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