As part of the recently released DVD set Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 1, we were reintroduced to another unjustly obscure Hanna-Barbera cartoon – PETER POTAMUS.
Selected for the set was “Fe-Fi-Fo Fun” an H-B twist on “Jack and the Beanstalk”, with a particularly sarcastic version of Jack. Here’s another favorite of mine: “Stars on Mars”.
Apparently written by Warren Foster, Peter is cast as a “creature” for a movie and suffers the expected abuse while filming. Foster had previously gone to this well with both Yogi Bear and Magilla Gorilla – being cast as a “bear” and “gorilla” respectively, and having gunshots, boulder bashings, and the usual cartoon violence inflicted on them while filming.
The twist, here, is that Peter Potamus is drafted into “stardom” by a ROBOT DIRECTOR on an unknown planet – and cast as “The Beast From Planet Earth”!
The cartoon features lots of great backgrounds, and robot designs that would seem to be left over from THE JETSONS.
So, from the year 1964, let’s enjoy the great Daws Butler as Peter, Don Messick as his pal So-So, and H-B “utility voicer” John Stephenson as The Director in “Stars on Mars”.
After that, click on the full closing sequence for THE PETER POTAMUS SHOW! The DVD had only an abbreviated one!
“Stars on Mars”
Peter Potamus Full Closing Credits