Wake, Rattle, and Roll

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Wake, Rattle, and Roll
Wake, Rattle, and Roll.jpg
Title Card for Wake, Rattle, and Roll.
Genre Comedy
Format Live-action
Animation
Created by David Kirschner
Written by Laren Bright
Brady Connell
Don Dougherty
David Kirschner
Ken Knox
Linda Krause
Earl Kress
Kristina Luckey
Bill Matheny
David Schwartz
Carl Swenson
Marlowe Weisman
Directed by Doug Rogers
Steven J. Santos
Creative director(s) Rick Schneider-Calabash
Starring R.J. Williams
Avery Schreiber
Ebonie Smith
Terri Ivens
Voices of Charlie Adler
Greg Burson
Tim Curry
Richard Gautier
Marvin Kaplan
John Mariano
Allan Melvin
Don Messick
Pat Musick
Rob Paulsen
Neil Ross
Arnold Stang
John Stephenson
Shadoe Stevens
Jean Vander Pyl
Janet Waldo
Frank Welker
Paul Winchell
Jonathan Winters
Patric Zimmerman
Theme music composer Joe Curiale
Composer(s) Joe Curiale (Race segments)
Udi Harpaz
Bob Mithoff
Michael Tavera (Monster Tails)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Shukri Ghalayini
David Kirschner
Ron Ziskin
Cartoon segments:
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Paul Sabella
Producer(s) Cosmo Anzilotti
David Casci
Jim Crum
Jeffrey Hilton
Jeffrey Scott
Kelly Ward
Kay Wright
Editor(s) Terry Moore
Running time 30 Minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Four Point Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
The Disney Channel
Picture format Color
Audio format Stereophonic
Original run September 17, 1990 (1990-09-17) – 1991 (1991)
Chronology
Related shows Monster Tails
Fender Bender 500

Wake, Rattle, and Roll (retitled Jump, Rattle, and Roll when it aired on The Disney Channel on weekday afternoons in 1991[1][2]) is a live-action/animated television show produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Four Point Entertainment that premiered in the fall of 1990. The show's title was inspired by the song "Shake, Rattle and Roll". After its single season on the air in syndication, Wake, Rattle, and Roll moved exclusively to The Disney Channel under the title Jump, Rattle, and Roll.[1] Jump, Rattle, and Roll ran on The Disney Channel from October 7, 1991[2] to 1994.[3][4] It has also been screened on Network Ten in Australia while the animated segments were broadcast on ITV in the UK as part of the short running Saturday morning children's programme TV Mayhem.

Plot[edit]

The series was about a boy named Sam Baxter (played by R. J. Williams) and his robot D.E.C.K.S. (voiced by Rob Paulsen; built from old audio/video equipment and a Sony U-Matic videotape head; an acronym for Digital Electronic Cassette-Headed Kinetic System) and their adventures in the basement, which has a time machine that can bring back historical figures. In some cases, Sam and D.E.C.K.S. occasionally have remote fights in which they each have a remote control and start pressing buttons changing each other from Hanna-Barbera stars to famous movie stars.

Basement Tech[edit]

Sam's grandpa Dr. Lester T. Quirk (played by Avery Schreiber) is a brilliant inventor and is constantly supplying Sam and DECKS with sci-fi technology to add to their basement bedroom:

  • People Processor - A teleporter used to send or retrieve people to and from anywhere in the world. Sometimes, it could even send people through time.
  • Mondo-View - A supercomputer that was used for several reasons on the show, for example, Sam is able to talk to Grandpa Quirck anywhere in the world.
  • Debbie Detector - A video monitor used by Sam and DECKS to communicate with Sam's older sister Debbie (played by Terri Ivens) which lessens the amount of time Debbie spends in the basement. It often makes an alarm sound when she approaches.

Cartoon segments[edit]

After a short live-action skit, D.E.C.K.S. would turn on the television screen on his torso and display an animated short. There are two new Hanna-Barbera series made exclusively for this program.

Monster Tails[edit]

Monster Tails is about a group of pets who live in a castle in Transylvania with their guardian Igor Jr. (voiced by Charlie Adler), the son of Igor (Iggy for short). Each of them had a similar personality to their masters, who are in Hollywood making movies:

  • Dr. Veenie (voiced by Jonathan Winters) - Dr. Jekyll's dog. Dr. Veenie's a brilliant scientist. But whenever he sneezes, he transforms into the super-strong (but berserk) Mr. Snyde (who's like Dr. Jekyll's alter ego Mr. Hyde).

Monster Tails was also shown in the UK, on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast in 1993.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Pet Styles of the Rich and Gruesome -
  2. Purple Brain -
  3. Elsa Dearest -
  4. Sleepwalk, Don't Run -
  5. Journey to the Center of Iggy-

Fender Bender 500[edit]

This was the Wacky Races of the 1990s, in which the racers drove monster trucks made for racing. Each vehicle had a different theme, specific to its drivers; e.g., Yogi & Boo Boo's truck resembled a giant picnic basket on wheels. Game show announcer and disk jockey Shadoe Stevens provided the voice of the race announcer.

Competitors (listed by vehicle number) included:

Episodes[edit]

  1. The Nippon Tuck 500 - Location: Japan Winners: Top Cat and Choo-Choo (The prize was a model of a mountain.)
  2. The Cow Sow & Plow 500 - Location: rural U.S. countryside Winners: Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy (The prize was a lifetime supply of Blackberry Preserves, much to Yogi Bear's chagrin, who complains about not getting his pie... then momentarily gets a pie thrown in the face.)
  3. The Calypso 500 - Location: a Spanish island Winners: Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy (Dick steals the treasure chest, not knowing it was Balloons, as the announcer stated something dealing with Da Balloons, which Dick misunderstood for Golden Doubloons.)
  4. The Philly Freedom 500 - Location: Philadelphia Winners: Pixie and Dixie
  5. The Hup, Two, Three, Four, 500 - Location: a military course Winners: Top Cat and Choo-Choo (The prize was a bowling ball.)
  6. The Frances a Lot 500 - Location: France Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss
  7. The Wooden Shoe Like to Win 500 - Location: Holland/The Netherlands Winners: Top Cat and Choo-Choo
  8. The Rocket Gibraltar 500 - Location: The Isle of Gibraltar Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky
  9. Bombay Flambe 500 - Location: Mumbai, India Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky (The prize at the beginning of the race Dick thought had something not to be "Sorry" about, thinking it was riches, however, the prize was a sari.)
  10. The Way Down Under 500 - Location: Australia Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky
  11. Fondue 500 - Location and Winners: Unknown
  12. The Kenya Win It 500 - Location: Africa Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss
  13. The Fettuccini 500 - Location: Italy Winners: Top Cat and Choo-Choo
  14. Monumental 500 - Location: Washington, D.C. Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss (The prize was the "seal" of approval.)
  15. The High Stakes 500 - Location: from the Hoover Dam to Las Vegas Winners: Quick McGraw and Baba Looey (Although Dick Dastardly and Muttley were seen crossing the finish line, Huckleberry Hound informs them that Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey crossed the line an hour before they made it to the finish line)
  16. Great Golden Gate 500 - Location: California state Winners: Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
  17. The Highland Fling 500 - Location: Scotland Winners: Pixie and Dixie (The prize was the Loch Ness Monster.)
  18. Rush to Rushmore 500 - Location: Mount Rushmore Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky
  19. Pound for Pound 500 - Location: London Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss (The prize was tea for two.)
  20. The Great Greek 500 - Location: Greece Winners: Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey (The prize was a statue of Dick Dastardly and Muttley.)
  21. The Log Jammer 500 - Location and Winners: Unknown
  22. The Clambake 500 - Location and Winners: Unknown
  23. We’ll Get Bayou 500 - Location: a bayou Winners: Unknown
  24. The Funhouse 500 - Location: a carnival, fair, or amusement park Winners: Unknown
  25. Space Race 500 - Location: Cape Canaveral Winners: Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo (The prize was a picnic basket.)
  26. Wicki Wacki 500 - Location: Hawaii Winners: Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey
  27. Big Apple 500 - Location: New York City Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss (The prize was a big apple.)
  28. Panda-Monium 500 - Location: China Winners: Pixie and Dixie (Unfortunately, Dick Dastardly stole their fortune cookie prize, thinking it had riches, but the fortune read: "Cheaters never prosper...")
  29. The Tumbleweed 500 - Location: Texas state Winners: Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey (The prize was chili.)
  30. Jungle Bungle 500 - Location: The Amazon jungle Winners: Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey
  31. Silver Screen 500 - Location: Hollywood Winners: Unknown
  32. Sheik to Sheik 500 - Location: Arabia Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss (The prize was water.)
  33. The Cotton Pickin’ 500 - Location: Southeast U.S. region Winners: Wally Gator and Magilla Gorilla
  34. The Oom-pa-pah 500 - Location: Germany Winners: Pixie and Dixie (The prize was Braunschweiger Sausage, which they didn't eat because of the bratwurst they ate earlier in the race.)
  35. The Fountain of Youth 500 - Location: Okefenokee Swamp, Florida Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss (The prize was the Fountain of Youth.)
  36. The Fiesta Fantastica 500 - Location: Mexico Winners: Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey
  37. The Big Top 500 - Location: a circus Winners: Unknown
  38. The Russian Around 500 - Location: Russia Winners: Dick Dastardly and Muttley (The prize was a red square.)
  39. The Dash to Nashville 500 - Location: Nashville Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky
  40. The Trans-Transylvania 500 - Location: Transylvania Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky (The prize was a bat in a cage, which was a "monster" of a prize.)
  41. The Run Down to Ghost Town 500 - Location and Winners: Unknown
  42. The Go for the Gold 500 - Location: California Winners: Unknown
  43. The Golden State 500 - Location: also California Winners: Unknown
  44. The Hit'n Mississippi 500 - Location: along the Mississippi River Winners: Wally Gator and Magilla Gorilla (The prize was a mini-soda.)
  45. The Alligator Alley 500 - Location and Winners: Wally Gator and Magilla Gorilla
  46. The Brazilian Million 500 - Location: Brazil Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky
  47. The Emerald Isle 500 - Location: Ireland Winners: Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss (The prize was a leprechaun.)
  48. The Nile a Minute 500 - Location: Egypt Winners: Winsome Witch and Lucky
  49. Unfathomable 500 - Location: the bottom of the ocean Winners: Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo Bear (the prize was a lifetime visit to an all you can eat seafood restaurant, which Yogi was happy about.)
  50. The Yukon Win It 500 - Location: Canada Winners: Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy

Filler segments[edit]

Due to the Disney Channel airing the program without any commercial breaks due to being a premium service at the time, an additional animated segment aired after the last live-action scene. These consisted of two shorts from the H-B archive:

Cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Voice cast[edit]

Monster Tails

Fender Bender 500

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wake, Rattle, & Roll @ Toonarific Cartoons
  2. ^ a b The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 5, September/October 1991: pp. 20, 36, 45.
  3. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 5, August/September 1994: pp. 24-25, 32.
  4. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 6, October/November 1994: p. 36.

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