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Cool McCool 

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Cool McCool, a spoof of James Bond, nabbed the bad guys in this cartoon by the creator of Batman. The 1/2 hour was rounded out with Cool's father Harry McCool and the Komedy Kops in their bumbling capers.

Creators:

Al Brodax, Bob Kane
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1967   1966   Unknown  

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Series cast summary:
Chuck McCann ...  Number One / ... 3 episodes, 1966
Bob McFadden Bob McFadden ...  Cool McCool / ... 3 episodes, 1966
Carol Corbett Carol Corbett ...  Bellows Belle / ... 3 episodes, 1966
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Cool McCool, a spoof of James Bond, nabbed the bad guys in this cartoon by the creator of Batman. The 1/2 hour was rounded out with Cool's father Harry McCool and the Komedy Kops in their bumbling capers.

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2d animation | spy | See All (2) »

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vili McViileri See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[repeated line]
Cool McCool: Danger is my business!
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Cool McCool
Music by Bernard Green
Lyrics by Al Brodax
Performed by Robert 'Bob' McFadden
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the witty dialog is for the adults, the goofy limited animation for the tots!
6 July 2013 | by CineMageSee all my reviews

Delightful series, but let's get something out of the way from the start: you do NOT watch this for the generically Saturday morning limited animation.

Instead, you watch it for the inventive fun the writers had with the over-the-top eccentricity of the villains: witty asides of social commentary (for the time), shameless puns, parodic elements no child could possibly have noticed, and the occasional innuendo slipped past censors because who censors dialog between a green-complexioned mad scientist/sorcerer with a hat obsession and his lisping femme fatale with green hair and a ghost white death pallor? After all, does anyone think the creators of this cartoon expected the children in the audience to recognize Bob McFadden's homage to Jack Benny in the voice he gave to Cool McCool?

It's never laugh-out-loud funny, but it brings a constant smile to one's face.

Cool McCool comes from the same Saturday morning tradition as Inspector Gadget, The Inspector, and Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, all of whom are spiritual descendants from the live-action TV series Get Smart and the film series The Pink Panther.

However, unlike the rest of them, Cool McCool has a touch of heart to him. When Cool accidentally hurts Number One, R&D techie Riggs, or his assistant Breezy, he comes across as genuinely remorseful, and he clearly loves his sapient car the Coolmobile like a pet. He has an entire segment devoted each week to his love and admiration for his father, and he introduces the segment with a song in which he regrets how often he disappoints cantankerous father-figure Number One. (Many sequences end with Number One admitting, once Cool is out of range of hearing, "I love that boy!")

In contrast, Inspector Gadget and Inspector Clouseau remain cheerfully oblivious to the feelings or needs of almost anyone else (with the obvious exception of niece Penny), while Lancelot Link and Agent 86 will lie to and manipulate their closest friends to shore up their slipping self-delusions of competence. Cool shows more affection to his car than Inspector Gadget shows to his dog Brain!

Other enjoyable aspects of this series include fun that the animation artists and the voice actors (Chuck McCann and Carol Corbett) have with the villains in ways that are easier to pick up now as an adult than they had been as children in the 1960s.

Mad scientist/sorcerer Doctor Madcap a.k.a. Professor Madcap and femme fatale lover Greta Ghoul flirt in parodic fashion -- he seduces her with "sweet nothings" by purring as he holds her in his arms, "Your eyes are like nothing! Your lips are like nothing! Your face is like nothing!"

The Owl is inspired by both Batman's foe The Penguin (in terms of bird mania) and Spider-Man's foe The Vulture (in terms of The Scheming Old Banker type and the fact that both have the means to fly). Of course, his partner in crime is The Pussycat, a Mae West-voiced version of Catwoman. Despite the superficial similarities to The Penguin, The Owl's plots seem more inspired by McCann's voicing of the character in imitation of Lionell Barrymore's scheming banker Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life. (Thanks to this series, I hear Barrymore's Potter voice in my head whenever I read The Vulture's dialog in a Spider-Man comic!) (One amusing visual effect is that the two owls on The Owl's shoulders blink in unison with him.)

Hurricane Harry is inspired by the appearance of Goldfinger and the voice of Sydney Greenstreet (but with an out-of-place lisp) but otherwise has nothing in common with them. The Rattler and Jack-in-the-Box also also have voices inspired by celebrities.

The animators manage to have a lot of fun with the free-for-all deforming movements of the villains despite the limited animation. Rather than the usual static figures of this sort of animated cartoon, Jack-in-the-Box is constantly springing and swaying, The Rattler is continually coiling and slinking, and Hurricane Harry inflates and deflates even while laughing and talking.

As fun as this series is, it has become more of an historical artifact than a series that will attract many new viewers. The moments of witty social commentary have become outdated as well as turned hackneyed from being repeated endlessly in hundreds of cartoons series since this series came out. The parodic elements will probably mean nothing to modern audiences, most of whom have no idea who Jack Benny or Lionell Barrymore might be. Innuendo is a lost art today and thus unrecognizable to most modern viewers, who either never recognize it or imagine it everywhere.

As a friend pointed out to me when I showed him this series, even styles of humor wax and wane in popularity, and this style of humor, a quirky blending of vaudeville and campy absurdism and urban wit, so prevalent among live-action and cartoon TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, has not been in style for more than a decade now.

Nonetheless, for those of us who still appreciate that style of humor and who can enjoy the charms of a hero with heart despite the Saturday morning limited animation, this remains a delightful series.


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