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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 »
As a fan of Hanna/Barbera, I would watch a few of their TV series, and films like "Charlotte's Web" and "Heidi's Song." I remember watching Wacky Races when it was Teletoon a long time ago, and the lovely Penelope Pitstop and her Compact Pussycat was my favorite racer. Though I didn't know why her car was called The Compact Pussycat, it didn't look like a cat. The series became successful, that they made spin-off series like Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Although Wacky Races was set in the then-contemporary 1960s, the characters and settings of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop were strongly reminiscent of the 1920s; well the 1930s that is.
I'd bought the complete series on DVD, and after watching all 17 episodes, I thought it's a very funny show; it has scenes you will remember and laugh your head off. In this series, Penelope is an heiress to a vast fortune and is constantly chased by her sinister guardian (voiced by Paul Lynde) Sylvester Sneekly aka The Hooded Claw; she doesn't even know it. But always to her rescue is her seven friends/protectors The Ant Hill Mob (also from Wacky Races) and their anthropomorphic car Chug-A-Boom (like Herbie from Disney's The Love Bug). But they sometimes screw up the rescue and it's always Penelope who ends up saving them.
They never explain why Penelope is a wealthy woman? or why the Ant Hill Mob are her friends? and so forth, they just jump right through it; but I do have imagination like: Penelope was the beloved daughter of a wealthy family; but when her mama and papa died, it was always her "dear daddy's" secretary Sylvester Sneekly who was with her all her life, because to a girl's daddy (or male guardian) he's her oracle, her guidance and her hero. Maybe that's why she refuses to believe that Sylvester is the Hooded Claw. And as to why the Ant Hill Mob are her friends? well she might have reformed the crooks because of her kind heart; or maybe the seven had reformed years ago. So overall I love this series, and would watch it again and again.
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