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September 17, 2014

Hanna-Barbera's Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show - "Booty Bounty"

This rare Hanna-Barbera cartoon series originally ran in syndication from September 9, 1967 to June 1, 1968. It's mostly notable for the fact that Bud Abbott provided his voice talents. Stan Irwin, a nightclub manager who had been a friend of the pair, did the voice of Lou, who had passed away in 1959.

In this in-depth interview, Kliph Nesteroff asked Stan about his work on the show:

Stan Irwin: A friend of mine brought the idea up and he was going to produce it. He knew that I could do [the voice of] Costello and brought me along. I would fly in from Vegas, drive and pick up Bud Abbott, go to the recording studio, and drive him back to his house and fly back to Vegas. Bud lisped a lot. A lot. We had to do a lot of retakes. He lived in a house that was smaller than his former bar. He was on a downward slope and the end was near. He needed the cartoon gig and they tolerated him because it was him even though it was retake after retake after retake.


In this episode, Bud and Lou try to bag a bounty by capturing a mountain lion named Sawtooth.




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