Butch Cassidy (TV series)

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Butch Cassidy
Also known as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids (DVD box title)
Genre Animation/Mystery
Directed by Earl Klein
Charles A. Nichols
Voices of Lloyd "Chip" Hand II
Micky Dolenz
Kristina "Tina" Holland
Judy Strangis
John Stephenson
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Camera setup Ralph Migliori
Jerry Mills
Norman Stainback
Roy Wade
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Turner Program Services (1991–96)
Original network NBC
Original release September 8 (1973-09-08) – December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on NBC from September 8, 1973 to December 1, 1973. The series title is a play on the name of the unrelated 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The character's music group is called the Sundance Kids.


Similar to both Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and Josie and the Pussycats on CBS, the show depicted the adventures of a teen pop group of the series title. The band consisted of heartthrob Butch Cassidy (lead vocals, lead guitar and lead singing), blonde beauty Merilee (tambourine), sensible Stephanie (usually referred to by her nickname Steffy) (bass guitar), and curly topped Wally (drums). With Wally's dog, Elvis, the kids led double lives as popular rock stars and a secret crime fighting team working for the government. The teens were advised by a supercomputer named Mr. Socrates who is allergic to dogs and when the group met with Mr. Socrates in his lair for their latest assignment Elvis was always told to stay outside.

In each episode, however, Elvis would somehow end up inside the lair, either by his own ingenuity or by Wally's forgetfulness; either way, Elvis' presence would cause Mr. Socrates to sneeze. Mr. Socrates would then send the group out of his lair and off to their assignment. Butch, designated as "Sundance 1," wore a special ring with a hidden communicator to keep in contact with Mr. Socrates from afar. The combination of a men-women pop band and mystery stories made Butch Cassidy seem like a Hanna-Barbera's literal reply to Filmation's The Hardy Boys series.



Title Original air date
1 "The Scientist" September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)
2 "The Counterfeiters" September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)
3 "One of Our Ships Is Missing" September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)
4 "Double Trouble" September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)
5 "The Pearl Caper" October 6, 1973 (1973-10-06)
6 "The Gold Caper" October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)
7 "Road Racers" October 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)
8 "Hong Kong Story" October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
9 "Operation G-Minus" November 3, 1973 (1973-11-03)
10 "Orient Express" November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10)
11 "The Parrot Caper" November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
12 "The Super Sub" November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)
13 "The Haunted Castle" December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01)

Other appearances[edit]

  • Butch Cassidy was also the subject of Issue #11 of Gold Key Comics' Hanna-Barbera Fun-In in 1974; the story, "The Pearl Caper," was adapted from the October 6, 1973 Butch Cassidy TV episode of the same name.
  • Characters from Butch Cassidy appeared several times on the Adult Swim animated television series Sealab 2021. The whole band appeared in the episode "All That Jazz" in a long shot at a concert, standing in for MC Chris as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids and performing the song "Fett's Vette". In a later episode, "Let 'Em Eat Corn!", the band appears again as inhabitants of SeaLab Pod Six, with both Butch and Wally both sporting mustaches on their faces. Then again, in the episode "Butchslap", the characters appeared alongside Marco, who was revealed to be one of the Sundance Kids. The character models for Butch and Wally were also used for the animated likeness of John Miller (the series director) and Adam Reed (one of the series writers) in the episodes, "Swimming in Oblivion" and "Return to Oblivion".

Home Media releases[edit]

On January 15, 2013, Warner Archive released Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]


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