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The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians

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The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians
GenreAnimated television special
Written byRomeo Muller
Directed byJules Bass
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Starring(See article)
Theme music composerMaury Laws
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Running time1 hr.
Production company(s)Rankin/Bass Productions
DistributorDreamWorks Classics
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseApril 7, 1970 (1970-04-07)
Preceded byFrosty the Snowman
Followed bySanta Claus Is Comin' to Town

The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians is a 1970 American animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. After the Christmas special Frosty the Snowman (1969), it was Rankin/Bass' second hand-drawn animated work to be outsourced to Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production in Tokyo, Japan. The show aired on ABC on April 7, 1970 before the airing of that year's Oscars. It was a tribute to early vaudeville, and featured animated reworkings of various famous comedians' acts.

Production and Marx Brothers

Most of the comedians provided their own voices for their animated counterparts, except for Chico and W. C. Fields, both deceased, Zeppo, who had left show business in 1933, and Harpo, also deceased, but no voice was needed for him since his stage persona did not speak. Groucho was still playing himself. Voice actor Paul Frees narrated the show and filled in for those actors who were not able to do their own voices.

The show included such segments as a Marx Brothers skit, which was a reworking of a scene from their Broadway play I'll Say She Is (1924). The skit included their famous Napoleon parody, with Napoleon played by Groucho. The sketch featured animated representations. Romeo Muller is credited as having written special material for the show in addition to the original scripts that came from the various comedians' sketches.

Although not really remembered now by the general public, at the time it gave Rankin/Bass their highest TV ratings, notably even higher than the high-rated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. More recently, Behr Entertainment was in talks to produce a similar show that would feature cartoon renditions of Jack Benny, George Burns, Abbott and Costello, and Bob Hope. 13 half-hour episodes were proposed.[citation needed]




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