Special Sub-Topic: Older Animated Cartoon Memories
|To whom did Bugs Bunny say, "Tag, you're it, baggy eyes!"?
Tasmanian Devil. In the Merry Melodies cartoon titled "Bedevilled Rabbit" (1957), Bugs Bunny was hiding in a crate of carrots which was parachuted into Tasmania. All of the animals were on the run because the Tasmanian Devil was on the loose. Bugs tried to outsmart the Tasmanian Devil by acting like a monkey and saying that monkeys were not on the Tasmanian Devil's menu. Eventually, in his typical cheeky fashion, Bugs swatted the Tasmanian Devil on the back and said, "Tag you're it baggy eyes!" Bugs was caught and prepared like a turkey, as a meal. Bugs tricked the Tasmanian Devil by preparing "wild turkey surprise" which was eaten and exploded in the Tasmanian Devil's belly. They then had a typical screaming match which produced a chase. Bugs ran into the local trading store and bought a few things in order to be disguised as a female Tasmanian devil. Bugs used a bear trap as a mouth and lips. They kissed, the trap snapped onto the devil's face and then the devil's wife came along and clobbered the Tasmanian Devil with a rolling pin. The cartoon's story was created by Tedd Pierce. The animation was created by George Grandpre, Ted Bonnicksen and Keith Darling. The voices were done by Mel Blanc and the cartoon was directed by Robert McKimson.
|Was there ever a super hero mouse?|
Yes. Mighty Mouse originally donned a blue suit and a red cape, like Superman, but that eventually was changed to a yellow suit with a red cape. He was always doing good deeds and saving someone or something. In the cartoon titled "Wolf, Wolf!" (1944), a wolf disguised as Little Bo Peep went out and tried to capture a lamb. Lambs were entranced with the flute music and soon one of them followed the wolf, but ran off, nervously. Being clever, the wolf then played a trumpet and the lamb soon followed again. The wolf's pals were waiting to help trap and prepare a nice meal of lamb. Eventually the lamb was forced into a pot of water on the fire. Mighty Mouse came to the rescue sending the wolves scrambling to defend themselves in battle. An explosion sent the wolves and the lamb up into the air. Mighty Mouse rescued the lamb and returned the lamb to the flock and the waiting arms of its mother. Mighty Mouse's catch phrase, with him singing it, was, "Here, I come to save the day!" Izzy Klein created Mighty Mouse who first appeared in 1942 in the short titled "The Mouse of Tomorrow".
|Elzie Crisler Segar created a wonderful cartoon character which began as a comic strip in 1929. Who was this character?|
Popeye. In 1933 Max and Dave Fleischer took this "Thimble Theater" character known then as "Popeye the Sailor" and created animated cartoons. He quickly became a popular spinach eating sailor. In 1942 Paramount took control of the "Fleischer Studio" and produced more cartoons until 1957. By 1960, "King Features" carried on the cartoon phenomenon until 1962. "Hanna-Barbera Productions" took over the production of Popeye cartoons from 1978 to 1982 and then again from 1987 to 1988. A fun cartoon video called "Popeye the Sailor: Parley Vous Woo" (1956) is one of my favorites. Popeye and Olive Oyl were supposed to go on a date but she was too busy hoping to win a date with her romantic, French, heartthrob, television actor. Bluto appeared at the door, in disguise of course, and wooed Olive. Popeye was not at all pleased. Naturally the two men engaged in a dual over the love of Olive. A sword fight ensued which resulted with Popeye being stabbed right in his can of spinach. Of course, he ate the spinach, became strong and swift and defeated the villain, Bluto. Olive and Popeye were about to leave for their date again, when Popeye kissed Olive's hand. Olive turned red, like a thermometer with its temperature rising, and she melted, exclaiming, "Oh, I'm just like butter in your hands".
|Do you remember Mr. Magoo? What was his first name?|
Quincy. Quincy Magoo, created by UPA animation studio, was a comical cartoon character who had terrible eyesight. His lack of good eyesight, due to being very nearsighted, always caused problems for Mr. Magoo. Jim Backus did the voice of the wealthy, short, elderly retired fellow named Mr. Magoo. "The Ragtime Bear" (1949) was the first animated cartoon to feature Mr. Magoo. In this cartoon, presented by Columbia Pictures, Mr. Magoo was taking a trip into the mountains and crashed his car into a tree. There was a bear sitting in the branches on top of the tee. Magoo and his banjo playing nephew Waldo headed to a nearby lodge to have peace and quiet. Waldo fell down a split between two mountains. The bear that was in the tree, ended up with Waldo's hat and banjo, which made Quincy think that the bear was Waldo. Magoo and the bear eventually ended up at the lodge, where they got a room. The bear loved the banjo. Outside again, Magoo and the bear ended up going down the mountain on a pair of skis. Magoo grabbed the banjo from the bear and they soon returned to the lodge and went to bed. Magoo held onto the banjo and a rifle to keep the bear, who he still thought was Waldo, from getting the banjo back and making noise with it. Gradually the bear made its way over to Magoo and caused the rifle to shoot. Magoo thought he shot Waldo and poured water onto him, returned the banjo and then threatened him not to play a note or he would be blasted. The bear reached over and strummed the banjo which caused a chase. Magoo chased Waldo while the bear sat on top of the tree strumming the banjo.
|Here's an easy one for you. Who always said, "Exit, stage left!"?|
Snagglepuss. In 1959 Hanna-Barbera created a wonderful pink mountain lion cartoon character named Snagglepuss. Daws Butler was the voice of Snagglepuss who was best known for his great "Heavens to Murgatroyd" expression, as well as "Exit, stage left!" His first appearance was on "The Quick Draw McGraw Show" and then later on "The Yogi Bear Show". Once upon a time, Snagglepuss was orange, but he evolved into the fun loving, happy pink lion we all know. The first cartoon featuring Snagglepuss was called "Lamb Chopped" (1959).
|William Hanna and Joseph Barbera created this animated character in a television series. He had a southern drawl and was a happy, laid back character. What was this cartoon series called?|
The Huckleberry Hound Show. Hanna and Barbera created many cartoons. One of them was, "Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie" (1958) which was the first cartoon appearance of Huckleberry Hound. He was a blue hound dog with a strong Southern drawl. Huckleberry Hound would try out many jobs which often backfired on him. He had a variety of villains including "Powerful Pierre" and "Dinky Dalton". Huckleberry Hound was known for his tone deaf singing rendition of "Oh My Darling, Clementine." In the Huckleberry Hound cartoon "Cop and Saucer" (1958), Huckleberry is portrayed as a policeman. As he was driving through the city, singing his "Oh My Darling, Clementine", he received a radio call to investigate a UFO which landed in the park. Huckleberry raced to the park in his police car and found the UFO, thinking it was a foreign car obstructing the park. He walked over to an alien and asked if the UFO was his car, asked for his driver's license and then the alien took out a ray gun. Huckleberry Hound tried to apprehend the suspect who grabbed and tossed Huck into a tree. Determined to subdue the alien, Huck approached him with handcuffs and tried to take him in, but the alien managed to get out of the handcuffs and hook them to Huck's police car. Huck decided to write out a ticket but that didn't work either. Huck started hiding from the alien and everywhere he went the alien shot his ray gun and disintegrated things. Poor Huck was having typical difficulties and hurried to call the sergeant for some help. The alien chased the police car, disintegrating it, making Huck quite upset. The alien took Huck into the UFO and flew off into the sky.
|The cartoon characters named "Pixie" and "Dixie" often featured an orange cat. What was his name?|
Mr. Jinks. The "Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks" animated series episodes ran on television from 1958 to 1961. In total, there were 57 cartoons created for this series. This popular cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera was a regular part of "The Huckleberry Hound Show". Jinks, the cat, was not much of a threat to Pixie and Dixie, who constantly taunted old Jinks. "I hate those meeces to pieces!" was the beloved catchphrase used by Mr. Jinks in most of the cartoons. Mr. Jinks and the mice often shared a happy ending and surprisingly, Mr. Jinks would sometimes win against the "meeces". "Kit Kat Kit" (1958) tells the story of Mr. Jinks building a robot cat after being continually outsmarted by the mice that Jinx could not manage to trap. This robot cat was expected to take care of the mice, which it did for a while. Pixie and Dixie managed to disguise Mr. Jinx and made him look like a mouse. This caused the mechanical mouse catching robot to chase after Mr. Jinx, while Pixie and Dixie giggled.
|This monotone, quick witted, cartoon dog began his cartoon career in 1943. He received his name only in his fifth cartoon appearance. Who was this lethargic cartoon character?|
Droopy. Tex Avery created this character, which first appeared in "Dumb-hounded", without a name. He was finally named "Droopy" in "Senor Droopy" (1949). Direction of the Droopy cartoons was led by Tex Avery, Dick Lundy and Michael Lah. The producers were Fred Quimby, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. In "Senor Droopy", Droopy the bloodhound was in Mexico to compete in a bullfight against a wolf. The winner could have anything they wanted in all of Mexico. Both of them wanted the same senorita. When Droopy stood with the red cape, ready to fight the bull, the bull just laughed. The bull was not amused with the wolf, however, but the wolf tricked the bull many times. Droopy tried to stab the bull but the bull blew Droopy out of the arena. The rather magical wolf, bowed to the crowd and the bull head butted him out of the arena. Droopy returned, waved the red cape and then started to cry believing he had lost. The bull drew a mustache and beard onto the face of the senorita in the picture, which really riled Droopy who then defeated the bull. Droopy won and requested the senorita. Droopy and the senorita were seen, sharing time together, at the end of the cartoon.
|Who was the star of "Steamboat Willie" (1928), "The Gallopin' Gaucho" (1928) and "Plane Crazy" (1928)?|
Micky Mouse. Walt Disney created the animated short "Steamboat Willie" in 1928. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the first animated Mickey Mouse cartoon. "Plane Crazy" (1928) was released six months earlier in May, 1928. "The Gallopin' Gaucho" was also made before "Steamboat Willie" but released afterward. "Steamboat Willie" was voted #13 of "The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time." In the cartoon, "Steamboat Willie", Mickey worked on a steamboat. He happily whistled a merry tune as he steered the vessel. The large, nasty captain forced Mickey away from the steering job. On the dock there were a lot of animals waiting for the steamboat to pick them up. Mickey loaded them on board. As the steamboat was leaving, Minnie Mouse chased it along the shoreline because she wanted to go aboard. Mickey used the animal loading cables and hook to pick Minnie up and get her onto the steamboat. A goat swallowed Minnie's fiddle, but Mickey and Minnie found a way to wind up the goats tail, open its mouth and play the music like a phonograph. Mickey then played a merry tune on buckets and pots as well as a scrub board. He pulled on the tails of piglets so they would make music with their squeals. He also pried open the mouth of a hippo and played on the hippo's teeth as though its teeth were a xylophone. The captain was not amused and made Mickey peel potatoes. A parrot came to the window and laughed. Mickey tossed a potato at the parrot and then Mickey laughed.
|Which cartoon character did Walter Lantz create?|
Woody Woodpecker. Woody Woodpecker was a very mischievous animated woodpecker created by Walter Lantz. The first cartoon featuring Woody was "Knock Knock" (1940). "Knock Knock" was part of the series called "Andy Panda", which was also produced by Walter Lantz. In the cartoon, Woody persisted in pestering Andy Panda and Papa Panda. Woody knocked on the roof which caused Papa Panda to think someone was at the door. Woody made a hole in the roof and began to torment the bears. Andy thought he could catch Woody by sprinkling salt on his tail. Eventually, Andy Panda succeeded and dumped a mound of salt onto Woody's tail which made it impossible for Woody to fly or run away. Woody was then taken away to a 'funny farm'.
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