La chaine CBS avait diffusé en 1980 un spécial titré "Fantastic Funnies" qui mettait en vedettes, les pricipaux bandes dessinés publiés dans les journeaux comme Peanuts (Charlie Brown), Garfield, Beetle Bailey, Dick Tracy, Hagar, Broom Hilda.
Here's a complete special combining live-action and animation - "The Fantastic Funnies", as aired over WBBM Channel 2. It was a salute to comic strips.
The host was WKRP in Cinicinnati's Loni Anderson, with appearances from her WKRP co-star Howard Hesseman in character as Dr. Johnny Fever (doing like New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1945 reading comics during a newspaper strike); musical numbers, including from Keene Curtis and Patricia Patts of the musical "Annie"; interviews with cartoonists Charles M. Schulz, Mort Walker, Hank Ketcham, Johnny Hart, Brad Anderson (no relation to Loni), Dean Young and Jim Raymond, Morrie Turner, Mell Lazarus, Russell Myers, Dik Browne, Cathy Guisewite, and John Cullen Murphy; and segments with comic strip characters Doonesbury, Broom-Hilda, Momma, Drabble, Cathy, Hagar the Horrible, Pogo, Tumbleweeds, Miss Peach, B.C., Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Dick Tracy, Barney Google, Alley Oop, Prince Valiant, Peanuts, Wee Pals, Dennis the Menace, Nancy, Little Orphan Annie, Fred Basset, Marmaduke, Flash Gordon, Popeye - and, in his first animated appearance, Garfield the cat.
Commercials, network promos and local cutaways were edited out of the recording.
Incomplete "CBS Special Presentation" animated opening
The program itself
After last segment, start of commercial (C) 1980 General Foods Corporation - before cutting out
End credits (with promo voiceover by Lee Jordan):
Produced by Lee Mendelson, Karen Crommie
Director of Photography - David Crommie
Edited by Paul Preuss
Music Composed, Arranged, and Conducted by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen
Animation of "Momma", "Beetle Bailey", "Blondie", "Andy Capp", "Hagar the Horrible", "Fred Basset", "Peanuts", "Cathy" and Loni Anderson sequence by Bill Melendez Productions, Inc. (incomplete; cuts off at this point, and parts of end credits missing; we return after: )
For Loni Anderson:
Wardrobe - Robin Bickell
Makeup Artist - Alan Friedman
Hair Stylist - Janis Clark
"Marmaduke" Animation created by Lion's Den, Ltd.
"Pogo" Sequence from the movie "I Go Pogo", courtesy Stowmar Enterprises/Possum Productions
"Dennis the Menace" animation by Michael Lah Quartet Films
"Nancy", "Alley Oop", and "Broomhilda" animation courtesy Filmation Studios
"Dennis Goes to the Movies" courtesy of Columbia Pictures Television
"Doonesbury" animation from "A Doonesbury Special" - (C) 1977 by John and Faith Hubley Films Ltd.
"B.C." animation courtesy Johnny Hart
"Four Little Boxes" sung by Becky Reardon
Our thanks to Marine World/Africa U.S.A., Marriott's Great America
"Popeye", "Barney Google", "Flash Gordon", "Hagar the Horrible", "Beetle Bailey", "Prince Valiant", "Blondie" - (C) 1980 King Features Syndicate Inc.
"Tumbleweeds", "Alley Oop", "Nancy", "Peanuts", "Wee Pals", "Garfield", "Marmaduke" - (C) 1980 United Feature Syndicate Inc.
"Doonesbury", "Cathy" - (C) 1980 Universal Press Syndicate
"Little Orphan Annie", "Broomhilda" - (C) 1980 Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate, Inc.
"Dennis the Menace", "Andy Capp", "Fred Basset", "B.C.", "Momma" - (C) 1980 Field Newspaper Syndicate
"Pogo" - (C) 1980 Mrs. Selby Kelly
A Lee Mendelson Film Production in association with The National Cartoonists Society
(C) 1980 Lee Mendelson Productions, Inc.
Portions of this program were previously recorded.
Brief shot of CBS "Read More About It" literacy promo before tape cuts out
This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, May 15th 1980 during the 7pm to 8pm timeframe..
(This program was repeated once on Wednesday, August 25th 1982 from 7pm to 8pm)
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