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Posted on 08/07/2013 6:31:29 PM PDT by Morgana
Character actor and puppeteer Gus "Cosmo" Allegretti, who voiced such "Captain Kangaroo" characters as Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, Grandfather Clock, and Dancing Bear, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Allegretti died of emphysema on July 26, though his death wasn't publicized until Wednesday.
Allegretti played numerous characters on the long-running Emmy-winning children's show, which featured the late Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo. Allegretti himself created Bunny Rabbit, a bespectacled bunny who tricked the Captain into giving up his carrots, and Mr. Moose, whose corny jokes resulted in a shower of ping-pong balls falling on the Captain's head. He also played Dennis the Apprentice, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock, Miss Frog, TV Fred and other characters.
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Bunny Rabid didn’t have a voice. He was mute.
Rabid = Rabbit.
Bunny Rabbit did NOT talk!
makes the job pretty easy then
I remember reading the auditions were really tough and it took forever to find the winner.
Chill both of you! This article was written (more than likely) by someone under 40 who never saw the show and has no idea what it means to drop millions of ping pong balls on the Captain!!
I mean really! The only reason I watched that show was to see the Moose drop ping pong balls on the Captain.
My first thought. All he did was drop ping pong balls.
I used to wake up at 6:00 AM on Saturday mornings to watch that show. The ping pong balls for some reason were the most hilarious thing on TV for me.
Was royally ticked when they switched it out for Romper Room.
I hate to hear this. However, I just wish all the Mr. Greenjeans stunt doubles around here would do better at keeping their d******* cows put up!
I saw the show in black and white on our 1952 Majestic TV. I never saw it in color.
FWIW, I always thought Dancing Bear was a fag.
Does anyone remember Icky Twerp?
Of course he was a local guy here in Dallas-FW just like Mr. Peppermint was.
I waited every episode for those ping pong balls! I laughed so hard as a kid!
I liked Grandfather Clock
Gosh, I hope Tom Terrific is OK.
I did not grow up here but I know who he is.
Puffin' Billy--The Melodi Light Orchestra (1953)
To this day, when things come crashing down and go bouncing around, while my oldest brother might make reference to Fibber McGee, I just say “ping pong balls”.
When I was a kid back in the 60's, we had Uncle Orrie & Ferdie Fussbuget. They were on a Dayton Station.
Just a local thing I guess. Weird how they had local talent in those days when they can’t find talent around the world now.
many male dancers are, so you’re probably right. :-)
Nope, that was Mr. Moose. Bunny Rabbit just tricked the Captain out of carrots.
Tom Terrific... Rocky and Bullwinkle... Somebody or other whose name eludes me at the moment and his pet boy Sherman...
Great stuff, long before - and much better than - the crap on Sesame Street.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
When I was a Kid, they opened a new Shopping Bag Grocery Store where we lived and Engineer Bill was there IN PERSON!
He had a Train Whistle Prize Machine. If you pulled the right handle and the Whistle went off, you won a prize. My buddy won the big prize, a scooter, and I won a Frisbee.
Those were the days, Children's innocence is a lost art nowadays.
Hobo Kelly was on Local TV as well but I never watched her.
I guess that makes me Misogynist.
I'm guessing most of the above are dead except for the cartoons. Heck, even Pete Boyles son (who played the Dad on 'Everybody Loves Raymond') is dead.
Yikes, I'm old.
I think they had a “wayback machine”.
“Each episode of “Peabody’s Improbable History” begins with the dog’s greeting, “Peabody here.” The premise each week was to introduce Sherman to real history. For that purpose, Peabody has constructed the WABAC (pronounced “wayback”) machine. The WABAC is a take-off on early computer acronyms such as UNIVAC and ENIAC. The WABAC is a time machine used by Peabody and Sherman to travel back in time and witness various historical events.”
I loved that show!!
Don’t know if you have ever seen the show “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” but they did a parody of the ping pong balls once.
Remember Gerald McBoingBoing?
But Bunny Rabbit did make carrot crunching sounds.
Neither did Dancing Bear.
He returned in 1954 with The Pinky Lee Show, an Emmy-nominated afternoon children's program that spawned later imitators such as Pee-Wee's Playhouse. It was followed each day by the popular Howdy Doody Show. He opened each show with his trademark theme song, "Yoo Hoo, It's Me!":
Yoo hoo, it's me,
My name is Pinky Lee.
I skip and run with lots of fun
For every he and she.
It's plain to see
That you can tell it's me
With my checkered hat
And my checkered coat,
The funny giggle in my throat
And my silly dance
Like a billy goat.
Put 'em all together,
Put 'em all together,
And it's whooooo?
A few additions to your excellent list: Fractured Fairy Tales and Aesop's Fables. Sky King, Spin and Marty, Woody Woodpecker.
Thanks for that. Laughing so hard my husband had to find out what I was watching.
And the Wayback Machine.
BIG childhood favorites....
We watched Captain Kangaroo in the early morning, before going to school.
Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade came on at 11:00 AM, and Engineer Bill aired around 6:00 PM.
Earlier in the afternoon was the Popeye Show, hosted by Tom Hatton, a WWII Navy vet who wore a sailor's outfit while he played Popeye cartoons.
On May 22, 1958, Hatton and the Popeye cartoons were pre-empted by news coverage of a massive explosion and fire at the Hancock oil refinery in Signal Hill, which sent smoke over our home, located about 20 miles away. And on May 5, 1961, Captain Kangaroo was interrupted by "a special telecast"--the launching of Alan B. Shepard, America's first astronaut, into space.
Crabby Appleton - rotten to the core!
Hard to believe it was half a century ago, and funny what one remembers. I can easily recall Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Greenjeans, Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose, but can’t remember what I did last week.
A routine practical joke for my group was to booby trap someone’s home with as many pranks as possible. Second only to the cellophane over the toilet bowl my favorite was a the Mister Moose treatment...a hundred or so ping pong balls suspended by fish net over a door, rigged to release once the door was open. Good time...good times.
Yeah, I don’t remember Dancing Bear having a lot to say, either. Someone needs to stop letting millenials write their copy for them.
The Bear on the Ball with the Parasol--Burl Ives (1953)