Monday, May 30, 2005

Riddles, Jokes and Silly Things...It's all Tomfoolery

Hello, my name is Pandora and I am a recovering televisionaholic. (everyone--hello Pandora) Sam has entrusted me to guest post while he is busy moving. I am not sure I can keep the same level of excellence which most readers of his blog have come to expect but I will give it a galliant effort. This blog entry is brought to you by...



In keeping with the theme of Sam's blog, I have decided that today's discussion will be Saturday morning television programs from the 1970's. One show in particular. One show that intrigued me with the depth of its wordplace, entertained me with hilarity, and yet, somehow, scared the bejeezes out of me. This show is the one and only....

Tomfoolery

How could anyone not be enamoured with a cartoon that featured characters such as Enthusiastic Elephant, Fastidious Fish, Outrageous Ostrich, Worrying Whizzing Wasp, Scroovy Snake, The Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò, Umbrageous Umbrella Maker, Tic-Tac-Toe Board, Mrs. Jaefer, Mr. and Mrs. Discobolus, The Table and the Chair, The Duck and the Kangaroo, Onomatopoeia, Purple Cow, and Goops. The theme song became an ear worm in my brain which I remember clearly word for word to this day. Just the mere fact that the show careened at a breakneck speed, which left little time to process what had just occurred before diving headfirst into something else, was unsettling enough. Then add to the mix strange little poems like every child's favorite, Jabberwocky. Man, if that didn't give a kid nightmares, nothing would. For some strange reason, the fish with feet bothered me as well.



Surprisingly there is very little information on the web concerning this cartoon. I think it would be an eye opener to watch this show as an adult since all our memories are quite cloudy but I have a feeling it would still creep me out. Alright, now that I have bared my soul and let the entire world know of my little obsession, it is your turn. Leave a comment and tell of your favorite Saturday morning televison program from your childhood. Please. I don't want to be alone right now...

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