Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Morning TV 3

Cartoon Shows based on real people...

The Beatles - ABC 1965-1967

Like most of these shows, the Beatles did not do their own voices. Here they were voiced by legendary American voice over artist Paul Frees (John and George) and British actor Lance Percival (Paul and Ringo). Each episode featured a sing along "music video" featuring a real Beatles song.

Jerry Lewis (Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down) -ABC 1970 - 1972

This show was based on characters from Jerry's 1965 film The Family Jewels. Jerry provided some of the scripts but his voice was performed by David Lander aka Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley

The Harlem Globetrotters - CBS 1970 - 1972

Globetrotter George "Meadowlark" Lemon was the only member of the team to actually perform in this show. Other voices were performed by legendary actors Eddie Rochester Anderson and Scatman Crothers. Merchandise linked to this show include candy, a comic book, a game, and a soundtrack album produced by Rock Legend Don Kirshner.

Jackson 5ive - ABC 1971 - 1973

Other than their actual songs, the Jackson 5ive were voiced by other peformers. Insert your own Michael Jackson joke here_____________________.

The Osmonds - ABC 1971-1973

The Osmonds provided their own voices for this show. Donny Osmond owns the rights and he hopes to release the show on DVD some day (please let it be soon!)

Bill Cosby (Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids) -CBS 1972 - 1984

Hey Hey Hey! Based on characters created by Bill Cosby in his stand up routine, this long-runnng Emmy-nominated series spawned a number of prime time specials, a comic book series and a 2004 live action Film. Bill actually provided a number of the voices on the show.

Muhammad Ali (I Am the Greatest - the Adventures of Muhammad Ali) -NBC 1977

Short lived (4 months) series voiced by the champ himself.

Gary Coleman (the Gary Coleman Show) - NBC 1982-1983

Based on Gary's 1982 made-for-TV movie the Kid with the Broken Halo, Gary actually voiced his character (playing an apprentice angel who helps a different child in each episode.

Mister T - NBC 1983-1986

How awesome were the 80s? Mister T had his own cartoon show! Not only that - he appeared in a live-action intro to each episode.

Hulk Hogan et al (Hulk Hogan's Rock n Wrestling) - CBS 1985-1987

Cashing in on the Rock and Wrestling craze of the mid 1980's this show featured animated versions of the entire WWF stable. The voices were all performed by actors (Everybody Loves Raymond's Brad Garrett starred as the voice of Hogan)

New Kids on the Block - ABC 1990-1991

By the time this show aired by Saturday Morning cartoon watching days were long over and I can honestly say I've never seen it, have no idea what its about and to tell you the truth, don't really want to know...

Louie Anderson (Life with Louie) -Fox 1994-1998

Based on the stand up comedy of Louie Anderson. He voiced his 8-year old self. I never watched it but it looks pretty scary.


  1. oh, man! the Ali cartoon was crackers! I was watching one over on YouTube the other day. Ali in space, being chased by a big old space monster. way cool. alright, he wasn't in space, they were making a movie about Ali in space, but, still, they had me going for a while. . .

  2. Ali in space is a cool concept. Back in the day, he was so tough he could easily survived in space without a suit. Remember that Giant Size DC Comic where he fights Superman?

  3. Oh dear god, hear our plea:
    Let it be with an ironic voice that Michael has asked for the speedy DVD release of the Osmond family DVD. Please dear lord, let this be the case and let it NOT be with any hint of sincerity.

    In your name we pray ...

  4. You're a very disturbed (and disturbing) individual. Of course I was being sarcastic about the Osmonds. However, I would truly love to own DVD of the Jerry Lewis cartoon voiced by David "Squiggy" Lander...