The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

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The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
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Genre Dramedy
Written by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Michael Maltese
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Starring Mel Blanc
Paul Lynde (uncredited)
Don Messick
Janet Waldo
Paul Winchell
Narrated by Gary Owens
Composer(s) Ted Nichols
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Alex Lovy
Running time 21 Minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Picture format Color (NTSC)
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 13, 1969 (1969-09-13) – January 17, 1970 (1970-01-17)
Preceded by Wacky Races (1968)
Related shows Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (1969)

The Perils of Penelope Pitstop is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969. The show ran for one season with a total of 17 half-hour episodes, the last first-run episode airing on January 17, 1970. Repeats aired on CBS until September 4, 1971.[1] It is a spin-off of the Wacky Races cartoon,[2] reprising the characters of Penelope Pitstop and the Anthill Mob. Rebroadcasts of the show air on the Cartoon Network-owned channel Boomerang.


The series was patterned on the silent movie era melodrama cliffhanger movie serial The Perils of Pauline. It originally was to star also the characters of Dick Dastardly and Muttley though Dastardly and Muttley were later dropped in pre-production. Those characters would be later reused in their own series, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.

Joe Ruby and Ken Spears were the head writers for the series, and Ruby, Spears, and Warner Bros. Cartoons veteran Michael Maltese wrote the stories for the individual episodes.[3] Deciding to feature the characters in a different setting, studio heads decided to set the characters into an active adventure format strongly reminiscent of the 1910s.


The show features the most successful characters of Wacky Races, namely Penelope Pitstop and the members of Ant Hill Mob, who take on the role of heroes.

In each episode, Penelope's guardian, Sylvester Sneekly, attempts to take Penelope's inheritance for himself by attacking her in the guise of the masked villain, The Hooded Claw. Aided by his pair of near identical henchmen who always speak in unison, the Bully Brothers, he concocted needlessly Goldbergian plots to kill Penelope. Even though the Ant Hill Mob rescued Penelope, she often needed to save the Mob from the unintended effects of their attempts to rescue her. While Penelope was curiously helpless whenever The Hooded Claw grabbed her, once he left her tied up for his fiendish plans to take effect, she usually became resourceful and ingenious, sometimes coming up with spontaneous and creative methodologies to escape her peril.


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DVD and digital media release[edit]

On May 10, 2005 (2005-05-10), Warner Home Video released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 territories. The series is also available at iTunes Store for Apple mobile device owners to download their favorite episodes or the complete series after purchases.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Perils of Penelope Pitstop- The Complete Series 17 May 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)
  • Commentary on various episodes
  • Featurette : The Players in "Perils" featurette on the great escapes of Penelope and other characters
  • Penelope Pitstop's Spin Outs retrospective

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop - The Complete Series". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  2. ^ "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop". BCDB. 2014-02-14. 
  3. ^ Shostak, Stu (05-02-2012). "Interview with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013.

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