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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Baby Boomer Thursdays: Clutch Cargo 1959

No real estate on Thursdays, so here goes...

In the category of long lost, but totally memorable cartoons, we feature Clutch Cargo, with his pals, Spinner and Paddlefoot. Remember those human lips that moved when they spoke?

Clutch made his debut on March 9, 1959, and by the following year could be seen on 65 stations nationwide. The stories were compiled as five chapters, and each chapter was 5 minutes in length. This allowed the local syndicating stations to show a chapter each day, with the thrilling conclusions on Fridays.

This was typical of the many local afternoon kids' shows in the US at that time. These featured a studio host, (like Bozo the Clown, etc), and an audience of Cub Scouts, Brownies, my 3rd grade class, and so forth. Serialized cartoons were a staple here.

The Essential Clutch Cargo Links:
Toon Tracker's Clutch Cargo Page.

Toonopedia's Clutch Cargo page.

Margaret Kerry, the movement and style behind Disney's Tinkerbell, provided the voices for both Spinner and Paddlefoot.

Hal Smith, who played town drunk Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show provided the voice of Swampy. He can be heard at the end of the video clip below.

Paul Horn, a name known to jazz fans everywhere, provided the Clutch cargo theme, flute and bongos, kind of catchy in a Clutch sort of way. Don't remember the theme? It opens the video clip below.

Syncro Vox: The technique patented and used to impose those moving human lips onto cartoon characters.

Video: 1 minute and 14 seconds, Clutch lands on the moon to win the space race.

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