Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Look! A Wagon Wheel!

Haven't seen this in a while...

This is great, but the post can't be complete without...

According to Toon Tracker,
The character Timer (voiced by Len Maxwell) originally appeared in "The Incredible, Indelible, Magical, Physical Mystery Trip", an ABC Afterschool Special that combined live-action with animation. This 1973 DePatie-Freleng Enterprises Production, in association with ABC, was an educational and entertaining journey which took two youngsters, Joey (voiced by Peter Broderick) and Missy (voiced by Kathy Buch), through the mistreated body of their Uncle Carl, who has lived a hard life, failing to maintain his health. The kids are miniaturized prior to the trip by Timer. The special was later re-broadcast as a two-part ABC Weekend Special.

Timer (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) then took two miniaturized youngsters, Carol (voiced by Diane Murphy) and Larry (voiced by Ike Eisenmann), on "The Magical Mystery Trip Through Little Red's Head", a 1974 DePatie-Freleng production which combined live-action and animation. As the trio explore Little Red's (voiced by Sarah Kennedy) mind, they learn how people express and deal with their feelings from the inside. The hour-long feature was originally broadcast as an ABC Afterschool Special and later re-broadcast as a two-part ABC Weekend Special.

The Timer character was later revived by ABC and DePatie-Freleng in 1977 for a series of ABC Health and Nutrition Commercials, short public service spots which aired on ABC's weekend schedule. Other characters featured in the shorts included Chopper, a motorcyclist who explained how teeth work. Some of Timer's topics included "hankering for a hunk of cheese" and explaining to youngsters how to make orange juice popsicles which he called "Sunshine on a Stick".


breakerslion said...

I remember the "Sunshine on a Stick" one:

"..or, whatever turns you on."...??? Boy were they asking for it. It was the 70's after all.

"Hey man, I just don't see how the toothpick and the freezer really helps these brownies much man."

In retrospect, they obviously were financed by the American Dairy Association and the Florida Citrus crowd, I guess they just couldn't come up with a vehicle to tempt the Egg Council!

Jeff said...

Ah, Saturday mornings in the 70's...

Apparently that's burned into my brain permanently, right alongside Schoolhouse Rock... Every word of that song echoed in my head while it played.