Mighty Hercules


Newton vs. Toot

This was one of those not-much-posting days (for me, I mean; not for our bloggers covering the election, who continue to deliver the goods). So as a combination of compensation and sheer filler, here’s a little flashback to a show that was on all the time when I was a kid — and I know for a fact that I was not the only one in my neighbourhood who watched it. I was at this birthday party where the entertainer was one of those “man of a thousand voices” types, and one of the voices he did was Newton. Or, should I say “Was Newton, Was Newton.” It was pretty good, too (pretty good, too) and most of the kids in the room seemed to respond with delighted recognition. Unfortunately, as I recall, he didn’t do Daedalus, who was voiced by Jack “Popeye” Mercer (the show was put together by people from the Paramount/Famous cartoon studio after it shut down). Nor did he sing the theme song, which was really cool even by the surprisingly high standards of these cheap ’60s cartoons that TV stations showed as filler (or CanCon, since many of them were U.S./Canada co-productions). All the best work seemed to go into the songs on shows like Rocket Robin Hood or Spider-Man.