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02.21.

DoDo, The Kid From Outer Space

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DoDo, The Kid from Outer Space was an animated cartoon series that was syndicated to television from 1965-1970. DoDo was a young extraterrestrial from the planet Hena Hydro, who came to Earth in his flying saucer and had numerous adventures. Other cast members included Professor Fingers, an eccentric scientist who somewhat resembled the later Professor Utonium; Compy, DoDo’s computer/duck hybrid pet; and Why and How, two Earth children. The characters speak in rhymes, either independently or playing off each other.

“DoDo” was created by Lady Stearn Robinson and produced by British animators Halas and Batchelor. A total of 78 five-minute episodes were filmed.

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02.19.

Garfield Goose & Friends

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Garfield Goose and Friends is a children’s television show produced by WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois, United States from 1955 to 1976. The show was known as Garfield Goose and Friend from 1952 to 1955 when it aired on WBKB and WBBM-TV. It was the longest running puppet show on television. The host of the show was Frazier Thomas, who did all of the talking. The show centered on a clacking goose puppet named Garfield Goose, who considered himself “King of the United States.” There were many other puppet characters such as Romberg Rabbit, Macintosh Mouse, Chris Goose (Garfield’s nephew who was born on Christmas, hence “Christmas Goose”) and a sleepy bloodhound called Beauregard Burnside III (whose name happened to be a mix of two American Civil War generals). The show used a “Little Theater Screen”, upon which the camera would zoom before cartoons such as Clutch Cargo and Space Angel were broadcast.

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02.19.

Here Comes The Grump

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Here Comes the Grump is an animated cartoon series produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and aired on NBC from 1969 to 1970.

The series was broadcasted by NBC from September 6, 1969 to December 27, 1969. NBC continued to air reruns until December 28, 1970.

The series lasted one season and was rerun, the most recent the airing on the Sci-Fi Channel in the mid 1990s. The complete series was released on DVD on January 31, 2006.

The series was called Ahi viene cascarrabias in Spanish and was in retransmitted into the 1980s by Televisa. It was “Grump, o feiticeiro trapalhão” in Brazilian Portuguese and was in retransmitted until 1993 by Rede Globo.

As to Merchandise – A “Here Comes the Grump” Halloween mask was produced by the Ben Cooper Costume Company Inc for the 1969 holiday season.

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02.15.

Will The Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down

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Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down is a 1970 animated showcase for various caricatured Jerry Lewis characters, all based on characters from the Lewis film, The Family Jewels and styled in a fashion similar to Archie’s TV Funnies and the Groovie Goolies. The title is a variant of the deciding question on the game show To Tell the Truth: “Will the real __________ please stand up?”. Like most 1970s-era Saturday morning cartoon series’, Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down contained an adult laugh track.

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02.15.

Josie & The Pussycats

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Josie and the Pussycats (formatted as Josie and the Pussy Cats in the opening titles) is an American animated television series, based upon the Archie Comics comic book series of the same name created by Dan DeCarlo.

Produced for Saturday morning television by Hanna-Barbera Productions, sixteen episodes of Josie and the Pussycats aired on CBS during the 1970-71 television season, and were rerun during the 1971-72 season. In 1972, the show was re-conceptualized as Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, sixteen episodes of which aired on CBS during the 1972-73 season and were rerun the following season.

CBS reran the original episodes, replacing the Outer Space shows in January 1974. Beginning in September 1974, ABC aired reruns of the original series for that entire year. To make it a third network,Josie and the Pussycats was then rerun on NBC Saturday mornings during the 1975-76 television season. This brought its national Saturday morning TV run on three networks to six years.

Josie and the Pussycats featured an all-girl pop music band that toured the world with their entourage, getting mixed up in strange adventures, spy capers, and mysteries. On the small-screen, the group consisted of level-headed lead singer and guitarist Josie McCoy, intelligent tambourinist Valerie Brown, and air-headed blonde drummer Melody Valentine. Other characters included their cowardly manager Alexander Cabot III, his conniving sister Alexandra, her cat Sebastian, and muscular roadie Alan M.Mayberry

The show, more similar to Hanna-Barbera’s successful Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! than the original Josie comic book, is famous for its music, the girls’ leopard print leotards (replete with “long tails and ears for hats,” as the theme song states), and for featuring Valerie as the first regularly appearing female black character in a Saturday morning cartoon show.

Each episode featured a Josie and the Pussycats song played over a chase scene, which, in a similar fashion to The Monkees, featured the group running after and from a selection of haplessly villainous characters

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