Where there's smoke there's sure to be fire and our pal Smokey Bear
The Smokey Bear Show was shown by ABC in 1969 - 1970 at 8:30am EST. Casper and Smokey ran opposite of Heckle and Jeckle on CBS. TSBS is the earliest memory of a show I religiously watched next to Sesame Street, and Smokey Bear was my first childhood hero (and also the earliest source of arguments with my sister who wanted to watch H&H on the other channel. It was a 30 minute cartoon consisting of three shorts with the 2nd short being a "Smokey Bear's Album" seq. that showed the usual characters as kids that would take the style of "Our Gang Comedy" with the other two shorts involving the characters getting into some sort of trouble in which Smokey would get them out of in the end. The end would always feature Smokey in a PSA and then scenes from next weeks show. The characters of the show where Smokey Bear (wonderfully voiced by Jackson Weaver) Benny Hare, Gabby the Mountain Lion, Betsy Boar, Freddy Fume (skunk), Mayor Owl, Flloyd Fox, Hiram Snake and of course Smokey's cousin Griz. Unfortunately the copyrights for TSBS have been acquired by Classic Media who released a few episodes on VHS and recorded in EP mode (the sound and video are terrible) that were released in 1990. The show remains in their hands and has no further plans to release it again.
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