Saturday, July 29, 2006

Remakes Are Rediculous - Howdy Doody


I was at the Northwest East Southgate Mall yesterday and walked past the Multiplex 27 Cinema. Things have sure changed! 27 screens and 9 Bucks to see a movie that stinks. Lately they all stinks. That is because no one has any new ideas. They are doing remakes of old TV shows. There is currently a remake of Superman and a remake of Miami Vice. While I was walking past there I saw a poster for a remake of The Howdy Doody Show.

You know I'm old enough to remember the first episode of this show. The HOWDY DOODY Show was the first network kids show to run 5 days a week, the first network show of the day, the first television show ever broadcast in color, and the the first show ever to air more than 1,000 continuous episodes. Howdy Doody himself was a freckle-faced boy marionette, and was originally voiced by Bob Smith. Other puppet characters included Heidi Doody (Howdy's sister), Mr. Bluster, Dilly Dally, Princess Summerfall Winterspring, and the curious Flub-a-Dub (a combination of eight animals).

The show's host was Bob Smith, who was dubbed "Buffalo Bob" early in the show's run. Smith wore cowboy garb, and the name of the puppet "star" was derived from the western U.S. expression "Howdy Doody," a familiar form of the greeting "How Do You Do?" The name was the source of some childish crude humor, as "doody" was also a familiar child's euphemism for defecation.

There also were several human characters, most notably Clarabell the Clown, who communicated by honking horns on his belt and squirting seltzer, and Chief Thunderthud, who originated the cry "Kowabonga!". Princess Summerfall Winterspring, originally a puppet, was later played by the actress Judy Tyler. The characters inhabited the fictional town of "Doodyville".

Here is the text and the poster

In December of 1947, when Buffalo Bob Smith created and aired HOWDY DOODY, there were only 20,000 American homes that even had television sets. NBC only had six stations in the beginning, and HOWDY DOODY is credited as a major factor in the growth and popularity of that network. From the original show’s inception on December 27, 1947 until it’s final airing on NBC on December 30, 1960, HOWDY DOODY visited our homes 2,543 times.

It’s Now 2006 and times have changed, haven’t they kids?

Howdy left us a long time ago.

Now he is back
and he is back with a vengence!

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