Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

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Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
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Genre Animation
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Voices of Mel Blanc
Laurel Page
Marilyn Schreffler
Vernee Watson
Gary Owens
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 40
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 11 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises (1977–91)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Film, 4:3, 480i
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 10, 1977 – June 21, 1980

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels is an animated series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from September 10, 1977 to June 21, 1980 on ABC.

The first and second seasons were originally broadcast as segments on the package shows Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby's All-Stars from 1977 to 1979 and the third season featured Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels in their own half-hour timeslot in 1980.

Summary[edit]

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels centers on the mystery-solving adventures of the Teen Angels—Brenda, Dee Dee and Taffy—and their friend Captain Caveman (or Cavey for short), a prehistoric caveman whom the girls discovered and thawed from a block of ice. The concept and general plot for the show was seen as a parody of Charlie's Angels (which also aired on ABC). It also borrowed heavily from other Hanna-Barbera shows such as Scooby-Doo and Josie and the Pussycats, among others. Captain Caveman was also on the "Scooby Doobies" team on Laff-a-Lympics.

Captain Caveman's powers include super-strength, a variety of useful objects hidden inside his fur, and a club that allows him to fly and from which pops out different tools he uses to fight crime. His trademark is his battle cry of "Captain CAAAAAVEMAAAAAAANNNN!" Captain Caveman's voice was provided by Mel Blanc.

The first and second seasons of the show remained part of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby's All-Stars through 1979. Cavey and the girls also participated in sporting competitions as part of "The Scooby Doobies" team on the half-hour "Laff-A-Lympics" segment. In March 1980, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels were given their own half hour show with 16 new episodes combined with reruns from 1977–1979. A total of 40 11-minute episodes were produced (16 in 1977–1978, 8 in 1978–1979 and 16 in 1980).

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio, one of their last productions to do so.

Characters[edit]

Captain Caveman[edit]

Captain Caveman or Cavey for short (voiced by Mel Blanc) is the main character of the show. He is a caveman who is thousands of years old (his exact age is never disclosed). He can pull various objects from his long body hair that covers his body except for his nose, arms, and legs. He can also fly, but his flying power always seems to fail him at the worst possible moment. Sometimes he would attribute this mishap to an energy shortage ("Uh oh! Bad time for energy crisis." CRASH!), which was a pun on the gasoline rationing shortages of the late 1970s. He speaks in stereotypical "caveman-talk", replacing subject pronouns with their object equivalents and dropping articles such as "the" (for example, "Me know where bad guys are hiding."), and often mumbles the nonsense phrase "unga bunga". He also has a bad habit of occasionally eating large non-food objects in one gulp (i.e. bicycles, TV sets, safes, table lamps), and the Teen Angels occasionally have to stop him from eating potential clues that will help them to solve the mystery.

Dee Dee Skyes[edit]

Dee Dee Skyes (voiced by Vernee Watson) is the brains of the Teen Angels, is the group's sole African-American, and acts as their unofficial leader. Dee Dee and the rest of the Teen Angels found the frozen Captain Caveman and defrosted him. She wears her hair in an afro and usually wears a red turtleneck sweater with a blue skirt and red knee high boots. Both her dress style and her knack for solving mysteries make her similar to Velma Dinkley of Scooby Doo fame, while she also bears a resemblance to Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats.

Brenda Chance[edit]

Brenda Chance (voiced by Marilyn Schreffler) is a cowardly brunette who is always scared of the demons, monsters and phantoms that she encounters and always tries to back out of a scary mystery. She usually wears a purple striped tank top and a pair of hot pink flared trousers with a white belt. She also acts as Dee Dee's sergeant of the Teen Angels.

Taffy Dare[edit]

Taffy Dare (voiced by Laurel Page) is the blonde member of the group and Cavey's girlfriend, renowned for her cry of "Zowie!" whenever she comes up with a plan (or "Another Daffy Taffy Plan" as Brenda and Cavey would call it) to catch the culprits. In spite of her usually zany plans, Taffy is actually very capable and clever. She has the ability to sweet-talk Caveman into acting as bait for her plans to capture the culprit. She usually wears a green dress with matching shoes. She also acts as Dee Dee's second-in-command of the Teen Angels. It is revealed that Captain Caveman has a crush on her and vice versa.

Cavey Jr[edit]

Cavey Jr (voiced by Charlie Adler) is Cavey's son who appears in The Flintstones Kids. He can fly just like his father, wears a blue hat, and has black dots for eyes. Despite being a child, he has hair all over his body (even his grandmother does). It is unknown what became of Jr when his father got frozen.

Opening and closing credits[edit]

The opening credits for each episode consisted of voice-over narration by Gary Owens:

Set free by the Teen Angels from his prehistoric block of glacier ice, comes the world's first superhero, Captain Caveman! Now the constant companion to the Teen Angels—Brenda, Dee Dee and Taffy—in their hilarious, and sometimes scary mystery missions. Get ready for Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels!

The music heard in the closing credits is the CB Bears theme. After the first three screens, the end credit roll is from the original two-hour version of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1977)[edit]

No. Title Original airdate Synopsis
1 "The Kooky Case of the Cryptic Keys" 10 September 1977 While on a road trip, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels a given a mysterious key by a stranger. They soon discover that it is connected to a will and the inheritance is supposed to go to four people, one of whom attempts to steal all of the inheritance for himself.
2 "The Mixed Up Mystery of Deadman's Reef" 17 September 1977 While at the beach with some friends, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels see a ship mysteriously vanish. They decide to investigate and uncover an elaborate hoax.
3 "What a Flight for a Fright" 24 September 1977 At the airport, some jewels are stolen by a mysterious figure. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels give chase and uncover a perfect crime that involved the use of a disguise.
4 "The Creepy Case of the Creaky Charter Boat" 1 October 1977 On a charter boat, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels are chatting with a friend whose father is being honored for his role in a play when suddenly the lights go out and a necklace is stolen. The thief is following the script of the play, but just when the case seems open and shut, the Teen Angels uncover an attempt at a frame-up.
5 "Big Scare in the Big Top" 8 October 1977 At the circus, tigers are disappearing. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and discover a phantom has been haunting the circus. Further investigation reveals that the tiger disappearances are connected to an art theft that occurred in Paris.
6 "Double Dribble Riddle" 15 October 1977 The Central City Kings have disappeared due to a panther. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. They uncover a shady plot by two brothers to buy the team.
7 "The Crazy Case of the Tell-Tale Tape" 22 October 1977 Television trouble, indeed. The television station, KXXX, is taken off the air when a criminal cuts the antenna. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and realize that the Masked Menace is after a recording of locations in Washington, DC. They soon discover that it is connected to the theft of the first Edison light bulb.
8 "The Creepy Claw Caper" 29 October 1977 A villain named Claw uses an aging gun to turn a rock star into an old man. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and discover that the supervillain wants the rock stars' coins.
9 "Cavey and the Kabuta Clue" 5 November 1977 When a mummy comes to life and kidnaps an archeologist, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. They soon realize from the footprints that the mummy coming to life is a hoax by the archaeologist's twin brother.
10 "Cavey and the Weirdo Wolfman" 12 November 1977 With their friend, a prince of a small country, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels go skiing. When the scepter is stolen by a Snowwolfman, they investigate and uncover a major deception.
11 "The Disappearing Elephant Mystery" 19 November 1977 In India, when a Royal White Elephant is stolen by an evil sorcerer, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. They soon uncover a thief seeking the ruby that the elephant wears.
12 "The Fur Freight Fright" 26 November 1977 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels are assisting Dee Dee's uncle, Frank Skyes, with a fur delivery. When the furs disappear, it is up to them to find out what happened. The thief turns out to be the outlaw Bart Kinghill. Or is he? The Teen Angels uncover a gang of crooks stealing furs.
13 "Ride 'em Caveman" 3 December 1977 In Wyoming, rumors of a horse that is possessed by a demon are rampant. And they seem to be true. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels have arrived to investigate. Just as they are investigating, a bank robbery occurs. The Teen Angels correctly conclude that the two mysteries are connected. The whole demon-possessed horse story turns out to be a front for a bank robbery scheme.
14 "The Strange Case of the Creature from Space" 10 December 1977 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels go to a research facility after they spot an alien spacecraft landing there. They discover that an alien robot supposedly stole a top secret energy source. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and uncover a scheme by two criminal scientists to steal a top secret formula.
15 "The Mystery Mansion Mix-Up" 17 December 1977 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels got to Farthington Mansion with Taffy's Aunt Gladys to see a magic show. When some jewels are stolen, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. The clues they uncover point to the magic show being a front for jewel theft.
16 "Playing Footsie with Bigfoot" 24 December 1977 In Oregon, when the star athlete of a sports team is kidnapped, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. Very soon, they have found Juice Brenner. Or have they? He is acting strangely. The investigation continues and uncovers a cheat by a rival team from another country.

Season 2 (1978)[edit]

No. Title Original airdate Synopsis
17 "Disco Cavey" 9 September 1978 When jewels are stolen at a disco on the RMS Queen Mary, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. The creepy monster seems to have the Teen Angels outfoxed when the clues pinpoint the culprit who was using the music and a trapdoor to steal jewels from all the passengers so he could sell them on the black market.
18 "Muscle-Bound Cavey" 16 September 1978 When a champion wrestler is kidnapped, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. A shoulder-pad confuses them, but when Captain Caveman goes through a laundry shoot, the mystery is almost solved. A tape Cavey discovers pinpoints the culprit to be a sportscaster who had been trying to slander the champion.
19 "Cavey's Crazy Car Caper" 23 September 1978 When a new car is stolen, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. The investigation uncovers a fraud by the car's designer.
20 "Cavey's Mexicali 500" 30 September 1978 When four Aztec calendars are stolen, a clue leads to the Mexicali 500, an auto race to California. Just when Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels think the case is open and shut, they discover the real thief who is using the calendars for hubcaps.
21 "Wild West Cavey" 7 October 1978 While at a Wild West show in Dodge City, some money disappears from a saddle bag that two bandits who were really actors pretended to steal from a stagecoach that Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels were riding. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and uncover a deception by a corrupt sheriff and his accomplice.
22 "Cavey's Winter Carnival Caper" 14 October 1978 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate when their friend, figure skater Karenia Mikovich, disappears. What they uncover is an attempted kidnapping by a past employer seeking revenge.
23 "Cavey's Fashion Fiasco" 21 October 1978 At a fashion show, three models disappear. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and uncover a deception intended to cause a fiasco.
24 "Cavey's Missing Missile Miss-tery" 28 October 1978 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels decide to investigate when a missile launch they have been watching in the Grand Canyon, where they had previously competed in the Laff-A-Lympics, goes awry. They soon uncover a plot by a spy to sell the missile to a foreign country.

Season 3 (1980)[edit]

No. Title Original airdate Synopsis
25 "The Scarifying Seaweed Secret" 8 March 1980 Ms. Snowden is supposed to be the heir to a fortune. But she must stay on the island, or her relatives will inherit the fortune. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels are called in to investigate when the relatives start disappearing thanks to a mysterious sea creature. They soon find out it was a hoax by the relatives so that they would get the money.
26 "The Dummy" 15 March 1980 When some jewels are stolen, a ventriloquist whom Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels had been watching the night before is immediately suspected by a policeman. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels conduct their own independent investigation which takes them to Hoover Dam where the ventriloquist and his accomplice are boating to skip the country. When the jewel thieves are caught, it turns out that the ventriloquist was the dummy, and the dummy was the ventriloquist.
27 "Cavey and the Volcanic Villain" 22 March 1980 In Hawaii, a marriage between two lovers from two families who had been enemies for many years is threatened when a sacred pearl disappears. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, who are friends with the bride, investigate. Taffy and Cavey check the cave in the volcano while Dee Dee and Brenda question one of the rival patriarchs. They soon discover that the pearl was never stolen, but was hidden in the statue that was holding it by the groom's jealous brother.
28 "Prehistoric Panic" 29 March 1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels travel back in time to meet Captain Caveman's father, the chief of Cavey's tribe. Cavey soon learns that his father's position is threatened by the Mellog, an evil creature that Captain Caveman's father defeated long ago. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate when the statue of the Mellog comes to life. They soon discover that it was all a hoax created by a rival so that he could become chief.
29 "Cavey and the Baffling Buffalo Man" 5 April 1980 A Native American park ranger asks Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels for their help in finding his stolen car and the Buffalo Man who stole it. They find the car and see that it is missing a license plate. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and discover that the theft of the license plate from that car is connected to a robbery that occurred in a nearby mansion 6 months ago. They soon discover that the Buffalo Man is really one of the criminals who robbed the mansion and who had broken out of prison to get the money.
30 "Dragonhead" 12 April 1980 While on the way to a Chinese New Year festival in San Francisco, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels save a truck driver working for a fortune cookie factory. The CEO, Mr. Chin, has been having problems with his business since a masked criminal named Dragonhead showed up. Captain Caveman finds the truck. They notice that the fortune cookies were stolen but not the fortunes. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. They trace a laundry bag to a laundromat across the road. They soon discover after Captain Caveman saves Brenda from Dragonhead that the laundromat is a front for a counterfeiting operation involving one of Mr. Chin's employees.
31 "Cavey and the Murky Mississippi Mystery" 19 April 1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels go on a cruise on a riverboat on the Mississippi River. While there, some nuclear material disappears in the river. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and discover a river creature. The river creature turns out to be the captain of the ship who plotted to sell the nuclear material to an enemy nation.
32 "Old Cavey in New York" 26 April 1980 In New York City, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels witness a blackout. They soon discover that the gold from the International Gold Exchange has been stolen at the same time. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and discover that employees from the exchange and the power plant were stealing the gold.
33 "Cavey and the Albino Rhino" 3 May 1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels are the first people to see a rare albino rhino at the wildlife park. A little while later, the albino rhino is stolen. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate and discover that the rhino is a fake used in a diamond theft in Africa and with the help of an undercover Interpol agent expose the thieves.
34 "Kentucky Cavey" 10 May 1980 Taffy Dare wants to help her uncle who is on the verge of a foreclosure unless his horse wins the Kentucky Derby. When the horse is stolen, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. They discover that a crooked oilman next door wants access to an oil field under the house.
35 "Cavey Goes to College" 17 May 1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels watch the first appearance of a special robot which suddenly disappears. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate but are followed everywhere by Proto. They soon discover that one of the scientists was trying to get revenge on the other for trying to take all the credit.
36 "The Haunting of Hog Hollow" 24 May 1980 At the Hog Hollow Country Fair, something is wrong with country music singer Jasper Joe Jeeter's voice. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate when Jasper disappears on a ferris wheel. It soon becoming clear that Jasper's assistant is behind all this, so they use his own helium trick against him.
37 "The Legend of Devil's Run" 31 May 1980 Dee Dee's uncle, Winton, invites Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels to see the reopening of the Devil's Run Railway when a freight car full of silver disappears the same way a munitions car disappeared during the Civil War. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate the legend of the Civil War ghost said to have pulled off the robbery. Not only do they find out that the owner of the line was responsible, but they find out how the munitions car disappeared.
38 "The Mystery of the Meandering Mummy" 7 June 1980 When a mummy comes to life and steals an Ancient Egyptian ruby from Brenda's uncle, Jonathan, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. They soon discover that the mummy's wrappings are made of nylon, which was invented in 1935, which, along with a broken piece of a wooden door prove that the mummy is really the archaeologist who discovered it.
39 "The Old Caveman and the Sea" 14 June 1980 While on vacation in Miami, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels witness a shark attack. They soon discover that a treasure has been stolen. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. A Scottish fisherman tells them that it is unusual for sharks to get that close to shore. They soon discover that the shark is really a robot controlled by the hull cleaners who are really pirates who used it to steal the treasure.
40 "Lights, Camera... Cavey!" 21 June 1980 While on a tour of the movie studio, a Phantom makes two actresses appear old. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels investigate. They soon discover that an old retired actress was doing this out of jealousy.

Cast[edit]

Additional Voices: John Astin, Julie Bennett, Ted Cassidy, Henry Corden, Stefanianna Christopherson, Micky Dolenz, Joan Gerber, Florence Halop, Pat Harrington, Jr., Hettie Lynn Hurtes, Nicole Jaffe, Ann Jillian, Casey Kasem, Jim MacGeorge, Julie McWhirter, Don Messick, Heather North, Vic Perrin, Alan Reed, Mike Road, Ronnie Schell, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Susan Steward, Jean Vander Pyl, Janet Waldo, Frank Welker, Bill Woodson

Later appearances[edit]

The Flintstone Comedy Show (1980–82)[edit]

In November 1980, Captain Caveman began to star in segments of his own on The Flintstone Comedy Show, one of many spin-offs of Hanna-Barbera's popular prime-time show The Flintstones, often in a role similar to that of Superman. Captain Caveman worked at The Daily Granite newspaper with Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble. His "secret identity" was Chester, the office boy. To disguise himself as Chester, Captain Caveman wore a pair of glasses and a tie. Despite the simplicity of his disguise, he required a coat rack and an elaborate transformation sequence to become Captain Caveman.

The Flintstone Kids (1986–88)[edit]

Main article: The Flintstone Kids

In 1986, Captain Caveman appeared in a backup segment of The Flintstone Kids called Captain Caveman and Son with his son, Cavey Jr. (voiced by Charles Adler). In this case he appeared on a show-within-a-show that the younger versions of Fred, Barney, Wilma, and Betty enjoyed watching; the Captain's mumbled "unga bunga" became a catchphrase that the kids would shout before watching each "episode" of the show. The show would involve a lesson the Flintstone kids were trying to learn in the prologue. The whole "secret identity" idea was also ignored or forgotten.

Other appearances[edit]

  • A very similar pair of characters, the Slag Brothers, made an appearance in the earlier Hanna-Barbera series Wacky Races.
  • In the Pinky and the Brain episode "The Luck of Pinky," Captain Caveman makes a cameo appearance as a small statue.
  • In the Halloween 2008 episode of Homestar Runner, Homsar disguises himself as Captain Caveman. He then exclaims "Daaa!! AaAah'm the Captain Caveman of the graveyard train!"
  • In the Family Guy episode named "Perfect Castaway", Peter expresses how much he misses Captain Caveman, and vows that he will see him again once he gets off the island.
  • Captain Caveman also makes a cameo appearance in an episode of Adventure Time where he is seen as a stuffed doll in Finn's room.
  • Captain Caveman appears in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" voiced by Jim Cummings. He and the Teen Angels appear alongside other Hanna-Barbera detective teams in a fever dream of Scooby-Doo's. When the teenage sleuths are kidnapped by Lord Infernacus, it's up to their sidekicks to save them.
  • FC Barcelona Skipper Carles Puyol is often nicknamed "Captain Caveman" by sections of the English-language international media on account of his shaggy long hair, rugged facial features and impetuous playing style.
  • Captain Caveman is seen briefly in the background in South Park - Imaginationland: The Movie (2008). He is amongst a plethora of other imaginary and cartoon characters who are being attacked by terrorists.

Home media releases[edit]

A PAL videocassette of Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (Bumper Edition) containing 13 episodes was released only in Europe on May 11, 1998.

On July 23, 2013, Warner Archive released Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]

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