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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