Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the men who made the biggest success of the Golden Age of Radio, play cartoon versions of their famous characters in this long-lost prime-time animated series! Excited by the popularity of among adults, ABC executives asked producers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher (creators of ) to deliver a new evening cartoon show. The pair drew inspiration from their background in radio; they had started as writers for , and felt an animated version would be a surefire ratings smash. The characters were changed into animals to avoid the outcry against racial stereotypes that had plagued the radio show and the subsequent 1951-1953 television adaptation. So the Kingfish became the Colonel, a fox, while Andy became Calvin, a bear. Scripts were recycled from the radio show, meaning that the stories were familiar to viewers with long memories. Recruited to portray their characters were the original voices and creators of , Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll (they had been replaced by African-American actors in the television version.) Despite the talent of all involved (including luminary Chuck McKimson, who directed all 26 episodes) lasted only one year on ABC, and never went into syndication. Connelly and Mosher would hit a homerun with their next series, , but this was the last gasp for the franchise. Still, with many of the original radio and television episodes commercially unavailable, is enjoyable as a unique artifact of the series' long-standing popularity. This three-disc set contains 12 half-hour episodes!
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