The Tomfoolery Show

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For the revue musical based on the words and music of Tom Lehrer, see Tom Foolery. For the 1936 German comedy film, see Tomfoolery (film).

The Tomfoolery Show is an American cartoon comedy television series made and first broadcast in 1970, based on the works of Edward Lear. The animation was done at the Halas and Batchelor Studios in London and Stroud. Though the works of other writers were also used, notably Lewis Carroll and Ogden Nash, Lear's works were the main source, and characters like The Yongy Bonghy Bo and The Umbrageous Umbrella Maker were all Lear creations. Other regular characters included the Enthusiastic Elephant, Fastidious Fish, and the Scroovy Snake. Some original material was also written based on characters created by Lear, although much of the material was a straight recital of poems and limericks or songs using Lear's poems set to music. A recurring joke had a delivery boy running around trying to deliver a large plant and shouting 'Plant for Mrs Discobolus!'. Some of the gags were based on Abbott and Costello skits which involved one of the regular characters in troubling situations. A cooking lesson for a silly recipe was presented on each episode.

The series was produced by Rankin/Bass, who also made the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman television specials.

The series was made in England, featuring the voices of Peter Hawkins, Bernard Spear, and the Maury Laws Singers.

The series received mostly mixed and negative reviews for not using original material. The series was not renewed after one year on the air.

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