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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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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)
lol, welcome to my world. Except I can't remember what I did this morning.
We’re getting old, Buddy.
Wow, I completely forgot about Tom Hatton. If I’m not mistaken, I think Hatton did some work in Films for Universal in the 1960’s.
Haven’t has a chance to Google him yet, so it’s just a random thought lurking in my OLD Brain.
Remember “Red Light / Green Light”? I actually remember Sheriff John’s Birthday Song and Engineer Bill’s Theme Song.
Must have been those Maggio (?) Carrots.