The Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series was certainly the perfect iconic vehicle for the Dynamic Duo to cruise in while protecting the good citizens of Gotham City. The Batmobile vehicle was designed and built by George Barris, in fact due to time constraints put upon him by the showrunners he used the Lincoln Futura – a concept car – that he picked up in the mid-1950s. After hiring Gene Cushenberry to modify the original vehicle – after three weeks time it was ready to go in front of the cameras for the soon to be a megahit for the ABC network.
It wasn’t just the Batman TV series that garnered fame but George Barris as well. Soon he was asked to provide another memorable car for television, this time with The Munsters Drag-U-La and their touring vehicle with the Munster Coach among many others for various series and even celebrities like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Elton John to name just a very few.
George Barris owned the Batmobile for fourty-seven years when in January of 2013 he was present to oversee the auctioning of the Caped Crusaders trusty vehicle at the Barrett-Jackson car show in Scottsdale, Arizona. When the final hammer came down it had sold for a staggering 4.2 Million Dollars and thanks to The BatFan you can watch the entire event – I’m not sure what the vehicle is that we first see in the video…it almost looks like a Bond car but I can’t place it.
George Barris passed away in November of 2015 but he most certainly left behind a lasting legacy of entertaining and memorable vehicles throughout numerous television and films. If you would like to know a bit more about Barris and the company he created to manufacture custom cars and replicas, hop on over to Barris Kustom Industries.
What better way to start the month long celebration of October here on the Retroist than with this 1965 TV ad for Cheerios featuring the Munsters?
In the commercial Eddie (Butch Patrick) is extolling the virtues of making Cheerios a part of your breakfast, pointing out that is the reason that Herman (Fred Gwynne) has such strength and energy to help around the house. Using clips from the 1964 series Grandpa (Al Lewis) and Lily (Yvonne De Carlo) are seen in the commercial as well!
A big thank you to Retroist regular, Tom Krohne or Monsterfink, as he is better known over on his Monster Spook Show blog. How can you make a Christmas parade better? Add Santa Claus? Sure. Add the Munsters as his escort? You have the best parade ever!
Thanks to Brainwerk for uploading this Universal Newsreel over on YouTube!
Great news Munster’s fans, NBC has given the greenlight to Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller’s idea to reboot the classic TV series. The show had been kicked around for a little while and NBC has previously passed on it. There are not a ton of details on what to expect from this new Munsters except in tone, the show is being described as a visually spectacular one-hour drama. I do not mind the visually spectacular part, heck I don’t even mind an injection of drama, but I do hope they keep it a little tongue in cheek and they definitely need to keep all the original characters.
Rumors are, that the show could be a big summer series. We will have to wait and see. Are you excited about The Munsters as a reboot? Do you think it will be a hit or a dud?
With Halloween night just a scant few days away, it seemed the perfect time to drop in and spend just a little time with one of the greatest families ever shown on television, the Addams Family. When I was growing up I would have to choose which show to watch after school, the Addams or the Munsters. The Munsters always won out of course…because I loved the Universal Monsters! However, when I hit my early teens I came to realize that I found the Addams Family to be the better show.
In this episode, the Addams Family Tree, which debuted on October 16th, 1964 we find the Addams in a predicament. After Pugsley and Wednesday are called kooks and even inferior because of their family at the birthday party of Harold Pomeroy, Gomez is enraged and demands that his and the Pomeroy family tree be investigated by the Pomeroy genealogist.
Thanks to MGM Digital Media for uploading this on their YouTube channel.