CB Bears

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CB Bears
Genre Animation
Comedy
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Voices of
Narrated by William Woodson (opening narration)
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises
Release
Original network NBC
Audio format Mono
Original release September 10, 1977 – January 28, 1978

CB Bears is a 60-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which aired on NBC from September 10, 1977 to January 28, 1978.

Premise[edit]

The CB Bears show contained the following short segments:

  • The CB Bears
  • Blast-Off Buzzard
  • Heyyy, It's the King!
  • Posse Impossible
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll
  • Undercover Elephant

In syndication, CB Bears was shown in a shortened half-hour format with Blast-Off Buzzard and Posse Impossible; Heyyy, It's the King! was also shown in a shortened half-hour format with Shake, Rattle & Roll and Undercover Elephant. The show was also rebroadcast on Cartoon Network from 1995-1997. The CB Bears theme is also heard in the ending credits of The Skatebirds on CBS and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels on ABC.

Title in french is "Hure, Lu et Berlu"

Segments[edit]

The CB Bears[edit]

Hustle (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Phil Silvers), Boogie (voiced by Chuck McCann) and Bump (voiced by Henry Corden) are a trio of funny animal bear detectives disguised as trash collectors. They travel the country solving mysteries in a tacky garbage truck. A sultry-voiced female named Charlie (voiced by Susan Davis) contacts the bears on the truck's CB radio to give them their assignments. This show was "inspired" by the hit TV series Charlie's Angels (Bump wore a blonde hairstyle similar to Farrah Fawcett). Each of the bears' names are based on a 1970s disco dance. Physically and personality-wise, Hustle, Boogie, and Bump resemble Hair Bear, Bubi Bear, and Square Bear, respectively, from Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!; Daws Butler provided the same Phil Silvers-esque voice for both Hustle and Hair.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "The Missing Mansion Mystery" September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
The CB Bears uncover a missing mansion in the midst of an alligator-infested lagoon.
2 "The Doomsday Mine" September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
The CB Bears drive out to End of the Trail, Arizona where people are turning green and strange lights and sounds are emanating from the deserted Doomsday Mine.
3 "Follow that Mountain" September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
While investigating the strange case of the disappearing mountains, the CB Bears fall into a cavern and are chased by giant gophers.
4 "Valley of No Return" October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
The CB Bears go deep into the jungle to discover why the animals are fleeing in terror from the Valley of No Return.
5 "The Fright Farm" October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
The CB Bears follow a mysterious old man, who has been stealing animals from the zoo, to his hideout at the Fright Farm where he is loading them onto a huge ark.
6 "Drackenstein's Revenge" October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
While looking for clues to why all the peasants of Drackenstein are asleep, the CB Bears discover the town's valuables are missing.
7 "Water, Water...Nowhere" October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
The CB Bears try to save the world from embittered old ex-sea Captain Sly, who turns water to sand with a machine.
8 "The Wild, Wild Wilderness" October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
While Charlie warns the CB Bears to watch for strange creatures near their campground, Boogie is snatched up by a giant vine.
9 "Island of Terror" November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
The CB Bears battle a giant octopus to reach the sinking island of Mikimos.
10 "Go North, Young Bears" November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
The CB Bears go to the North Pole to search for the source of mysterious floods in the Northwest.
11 "The Invasion of the Blobs" November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
The CB Bears discover that hissing monsters, which are swallowing buildings in the town of Fool's Gold, ooze out of a giant drainpipe.
12 "The Disaster from the Skies" November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
The CB Bears rise high over New City in a balloon to discover that the source of mysterious destructive rays permeating the city is a huge probe in the middle of the Top Secret Space Center.
13 "The Disappearing Satellites" December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
The CB Bears see a spacecraft dive below the surface of a crater lake, follow it, and discover a giant space station in a huge cavern.

Blast-Off Buzzard[edit]

Blast-Off Buzzard (vocal effects provided by Daws Butler) is a buzzard and a de facto villain who chases Crazylegs, a wacky snake who outruns the buzzard. Crazylegs knows the big bird is a loser and delights in beating him in situations very similar to Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. This is a non-speaking segment.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "Buzzard, You're a Turkey" September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
2 "Hard Headed Hard Hat" September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
3 "Hearts and Flowers, Buzzards and Snakes" September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
4 "The Egg & Aye Aye Aye" October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
5 "Testing 1-2-3" October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
6 "Ho, Ho, Ho, It's the Buzzard's Birthday" October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
7 "Wheelin' and Reelin'" October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
8 "Buzzard, Clean Up Your Act" October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
9 "Backyard Buzzards" November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
10 "Spy in the Sky" November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
11 "First Class Buzzard" November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
12 "Freezin' and Sneezin'" November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
13 "Cousin Snakey Is a Groove" December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)

Heyyy, It's the King![edit]

A cool, Fonzie-patterned lion named King (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) alongside his high school classmates Big H the Hippopotamus (voiced by Sheldon Allman), Clyde the Ape (voiced by Don Messick), Sheena the Lioness (voiced by Ginny McSwain), Skids the Alligator (voiced by Marvin Kaplan), Yukayuka the Hyena (voiced by Lennie Weinrib), and Zelda the Ostrich (voiced by Susan Silo) attempt schemes to get into the spotlight.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "The Blue Kangaroo" September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
King and his group come across an escaped Blue Kangaroo that is being pursued by a hunter named Hunter Hunter.
2 "The First King on Mars" September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
3 "The Riverbed 5000" September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
King and his gang participate on a car race to win $5000 and a kiss from the actress Raquel Wrench.
4 "Surf's Up" October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
5 "The King and His Jokers" October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
6 "Hot Gold Fever" October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
7 "The Carnival Caper" October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
8 "The Unhappy Heavy Hippo" October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
9 "The King for Prez" November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
10 "Snowbound Safari" November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
11 "The Great Billionaire Chase Case" November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
12 "Boat Fever" November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
13 "Go For It, King" December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)

Posse Impossible[edit]

The Sheriff of Saddlesore (voiced by Bill Woodson) and his hopeless posse of cowboys: Stick (voiced by Daws Butler in a hillbilly voice), Big Duke (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating John Wayne) and Blubber (voiced by Chuck McCann) jail notorious outlaws by outbungling the rascals. In every segment, the Sheriff goes after some no-good polecat which ends with the bad guys behind bars.

A prototype version of the posse was featured in an episode of Hong Kong Phooey.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "Big Duke and Li'l Lil" September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
It takes fancy footwork from Duke to rescue a dancehall girl named Li'l Lil.
2 "Trouble at Ghostarado" September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
The Sheriff and the Posse go silver-mining.
3 "The Not So Great Train Robbery" September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
The Posse tags some payroll thieves.
4 "The Alabama Brahma Bull" October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
A bull rounds up some cattle rustlers!
5 "The Crunch Bunch Crashout" October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
Outlaws outwit the Sheriff and the Posse!
6 "One of Our Rivers Is Missing" October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
The town of Saddlesore is going dry.
7 "The Sneakiest Rustler in the West" October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
The Posse disguise themselves as cattle to bully a rustler.
8 "Bad Medicine" October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
A snake oil salesman gets a taste of his own medicine.
9 "Busting Boomerino" November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
The circus puts on a sideshow at the bank.
10 "Roger the Dodger" November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
The Posse tricks a clever crook.
11 "Riverboat Sam, the Gambling Man" November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
The Posse puts a casino swindler in drydock.
12 "The Invisible Kid" November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
The Sheriff and the Posse try to catch a criminal sight unseen!
13 "Calamity John" December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
A bad-luck bank robber brings accidents to the town of Saddlesore.

Shake, Rattle & Roll[edit]

Shake (voiced by Paul Winchell), Rattle (voiced by Lennie Weinrib), and Roll (voiced by Joe E. Ross) are three ghosts who run a hotel for ghosts and other supernatural creatures. Their workplace hijinks are sometimes disrupted by self-proclaimed "ghost exterminator" Sidney Merciless (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) who wants to rid the world of ghosts.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "Guess What's Coming to Dinner" September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
2 "The Ghostly Ghoul Is a Ghastling Ghost" September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
3 "There's No Pest Like a Singing Guest" September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
4 "Shake the Lion-Hearted" October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
5 "The Real Cool Ghoul" October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
6 "Spooking Is Hazardous to Your Health" October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
7 "Spooking the Spook" October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
8 "From Scream to Screen" October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
9 "Gloom and Doo DeDoom" November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
10 "Polt R Geist" November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
11 "Too Many Kooks" November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
12 "A Scary Face from Outer Space" November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
13 "Health Spa Spooks" December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)

Undercover Elephant[edit]

Undercover Elephant (voiced by Daws Butler) and his sidekick Loudmouse the Mouse (voiced by Bob Hastings) work for Central Control and solve mysteries. Recurring gags of this segment included disguises worn by Undercover Elephant tending to give him away (since some were ordered from the back of a comic book), Loudmouse blowing his cover when staking out the villain, and Undercover Elephant being unable to avoid the exploding messages (a-la Mission Impossible) being sent to him by his Chief (voiced by Michael Bell).

Episodes[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "The Sneaky Sheik" September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
2 "Baron Von Rippemoff" September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
The nation's most sophisticated experimental aircraft known as X-3000 has been stolen by a notorious spy named Baron Von Rippemoff. Undercover Elephant and Loudmouse head to a private airfield in North Africa in order to retrieve the X-3000 and apprehend Baron Von Rippemoff.
3 "The Moanin' Lisa" September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
4 "Pain in the Brain" October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
5 "The Great Hospital Hassle" October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
6 "Latin Losers" October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
7 "Dr. Doom's Gloom" October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
8 "Chicken Flickin' Capon Caper" October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
9 "Undercover Around the World" November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
10 "Irate Pirates" November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
11 "Perilous Pigskin" November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
12 "Swami Whammy" November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
13 "The Disappearing Duchess" December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)

Voices[edit]

Home media releases[edit]

  • All thirteen episodes of Posse Impossible were released on VHS by Worldvision Enterprises on November 25, 1988.[1]
  • One episode of Shake, Rattle & Roll was released on VHS as part of a compilation titled Scooby-Doo & Friends: Mostly Ghostly by Hanna-Barbera Home Video in 1990.
  • To date, CB Bears has not been released on DVD from Warner Archive.

Other appearances[edit]

  • Undercover Elephant appeared in some episodes of Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
  • Reruns of CB Bears and Undercover Elephant aired in the 1980s run of Captain Kangaroo.
  • Reruns of Undercover Elephant were shown as one of the fillers for the adaption of Wake, Rattle, and Roll.
  • Blast Off Buzzard and Crazylegs appeared in an episode of Tom & Jerry Kids in which they actually talk.
  • Undercover Elephant made a cameo in the "Agent Penny" episode of the Super Secret Secret Squirrel segment of 2 Stupid Dogs.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Posse Impossible & Ricochet Rabbit videocassettes (1988)