Crane Brained
Studio: DePatie Freleng Release Date : September 9, 1978 Series: Crazy Legs Crane

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Crazy Legs Crane is shamed into going out and catching food for his young son but tries to catch a fire breathing dragonfly!


Crazy Legs Crane
(Voice: Larry D. Mann)



Steve DePatie


Larry D. Mann
Frank Welker


David Hudson "Dave" DePatie
Isadore "Friz" Freleng

In Charge of Production

Lee Gunther

Music Editor

Joe Siracusa

Production Mixer

Steve Orr


ABC (Original broadcast network)


  • First Crazy Legs Crane cartoon.


The All New Pink Panther Show (Season 1, Episode 1)


United States

Crazy Legs Crane
The DePatie/Freleng Collection 2

BluRay Disc

United States

Crazy Legs Crane
The DePatie/Freleng Collection 2

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:02
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 4 : 3 (Television)
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Color
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono

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From TibbyH :

I love DePatie-Freleng. I mention this upfront because this cartoon doesn't feel like anything they use to release up to this point. This cartoon comes off as a Hanna-Barbera knockoff or something Filmation would've done. The Crazylegs Crane series is yet another mediocre jab at the classic Warner Bros formula by 70s DFE. I guess they figured his original design wouldn't work for TV, so Crazylegs was redesigned with a collared neck and simpler features. And I guess they also decided that the Crane wouldn't work as a solo character so they gave him a dragonfly (voiced by the legendary Frank Welker, for some reason) to chase after and, in this short, a son (also voiced by Frank). The jokes are so one-dimensional and flat, nothing's timed properly, and I get the impression that everyone at the studio was tired and worn out. The surreal comedy style, psychedelic character designs, and sense of fun was lost at DePatie-Freleng by the mid-to-late 70s, and this was what they churned out instead. Do yourself a favor and avoid the Crazylegs Crane TV series (or for that matter, anything from The All New Pink Panther Show).
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