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Old 12-17-2018, 12:14 PM
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Barker Bill's Cartoon Show

Ah, the cartoon show. Fact of the matter is that 1949 was supposed to have three more cartoons that I couldn't find openings two, assuming they even have "intro" to: NBC Tele-Comics, The Puppetoon Show and the Harveytoons Show. I don't know for sure about the "Tele-Comics" but I think that rest are all repackaging of theatrical shorts. And that make sense: it's hard to produce a lot of hours for the new medium (especially with the industry not being the machine it would become), so why not show cartoons that would only be seen in theatres beforehand. So far, this is the only intro I can find for one of these types of shows, though I expect I'll be able to find more. So get ready for Barker Bill's Cartoon Show.



We start with a top hat and a little jaunty theme, a theme so jaunty, even that hat starts crumpling and extending to the rhythm. Then the hat starts moving back and forth in time to the music. The song begins.

"Whose the man in the big black hat
and who is the man who is round and fat."

This doesn't narrow things down, really.

We see clothes without a rotund man in them dancing around in the middle of a circus ring, which I got to admit, is probably a pretty good act. Even better, he materializes into his own clothes. I can be snarky, but that's some A+ showmanship!

"Who is the man you are looking at?"

OK, this helps a lot with your inquiry. But I don't know.

"His name is Barker Bill."

I should have guessed based on context.

So he's dancing around and it's all cute until we get a close-up.



That's... weird. This feels like a one-off South Park characters. One of the ones you really don't want to remember an is intended to be goofy juxtaposed with something awful and is predicated on a joke that maybe isn't funny but they are swinging for the fences on it and it doesn't work, not even with ceaseless repetition.

Or maybe it's just an unrealized Paul F. Tompkins character.

Anyway, he starts leading a parade procession of children through the circus and hopefully not leading them out of town never to be scene again Pied Piper-style.

"Whose the man with the voice so clear
That folks come running both far and near."

I feel like that might be an issue of volume than clarity. That said, I'm glad the people of this show appreciate the skill of clear speaking, which is a valuable skill in entertainment. I just feel like unless these people are saying "Dude, you got to hear this guy's clear voice. Very precise and coherent!", the loudness is what is calling people over (though I'm sure the quality of the speaking is solid. It's got to be the man's bread and butter and all.)

"Whose the man you can always hear,
His name is Barker Bill."

Hopefully, this is another comment on his clarity of speech. A man "you can always hear" is a scary concept. Like he's the voice that tells you to do things and you can't resist him.

Barker Bill is always with you, calling you closer to your own Carnival of Perdition. When you have done something unforgivable, crossed a line that was not meant to be crossed or found that you have destroyed your own triumphs with your sin, look into your pocket. You will find your usual things. But you will feel something else. Like a small card. It's a ticket. To Barker Bill's Cartoon Show. It is then you realize that the last person you've met is the last person to see you. You will never return.

We then see the show's title card for a tenth of a second.


Did it make me want to watch it?

I never liked Terrytoons. Terrytoons is to Hanna Barbera as Hanna Barbera is to Looney Tunes. That's the enjoyability gap we are looking at here.

Now I look on Wikipedia to learn more about the show

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These were mostly older cartoons from the 1930s, like Farmer Al Falfa and Kiko the Kangaroo, not the more current and better known series such as Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle.
You know what, I take it back. Mighty Mouse isn't so bad. But clearly this is the recurring characters moldering in the Terrytoons addict.

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Hey, I found some Kiko the Kangaroo fan art.


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Old 12-17-2018, 12:33 PM
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This is the only reason I even recognize Barker Bill by name.


It's like, I appreciate that Nintendo was committed to making more light gun games, but it still bewilders me that they used a long dead license for a cartoon compilation show for it. Like, who would even care that it's Barker Bill's Trick Shooting? Unless the show was on cable in the 80s or something, I doubt anybody but grandparents or great grandparents would even recognize the license.

But hey, at least you can shoot the Duck Hunt dog in this one.
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:40 PM
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But is it the same character? Because that seems like a generic carnival barker name. But he does kind of look like Bill. But also, Bill looks like a generic barker. There's a mystery here.
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A man "you can always hear" is a scary concept. Like he's the voice that tells you to do things and you can't resist him.

Barker Bill is always with you, calling you closer to your own Carnival of Perdition. When you have done something unforgivable, crossed a line that was not meant to be crossed or found that you have destroyed your own triumphs with your sin, look into your pocket. You will find your usual things. But you will feel something else. Like a small card. It's a ticket. To Barker Bill's Cartoon Show. It is then you realize that the last person you've met is the last person to see you. You will never return.
So then does that mean that Barker Bill is Talking Tim? Or are they different but similar?
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:32 AM
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Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown

Yes, it's Bozo. He's the world's most famous clown. Suck it, Pagliacci (and yes, I know the clown in Pagliacci isn't named that. He's Pagliacci's monster). Mostly, I know him for... existing. I don't think I've ever seen a Bozo, though I think a large number of major markets in the US had one well into the 90's. Mostly I know the character as a kids show host, but it started earlier than TV. The characters lie in a series of records with read-along books aimed at kids in 1946. They seemed to do well, as the character became the mascot for capital records. It was in 1956 when the character was optioned for TV and Bozo's started popping up all over. The last Bozo I can find active was in Brazil in 2014!

So while I have no idea of what the appeal of the clown is, he certainly was ubiquitous and popular.

So let's check out what a Bozo cartoon looks like in animated form.



We first see Bozo in some sort of magical be-umbrelled jet car in space as circus music plays. Bozo then jets around the screen, using his device to do some sky-writing of his own name. It straightens itself out into a less nimbus-y font and a fluffy pink cloud underneath it turns into the marquee proclaiming Bozo "the World's Most Famous Clown". I feel like this is honest in that it doesn't say best.

The Announcer says as much and then Bozo flies at the screen. We then see the title is "Broad Sword Discord" (I am not on that Discord channel). And that's about it.

Did it make me want to watch it?

Nope.

Now I look on Wikipedia to learn more about the show

Lou Scheimer worked on this before he voiced all the "cute" characters in his cartoons. Oh, and Bozo has a young teen sidekick named Butch.

Oh, and Paul Frees was the narrator. That's about it.

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I feel like whatever this kink is, Bozo is oblivious to it.






This is... not bad, I guess.

Next is NSFW


Also, he's ready to accept your little paper football.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:03 AM
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Bucky and Pepito

Have no idea what we are getting into here. I expect maybe an unfortunate Mexican accent, but apart from that, I have no idea. Let's learn together.



We start off with a sign that says "Samsing of Hollywood" that... doesn't really stay on center. Fun fact, looking up Samsing as a name, I'm only getting the name of a village in West Bengal so I guess that's their representative in Hollywood. Or there was a guy named Sam Sing with no gap between the given and sur names. The fact that there's an SS in the background might verify the latter. Or hint that Operation: Paperclip has had a very dark impact on the entertainment industry.

"Buuuucky! And Pepito! Such a funny, funny pair." Remember, they are referring to 1950's funny. You've been warned. Anyway, we see to boys (or small men) riding a horse as silhouettes riding across the desert.

"When anyone needs helping, they always lend a hand." Like, even bad guys? Be more discriminating Bucky and Pepito. Anyway, the executive producer is Sam Singer, so that settles that.

"Bucky and Pepito are known throughout the land.
The animals all love them
Bad hombres shake with fear.
When Bucky and Pepito are trailing very, very near"

Oh, so this is basically Pow Wow without the Indian boy. I'm just guessing because of their appearant kinship with animals.

Anyway... that's it. Oh, and this episode is called "The Vexin' Texan" and the title was probably thought up before anything else.

Did it make me want to watch it?

Nah.

Now I look on Wikipedia to learn more about the show

The series is partially lost, and little information is known about it Hm... maybe I should watch some then, just because I think we need a more helpful view on this. Also, this is what they look like,



One of them (I'm guessing Pepito), might be blind and has Daredevil-like senses.
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No fan art but this... DVD case (?) has left me even more confused.



This is... more than I can process.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:48 AM
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Clutch Cargo

OK, here's one I've heard off, I'm going to go through the title first, because it is going to mess with you if you've never heard of this one.

OK, here's the intro.



So we start with the big "Race Bannon" looking head of the main character with the title right next to him. The announcer says "Clutch Cargo with his friend Spinner and Paddlefoot."

We then see the heads of "Spinner" (a young freckle-faced moppet) and "Paddlefoot" (a dog with a saluting ear, I think).

"In another exciting adventure, Pirate Isle!"

I have doubts about exciting, but I do like the live action pirate flag waving in the title card.

Anyway, that's it. But this is a show I know a little bit about. Mostly the animation. Or lack thereof. See, this show is famous for a very... strange approach to saving money on animation.



Ignoring the 50's style racism (which is REALLY HARD! A CHARACTER KEEPS SAYING OOGA LOOGA!), "syncro vox", a fancy way of saying "we put our ugly mouths in characters faces", made the show, that I'm sure is otherwise forgettable, something people would/could never forget, no matter how much they tried. "Syncro Vox" even spawned some Conan bits.



So I will say, I am not without curiosity about the show. But clearly, this is an era where intros where not a big priority.

Did it make me want to watch it?

The intro itself didn't. Any desire to watch it is based on morbid curiosity that ISN'T inspired by the intro but rather the legacy of the show itself.

Now I look on Wikipedia to learn more about the show
From the creator.

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"We are not making animated cartoons. We are photographing 'motorized movement' and—the biggest trick of all—combining it with live action…. Footage that Disney does for $250,000 we do for $18,000."
"Pretty sure kids love pictures with mouthholes cut out of them as much as cartoons. It's cheaper and everybody loves it just as much."

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Surprisingly none. I mean, it isn't a "well regarded" show, but it is a remembered one.
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:04 AM
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Colonel Bleep

Yes, it's Colonel Bleep. Let's see if the intro will tell us.



We start out with crazy weird clock that just... tick away for 12 seconds. I won't lie, they are cool, if somewhat unhelpful clocks. I mean, unless you like clocks that beep approximately 2.4 seconds.

"AND NOW, STAND BY FOR ADVENTUUUUURE!"

Intones the announcer. As this happens, we watch a ship being constructed with a surprising smoothness that looks impressive for a 1950's cartoon. I mean, it isn't amazing but considering most cartoons back then were this...



...even this small act of "giving a mild try" feels impressive.

"Three. Two. One."

The smoothness gives way to slight jerkiness as the rocket moves out of shape to rocket up. That said, timing each jerky movement with the countdown at least make it feel like a stylistic choice.

We then see the rocket rocketing through the rocket-- er, cosmos.

"In the exciting story of... *explosion sound* The Ingenious Invention".

Um... you didn't want to tell us the show's title, did you? Or was Colonel Bleep such a big deal that he/she (but let's face it, he) needed no introduction?

Did it make me want to watch it?

Only because it gave me so little.

Now I look on Wikipedia to learn more about the show
Joseph Barbera may have had a hand in the show but don't let that scare you. Because here is the premise of the show. Get ready to have your mind's ass blown off.

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In 1945, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are noticed by two figures: Scratch, a caveman from a vague prehistoric era who had been asleep since the last Stone Age and was awakened by the bombings; and the denizens of the exoplanet Futura. The Futurans, an alien race with heads shaped like Reuleaux triangles and small, slender bodies, send one of their own, Colonel Bleep, to investigate. Upon reaching Earth, Bleep commissions Scratch as a deputy, with Bleep representing the future and Scratch the past. Representing the present day is Squeak, a cowboy puppet toy that can move on its own volition but cannot speak (as a puppet, it cannot speak on its own). Together, the three establish a base at Zero Zero Island in the Atlantic Ocean to protect Earth's solar system from extraterrestrial threats.
This feels... wow. I can't imagine this being as dense and ambitious as it sounds. It's a children's cartoon where an alien, a puppet and a caveman form a super-team in reaction to humanities ability to revolutionize mass murder. I mean, the bombing of Japan? Wow, that's... a lot to take in. I can't imagine it doing it in a sensitive manner considering how people of Asian descent appeared in American cartoons in those days but... I am still kind of in awe of the show now.

I really may have to watch some of this.

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Hey, I actually found one.

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I am... intensely curious about Colonel Bleep from that description
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I've brought up Col. Bleep before! It's good. Just be prepared to expect VERY limited animation.
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Felix the Cat

If you are wondering (I'm almost certain you aren't), Deputy Dawg did originate in the 50's but he didn't have a TV show until the 60's, so we are skipping it. Instead, we are going with Felix the Cat, a character... I really don't know that well. I mean, I've certainly seen him before. I know he has a magic bag of tricks that can transform and stuff. I've seen the clocks in movies. But I really don't know what, if anything, makes Felix so long lived. Did the comics or cartoons have creative stories? Maybe. I really don't know, though, as I've never seen one.

Maybe the intro to his first TV series can give us a hand! Or... a paw?!? *exaggerated shrug*

Also worth noting that this year is Felix's 100th anniversary! In cat years, that's probably a lot. Like 5000? What do you mean, that's too many? How long are cats supposed to live.

Oh? Oh, dear.

Anyway.



We start with the words "Trans-Lux presents", which maybe means "Beyond Light presents". So that's cool. But I don't know enough about physics to understand the full weight of that premise.

We then see the name (possessively speaking) "Pat Sullivan's" followed by THE VERY THING HE POSSESSES! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

And what does he possess. You are never going to believe this shit. It's "Felix the Cat". Felix's first name appears on little coloured squares, ransom note style, as little magical notes play for each one that appears. We then get a little circle that says "The Cat" (Felix's middle and last names, probably respectively.)

We also find out that it was produced by THE Joe Oriolo. I'm sure all the children watching at home were jazzed to learn that!

Some singing begins.

"Felix the cat,
The wonderful, wonderful cat.
Whenever he gets in a fix,
he reaches into his bag of tricks."

Not much to say about that. It let's us know Felix's quality as a cat and how he gets out of trouble.

Anyway, we get a shot of Felix's disembodied head as it looks at us with a slight, white aura in a blue void.

"Felix the cat,
The wonderful, wonderful cat.
You'll laugh so much your sides will ache,
You're heart will go pitter-pat.
Watchin' Felix, the wonderful cat"

Do not watch Felix the Cat with pregnant women and the elderly.

And there we are.

Did it make me want to watch it?

No. But I would watch some of the older cartoons, probably.

Now I look on Wikipedia to learn more about the show

The only thing worth really noting is that this cartoon actually introduced the "bag of tricks". I suspect the cartoon itself isn't that great, but I do like that bag and I feel like it would be better served in the classic animation rather than the limited animation the show used.

Oh, one other thing: Felix is actually fairly popular in Japan due to this show airing there back in the 60's.

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Good art but man... too smug.



This one looks like a really strong proof of concept that I feel bad saying why I don't like it. It's mostly really great. My problems are little things: I miss the Pac-Man eyes. I miss the rounder head. Otherwise, really good looking Felix.



This one is also pretty good. We definitely have eye-Pac again. But I feel like Felix is supposed to look like a throwback to a certain extend so the modern sheen isn't working for me. Still really good though.
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Fan Art #1 isn't viewable.

But as for Fan Art #2, that drawing on the left has gotta be the best way to give someone the finger.
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Fan Art #1 isn't viewable.
Works for me. I feel like this is one of those pictures where the only way to look at it embedded is to view its source, then it pops up elsewhere just fine. I've seen stuff like that before. It's weird.
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Embeds all work fine for me, which is saying something given that I'm at work and TT embeds usually don't.
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I'm sure this is because the video covers multiple show openings and not just the 50s one, but wet naked 80s anime ostrich-lizard-grinch thing is still not what I would've ever expected to see as a header image for a video about Felix the Cat.

Well okay, maybe on a Deviant Art Felix the Cat video. But I still did not expect that, and I say this having thoroughly watched the mid 90s drug trip iteration of Felix.
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