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Fred was a character who appeared over the fictional Channel One on a TV set behind the Captain Kangaroo’s blackboard in the Treasure House. Puppeteer Maury Bunin created Fred utilizing Hank Stohl’s Aniforms concept. Aniforms utilized rubber outlines of the character, contained in a special case, that were manipulated by the puppeteer off camera using levers attached to the case. This was then caught on camera and chroma-keyed over a plain background and fed live into the TV set. Fred first appeared on the Saturday morning Captain Kangaroo show in 1965. Cosmo “Gus” Alligretti provided the voice of Fred. Using the Aniforms process, Fred was able to interact live with the Captain and others.

5 Comments to Fred

  1. Quality TV for kids..

    that will NEVER be duplicated

  2. Joey BadaBing on January 30th, 2013
  3. Captain Kangaroo. My favorite character was Mr. Moose. One year I had to get a green pair of denim jeans while buying clothes for school so I would be Mr. Green Jeans.

  4. BenVincent on January 30th, 2013
  5. Now this is awesome. The Captain will always be right up there with Mr. Rogers. Great childrens programing that wasn’t preachy or trying to sell some creater’s agenda. I’m glad that my niece and nephew watch the DVDs religiously. Also, it’s nice to finally see a show people enjoyed and not a vague reference to a cartoon that lasted 15 minutes and no one cared about.

  6. Doober on January 30th, 2013
  7. Does anyone remember when the opening of the show.
    he used to spell out Captain Kangaroo on the door ?

    it goes back aways

  8. Joey BadaBing on January 31st, 2013
  9. Find me that time machine. Take me back to those good old days.
    Captain Kangaroo Mr. Green Jeans. Dancing Bear. Mr. Moose.

  10. Master Mike on August 8th, 2013

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