Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lion Around/Lion Drive

Aired aorund 1956
Produce,d created, co-voiced [Pokey, Richard Lion., Gumby's Dad], written, directed, designed and sculpted by:

Gumby's mom/UNKNOWN

Open "Gumby theme"/BILL LOOSE-JOHN SEELY

Episode title "Burlesque"/JACK SHAINDLIN

Arial view, in the park, our friends
playing hide and go seek "Take a Peek"/JACK SHAINDLIN
Richard escaping, introduces himself to the main cast "Grotesque 1"/JACK SHAINDLIN

The gang walking off "Asinine"/JACK SHAINDLIN

The zookeeper setting up traps, Gumby's dad gettin' caught
in one "Pixie Pranks"/JACK SHAINDLIN

Gumby intro'ing Richard the friendly lion Unknown music

"Lion Drive"
"Original PG-181F Mechanical Bridge"/PHIL GREEN

Going into the toyroom "Who Me"/JACK SHAINDLIN

On the record turntable "Custard Pie Capers" [EMI PHOTOPLAY UK Disc Q-2] later "EM-2 Comedy Circus CAPITOL HI-Q USA L-47/48" now "Circus Chase

Gumby getting off, letting the lion drive [:)_]-"LAF-25-3 Untitled [zigzag string]"/JACK SHAINDLIN

Car going backwards - "Asinine"/JACK SHAINDLIN
[All of his cues above and elsewhere were from the former LANGLOIS and now CINEMUSIC libaries]

Car going fast, then all the way to the building - Unknown chase music used elsewhere on Gumby and on a few of the similiarly scored Warners carotons "Pre-Hysterical hare" and "Hip Hip Hurry", possibly "Courageous Cat" and "Quick Draw" - unknown composer and title

Final scene with Gumby and the others - "5-C-5 Domestic/Children"/BILL LOOSE

PLOT: Meet: Richard the Lion!

This was an early attempt to get a [short-lived character] on the Gumby show, much like Nopey, the Moon Boggles, Gumby's various late 60s relatives, Dr.Zveegee, the zookeepers, the Zoops, etc., much copied throuh animation history from Bobo the Looney Tunes elephant to Snagglepuss in "Quick Draw mcGraw", etc. and various characters in various productions from early "Porky Pig" to "Ren and Stimpy". Ferdinand the bull, the famous story by noted author/illustrator MUNRO LEAF, turned into an early Oscar winning caroton short by Walt Disney in 1938 [and featuring storyltelling care of comedian Jack Benny's radio show regular DON WILSON, no less!] had this "friendly but legendarily dangerous" conceit, and so did the Reluctant Dragon, later Loope De Loop, Pepe Le pew, Casper, and A.Clokey's Richard the friendly Lion, who also at this time seemed smarter than the others [later used in three more: "How Not to Trap Lions","Mocking MOnkey' and KILLED off in "The Groobee"]. Gumby and Pokey playing hide and seek to one of many jack Shaundlin cues from Langlois, are met with a friendly lion name Richard. But they, in an apprently cut in two episodes [unlike some that had a midlde part removed and later seperately broadcast], instead of running away from, run with, the new critter, all of whom fall into man holes and get into such oddball predicaments mentioned above in the msuci cue list, going to the skyscraper in a car, then wind up mon the ground. Then Gumby at his house, followed by being in the park with lion traps [no steak or other bait? Not even Play-kitty?:)] they eventually meet Gumby's dad and become friends.

I have no idea which of these scenes in whcih order aired in 1956, these may even be two episodes wiht soem stock footage as if taken apart from one.

Excellent voicing, apparently, by ART CLOKEY [?] as the new character,and a lot of composer JACK SHAINDLIN's old [even at the time!] cues most not used elsewhere like Grotesque 1, the companion to the "Yogi Bear"/"Huckleberry Hound"/"Mr.Jinks-Meeces" franchise cue used at H-B, formerly called "The Reluctant Elephant LAF-7-12", and a few that ARE used in a Clokey production but other wise much more often in this paragraph's conext, in Hanna-Barbera [not to mention elsewhere]--"LAF 25-3" the bassoon cues identified by well-known animation writer EARL KRESS and later by YOWP and "Pixie Pranks", as well as another used in apparently not elsewhere by Clokey but often by Hanna-Barbera, this time in "Quick Draw mcGraw"/"Super Snooper and Blabber"/"Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy", at the open of "Lion Drive" Inciodentally, Yowp in his latest post HAS I'd it--"PG-186E Light Mechanical" by GREEN; it's used on many HB shorts, which IIRC is the major place to hear - Cat & mouse privat eyes Snoop and Blab in HB's "Real Gone Ghosts", for instance has that open cue implented in the opening titles to "Lion Drive".[Title of which, of course, is a play on that football term, "Line drive", which is exactly what the Lion in tthat short makes that car do.]


Yowp said...

Steve, that chase music is Phil Green. I haven't been able to track it down.

Anonymous said...

Oh, hi Yowp, so that's what the theme cue really was called when Yogi Bear was on top of a blue car playing dead when The Park Ranger (not Ranger Smith, Ranger Smith has black hair, the bald buzzcut character in that one does not, obviously) poked him to make sure that he was dead, so that's the one, a shame you haven't been able to track THAT down for your Jack Shaindlin post a few years back.

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