Saturday, April 7, 2007

Why is the Easter Bunny robbing banks?

Watch this Super Chicken cartoon to find out. Super Chicken was an animated television series produced by Jay Ward and Bill Scott, who earlier had created the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. It ran with George of the Jungle and Tom Slick on ABC-TV on Saturday Mornings from the late-1960s to the early-1970s.

The lyrics to the super chicken theme song
For all the Jay Ward completists out there: Note the cameo by Hoppity Hooper, Waldo Wigglesworth & Fillmore Bear at the start of the episode (along with Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, et. al.) Probably the only time Hoppity's ever been seen on Cartoon Network.

Super Chicken (voiced by Bill Scott) and his lion sidekick Fred would usually begin their adventures with the battlecry that went something like: "Quick, Fred, to the Super Coop."

His secret identity was well-to-do Henry Cabot Henhouse III; Fred acted as his butler/servant, etc. But when danger reared its ugly head, he would take his "Super Sauce" (often from a martini glass) and don his "Super Suit," which consisted of a plumed cavalier's hat, cape, Wellington boots, mask and a sword.

An early pilot featured an all-star comedy cast, including Bill Dana with Don Knotts as the voice of Super Chicken. The project was shelved and eventually recast.

Related - Fleischer Brothers Animation

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