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The Pogo Special Birthday Special (1969)

Pogo and his friends celebrate various holidays in their own special ways, while Porkypine does his best to woo Mademoiselle Hepzibah.


Chuck Jones (as Mister Chuck Jones), Ben Washam (co-director)


Walt Kelly (as Mister Walt Kelly), Todd Kausen (idea "The Family Birthday") | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Les Tremayne ... Churchy La Femme / Beauregard (voice)
June Foray ... Pogo Possum / Mam'selle Hepzibah / Miz Weevil (voice)
Chuck Jones ... Porky Pine / Bun Rab / Basil the Butterfly (voice)
Walt Kelly Walt Kelly ... P.T. Bridgeport / Albert / Howland Owl (voice)
Todd Kausen Todd Kausen ... (voice)


Pogo and his friends celebrate various holidays in their own special ways, while Porkypine does his best to woo Mademoiselle Hepzibah.

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Walt Kelly was reportedly irate over 'Chuck Jones'' designs for Mam'selle Hepzibah's face, insisting that the skunk's face looked "too human". See more »


Followed by I Go Pogo (1980) See more »

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Nifty artifact from my childhood
16 December 2017 | by nnwahlerSee all my reviews

Walt Kelly's beloved "Pogo" comic strip was a major piece of my childhood. Even at age four or five I relished the challenge of deciphering its tangles of semi-literate southern dialect. I just cherished the characters. Kelly was one of the unbeatable masters of the humanized animal. I watched this special about three times as a fifth-grader. A lot of the content was over my head, though I did find the animation delightful. I responded happily to Chuck Jones' work, as did any kid. What I hadn't any idea of the bickering that took place behind the scenes: Kelly and Jones had a huge dispute over the script. Jones was main producer, however, and his way of adapting the strip to TV won out over Kelly's; after production was completed and the show aired, Kelly went on record as calling Jones an SOB.

I rented out the videocassette about thirty years ago. I still recall it as so much gobbledygook, with the realization-only now-that Jones mercilessly dispensed with the simplicity of the original characters and merely having them spout endless non-squitors. For whatever reason, he also chooses himself to do the voice of Poriy-pine.

Anyway, it still gave me a pleasant memory.

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Release Date:

18 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pogo Special Birthday Special See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.33 : 1
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