Saturday, January 15, 2011

How Not to Trap Lions/The Mocking Monkey

"HOW NOT TO TRAP LIONS/THE MOCKING MONKEY"
1956-1957
Produced, written, co-voiced, and directed by
ART CLOKEY

CAST
Gumby/NANCY WIBLE[?]
Pokey/[possibly] Other Lion/ART CLOKEY
Monkey/GINNY TYLER


MUSIC
[Syndicated series only]
Original Open title [title card]/BILL LOOSE & JOHN SEELY
Unknown flute music [heard in open scenes of WB's "A Bird in a Bonnett"][episode title]/PHILIP GREEN[?]
Sad, "soap-opera-y" trombone bone music [Richard the Lion, Gumby and Pokey @zoo]/PHILIP GREEN[?]
Unknown cue [car into book]/UNKNOWN
Comedy Movemement L-85/SPENCER MOORE [thanks to Yowp]
"Burlesque"[NOT The Christina Aguilera-Cher film, which is an excellent film btw][The scene of Gumby and Pokey ambushed]/JACK SHAINDLINB
[From the Langlois-FilmMusic(tm) library music production disks]
[Seperate 1962 "The Mokcing Monkey" open title] Unknown
"Jaunty Neutral Walker" aka [THANK you, Carlin Prod.Music] "On a Caresel" [Pokey and Gumby completing lion trap]/BILL LOOSE, EMIL CADKIN and JACK C.COOKERLY
"The Deserted Ruins" [Gumby and Pokey hear a rustling, busling sound in the nearby treetops, the monkey
[who made the sounds introduces herself, does animal imitations, lion roars]/PHILIP GREEN
"Eccentric Comedy Suite 300" [new lion appears,, Gumby makes his, uh, spiel](David Rose)/BILL LOOSE AND JOHN SEELY
"Burlesque" [everyone falls into the lion pit, lion asks who made the pit]/JACK SHAINDLIN [From the Langlois-FilmMusic discs.]
"Pleasant Neutral Foxtrot Alternate Version" also known as "Out for a Promenade"),here with alternate ending)(Jack Cookerly[Gumby and Pokey, blushing with awkwardness, rat each other out, monkey and Gumby swing on ropes and morph into the "The End" graphic)/BILL LOOSE, EMIL CADKIN and JACK C.COOKERLY
Standard Gumby closing (title)/JOHN SEELY and BILL LOOSE

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A Happy New year from this blog..Going into a another year, another post:
Shows always are trying try out characters, then write them off.. Richard, the lion who was intnded as a third buddy in the Gumby series [see "Lion Around/Lion Drive"], is seen all blue in the cage, as Dr.Gumby diagnoses loneliness for a playmate, maybe say, as Pokey assumes, another lion, so, though with misgivings at first, due to his and Pokey's lack of experience, Gumby agrees to the idea, and soon after going through the dark, darker, and darkest yet reaches of the jungle, Gumby and Pokey build a lion trap that they fall into. Soon, hearing a sound in the tree, the two friends see a monkey, who can copy differet animals [a la Marlon The Tacky Brady Kids Larry Storch Magic Bird in that darn Filmation Series] vocally, thus attracting a lion. When the lion comes, Gumby and Pokey hide, with the monkey accidentlaly self-exposed. But Gumby and Pokey get the lion to go back to the city zoo to "play with another lion:" [good old Richard-remember him?] but forget about the pit, that they fall into. Rachael Ray like cooking show music ("Out for a Promenade", as it's retititled by Carlin but with different coda), plays as the lion tries to flush out that wag who "dug this lion pit!" Why are, since Gumby knows why "Richard's so blue" [thanks to me for the cogent question to Gumby], Gumby and me turned red--as if I myself aren't..hmmmm..couldn't be EMBARRASMENT... Gumby and Monkey [voiced by Clokey and Disney regular Ginny Tyler, a native of Seattle, Washington, and host of the sixties syndicated version of the classic fifites "The Mickey Mouse Club", a.k.a. "The Annette Funicello Show"] both turn into the END graphic. Richard no longer appears but is referred to in "The Groobee", without name.The new lion looks very suitably ugly, with a voice [assumed Clokey's] wanting to know about what happened, why he's just falled into a pit. We don't even see much of Richard [again, remember? he'd be gone the earliest part of this..].
A familiar melodramtic trombone cue used by H-B, that is a guilty pleasure of mine, used in Augie Doggie shorts but which you may remember fondly from Jay Ward's "Fractured Fairy Tale" "The Ugly Duckling", the one that crosses the fairy tale with "A Star is Born", and a few Cookerly-Cadkin-Loose cues,. and in second half a host of familiar cues are used, but the first half is largely "Dramatic" B-Advneture cue,s apparently, I can hardly identifiy them..the open under the titles I've only heard ealsewhere in the Warner Bros. Tweet, Granny, and Sylvester short "A Bird in a Bonnett". I can't indentify its composer either.