I have had cartoons on my mind this week...thank you, AlienCG. Something kept coming to mind and I don't think it quite fits in with Cartoon Appreciation Week, but I thought I'd mention it anyway...as obviously this memory is begging for my attention :-)
For one season in 1969/70 there was a partially animated show called My World and Welcome to It. It was a sitcom, in some ways typical, but based on the humor and cartoons of James Thurber, although by the time this series was created Thurber had been dead for about 8 years. The show featured a Thurber-like writer called John Monroe, played by William Windham. He had his normal work and family life, but often had these fanciful imaginings portrayed in line style cartoons. The animation for the series was done by DePatie-Freleng, who were also responsible for the Pink Panther cartoons. I would have been six when this show aired and I remember being fascinated by it!
I loved Thurber's drawings and his humor...and as an adult learning more about Thurber, I have come to appreciate him ever more. I mean, in 1929 this guy wrote a spoof of sexual psychology manuals with E.B. White (you know...Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web!) Thurber himself wrote several children's books, including Many Moons and 13 Clocks.
I learned later that My World and Welcome to It, lead to the 1972 Jack Lemmon film, The War Between Men and Women. I haven't seen that in a long time, but if I recall it had that similar charm and it definitely had the distinctive, Thurberesque animations. I also later learned that CBS repeated My World and Welcome to It during the summer of 1974 and it turned up occasionally on local stations, most recently in the early 90s on Chicago's WGN. Since then this clever series has vanished. Since I feel like I remember it so well, it is possible that I may have seen it in 1974, but definitely not since then. I would SO buy the dvd if they would issue it.
I can't help but wonder if I had this show in the dark corners of my mind when I named this blog originally (My Boring Life...Welcome to It). Anyway, I guess this show is one of the legions of one season wonders. I know I have a few favorites in that category, including Wonderfalls, Freaks & Geeks, and Undeclared, just to name a few. Do you have a show that is especially memorable from your childhood? Do you have a favorite one season masterpiece? Tell me about it!