The Brady Kids
|The Brady Kids|
|Created by||Sherwood Schwartz|
|Directed by||Hal Sutherland|
|Voices of||Susan Olsen
David E. Smith
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Executive producer(s)||Sherwood Schwartz|
|Editor(s)||Doreen A. Dixon
|Running time||30 min. (with commercials)|
Paramount Network Television
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original run||September 9, 1972 – October 6, 1973|
|Preceded by||The Brady Bunch|
|Followed by||The Brady Bunch Hour|
|Related shows||Mission: Magic|
The Brady Kids is an animated television series, produced by Filmation in association with Paramount Television and seen on ABC from 1972 to 1973. It was an animated spinoff of ABC's live action sitcom, The Brady Bunch and spun off another Filmation series, Mission: Magic!, starring rock star Rick Springfield.
In 1972, with the live action sitcom The Brady Bunch preparing for the start of its fourth season, show creator and executive producer Sherwood Schwartz approached Filmation about the creation of an animated series featuring the Brady Kids. Filmation agreed, and Lou Schiemer and Norm Prescott (creators of other Schwartz properties Gilligan's Planet and The New Adventures of Gilligan) headed up the project.
The original show's six children (Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, and Susan Olsen) voiced their animated counterparts in the first season; however, as the series' name implies, the parents and Alice the housekeeper characters were omitted from the show. At the end of the first season, Filmation asked the kids to continue on their existing contracts for another five episodes in a second season. The kids' original answer was no, prodded on by their agent Harvey Shotz. Filmation threatened to both sue the children over breach of contract, and to continue the show without their voices. Lookinland, Plumb, and Olsen agreed to the extended Filmation contract, while Williams, Knight, and McCormick did not. Williams's and McCormick's voices were replaced by the children of producer Lou Schiemer (Lane and Erika Scheimer, respectively), while Knight's voice was replaced by David E. Smith.
The animated series also added some animal characters. Marlon (voiced by Larry Storch) was an intelligent, red, talking mynah bird and also a wizard who used his magic to help the kids out of jams. Marlon was also notable for his method of flight: he spun his tail feathers like a helicopter rotor rather than using his wings, which were instead used as hands, often for grand gestures as he cast spells.
The Bradys' dog from the live-action series, Tiger, was replaced by a dog named Mop Top (also voiced by Storch). There were also twin panda cubs, Ping and Pong (voiced by Jane Webb), named after the game ping-pong. The pandas only spoke in a Chinese-like gibberish.
There were three human characters created for this show: Chuck White (Storch) was a boastful, self-absorbed teenager (about Greg's age) who was not above cheating to get whatever he wanted, Fleetwood (Storch) was his easygoing sidekick and rounding out this trio was Babs (voiced by Webb), a cute redhead who was smitten with Greg. The three of them went to the same school as the Bradys, and Chuck was sometimes central to the plot as an antagonist.
- Greg Brady: Barry Williams (season 1), Lane Scheimer (season 2)
- Peter Brady: Christopher Knight (season 1), David E. Smith (season 2)
- Bobby Brady: Mike Lookinland
- Marcia Brady: Maureen McCormick (season 1), Erika Scheimer (season 2)
- Jan Brady: Eve Plumb
- Cindy Brady: Susan Olsen
- Marlon: Larry Storch
- Ping and Pong: Jane Webb
- Mop Top: Larry Storch
- Chuck White: Larry Storch
- Fleetwood: Larry Storch
- Babs: Jane Webb
While Schwartz originally intended to hand off full editorial control to Schiemer and Prescott, he eventually returned to become an active part of production, reviewing scripts and advising on creative input.
An enormous amount of animation for this series was copied over from another popular Filmation series, The Archie Show. Walk cycles, profile pictures, and scenes where the Brady kids play in a band were all frame-by-frame replacements for looped frames originally seen of The Archies on The Archie Show. Many of Moptop's poses were copied from the Archies' character Hot Dog. Fleetwood's poses and walk cycles were often copied from Rudy of "Fat Albert."
Originally aired as a one-hour segment on The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, the pilot episode was split into two half-hour segments on The Brady Kids. A total of 22 episodes were produced. Season 1 aired Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11:00 AM, and season 2 aired Saturday mornings from 11:00 to 11:30 AM. Season 1 contained 17 episodes, and season 2 contained 5. Season 2 was specifically created by Filmation with the intent on 5 episodes to bring the total count of episodes to 22, the minimum required for syndication. Like most 1970s-era Saturday morning cartoon series', The Brady Kids contained an adult laugh track.
The opening sequence featured the fourth season "grid" familiar to The Brady Bunch viewers, without the center column that is normally occupied by the adults (Mike, Carol and Alice). Near the end of the theme song (featuring new lyrics set to the original Brady Bunch theme with a 70's style beat), Marlon flies up and down the center, "magically" transforming the live-action children into their animated counterparts.
- No. = Overall episode number.
- Ep = Episode number within the season.
Season 1 (1972)
|1||1||"Jungle Bungle, Part 1"||September 9, 1972|
|2||2||"Jungle Bungle, Part 2"||September 16, 1972|
|3||3||"Double Trouble"||September 23, 1972|
|4||4||"Long Gone Silver"||September 30, 1972|
|5||5||"Cindy's Super Friend"||October 7, 1972|
|6||6||"Pop Goes the Mynah"||October 14, 1972|
|7||7||"Who Was That Dog...?"||October 21, 1972|
|8||8||"It Ain't Necessarily Snow"||October 28, 1972|
|9||9||"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the End Zone"||November 4, 1972|
|10||10||"That Was No Worthy Opponent, That Was My Sister"||November 11, 1972|
|11||11||"You Took the Words Right Out of My Tape"||November 18, 1972|
|12||12||"Give Me a Home Where the Panda Bears Roam and the Dog and the Mynah Bird Play"||November 25, 1972|
|13||13||"It's All Greek to Me"||December 2, 1972|
|14||14||"The Big Time"||December 9, 1972|
|15||15||"Marlon's Birthday Party"||December 16, 1972|
|16||16||"The Richest Man in the World"||December 23, 1972|
|17||17||"Wings"||December 30, 1972|
Season 2 (1973)
|18||1||"Frankincense"||September 8, 1973|
|19||2||"Teacher's Pet"||September 15, 1973|
|20||3||"Marcia's Lib"||September 22, 1973|
|21||4||"Ceiling Zero"||September 29, 1973|
|22||5||"Who Believes in Ghosts?"||October 6, 1973|
Two episodes of this series (the two part "Jungle Bungle") were released in The Brady Bunch – The Complete Series 21-disc DVD set.
CBS Home Entertainment currently holds the rights to all Brady Bunch-related properties, including The Brady Kids, but currently has no plans to release the show on DVD possibly due to Superman and Wonder Woman appearing in the cartoon.
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