigh, and performed by Larry Marks and Paul Costello

I Love a Mystery and Dobie Gillis influenced the writers in the early episodes

Show was an instant success with ratings as high as 65%

Tribute

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The Voice

  • Scooby was originally voiced by Don Messick, and remained the voice in every Scooby-Doo production from 1969 until his death in 1997
  • Scooby speech resembles Astro (The Jetsons), who was also voiced by Messick (who also voiced Mutley)
  • Scooby has a speech impediment and tends to pronounce most words as if they begin with an “R”,
  • “Ruh-roh, Raggy!”
  • Don Messick originated the character’s voice patterns, and provided Scooby-Doo’s
  • Radio DJ Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy

Enjoy Part 1 of the premier episode, What a Night for a Knight

On a Futuristic Family


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Meet George Jetson
Works at Spacely’s Sprockets
Work computer is RUDI, Referential Universal Digital Indexer
Grandson to Montague Jetson
“Jane! Stop this crazy thing!”
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Jane, his wife
A dutiful and pleasant homemaker who loves shopping, fashion, and gadgets
Her favorite store is Mooning Dales
A fan of artists Leonardo de Venus and Picasso Pia.
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Daughter Judy
Student at Orbit High School
Typical teenage girl
Full name: Judith Angela Jetson
Crush on rockstar drummer Jet Streamer
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His boy Elroy
Attends Little Dipper Schools
Loves space sciences
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Household
Family lives in the Skypad Apartments in Orbit City
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Rosie
Their outdated household robot (an XB-500) to do the housework
Only two episodes of the original 1960s show
The original spelling of Rosie’s name is “Rosey
Character modeled after Shirley Booth’s Hazel character
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Astro
The family dog
Every word begins with an “R” when speaking
I ruv roo, Reorge
Pre-Jetson name was Tralfas, and he belonged to the fabulously rich Mr. Gottrockets
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Henry Orbit
Apartment repair man
Mac, his robot, has a crush on Rosie
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Cosmo G. Spacely
George’s boss and owner of Spacely Space Sprockets
His secretary is Miss Galaxy
Married to Stella Spacely, and they have one son – Arthur
“Jetson! You’re fired!”
Cogwell Cogs is the main business competitor
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Background
Produced by Hanna-Barbera as a Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones
Basically 1950s sitcom plots in a futuristic setting
Setting in 2062 (100 years in the future)

The original series aired on Sunday nights on ABC from September 23, 1962, to March 17, 1963, with primetime reruns continuing through September 8, 1963

After primetime, the series aired on Saturday mornings for decade on all three major networks

24 original episodes

The first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC-TV

Music by Hoyt Curtin

Voices actors include Daws Butler, Don Messicks, Mel Blanc, and George O’Hanlon

Tribute to Telstar by The Tornados (December 1962 chart topper)

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History of the Jetsons

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Closing Credits

On a Classic Cat and Mouse

Theme song

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A classic cat chases mouse routine leading to mayhem and destruction featuring

Tom

  • A cat who naps, eats and chases Jerry
  • Seldom talks
  • Thinks of schemes to catch Jerry
  • Originally called Jasper

Jerry

  • The clever mouse with an impish grin
  • Seldom talks
  • Charmer
  • Usually triumphant

Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM),

Hanna and Barbera produced and directed 114 from 1940 to 1957

Additional MGM releases include
– 13 shorts by Rembrandt Films (1961)
– 34 shorts by Chuck Jones’s Sib-Tower 12 Productions produced (1963-1967)

Debuting on CBS’ Saturday morning schedule on September 25, 1965, Tom and Jerry moved to CBS Sundays two years later and remained there until September 17, 1972.

Received 13 Academy Award nominations, but won 7 Oscars: The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943), Mouse Trouble (1944), Quiet Please (1945), The Cat Concerto (1946), The Little Orphan (1949), The Two Mouseketeers (1952), and Johann Mouse (1953)

#50 on TV Guide 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters

A Short Clip

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Because of the limited dialogue, music was important Musical director Scott Bradley blended classical, jazz, and pop music

Because of limited speaking, easily to reconstruct in other languages; thus shown throughout the world

Enjoy this classic clip with Gene Kelly

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Criticisms
– Excessively violent, though no blood
– Stereotypical scenes of Blacks

Other Characters include: “Aunt” Pristine Figg, Barney Bear, Beegle Beagle, Butch the Cat, Captain Kiddie, Dr. J. “Sweetface” Applecheek, Dripple the Dog, Droopy the Dog, Dweeble, Ferdinand, Frankie the Flea, Grape Ape, Grappley, Lickboot, Lightning the Cat, Mammy Two Shoes, Meathead the Cat, Mumbly, Nibbles the Mouse (later called Tuffy), Puggsy the Dog, Quacker, Red (sometimes called Miss Vavoom), Robyn Starling, Spike and son Tyke, Screwball Squirrel, Squawk, Toodles Galore, Topsy,Wolfie

Tribute

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A full feature from 1956