this is just too ironic
this is a hanna-barbera cartoon
that ran on NBC
from 1979 to 1980 on saturday
mornings (before my time, really, although i was born in 1980
, so it's perfectly possible i could blame a lot of my quirks
on psychological trauma
due to seeing this show as a baby
). it featured a comic strip
created by al capp
, which doesn't resemble a bowling pin
so much as a seal
with legs. if you can't guess, its name was shmoo
. it's pretty damn stupid-looking.
shmoo's voice was done by frank welker
(on reflection, i wonder what sort of voice it could have possibly had?), and in the show he helps three kid reporters
investigating "cases of psychic phenomena
" for mighty
mysteries comics. so i guess it's sort of like scooby doo
. except shmoo is a shapeshifter.
the title got even funnier when hanna-barbera started mixing the episodes with those of the new fred
show-- eventually it was renamed to fred and barney meet the shmoo.
(this is all according to http://www.hotyellow98.com/tooncentral/toons/newshmoo.html)