B.C.: The First Thanksgiving (1973)

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To add flavor to her rock soup, the Fat Broad commands Wiley, Peter, Thor, etc. to catch a turkey. The problem is that no one knows what a turkey is except for the turkey himself. In spite ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
B.C. / Cumsy Carp (voice)
Wiley / Grog (voice)
Don Messick ...
Peter / Thor / Turkey (voice)
Joanie Sommers ...
Fat Broad / Cute Chick (voice)


To add flavor to her rock soup, the Fat Broad commands Wiley, Peter, Thor, etc. to catch a turkey. The problem is that no one knows what a turkey is except for the turkey himself. In spite of this, the chase is on. Mostly a series of running gags, this animated special did a superb job of capturing the humor of Johnny Hart's B.C. comic strip. Written by R. Fujioka

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19 November 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
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Johnny Hart's legendary comic strip comes to television as an animated special in 1973
17 October 2013 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

As tradition among the television networks,Thanksgiving themed television specials,shows,movies and made-for-television movies are presented. One of them dealt with the first Thanksgiving set in Cro-Magnon Man times,not to mention this was based on the "B.C." comic strip. If you're not familiar with the comic strip that appears in syndicated newspapers across the country..it goes like this....The "B.C." Comic Strip is based on a group of cavemen who get into in a series of prehistoric shenanigans. The main character was B.C. himself who is a naive but humble slob who gets himself into all sorts of misadventures. It wasn't until the comic strip's creator Johnny Hart brought B.C. and his cave pals out of the comic strip pages of the newspaper to having their first of two animated specials specifically design for television.

The first B.C. animated special premiered as a special presentation for NBC-TV on November 19,1973 titled "B.C.-The First Thanksgiving" that was produced and directed by long-time Chuck Jones animator Abe Levitow and featured three of the best voice-over cartoon actors of their day. You have the great Daws Butler as B.C. along with veteran voice-over actors Bob Holt(as Wiley/Grog),and the great Don Messick(as Peter/Thor/ and Turkey)not to mention Joanie Sommers(as The Fat Broad/Cutie Chick).

In this first animated feature the group of cavemen have to catch a turkey that will go on the rock soup that's being made. So,the chase is on! In perspective,the B.C. world didn't go any further except with two animated features:One depicting the first Thanksgiving and the other dealing with Christmas. It was never depicted as an animated series and always stayed as a comic strip until it's creator Johnny Hart passed away in 2007 on his drawing board. It's still running today as a weekly comic strip thanks to Johnny's grandson.

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