nickramer
3 months ago


And "The Rude Intruder" missed a chance to have a cameo by Wally Walrus.

Originally Posted by: Bobby Bickert 



Considering who was directing these shorts by this point, it was lucky that Wally wasn't in any of them.
Bobby Bickert
3 months ago
I'd better comment about this morning's "The Woody Woodpecker Show" today since my sister is coming over here tomorrow...

I'm surprised that no one else has said anything about "The Bandmaster" looking like it was transferred from VHS, complete with tracking problems at the end. (And the Universal logo that was tacked on would have been more at home in front of Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula's Daughter, or any of the other classic Universal horror movies from the 1930's (pre-1939).)

Another "repeat". (But the first time I watched it, I missed that it sounds like Daws Butler did Woody's sneeze, just like in "Chili Con Corny".)

The only cartoons I hadn't seen before were the Chilly Willy cartoon (which definitely needs restoration) and the Inspector Willoughby cartoon.

I must not have seen "The Sliphorn King of Polaroo" in awhile (even though I have it on a bootleg VHS tape that I bought at the FX collectibles show in Orlando over twenty years ago), because I never noticed that the recurring penguin wearing a red hat looks a lot like the original Chilly Willy.

And I must not have seen "Banquest Busters" in awhile because I never noticed that the doorbell plays "You're A Horse's Ass", just like in "Wacky Bye Baby". Also, wasn't Walter Lantz a gag writer for Mack Sennett? The gag of a pie coming through a telephone during the pie fight was lifted directly from a Mack Sennett short. (I don't know which one because I saw it in a compilation of clips. Another clip was of someone using a collapsible top hat to launch pies.)

The guy who tries to give someone a hotfoot in "The Bandmaster" looks familiar. Maybe a caricature of Fred Moore? According to Of Mice and Magic he was one of the animators who worked on "The Bandmaster".
Bobby Bickert
2 months ago
Two "repeats" in the March 23rd broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show". MeTV has shown most of the Woody Woodpecker cartoons from the 1940's, but there are still plenty of cartoons from the 1950's through the mid-1960's that they haven't shown yet, including "Termites From Mars", "Under the Counter Spy", "Bunco Busters", "Three Little Woodpeckers", and quite a few with Gabby Gator.

Partly because of the "repeats", there were only three cartoons that I hadn't seen before, "Sleepy Time Chimes", "Charlie's Mother-In-Law" and "Truant Student".

Smedley only has a single line in "Hot and Cold Penguin", and it could be a reused recording from "I'm Cold". Was Daws Butler too busy working on the early Hanna-Barbera TV shows? Was he ill? Or was it a conscious decision by Alex Lovy, who's credited as the writer as well as the director of "Hot and Cold Penguin", to make Smedley nearly as mute as Chilly?

It was strange seeing "ACME" in a non-WB cartoon. And Charlie Beary actually got a happy ending.

Also, I got to watch all of Saturday Morning Cartoons this past Saturday because my sister (and her family) spent the day at Busch Gardens. "The Tom and Jerry Show" had only one Tom and Jerry cartoon and two Tex Avery cartoons. Was this the first time this has been done since "The Tom and Jerry Show" was shortened to half an hour?

And I must not have seen "Tree For Two" in a while. That plot was recycled with Sylvester, then was recycled at least three times at DePatie-Freleng, with the Inspector, the Tijuana Toads, and the Dogfather.
Bobby Bickert
2 months ago

Two "repeats" in the March 23rd broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show". MeTV has shown most of the Woody Woodpecker cartoons from the 1940's, but there are still plenty of cartoons from the 1950's through the mid-1960's that they haven't shown yet, including "Termites From Mars", "Under the Counter Spy", "Bunco Busters", "Three Little Woodpeckers", and quite a few with Gabby Gator.

Originally Posted by: Bobby Bickert 



Maybe someone from MeTV looks at the IAD Forums. The March 30th broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show" included "Under the Counter Spy" and a cartoon with Gabby Gator, "Rocket Racket". But "Under the Counter Spy" had added Gracie Lantz narration (though at least it was minimal) and butchered opening titles:



But at least it had the correct Universal-International logo. Apparently an even worse version of "Under the Counter Spy" was released on DVD:



And there were two more "repeats". I could understand repeating "Crazy House" since there aren't that many Andy Panda cartoons compared to some of the other Lantz characters. (And I'm sure that MeTV won't show the first three because of the pygmies.) But there are still quite a few cartoons from the 1950's and the early 1960's, like "The Legend of Rockabye Point", "Hold That Rock" (which was storyboarded by Tex Avery) and the two with Wally Walrus, that could have been shown instead of a repeat of one from the early 1970's.

Only one cartoon that I hadn't seen before, "Charlie the Rainmaker". Going by the credits, I thought that it was going to have a guest appearance by Woody Woodpecker. But either someone at the Lantz studio made a mistake or the credits from a Woody Woodpecker cartoon that included voicework by Paul Frees got recycled.

Except for the Chilly Willy cartoon, the rest of the cartoons were ones I well remember from my childhood. (A clip from "Crazy House" was used in the opening of "Woody Woodpecker and Friends" on Tampa's WTOG 44 circa 1979-1980.) But I must not have seen "The Egg Cracker Suite" in a long time. I was quite surprised to hear June Foray in a cartoon from the early 1940's. (One of these days I'm going to order her autobiography from Barnes & Noble.) And she used her "Boy Scout" voice over ten years before she used it for Knothead, and over fifteen years before she used it for Rocket J. Squirrel. Yet another classic cartoon that used the Hungarian Rhapsody #2. And Ben Hardaway got to co-direct again.

"Kiddie League" is another cartoon I well remember from my childhood. (Along with another cartoon that "Chester" was in, "The Bird Who Came To Dinner".) But I'm surprised that "Chester" putting a gun to his head didn't shock me when I was a child, even though it turned out to be a water pistol. Another early appearance by the character who became Inspector Willoughby (and Ranger Willoughby). Dal McKennon voiced at least four characters. (And Daws Butler voiced all four characters in "Gooney's Goofy Landings", as well as narrating it, not a single one of them a celebrity impersonation.)

Also, "The Tom and Jerry Show" ended with a Barney Bear cartoon instead of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. I wonder if this is going to become the norm?

Bobby Bickert
2 months ago
Only one "repeat" this past Saturday morning, and it was Andy Panda, so it's understandable.

The only other cartoon that I had seen before was "Box Car Bandit", which is another Woody Woodpecker cartoon that I have a long history with. When my family moved to Brandon in 1972, there was an ice cream parlor called Dipper Dan in one of the strip shopping centers. (I recently found out from the Tampa History Facebook page that Dipper Dan was actually a chain.) Sometime in the 1990's the name was changed to Big Dipper. An article in The Brandon News about the name change included "If you grew up in Brandon in the 1970's, you probably had a birthday party at Dipper Dan.". Yes, yes I did. There are slides of it. I also attended birthday parties for other kids at Dipper Dan. The birthday boy or girl got to choose one of two "movies" to watch, Woody Woodpecker or Zippy the Chimp. All of the other kids always wanted to watch Zippy the Chimp. When I had my birthday party at Dipper Dan, I finally got to see Woody Woodpecker. It was a B & W print, silent, with title cards. I couldn't remember the title but I remembered that it was set on a train and that one of the title cards was Woody saying "Ticket please". Nearly fifty years later, I finally got to see a "proper" version of it.

Interesting that "Greedy Gabby Gator" pitted Gabby against a non-anthropomorphic crocodile that apparently is a cannibal. And "Yukon Have It" had a nice twist on the old "looking both ways before crossing" gag.
RareSox
2 months ago
With the Lantz shorts now cemented on Toon in with Me, my work with the YTP community is done.

Now we just need to get the remaining Lantz stuff, but i think we'll have it easier getting Krazy Kat and Scrappy onto MeTV first.
Bobby Bickert
2 months ago
Belated (and brief) commentary on the April 13th broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show". (I was waiting for the activity in this sub-forum to die down, which hasn't happened yet.)

The Beary Family cartoon was the only one that I hadn't seen before, partly because there were two "repeats".

Even though I had seen "Woodpecker in the Rough" and "Wrestling Wrecks" years ago, I guess I never noticed that "Bull Dozer" is in both cartoons.

And Leonard Maltin must have forgotten about "Fish Hooked" when he wrote Of Mice and Magic. ("...usually in the guise of a bear named Smedley...")
Bobby Bickert
a month ago
Only one "repeat" this past Saturday morning, and it was a good one. (And it was unedited, unlike the version posted on the "official" Woody Woodpecker YouTube channel.)

The only cartoons that I hadn't seen before were the one with Inspector Willoughby and the Beary Family cartoon.

Michael Maltese managed to incorporate "pronoun trouble" into a Woody Woodpecker cartoon. And in "Tricky Trout" Wally Walrus called Chilly Willy a "termite". I think he mixed up his adversaries.
Bobby Bickert
a month ago
Not only were there two "repeats" this past Saturday morning, this was the third time that MeTV has shown "Ballyhooey". (Though I somehow missed that Woody seems to be coming out of an outhouse toward the beginning during previous viewings.)

The only cartoon that I hadn't seen before was the one with The Beary Family. If MeTV had shown either the Swing Symphony "$21 A Day (Once A Month)" or the Inspector Willoughby cartoon "Hyde and Sneak" instead of "Bugged in a Rug", and had shown either "Fractured Friendship" or "Chilly Chums" as the Chilly Willy cartoon, Woody would have been in all seven cartoons.

I wonder what was up with Smokey the Bear appearing in "Red Riding Hoodlum", not too long after appearing in "In the Bag"? (And drawn very realistically in both cartoons.) It was kind of strange hearing June Foray voice a "Granny" in a cartoon from another studio. (And this time she got screen credit, unlike "Get Lost".)

Also, I wonder if Woody eating bird seed like "breakfast that talks to you" in "After the Ball" was a reference to Kellogg's sponsoring (the original) "The Woody Woodpecker Show"? And were bowling balls ever made of wood? My mom's father's bowling ball was made of something called "Ebonite". (And when I league bowled in the early 1980's, someone had a clear ball with a large (I assume artificial) rose inside. It was always strange seeing that ball go down the lanes.)
Bobby Bickert
a month ago
Last Saturday's "The Woody Woodpecker Show" started off with four cartoons in a row that I hadn't seen before. But that was followed by two "repeats" in a row (though I somehow missed that one of the sheep is named Gracie the first time I watched "The Dog That Cried Wolf") and one that I had already seen.

Sid Marcus must have really liked "Half Baked Alaska". Plot elements were recycled in "Teeny Weeny Meany", and the ending was recycled twice, in "Pesty Guest" and in "Teeny Weeny Meany". (Also, the "Crazy Guggenheim" wolf from "Three Little Woodpeckers" was recycled in "Rough Riding Hood".)

"Sissy Sheriff" was yet another Western-themed cartoon with morbid gags like "Tar With A Star" and "Two Gun Goofy".

And Charlie Beary got a (semi) happy ending.

EDIT: On Saturday, May 11th, the cable TV here went out around 7:30 AM, as did Internet and land line phone service, which are all from the same provider, Spectrum. Apparently the entire state of Florida was affected. Cable TV service was restored sometime between 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM, and Internet and land line phone service were restored sometime between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM. So I didn't get to watch "The Woody Woodpecker Show" (or the Popeye cartoon on Turner Classic Movies and the "Tom and Jerry" episode of Screen Directors Playhouse with Arthur Q. Bryan that aired right before it). So you all are spared my usual "color commentary" for a week. (And it looks like I missed three Woody Woodpecker cartoons, a Chilly Willy cartoon and a Beary Family cartoon that I haven't seen, plus I missed the first half of MeTV's first broadcast of "The Pied Piper of Basin Street" (as well as all of "The Hollywood Matador" and "Room and Wrath") because I fell asleep.)

EDIT #2: It happened again yesterday morning. This time the cable TV, Internet and land line phone service were out before 7:00 AM. Internet and land line phone service were restored sometime between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM, but cable TV wasn't restored until after 10:00 AM. So I missed "The Woody Woodpecker Show" (and the Popeye cartoon on Turner Classic Movies) for the second week in a row. So now you all are spared my usual "color commentary" for two weeks in a row. (And this time I missed at least three Woody Woodpecker cartoons and a Beary Family cartoon that I haven't seen. I think that I've seen "The Tenant's Racket", but I'm not positive.)
Bobby Bickert
19 days ago
I finally got to see "The Woody Woodpecker Show" this past Saturday, after missing it for two weeks in a row. (It would be nice if I would get a credit on a future Spectrum bill.) Of course this past Saturday there were only two cartoons that I hadn't seen, "Paste Makes Waste" and "Feudin Figntin-n-Fussin". (And Leonard Maltin must not have watched "Deep Freeze Squeeze" before he wrote Of Mice and Magic. "Penguins don't eat dogs. I am a dog.")

I kept hearing the "Maw and Paw" theme song on the soundtrack of "Feudin Fightin-n-Fussin", even though these were different characters (albeit characters who called each other "Maw" and "Paw", and who were voiced by Dal McKennon and Gracie Lantz) and a different music director.

And "ACME" was used in a Lantz cartoon again.
Bobby Bickert
12 days ago
Even though there were no less than three "repeats" in the episode of "The Woody Woodpecker Show" that aired on June 1st, I still got to see three cartoons that I hadn't seen before. (Though according to a YouTube member, a Japanese stereotype was edited out of "Fowled Up Falcon".) And I now know the title of a cartoon that I watched as part of "The Woody and Popeye Show" while visiting an aunt and uncle who lived near Atlanta in the summer of 1984. All I remembered was that a genie was in it, and that characters got a pie in the face.

Someone at Lantz must have really liked using "Fowled Up" in the title of a cartoon. In less than a year, I've seen three examples, one with Maggie and Sam, one with the Beary Family, and now one with Woody.

Bobby Bickert
5 days ago
Even with three "repeats", I watched three Woody Woodpecker cartoons and a Chilly Willy cartoon that I hadn't seen before last Saturday morning.

Usually I can't tell if a cartoon has been "restored". But the print of "Little Skeeter" that aired last Saturday morning was definitely not "restored". Surely Universal had a better print of "Little Skeeter" in their vaults than that dirty one? (And it sounded like Daws Butler did Woody's scream of pain in "Little Skeeter".)

It was strange hearing "Dance of the Marionettes" (the theme from Alfred Hitchcock Presents) in a Chilly Willy cartoon. (And I know that Disney used it in the Silly Symphony "Hell's Bells".)

And you'd think that Woody would know better than to scratch his head with the barrel of a loaded gun. (Though Woody is crazy.)

(Also, I got to watch all of Saturday Morning Cartoons because my sister was in another state. I don't think that I had ever seen "Dog Tired" before. I don't remember seeing a Two Curious Puppies cartoon with the original titles. And it was strange hearing Billy Bletcher as the voice of Barney Bear. I'm used to Paul Frees, or Barney not talking.)
Bobby Bickert
a day ago
Upcoming episodes of "Toon In With Me":

On Wednesday, June 19th:

"All That Taz"-"Bill and Toony celebrate the Tasmanian Devil's 70th birthday."

On Thursday, July 20th:

"Beck's Best"-"Cartoon historian and friend of the show, Jerry Beck, picks some of his favorite cartoons of all time."

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