Premiering on September 13, 1969,
Dastardly and Muttley was one of two spin-offs of the very
popular cartoon The Wacky Races
Dick Dastardly, who apparently
grew tired of losing all those
Wacky Races, was now in charge
of The Vulture Squadron, a band
of airborne misfits whose mission
was to (as anyone who remembers
the theme song can attest)
Stop that Pigeon!
Dastardly received his orders from
"The General" who was never seen
but always heard barking orders to
poor Dick over the phone.
Yankee Doodle Pigeon
That brave little bird of course, was Yankee Doodle Pigeon,
a carrier pigeon whose heroic messenger duties were never
thwarted by the bird brains of the squadron.
Those less than magnificent flyers
under Dastardly's command, starts
with his sidekick Muttley, who
always demanded a medal for
following the dimwitted deeds
of his master. (and lets face it,
the pooch also stole the show).
Klunk was the squad's mechanic
and inventor of gizmos so strange
that they could almost put Rube
Goldberg to shame. He also had
some very strange vocal
Then there was poor Zilly, whose.
nerves were so frazzled he could
barely muster the courage to get
into his plane, let alone fly it.
While the Wacky Races was
inspired by the film, The Great
Race, and the Perils of Penelope
Pitstop by The Perils of Pauline,
this show owed a tip of the hat to
Those Magnificent Men in their
Flying Machines. Both had that
World War I era to them, and of
course, outrageously designed
Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines
was produced by Hanna-Barbera
Dick Dastardly was voiced by Paul Winchell,
Klunk and Zilly were voiced by Don Messick
The Vulture Squad!
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John V Schmidt
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