This video is part of an ongoing project to build a retrospective TV archive made for the LL community on my Retro TV channel at
No commercials in this episode sorry. I try and run these segments under five minutes and this was already two minutes over as it is.
Underdog was originally broadcast from 1964 to 1973 with 124 episodes. Included in this video are the intros to:
Go Go Gophers
The World of Commander McBragg - (Whole segment, as the intro is just a few seconds long, an entire segment is just 90 seconds so I included it as an example of the animation technique common in the series)
Missing from this video are Tooters the Turtle, The Beagles and Twinkles the Elephant. All of which were intermediary short segments in the Underdog show usually lasting around three minutes. You can see Tooters and Mr Wizard in the King Leonardo intro. The shows syndication has always been a potpourri of these different segments.
Produced by Total Television, with animation done at Gamma Studios in Mexico. The main and almost only sponsor was General Mills, Total Television folded when General Mills pulled its sponsorship bringing the series to an end.
For a long time starting in the 70's they always cut out any reference to Underdog swallowing his super energy pill in these cartoons. There are various explanations. One is that censors thought it too close to taking illicit drugs. Another is concerns that little kids would start popping pills they found lying around to imitate Underdog. It's a little ironic however because the intent of the super energy pill was to encourage children to take their vitamins. In some episodes Underdog makes clear that they are vitamins.
My favorite part of the series is when Tennessee and Chumley go to see Mr Whoopee, where he usually uses a magic chalkboard to explain something to them, that always fascinated me as a kid.
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Tags: Retro TV, TV, archive, retrospective, Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo, Klondike Kat, King Leonardo, Go Go Gophers, Commander McBragg, intro, opening, closing, theme, credits
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