Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines

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Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines
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On-screen title card.
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 13, 1968January 17, 1970
Starring: Paul Winchell
Don Messick
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Alex Lovy
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Larz Bourne
Dalton Sandifer
Mike Maltese
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s): Charles A. Nichols

Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines, also known as Dastardly & Muttley, is a comedy TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1969 to 1970, airing 17 episodes. It is a spin-off from Wacky Races.

Dick Dastardly and Muttley lead the Vulture Squadron, with other members Klunk and Zilly, flying in World War I-style aeroplanes, trying to capture a messenger pigeon called Yankee Doodle Pigeon from delivering top-secret messages to an opposing army.

There are two other segments: Wing Dings, which features short jokes, and Magnificent Muttley, starring Muttley who plays the hero in his daydreams, only to be cut off and put back to work by Dick.

In 2018, DC Comics published Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #44, which concluded the series with the ludicrous revelation that the Vulture Squadron was really working for a Chinese restaurant that was the rival of a pizza delivery service that Yankee Doodle Pigeon worked for. Yes, really.

Also in that same year, DC Comics reinvisioned the series with Dastardly & Muttley, a comically dark take, yet fleshed out take on the characters.

Production

Development

Segments

  • Dastardly & Muttley
  • Wing Dings
  • Magnificent Muttley

Music

The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin, who was credited as music director.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"Fur Out Furlough" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Muttley on the Bounty" / "Sappy Birthday" 1x01 September 13, 1969
"Follow That Feather" Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "What's New Old Bean?" / "Operation Anvil" 1x02 September 20, 1969
"Sky Hi-IQ" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "The Marvelous Muttini" / "A Plain Shortage of Planes" 1x03 September 27, 1969
"Barnstormers" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "The Bad Actor" / "Shape Up or Ship Out" 1x04 October 4, 1969
"Stop That Pigeon" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "The Big Topper" / "Zilly's a Dilly" 1x05 October 11, 1969
"The Cuckoo Patrol" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "The Marvelous Muttley" / "Pest Pilots" 1x06 October 18, 1969
"The Swiss Yelps" / "Eagle-Beagle" / Wing Dings / "Movie Stuntman" 1x07 October 25, 1969
"Fly By Knights" / "There's No Fool Like a Re-Fuel" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Coonskin Caper" 1x08 November 1, 1969
"Movies Are Badder Than Ever" / "Home Sweet Homing Pigeon" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Aquanuts" 1x09 November 8, 1968
"Lens a Hand" / "Vacation Trip Trap" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Leonardo De Muttley" 1x10 November 15, 1968
"Stop Which Pigeon?" / "Ceiling Zero Zero" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Ship Ahooey" 1x11 November 22, 1969
"Cross Country Double Cross" 1x12 November 29, 1969
"Meddle Muddle" / "Go South Young Pigeon!" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Admiral Bird Dog" 1x13 December 6, 1969
"Too Many Kooks" / "Ice See You" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Professor Muttley" 1x14 December 14, 1968
"Balmy Swami" / "Camouflage Hop-Aroo" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Wild Mutt Muttley" 1x15 December 20, 1968
"Have Plane Will Travel" / "Windy Windmill" / Wing Dings / Magnificent Muttley: "Astromutt" 1x16 January 10, 1970
"Plane Talk" / "Happy Bird Day" / Wing Dings / "Super Muttley" 1x17 January 17, 1970

Cast

References