Obviously, as you can imagine, by this point Kenner was marketing the Give-A-Show Projector to the very little kids! But there were still glimpses of greatness to come (especially after today and tomorrow's Care Bears videos)!
Apparently, Yabba Doo was another of Scooby's relatives, with a more country flavor to him than most of the other family tree... I don't recall ever seeing Yabba Doo in any cartoons, though! Scrappy Doo makes an appearance here, too!
Here is one of two Ewoks stories from the 1983 set that I actually have in my collection. Kind of an odd story how these came to be in my possession: I bid on a 1983 Give-A-Show set that was all Scooby-Doo and Flintstones, but when I opened the package up, it had 14 of the 16 slides from that set, plus four two-part Ewoks stories, plus a few other miscellaneous items I'll be sharing in the weeks to come!
OK, this is a rarity for the Give-A-Show Blog... I'm presenting a Kenner set all in one video! I was originally planning on first creating this version, and then editing smaller sections together to make it into multiple parts, and then posting the complete version, but then I figured that many people might be watching the full version on YouTube before seeing it here anyway...
...so today, it's the Kenner set, and then tomorrow, it's the Chad Valley version, which is very different (not only from this, but also from the movie itself!)!
Been looking forward to presenting these for a while... of all the Chad Valley sets, I think this one is the coolest of them all! It's a complete story, although I don't know that it's necessarily an adaption of one episode of the series (there's a few incidents in the overall story that were the basis of a full episode on the show). I wish I'd had these done when I was doing Planet of the Apes Month at the Random Acts of Geekery!
Before we get into part two, I should mention that the music (for the most part) on both parts came from a two-disc LP called "Alice in Wonderland, A Musical Fantasy." The album was independent of the version this set is based on, but I thought it worked!
OK, so I decided to do the Chad Valley 1974 Alice in Wonderland Sliderama set in two parts (I'll be following it up with a two-parter based on Disney's Robin Hood to wrap up the month). According to the wonderful Chad Valley Give-A-Show site (the owner of which has graciously allowed me to use his scans of the Chad Valleys slides) has this to say about the set:
Based upon the 1972 Joseph Shaftel film production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this set tells an entire story, rather than being a collection of 32 short snippets as seen in previous sets.
Hence, doing it in two parts! I would've done it in one, but it was longer than YouTube allows!
And we're on to another Chad Valley set, this one featuring "The World of Walt Disney"! This set apparently stayed in regular production until 1977 (I'm not aware that Kenner produced any Give-A-Show Projector set beyond its original release)! Here's the first of eight parts:
The Spider-Man story card actually feels like it could've been adapted from one of the Spidey cartoons! Of course, given they only had seven panels to tell the story, letting us know how Spidey got in the situation he starts out in is left to our imagination...
Here's the Hulk entry... and an odd one it is, at that! First, the Hulk's reading, then he's actually running from the police, is being accused of something very odd to accuse the Hulk of... and then there's how it's resolved! Watch for yourself:
Starting five days in a row of See-A-Show card videos featuring the Marvel Superheroes! I think these, combined with the ones I did a while back, should be all of 'em! I should mention that the original scans for these cards came to me via artist supreme Al Bigley!
Rather an unusual choice for Kenner to use for their See-A-Show toy, given that DD hadn't appeared outside of the comic books at all! It appears whoever wrote the story for this one wasn't aware that Daredevil is blind!
Something a bit different for the next week... about six or seven months ago, I purchased a set of TruVue story cards on eBay. Superfically, they resembled Give-A-Show Projector slides, except that they were a LOT smaller, and the individual slides themselves were actual film slides, as opposed to Kenner's printed-on-plastic slides!
Sawyer's TruVue was an early competitor to View-Master, so far as I can tell. Originally, their 3-D viewer used a card with each slide parallel to the other (kind of like Kenner's later See-A-Show). They were the original publishers of the Batman TV series View-Master, so to speak... sometime they merged with View-Master, and everything went from story cards to the more familiar discs! This set of slides came out in 1959, a year before Kenner's first Give-A-Show set.
These slides that I'm sharing now are all Disney items... there'll be more Disney in another month or so when I get around to scanning more of my Magna-Slides!
At this point in time, Chad Valley pretty much had broken ties with Kenner. While their projector still looked like the standard Give-A-Show Projector, they had altered it. The slides now came with two stories, with each frame using a "wide screen" format so that they could fit pictures from two stories on each. This is why the stories have an "a" or "b" with the numbers. It actually made the Sliderama (as they now called it) a much better deal than the Give-A-Show, because they offered twice as many stories per set!
As you'll see as we continue to go through the 1970s, there was little duplication in licenses between Chad Valley and Kenner. You've already seen that Chad Valley had the Disney license (there'll be a few more Disney sets coming up, including a Robin Hood set based on that movie), and there'll be the Planet of the Apes set coming up based on the TV show!
The only duplication of licenses in the 1970s were the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman (as you saw during "Bionic Month") and Star Wars -- and the two companies did not share materials at all for those!
Next up: The second Chad Valley Tom & Jerry Set, as we go from Chad Valley's Give-A-Show to the Sliderama, given that they no longer had the license for Give-A-Show Projectors anymore (not that the projector itself looked any different!).
Yes, we're back to Kenner for a set of Give-A-Show slides!
1974 612 Slides (red) 602-01-Valley of the Dinosaurs-Escape from Danger Part 1 602-02-Valley of the Dinosaurs-Escape from Danger Part 2 603-01-Speed Buggy-Fire Drill Part 1 603-02-Speed Buggy-Fire Drill Part 2 604-01-Scooby Doo-Jungle Bungle Part 1 604-02-Scooby Doo-Jungle Bungle Part 2 605-01-Hong Kong Phooey-Sooper Scooper Part 1 605-02-Hong Kong Phooey-Sooper Scooper Part 2 606-00-Korg 70,000 B.C.-Peril on the Mountain 607-00-Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch-Tunnel Funnel 608-00-Addams Family-Creepy Campers 609-00-Bugs Bunny-Airborne Elmer 610-00-Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids-Rebuilt Racer 611-01-Star Trek-Project Iceberg Part 1 611-02-Star Trek-Project Iceberg Part 2 612-00-The U.S. of Archie-Boston Tea Party
As has been my wont in the past, the two-parters are being featured as a single video!
OK, with this set -- the 1970 Chad Valley Tom & Jerry Set -- we'll be dropping the Chad Valley coverage for a short time... my plan right now is to get to the 1974 "Red" slides next, and then we'll hit another Chad Valley set (the Aristocats, probably done in one. That will likely be followed by a set of Tru-Vue Disney slides (more about that later), then the 1975 "Green" USA slides, then we'll be leaving the Chad Valley Give-A-Show stuff entirely...
...well, that's kind of a misnomer, because Chad Valley changed from Give-A-Show to Sliderama at about that time (1971 or 1972), and we'll have another Tom & Jerry set then! I'll be going into those, probably every other set, with some additional Disney Magna-Slides from Canada coming in there somewhere. I'm going to try to get enough Chad Valley Sliderama stuff in there so when I get to Kenner's Star Wars set, I can include Chad Valley's Star Wars set, too!
So sometimes, just because I'm not sure if anyone's actually interested in coming back day after to day to watch a particular video series, I'll take an entire Give-A-Show set and create a single video of it... and that's what I've done with the 1966 Chad Valley Winnie The Pooh set!
So, today, it's back to one slide a day for a while... I was doing two a day with the Doctor Dolittle stuff because it's basically one long story. Anyway, today starts out the one additional set of slides Remco released for their Ugly Mugly Projector, and they feature TV shows that I believe were all on CBS at the time. There were two Beverly Hillbillies slides, two Hogan's Heroes, two Wild Wild West, two Gunsmoke, and two Family Affair.
Interesting story as to how I got these in my collection. When I bid on the Ugly Mugly projector set with the Doctor Dolittle slides, I put in a bid for a dollar or two more than the starting bid, and managed to win with the starting bid, to my surprise (the only other set I'd seen in recent months had a starting bid of about 3 times what I paid for mine with postage). The seller was actually the seller's mother, and the seller didn't even know these were put up for sale by her mom, so it took me some time to get it.
Anyway, the package arrived, and when I opened it up, I was surprised and delighted to not only get the complete Ugly Mugly Doctor Dolittle projector and set, but also all ten of these slides, plus another set of Doctor Dolittle slides that was missing only one slide (plus an extra of #1)! I did some research, and could only find one place on the web that even mentioned these other slides at all -- that was a Hogan's Heroes fan site, that put a dollar value on those slides alone of about $50-100 each.
I'm still keeping a search for "Ugly Mugly" on eBay, just in case someone does offer this set in the package, so I can grab the photo of it to add here! And here's that photo:
So, in 1968, after Kenner had been producing the Give-A-Show Projector for about eight years, Remco decided to try to horn in on the action... oddly enough, they chose to do it as a Doctor Dolittle movie tie-in, which may have been what ultimately killed the line.
The projector they came up with was called an Ugly Mugly Projector, designed to look rather like a rhinocerous with multiple colors. Aside from the appearance, however, mechanically (or should that be electronically?), it was identical to the Give-A-Show. You still had to put the strip in (comprised of seven slides per strip, mounted on cardboard).
Another oddity of Remco's set-up is that each set of strips was only 10 strips, as opposed to Kenner's 16 strips. So far, I only know of one additional set of strips produced after this, all based on television shows that I believe were airing on CBS at the time, and you'll see those in about five days!
Oh, I should mention the other odd thing about this... Remco did a lot of licensed products in the late 1960s, but most of them were items that were things Remco had already been producing, but with a sticker on it for that character... so there were Star Trek items that resembled nothing on the TV series, for example! It's kind of odd that this would fit in more with Doctor Dolittle!
Today, we jump back in time to 1962, with the first of eight slide strips from Kenner's 1962 Super Show Projector set! Once I've presented all eight of these, we'll move on to Remco's 1960s "Ugly Mugly" Projector!
And here's the last of the "Bionic Month" sets, Chad Valley's Bionic Woman set! Unlike the Six Million Dollar Man set, this one didn't have double-length shows, plus there were fewer slide strips in the set, too!
609 - BOMB ALARM / RAIL RAGE 610 - TWO TON TERROR / BIONIC FAIRY 611 - CLASSROOM CORRECTION / OSCAR STEPS UP 612 - POISON IN THE RIVER / DANGER ROCKETS 613 - FALL OF A GIANT / MISS HIT 614 - BIONIC TARGET / FORGERS FOILED 615 - BANK RAID / DRAMA IN FLIGHT 616 - SCORPION THREAT / SCHOOL FOR SPIES
So tomorrow we'll have strips 609 & 610, with two more strips each day, meaning that the 24th will be the final day of "Bionic Month," after which we'll travel back in time to the 1960s again to catch up with Kenner's Super Show Projector stuff!