Touché Turtle and Dum Dum

Touché Turtle and Dum Dum is a television cartoon series that aired as one of the segments from the anthology show The New Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Series, produced by Hanna-Barbera.[1] The show also included segments starring Wally Gator and Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har.[2]

Touché Turtle and Dum Dum
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GenreAnimated
Comedy
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofBill Thompson
Alan Reed
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
ProducersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time7 minutes (per short)
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorScreen Gems
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 3, 1962 (1962-09-03) –
August 26, 1963 (1963-08-26)

Following its first airing there in 1962 as part of The New Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Series, Touché Turtle and Dum Dum was later repeated twice on the BBC in the UK as a standalone show during the 1970s and 1980s.

HistoryEdit

Touché Turtle (voiced by Bill Thompson, known for voicing Droopy) and his sheepdog sidekick Dum Dum (voiced by Alan Reed, known for voicing Fred Flintstone) were a pair of heroic fencers who battle villains and heroically save kings, queens, and others in distress.[3] Touché was the brave (if not entirely competent) leader brandishing his trusty sword and exclaiming his catchphrase "Touché away!"[4] He wore a plumed musketeer type hat. Dum Dum was more of a simple-minded follower in a smaller plumed hat and a scarf.

During the run of the show, Touché Turtle used a standard fencing foil as a weapon. Though not particularly bright, he was an accomplished fencer and could hold his own against other sword-fighting opponents.

The series did not follow any lasting timeline or continuity. Touché had adventures in the Old West and in medieval eras, as well as battling villains during the modern era of the 1960s.

A running gag in nearly every episode showed him keeping a telephone inside his shell, and it would ring at inopportune moments when someone called for help. Touché would politely excuse himself, duck into his shell, and take the call regardless of where he was at the time.

Episode listEdit

Home mediaEdit

The first episode "Whale of a Tale" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's Vol. 2. “Rapid Rabbit” is available on DVD on disc 2 of The Best of Warner Bros.: Hanna-Barbera 25 Cartoon Collection.

Touché Turtle and Dum Dum in other languagesEdit

Other appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 867. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part 1: Animated Cartoon Series. Scarecrow Press. pp. 129–130. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 122. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  4. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1991). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals. Prentice Hall Press. p. 270. ISBN 0-13-275561-0. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  5. ^ "HBO Max Sets New Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Robert Zemeckis Hybrid Series 'Tooned Out', More for Kids & Family Slate". 29 October 2019.

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