Sylvester Sneekly is the legal guardian of female race car driver Penelope Pitstop. He disguises himself as The Hooded Claw for the purpose of killing her so as to acquire her wealth. Penelope's protectors, the Ant Hill Mob (Clyde, Softly, Zippy, Pockets, Dum Dum, Yak Yak and Snoozy) always foil his crimes to rescue her. Through the series, Sneekly keeps his alter ego in the front to mask his identity and intentions from Penelope. He would break the fourth wall by directly addressing the narrator revealing his crimes to the audience. He would then browbeat the narrator by calling him horrible and sinister names. Written by
Like its predecessor, Wacky Races (1968), the title and content of this series are spoofing a particular film, in this case the old silent movie serials, the most famous example being The Perils of Pauline (1914). See more »
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Starring those seven rollicking rescuers The Ant Hill Mob, their courageous car Chugaboom... and that villain of villains, The Hooded Claw. Penelope Pitstop, heiress to a vast fortune, is in perpetual peril from her fortune seeking guardian Sylvester Sneekly, who, unknown to her, is really the Hooded Claw.
[the Hooded Claw laughs deviously]
But foiling this fiend's foul plots are Penelope's everepresent protectors The Ant Hill Mob.
I'll get you, ...
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We had this cartoon on VHS and I remember watching it SO many times when I was a kid. The one thing that gets stuck in my head from this cartoon is the theme song. I can still hear the theme song of Dastardly and Muttley called '..Catch the pigeon, catch the pigeon..' it is very funny.
Although I wasn't that fond of Penelope Pitstop, my favorite character was Muttley.
This is one of the good creations from Hanna-Barbera and this cartoon (also the series about Dastardly and Muttley) is widely known by almost all children born in the 70's and the 80's. I'm feeling quite nostalgic thinking about this, so I just might watch it again soon on Youtube.
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