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The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
Also known asThe New Saturday Superstar Movie
GenreMovie of the week
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Running time45–48 minutes
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) –
November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie — retitled The New Saturday Superstar Movie for its second season — is a series of one-hour animated made-for-television films (some of which also contained live action sequences), broadcast on the ABC television network on Saturday mornings from September 9, 1972 to November 17, 1973.[1]

Intended as a version of the ABC Movie of the Week for kids, this series was produced by several production companies — including Hanna-Barbera, Filmation and Rankin/Bass — and mostly contained features based on popular cartoon characters and TV shows of the time, such as Yogi Bear, The Brady Bunch and Lost in Space.[2] Some of the films served as pilots for new TV series.

The theme music and main titles were composed by Steve Zuckerman.

List of episodes

Season 1

Title Produced by: Air date
1"The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island"Filmation
Paramount Television
September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)
Based on the characters from the 1969-74 TV series The Brady Bunch, this was the pilot film for the 1972-73 animated TV series The Brady Kids. The Brady kids enter a balloon race, but they end up accidentally going to a mysterious island. They meet some strange people there, along with a talking myna bird named Marlon with magical powers and twin giant panda brothers named Ping and Pong, and even though they have a fun time with them, they have to find a way to get home.
2"Yogi's Ark Lark"Hanna-Barbera ProductionsSeptember 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)
In this ecologically-minded film, dozens of Hanna-Barbera animal characters — led by Yogi Bear — and a park custodian named Noah Smith travel around the world, and even into outer space, in a flying version of Noah's Ark in search of "the perfect place" (i.e., a land free of pollution, deforestation and other forms of mankind's despoilment). The pilot film for the 1973 animated TV series Yogi's Gang.
3"Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters"Rankin/Bass ProductionsSeptember 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)
An animated film in the same vein as the 1967 theatrical film Mad Monster Party?.
4"Nanny and the Professor"Fred Calvert Productions
20th Century Fox Television
September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)
First of two animated films in which the cast of the 1970-71 TV series Nanny and the Professor get caught up in a mystery involving a microdot.
5"Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter"Hal Seeger Productions
King Features Syndicate
October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)
This film unites a wide range of newspaper comic strip characters — including Popeye, Blondie, Hi and Lois, Snuffy Smith, Beetle Bailey, Jiggs and Maggie, Steve Canyon, The Phantom, Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, The Little King, and The Katzenjammer Kids — against a common enemy.
6"Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid"Rankin/Bass ProductionsOctober 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)
This animated film stars the famous San Francisco Giants baseball player Willie Mays, who voices his own character. A guardian angel named Casey (named after legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, New York Yankees and New York Mets baseball manager Casey Stengel (voiced by Paul Frees)) agrees to help Willie win the National League Pennant if he agrees to be the godfather of an orphaned girl named Veronica.
7"Oliver and the Artful Dodger Part 1"Hanna-Barbera ProductionsOctober 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)
An animated sequel to the 1838 Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Oliver is adopted by Mr. Brownlow. When Mr. Brownlow dies, his will cannot be found, so his nephew Sniperly tries to just take the money. Oliver has to stop him. Meanwhile, the Artful Dodger now helps children escape from workhouses.
8"Oliver and the Artful Dodger Part 2"Hanna-Barbera ProductionsOctober 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)
Continuation; see Part 1 above.
9"The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik"Hanna-Barbera ProductionsNovember 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)
A retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, with a cast of all-anthropomorphic animal characters. Broadcast one year before the release of Disney's 1973 animated film Robin Hood.
10"Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain"FilmationNovember 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)
Based on the tremendously popular Lassie character, this was the pilot film for the 1973-75 animated TV series Lassie's Rescue Rangers. Someone is trying to frighten the Native American people of Thunder Mountain away and Lassie has to get to the bottom of it.
11"Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection (a.k.a. The Odd Squad)"Hanna-Barbera Productions
Screen Gems
November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)
Animated film in which the characters from the 1965-66 TV series Gidget run afoul of seagoing gold smugglers.
12"The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park"Hanna-Barbera ProductionsNovember 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)
An animated/live-action film starring The Banana Splits. The Splits give Susie, a little girl, a tour of an amusement park. They follow a balloon that goes into a billboard and they chase after it. In it is a witch that kidnaps Susie and the Splits have to save her.
13"Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family"Hanna-Barbera Productions
Screen Gems
December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)
Animated film in which Tabitha and Adam Stephens, the children from the 1964-72 TV series Bewitched (depicted here as teenagers), use their magical powers to save a circus; an intended pilot film for an animated TV series that was never made.
14"The Red Baron"Rankin/Bass ProductionsDecember 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)
This animated film casts the Red Baron as a hero in a world of heroic anthropomorphic dogs and villainous anthropomorphic cats.
15"Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies"Filmation
Warner Bros. Television
December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16)
In this unusual cartoon crossover film, for which Filmation obtained the rights to use many of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes characters, the Groovie Goolies help Daffy, Porky and the other Looney Tunes to solve a spooky mystery (in the style of Scooby-Doo Where Are You!). Mostly animated, but includes a live-action segment, which can be seen here.
16"Luvcast U.S.A."DePatie–Freleng EnterprisesJanuary 6, 1973 (1973-01-06)
A mini-anthology film loosely based on the 1969-74 TV series Love, American Style.
17"That Girl in Wonderland"Rankin/Bass ProductionsJanuary 13, 1973 (1973-01-13)
In this animated film, the main character from the 1966-71 TV series That Girl imagines herself in the stories Alice in Wonderland, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella.

Season 2

For the second season, the series was retitled The New Saturday Superstar Movie.

Title Produced by: Air date
18"Lost in Space"Hanna-Barbera Productions
20th Century Fox Television
September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)
Based on the 1965-68 TV series Lost in Space, this was meant to be the pilot film for an animated version of the series, but it was never made.
19"The Mini-Munsters"Fred Calvert Productions
Universal Television
October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Animated film based on the 1964-66 TV series The Munsters involving a car that is "fueled" by music.
20"Nanny and the Professor and the Phantom of the Circus"Fred Calvert Productions
20th Century Fox Television
November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
Second (and final) of two animated films in which the cast of Nanny and the Professor get involved in a mystery about a traveling circus.

Home video

Five of the above films have been released on VHS videocassette:

  • "Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters"
  • "Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid"
  • "Oliver and the Artful Dodger"
  • "The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park"
  • "Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain", along with the Lassie's Rescue Rangers episode "Lost."

"Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters", "Yogi's Ark Lark" and "The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island" have been released on DVD, the latter two on the complete series releases for Yogi's Gang and The Brady Kids, respectively.

"The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik" and "Oliver and the Artful Dodger" have been released on DVD as part of a two-disc set titled Hanna-Barbera Specials Collection.

"Lost In Space" was included on the Lost In Space complete series Blu-ray set.

See also

References

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 2. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia 1949 through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 55. ISBN 978-1476665993.

External links

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