The Skatebirds (1977)

The Skatebirds
I have a lot of fond memories of Hanna-Barbera’s live-action classic the Banana Splits but I also have rattling around in my memory banks a vague recollection of a similar show, The Skatebirds. In particular I can remember watching some of the shows that were presented in the hour long ‘variety’ show like the Robonic Stooges and Wonder Wheels.

[Via] Muttley16
The Skatebirds originally aired on CBS Saturday Mornings as an hour long show with four individual segments and wraparound segments featuring the Skatebirds themselves. The characters were Scooter, Knock-Knock, Satchel and their foe was Scat-Cat who just happened to be voiced by Scatman Crothers (Hong Kong Phooey, Transformers, The Shining). In 1979 the show was reduced to half and hour and that was because they ditched the Robonic Stooges and Woofer and Whimper, Dog Detectives. This wasn’t the last time we would see the Skatebirds however as in the late 80s the half hour version of the show featuring once again the Robonic Stooges and Wonder Wheels would make an appearance on the USA Cartoon Express!

VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “The Skatebirds (1977)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Holy Retro Goodness Batm…uh…Vic!
    Never caught this on our Canadian tubes (though I *know* I saw Wonder Wheels, somehow) and now I gotta watch it!

    These shows offering all manners of live-action, costumed and animated fare created a model of The Perfect TV Show format in my head that few outings in my adult life can live up to.

    I mean, sure Don Draper and his gang are a smoky, martini’ed gas…
    …but put some animal costumes on the employees and have those retro ads become goofy animated toons and *then* you have a winning show.

  2. Amen to that Atari Adventure Square! I hope that someday we can get a DVD release for the show, I know that in a Cartoon Collection I bought for $5 there is some Robonic Stooges on it which made me do a double take. :)

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