The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
|The Perils of Penelope Pitstop|
On-screen title card.
|Original release:||September 13, 1969—January 17, 1970
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
|Animation director(s):||Charles A. Nichols|
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop is an American animated comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1969 to 1970, airing 17 episodes that spanned one season. It was the second spin-off from Wacky Races.
In the style of the silent movie era of melodrama cliffhangers, Penelope Pitstop must evade capture of the Hooded Claw and the Bully Brothers. The Hooded Claw is in fact really her uncle and guardian, Sylvester Sneekly. If Sylvester can do away with Penelope, he will receive her inheritance. She is often aided by the Ant Hill Mob, who have been converted from villainous mobsters to heroic Seven Dwarfs-types. Despite their best intentions, they end up in need of her help during their rescue of her, although despite her resourcefulness, she inevitably will always need to be the one saved.
The entire series has also been released on DVD.
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop was inspired by the silent film serial The Peril of Pauline.
The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin, who was credited as music director.
|Episode||Number||Original air date|
|"Jungle Jeopardy"||1x01||September 13, 1969|
|"The Terrible Trolley Trap"||1x02||September 20, 1969|
|"The Boardwalk Booby Trap"||1x03||September 27, 1969|
|"Wild West Peril"||1x04||October 4, 1969|
|"Carnival Calamity"||1x05||October 11, 1969|
|"The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot"||1x06||October 18, 1969|
|"Arabian Desert Danger"||1x07||October 25, 1969|
|"The Diabolical Department Store Danger"||1x08||November 1, 1969|
|"Hair Raising Harness Race"||1x09||November 8, 1969|
|"North Pole Peril"||1x10||November 15, 1969|
|"Tall Timber Treachery"||1x11||November 22, 1969|
|"Cross Country Double Cross"||1x12||November 29, 1969|
|"Big Bagdad Danger"||1x13||December 6, 1969|
|"Bad Fortune in a Chinese Fortune Cookie..."||1x14||December 13, 1969|
|"Big Top Trap"||1x15||December 20, 1969|
|"Game of Peril"||1x16||January 10, 1970|
|"London Town Treachery"||1x17||January 17, 1970|
- Janet Waldo as Penelope Pitstop
- Mel Blanc as Yak Yak, Chugga-Boom, and the Bully Brothers
- Don Messick as Dum Dum, Snoozy, Pockets, and Zippy
- Paul Winchell as Clyde and Softy
- Paul Lynde as Hooded Claw/Sylvester Sneekly
- Gary Owens as the Narrator
In popular culture
- In the Animaniacs segment "Back in Style," Penelope Pit-A-Pat Stop is mentioned to have lost ratings by adding the Warner siblings.