Cap'n O. G. Readmore
Cap'n O. G. Readmore (created by Puppet Studio) was the fictional character host of the American television anthology series ABC Weekend Specials during the 1980s. He was an anthropomorphic cat puppet, dressed in a nautical outfit, that encouraged children to read for pleasure. He hosted the show from 1984 through 1989, performing with guest stars including Vincent Price, Harry Blackstone Jr., Pat Morita, Joan Lunden and others. Also, he appeared in animated form in a few ABC Weekend Specials including Cap’n O. G. Readmore Meets Chicken Little and Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; in these features, he was the president of an all-feline book club, the Friday Night Book Club, who often found himself physically pulled into the story he's reading.
The voice of the character was provided by the American voice actor Frank Welker in the original public service announcements and while hosting the ABC Weekend Special. However, in several of the animated specials, such as Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, his voice was provided by Neil Ross. Many of the regular characters had fanciful names, such as Lickety Page, a Madam Mim-inspired witch named Calypso La Rose, a Count Chocula-inspired vampire named Vitack, who runs an organization called Villains Agency as its headmaster, and Kitty Literature. Production was by ABC Entertainment in association with Rick Reinert Pictures of Burbank, California. All these specials were directed and produced by legendary Rick Reinert.
List of shorts
|Nº||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Cap'n O. G. Readmore's Jack and the Beanstalk"||October 12, 1985|
|Cap'n O.G. Readmore and his friends – Kitty Literature, Ol' Tome Cat, Wordsy, Lickety Page and Dog-Eared – are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting in an alley next to the public library. When members of the Book Club start to poke fun at some of the characters from their favorite fairy tales, the bookshelves part and Cap'n O.G. is confiscated by those some characters. Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) challenges Cap'n O.G. to take his place in the story.|
|2||"Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"||September 13, 1986|
|Cap'n O.G. Readmore and his friends are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting on a rainy, eerie night. They select the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and when the book is opened, Wordsy is kidnapped into the story and Cap'n O.G. follows to rescue him.|
|3||"Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Red Riding Hood"||April 2, 1988|
|Cap'n O.G. Readmore and his friends are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting. Cap'n O.G. makes the mistake of underestimating the value of a good villain and ends up meeting Little Red Riding Hood as the new Big Bad Wolf.|
|4||"Cap'n O. G. Readmore's Puss in Boots"||September 10, 1988|
|Cap'n O.G. Readmore, who regales his library friends – Kitty Literature, Ol' Tome Cat, Wordsy and Lickety Page – with the humorous and witty tale of his great-great-great-great-grandfather, the legendary Puss in Boots.|
|5||"Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Chicken Little"||April 18, 1992|
|Cap'n O.G. Readmore reads the story of Chicken Little to his fellow feline friends at their Friday Night Book Club where they gather.|
- Little Red Riding Hood on YouTube
- Chicken Little on YouTube
- Jack and the Beanstalk on YouTube
- Dr.Jekyl and Mr. Hyde on YouTube
- Puss In Boots on Dailymotion
- TV Commercial at RetroJunk
- Lenburg, Jeff (June 1, 2006). Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film and Television's Award-Winning and Legendary Animators. New York: Applause Books. p. 300. ISBN 9781557836717.
- Myron, Vicki; Bret Witter (2008). "Dewey Readmore Books". Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Grand Central Publishing. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-446-40741-0.
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