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Actor who voiced Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose on 'Captain Kangaroo' dies at 86
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Posted on 08/07/2013 6:31:29 PM PDT by Morgana

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I see millions of ping pong balls dropping on the Captain.
1 posted on 08/07/2013 6:31:29 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Bunny Rabid didn’t have a voice. He was mute.


2 posted on 08/07/2013 6:33:27 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Rabid = Rabbit.


3 posted on 08/07/2013 6:33:49 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Morgana

Bunny Rabbit did NOT talk!


4 posted on 08/07/2013 6:36:09 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (Qui pacem, praeparet bellum.)
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To: DManA

makes the job pretty easy then


5 posted on 08/07/2013 6:37:13 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: bigheadfred

I remember reading the auditions were really tough and it took forever to find the winner.


6 posted on 08/07/2013 6:38:32 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: FrdmLvr; DManA

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.


7 posted on 08/07/2013 6:42:30 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: DManA

My first thought. All he did was drop ping pong balls.


8 posted on 08/07/2013 6:45:05 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Morgana

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.


9 posted on 08/07/2013 6:48:28 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Morgana

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!


10 posted on 08/07/2013 6:50:34 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: Morgana

I saw the show in black and white on our 1952 Majestic TV. I never saw it in color.


11 posted on 08/07/2013 6:57:45 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Morgana
Sadly, there's probably quite a few folks on here that don't know who we're talking about.

FWIW, I always thought Dancing Bear was a fag.

12 posted on 08/07/2013 6:59:08 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

Does anyone remember Icky Twerp?

Of course he was a local guy here in Dallas-FW just like Mr. Peppermint was.


13 posted on 08/07/2013 7:03:08 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Morgana

I waited every episode for those ping pong balls! I laughed so hard as a kid!


14 posted on 08/07/2013 7:05:34 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Morgana

I liked Grandfather Clock


15 posted on 08/07/2013 7:08:53 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Morgana

Gosh, I hope Tom Terrific is OK.


16 posted on 08/07/2013 7:51:02 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: GeronL

I did not grow up here but I know who he is.
Tragic story.


17 posted on 08/07/2013 7:57:07 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Morgana
Here's Captain Kangaroo's theme song--something most Baby Boomers will remember:

Puffin' Billy--The Melodi Light Orchestra (1953)

18 posted on 08/07/2013 8:05:09 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Morgana

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”.


19 posted on 08/07/2013 8:07:56 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: GeronL
I'm from Ohio, so I never heard of him, but go to google images - they have a bunch of pictures.

When I was a kid back in the 60's, we had Uncle Orrie & Ferdie Fussbuget. They were on a Dayton Station.

20 posted on 08/07/2013 8:18:56 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Morgana
Here are some of the songs I remember from "Captain Kangaroo":

Posin'

Big D

(The Railroad Comes Through) The Middle of the House

21 posted on 08/07/2013 8:19:38 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Slump Tester

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.


22 posted on 08/07/2013 8:52:34 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Ping!


23 posted on 08/07/2013 9:31:17 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Slump Tester

many male dancers are, so you’re probably right. :-)


24 posted on 08/07/2013 9:43:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: skeeter
All he did was drop ping pong balls.

Nope, that was Mr. Moose. Bunny Rabbit just tricked the Captain out of carrots.

25 posted on 08/07/2013 9:51:48 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Slump Tester
I remember Uncle Orrie! I got to go on that show with my brother's Cub Scout group. They had that bit where they panned through the kids, and we were all waving like crazy people. Wow. Takes me back.
26 posted on 08/07/2013 9:57:53 PM PDT by Othniel (No, I don't have a plan. And doesn't that scare you to death?)
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To: Morgana

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.


27 posted on 08/07/2013 11:27:50 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Jack Hammer

Mr. Peabody & Sherman.


28 posted on 08/07/2013 11:34:47 PM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: ShasheMac

Thank you!!!


29 posted on 08/07/2013 11:37:24 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Slump Tester
In Los Angeles we had Sheriff John and Engineer Bill.

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.

30 posted on 08/07/2013 11:50:55 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: Morgana
That's Mr. Green Jeans (Hugh Brannum) with Dancing Bear (Cosmo Allegretti) in 1960. I grew up on Captain Kangaroo, as well as Sally Starr, Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutus (Bluto), the Three Stooges, Gene London, Mickey Mouse, Bertie the Bunyip (with Sir Guy de Guy), Clutch Cargo, Tom Terrific, Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, Wee Willie Weber, Clyde Crashcup, Crabby Appleton, Poindexter and Mr. Peabody, Pete Boyle, and the Little Rascals.

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.


31 posted on 08/07/2013 11:56:59 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Morgana
Oops. That was Mister Peabody and Sherman. Poindexter was in the Felix the Cat cartoons. I also forgot to mention Caspar the Friendly Ghost, Johnny Quest, and Rocky & Bullwinkle in my list. And probably a handful more that will come to mind after I hit 'post'.
32 posted on 08/08/2013 12:09:05 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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mr peabody sherman photo: Mr Peabody and Sherman Peabody_sherman.jpg Aaaww Yes Mr. Peabody and Sherman! Those two cracked me up!!
33 posted on 08/08/2013 12:57:21 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

I think they had a “wayback machine”.


34 posted on 08/08/2013 1:26:09 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

“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.[2] The WABAC is a time machine used by Peabody and Sherman to travel back in time and witness various historical events.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Peabody

I loved that show!!


35 posted on 08/08/2013 2:44:57 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

RIP.


36 posted on 08/08/2013 2:48:56 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: MacMattico; All

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFj7lE8yZTA


37 posted on 08/08/2013 2:56:26 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Jack Hammer

Remember Gerald McBoingBoing?


38 posted on 08/08/2013 4:22:36 AM PDT by motor_racer (Who will bell the cat?)
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To: DManA

But Bunny Rabbit did make carrot crunching sounds.


39 posted on 08/08/2013 4:42:10 AM PDT by dmcnash (Back off! I'm a Scientist.)
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To: FrdmLvr

Neither did Dancing Bear.


40 posted on 08/08/2013 5:34:19 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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 photo pinky.jpg

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?

(Audience): Pinky!

41 posted on 08/08/2013 5:44:11 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Lancey Howard; Morgana
I'll bet I can trace my interest in history to watching Mr. Peabody and Sherman and their WABAC Machine (Never knew it was an acronym!).

A few additions to your excellent list: Fractured Fairy Tales and Aesop's Fables. Sky King, Spin and Marty, Woody Woodpecker.

42 posted on 08/08/2013 6:42:56 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (Qui pacem, praeparet bellum.)
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To: Morgana

Thanks for that. Laughing so hard my husband had to find out what I was watching.


43 posted on 08/08/2013 6:49:48 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (Qui pacem, praeparet bellum.)
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To: Morgana

And the Wayback Machine.


44 posted on 08/08/2013 7:24:25 AM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: Morgana

BIG childhood favorites....


45 posted on 08/08/2013 11:48:57 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Kickass Conservative
In Los Angeles we had Sheriff John and Engineer Bill.

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.

46 posted on 08/08/2013 11:53:45 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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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.


47 posted on 08/08/2013 12:00:58 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Morgana

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.


48 posted on 08/08/2013 12:01:58 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: FrdmLvr

Yeah, I don’t remember Dancing Bear having a lot to say, either. Someone needs to stop letting millenials write their copy for them.


49 posted on 08/08/2013 12:04:32 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Orangedog
I recall seeing the Dancing Bear dance to this tune:

The Bear on the Ball with the Parasol--Burl Ives (1953)

50 posted on 08/08/2013 12:15:10 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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