Sport Billy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sport Billy
Genre Animation
Voices of Lane Scheimer
Frank Welker
Joyce Bulifant
Country of origin International
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Filmation Associates
Sport Billy Limited
Broadcast
Original run 1980 (1980) – 1981 (1981)

Sport Billy is a 1980 animated television cartoon made by Filmation Associates, initially for broadcast in Germany. The series was a single 26 episode saga that premiered in Germany and other parts of Europe in 1980. In 1982, Filmation carried the show over to the United States for syndication, and as a summer replacement in NBC's Saturday morning children's programming.[1] It was the last first-run series produced by Filmation Associates to air on NBC.

Overview[edit]

Sport Billy was originally a European comic character and had already had presence in Europe and some parts of Latin America. Sport Billy Productions, owners of the Sport Billy franchise, licensed the property to American studio Filmation to create a cartoon based on the character. As a European character, Sport Billy's main sport was soccer, and this was reflected in the intro sequence of the Filmation program.

Sport Billy was adopted by FIFA as the Fair Play Mascot for FIFA World Cups, and a trophy of the character was presented to the most sporting team at each World Cup. The character was used as a mascot in many sporting youth programs internationally, promoting sportsmanship and fair play .

The series consisted of 26 episodes. It was also shown in the UK, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Turkey, Peru, Mexico, Portugal and some other countries. Sport Billy was voiced by Lane Scheimer, son of producer Lou Scheimer. Lilly and Queen Vanda were voiced by Joyce Bulifant and Willy was voiced by Frank Welker.

Synopsis[edit]

The story revolves around a young boy named Sport Billy who is from the planet Olympus (a twin of Earth on the opposite side of the Sun) which is populated by athletic god-like beings. Billy himself has a magic size-changing gym bag - the Omni-Sack - which produces various tools as he needs them. He travels to Earth on a mission to promote teamwork and sportsmanship. Described by the show's theme song as a "hero from another planet", Billy battles the evil Queen Vanda and her gnome-like henchman, Snipe. Vanda's mission is to destroy all sports in the galaxy since fairness disgusts her.

Billy is assisted by two faithful companions, a girl named Lilly and a talking dog named Willy. The trio travel around in a time traveling spaceship, which resembles a giant wind-up clock, complete with a ringing bell, and mounted on two rocket engines. Each episode the trio travel through time to save a different Earth sport from Queen Vanda's grasp.

Episode list[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "Joust in Time" 16 September 1979
2 "Trouble in Tokyo" 23 September 1979
3 "Mexican Holiday" 30 September 1979
4 "Return to Olympus" 7 October 1979
5 "Chinese Puzzle" 14 October 1979
6 "Teamwork" 21 October 1979
7 "Bad Weather Blues" 28 October 1979
8 "A Voice in the Wilderness" 4 November 1979
9 "Wheel of Fortune" 11 November 1979
10 "Hyde and Seek" 18 November 1979
11 "Power of the Omnisac" 25 November 1979
12 "A Race in Space" 2 December 1979
13 "Trial by Fire" 9 December 1979
14 "The Great Texas Hole in One" 16 December 1979
15 "Arabian Knights and Days" 23 December 1979
16 "Mixed Doubles" 30 December 1979
17 "Viking for a Day" 14 September 1980
18 "Monster from the Loch" 21 September 1980
19 "Mystery of the Russian Cave" 28 September 1980
20 "Rah! Rah! Billy!" 5 October 1980
21 "Peril in Peru" 12 October 1980
22 "Athenian Adventure" 19 October 1980
23 "Pure Luck" 26 October 1980
24 "Taj Mahal Mystery" 2 November 1980
25 "Australian Adventure" 9 November 1980
26 "A Tale of Two Billys" 16 November 1980

Public Service Announcements[edit]

In addition to this series, there were also ten 30-second public service announcements produced by Michael Sporn Animation for syndicated TV during the general period the series aired. These spots also taught the value of fair play and sportsmanship, but without the plot of the series. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff, Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, Second Edition, 1999.
  2. ^ Michael Sporn Animation filmography http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/filmography.html

External links[edit]