I have a confession to make. I don’t actually remember watching Saturday morning cartoons. My mother didn’t have a TV, so Saturdays were spent reading, swimming, and running around. But I probably watched some while I was visiting my dad.
Anyway -- I was surprised to find out that one of the standout shows from my childhood, which I watched in the afternoons in the late 70's or early 80's in reruns, actually began its life in 1970 as a Saturday morning cartoon. Who knew? Not me.
All I can say is that if you've never seen “Lancelot Link Secret Chimp" you've, uh, missed out.
It was a spy spoof starring chimpanzees. "Get Smart" with fur. I’m not kidding. The chimps drove golf carts, wore clothes and ambled around like people. Sort of. And I think they gave them chewing gum to make it look like they were talking while they dubbed in voices. It was both appalling and fascinating at the same time – kind of like watching a car wreck in slow motion. You just couldn’t look away.
Describing the show to the uninitiated, I always get weird looks. They think I'm crazy or pulling their leg. But I'm not. And here's proof:
Have a great Saturday everyone!