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Friday, November 25, 2005

"Wacky Races" (1968)

My mother would grumble every Saturday morning at 11:30 AM (CST) when this show came on: "This is the stupidest cartoon on TV." In a way, it was very silly because the plot never changed from week to week. Dick Dastardly (voiced by Paul Winchell) wanted to win every auto race he entered. Along with his dog sidekick, Muttley, they pulled dirty tricks on the other drivers in every episode.

Their opponents never changed. From sweet-as-pie Penelope Pitstop to a group of short gangsters called the Ant Hill Mob, the same drivers raced for the finish line. One of them would come out the victor. However, Dastardly never won, his schemes always backfiring on him.

This was another of Hanna and Barbera's many cartoon creations (including "Yogi Bear", "The Flinstones", "Birdman", etc.), and one of the least successful. This show only lasted one season. There was a spinoff show entitled, "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop", which had the heiress' life threatened each week by The Hooded Claw (voiced by Paul Lynde), who unbeknowest to her, was her uncle. The Ant Hill Mob saved her from danger.


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