On a Flashback Hodge Podge

Because I know some need a Saturday morning cartoon fix, I’m reaching back into the archives for readers to visit an early cartoon. I probably won’t introduce a new character until October, so hopefully this will help.

As I mentioned on the previous post, I am gearing down toward taking a blogging break. I’ll be back this week with Monday Morning Entertainment, where hopefully give the rest of my schedule.

Enjoy the cartoons. Which did you visit?

Elmer Fudd

Quickdraw McGraw

Snagglepuss

Underdog

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.