Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dog of the Geek: The Colonel (Montgomery J. Klaxon)!

colonelBreed: Fox

Original Appearance: “Calvin and the Colonel” animated television series, 1961.

Other Appearances: Two issues of a Dell Comic, the first of which was the last issue of Four Color Comics.

Biography: The Colonel, a shrewd fox, lives with his wife Maggie Belle and her sister, Sue. The Colonel was in the real estate business, but always tried get-rich-quick schemes with the help of his best friend, Calvin T. Burnside, a dumb bear, sometimes involving their lawyer, Oliver Wendell Clutch, a weasel.

Powers: None

Group Affiliation: None

Miscellaneous: An animated remake of Amos 'n' Andy, using the voices from the radio series, as well as reusing some of the scripts. The idea was that using animals would avoid the racial issues that led to the downfall of Amos 'n' Andy, although low ratings cancelled the show after two months (although it returned two months later to fulfill contractural requirements). Several episodes of this show can be found on low-budget, low-quality DVD sets of public-domain cartoons.

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