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Thursday, November 15, 2007

TV Trivia Thursday #3

As mentioned last week, this week's TV Trivia Thursday will focus on the wacky, wonderful world of cartoons. However, many of the following questions do touch on interconnections between cartoon shows and their live-action counterparts.

1) When you think of television cartoons, the first names that come to mind are Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, creators of the Flintstones and many dozens of other well-known - and some not so well-known - characters. But well before launching their own studio, they had already achieved fame as the creators, in 1940, of this famous theatrical toon duo for MGM.

2) In the early 1960s, three prime time animated shows premiered on ABC in close succession. These shows also had in common that each inherited its basic setup, in terms of major characters and their relationships, from a pre-existing live sitcom - though of course in a radically different setting. Name the three shows and their live-action paradigms.

3) And on a somewhat related note, master Hanna-Barbera voice talent Daws Butler specialized in mimicking the distinctive voices of other actors, several of which he used for his vast array of characters. Match each toon with its real-life voice model:

a) Snagglepuss
b) Yogi Bear
c) Wally Gator
d) Peter Potamus
e) Doggie Daddy (from "Augie Doggie")

i) Joe E. Brown
ii) Ed Wynn
iii) Bert Lahr
iv) Jimmy Durante
v) Art Carney (as Ed Norton)

4) This cartoon was a spoof of a contemporary live show, which in turn was a spoof of the James Bond movie genre. Name the cartoon and its live-action inspiration.
4a) For extra credit, what other cartoon character was voiced, several years earlier, by the lead actor of that live show?

5) Name three "super-powered" toons who would pause in the midst of battle, sometimes on the very brink of defeat, and perform a special, revitalizing action, then go on to easily defeat their foes.

6) Many decades before today's Nintendo Generation "discovered" anime, we Baby Boomers were able to enjoy US broadcasts of several Japanese cartoon series way back in the early-to-mid 1960s. Name at least three of these shows.

7) Which one of these live-action shows was not followed-up by a animated spinoff?
a) Star Trek
b) Happy Days
c) The Partridge Family
d) The Brady Bunch
e) I Dream of Jeannie
f) The Addams Family
g) Gilligan's Island

8) "Drizzle, drazzle, drozzle, drome; time for this one to come home!" Who was the hapless cartoon character always in need of rescue, and who spoke this classic line while coming to his aid each episode?

9) Everyone knows that Bullwinkle and Rocky were menaced by Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale - but who did this nefarious duo of no-goodniks report up to?

10) And speaking of baddies, name the show on which each of these colorfully-named master villains appeared:
a) Snidely Whiplash
b) Dick Dastardly
c) Simon Bar Sinister
d) Baron Otto Matic
e) Skeletor
f) Shredder

Enjoy! Next week TTT will be off for Thanksgiving, so look for more trivial fun on 11/29.

8 Comments:

At 11/15/07, 10:31 AM, Anonymous Danny Geretz said...

Well, one answer to 5 is Popeye and spinach.

 
At 11/15/07, 10:38 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) Tom and Jerry
5) The others, I think, were Hercules putting on his ring and Sinbad tightening his belt.
Name the top 40 singer who sang the theme to Hercules.
10)
a)Dudley Do-Right
b)Wacky Races
c)
d) Inspector Gadget?
e) Masters of the Universe (He-Man)
f) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 
At 11/15/07, 11:29 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Aqua-boy and Speed Racer with their great out of sync translations.
Though it wasn't a cartoon, Ultra-man had that same quality.

 
At 11/15/07, 12:15 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Speed Racer was one of my favorites. Racer X- the mysterious big brother.

7) E. I Dream of Jeannie.

 
At 11/15/07, 12:53 PM, Blogger LEL said...

2.The Flinstones-derived from the Honeymooners

3.Yogi bear-Art Carney

 
At 11/18/07, 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3. Snagglepuss was Jimmy Durante (I think)
5. Adam ant

 
At 11/18/07, 9:11 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Here are the full set of answers, most of which were at least partially supplied:

1) Soccer Dad got it - Tom and Jerry.

2) The shows, and their live-action models, were:
The Flintstones: The Honeymooners
Top Cat: Sgt. Bilko
The Jetsons: Blondie
See the Toonpedia site for more details on each.

3) a-iii. In a related story, as quoted on Toonpedia: Butler was so good at the Lahr imitation that when the Snagglepuss character was used as a spokestoon for Kellogg's Cereals, Lahr sued, and the commercials had to give Butler a credit line so nobody would think it was Lahr plugging the cereal.
The rest are: b-v (as guessed by Lel), c-ii, (note: you'll remember Ed Wynn as the weird-voiced guy who floated on the ceiling in "Mary Poppins"), d-i, e-iv.

4) The 1966 cartoon Cool McCool ("Danger is My Business!"), co-created by Bob Kane of Batman fame, was a spoof of "Get Smart", which in turn spoofed the James Bond / spy movie genre.
4a) Don Adams, star of "Get Smart", was the voice of 'toon penguin Tennessee Tuxedo, who premiered in 1963.

5) Two of the three characters I had in mind, and which were guessed, were Popeye, who of course would swallow spinach to gain super strength, and Adam Ant, who had the ability to stop the action, fly off and exercise to get stronger, then fly back and finish the fight. The third character I had in mind was Underdog, who kept a hidden "energy pill" in a secret compartment of his ring. SD supplied two other examples which I had forgotten.

6) Speed Racer and Marine Boy were two, also Astro Boy, and who could forget Gigaaantoor!! "Bigger than big, stronger than strong!"

7) Jack got it right! All these popular shows except IDoJ had (uniformly insipid and lousy) cartoon followup versions.

8) Nobody else remembers this one? His name was "Tooter Turtle", and, again quoting the Toonpedia summary, "Tooter's segment consisted of simple homilies, the moral of which was "There's no place like home". Each episode, he'd call on his friend, Wizard the Lizard (whom he addressed as "Mr. Wizard") and request a transfer to some fun past setting he'd been reading about. Then Wizard would use his magic to send Tooter there, and Tooter would find out it wasn't so much fun after all — in fact, it would usually turn out downright painful. When he'd had enough, he'd cry out for Mr. Wizard to rescue him; and with the words "Drizzle, Drazzle, Drozzle, Drome, time for this one to come home", Wizard would immediately do so."

9) "Ve must call Fearless Leader" – said in your best (worst) Russian accent!

10) SD got four out of six. c) Simon Bar Sinister was from "Underdog", and d) Baron Otto Matic was from "Tom Slick", Jay Ward's (of "Bullwinkle and Rocky" fame) racing parody that appeared alongside his better-remembered Tarzan parody, "George of the Jungle".

 
At 5/7/08, 1:13 PM, Anonymous R.G. said...

Actually,IDoJ DID have an animated followup titled simply JEANNIE.I understand a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill did the voice of one of the two young guys.

 

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