Tom Slick (TV series)

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Tom Slick is the cartoon star of a series of shorts that aired within the half-hour animated television series George of the Jungle (ABC, 1967). It was the work of Jay Ward Productions, the creators of Rocky & Bullwinkle and other satiric animated characters.

The premise[edit]

Freckled, all-American racecar driver Tom Slick (voiced by Bill Scott using a voice similar to Dudley Do-Right) competes in various races with his trusty vehicle, the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper. He is accompanied by his girlfriend Marigold (voiced by June Foray) and his elderly mechanic Gertie Growler (also voiced by Bill Scott in the manner of Jonathan Winters 'Maude Fricket'). The two women do not always get along well. A recurring antagonist is the evil Baron Otto Matic (voiced by Paul Frees), and the Baron's stupid lackey Clutcher (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Frank Fontaine), whom the Baron had a penchant for hitting across the head with a monkey wrench. Seventeen six-minute episodes were made.

The cartoon is introduced by a theme song...

"Tom Slick, Tom Slick..

Let me tell you why, he's the best of all the guys.

Tom Slick, Tom Slick.. In the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper when he's on your tail,

He won't quit because you know there's no such word as fail to

Tom Slick, Tom Slick."

As the theme is sung, Slick's grease slapper suddenly "hops" out of control off a road and into a barnyard occupied by farm animals,knocked somewhat briefly unconscious with a chicken sitting on top of his head as he drives straight into a brick wall,yet mirculously getting out of the sudden pandemonium as his car falls apart in mid-air,and suddenly falling back together again then jumping onto (and off) a stone fixture bearing his name and getting back on the road waving his hand and smiling.

Tom Slick in the comics[edit]

In comic books, Tom Slick appeared as a backup feature in Gold Key Comics's two-issue George of the Jungle title (1969).

Episode titles[edit]