The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

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The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
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Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 13, 1969January 17, 1970

Starring: Janet Waldo
Mel Blanc
Don Messick
Paul Winchell
Paul Lynde
Gary Owens
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Alex Lovy
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Mike Maltese
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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.



Fred Silverman, head of children's programming for CBS, suggested the idea of spinning off the Wacky Racers based on the success of Wacky Races.[1]

The Perils of Penelope Pitstop was inspired by the silent film serial The Peril of Pauline.[2]


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



The show's versions of the Ant Hill Mob would later reappear for the Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode, "Yogi Bear on the Air."

In 2018, DC Comics published Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #41, which concluded the series with Penelope discovering the truth about her uncle.

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.