The educational adventures of a neighborhood kids club.
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Dick Beals ...
 Buzzer Bell / ... (8 episodes, 1963)
John Hiestand ...
 Weisenheimer (8 episodes, 1963)
Robie Lester ...
 Polly Plum (8 episodes, 1963)
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 Belly Laguna / ... (8 episodes, 1963)
Tom Thomas ...
 Broken Feather (8 episodes, 1963)
Nancy Wible ...
 Jasper N. Park / ... (8 episodes, 1963)
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Each of the 260 five-minute episodes depicts the hilarious cartoon adventures of a kids' corporation formed to do jobs and make money. It episode contains an informative and entertaining segment designed to satisfy the youthful desire to know. And there are assorted villains, scoundrels and scalawags who never quite prevent them from accomplishing whatever job they set out to do. There are 10 basic categories of subject matter: Nature, How To, History, People and Countries of the World, The world and Universe, Inventions & Mechanics, Business & Commerce & Industry, People & Things of Interest, Folk Tales, & Songs From All Over the World. Written by Anonymous

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The name and character of the series' primary villain, Belly Laguna, was based loosely on the legendary actor Bela Lugosi. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger (1993) See more »

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They don't make 'em like this any more...
19 December 2005 | by (Wichita, Kansas) – See all my reviews

"The Funny Company" was a series of short (5 or 6 minute) films about a bunch of enterprising kids doing chores and deeds for local businesses. A distinguishing thing about this series is that each film contained a short film-within-a-film, which might be an educational piece, a story, a song, a how-to segment, or other item of interest to kids. In a sense, this show could take a place next to "Captain Kangaroo" in showing that a show could be entertaining and educational at the same time.

In a sense, it's a shame this little gem didn't continue longer than it did. The educational segments (most of which were introduced by a gizmo called the Weisenheimer) taught without hitting the viewer over the head, and anyway, why does the value of a cartoon have to depend on how empty-headed it is? It is on record that a six-year-old child saved the life of a 2-year-old by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which he learned from this show. Know of any other cartoon that can make that claim?

Trivia bit: This show's "educational" segment - later used on shows like "The Big World of Little Adam" and "Tennessee Tuxedo" - was spoofed in the early years of "Saturday Night Live" in a segment called "The Mr Bill Show". Every episode had poor Mr. Bill getting the what-for beaten out of him by Mr. Sluggo and Mr. Hand... and every episode had some "lesson" that usually lasted one line. Example (from the first "Show"):

MR HAND: Look, Mr. Bill, here comes Mr. Sluggo! (Mr. Sluggo, in his car, runs over Mr. Bill) MR BILL: Ooooohh!! MR HAND: You should always look both ways before you cross the street, Mr. Bill.

Trust me, it loses something in the spoofing.


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