The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
|The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang|
|Original release:||November 8, 1980—November 28, 1981|
|Run time:||25 minutes|
|Narrated by:||Wolfman Jack|
|Executive producer(s):||William Hanna|
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
Gordon Hunt (voices)
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang is an American animated sci-fi comedy television series produced Hanna-Barbera for ABC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1980 to 1981, airing 24 episodes that spanned two seasons. The TV series is a spin-off from ABC's parent live-action sitcom Happy Days, with actors from the latter reprising their roles in cartoon form.
A group of teenagers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1957, get picked up by a scatterbrained time traveler from the 25th century, whose inability to control her time machine gets them stranded in time and space. It was not inspired by Doctor Who.
The entire series has been released on DVD.
The time travel aspect was added to the Happy Days cartoon because the original setting of the 1950s was too limiting.
The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, credited as musical director, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.
- Henry Winkler as The Fonz
- Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham
- Donny Most as Ralph Malph
- Frank Welker as Mr. Cool
- Didi Conn as Cupcake
According to Heritage Auctions, the Fonz and Scooby-Doo appeared together in a 1980s Public Service Announcement.
After The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang was cancelled, the Fonz and his dog, Mr. Cool, were inexplicably added to the cast of Laverne & Shirley in its second season, which was now called Laverne & Shirley with Special Guest Star the Fonz.
In popular culture
- In the Comic Book Men episode "Dragging Rights," a HB collector brings in a cel of the Fonz and Mr. Cool. Bryan buys it for Walt for £200.
- ^ a b Poole, Duane (April 22, 2022) in response to @HBGrifkuba "Dr. Who never came up. We were just looking for a premise that allowed some wild, animated fun. The 1950’s was too limiting. But the possibility of dinosaurs, melodrama villains, etc., was too good to pass up.". Twitter. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
- ^ "Scooby-Doo and The Fonz Production Cel and Animation Cel". Heritage Auction. Retrieved September 14, 2020.