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The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole

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Spunky and Tadpole is an animated television series produced by Beverly Hills Productions and syndicated beginning on September 6, 1958. The show's characters were a boy and a bear who hunted down bad guys in a string of made for TV installments, usually running ten installments shown in two weeks or two for one week. The show remained in production until 1961.[1][2]

Spunky and Tadpole
GenreComedy
Written byArt Moore
Directed byArt Moore
Voices ofJoan Gardner
Don Messick
Ed Janis
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes19
Production
Producer(s)Ed Janis
Production company(s)Beverly Hills Productions
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 6, 1958 (1958-09-06) –
1961 (1961)

According to Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003:

"Ultra-chintzy both in concept and execution... Spunky and Tadpole was given a big-bucks promotional sendoff in 1958 by its first syndicator, Guild Films. A major TV distributor of the period thanks to such valuable properties as the Liberace Show and the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoons, Guild secured bookings for Spunky and Tadpole in several top markets, promising a series that would appeal equally to grownups and children. Competition from stronger syndies like Huckleberry Hound and the Three Stooges shorts caused Spunky and Tadpole to fall by the wayside, and when Guild disappeared in a merger at the end of the 1950s, the cartoons were shunted around to several minor distributors. Offered at bargain rates to less affluent stations in smaller markets, Spunky and Tadpole continued to play unobtrusively into the mid-1960s."[3]

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EpisodesEdit

# Title Original air date
1 "Abdul the Boo Boo" September 6, 1958 (1958-09-06)
2 "Another Race in Outer Space!" September 13, 1958 (1958-09-13)
3 "Doin's in the Ruins" September 20, 1958 (1958-09-20)
4 "The Bugle Will Blow" September 27, 1958 (1958-09-27)
5 "The Count of San Francisco" October 4, 1958 (1958-10-04)
6 "Counterspies in Secret Guise" October 11, 1958 (1958-10-11)
7 "A Message to Marcia" October 18, 1958 (1958-10-18)
8 "The Mixed-Up Monster" October 25, 1958 (1958-10-25)
9 "North Pole Caper" November 1, 1958 (1958-11-01)
10 "Buried Treasure" November 8, 1958 (1958-11-08)
11 "Circus Craze" November 15, 1958 (1958-11-15)
12 "The Smugglers" November 22, 1958 (1958-11-22)
13 "Secret of Cactus Corners" November 29, 1958 (1958-11-29)
14 "The Frozen Planet" December 6, 1958 (1958-12-06)
15 "The Private Eyes" December 13, 1958 (1958-12-13)
16 "Moon Trip" December 20, 1958 (1958-12-20)
17 "London Mystery" December 27, 1958 (1958-12-27)
18 "Casaba Capers" January 3, 1959 (1959-01-03)
19 "Out of Place in Outer Space" January 10, 1959 (1959-01-10)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  2. ^ "Toontracker". Toontracker.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal. Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003. McFarland & Company; 2nd edition (June 30, 2005), ISBN 978-0786420995

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