Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Penelope Pitstop

It was one of those great Hanna-Barbera cartoons that ran from 1969-1971,
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop 

Penelope got her start in the Wacky Races series which featured 11 different cars and their drivers:
  • Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean Machine 00 (The Double Zero)
  • The Slag Brothers in the Bouldermobile 1
  • The Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe 2
  • Professor Pat Pending in the Convert-a-Car 3
  • The Red Max in the Crimson Haybailer 4
  • Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat 5
  • Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly in the Army Surplus Special 6
  • The Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb 7
  • Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chuggabug 8
  • Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific 9
  • Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzzwagon 10
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop lasted two full seasons, with a total of 17 half-hour episodes produced and released.

Created by veteran Hanna-Barbera voice actress Janet Waldo, Penelope is a classic "damsel in distress" stock character as in the old serial The Perils of Pauline. Her catchphrase is "Help, help!" (spoken in an affected upper-class U.S. Southern accent). Throughout the series, she displays a curious combination of ingenuity and helplessness. She often figures out clever ways to get out of a jam, and is very athletic; if any sport happens to be mentioned, it is revealed that she was the women's champion in said sport in college. Nonetheless, when her arch-nemesis The Hooded Claw, voiced by Paul Lynde (who, unknown to her, is her guardian Sylvester Sneekly) grabs her, she is somehow incapable of doing anything other than yelling for help. Like the show's villain The Hooded Claw, she often interacted with the narrator of the show.

Janet Waldo

Janet also performed the voicing of Judy Jetson in The Jetsons and Josie McCoy in
Josie and the Pussycats.


Any of you ever own one of these?

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