The Skatebirds

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The Skatebirds
Genre Anthology
Directed by Sidney Miller
Charles A. Nichols
Starring Maurice Cook
Bruce Hoyt
Ken Means
Joe Giamalva
Voices of Joe E. Baker
Scatman Crothers
Susan Davis
Micky Dolenz
Bob Hastings
Bob Holt
David Jolliffe
Don Messick
Jim MacGeorge
Ross Martin
John Stephenson
Patricia Stich
Tara Talboy
Lennie Weinrib
Frank Welker
Paul Winchell
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Terry Morse, Jr.
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Original release September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10) – January 28, 1978 (1978-01-28)

The Skatebirds is a 60-minute live-action/animated package program which aired on CBS Saturday mornings from 1977-78, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.

The Skatebirds lasted a half-season in its original run from September 10, 1977 to January 28, 1978. In the fall of 1979, the show was cut down to a half-hour by removing The Robonic Stooges and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives (which had been spun off into a separate half-hour) and broadcast on CBS Sunday mornings on and off until January 1981. In the late 1980s, a different shortened version of The Skatebirds (now featuring The Robonic Stooges and Wonder Wheels) was shown on USA Cartoon Express and later resurfaced on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.


The show featured four short segments hosted by live-action wraparounds featuring "The Skatebirds", three large birds played by actors in costumes. The appearance of the characters and the format of the show was similar to Hanna-Barbera's The Banana Splits. Unlike its similar predecessor and most Saturday morning children's shows produced in the 1970s, The Skatebirds did not contain a laugh track.


The Skatebirds, so-called because they roller skated, were named Satchel the Pelican, Knock-Knock the Woodpecker and Scooter the Penguin. Their nemesis was Scat-Cat.


  • The Robonic Stooges - A cartoon featuring bionic versions of The Three Stooges who are superheroes that fight crime.
  • Wonder Wheels - A cartoon about a teenage boy and his living shape-shifting motorcycle Wonder Wheels.
  • Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives - An edited version of Clue Club episodes featuring two talking dogs, Woofer & Wimper, who help solve mysteries with four teenage detectives.
  • Mystery Island - A live-action adventure serial about the crew of a downed plane and their robot P.O.P.S. trying to escape the wrath of Dr. Strange.




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