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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.

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

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)
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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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TV-G
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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 »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pogo Special Birthday Special See more »

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Production Co:

MGM Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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