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WGN Channel 9 - The Groovie Goolies and Friends (Opening & Break, 1980)

Here's the opening for The Groovie Goolies and Friends on WGN Channel 9, followed by a commercial break. Includes:

WGN "Last Farewell" animated station ID (voiceover and time check by Bob Bell)

Opening of The Groovie Goolies and Friends (the main show was originally run as part of Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies, which aired on the CBS Network from 1970 to 1971, and then aired on its own from 1971 to 1972); this umbrella also includes Lassie's Rescue Rangers (which aired on the ABC Network from 1973 to 1975), The New Adventures of Gilligan (which aired on ABC from 1974 to 1976), My Favorite Martians (which aired on CBS from 1973 to 1975), M-U-S-H (an animated spin-off of M*A*S*H), Fraidy Cat, Wacky and Packy (the last three aired as part of the short-lived Uncle Croc's Block on ABC from 1975 to 1976), and The New Adventures of Waldo Kitty (a repackaging of The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty which aired on NBC from 1975 to 1976). (voiceover by the founder of Filmation Associates, Lou Scheimer)

"We'll Return After These Announcements" bumper (with Groovie Goolies clip) (voiceover by Len Johnson)

Commercial offer for the marriage advice books "If Only He Knew: What No Woman Can Resist" and "For Better or for Best: Understand Your Man," both written by Gary Smalley and Norma Smalley - Only $12.95 - Not Available in Stores - "Money Back If Not Delighted"

"Now Let's Return to The Groovie Goolies" bumper (with another Groovie Goolies clip) (voiceover by Len Johnson)

Opening moments of Lassie's Rescue Rangers episode

This aired on local Chicago TV in February 1980 during the 8am to 8:04am timeframe.

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Chapters such as "Where Have All The Feelings Gone?" (Long Time Passing) ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, September 27th 2011 at 7:38pm.

"Hey kids! Are your parents arguing all the time? Maybe you should get them these books!"

Did Gary and Norma have a kid named Stuart? ;)

Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 8:09am.

What a great commercial to air during a kids cartoon, eh? I'm surprised the little tykes wouldn't have fallen asleep. (If Lassie's Rescue Rangers wasn't enough to do this already)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 10:06am.

In a way, airing that commercial on a kids' show would be no different than if they aired 'Scooter Score' type ads or commercials for Medicare or hawking some drug whose name resembles the surname of a Mafia boss on such a program today.
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 11:07am.

When did they stop making cartoons based on sitcoms?
Comment posted by DJBender on Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 12:28pm.

When they started making sitcoms based on cartoons.

I'm surprised they had any time for a Groovy Goolies cartoon with all that other stuff....

Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 1:22pm.

LOL, I know, the way it kept going and going, it felt like an SNL spoof.
Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 8:24pm.

The breakdown for this series: 16 Groovie Goolies episodes, 13 Waldo Kitty episodes, 17 Lassie episodes, 24 Gilligan episodes, 18 My Favorite Martians episodes and 18 Fraidy Cat/M.U.S.H./Wacky and Packy episodes for 104 programs. Some of the familiar voices on the show: Larry Storch, Howard Morris, Allan Melvin, Robert Ridgely, Kenneth Mars, Jonathan Harris, Ted Knight and five original cast members of Gilligan's Island.
Comment posted by Phantom on Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 9:34pm.

Speaking of spoofs . . . Benny Hill used to parody show opens of the type as exemplified here, on his comedy/variety specials.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, September 29th 2011 at 6:39pm.

WGN aired this show early Sunday mornings until September 1984.
Comment posted by Phantom on Thursday, September 29th 2011 at 7:16pm.

The voice over in the opening credits of "The Groovie Goolies and Friends" is done by the founder of Filmation himself - Lou Schiemer!
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, October 1st 2011 at 10:29pm.

Voiceover for show opening segment added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, October 1st 2011 at 10:48pm.

You're right, Dth1971. Filmation did create those cartoons for Groovie Goolies, along with 'Fat Ablert and the Cosby Kids', and 'He-Man'.

I remember watching 'Waldo Kitty' when it was on NBC on Saturday Mornings. It used live cats and dogs for the show. In it, Waldo would daydream about being a certain hero (Lone Ranger, Capt. Kirk, etc.) while figuring out how to outwit the evil bulldog, Tyronne. The cartoon would then show in his daydream. I used to love that show.

Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Monday, October 3rd 2011 at 10:10am.

"Waldo Kitty" was essentially an anthropomorphized version of James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." I think it was due to this issue that the title was changed for this "GG&F" umbrella.
Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, October 3rd 2011 at 10:33am.

Here is the link to the opening theme to Waldo Kitty: http://youtu.be/k0qfdvstwYI
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Tuesday, October 4th 2011 at 10:20am.

I do have to ask, though: Given that "The Groovie Goolies" first aired (as part of a block with "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch") back in 1970, could Jerry G. Bishop have gotten the inspiration for the "Svengoolie" name from that show, given how the spelling is?

Secondly, is anyone sure the voiceover is Lou Scheimer? His partner in Filmation, Norm Prescott, was a Boston DJ before he, Scheimer and Hal Sutherland formed the company in the early '60's.

Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, October 5th 2011 at 12:49am.

R.I.P. Lou Schiemer, founder of Filmation.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, October 19th 2013 at 11:44am.

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My great grandma had this record. Strangely Boxcar Willie looks like he could be related to my guy friend.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by pvx on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 12:49am CT

In reply to Szake's, T.K.'s, and Fuzzy's comments regarding the letters flashing in the corners of the screen at the beginning--I have seen this as well in other national TV commercials on film from this era.

I have a really good hunch as to what this is--going from my experience working master control in local commercial television and handling the physical airing of commercial spots (albeit much later in the early 2000s on videotape and satellite-delivered video files for on-air playout, as opposed to the film print this commercial is most likely from), this is more than likely an ISCI (Industry Standard Commercial Identifier) code, an unique 4 letter & 4 number identification code assigned to national commercial spots that receive national network and/or local affiliate airing. Each ISCI code is unique to the spot for identification for advertisers, ad agencies, post-production staff, and the station's/network's traffic/logging, ad sales, and and master control personnel. A typical ISCI code is usually in the format of ABCD1234.

I'd hazard to guess that it must of been the industry standard in the 70s to have the ISCI code digits show up on the corners of the first few film frames of the spot, to ease identification for the master control/projectionist/editor at a station to know what spot it was while splicing it together with other commercial films to make a spot reel (or when threading the spot by itself up in a film-chain projector) for airing in a local commercial break.

When the transition to delivering commercials to stations/networks on videotape became more common practice, usually the ISCI code was displayed during the slate & countdown before the spot on the beginning of the tape (obviously not aired, unless the MCO screwed up and switched it up too early ;) )).

I wonder of the ISCI code of this spot is something like xMxHx0x3 (the "x"s being whatever letters/numbers displayed at the left side of the screen, which is mostly cut off in this video), say, something like IMGH1023?


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Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by T.K. on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:04pm CT

I was able to stop on two frames... the first with M in the upper-right corner and H in the lower-right and the second frame with O in the upper-right and 3 in the lower-right. So... MO, H3? If it was flashing M-O-M, I'd think maybe it was a subliminal message to ask your mother to buy a ticket.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:39pm CT

Seriously though, it seems like the letters change in each corner very quickly, like it is cycling through something. I also see an 'O' in the upper-right hand corner. Can't we get the conspiracy nuts to break this down for us? This is probably bigger than the "subliminal" station sign-off message. ;-)


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:36pm CT

I still see the X. ;-)


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Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by ER3017 on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:19pm CT

I see it too


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:14pm CT

You can see a M in the upper right hand corner, an H in the lower right hand corner and an I in the upper left hand corner one second into the video.


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