It’s Father’s Day this weekend, and what better guest for an internet radio show than Doug Young, who portrayed Doggie Daddy in the Augie Doggie cartoons. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out Doug’s interview by Joe Bevilacqua on his Cartoon Carnival show on Shokus Internet Radio. It’ll be on today and tomorrow (Sunday the 20th) at 3 p.m. Pacific Time and 6 p.m. Eastern. He has Doug on pretty close to the beginning.
Doug is 90 this year and still living in Seattle.
I just know this is going to come out the wrong way, but Joe’s wife Lori co-hosts the show with him and they sound great together. No, I’m not saying Joe sounds lousy on his own, but, um... anyway. Joe also compares the soundtrack to two Popeye-finds-Poopdeck-Pappy cartoons, one from 1938 and one from 1960. Joe also talks briefly about each of the cartoons. I’d like to hear him do more of that because it really enhances the show. Oh, and we hear the soundtracks to two of the one-shots Daws Butler did for Tex Avery at MGM.
Now, a couple of odds and sods (I’m not sure which is the odd and which is the sod):
There are some really amazing places on the web. People are into the arcane-est things (yeah, I know that’s not a word, but you know what I mean). Someone has a web site devoted to the backs of old cereal boxes. Naturally, H-B characters abounded on Kellogg’s products, thanks to the sponsorship deal that got the Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw and Yogi Bear shows on the air. Check them out HERE. Yes, I tried the maze game on the Krumbles package. I had to cheat. Never could do them.
Someone else has taken the time and trouble to put high quality scans of Golden Books on-line. Of course, the Hanna-Barbera characters were featured in these kids stories, too. Check out THIS ONE about Huckleberry Hound. The name Hawley Pratt should be familiar to you as Friz Freleng’s long-time layout man at Warner Bros. and later one of his directors at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.
Finally, a note that has nothing directly to do with early Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but I pass it on with some hope. I got an e-mail from Jim Cirronella at Zero Day Releasing, which is putting out a legitimate, licensed release of Capitol Hi-Q ‘D’ series music used in the cult favourite Night of the Living Dead. Read about it HERE.
Jim is talking about future releases of Hi-Q music. I would hope he would be able to compile a CD of some of the never-before-released Capitol music used in the Huck and Quick Draw series. I’m sure there are fans aplenty clamouring for this, judging by similar releases of library music used in cartoons. Personally, I’d like some of the Langlois library tunes of Jack Shaindlin I have not been able to acquire, but a single disc set of Hi-Q melodies of Bill Loose, Geordie Hormel and the like would be a welcome addition, I’m sure, to anyone’s music collection.