Skatebirds (TV series)
On-screen title card.
|Original release:||September 10, 1977–January 21, 1978
Lynn Marie Johnston
|Producer(s):||Terry Morse, Jr.|
Charles A. Nichols
|Second title card|
Skatebirds is a live-action/animated American anthology television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series originally aired on CBS. It ran from 1977 to 1978, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season.
Since Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue came out around the same time Skatebirds premiered, the special actually advertised it's premiere, even showing some clips from the show.
Much like The Banana Splits, the series featured musical numbers, although the Skatebird numbers were less closer to bubblegum music, and more about the "Skate-word for today."
The series had a number of instances of being split up for syndication formatting, the first being when the Skatebirds was canceled, and The Robonic Stooges and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives were spun off into their own half hour, and when both came to an end, Skatebirds, Wonder Wheels and The Robonic Stooges were packaged into their own half hour series, with Mystery Island airing with Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives having an unknown fate.
- Live-action skits featuring The Skatebirds
- The Robonic Stooges
- Wonder Wheels
- Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives
- Mystery Island
Opening Theme Lyrics
It's Skatebird time!
And here come the Skatebirds!
And Scat Cat!
Then the Robonic Stooges!
Plus the spine-tingling suspense-filled excitement of Mystery Island
And the doggone it daffy doings of those dog detectives, Woofer and Wimper!
The unbelievable adventures of an unbelievable motorcycle, Wonder Wheels!
For all-out fun.
And Scat Cat
And for suspense, mystery and adventure,
it's the Skatebird show!
Half hour version:
It's Skatebird time!
Satchel and Scooter, those fettered clowns of fantasy!
Along with Willie the Wheeler
And the superhero cycle known as Wonder Wheels.
As well as those three mechanical marvels, the Robonic Stooges!
One big collection of wild, wacky and wonderful characters, the Skatebirds!
|Episode||Original air date|
|1x01||September 10, 1977|
|1x02||September 17, 1977|
|1x03||September 24, 1977|
|1x04||October 1, 1977|
|1x05||October 8, 1977|
|1x06||October 15, 1977|
|1x07||October 22, 1977|
|1x08||October 29, 1977|
|1x09||November 5, 1977|
|1x10||November 12, 1977|
|1x11||November 19, 1977|
|1x12||November 26, 1977|
|1x13||December 3, 1977|
|1x14||December 10, 1977|
|1x15||December 17, 1977|
|1x16||December 24, 1977|
- Scatman Crothers as Scat Cat (voice)
- Maurice Cooke as Scat Cat (cosplayer)
- Lennie Weinrib as Knock-Knock (voice)
- Bruce Hoyt as Knock-Knock (cosplayer)
- Bob Holt as Satchel (voice) and Tree (voice)
- Ken Means as Satchel (cosplayer)
- Don Messick as Scooter (voice)
- Joe Giamalva as Scooter (cosplayer)
- Joe Baker as Larry
- Ross Martin as Agent 000
- Frank Welker as Curly, Narrator and P.O.P.S. (voice)
- Paul Winchell as Woofer and Moe
- Jim MacGeorge as Wimper
- David Jolliffe as Larry
- Patricia Stich as Pepper
- Bob Hastings as D.D.
- Tara Talboy as Dottie
- John Stephenson as Sheriff Bagley
- Stephen Parr as Chuck Kelly
- Lynn Marie Johnston as Sue Corwin
- Larry Volk as Sandy Corwin
- Michael Kermoyan as Doctor Strange
- Micky Dolenz as Willie Wheeler and Wonder Wheels
- Susan Davis as Dooley Lawrence
These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode.
- Skatebirds sequences directed by: Sidney Miller
- Skatebirds written by: Sidney Miller and Norman Camaron
- Produced by: Terry Morse, Jr.
- Skatebirds cast: Maurice Cooke (Scat Cat), Bruce Hoyt (Knock-Knock), Ken Means (Satchel) and Ken Means (Scooter)
- Director of photography: Dennis Dalzell
- Cameraman: Gabriel Torres
- Supervising film editor: Dick Elliott
- Editors: Peter Berger, Warner Leighton, Peter Jennings
- Assistant film editor: Barry Gold
- Music editors: Joe Sandusky, Ken Hall
- Effects editors: Gregory Watson, Terry Moore, Evelyn Rutledge, Rich Harrison and Cliff Kohlweck
- Costume Coordinator: Charles De Moth
- Make up artist: Robert Norin
- Set director: Leonard Mazzola
- Property masters: William Diets, William Hudson
- Robonic Stooges created by: Norman Maurer
- Story editors: Norman Maurer, Sid Morse
- Story: Kathy Colburn, Tom Dagenais, Bill Daley, Dianne Dixon, Kari Oaurs, Andy Heyward, Chris Jenkyns, Mark Jones, Joan Maurer, Michael Maurer, Norman Maurer, Jack Mendelsohn, Howie Post, Cliff Roberts, Sandy Sandifer
- Story direction: Alvaro Arce, Carl Fallberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Mike O'Connor, Don Sheppard, George Singer, Karran Wright
- Recording director: Wally Burr
- Voices: Joe E. Baker, Wally Burr, Henry Corden, Scatman Crothers, Susan Davis, Micky Dolenz, Ron Feinberg, Joan Gerber, Virginia Gregg, Bob Hastings, Bob Holt, Jane James, Ralph James, Casey Kasem, David Jolliffe, Jim MacGeorge, Ross Martin, Julie McWhirter, Allan Melvin, Don Messick, Marvin Miller, Alan Oppenheimer, Vic Perrin, Robert Ridgely, Ken Sansom, Ronnie Schell, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Patricia Stitch, Tara Talboy, Janet Waldo, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker, Paul Winchell
- Graphics: Iraj Paran
- Musical direction: Hoyt Curtin
- Musical supervision: Paul DeKorte
- Character design: Bob Singer, Norman Maurer, Lew Ott, George Wheeler
- Special graphics design: Maria Dail, Dick Ung
- Layout supervision: Steve Lumley
- Layout: Bob Fosbry, Terry Moesker, Joe Shearer, Mike Trebert
- Backgrounds: Richard Zaloudek, Milan Zahorsky, Jerry Liew, Michael King-Prince, Peter Connell, Ken Wright, Michael Chojecki, Lesley Nicholl
- Animation: Sue Speak, Cecil Collins, Rodney D'Silva, Dick Dunn, Peter Eastment, John Ellis, Warwick Gilbert, Gerald Grabner, Sebastian Hurpia, Greg Ingram, Richard Jones, Cynthia Leech, Paul McAdam, Henry Neville, Ray Nowland, Di Rudder, Michael Stapleton, John Tych, Kaye Watts
- Assistant animation supervision: Paul Maron
- Animation checking: Narelle Nixon
- Xerography: Ellen Bayley
- Ink and paint supervision: Narelle Derrick
- Production managers: R.J. Louis, James Cranston
- Production coordinator: Tobi Singleton
- Production supervision: Doug Patterson, Mark D'Arcy-Irvine, Adrienne Smith
- Art director: Kirk Axtell
- Assistant directors: Marie Gisneros, Murray Schwartz
- Second assistant director: Hal Bell
- Script supervisors: Mary Jane Ferguson, Lester Hoyle
- Sound direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
- Sound mixers: Manuel Topoto, James Pilcher
- Animation photography: Terry Smith, Carole Laird, Mark D'Arcy-Irvine, Kieren Mulgrew, Tom Epperson
- Dubbing supervision: Pat Foley
- Negative consultant: William E. DeBoer
- Post production supervision: Joed Eaton
- Animation directors: Charles A. Nichols, Chris Cuddington
- Creative producer: Iwao Takamoto
- Associate producer: Neil Balnaves
- Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
The series was not received well from critics, and is often criticized for being a knockoff of The Banana Splits.
In addition to this, all segments, aside from Mystery Island, were also featured in the unaired ToonHeads special, "The Best of the Worst Cartoons Ever," to which, all were criticized for being "poor ideas."