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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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Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1969 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Followed by I Go Pogo (1980) See more »

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25 January 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

It used to be easier.

We used to be smarter. Our politics was simple and reflected in the popular culture. For example, "liberal" meant that you had a more intellectual approach to difficult problems, and "conservative" designated a more common sense or direct philosophy.

We had comics that reflected these two now obsolete poles. On the conservative side was "Lil Abner" of dogpatch written by Al Capp. And for the more nuanced thinkers we had Pogo. Pogo was pretty deep and often very timely. I know of no regular strip of today that has the same power through metaphor.

Well, meanwhile in the late sixties we had a spate of TeeVee versions of Comic strips, a trend started by "Peanuts." Now Peanuts was easy to adapt for TeeVee audiences because it had a homely humor, a sort of early Lake Woebegon template centered on children. Unfortunately for us, it was successful, so Pogo was enlisted and bent to the model.

This is an absolute disaster. None of Walt Kelly's wit is apparent. What we have is some unholy merger of Winny the Pooh and Peanuts but with Pogo's characters. Stay away; this will burn you.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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