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Peter Potamus and His Magic Flying Balloon

 
 

 

 

 

Prod. Notes:


 

September 1964 - October 1965,  syndicated

January 1966 - January 1967,  ABC

Hanna-Barbera

 

Cast:

 

Peter Potamus .......................................................................... Daws Butler

So-So ......................................................................................... Don Messick

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 
Peter Potamus was a friendly purple hippo who, with his sidekick So-So the monkey, traveled back in time in his magic flying balloon. Using the ship's time compass, the pair traveled to the past, often encountering well known figures from history and folklore. Finding themselves in some form of conflict wherever they ventured, nearly every episode ended with Peter using his secret weapon, his "Hippo Hurricane Holler" to overcome whatever adversary he was facing. Peter would take a deep breath, then let out a howling gust of wind that would blow his adversary away.

Typical of kids' half-hour cartoons of the time, the show was divided into three segments. Accompanying the hippo's adventures were Breezly and Sneezly in the second segment, and Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey in the third segment.

After two seasons in syndication, the show was picked up by ABC for one season and renamed The Peter Potamus Show. Under this new title, the Breezly and Sneezly segment was swapped for Ricochet Rabbit, from The Magilla Gorilla Show.

Peter Potamus, like Magilla Gorilla before him, never achieved the lasting fame of some of his Hanna-Barbera cartoon contemporaries, mainly because his show was a little “out there” in terms of story and characters. What the show lacked in familiarity it made up for in originality, and while Peter will never be as well known as Yogi Bear or Huckleberry Hound, he will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to enjoy his travels.

 


 

 
 
Episodes:
 

 

Season 1

 

Fee Fi Fo Fun

Lion Around

Cleo Trio

No Rest for a Pest

Wagon Train Strain

Monotony on the Bounty

The Good Hood

Stars on Mars

Kooky Spook

The Island Fling

Courtin Trouble

Big Red Riding Hood

Hurricane Hippo

What a Knight

 

Season 2

 

Mask Task

Pre-Hysterical Pete

Trite Flite

Marriage Peter Potamus Style

Calaboose Caboose

Eager Ogre

The Reform of Plankenstein

 

Season 3

 

Dept and Taxes

Wrong Time No See

America or Bust

Rebel Rumble

Pilgrims Regress

The Crossbow Incident

 

 

 

 

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